Sunday, May 11, 2014
Congratulations to me! Three nights ago I graduated with a master's degree in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado. It has been a two-and-one-half year journey during which there were times that I was barely hanging on. Needless to say, I didn't always make choices that benefited my health (or weight!) but they were choices I made in order to hang on. I cannot change what's done - I can only move forward. And I will.
In 2008 I lost 40+ pounds. I have gained about 25 of it back. But I know that it can be done, and I know how to do it. Begin step one of my (again) journey...
1. Exercise. This is by far the hardest for me to be consistent with. I don't know why, because when I do exercise I enjoy it. I just hate the process of getting there. My 11 year old daughter comes to mind as I think about this struggle. She loves to ski. LOVES to ski. But, for whatever reason, she HATES the getting-ready process, even though she knows how much fun she will eventually have. Sometimes the process (still!) involves tears and frustrates the *&%! out of me. This is me and exercise. Why? I like it, I like the way I feel... why is it so hard to change clothes, put on my shoes and head out? For cryin' out loud, all I have to do is go down to the work-out area of our basement!
My goal, for the first week, is 5 days of 20 minutes of varying levels of aerobic exerise. I get bored doing just one thing, so I'll walk, jog, run, increase the incline if I'm on the treadmill, walk backwards, etc. But I'm only going to do aerobic activity and only 20 minutes a day for the first week. I can handle this amount of time first thing in the morning, before I go to work.
2. Eating whole foods. This is mostly easy; I am drawn to the natural by nature. I enjoy cooking. But I have to plan for it or it doesn't always happen. So every Sunday I'm going to lay out my dinner menus and options for lunches and breakfasts.
3. Supplements. This is another thing that I hate to do. I don't know why, I just do. And I know there is much argument about the necessity of supplements. But I also know that being highly gluten intolerant I am probably lacking vitamins B from my diet. And, truth be told, I feel better - (more energetic, less cravings) when I include a vitamin B supplement paired with chromium in my diet. And being lactose intolerant as well, I no longer eat much dairy, so calcium is another must. I need to do this; it makes me feel better; like exercise, I need to do it!
4. Plan. As mentioned in #2 above, I know that planning is key. I know that I hit the late afternoon, early evening and I'm prone to throw all my good eating for the day down the drain and indulge (binge?) on something that is not wise. It happens almost every day. But if I'm a.) taking my supplements, b.) exercising, c.) eating good whole foods and d.) planning for this time, I am MUCH less likely to succumb.
Week One -begin!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
So - after weeks of doing everything right, I took a much-needed hiatus from the over-analyzing I'd been doing. I had a beer. I bought and ate, IN MUCH MODERATION, a bag of gluten-free chocolate-covered pretzels. I didn't track, but I made good choices. I didn't count calories and didn't go over-board with the exercise, but didn't become sedentary either. I skiied.
This week, I've lost. Finally. 2.6 pounds to be exact. It's almost like my body (although i was hardly starving it!) went into defense mode when I started in full hilt with exercise and limiting calories to the Spark recommended levels. Today I did track, and I was over by about 300 calories (1771 calories to the recommended high of 1550). I jogged and walked this morning for about 40 minutes and probably burned off about 250-300 calories so I'm not gonna think too much about it.
Worked this week - hopefully the right track will start to show more results.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Seems like only a few days ago since I posted my last blog. Has it really been a week and a half?
Well, I'm still not losing any weight. I haven't given up, but I did take a bit of a TypeA, hyper-control break. Last week I lost one of my two planning periods every single day. I got behind. I did exercise, but only Monday and Thursday. We skiied on Saturday and Sunday (all day) so that wasn't completely a loss exercise-wise. I didn't track from Friday 'til yesterday... today was my first day back. I didn't count a single calorie; I just made good choices. AND - I gave myself a few breaks. I had a beer (just one). I had some m&ms in my trail mix (not a ton). And I bought a bag of chocolate covered gluten-free pretzels BUT I haven't eaten more than 4 in one day (less than 1/2 a serving) and I haven't had them every day. I just chilled out a little bit.
when, out of cuiousity, I stepped on the scale this morning - it's still the same. At least I didn't gain.
Tomorrow I'm not exercising in the morning - I'm hopeful I will when I get home. But, if not, I'm back on the treadmill on Friday. And pushing myself more. It's still really hard for me to believe that the scale hasn't budged when I'm eating less (and taking less total insulin according to my pump: I'm down by about 28% on a daily basis) and exercising. Maybe my thyroid's up? Maybe I just need to jump-start somehow. I've never had a problem losing at the BEGINNING of a weight-loss program. But - I'm going to keep going. Who knows how long it'll take, but I'm eating better, moving more and making good choices for me and my family. I've gotta continue to focus on that.
Friday, January 11, 2013
So... as I've said before - when I lost 40 pounds about 5 years ago I did it by 1.) clean eating (I just started with this - no exercise for the first couple of weeks... just focused on my food choice). Then added 2.) light aerobics - mostly just walking, although the more weight I lost I began to mix walking and jogging. Then, finally 3.) weights - again, nothing serious, just the free weights/bands/etc. and the exercises I got either from Spark or from magazines. It worked.
I've been clean eating for 2 weeks now and really sticking with it. I've cut sugar out of so many places (oatmeal, coffee) and I've left a little bit in (say, 1/3 cup vanilla kefir and my calcium gummies) but really - it's almost negligible. And I've been successfully staying in my Spark recommended calories - the low side mostly - for 2 weeks.
And I started working out again - C25K program for aerobics and Spark Workout for strength training.
And (drum roll please)...
Week 1 - lost 1.4 pounds.
Week 2 --- gained 2 pounds.
Since I've been measuring EVERYTHING and really keeping to my routine, I'm wondering what's going on! Is it possible (even though I'm not exactly working out like an athlete) - is it possible that my calories are too low???
I did a search online and found that for moderately active females of my weight and age I need to eat 2300 calories approximately to maintain my weight. 500 less than that to lose - so 1800. I've been eating 1300-1550. Is it possible I need to eat MORE (clean foods, of course!) to lose weight?
And, I know, it's not just about the weight. It's about being healthy - feeling better, etc. etc. And I haven't lost that focus. I'm not quitting! But it's just frustrating when you don't see results - and since it's so early, the scale is my only gauge.
Hmmm... thoughts anyone???
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