Monday, May 12, 2014
So winter kind of got me down. The thing about being down of course is that there is one way out, and that is UP. This morning I started the "fed up challenge" - to give up sugar for 10 days. I can do that, right? Looking for buddies and wondering why this seems to be invisible here on Spark People. Has anyone heard of the movie? Is anyone out there participating in this? Here is a link. http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home
This is not going to be easy but while I was "resting" this past few months I have been doing a lot of research into diabetes because of a family tendency to acquire this disease, and a desire to Not go there. Anyone want to do this challenge with me?
Saturday, November 09, 2013
I resist the fact that I have to keep a journal, in order to maintain my weight loss. I accept it, but it is so far from a "perfect" solution that I cannot resist looking for other ways to stay on track. My dream for a really long time has been to find a way to live honoring my body and the real hunger that occurs when I need to feed it. There are so many more inputs from my emotional self that get in the way, that I have only been able to effectively maintain by logging every bite of food into one journal or another. I have used both the spark food journal and WW, and both work. The down side to that, and it is a Big one, is that I "eat up" to the recommendations of whatever journal I am using and end up frequently losing touch with what I really need to eat, and what my body might be craving?
This morning I get to weigh in under goal for the first Saturday since May of this year. What I have been doing is keeping a written journal in my phone with pictures even, instead of logging the food. It is super easy, takes no time at all, and when added to the daily weights I do on the scale it *feels* like I may have found a near perfect alternative. If I begin to gain, I can go back to it and put it into Spark and see if there is an eating problem. If I continue to lose, I can see how that feels and if I am hungry too much I can eat a bit more. I am super hopeful that this might be a way for me to be more comfortable in maintenance.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This time of year the ducks begin to pass through on their way South, and/or make their winter homes here in our friendly climate. We start having some days when it is nice to be outside. Hurricane season may have passed without us getting any significant damage. It is a good time of year. The time when my thin blooded body can be delighted with the weather (before I begin to shiver). I am acclimated to our hot climate. This time of year it is easier to exercise, and easier to keep up with the yard work, and easy to find good local citrus fruit to eat. I feel a new energy. I believe I am entering one of the seasons when maintenance is not such a daily *job*, more of a "this is how I am now".
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
There was a picture on facebook of a person who was mentioning needing to change it up, then getting stressed from change? That is so me. I started counting weight watchers points again because I have been stalled at around a pound or two over my goal weight and it seemed that I just could not get the calories down to a level where I could get rid of the extra pounds. I went with a friend to the WW meeting and had to pay because I was 1.4 pounds over my lifetime goal weight. I hate to pay. It gave me just the push to start doing something really different (well for now, i have done this before :) ). Started keeping the WW journal. I still get free e tools from when I was at goal. But that is going to run out soon, so I need to get it back down.
This said, there is DISstress and there is EUstress. This change has caused a flood of EUstress for me. I am eating a lot more fruits and veggies, and a lot less fat as a percentage of what I eat. I am still keeping the Spark journal but delaying it a day so it does not encourage me to eat more calories. I am satisfied with what I am eating and not any more hungry than I was eating more calories, but I am coming in at a lower level. I think maintenance is mostly about try this, try that, but don't EVER stop trying ! And a little bit of the right kind of stress can be a good thing.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I was reading about a success story here and began thinking about my own experience with SparkPeople. I don't know exactly when I found it, but it was several years ago, and I was so excited to find a place where a person could get help for free. This is so rare in today's world. I joined, and used it for a while then wandered away during a very difficult time in my life when my Mom was dying with Alzheimer's disease, and I had lost my exercise coping technique due to a bad bicycle accident and an overwhelming job both in my career life and home life. I killed off my account and wandered into the wilderness. I wish I had just let it wait for me here, so I could see those records, but whatever.
I joined again in October of 2011. It had a gradual effect on me, pulling me steadily out of the bad place I was in, both emotionally and physically. In April of 2012 I began keeping a daily weight journal, and using the spark nutrition tracker some of the time. My weight began to drop, and in June I was updating my spreadsheets and getting close to my happy weight. Got back to my WW lifetime goal weight in October of 2012. I was not that overweight when I came back here, but I was also not healthy or happy. I need daily support to maintain my weight loss of close to or over 200 pounds. I don't gain back the 200 pounds when I slide, but even 20 or 30 pounds changes my life profoundly. Spark is the key for me to keeping myself in the Delighted with my weight and my health zone. The support here is what makes maintenance possible. There is a pretty intense focus on weight loss, and that is good, because weight loss is difficult. What I missed before is how critically important support is to Keeping the weight off. There is an active maintenance community here, and I believe that this is the magic bullet that will allow me to maintain the Entire 200 pound loss for life. I went through another Really difficult time between May of this year and now. I began to drift a bit. This time I stuck with Spark People sometimes by the edges of my fingernails, I made myself stay and ask for help. I am back in a very good place today. Cannot say thanks enough.
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