Thursday, October 28, 2010
I was reading one of my spark friend's blog entries about an article that was posted on the Marie Claire website and it got me to thinking. So many people now-a-days think that since obesity is prevalent and in the media that it has become acceptable. They also claim that obesity is causing their health care costs to go up. I am here to say that that is a great misconception.
Let me start with the rising health care costs. These fees are going up, yes, but not because people are overweight. They are on the rise because of malpractice insurance that bad doctors have to pay for and because of just plain greedy people. Weight has little to do with it. Personally I can't even get regular health insurance because they declared my weight a pre-existing "illness", I had to get the Federal Inclusive Insurance. Funny thing is, the federal insurance wouldn't accept me because of weight, I had to have a special letter from an insurance company stating that I was uninsurable. (Ahhh, I hate hate hate health insurance companies).
Obesity becoming acceptable in society? Let me tell you a little story. Last spring I had gone to the beach to visit my in-laws. During that trip we decided to go to an RV Park on the North Carolina Inlet and fish (I was in my regular clothes, not a bathing suit). I had decided that I was getting a little too much sun and was walking back to the house by myself when I stepped in a hole and fell to the ground. I had to sit there for a second because it was a pretty hard fall, I was hurting, and I still had a long walk ahead of me. When I looked up there was an entire family, kids and all sitting on their front porch starring at me. They did not say a single word to me; didn't ask me if I was okay, didn't try and help, NOTHING, just sat there and starred.
When I told the story to my mother-in-law she said, "You know, I hate people sometimes. If you had been a size 2, busty blonde they would have come running." I have to agree.
If you want to see the article that started all this, take a look. I bet you will be appalled, just as I was.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here are my 2 month stats.
Down 10.8 lbs
Down 1 pant size
Thigh (left one): 0.75”
Upper Arm: 0.3”
Thigh (left one): 1.5”
Upper Arm: 0.4”
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
My husband and I were talking over dinner last night. As I was eating my super delicious Greek Pizza I started thinking. I have read all these blogs where people who have lost a lot of weight have many different people asking them for tips on how they did it.
Eventually, that will be me. I'll meet someone on the street that I haven't seen in a long time and they'll say to me, "Oh my goodness, you look amazing. How did you do it?" Do you know what my response would be? I'll baffle them by saying, "By eating lots of pizza and ice cream."
Teehee, I can't wait for their shocked faces.
At this point I have only lost 10 pounds, but I feel that that is a great accomplishment considering that I am losing weight and there is not a single day where I have felt deprived of my favorite foods. I have just learned the value of portion control and healthier substitutes for the things that I love.
If your wondering how in the world I fit pizza and ice cream into my diet/life style change, here is how. When I eat pizza I no longer order from a restaurant. I can fit it in, but I get more pizza for the calories if I just buy the frozen kind. Last night we had Palermo's Greek Pizza which is a thin crust pizza with olives, tomatoes and feta cheese (yummy). My husband and I share the pizzas by having half each. If you look for the thin crust pizzas you can usually eat a half for 400-500 calories.
I usually get a sweet tooth at night, so I save my sweet treat desserts for my nightly snack. I buy Jello Pudding Pops (90 calories per pop), Weight Watchers Giant Mocha Bars (100 calories per bar) or when going out I go to my favorite local place, Zack's frozen yogurt which has fat free strawberry cheesecake swirl (126 calories for 6 oz.).
So there you go, healthy eating with pizza and ice cream. Man, who needs a cheat day?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Today on my Spark People homepage there was a blog about songs that will get your workout pumping without even knowing it. Okay, so I have found this to be true. If I'm listening to really great music that I love that is also fast paced, I have a tendency to step up my workout and enjoy it more as well. However, this is something that I notice is happening and sometimes is done intentionally.
I personally like working out with a good book. When I read, the time just flies by and I have lots of fun because I love love love to read. The thing that I have really noticed is I workout much harder when I am reading an action packed book, especially when I am reading the climax. I am currently reading the Riley Jenson Guardian Series by Keri Arthur. It is a fast paced, action packed, sexy series. Whenever I am reading the really good parts of the book I sweat a lot more during my fitness routines. I'm guessing that is because I was so submerged in the book that my body and heart started pumping up the speed. I don't even realize I'm doing it, it just happens. It's a really cool feeling to know that you worked really hard and didn't even pay attention to your aching muscles or heavy breathing.
Monday, September 13, 2010
My Spark exercise for this week is to find motivation and part of that is to find quotes that motivate me. All of these I got from the motivational quotes page on Spark, but they were the ones that moved me in some way.
"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going.”
“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”
“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”
“A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.”
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
“Stop living life for what’s around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.” -- I really need to work on this one.
“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”
“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”
Hope you got some inspiration from these.
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