Monday, March 26, 2012
So today I played tennis for the first time in oh, maybe 30 years? lol. It was a lot of fun and I ran and swung and bent and threw... it was a good time. When I logged it, it said I burned over 11oo calories. I feel like that was overkill so I backed it down to something I thought was reasonable. Then, I ate that many calories in cookies.
DOH! head smack! Yesterdays victory, today's defeat...lol. I am not tripping about it but I did stick the cookies in the freezer.
We are going to play again on wednesday and I would like to do this a couple of days a week. It was a heck of a workout and we laughed so much. How can that be a bad thing???
Knees held up but back is pretty sore but I will live...
Thanks for all your support, you guys, and here is a picture for you...
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Not a typo. I ate A cookie, not 2 not 6 not a dozen. Not licking the bowl, the beater, the spoon. I ate 1 cookie. This is a Christmas miracle for those who don't know me. And for those who do know me (which means you know I have no control over fresh, homemade cookies) I accept the standing ovation I am sure you are giving me right now!
We went to the movies today and saw Hunger Games which I knew nothing about. I really liked it (and hubby and I shared a small unbuttered popcorn...penance for yesterdays pig out? Perhaps). Now I want to read the books, too. Other movies I saw this weekend...
Crazy stupid love( loved it..love Steve carrell and Ryan gosling is just, um, drool!)
Jack and Jill(surprised I liked it as much as I did!)
In time (liked it and that timber lake kid? He is just awesome!)
Ides of march ( um, I wanted to like it but thought it could have been better...maybe it was just me or my mind frame that night)
So that's it for Mama on movies! I wanted to make you guess what I am doing tomorrow but you never would in a million years so I will go ahead and tell you....
I'm gonna go play tennis with my neice and my daughters boyfriend, Artie...lol. this will be so hilarious. It I wanted to try and it seemed like good exercise chasing the ball I won't be able to hit so off I go. Will report back on that tomorrow if I am not in the hospital...lol
You may be wondering why I am gonna play with Artie and not KD, well that's because she got a job! A big, super grown up perfect job...she got hired at Safeway in the bakery! She is cake decorating at a union job with good pay, advancement and in 60 days UNION BENEFITS and retirement which since she has crohns disease is a huge issue to have health care. I'm so proud of her and she loves it so much. My baby has more than a job, she has a career in her field of passion. Does it get better than that? Only if her sister did too! We are working on that one.
So that's it for my stuff tonight. Tune in tomorrow and see how I did at tennis...good night!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
My day began at 9 which is really late for me. I am usually up by 6 or 7. Anyway, frank and I walked Stitchy then decided to go to a bigger town and hit a movie and go to lunch. We decided to go to Outback steakhouse which didn't open till 3 so we walked around a mall and killed time. Went to the restaurant and I already knew what I would have which is a 500 calorie steak and veggie meal. Anyway, the drink menu looked really tempting so I ended up with a captain Morgan maitai (210 calories), then frank ordered the blooming fried fattening onion. It serves 6 people for 2000 calories. I still wasn't worried. I figured I would have a few prices. Uh huh. We both just about finished it off, then my meal came. Ate all of that. Oh yeah and a loaf of that yummy brown bread. Then the devil appeared asking about desert. Normally I do not order one. Ever. Too dangerous but frank asked if I wanted to share and of course I said yes, and I would just have a few bites. Yeah we ate that too. So a nice little lunch turned into a 2 days supply of fat, calories and sodium. We were too full to even go to the movies so these little piggies headed home and rented a movie (ides of march). I guess we did have a nice day together but damn, I cannot eat like that anymore! I have food remorse and feel like crap.I did burn a few calories "thanking my husband" for the nice day but geez,eating like that used to be our life!
I am happy we have changed 99% of the time anyway!
Monday, March 19, 2012
What was your experience? Did you like it? What didnt you like about it? Do you still go? Why did you quit?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
When I started my spark journey here on March 10, 2010, I weighed 291 pounds. I found out later that in fact, my doctor had me weighed in at 304! I blanked that out becuase I always told myself, "well, at least you are under 300". Snort. The lies we tell!!
Anyway, my first year here, I was fired up. Determined. I had all the tools I needed. I used my tracker faithfully, even on vacation. In fact, my very first vacation, I came home and had only gained .6 pounds. I was so happy. My plan was to get my eating under control first, then add excercise. I have a replaced knee, the other one needs it and I have two bulged discs in my back. I took alot of pain meds just to get through the day. I did not walk nor do any kind of excercise for the 4 years prior to getting healthy. Before that, I went to the gym 3 days a week. In all that time, I only lost 20 pounds because I kept eating like it was my job. I knew I had to do both to be successful but I knew I would need to ease into it when I "tried" again to lose weight.
After the first 15 pounds, I announced I was in a program to help me lose weight. With every success, I posted it on facebook. I got a lot of "keep it up!".
That pissed me off. What if I didnt want to keep it up? What if all I wanted to do was lose 10, 20, 30 pounds?
I kept it up, lol, but because I wanted to, not to please or show off to anyone else.
Then I started walking with my husband and dog. We went 3 nights a week and gradually, I actually walked a mile. I cannot tell you how exciting that was. Now, we walk 4-5 times a week and average 2-3 miles. It is nice. We talk. We watch the dog chase critters that she has no hope of catching. I dont think of it as excercise. It is just a peaceful time of day for us.
By the end of that year, I had lost 62 pounds. Nobody told me to keep it up anymore. They were in shock and awe that I acheived that and I looked so much better and felt so much better and I was alot more fun to be around. I was very proud of myself and felt wonderful.
By the beginning of the 2nd year, I started to struggle. Every pound was harder to lose. I got to where I had lost 70 pounds and that was a huge milestone. Keep in mind, my original goal was to lose 111 pounds and then I was going to reasses how much more (if any) I was going to lose.
In that whole 2nd year, I lost 100 pounds. Unfortunatly, it was the same 5-10 pounds, back and forth, back and forth. But I learned something. I can MAINTAIN! So that gives me hope that when I do lose the rest, I will be able to maintain it. I am consistant. I eat about the same calories every day, still go on vacation and gain 5 pounds, then come home and lose it almost immediatly. I still walk almost every day. I do some occasional kickboxing video's or Frank and I play Kinect and kick each others butts virtually which is always fun and I do some strength training. We have an old weight machine that had gathered dust for years and I am happy to say it is back in working order.
But I realize, going into my 3rd year, that to see change, I have to change. I have to do something different to get different results. I can not go back to what I used to do. I can only move forward into victory.
I have to leave my comfort zone and I have to push myself. I need to step up my workouts. I have to perhaps eat less or calorie cycle. I need to discover what is going to work NOW to get where I set out to go.
I have a blog, way back, about my visual. I am walking down a 2 lane highway, in the desert. I am between 2 mountains. The mountain behind me is where I started. Every 5 miles is a marker and I keep going, getting closer to the mountain of completion. But I have been camped out so long at this marker, I am officially living there. It is time to move. I need to leave these markers behind and get closer to my new place. I am moving out and moving on.
So I am going to take what I have learned these last 2 years, tweak it, use it, apply it and change it. I am going into my 3rd year here at spark with deterimination behind me, consistancy beside me and victory ahead of me.
Through it all, you have been here with me, by me and for me. I seriously could not have done it alone.
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