Thursday, September 04, 2014
My motivation is all about health and comfort since at my age losing weight has actually made me less attractive with all the saggy skin and wrinkles. It has even caused my eyelids to droop over my eyes, one worse than the other which is really goofy looking.
My list became too long for the Message Board, so I am moving it to my blog.
Want to get a blood panel with everything in the normal range.
Don't want HBP to make my failing kidneys any worse than they are already.
Don't want to be diabetic, like my sister and many relatives are.
Don't want my appetite to rule my life.
Want to take a brisk walk without shortness of breath.
Would like to walk over two miles without my knees or heels getting inflamed.
Would like my evenings free of hearburn and acid reflux.
Want to push cancer, stroke, and heart disease further down the line of my future.
Want to be able to trip and fall without bones breaking.
Want to save money with fewer medical bills, smaller grocery orders, fewer restaurant meals, and no expensive processed junk food.
Want to fit comfortably into a booth or theater chair.
Would like to enjoy parks, museums, and zoos without pain or exhaustion.
Want to be able to lift, carry, push, move, open whatever needs to be lifted, carried, pushed, moved or opened, since I am alone.
Want to do ab work or bend over to tie my shoes without a roll of belly fat in the way.
Would like to do more pushups, not only because I am getting stronger but because I am pushing up way less poundage.
Don't want the EMT's or pall bearers to cuss me out when they have to haul my fat carcass away.
Want to wear those pretty blouses that I bought before joining SP, then got too fat for.
Don't want to ride those silly carts around Walmart, 'cause you can't reach anything and have to keep waiting for another customer to come along and get it for you.
Don't want to have to get my groceries at Walmart alone because it is the only place with the silly motorized carts.
Want to get out of the bathtub.
Want to be able to get up off the floor without needing to grab anything.
Don't want to hear rude remarks about my weight, even those disguised as 'concern.'
Want to run to the hills during the next zombie apocalypse carrying maximum food and ammo without being the slowest bait.
By the way, since I have now dieted and exercised away 47 pounds, I have accomplished a large chunk of this list, in part or in whole, so I may not be perfect, but I am moving in the right direction.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
"I've been nominated by one of my dearest friends, (fill in the blank), to participate in a 5 day Positive Challenge, I can most definitely say 3 positive things for 5 days in a row, can you? I nominate (fill in names of three or more Facebook Friends) to do the same, knowing that these people have always brought a smile to my face and given me a belly laugh or 2. Now, please post your own Day 1 positive list and nominate at least three Facebook Friends to do the same. Let's start filling Facebook with some positive energy and your own life with an attitude of gratitude and hope it goes far."
I don't normally do "chain" letter, challenges, or chain anything but this one sounded too good to pass up. I sat down and made my five day list in a sitting and will post them over the next five days. Thought I would add my Positives to Sparkpeople as well:
1. I am grateful for the gracious gift of salvation from my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2. I am proud and grateful to be an American.
3. I am glad to be the personal servant of the world's sweetest and goofiest kitty-cat, Cagney Joy.
1. I am grateful for my family, whom I can always count on to be my faithful friends, even the ones who don't like me, and who can always be counted on to come equipped with a generous dollop of goofy.
2. I am grateful for Veterans who sacrificed much, if not all, to give me the land of the free and the home of the brave.
3. I am grateful that I am still relatively strong, tough, and healthy for an old crow.
1. I am grateful to find a church with a top-notch Pastor, extraordinary choir. and the best friends God ever made.
2. I am grateful to be on the giving end rather than the receiving end of local charities.
3. I am grateful for fruit and vegetables, that ward off disease and help keep my weight down--a one/two punch.
1. I am grateful for retirement--the greatest invention ever, and the privilege of living long enough to reach it.
2. I am grateful for my Social Security check and retirement benefits.
3. I am grateful for my car and my driver's license--take away my wheels and you take away my life.
1. I am grateful to Sparkpeople and its no cost support community for people trying to lose weight and improve their fitness.
2. I am grateful to South Carolina and its beautiful beaches.
3. I am grateful to Brookgreen Gardens for its low-cost yearly membership so I can walk in one of the most spectacular places on earth whenever weather permits.
What 15 positives would you choose to post? If you decide to accept the 5-Day Positive challenge on either Facebook or your SP blog, feel free to use my name as your nominator.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I continue to eat healthy, healthier than ever in fact, and am now making an effort to work 10+ freggie servings into my daily menu (that's up from my previous goal of 7), but I am failing pitifully in my efforts to develop an exercise habit, especially with the hot muggy weather making walking pure torture. I would follow the SP advice that the best exercise is something you enjoy except for the basic fact that there is no such critter--I hate all forms of exercise and accomplish what little sporadic efforts that I do through sheer teeth-gritting, hating-every-minute will-power. We all know how far that will get you!
As a result, I had a learning experience. Last year at this time, I went for my physical during a "good" period when I was eating healthy and exercising faithfully. This year I went in for my blood work during a period when I was eating super-healthy but hadn't exercised for many weeks. Last year my kidney readings had slipped back under the normal line and everything was fine except for my 202 cholesterol, but that was okay because my HDL (Healthy Do-good Lard) was so high. This year, what a difference, my kidneys are no longer doing their job as they should and my cholesterol had risen to 239! The scary part is that my LDL (Lousy Do-bad Lard) went up 21 points! Don't know if this is true for you but it is true for me: the freggies, low-fat protein, and whole grains cannot do it alone! So, I must somehow dredge up the teeth-gritting, hating-every-minute will-power and find the grit to start torturing myself again to see if it makes a difference next year.
...and goodbye eggs, hello oatmeal!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Here is a listing of 14 fad diets that will work against you in the long run. Common sense would probably tell you this, but the article tells you specifically why they are a bad idea:
Quick summary: if you have been on SP for any length of time you will have learned that weight loss is not just about what we don't eat but how healthily we do eat and exercise is a must. We need to know that we don't starve our way to slimness, health, and fitness, we eat and exercise our way to slimness, health and fitness. None of these diets meets our body's needs, none emphasize the need for cardio and strength training, and essentially doom you to regaining the weight you do lose, if not more.
Exercise is important but you can't exercise off the poor nutrition of an inadequate diet any more than you can gain strength, flexibility, and fitness through food choice alone.
There are no real shortcuts on this journey that will lead you to where you want to be. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it says "guaranteed to lose up to five pounds," that is just another way of stating "guaranteed to lose less than five pounds."
May God bless all your efforts to live a healthy, strong, and fit lifestyle.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
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