Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today I hit 139.3! I can hardly believe it since I have been fighting the “above 140 syndrome” forever. My first week on The Plan I didn't lose one ounce!
Starting with my 2nd week, I readjusted my calorie range to 1200 and I've been drinking water like crazy! Can I continue like this? Yes, I can...I don't know why not, because I haven't felt hungry or deprived.
My first short-term weight loss goal is 136, and my final goal is in the 132 range. I felt great when I was there before and have some really cute clothes still waiting for me in my closet.
I realize that I am not as young as I used to be and that I need to stay healthy and fit. So I'll be happy at 132. In fact, it's been five years since I hit that mark before. But first I want to be happy at 136.
I realize I've been talking only about numbers, and there is so much more involved than that. I've been eating right and putting healthy stuff in my body. So there are lots more benefits besides just weight and numbers.
I've had lots of help and encouragement from my new found friends at SparkPeople and I truly don't want to let them down. And I wish to be an encouragement to them also. The tools at SP are invaluable, the trackers, the blogs, the health related articles.
You know, I think that if a person can not be successful using all these resources, well, I honestly wonder if he/she is really trying.
Now, if the scale is playing tricks on me, and that number is a fluke, at least I tasted victory today. I realize that usually once I hit a goal, I'll hover around it for days. Then, finally it decides I'm not giving up and inches on down again.
But today it is a victory I will celebrate. I even gave MYSELF a Goodie. I'll take it any way I can get it.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Well, I'm off and not-quite- running on my 2nd week of The Plan. A slow jog is more like it. I think I picked up a little bug from my DH, who has been down all week with something. But I hope to squish the thing as quickly as possible.
I'll be skipping the water aerobics today---they'll make it fine without me. But they may miss me, since I'm almost always there in my space on the front row. I'm one of the shorties. I thought I might do an exercise DVD later, but you know what, on second thought it might not hurt to give my body a rest today. Feels so good to lol around and do nothing but read, and blog. (Lol is my word for lazing around, and not 'laughing out loud.' )
I'm boning up on Week Two of The Plan. I like that this chapter tells me a lot about what to eat...eating being one of my favorite pastimes. It even gives me menu choices if I don't always want to use my creative imagination.
There are nutrition basics and how to plan a meal. At my age, I should already know that, but honestly, I didn't take the time to learn about the idea that each nutrient has a particular job to perform in my body for optimum health. I just never gave it that much thought.
But we don't need to learn everything all at once. We should “just relax and take it one step, one habit, and even one meal at a time.” Hope Chris doesn't mind me quoting a few sentences of his book verbatim.
There are important strategies for health and weight. One strategy that I like is eating three meals daily and one or two planned snacks, as long as I stay within caloric range. Speaking of calorie ranges, I felt I needed to adjust mine because I wasn't losing weight like I should, so I've lowered it to see if that would fix it.
And a lot of other good stuff that I'm learning. Did you know that we should plan to eat about the same amount of calories at each meal with a little more at breakfast and lunch? That is so different from what I've done in the past. Dinner has been the 'biggie' meal in my book.
Another thing that is exciting. There's top nutrition “Secrets of Success”. But wait, you have to read the book for the secrets. I'm not revealing any more---at least not right now.
But I do have this to say: EAT YOUR BREAKFAST! ...AND DRINK YOUR WATER! AND.... It's hard to stop. So, I'm going to stop right now. STOP!
Oh, there's just one more thing. Week Two of The Plan provides an action step. It's called: “The Healthy Life Pledge”. You better believe, I signed it.
Monday, March 07, 2011
End of Week one and my weight is stuck on 141...the same weight as when I began “The Plan”. I wrote on a message board yesterday that “things do not have to stay the same but can be changed through prayer and works." It pertained to another topic, but the same principle applies to my stuck weight. So friends, who are the slightest bit interested, I'm going to adjust and revise my Plan this week. Starting today.
Please, don't get me wrong. I'm not unhappy. I'm in a learning process of doing the right things for a healthy lifestyle. I didn't gain, so I'm maintaining. I'll know what to do when I reach my goals.
Examining my trackers to check my progress--- I see that I stayed within range every day. So does the range need changing some to lose the weight? I've stayed about the middle of 1200 and 1500 so possibly I should stick closer to the 1200 range. I see I should shoot for the 5 or more fruits and veggies daily, and either eliminate other stuff or lower portion sizes to accommodate them.
Then there's the water--- some days okay but other days not so good. Some have said that drinking water is how they were able to lose their weight faster. So why is it so hard for me to get it in most of the time?
And my fats...I think I went under goal almost every day on the good fats. I know why. I'm afraid of eating fat, because in my mind I think that eating fat will make ME fat. Not so, say the experts. We need good fats to have a healthy, balanced diet. Umm, old habits die hard.
I also noticed that the calories of my between-meal snacks exceeded what they should. ( Like as much as a whole dinner!) I'm sure I omitted some fruit snacks or other healthful ones for my homemade brownies (albeit low cal). Besides that, eating more mixed nuts than I should. They're good protein, right? But hard to quit eating once I start. So much for healthful snacks.
As far as exercise, I may need to switch up the exercise activities which I've been doing since well before I started the Plan---walk three days and water aerobics three days, almost like clockwork. Instead of walking today at the gym, I may go to a Zumba class. Well, maybe not that, but there are several other classes I can take.
I want to begin my Collage in earnest today-- to keep me focusing on my mid and long-term goals. I've got some ideas but need to put them down on paper, or the computer, as the case may be.
So we'll see what next week will bring...I feel that I have been eating healthfully and tracking properly, yet somehow I need to readjust and revise my Plan. And although the Plan doesn't specifically say it, praying and putting legs to my prayers won't hurt much either.
P.S. I did the Zumba class today and finished my Collage! YAY!
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Yes, I almost hit bottom when I weighed nearly 200 pounds, and that on my short 5'1"frame. I was frantic at the thought of hitting the 200 mark where I had never been before. I lost almost 65 pounds on a rigid diet in 7 months and reached a good goal for me then of about 132. And ' by jumping jingo', I don't ever want to go there again.
Having said that, I regained 5-15 pounds of it back over almost 5 year's time. Now at 141 pounds, I have just under 10 pounds to get back to my first goal of 136 and second goal of 132 again. I believe in breaking goals up as you can see.
That's why I am so excited about the “28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight , Getting Fit, and Transforming My Life.” By following the principles in The Spark, I know I can re-lose those extra pounds in a slower, healthier, low-pressure way. I am still in Week one, and a little ahead on some things that I had already been doing before starting the Plan. I still have to do the vision collage, before I can go on to week two in a couple days. (I already have the vision, but it will help to make it anyway)
By tracking every meal with all the nutrients involved, tracking my fitness minutes (I'm in my swimsuit to go to my water aerobics class shortly), and using all the tools provided for me...it will work for me if I will work the Plan.
All the while I'm enjoying reading and commenting on other people's blogs and articles, winning new friends and receiving and giving 'goodies' along the way. What a fun way of losing weight! I have some exciting goals to pursue, and I may even add another one or two as I go along.
I've read of so many people who 'have hit bottom' and made it back to the top. And there are still many who are at or near the bottom point right now, who need all the help and encouragement possible to get to where they want to be in life--- to play on the floor with children and grandchildren, to fit in airplane seats and movie theaters, to proudly attend class and family reunions, to celebrate anniversaries in a slinky dress or slim tuxedo.
Yes, those goals are so achievable. And there's no time like the present to start. No more 'almost hitting the bottom' for me, thank you. Been there, done that...
...and it ain't pretty.
Friday, March 04, 2011
In The Spark, Chris says that setting goals is at the heart of the SparkPeople program...that they bring meaning to everything we do and that we should write them down so we can stick to them and keep making progress.
As he said to do, I have set my long term, mid term and short term goals. I talked about them a little bit on my Day Two blog. I wrote that the first and most important daily goal of my 28 Day Breakthrough Plan was: Attend to the Spirit Man.
As part of my daily morning devotion, I read one chapter in Proverbs which coincides with the day of the month. There are 28 chapters in Proverbs and 28 days of the month with a couple days to spare. Each month, I repeat the process.
Coincidentally, I began reading the first chapter of Proverbs on the first day of March which was the first day of beginning my 28-Day Breakthrough Plan. I hadn't planned it that way...it just happened. Today, March 4, was my day to read chapter 4. I promise you I thought more than once before writing this blog today but when you feel something strongly, you go for it.
In The Spark, Chris stresses many of the gifts that can be found in this one Chapter....a treasure trunk brimming over with Motivation, Rewards , Goals, Good Health , Honor and Life.
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”
“Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
(NIV, Chap. 4:7-9,21-23)
I clearly understand now that my first daily goal attends not only to my Spirit Man, but to my Body and Soul as well.
Chris, you are a Wise Guy, but in a good way .
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