Thursday, November 29, 2012
Having a crummy day. I had to stop taking Crestor because I'm experiencing liver problems. I had the blood work today. I'll have to see what the doctor wants to do. I really haven't been feeling well for weeks now that I think about it.
I've been working really hard, but lately it's been difficult. Really difficult. I started waking up in the middle of the night in pain. My right shoulder and side hurt so much I couldn't fall back to sleep. I thought perhaps I was overtraining. I have done that before. Exercise was getting more difficult. I had to stop doing push ups and crunches because it hurt so much. Over on Spark Coach, Coach Nicole kept telling me to vary my routine as it got easier. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After 20 minutes of walking I used to feel energized and I would continue. Lately, after 20 minutes of walking all I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep. Well, now I know why. I thought I was going crazy.
Also, I've been somewhat depressed. A friend passed away, another friend's breast cancer has returned. And, then with Thanksgiving I was pretty busy and not really paying attention to what was happening to me.
On Monday, I noticed that I'm losing my hair. Even my husband noticed. That he noticed is pretty significant. It once took him three weeks to notice that my hair was burgundy! Go ahead, laugh. It was funny and rather startling. My hairdresser left the red highlight color in my hair too long so she decided she would just color the whole thing! Every time I looked in the mirror I would gasp! Thank God it wasn't a permanent hair color.
This morning when I looked in the mirror I discovered I was the most unusual shade of yellow. Sort of looks like a tan. I've never had a tan before. I'm one of those people that just get sunburn and freckles. Gee, does this mean I can wear yellow and that strange green shade that looks okay on other people but just looks hideous on me?
Well, I'm going to take a walk and then, probably a nap. Hopefully, I'll be back in fighting form (and my usual color) for Christmas!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I have earned the dubious distinction of being able to walk with my shoulders relaxed and my abdominals engaged. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but achieving this has been my obsession for the last four months.
I blame this all on Coach Nicole. I was reading one of her blogs or articles and she mentioned that when walking, your shoulders should be relaxed and your abdominals engaged. Right. So I tried it. I literally laughed myself right off the treadmill. All I could think was, I really can't walk and chew gum!
So, every time I got on the treadmill I would get to a point where I would consciously consider my stance--was I leaning forward or back; my gait--was I limping, were my strides too long; my step--was my heel touching down softly and was I pushing off with my toes? Then I would check to make sure my shoulders were back, down, and relaxed. And last, but certainly not least, were my abdominals engaged?! See, I told you I was obsessed.
Perhaps, I thought, it's like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. But, no. Finally, I did it! I went through my whole neurotic list and got to the end and. . .my abdominals were engaged. Yes!
What can I say, it keeps me motivated. Just keep walking! Engage!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I've noticed lots of changes in the last six months of Sparking. I eat better. I exercise. Clothes that didn't fit before, do now. My blood pressure is normal. My depression has gotten better and I'm more positive now. The big thing: the way I see myself is changing, too.
I was cold last night. Well, I'm cold whenever the temperature goes below 73 degrees in the house. It's getting colder and we keep the heat on 68 degrees so I know I'm going to just have to get used to it. Anyway, I put on my Columbia polar fleece jacket. It fits now. It used to be too small. I was standing there putting dinner together and thinking, when this gets bigger I'll be able to wrap it around me even more!
It doesn't sound like much does it? But this was a BIG THING.
This morning I was reading the Daily Spark "Stay Motivated When The Scale Isn't Moving" and I saw this quote: "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." David Viscott
Every time I weigh myself, I'm amazed that I lose weight. Why should I be amazed? I've been working hard, eating right and exercising. But I was still seeing myself in the same light. You know, that person who just can't lose weight, who sits around and moans and groans about how hard it is.
Last night I didn't say to myself, "IF this get bigger." I thought, "WHEN this gets bigger." I've finally begun to see myself in a different light. I can be successful living my healthy new lifestyle because I am doing just that. My lifestyle is healthy. Mind you, I didn't say perfect. I believe I need to be flexible, not restrictive, in order to succeed. I'm working at it.
My husband is Sparking with me. I know how lucky I am to have his support. He has no exercise issues, unlike me. He's very active, but when he started SP at the beginning of September he was 32 pounds overweight. Last year at this time he was 50 to 55 pounds overweight. Now he has 17 more pounds to go! He told me he'd wanted to lose more weight before his physical last week! (Geesh, I'm losing weight so much more slowly!) He claims that when he sees his weight loss he feels like it's magic. He just follows the nutrition tracker guide and exercises and loses weight. I told him when he started SP to make sure he ate enough so he wasn't hungry. Yes, you lose more slowly, but you feel so much better! He says eating a well balanced diet makes him feel great and is the key to success.
He told me the other day that he could do this forever. I think I could do this forever, too.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I have started weighing food in grams rather than ounces or cups. Do you know how inaccurate ounces are?! I can fit way more shredded cheddar cheese in that 1/2 cup measure than 28 grams. Hey, more for me! No? How many more calories was that? Around 110?
I've watched people measure out their food. Some overfill the cup measures, some under fill them. I haven't figured out why you would want to do either. Whichever way you choose, you would be cheating yourself, so you would have too many calories or you'd be hungry!
Okay, I realize that tracking is not a science. Yes, you can weigh and measure your food. Hopefully, you're within a 50 calorie range. The thing is, how do you measure one cup of lettuce? Do you pack it in or place it? Shredded or chopped?
May I please take a moment to complain (I know I shouldn't, it's on my list of things NOT TO DO) about the SP food tracker? (Not the foods put in by members.) Why can't I measure sweet potatoes, with skin, no salt in grams?! Why is it that some things are listed twice and have different nutritional values?
Okay, okay, I know. It does not have to be that accurate! My concern is that I don't want to be 200 or 300 calories over what I think I ate.
Oh, and before any of my friends comment on the American system of measurement, don't start. I was reading a recipe for Coronation Chicken (who knew there was such a thing) and it called for one teacup of something. A teacup? Do teacups come in a specific size?
While ounces and cups are not good measurements for weight, they're just fine for liquid measures. And Fahrenheit is more accurate than Celsius, not that it matters. Just sayin'.
I read several articles that tell you how to measure food when you're out. You know this stuff:
A slice of bread should be the size of an index card -- a 3x5 index card and a serving of meat (3 ounces of chicken) is a deck of cards. Okay, I think I can do these two. Unless, of course, I try to measure the serving of chicken as the size of my palm (see below).
An ounce of nuts is the size of a golf ball -- how big is a golf ball, anyway? I can hold an ounce of almonds in my hand, almost.
An ounce of cheese is the size of two dice. I have dice in three different sizes, which one should I choose?
A half of a cup is the size of your hand cupped. I have small hands, can I use my husband's hand? His is a lot bigger than mine.
I do hope that none of you take my rant seriously.
Well, that is, other than the fact that I really am going to start weighing my food in grams!
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