Friday, August 19, 2011
I started my diet again on Monday. I am doing the 17 Day Diet again. I like that it is stringent, forcing me to eat what is good for me. Everyday on the diet gets easier. My cravings go away...I am less bloated. So I am going to continue on with the first cycle of 17 days and see how far I get. So far I have lost four pounds! Even if it's water weight...it's still weight. As the author says, Excess water weight is dangerous and puts a strain on your heart, so good riddance water weight!
I have to get back to working out, but thus far, have not been motivated. I have been reading fitness magazine, blogs on spark- anything to help get me motivated, but so far...I am still no feeling it. I hope that changes soon.
I am taking this as slow as I want, because I want lasting change, and even though I have overhauled my diet, everything else needs to come slowly. If I start pushing myself, I make too many goals, and then I quit because I can't possibly keep up with the pressure I put on myself! So I am only going to walk the first few weeks while I get this diet down...then I will start doing more, when I feel more comfortable.
Well off to my day!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Oh how many times have I began again on my journey to get healthy. Too many to count. I am at maximum density again.
230.8 this morning.
We began my family's version of the biggest loser a week ago. We weighed in during the afternoon and I weighed in at my highest weight ever (Again!) 237. :( So in a week I have lost seven pounds, but most of that was just the difference you weigh from the morning to the afternoon.
I did ok on my diet yesterday. Day #1. That makes me happy I guess.
Today I am going to follow my diet and track my calories and workout.
I can do this.
Here I go...
Monday, April 25, 2011
Easter was a good day!
It began with a yummy breakfast at church, then a wonderful church service! Afterward, I went home and took an Easter nap with two of my kids, and then got up and went to my sisters house for dinner. I took the day off from my diet, but didn't overdo it. A change I noticed is my tastes are changing. Now, that I am eating less sugar, the desserts tasted too sweet! That is a welcome change!
Back on the diet again. Drank my warm water and lemon juice this morning and it is really running the excess water off of me! (This little trick is part of the diet I am doing.)
This is day 8 of my diet. So far the diet has been easy for me. My cravings are non-existent now! I actually look forward to my daily lunch salad! Life is good!
Workouts begin again today! I am doing 30 day shred with my niece this afternoon! LOVE IT!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I don't think people really mean to be snarky on SP.
I think sometimes it just happens.
Sometimes they don't realize how the words that they are typing are going to sound to the person who reads them. Cause you can't gauge a "tone of voice" through a comment, or message board post.
Recently I stopped counting calories, and began doing a "diet." Counting calories on SP was driving me insane. I spent so much time out of my day logging in the food I ate. I have dial-up and some days it was just...tedious! If I wasn't near a computer, I couldn't log, and that drove me CrAzY! I packed around my calorie book and wrote it all down, but it was never complete until I logged it in! It was adding stress to my day.
So I was in Wal-Mart, and saw a book called "The Seventeen Day Diet." I flipped through it. At first glance it seemed good. I bought the book...all $22 of it. I read through it and by bedtime had decided to return it, because it seemed too restrictive, and too complicated. By the next morning, something had changed in me and I decided to give it a try. Phase one of the book is how I should eat, the way I wanted to eat, all the time. It was restrictive- yes, but it also forced me to look at how I was eating, to accept that even though I was counting calories I was eating too much junk.
So I am now on day 5 of the diet and feel that it is working for me. Sometimes I slip off and eat things not on the diet, usually at night, after I have stuck to the diet all day long...but my calories still stay low and I feel like I am losing. My face looks smaller and yesterday my tummy looked flatter, much less bloated. So something positive is occurring.
Yesterday I blogged about my new found success and had several people who snarkily commented or messaged me about my diet. That sparkpeople was about "getting healthy" and that I should be counting calories and not "dieting."
Duh! (Yes, that's me being snarky!)
I have been on SP for three and a half years. I am much healthier now for being a member of this website, then I was before I found it. Do I have extra weight still to lose...YES! Should I be condemned because I choose another way to try to lose it??
My diet is teaching me how to eat...(not that SP didn't try to do that) but I think at this point in my life that eating the SP way is giving me too much freedom. The diet I am doing takes you down to the healthy basics for seventeen days. It tells you what to eat. After seventeen days, it adds in more foods to keep your metabolism guessing, and to keep you from getting bored, after another 17 days it adds more foods. When you hit your goal weight you go into maintenance mode. That's the point where you can eat anything and it teaches you how to maintain your weight. It even has a plan for when you are PMS-ing...a crucial time when I usually crash and burn. Research now suggests the faster you lose weight the more likely you are to keep it off. This plan gets the weight off quick and teaches you to maintain it. It is not a diet for the rest of your life, and isn't meant to be.
So yes, that means at some point I will return to counting calories and following the SP healthy lifestyle. Because Sparkpeople is for the life.
Someone suggested that I needed to try working out.
FYI...I haven't been working out for the last few weeks for two reasons: I had the stomach virus for 5 horrid days. If you have ever experienced anything like that then you now it takes a few days to get your strength back, and I didn't wanna pass out in the middle of Zumba class. Second, I am injured. I hurt my knee running and it took several weeks for it to heal correctly. I said all of this in the last blog.
So, I am not a lazy bum sitting on my butt wishing the weight away.
I was healing.
My point is...if someone is trying something new to get healthier, don't hate on them for it. Sometimes we need a break from the norm, to try something new. The important thing is we all need to arrive at the same destination...
Being Healthy For Life.
It really doesn't matter what path we take as long as we all get there together.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I got way-laid.
Blown off course.
The good news is I am back.
I got an awful stomach virus a few weeks back and it took me 5 days to get over it. That just knocked me for a loop. I got to feeling much better and then my knee started hurting again. Between all that I lost my momentum and have stopped exercising. I am looking forward to getting back to it though. My knee has not hurt for several days, so I think that it (hopefully) is healed and won't bother me anymore.
I started a new diet. Counting calories just isn't getting me where I wanna be. I bought the book the 17 day diet, and am now on day 4. I haven't weighed yet, so I don't know if it is working or not, but I think today I looked less bloated. Hopefully this is a start of something positive! The diet is kinda restrictive, especially at first, but I am hoping it will help me eat better and more clean. For the first 17 days I eat chicken, fish, or turkey- as much as I want- prepared healthy. I can have as much as I want of healthy vegetables like broccoli, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and two servings a day of a probiotic dairy, two servings a day of a low sugar fruit, and two servings of fat such as oil. It seems simple, but is hard to stick to. I don't think a day has passed yet that I haven't cheated at least a little, but I think it is teaching me to eat better. Breakfast usually s a yogurt, fruit, and/ or egg. Lunch is a salad, and Dinner is a grilled meat, and veggies. I am not suppose to eat any carbs after 2:00. That is also hard to stick too. My son has had soccer games all week- every night. And due to my hunger, I have been having a horrendous time trying to stick to it at night. When your at the ball field and starving there are no healthy options. I was starving last night and quickly added up my calories and realized that I had eaten less than 500 for the day, so I ate two chili dogs. Not the most healthy option...and definitely not on my diet!!
My son had a soccer game last night. The coach rarely lets him play even though my son has real talent. He got to play about 5 whole minutes and got an assist in that time and just played awesome! I was so proud of him!
There were some bad storms that moved through last night. I live in a mobile home so I sat up until midnight, went to sleep, got back up at one to turn on the news to watch the radar. Realized we were under a severe thunderstorm warning and had to get the kids up, and ready to evacuate the aluminum, rectangular, box I live in. My oldest child is at College in a neighboring town, and I almost had a heart attack when I saw the tornado warning box pop up on the screen for his county. I called and called his phone and he had it turned off. Thankfully, the funnel cloud did not touch down, but he is getting his butt chewed today for being so irresponsible!! So we left home and went up the road to my sister's house (She has a basement), and stayed there til we got the all clear at 2:30. I rode back home, got the kids in the house, and back t bed, and collapsed in bed at 3:00. Only to have to get back up at 6:00 to start all over again!
So I am exhausted today. I broke my diet again and bought an energy drink. I have fibromyalgia, so the lack of sleep makes me ache like I have the flu. The energy drink is not good for me, but it perked me up enough that I can do my job as a teacher and it will get me through the day. Again, that is not on my diet...but I was desperate. Aching and trying to teach an entire group of third graders is no fun at all!!
Well off to my day! I am gonna try to stick to my diet and have a good day! I am restarting 30 day shred again on Saturday.
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