Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I don't recommend that anyone else follow my weight loss strategy. But it's one that works for me and that's what counts.
Yesterday, I met my set goal at Weight Watchers, and won the final charm for my WW key chain. As a long time Lifetime Member, if I play my cards right, I'll never have to pay another penny to WW again and can continue attending, gaining new ideas, recipes, and inspiration. (Their system is counting points).
I also attend TOPS which is a fine organization for the same reasons. I also feel I can be an encouragement to some in the group. (TOPS emphasizes the Exchange system.) I have about 3.5 pounds to reach my set goal weight there. (Yes, I have different set goals at both places---different scales, different times to weigh).
Recently, I was excited to discover SparkPeople and it's program. I am almost at my first goal at Spark People with just a little over one pound to to go. I plan to reset my goal when I get there for about 4-5 more pounds. SP uses an amazing tracking system for counting calories and nutrients, which I favor and use consistently.
So why wouldn't it be easier for me to just stick to one plan and one group? It might be. But for me, this is how I choose to do it.
At an earlier stage of my adventurous weight loss journey, I used another commercial program, when I carried almost 200 pounds on my short little body. (Proof? Check my pictures.) With commitment and determination and at a high financial cost, I lost almost 65 pounds in seven months. I kept if off for about 2 years, then yo-yoed up and down, somehow keeping off 45-50 pounds. Desperate enough again I jumped back on the program wagons that I've talked about.
If I were asked to make a choice between SparkPeople and any other program, I think you could guess what my answer would be. With respect and appreciation to all, it is SP hands down. To me, SparkPeople is the most caring, giving, all-inclusive and FREE healthy lifestyle and weight loss program going.
But in the meantime, I am using resources from every good avenue available to me to fulfill my dreams and goals for as long as I am able. Can you blame me?
Friday, April 01, 2011
I shudder to think what might have happened this week if I had not been tracking my food faithfully. Think 2-3 pounds. Four days we ate out! Two restaurants and two church events filled my week's schedule.
This was my tracking strategy: At a Chinese place, I had salmon and shrimp, with soup and veggies. I was careful with the portions. The two church dining events, I portion controlled.
But the big challenge was a birthday dinner celebration at Red Lobster for DH. I went online for their menu and nutrition, and picked a delicious dinner of stuffed flounder, salad and baked potato. I halved my dinner and 'took out' for another meal at home.
I stayed within my calorie range all week, and miracle of miracles, I lost two pounds! As I said, I shudder when I think how different it would have been, if I had not been diligently tracking my calories and nutrition.
It works... it works, I tell you, it works!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Yesterday ended my 28-Day Plan. Weight 138.3 pounds. Before starting The Plan I had already lost three pounds on SparkPeople, and now three more pounds are gone. That makes SIX pounds total. Great!
Which leads me into my topic. I've been in a school environment, learning how to lose weight the healthy way. The lessons included "The Three R's of Losing Weight". We took up:
READING -- Remember McGuffy's Readers? Some of us grew up on them. Reading has to be perhaps the most important thing one needs to learn in order to live a more satisfying and productive life.
I have read prolifically since starting my learning process with SP. I've read blogs and messages by the dozens, A to Z health and fitness articles, magazine articles on healthy foods, and not least my study book, The Spark.
'RITING -- I loved Penmanship in school where we carefully traced our ABC's on lined paper. The hundreds of times practicing taught me how to write legibly. That was in B.C. (Before Computers). Now we have word processors which makes writing and correcting and editing easy. Blogging (Journaling) has become my favorite method of writing. Commenting. Thank You's. Encouragement. Tips and Advice when requested...
'RITHMATIC -- How about those Flash Cards with addition problems, multiplication tables, divisions and fractions. Oh my, fractions. My sweat and tears over them have resulted in my correctly keeping my Nutrition and Fitness Trackers; Adding up all my valuable Spark Points; Figuring out the number of pounds and ounces added and subtracted; Adding all the health benefits and new Spark friends. All these and more keep my mind sharp and my fingers flying.
Hold on, I need to add another important "R".
RECESS -- Where we jumped rope, played hop scotch, and tagged each other until the bell beckoned us back into the classroom. SparkPeople is adamant about our doing exercise, even if it is starting out with just 10 minutes a day. Then adding more as we're able, but not flogging us with a hick'ry stick to do more.
This little diddy was my inspiration for writing this tome. Not remembering all the words, I googled the ones I did remember.
"School days, school days
Good old golden rule days
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmatic
Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick
I was your queen in calico
You were my bashful barefoot beau
And I wrote on my slate 'I love you, Joe'
When we were a couple of kids. "
My grade? I think I deserve an A for effort, don't you? But where do I go from here? Where else, but to go on to earn another degree.
I'm tempted to challenge my SparkMates to site one or more benefits and/or goals met while learning "The Three R's (or 4) of Losing Weight ". So I will.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I gave myself a Goodie this morning. Why? Because I deserved it after meeting several eating challenges headlong this week... and beating the little thingies nearly to death.
Well, maybe not that, but after eating at Olive Garden, and at least two other places in the last week, that is no small feat.
This morning I weighed in at 138.6. Things are coming along swimmingly, of course because of my nutrition tracking.
Before going to Olive Garden (and you all know about the pasta and bread sticks and the all-you- can- eat salad (ringing up 350 cals with dressing).
BUT I, in my finite wisdom, went online and read their menu nutrition charts and picked the most reasonable choices---still high, but within my calorie range.
For me, one pound is a huge accomplishment. It's like a pound of butter melting right off my body.
So I thank myself for the Goodie. I'm welcome.
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