Tuesday, January 17, 2012
OK! If you've read my rave before then move on to the next one at an expeditious manner!
I preface by saying I write in love & concern for all my SparkPeople teammates on this wonderful journey. I become attached to them all and will support them all. I also write based upon what I have experienced before I became a healthy person and beyond. Let's get busy!
You are the priority. If you don't believe that, think about who would take your place if you ceased to exist! I would never see my granddaughter grow up and D would have to pick up the slack! It just gets worse from there. So, you have to take care of yourself daily to be there for those that need you. You have to make it for you first!
Forget those who say you look terrible after you've ridden yourself of poundage! I've heard it so much and I'm sure you have too! Those people were used to seeing me as a "jolly ole soul!" Forget it, people! Get used to a healthier happier person who digs to run, stays active, and is enjoying life! I can only assume that they wish they had the strength to do what I did! You have made a decision. You achieved. Celebrate with those who celebrate with you! SparkPeople are good for that! Don't let anyone bring you down. Misery loves company and they hide as dream stealers.
Yes, you've become healthy. Yes, some have looked to you for motivation and inspiration. BUT don't let it add stress to your life! Do not feel that you are responsible to anyone but yourself! Have compassion but don't let anyone bring you down. Don't take on the pressure that leads to guilt. I have slipped in the past and the slippage will come. But I will take proactive ways to get back on the journey righteously. In the end, each of us have choices we must make to succeed. We can't make those choices for them. We're only human!
None of use know all the answers. None of us! Each of us are individuals with unique bodies. With that in mind, keep an open mind to education. I'm 61 and have achieved high levels in my professional field. If I was all knowing, I wouldn't have tried to unknowingly kill myself by being unhealthy! I was ignorant when it came to what was good for my body. I made bad choices every day! Now I learn from those who share their experiences! I constantly look to SparkPeople for any information that helps me make healthier choices. And I still don't know squat! I'm always open to more knowledge! Keep searching!
There are a lot of people here who I will continue to thank for sharing and inspiring. I've come a long way. My life has changed. I will never hold anyone responsible or use them for excuses in any way, shape, or form. I will also never judge them for decisions they make. ( I save that for politicians!) I take responsibility and account for my decisions on my journey. That is the bottom line.
There were many times in my life where I have failed miserably. Many did not really impact my life directly. I realize what I could have done now. I use that to challenge myself where it directly affects my future on this journey and those around me. I never knew I could do some of the things I do now. It's good fuel. No matter what, I will try. When I make that effort, I will give it all I have. I will never really know answers otherwise. Does that make sense?
One love...much love...
Saturday, January 07, 2012
I've had a debate with my wife on this topic. Let me say that unless a medical reason applies and a healthy weight loss is needed quickly, then this might not apply. I would hope that a doctor is monitoring progress. And I'm not talking about a "diet doc!" I also believe that procedures might be warranted as well. BUT, afterwards, that doesn't give anyone license to pound down a bag of Oreos or a box of Krispy Kremes! I speak from experience on consumptions of that disgusting quantity!
When I came to SP almost 15 months ago, I had no idea where to start. After starting a new education through reading content on SP, tracking nutrition seemed a good starting block. It gave me a figure to adjust. That would fluctuate with the amount of cardio and strength training I would do. I also started drinking water daily. (64 oz a day? I could never do that! Last night I found I consumed 86 oz no prob!)
Slowly, with ups and downs, I found that the transformation was starting. It was all coming together and encouraging me. It gave me more important priorities in regiment, control, and basically, a paradigm of how I should be living healthily! That was the goal, right? This new path would be vital in assisting with maintenance after I had reached the goal I had set for myself.
THAT was the most important key to everything I was doing. I started the 28 Day Boot Camp. It got me on a daily exercise routine similar to tracking that I've been doing now for 15 months. Every thing became the new routine, the NEW ORDER! Yes, I was told maintaining was the hardest but because I had already taken ownership of my new daily routine, it became second nature after a while, just like everything else. My recent road trip was a confirmation of my new thought process.
If I hadn't taken the time to get rid of the weight slowly and healthily, I never would have been ready to live life in my new "normalcy." When I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at 258 pounds, I dropped 29 pounds in 4 months! The diet I used was unrealistic and ridiculous. I thought I was a hero. Bob Harper would have gotten in my face and asked what I was so happy about. I fluctuated and started to gain it back. I had not conditioned myself to live healthily. I don't believe that any "miracle drug, procedure, or diet" could have reasonably prepared me.
there are studies that show 95% of all diets fail. I believe that. Many studies show that the success rate of achieving and maintaining weight loss for more than two years is often cited as 5 percent. I believe I can achieve that.
I'm just trying to live a healthy life. My timelines are day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. Someone explain to me why I am now the happiest I've ever been in my life. Diets? I don't need no stinkin' diet!
Monday, January 02, 2012
I just came back from a two week road trip. I had baked oysters in Pensacola, Beans & Rice, Crawfish Etouffee, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Beignets with Chicory blended French coffee in N'awlins! I had a fabulous Chicken and Shrimp Rice Bowl in Springfield, Missouri and local delicacies of Valentino's Pizza and Runzas in Lincoln, Nebraska. That was all on the trip up to Lincoln...oh there were also Christmas sweets and Chili at our cousin's.
Coming back, we did Subway, had some great BBQ in Columbia, Mo., ate good breakfasts and snacked healthily in the car.
My first secret was PORTION CONTROL! No matter where D & I went, we split meals as much as we could and planned for the day/night.
My second secret was TRACKING NUTRITION. It helped in planning calories for the the week
My third secret was continuing my WATER INTAKE! On the road or on the table, it was essential!
My fourth secret was WORKING OUT by doing serious TIME MANAGEMENT! Not only did I bring my dumbbells with me, I found I was getting hooked on hotel treadmills. I always did cardio sometime in the morning and still got last minute Christmas shopping done, visited family, and did some regional shopping.
My fifth secret was being SERIOUS ABOUT MY LIFESTYLE! I proved to myself that I didn't have to deprive myself, embraced the fact that physical training was a part of my daily regiment, and that I would not fail, myself and my family.
My sixth secret, and certainly not the least important, was my TEAMMATE, my WIFE! We supported each other every mile of the 3300 miles on the road and in hotels! I challenge every spouse of every SparkPerson to support and get on the train. Guess what? You can have a great time doing it and it will strengthen your relationship!
There might have been a couple more secrets (SPARKING DAILY!)but these were the most important I emphasize. I read a lot about those who dread going on trips. PLAN AHEAD and you will still have a great time! 2012 can be the best year of your life! Much love...
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Ok, nothing but thought bursts....
Last year on this date I was 209 lbs, today I am 168.2.
I did not deprive myself on my just finished 2 week road trip and lost weight! Portion control. People! This can be anyone's secret to success! Exercise can be done in any situation if you really want it bad enough. Dear friends were shocked at how fit and good I looked. It only told me how bad I had looked previously!
Excuses are weaknesses you need to work hardest at getting over. Of course...only if you don't want to live the rest of your life wondering if today is your last day! I know! I was headed in that direction!
I stepped out and had to change my life, and sadly, some of my friends. I could tell who supported me, who envied me, and who didn't give a dame about my health! At the same time, I picked up some of the best new friends I could ever want who supported me. Get rid of the dream stealers!
13 5Ks in one year! Last year at this time, I couldn't walk a block and a half without complaining like a little B*@#&! Feb 12, 2012, D & I are doing a Half Marathon!
I didn't know eating healthy could taste so good. Organic, gluten free and dairy free goodies rock! I even like eating vegan and vegetarian occasionally.
On the subject of good food, I didn't realize "good" calories until the last part of this year. Yes, you can eat more calories...especially when you work out! I found found the hard way by spending a week's vacation in the hospital DURING MY BIRTHDAY!
Why do I keep on throwing these same songs out? Because like Patti LaBelle, I have a "New Attitude" about life and I want all of you to catch the fever. I want to knock you off the fence and embrace the "Healthy Side" of life. I want you to live longer, stronger, better. The talking is over, the action is now!
Blessing to you all and have the best new year of your lives! Much love...
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