Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Ever have one of those rebellious lazy days? I don't want it to turn into a lazy rebellious week, though from experience, I've not had one of those weeks the whole year I've been sparking. Though I've had a lazy attitude, rebellious even, I haven't acted on it. I seem to always convince myself to stay with the program in spite of how I feel. Sigh. I'm sure I'll get around to it today. I've tried encouraging others today. That often helps.
Once I set down my computer, I really don't have anything else planned for the day. It's about 1pm and that gives me 4 hours till hubby comes home. I am paying for the Y so that should motivate me to go use it.
Two hours on SP is four times the amount I usually Spark. I can't believe I've been at it for two hours!
Ok. A good thing about today is that I had coffee with a dear friend this morning. She told me about her trouble with dieting, how she can be so strict and do well all week but the weekends do her in. I was able to share with her several of the tactics I've learned on SP. She is in a PhD program in Public Health. Which takes up so very much of her time and has already told me she doesn't have time for something like SP, so I'm more than happy to share with her insights I've learned from all you other Sparkers. And from the articles I read here. She was open to my advice. I hope some of them help her. I also shared with her some of my struggles, my weaknesses, and she said she doesn't have any answers but that she would pray for me and hoped I'd do the same for her.
Alright, another good thing is that I am confident that I won't trash my day by eating trash. I like what one Sparker said about not treating my body like a garbage can. Why would I throw trash into my body?
I wish for all of you a very motivated week (I wish it for me too) and that you will all be successful in everything you set out to do.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Well, I did it! I managed to stay at my goal weight throughout a trip to Mom and Dad's. I Went to Wisconsin...Had all the treats I mentioned in my Confession blog. Plus I ate Brats, potato salad and baked beans. Had a mixed drink which isn't the norm for me. Went over in calories two days. 300 extra one day and 2000 extra (!) on the other day.
I am so relieved that I don't have to re-lose any weight! WOOHOO!
MY NEW GOAL
Last year I set a goal to lose 6 pounds over seven weeks surrounding the Holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. I was able to lose 7.
This year I am at maintenance and my goal is to stay within 4 pounds over/under goal weight. Wouldn't it be wonderful to not gain any?! What I'm aiming to do until the week of Thanksgiving, is lose 4-5 pounds, so that if I gain any weight, I will not have to work so hard to reach my goal weight again.
So really, I have a separate fall goal of losing 4-5 pounds, and a Holiday goal as outlined.
Maintenance entails as much hard work and paying attention to minutes of fitness and healthy eating, as losing. It's not time to "go back to normal" I have a new "normal." It is to continue being vigilant. Maybe I can eat just a little more, but I was losing so slowly, and actually I've been maintaining for 7 months without adding or subtracting anything from my routine.
Best wishes to everyone as we have a tendency to enter into the Hibernation mode of storing fat for the winter. Let's be victorious!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I am shaky. My heart is racing. Some of you may recognize these feelings...especially in conjunction with consumption of too many calories, including sugar. I just ate around 1550 calories within 45 minutes.
It took courage to sit down and record all that I just ate. I decided to face facts and do a reality check. I have done extremely well during this whole trip, until today.
There was nothing planned and I got a bit bored. It is my last full day here. My parents are pooped out from visiting, and they want to rest. So I am bored. I had sparked earlier in the day, though I could've gotten back on and looked for encouraging victory stories by my sparkfriends. But, my dad reminded me I needed to go to the store to get some Tylenol. So I went. I passed the Dairy Queen. Decided I'd stop there later for a specific item that is a favorite since I was a little girl. But first I went to the DrugStore to buy Tylenol and a few little toys for my grandchildren.
I thought I'd check the Ben Franklin for the gifts, but it was no longer there! How sad, because I used to go there and hang out while my grandmother worked there. It had the old fashioned kind of cash register with the push buttons. (Back when I was 8 years old.) Then I saw the next door down that the Bakery was open. Surprised that it was still around, I went in, hoping to get a specific jelly filled donut, but those were gone. I settled for something else, just to feel a closeness to my grandma who used to take me there with her on her lunch break on the days I was hanging out with her while she worked.
My bakery item in the white bakery bag, I walked to the car, deciding I would save it and eat it later to enjoy it. Once in the car, I decided on the shortest route back to the Dairy Queen. They no longer carry the crunch coat for their cones, and I am saddened by that, so I ordered a peanut buster parfait, one of the most caloric desserts they have, though not because I wanted calories, but because I've secretly wanted one for a year and a half and have denied myself the pleasure, which was wise. But in my weakness today, though I had half a mind to just eat part of it and throw the rest away...I scarfed it down.
Went directly to the car and gobbled up the donut. On the way home I stopped at a McDonalds. I think I was craving something savory after the sweet, and this small two stoplight town has just claimed it's first McDonalds, and I've never been to it...I just had to go. I got a Happy Meal; after all, the fries are only 100 calories in this order. And a burger is only 250. To top it off there are apple slices in the box. Whoopee.
Well, I wish that were the end of it, but I got back to the house and grabbed two cookies made with butter and cream cheese. Now I'm done eating, and I'm done with my confession.
My mom just walked into the room with a bunch of graham crackers smeared with frosting. She weighs 103, so I don't fault her. But at least I'm not rushing off to make some for myself. I feel that like shaming myself. But that doesn't do any good.
I'm doing all I know how to do to keep from dropping into dispair...I'm getting on the computer to fellowship with the most encouraging, thoughtful, forgiving, understanding bunch of people I know. . .my SparkPals.
Thank you for listening. I feel better. I am starting fresh right this minute.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I thought that since I'm having to lay low with bronchitis, I could take time to write the blog I've been meaning to write for the last week! Sometimes you just have to slow down, even if it's not by choice.
I wanted to record my Body Fat Percentage progress because on September 6th I had it measured for the third time. I didn't really expect a change because I've been maintaining the same weight since the last time it was measured.
I have it done with calipers, by the same person each time, for continuity.
these are the dates I had it done and the results
She said a good goal would be 25 for my age and height.
She told me that this was good.
She said it was "good....very good in fact" WooHoo!
It was in February that I added ST. Usually via a Jillian DVD Beginners Front Side, which is circuit/intervals. I only did it one time a week. Also I started doing extra Push-ups and planks once a week. So it's not like I did a ton of ST, but the point is I did add it.
I'm happy I've reached a good weight and have done well with getting my body fat percentage down. I am kinda amazed, because even though I feel good about this, I have retained extra skin on my lower belly, and the numbers still look ok. I feel good about how I look in clothes (not naked! LOL) so that matters to more. Hubby loves me anyway!
Monday, September 03, 2012
Here I've copied my Profile which I have updated today. I'm not totally sure about the necessity of lowering my goal since my kinesiologist did take my measurement of body fat and told me I was fine where I was at. I like the way I look, I feel healthy and fit. My clothes fit well and I'm happy to be in size 10s.
Member Since: 7/26/2011
Fitness Minutes: 20,788
Update, : 9/3/12
I have been maintaining a weight between 142 and 145 for 7 months. This is good. My BMI is 25.5. Which, when going to the Y and getting my body fat measured, turns out to be the same number. The kinesiologist told me that was just .5 over the high end of a healthy BFC for my age, and I would be fine if I wanted to maintain at this point. Today I decided to revisit this thought. After recently changing my ticker to maintenance, I revisited this evaluation and went to a BMI calculator. It said I was overweight by one pound when I'm at 142. I don't like that word "overweight". I think I'm going to now set my goal weight at 136. Which is lower than my original goal weight. ARGH!
I rejoined the Y and am ready to renew my weight loss mode. Reset my intake goals and my calorie expenditure goals.
Swimming and walking, elliptical and recumbent biking, and doing an assortment of DVDs for ST are my current modes of exercise. I drink at least 12 glasses of water each day. I eat at least 5 freggies a day. I'm exercising 6 days a week at least 45 minutes a day. Recording food intake and also my exercise.
I've recently learned that I sometimes eat out of boredom. But that is happening much less often.
---That was my update. I have no problem maintaining this lifestyle, it is part of who I am. Surely I can modify a few things like intake and output. I can do this!
( if I sound confused, it's because I am very conflicted!!!)
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