Tuesday, January 15, 2013
First I want to apologize to everyone who I didn't thank for the congrats on my one year of maintenance. I was overwhelmed with the marvelous show of support. You are the really friends, in my book. I'll take some time when I feel better to get back to as many of you as possible...once I start feeling better. I'm pushing myself to type out a blog entry in spite of the pain I have in my head. Being sick is no fun!
I'm getting my new year of maintaining off to a slow start. Doesn't help that I've been sick for 9 days. The first 4 it was mild so did some gentle workouts. But then it hit full force with sinus and ear infections plus bronchitis. I guess I go what everyone else has been getting since before Christmas. I'm happy we got through the holidays without anyone getting sick at our house. But the new year brings with it thoughts of setting streaks and planning great workout schedules. Eating on target and eating the healthy stuff all the time.
I have done very well with keeping a streak for 7 days of eating within range. Low end actually. But that's easy because I have no sense of taste nor smell. No appetite. What I am eating is comfort food, and since I have no appetite and get full quickly, I don't have to try hard. In fact the only thing I'm trying to do is keep my freggies up, for the vitamin C. I never drink juice, I'd rather eat my calories usually, but I've had a small bottle of grapefruit juice once a day. I can kind of taste that. The thing I can taste most is sweet. But the flavor of the food is not there, so I say why waste calories on something I can't taste? I've heard that when you get much older, you can lose your sense of smell. Is that why old people eat so little? If food doesn't taste good, I don't enjoy it.
I don't even feel guilty about not working out. It used to be that when I was ill, I would fight for the minute I'd feel better so I could work out, but I feel so crummy that I can't imagine working out. The guilt is not there, and I know I'll do fine getting back on track. I used to think that if I missed more than one day of exercise in a week I'd lose my momentum and never get it back, but One thing I've learned about myself, and really gotten through my thick skull it that I have always exercised for health, since I was a kid, in some form or other. Why would I suddenly be different!
I love you all!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
The At Goal and Maintaining Team was so kind as to remember and recognize my FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MAINTENANCE of my goal weight that I reached January 8 of 2012. I had recorded it somewhere (my SparkPage) and totally forgot about it. I actually had it in my head that I didn't reach goal until February. I decided to check back into my records and see what was the right date, and discovered that it was truly yesterday!
Happy Anniversary to me!
I don't have anything eloquent to say about maintaining. All I have to say is that it is hard. It's a lot of work and takes careful attention to calories consumed and calories burned.
It is really worth the effort though, and knowing that I'm continuing to make positive changes in what I eat and how I work out I feel more and more successful as time goes on. There is never a time to say that you are finished bettering yourself. The goal is to grow in strength of character and have a healthy mind and body.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
I'm lax on exercise, I've had a major binge. Not a great way to start the New Year!
But over the last 48 hours I've corrected the eating part. I'm on my second day of staying at the low end of calorie range. I did lose .5 pound last week, but the day I read that on the scale was the day I had a compulsive sugar eating foray.
I have read "It doesn't matter how many times you fall down, what matters is how many times you get up!"
At least I am getting up again.
I want to get over the tendency to binge. Yet I don't want to completely exclude things from my diet, namely sugar, because I'm certain that saying no completely will lead to binges. Some people are in the "don't keep any in the house" corner and some are in the "do not deny yourself completely" corner.
I imagine different things work for different people. I can have a little every day without any problem for the most part, but faced with having company, I sneak to the kitchen and secretly down a ton of sugar. It especially happens when the little kids are here. My hubby takes care of all their needs and I feel bored and useless, and detached from involvement. That's when I'm most prone to the dreaded binge. I recognize this when I'm being rational, but in the midst of a situation like this I succumb.
I'm being lazy with exercise. I'll admit to that much. I exercised the two days before my company came, on the 1st and 2nd of Jan, but focused on the social aspect of my visit with my friend who came to stay for three nights. We crafted all afternoon for two days. We had lots of fun. That kept me out of the kitchen until the tail end of her visit. At the end of her visit I was anticipating two grandkids for an overnighter and headed for the chocolate. Why didn't I suggest to my friend we take a walk? Well, she is from El Paso TX and was cold all the time while here. I hated to ask her to step out into the cold weather.
On a positive note, my friend's daughter who is 19, was curious about different food and exercise topics, and I was able to share an exercise with her to strengthen her obliques. She wanted to strengthen her abs and her mother and I shared with her the importance of planks and push ups. She was receptive. She was curious about how you burn fat and how you replace it with muscle and how that all works. She was misinformed and I felt confident to share the things I've learned being with SparkPeople for over a year. (she's not terribly overweight, but at least she's thinking about keeping from letting it get worse and also improving her strength.)
My friend has the same body shape as I do, and it helped me not be self conscious about what tummy I have left. She was confident about who she is, or so it appears. It helped me love myself a little better. It also helped me to see that I'm doing ok with my maintenance, and that I should not be down on myself for choosing this weight as my goal.
I am a work in progress and I hope to see some progress over the rest of this month, and on through the year.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Hi everyone! I've missed you.
I've read emails, and tracked workouts on my app, but that's all the sparking I've done. I am looking forward to touching base with you all again.
Hawaii was wonderful again. My son and DIL are doing a fabulous job with my 20 month old granddaughter and while we were there Steph had an ultrasound and found out they are having a boy! We can't wait! Next time we go see them they will be a family of 4! They are coming here in Feb or Mar, and the baby is due in June. We will go back in August if we can stand to wait that long!
For exercise, we walked to my son's from the hotel all but the last day when he had to pick up us and our luggage. He was 1/2 hour walk away, but we also did lots of walking during the day.
One day we hiked up a steep climb to see a waterfall. It was a muddy path, part of the way (my first mud-run!) Great workout. Beautiful scenery.
Another day for exercise I took a swim in the ocean. There was a pool at our hotel, but I never used it (what a shame!) because we left the hotel every morning before it opened and came back after dark every night.
And one day I did a great 15 minutes of continuous ST. That was at the very beginning of the trip, when I had great dreams of being steadfast with my workouts. The best thing I did was walk, and that was usually with my husband who walks so fast I am always pushing hard to keep up. Makes for a great workout!
Eating was interesting. I enjoyed my food so much more this trip because I'd decided not to track (too hard anyway with all the eating out we did...between 1/2 to 2/3 of the time we ate out) My son likes to introduce us to new cuisine. So often my husband and I would order something to share and my son would order something else he'd like us to try and we'd have a bite of that too. You'd be amazed at all the Asian foods you can find there. Not so amazing when you consider the cultural heritage of Hawaii. I think my favorite new experience in food was eating Korean bbq. The bad part that was oh so yummy was how my son planned a new sweet treat for each day. A Taiwanese dessert was particularly yummy. It was Snow Ice, which is almost like shaved ice milk/cream. They had all kinds of fruit flavors, and chocolate, but my choice was the gingerbread flavor. They have a beautiful presentation. Mine came piled high with a candy cane leaning against it, and a butter icing drizzled on it. I comes with pretty little bits of gelled fruit. almost too pretty to eat. I did take a picture, but I'm terrible at posting pictures on here. If I can figure it out I'll post a pic later.
So I've told you about exercise and about my eating exercise, now what I'm not going to tell you is how much weight I lost or gained. I know it will be in the gain category, that's definite because I feel it in how my clothes fit...at least they still fit! I will not weigh myself for about a week, so I can lost the flying bloat, and the sodium bloat, and get on with eating normal and exercising a bit more for the next week. (at least as normal as the holiday will allow.) Within the next week I'll also have to allow for a holiday, but that can't be as hard as my last 10 days was on my efforts. I hope I'm not going to eat my words on that!
Well, it's good to be back, and I'm looking forward to being back on SP!
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