Monday, April 26, 2010
So I'm two years into maintenance now... woot woot. And got back from vacation in Puerto Rico a week or so ago. Ummm... my suggestion is that PR is not necessarily a good spot to attempt maintenance or weight loss. It had one of my key strategies for maintenance, that being lots of things to do. We went Kayaking at night on a bay where the phytoplankton glowed in the dark... really cool. and snorkeling, sightseeing in old San Juan (the oldest city in the US) and did lots of walking while seeing the sights and hiking in the rain forest, Swam in the ocean (and the swimming pools, and the rivers) so I got in plenty of exercise every day. It had none of the other key strategies that I've been using for maintenance success.
avoid alcohol for the most part... How do you not drink copious amounts of Pina Coladas and rum punch when your in the home of Bacardi? I drank about a 1/3 to 1/2 of each one I ordered and gave the rest to my DH
Eat 6-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day... PR didn't have a single garden anywhere that I saw. The food there is almost all Fried. They even fry their fruit! And don't you have to try every pastry from strange pastry shops at least once? I did stop at fruit stands as often as I could for snacks. (there was one every 1/4 of a mile almost everywhere we went) bananas, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, coconuts, sugar cane, very yummy green mottled oranges, breadfruit. I tried them all
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day... I hate buying bottled water and I was very cautious about what water I did drink. The combination left me a bit dehydrated.
Limit portion size... in restaurants that you go to regularly you kind of know what to order for success, but no place that we went was familiar enough to do this so I utterly failed at this. And I was so hungry all the time from all of the exercise that I wasn't very prudent. When I take my lunch to work every day and have 8" plates at home I know what kind of calories I'm getting, but eating out every meal?
get on the scale daily... not happening in PR so no way to rein back quickly.
The upshot 5 real pounds (not water weight) to struggle with for who knows how long. But we did have tons of fun. Not sure what I could have done differently if I were to start the adventure over again. Maybe the key is just to let go and get back the winning routine.
I've already done this. Been running 3 times (took my first long run of the season yesterday 5.4 miles nonstop 65 minutes), worked all day on the farm, walked to work a few times, and did a bit of yoga, since I've been back.
I did add a picture in my my pictures and I'll add it here too. I have to say, I'm thrilled to be two years into maintenance, but the damage was definitely done I'll always carry the results of the abuse I gave my body. I don't ever think my skin will shrink back to fit. Then again I don't plan on pursuing a career in swimsuit modeling either so does it really matter? I can swim all day, and climb hundreds of steps without getting winded if I want to. I have great stats as far as my health goes and I'm well on my way to my goal of living past 100. That will have to do.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I have a feeling that this series of articles are going to be amazingly good and I don't want to miss any of it.
Here is a link to the first one about maintaining weight loss
Friday, January 29, 2010
I should blog about something... anything...
I've been working hard and concentrating on work. When I'm not working I've been at hockey, tai chi, or yoga, or in front of the TV, but most of all sleeping.
Fighting homesickness, mostly successfully.
Read my "The Spark" book which has got me motivated to work on my long term goals. I've been trying to get myself some work on various farms for the summer. I'm torn... on the one hand I'd love to be a farmer, I have ideas, and motivation. On the other hand I love water and I'm so good at it. Can't do both, (OK, well I could have a garden and do water but that's not quite the same) and why am I stressing about it anyway? Long Term goals are so very far away.
I seem to be out of the doghouse at work. That's nice.
Ummm... Oh I tried getting below 155 recently. Worked really hard at it, but it backfired and I ended up exhausted and starving. I think 157 is where I need to be for long term sustainability. I'm considering tattooing it on the inside of my wrist the number 157. I've been fighting stomach pain and nausea quite a lot the last few weeks. I can't tell if I'm sick or if I have an ulcer, but I cut way back on my tea, and fruits and vegetables and now I feel better. Coincidence? I can't live on chocolate milk, potatoes, and cookies forever, but they do seem to be helping right now.
lots of snow, makes me happy for the town, but I'd love some green about now.
DH wants to go on "Vacation" All I see is money that could be going to something "important." His Idea is Tropical. Anyone have an idea? I looked up Char's Corn Island idea, not quite what the rest of my family was thinking about, but I'd do it in an instant.
ok well that's all the writing I can manage right now. Happy Friday everyone.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
First let me say that I am NOT depressed, not even a little that I can tell, but on the same note I'm also not feeling very friendly right now. My introversion is really pronounced right now.
I had a wonderful trip to WA a few weeks ago and maybe that's part of it. I usually spend at least some of my days off all alone, and being with all of my friends and family instead, while wonderful, didn't really feed my alone time.
I had my yearly review at work... I had lots of REALLY nice things said about me and I marveled at how the exact things that I work so hard on (and often feel like I don't do as well as I wanted at them) were noticed and since they are kind of esoteric such as having a "broad world overview" of the organization I was truly amazed that they noticed. It was also noted that on the scale of "firm to friendly" I continue to be viewed as falling on the "firm" side. Sigh... I think it's important to keep a certain distance between me and my homeowners in order to be impartial, to make sure that the subdivision continues to hold to the values that it was built on (no I'm not afraid of change, but there was a reason that the clientele in our subdivision bought there in the first place) and be able to best understand the needs of everyone, not just the easy folks but the ones that feel the need to express their displeasure as well... but I do so want to be seen as friendly.
I was sick for a while last week, sick as in four days of knowing that I was sick but not having it bother me and one day of being uncomfortable. I love that being healthy makes being sick so much easier.
We got a last minute project of putting up holiday lights in the subdivision. Picture 300 50 foot strings of lights... 45 foot trees... clear sunny very cold weather... and me with an extension pole for hours on end.
I've been listening and reading lots of "God within" and "our bodies as being channels for grace", "at-one-ment", and "the nature of love" type books. Don't know why they just keep crossing my path.
oh and pms as well.
Anyway all these things combined I think are what is fueling my introspective streak right now... I'd like to break out of it... but my gut feeling is that I have to go in deeper, before I'm ready to come out.
In other news:
I got the news that I passed my Water Distribution 4 test (84.44% go me!)
I had my first Co Ed hockey game of the season: Apparently our team captain wants to be known as the party team, because part of the requirement for being on the team is "go to the buck (the local bar that is sponsoring us) and drink copious amounts of beer after every game, no excuses" and "we will have several dress up games" ummmmm... I'm not sure that they picked the right person for those requirements, lol. I need a mentor in sports mentality/dress up/how to drink beer (no less copious amounts) I was really pleased with where I was placed though because there isn't a single subdivision owner on the team, so If I do manage to do something stupid I can't hurt my professional life. Have I mentioned that I LOVE hockey?
Went out on the slopes with my son last week for a few runs on my snowboard. Not enough snow to qualify as great, but it was still fun... I do like living a block from a ski lift.
weight wise the whole going from burning an average of just over 2000 calories in a week to upwards of 5000 calories reeks a bit of havoc on eating habits. Since I still haven't figured out what hunger is (though I'm getting better at it) I've having a hard time figuring out what I should be eating. I'm up a few pounds, some muscle, some water and salt, some not. I'm ok with it only because I remember this happening at both the beginning and the end of hockey last year. I trust that I'll figure it out, but meanwhile, looking at those numbers on the scale is a bit unnerving.
My DH has discovered Ti Chi at the yoga center and has convinced her DAD to go with her... really... I'm giddy with the idea of it.
Happy Holidays to you all. I wish you all the joys of the season (grapefruits, chestnuts, tea, pomegranates, turkey, satsuma oranges, crisp apples, sweet squashes, persimmons, sighs of pleasure)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
So I did have that talk with my daughter, in deference to your prompting. Apparently the issues is really that none of her friends are on the team. Does she like Basketball? "Yes." Does she have fun at basketball? "Yes" Do the girls on the team engage in bullying behavior? "No." Are they mean to her? "No." Did she make new friends last year? "Yes." Now in her defence I do know these girls and the majority of them are old time Telluridians and a bit on the stuck up side so I understand when she says that it's nothing they do or don't do, it's just the kind of girls that they are.
I have no problem defending my household rule about doing Two Athletics a year. I wouldn't have gotten quite the flack that I got had I said the household rule of Eating breakfast every morning, and I fully admit that I deserve the flack I got for my uncharacteristic "I will prevail" statement. I appreciate the people that wrote in to say that since they don't know me or my daughter that they couldn't really give advice one way or the other.
Well the upshot though is that I gave my daughter some choices in the matter.
A: She can do basketball, like she agreed to do at the beginning of the year
B: She can join the ski and snowboard team
C: She can both go to Yoga with me AND join and be active in a club at the school.
I think she's picking C: which means that I have to forgo my favorite middle of the day class in favor of the after work classes (hot yoga, and jivamuki, kundalini). I like them alright, but I'll miss my Lyengar Class. It will make for very busy weeks for me. Whew.
Another thing that I wanted to discuss. If you are a regular you will remember my Daughter's cryptic statement that she was going to be a Buddhist for three days a couple of blogs ago. Well apparently it was a class project for her world history/freshman english classes. They are reading and comparing Buddhist Monk tales to Hanz Christian Anderson in English and are working on Eastern philosophies in world History. I was struck by what they were asked to do. Wear plain, non designer clothes, Not use technology like cell phones, watching TV etc, refrain from destructive thoughts or actions, Eat vegetarian simple foods in order to empty the mind for clear thought. Then they were to make checks in a chart when they broke the rules and at the end of the project they would talk about what it was like.
Now I wouldn't consider myself a Buddhist per se, but it is probably the closest I will ever get to believing in a particular set of beliefs so I was defensive when she described the project. I can't eat...., I can't watch...., I can't.... I mean here is this great set of rules to live by to help create peace and clarity in a persons life and what my daughter sees is "I can't" And then I thought about my own childhood religion (Seventh Day Adventist) and I remembered all the "can'ts" which in my childhood mind were huge. I can't eat pork, I can't dance, I can't do anything fun on Friday night or Saturday, I can't wear make up. And I suddenly had a flash of insight that I'd never had before. all those "can'ts" weren't lists to deprive us, but lists to help us create space in our minds. It had never occurred to me before. Well I have no desire to go back to my childhood religion, but I have a bit more kindness in my heart for it right now.
It is fun to see her so interested and engaged in her class.
Well lots of snow shoveling to do today and I've been messing around here too long.
Happy Sunday everyone.
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