Friday, November 04, 2011
I dug up some old pictures of myself from when I was at my highest weight. Back before 2000, which is when I started finally losing weight.
The pictures are in my gallery, I didn't post them in my blog because I had a hard enough time putting them on my SparkPage. I wish there was an easy way to transfer them from my gallery to my blog.
When I realized I was obese, I just made a decision for the New Year that I was going to "get smaller" I didn't set a goal weight. I just set out to lose. I started writing down everything I ate, eliminated white stuff (flour sugar potatoes and rice.) I started walking for 15 minutes a couple times a week and then increased till I was sometimes walking 7 miles at a time. I'm really proud of myself for doing this. I got down from 210 to 170 by April. then by the next summer I started trying to lose more and lost another 25 pounds. Settling at 145.
Before I started losing I'd had an awakening. I didn't realize how much I'd gained (I was 135 most of the years from my 20's when I had babies until I got to be 38, and started on a particular medicine for my bipolar disorder.) My husband had told me I'd better lose weight or he would divorce me. I think it was mostly because I wasn't happy with myself, and I think he thought that would motivate me to lose. It really hurt, but I also opened my eyes to the fact that I couldn't stand what I saw in the mirror every time I went into the bathroom.
Well, I mentioned that I settled at 145. That lasted 5 years and about the time one of my daughters got married I started regaining some of it. Not sure what it was. I kept logging my food since 2000, and only stopped that for a short time recently which really added to the problem. So I know logging is key for me.
October 26 was my 3 monthiversary with SparkPeople and I have learned so much. I have no desire to give in to the oversize portions that I used to eat. And I am working hard to keep up a good exercise routine. I'm getting some SparkFriends who are supportive and encouraging. I was all alone in my efforts before and was able to make progress, but it is much easier to do it this way.
Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement!
Thursday, November 03, 2011
I know that kids learn by example. I've heard that picky eaters come from seeing parents be picky eaters. Well, I have the pickiest eater for a husband. He won't eat any vegetables. He won't eat meat unless it's a hamburger or meatloaf. Well, he is willing to eat turkey subs, but it has never been any fun cooking meals if I was the only one who would enjoy them. So I gave up on cooking.
When the kids were small, I cooked, but the menu was limited. I gave up on vegetables because I'd be the only one eating them. I didn't want to be cooking for one when there were 6 of us. No lovely stews or soups. No crock pot meals, no balanced meals. You probably wonder what we ate!? We ended up eating out SO much of the time. He would get pizza (does sauce count as a vegetable? maybe so!) Or a turkey sub, at least he likes rice and beans. He sticks to a very limited menu. Oh, and he likes to have cereal for dinner. He won't eat eggs.
I've learned that I'll never change him and I love him for who he is. It took me years to learn that, but now we are best of friends in every way.
As I said, I was concerned about the kids learning his ways. BUT, as grown-ups they all have very well balanced diets. One of them feeds her whole family a vegetarian diet. Including her 2 kids. I thought it wasn't healthy for little ones to eat that way, but she has the healthiest family. The other three eat a wide variety of foods and are health conscious.
When I had gained weight, and became 210, I hadn't (obviously) been eating healthfully.
But when I turned things around and eliminated most sugars and refined flour, and included lots of vegetables, I started losing weight (of course there was a lot of exercise involved). This is in 2000, and three of my kids were in their late teens and one was 8 or so. They saw me be successful in losing 70 pounds in a year and a half, so maybe that demonstrated to them the value of eating better. It must've made an impression on them, it seems so since they all turned to good eating habits.
I am happy that I could Spark my kids, even though at the time i knew nothing about SparkPeople. Now that I'm trying to re-lose the regained 15 lbs and lose another 15, they are my biggest cheerleaders. It's not hard to have meals with them because they make healthy choices. (I just ignore my husband's pickiness, that seems to be the only way I can deal with it.)
There's a picture of me with my whole family on my SparkPage. It doesn't include the kids' spouses, kids or girlfriends. That would be 15 of us. Please stop by and see us. I'm very proud of them all!
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I have posted pictures on my SparkPage of me at 161 and 150, which is my current weight. Check them out. Tonight I got a body composition analysis done. The kind with the calipers. Rachel, a very energetic kinesiologist eat the Y did the measurement. She came up with a 28% Body Fat Composition. She recommended for me, at age 52, I should shoot for 23-24%. That doesn't sound too hard. But maybe it is? She said the only way to change the number is to gain lean body mass. Strength Training is key. So I will ramp up my ST routine.
My cholesterol is pretty good. Total Cholesterol is 206. (should be under 200)
My triglycerides are 82 with a goal of less than 150! (My trigly. at one point were 1300, when I weighed 210.) My HDL is 70,( should be greater than 40-50) I'm proud of that number too since it used to run low. My LDL is where the problem lies, it's 120 and should be under 100. Gives me something to work on.
My blood sugar is 88, but then I've never had any problems with it.
The other day I read one of the warning labels on my thyroid medicine that says to take this medicine 4 hours before vitamins (calcium, zinc, and iron) But I've been taking it at the same time as my vitamin. Maybe that caused the thyroid med to be less effective,(since those minerals bind with the medicine causing it to not be absorbed in the body as well) meaning I could be hypothyroid, which can cause trouble with weight loss. Ive been losing at a rate of 1/2 lb. every 1 to 2 weeks. So I changed my vitamin time. We'll see if that makes any difference.
Monday, October 31, 2011
I found out through the calculator that uses resting heart rates, what my Target Heart Rate should be for cardio.
When I walk, my HR is not quite within the zone, by about 7 BPM under. This really discouraged me. I walk 3-4 times a week and sometimes more. I thought this was an aerobic work out for me, but now I see that it is not.I get breathless when I talk and light headed after 45 minutes of walking, so I thought I was doing ok. Sunday my wonderful supportive hubby took me for a walk. I needed to be "taken for a walk" because I was discouraged and didn't feel like it. We did 5 miles. I told him about my discouragement and he said I get more out of my walk than that. It may not be my Aerobic workout, but it helps my mental health and my strength, esp. my back which is weak. It's also supposed to be good for the heart, even at slower heart rates. I felt better. But now I still need to be sure to get my swimming and circuit DVD workouts in.
Good news, Today I reached the 150 mark. I never thought I would see 150 again. Now I can't wait to see numbers in the 140s!
Monday, October 24, 2011
I had a better day! Yay! The past few days I've felt depressed so I'm doing what I can to rescue myself before it turns into depression. I know, since I'm bipolar that I don't have a lot of control over this, but there are steps I can take to help myself. One thing is to simplify my schedule. I've been going in a million different directions and that will set me up for mania. Or I'll get depressed from being overwhelmed. I need to take charge and put on the brakes. I adjusted my work schedule. Fortunately the 90 year old woman I am companion to is flexible. I can't do much about my other part-time job. The schedule is all over the place, but until the Christmas rush I will be having three nights/weekend slots to work. Then there's the issue of my boredom with lunches I pack. I am going to go through my Hungry Girl cookbook to find some yummy alternatives. I also am spending a bit too much time on this site. I will limit myself to the things I find most helpful. Any suggestions on where you spend the most time would be welcome. I need to go for what's less time consuming and what is most beneficial to getting healthy.
I like recording goals, and tracking, Reading blogs, spinning the wheels, etc. I'd love suggestions.
Just to give you an idea of how down I feel. . .I didn't get excited when I lost a pound today. I wasn't expecting more, I just wasn't into it. But as I said , the day turned around and I ate well today and took a 75 minute 5 mile walk in the beautiful weather.
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