Sunday, June 06, 2010
I am finding myself spending less time on the computer lately, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, this has also kept me off of Sparkpeople for quite some time. However, I feel that it is time for a return.
In part of the down time from Spark, I have allowed myself to slip from healthy eating habits. However, we are doing a weight loss challenge at work. We started a week and a half ago, and while my eating is not perfect, it has improved immensely and I have already lost some weight and feel healthier.
As part of this challenge, we are all wearing pedometers, and I am proud to say that on most days I reach 10,000+ steps. For those days that I don't, I try to make it up on one of the other days. So far, I have been doing very well.
So this is my return. It may not be thrilling for anyone else but me, but I am glad to be back in the community after almost 2 months. I am happy to see everyone is still doing great with their efforts, and I am also glad that I am able to help cheer others on to their success.
Friday, April 09, 2010
On my Facebook page, I have an application that automatically posts a Photo of the Day for me. Each day it's like a little surprise when I log on to facebook and see one of my old photos that I may have forgotten about. I get to see family, friends, holidays, and events that can help keep me smiling and happy.
Today's photo was of myself and my siblings, from the very early 90s. I was probably around 7 or 8. We were all smiling and happy- my sister with her huge 80s hair, my little brother stretching in his pajamas, and me playing dress-up in a Hawaiian outfit. It was a wonderful picture, especially since there aren't many pictures of all of us kids smiling together. Or just of me as a child in general.
When I remember my childhood, I can't remember a time when I wasn't overweight. My mom tells me that I've always been big; I was even her biggest baby. But there is photographic evidence to the contrary. In this picture, I was so thin. Maybe I was still a little bigger than my classmates, but definitely not as big as I always remember being, and definitely not obese. My ankles and calves, poking out from under the Hawaiian Barbie skirt, are so thin, it is hard for me to imagine.
This is inspiring me. I have always thought of myself as someone who was always obese and would never be able to get down to a healthy weight, no matter how hard I tried. My goal was to make myself feel healthier, not really to get to a healthy weight. But now I see that my body wasn't always made to be obese. It can be thin. And if I work hard, it WILL be thin again. It won't be fast- it's taken me almost 20 years to get this large. But it will be worth it.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Today I participated in the Fashion Bug Fashion Show for the second time. It was a wonderful and fun time. It is great being around so many women who feel confident about themselves in beautiful new clothing. I sported a peach top and khakis, and I received many compliments from both people in the show and others who had watched the show. Fashion Bug also offered hair stylists and makeup artists for some of the models, and I got a free makeover. I rarely wear makeup, and it was nice to get some pointers for when I do wear it. I felt incredibly beautiful, and it was an amazing boost to my self-confidence. I recommend it to anyone brave enough to participate in this event.
One of the other perks of this event, other than the boost in self-confidence and the pleasure of being around other women who just want to have fun and feel good about themselves, is that we got 40% off of our purchases after the show. I got some beautiful clothing, and I bought some jewelry for a wedding that I'm going to this summer. I bought the shirt I modeled in the show, and I got this amazing 70's-style dress that I might wear to work this week. So not only did I get to feel beautiful for a day, I'll get to feel beautiful for a long time to come :)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I have both a positive and a negative to blog about today, and they are both in the title of this entry. My positive is about my exercise. I am doing a lot better with exercise lately. I still haven't been back to the gym (I need to cancel my membership, it's only $10 a month but I haven't been in six, so why keep paying?). However, I have bought an exercise bike, and I use it every couple of days. Combined with my several-times-a-week hike and my daily walk with my dogs, I am doing decently with exercise. I have also pulled out my five-pound weights so that I can work on weight training, and my arms are feeling stronger than they have in a long time. I've also bought some small ankle weights and wrist weights... though the ankle ones don't fit my chubby ankles just yet, but they will when I lose a little weight. In the end, I think that I'm doing pretty well with both aerobic and anaerobic exercise lately.
However, like I said, I do have one negative to share. Unfortunately, that negative has to do with my diet. It has basically gone in the garbage. I don't follow any sort of discernible diet. I give into cravings for fast food and sweets, and I turn to a lot of frozen pizzas and macaroni and cheese when I just don't have the time to throw something healthier together. But I am ready to change this. I think the first step to changing is to realize what you are doing wrong, and I definitely know what I am doing wrong. So now I need to try to get back to my healthier ways- more vegetables, more stir fries, less saturated fat, less sweets. Way less sweets. If I could just limit my sweets and only my sweets, I'd be worlds healthier than I am now.
I am thinking of joining Weight Watchers. I'm not sure that my husband and I could swing the cost in our budget right now, although if I finally end my gym membership it would only be about $30 more a month to pay. My mom says that many of her coworkers have joined and lost a lot of weight- and, more importantly, they've kept that weight off. I would love to learn how to do that. I know that many people have done this through Spark People, but I think that I need meetings and people to own up to. I figure I could try a meeting and see how it goes.
So here's to change!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Well, I think it's finally time to seek out a stationary bike. I have a membership at a gym, but I can't stand the crowds, and that place is busy every minute it is open. It has a pool, which is the main reason I joined, but almost every time I've gone it's been full of families with their kids, regardless of the time. My favorite exercise lately is hiking in the woods with my dogs, which is great on the weekends. However, during the week, I don't get off of work until 5, and it's basically nighttime at that point during this season. So what happens is I get home, take the dogs for a really quick walk in the dark, and then sit and watch TV.
So I figured- why not manipulate that TV time with just a little bit of exercise? I know plenty of people who have stationary bikes that they use while watching TV. It might be time for me to join the ranks. I'd really love to get one that both my husband and I could use (not at the same time, of course), but we are both very very overweight (OK, I'll say the word- OBESE!) and basically all of the affordable bikes only hold people from 200 to 250 pounds. I don't know if we have the arm and the leg to spend on a good one for people our size, so I will be checking out all of the thrift stores and sales.
Am I the only one who thinks it's ironic that much of the exercise equipment on the market won't work for people who are overweight, the ones who need the equipment more?
Another problem is deciding the type of bike to get. I think a recumbent bike would be more comfortable for long periods of times. Also, since we are big, I think the seat on these bikes would be more comfortable. However, my husband isn't a fan of this type of exercise bike; he wants the upright version. I guess whichever type I find first and cheapest is the type we'll get.
Hopefully it won't take too long to find one, and I will keep you all posted. It might not be that exciting, but I can't wait to get one. I think it will kickstart my weightloss in a way it refuses to do on its own.
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