Thursday, March 03, 2011
As if to say “Not so fast my fine feathered friend”, my scale wickedly spiked up a half pound from my last weigh-in. Okay, that was a low blow and I felt it in the pit of my stomach. But I should know better. I know how the devilish thing works and so I won't go into it...you know, water retention, time of the month, too much salt, medications, etc. etc. So I collected and reasserted myself.
Undaunted, I drink my water with a vitamin, a baby aspirin and a couple other things. Then I fix myself my very favorite breakfast. What, you say, is my favorite breakfast? I'm so glad you asked.
Here it is in all it's majestic glory. A fabulous Omelet , a slice of Ezekiel bread toast, a banana, and a cup of Almond milk. Also ½ cup coffee with half the almond milk in it, and a splash of sugar free Kahlua flavored syrup. (Notice, I said Kahlua flavored) A breakfast fit for a king! And all for not much more than 300 calories.
I make the omelet the usual way with ¼ cup of frozen onion 3-pepper blend, sauteed in a small skillet. I add ½ cup Egg Beaters, and do it omelet style with ¼ cup fat free cheese. When fluffy and done, I splash a little pepper sauce on it (I love hot stuff) and eat heartily until I'm full as a happy tick. I know it's healthy for me and makes me feel full and satisfied and ready to meet the day head on.
So take that and that, Mr. Scale!
For good measure, I logged on to SparkPeople and read a few inspirational articles and blogs, and even got me a new friend. I gave out a Goodie. ..aren't they sweet? And it's so nice to be on the receiving end!
Then pouring salt on the wounds, I hastily readied myself for my grueling water aerobics class all the time hoping my instructor had gotten up on the right side this morning. I even hoped wistfully that it would be Ben today. They interchange classes. Besides that, he's cute. Our taskmaster emphasizes that “this is an intermediate/advanced class and there are other classes for beginners.” Sorry, sister, but the times and days of this class better suits my schedule so I'll take my lumps and stay in there.
Sha (that's her name) commonly points out certain ones as examples of who is performing the movements just right . Well, would you believe that today, she pointed at me! Me! WooHoo! I do love that girl. Believe me, I'm going to try even harder next time. Chris promised us there'd be days like this.
As my day's battle wound down victoriously, I did many other things suggested in the Plan, the tracking, the reading, the writing, the works....
So until the next time, Mr. Scale, if you don't shape up, you can go where all the bad guys go.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
I'm so glad I discovered SparkPeople a few months ago. Even though I’ve had a working acquaintance with many diets, I feel more akin to it than to any other program. There is no pressure... no criticism whatsoever. On one very strict program I did lose almost 65 pounds and kept most of it off for about 5 years ...give or take 10-15 pounds off and on. I do appreciate what that program helped me do. However, I don't think I would recommend it, because of the rigidity of the plan and the fact that I did not learn how to eat regular food and maintain the loss. I committed myself to it and just did it. I was so desperate about getting my weight off, I felt I would go to about any length.
It was in 2006 the year we would celebrate our 60th anniversary that I determined to get this weight off in time for our anniversary. I weighed close to 200 pounds and at only 5'1”. (See my picture on my Spark page.) I was scared to death that I would go over 200 if I didn't bring it to a screeching halt. Not only that, we were to go back to our old stomping ground , OKC, for a reunion about that same time and would see many of our oldest and dearest friends. I did not want their stares or their sympathy for having gotten so out of hand since we had left them.
So the goal I wrote then was: To be at my smallest weight to celebrate our 60th anniversary and be proud of myself at the Reunion. So I was! My friends were very complimentary because I was even smaller than when we had left them.
So now comes my 65th wedding anniversary. I plan to be back down to my smallest weight for our 65th wedding anniversary in October and for our Panama Canal cruise. Although we have flown literally around the world to missions fields and visited many countries, we've never had the privilege of going on a cruise. I'm so excited!
By hook and crook and spurts of losing, I now have no more than 10 pounds to lose to reach my goal. My purpose is to learn the best way to not only lose weight, but to know how to maintain it once I have. I feel that with Spark People that I have found the answer.
Some may hoot about my having just 10 pounds to lose. Just 10 pounds!! I feel sure there are people who can lose several times as much in the time it takes for me to do that. Don't know why that is...even when going by the book. My scale could say 141 one day and three days later, 143. It was like one step forward and two steps back. That is why I have decided not to weigh more that once or twice a week. Once is probably better and when the scale is down even a pound, I am encouraged. After all, the weight of a pound of butter has disappeared from my body.
So I've been going “ according to Hoyle” this week since I started my 28 day challenge. I've kept to my daily goals, drinking my water, tracking my nutrition and fitness and also trying to check in on SparkPeople support and inspirational articles as best I can. Actually, I've had a little trouble getting in enough of some of the nutrients that I need. You know, I've never before kept so close a watch on how many proteins, carbs, fats and fiber that I take in. I'm learning that I need certain amounts of each of these nutrients to have a healthy body. I believe I'm eating healthier foods than I ever have. And I'm amazed at how satisfied I feel. I love it.
I have no doubt in my mind that I will accomplish what I set out to do, with all the tools available to me, and with the encouragement of all the friendly, understanding folks at SparkPeople.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Today I begin my 28 Day Breakthrough Plan as outlined in The Spark....one small step at a time...one day at a time. (What a great book, by the way.) I'd love you to come along with me, and I welcome any input or comment on it. All help is appreciated! I know it will help me as I put it in writing, and I will be accountable to those I share it with .
Here's a thought --- a little paraphrasing on something most of us have read but worth repeating again. “If I do things the way I want to do it---the way I've always done it, I'll never change the way I am , and will always be what I've always been.”
So slowly but surely, I'll begin. Slow is the key. I've set my kitchen timer for 30 minute increments, at which time I'll move from the computer and walk up and down the stairs a couple times for a little more exercise. I've done my water aerobics at the YMCA already today, and I promise you, that instructor (not our Ben) must have gotten up on the wrong side, she worked us so hard.
I'll start with my goals. If I don't know what I want to accomplish then I won't know how to get there or even if I reach it. I shared my long term goal in my previous blog, “What a Life!” It was this:
To share a vibrant and healthy life with my DH ---who supports me, eats what I eat, and exercises with me--- well into our nineties, with our purpose in life being to serve God and do His Will and to serve others. (We are both in relatively good health and will do all in our power to keep it that way.)
My mid-term goal took no time at all to decide. It is:
To be my healthiest, best and prettiest self when we go on our cruise to the Panama Canal in October to celebrate our 65th Anniversary. (We’ll be traveling with skinny friends, so you understand my dilemma.)
My first weight goal is to go from 144 to 136 by April 30, 2011 one pound at a time. (Three pounds are already gone!) I'm sure you noticed that that is two whole months. Anybody half way trying can do that.
If I accomplish that before the 28 days is over, so much the better. Then I'll decide to go from there, a few more pounds lost will give me some nice leeway.
But before that comes the weekly and daily goals:
First and most important:
Attend to the Spirit Man by prayer, meditation and scripture.
Log in to SparkPeople each day and read inspirational blogs and even post one or two to encourage someone else.
Writing encouraging emails to friends and family should also be included here.
Drink at least 8 cups of water each day. That reminds me........... (slurp)
To honestly track My Nutrition each day on SparkPeople. (What wonderful tools we have, people.)
To continue planned exercises and track it every day On SparkPeople.
Win as many spark points as possible to be able to hand out the 'goodies'
To celebrate every pound lost – must come up with some nice rewards.
Make a list of my better attributes not related to weight loss and review regularly
To weigh on my scales no more than once or twice a week. I have been a scale nut in the past so that will be a good trick.
Continually learning by reading The Spark for instruction and inspiration.
Begin a Blog/Journal, which is what I am doing right now.
If I've left off something important, I'll edit it back in, later. Now to be frank, folks, I was already doing a number of these things before I started the Plan, but not in the organized way the Plan gives. And as I said, 'Slow' is the Key' and that's the way it will be.
Monday, February 28, 2011
February 28, 2011
I've been wanting to begin a Journal/Blog but really couldn't think of how to start. So I'll begin by telling you about something that happened just a few days ago.
At my Saturday morning water aerobics class, our young instructor Ben, started out the class by saying, “ I want to say something to you all. There's something I need to do that may be very hard for me and I 'd like for any of you praying types to pray for me”.
Jogging slowly in the water, that immediately jerked me to attention. Before 20 or more people, men and women of all ages, this was something you don't expect to hear.
Ben continued, “I was at church last night, where we had music and worship. During the service, something spoke to my heart and said, “Stop living your life, and start living His Life!” Well, I couldn't stop thinking about what he said as our class went on as usual.
When class was over and while still in the water, I motioned for Ben to come to the edge of the pool. I told him, “I appreciate what you said earlier, and I will add you to my prayer list and pray for you every day.” He shyly thanked me and went on about his business.
Ben is a recently married young man with a new baby which he proudly showed off to us at one of our sessions. I understand that Ben is scheduled to go to Afghanistan sometime in the near future.
So here I am, 81 years old and working on 65 years of marriage to a retired minister/ missionary, for almost that long. I was extremely moved by Ben's sincerity and courage... seemingly not caring about what someone might say or think about his personal feelings. I thought...those are qualities that are necessary for me and all of us who have lofty goals that might seem hard to reach. But he embodied them by his few straightforward words and actions.
1. He had a need and asked for help to meet that need.
2. He had a sense of what he needed to do to obtain his goal. Hard to do. Indeed. To stop living the way he has been living, and yes, to start living the way he knew that he should be living.
3. He was not ashamed or embarrassed to state his need before people, most much older and more experienced than he is. Perhaps he was thinking about going to Afghanistan and leaving his new wife and child behind.
4. To live "His Life". What a big order! And with all the preparation, the prayer, the study involved. No wonder he felt it would be a hard thing to do!
5. And yet, he instinctively knew that anything that is truly worthwhile is not an easy thing to do. No surgeon, teacher, artist, writer, fitness instructor reaches his pinnacle without it.
So what is my story and my life. Part of it I've said earlier, but as for the personal part. Growing up, I was not that heavy, but I thought I was and that made it so. Marriage slowly added pounds and I fought losing battles with it constantly. And then after we retired, before I knew it I got so close to 200 pounds that I could reach out and taste it.
Somehow during that time of desperation, I found the strength to join a strictly structured well known weight loss program and stuck with it until I had lost almost 65 pounds. Seven months it took me to reach my goal. Now, may I say that to me, it was easier to lose the weight than it is to keep it off! I have yo-yoed up and down over the last 5 years. Again, through other diet and support groups I have struggled to keep 50 pounds of my lost weight from chasing me down and jumping back onto my fleeing, frantic frame.
So now with actually less than 10 pounds to lose to get back to a slightly higher goal, (I'm no spring chicken, you know!) I am needing help again. It's said that the last pounds may be harder to lose than the first ones. Seems that way to me. If not harder, then it could be that the resolve is not as strong as in the beginning of my long weight loss journey.
So I'm turning to SparkPeople to help me do that. I have written out my long term, mid, and short term goals, which I may adjust and alter with time and experience. I'll post them later, except for my Long Term Goal which is:
With my slim DH ---who supports me and even eats what I do and exercises with me - to live well into our nineties, strong and vibrant to serve God, to do His Will and to serve others.
Hey, isn't that like what Ben asked us to pray about... to “stop living my life and start living His Life.”
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