Ok- I have been going at this weight loss ride for many years. Most recently the last few weeks(4) I had been really watching, record anything that crosses my lips and making a real effort to gain control.
I am passed the point of physical cravings....the first week was hardest. I missed heavy carbs and sugar. However, I still have a mental craving for that pleasure part of the food and eating. ( I am not hungry but a cupcake would be yummy! or a handful of chips!)
( does that make sense? )
I have been trying to find joy in things other than food. I select my favorite songs to listen to in the car on my drive to and from work. ( Little joy :-) I make quick calls in the evening to my parents, siblings or friends to say hi and I am thinking of you. ( Little Joy:-)) I spend some quality time with one of my kids or husband even if its just a few minutes, ( Little joy:-)
What are the little joys you add to life to make up for the food moments that your are trying to avoid?? I really want to hear some ideas! Thanks
Thanks to Tina~ ( MIATIA1) I have copied this from her blog- changed the answers to fit my needs. I am hoping to stick to this and jump start some weight loss!!
I I promise myself to do at least 100 minutes of exercise this week. The weather is looking nice, and I have a new recumbent bike....no excuses!
2. I promise I am going to use my Spark site to log my food each day this week.
3. Name something or someone who inspired you this week and why?
I am going to have to say Tina again, since this is her blog, and it seems to be working for her!
4. Iím sending out a challenge to Margie to log in each day this week as well...and to drink that water each day!
5. This week I promise Iím going to pick up the hand weights and work out those upper arms!
6. My number one goal this week is to make this a habit again...logging in, eating healthier and less, start exercising!!
7. Last weeksí WAY TO GO moment that I am the most proud of is ???? I am starting over after all....last week there were a lot of moments of failed attempts...mindless snacking...choosing to sit instead of stand and move...I am hoping to fill this one out much better next week!
8. ** changed from Tina's** What motivated you to restart....pulling out my spring and summer clothes and seeing that many of them do not fit! I did so well last year on spark and got down to a nice weight and size... since Oct I have put many pounds back on and the clothes really showed me this!!
9. What did you fail to do that you promised yourself last week you would? Exercise each day while on spring break!
10. For following through with my promises this week, my reward is I will spend some time reading - something I love to do - but can always find other chores I should be doing instead. I will make that time for ME if I stick to things this week!
Ok I am back and seriously trying to get a few pounds off before the holiday and not put any new pounds on. January will be my 1 year anniversary with Spark and I want to be down 5 pounds by then!
I decided to write a blog about once a week, regarding something I find difficult on this weight loss journey.
One of my biggest downfalls is picking when I am really not that hungry...like half an hour after dinner is done and cleaned up. I find myself at the fridge or pantry ...just looking for a bite of this or a bite of that...(I finally hid the halloween candy far out of sight and reach! )
So what do you do when you have the urge to pick for no reason. ??
I dont think I ever eat because I am really hungry...We are blessed beyond our own understanding with regards to how much food we have ,the quality and quantity of food available to us! I have begun to think that eating just to eat is a sin...?? ( Or am I trying to convince myself, guilt myself, to curb this picking habit?!)
I welcome thougths and ideas!
On a positive note- I really have had no trouble getting back into the habit of drinking the water all day...I think it helps me to feel better over all!
I am returning to Spark people...looking for some support! I had joined last January and lost close to 30 lbs by July! I felt great! I logged in every day- drank my water! and exercised about 5 times a week ...sometimes more!! Then with the new school year starting( I am a teacher) my hours changed, I did something?? to my knee and fell out of all of my good routines! Well...now 5 pounds has crept on and I need to get a grip and get back to the basics! The thing is, I know I was not exercising like before, but I do think I was still eating healthy, small portions and making ( mostly) good choices! But without logging the foods I ate daiily, maybe I wasnt!
I am not sure what I did to my knee...it just started bugging me one day in September...especially on stairs. So I read up on it and decided to give it a break for a few weeks. My knee is still bugging me - I need to see a Dr. - but I also need to get back to the exercise!!
What kept me going with spark people last spring was the few friends I had met here who checked in with me and I with them every couple days. Then slowly they all seemed to log in less frequently ( Kathleen, Margie, Tia- you know who you are!) So I need some old or new buddies to help me out....make sure I am logging in...share some great ideas with me....ways to exercise with out putting stress on my knee....super low fat snack and recipe ideas!! Bring it on! I promise to do the same in return!! With the holidays just around the bend I want to get back into this now!!! I seem to lack the enthusiasm I had last year...but I am empowered with the knowledge that it does work...I can do it when I put my mind to it! The mind is a powerful thing....and my mind seems to need a little support!
Thanks:-) Have a great day!!
I am a math person- have a degree in math, teach math. I tend to think logically and mathematically - kind of in equations. I am also a rule follower...that can be good and bad.
I started Spark in January and the equation was working great. Eat healthy + eat in calorie, carb and Fat range + exercise = weight loss.
I lost 25 lbs between Jan and May. The equation made sense to me and it worked!
Then June came. Maybe because school let out and equations and such mathematical things dont matter then....but the equation stopped working.
So being locally minded I ate healthier, stayed at the low end of my ranges and exercised more and in different ways thinking that would surely = weight loss...no it didnt. So I read everything I could on plateaus...drank more water....traded in my 3 lb hand weights for 5 lb weights and hoped then a weight loss would surely follow. Still NO!!
Frustration set in....I became more determined than ever. I started to add bits of running to my work outs( You have to know me- this is where you should be laughing - on the floor)I even tried eating at the high end of my ranges for a day or two- as many articles and blogs here recommend- but what happened? I gained a pound or two.
So I read "The Spark"- good book! lots of great stuff in there! tried a few of their ideas and food suggestions but still I am sitting here...almost 5 weeks at the same weight!!!
So please offer some suggestions - or at least some nice kind words...What is it that will keep one motivated at this point? I had goals set for July 1 and August 1 that I now need to re think. Right now my goal is to stick with the program and remember that weight loss wasn't my only goal- but being healthier was a goal too- and I need to focus on that I guess. But I sure could use some help and encouragement!! Thanks:-) have a great day!