Thursday, June 21, 2012
I'm reading the book, "Weight Loss Boss," by current Weight Watchers CEO, David Kirchhoff, and I am LOVING it. He writes in an easy-to-read way with plenty of humor (which I love). I especially like that he concentrates on not only the dynamics of weight loss but also the special struggles of maintenance after a loss...in particular a substantial loss. I am learning some new things, or in some cases, acknowledging some things I already knew, but didn't recognize their importance, for example, the differences in how naturally thin(never having been overweight) people view food versus the way formerly obese turned thin people view food, and how we don't automatically change our perspective to that of the naturally thing when we become thin. He gives some great insight to coping with this as well as a number of other really important and key elements to maintaining a healthy weight/lifestyle.
Read a snippet here:
I resisted this book for the first 3 or 4 emails I got from WW about it, even though the WW program has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I was afraid this book was just basically advertising for the program, but while he obviously mentions his work with the company and his experience using the program for his own weight loss, he has delivered his message in a manner that is useful to those who are using any kind of sensible approach to gaining a healthy life (or aspires to).
I'm almost finished with the book (that I purchased for my Kindle-my reward last year for reaching my half-way there goal), and this is the first time I have used the highlight text feature. There are some really great messages that I want to go back and remind myself as I travel down the road of maintenance...especially when I'm struggling, so I wanted to be able to easily go back and find that inspiration as I need it.
I definitely recommend this book!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This is from a message board response, and after writing it, I decided it would make a nice blog entry as well, so if you've already read the message board post, this will look familiar to you.
You are right, Johanne, about me biking more than running now. I have still signed up for and competed in several 5k races and a few 4 milers. This past Saturday morning was the first time I had gotten up and went for a run from home in a while. I do a lot of walking with friends too. My best friend and I recently started "mentoring" another friend of ours with this program, and we have weekly "meetings" where we have a meal that we all contribute to, she discusses her week's strong moments and moments that she felt she needed more control over, and we go for a walk with her. She has another group of friends that she has walked with too, but the pace they take is more than she is comfortable with. Our walks with her are ones where she sets the pace, and we are fine with that. I vary my activity throughout the week, and that works really well for me. I have come to a point where I am fine with not doing scheduled intense workouts...but I do find something very active to do most days every week as part of my regular life. Yesterday, for instance, I spent a little more than 2 hours cutting pieces from a roll of rubber matting to apply to damaged areas of tile at my grandma's house at her request. I didn't put on as many miles as I would have walking or running, but believe me, it was strenuous work- especially when one considers that it's not part of my regular daily routine emoticon It makes me feel really accomplished though. My agenda for today includes more of that kind of thing for my grandma. It's in the 90's here the last couple of days too, and my boyfriend and I did get a chance to get out and have a walk in the evening yesterday. It wasn't particularly rigorous, more like relaxing and therapeutic...but it's also activity. I have done so much better now that I abandoned the "all or nothing" mentality that I had used so many other times in the past. Extra activity in any form is beneficial, and isn't that the goal--to learn how to automatically become a more active person?
I think of it this way too...our predecessors didn't plan out runs or weight workouts, etc- they just worked really hard all day long, and they--generally speaking-- had no problems with excess weight. Obviously I don't have to do the same kind of hard manual labor day in and day out in my world today, so throwing in some walks, runs, and weight workouts helps to replace that along with a good dose of the heavy manual labor throughout my days.
Well...that got a little long winded once I got on a roll emoticon I must have needed that little pep talk to myself- I have to do that sometimes- remind myself that I'm doing good things for myself, even if I'm not doing the exact same things I had done before. I have kind of moved to an auto-pilot kind of mode, but I don't want to get too easy on myself either, because I'm afraid if I skip too many planned workouts and justify it too often by telling myself I'm working hard in other areas that I will become less than honest about that- It helps to keep mentally re-evaluating what our routines are and asking ourselves "what am I doing that is truly good for me?" If we have to dig too deep to find good answers, then maybe it's time to get ourselves back on track- but if the answers come easily (and are honest) then we should be proud of our continued diligence.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
School has been out 2 1/2 weeks now, and I've just had a great time! Getting so much done at home, getting lots of activity in, and enjoying the flexibility of my time!
Today (and for the rest of summer on Wednesdays) my best friend and I worked out at Planet fitness, had lunch at Panera Bread (our favorite!!), and shopping at the Goodwill quarter sale (have to replace our wardrobe ya know!). We had such a great time, and we found some things for another friend who has been inspired by our success to start this journey too. We did this last Wednesday too, and when we all got together this Monday (another weekly appointment) with her for our "meeting" we gave her the new duds we found. It was so exciting for all of us!
We finished our visit today with a 2+ mile brisk walk. We never stop talking, and we are so excited about how much better our stamina is than where it was a year ago. We have such a great time together, and it's awesome that we both love being active together...of course we also both love to eat together...we just help each other make better choices now.
What a great day!
Monday, May 07, 2012
Oh yeah! So proud of me today!
Set two goals for myself when I got up this morning, and I met them both.
#1 Stay within daily target today...I've used 42 of my 49 extra allowance for the week in the first 2 days
#2 Get out and ride my bike all around town to earn back some of the extras I've consumed the last few days
So, it's almost bedtime, and I've stayed right on target for today, and it's looking like I'm going to make it to bed without binging on anything...last few days have been rough that way:)
I also went on a long bike ride with my sweetie. We helped each other stay accountable on something today with that bike ride. He lives 10 miles out of town, and he'd brought the bike in to ride with me yesterday, and had left it packed up in the car. I sent him a text to see if he'd be interested in a ride after work (I wanted the activity and something to physically keep me away from the temptation of another carb binge), and he sent message back saying that sounded good, otherwise he would go home and crash, then not fall to sleep at decent time for bed tonight (he just switched to 10 hour days today, so he has to get up an hour earlier).
Mission accomplished- I stayed away from the junk, got my activity in, and hopefully he will sleep like a baby tonight when he goes to bed early (probably by now)-I'll have to ask him about that tomorrow.
It was a good day for meeting some small goals- and it had built in rewards- I got to spend quality time with my sweetie and got the enjoyment of a scenic ride around town.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I love this blog I just read! It's called:
Keep Your Eyes off the Prize.
I have found this approach so helpful this time around, and I don't think I would have been as successful without this fantastic realization that any large accomplishment MUST be broken into small manageable pieces. So many times in my life, when I have wanted something, I have wanted it NOW. Maybe part of this change in me over the past 2 years has come with age and maturity. I enjoy my life so much, and I have enjoyed all the baby steps I have taken on this long journey.
I am so proud of my accomplishments, and in some respects, it feels like I breezed right through it now that I have arrived at my goal weight. Have I stopped looking ahead? No way..New goals and new challenges are part of my everyday existence now that I love! If it weren't for this place (spark) and the wonderful resources and support, I'm not sure I would have all the tools that have been instrumental to this change in me.
I love my WW meetings too, but the interaction here, and with my friends and family who support me have been the biggest inspiration.
If I had been looking at the top of my hill (lose 100 lbs) the whole time, I'm not sure I would have had the will to keep moving forward. It's a big accomplishment- 50 pounds was a big accomplishment!
Having big ambitions is admirable indeed, but being so focused on the big prize can cause you to miss out on so many beautiful revelations about yourself along the way. Appreciate all the little things, and enjoy each step of the way. Pretty soon you will be at the top of the hill looking back and wondering where all that time has gone. Those golden moments along the way are precious too. It's so fulfilling to look back on those memories and be able to say.."that was a challenge, and I did it!" Like my first road race- a 4 miler in February! Then 12 more (mostly 5ks) through out the rest of 2011. Improving my pace each time- except for that one really hot night race in July Of course I also hung back to stay with my boyfriend who got a phone call (that he answered!) while we were running from his aunt who wouldn't just let him go when he said,"I'm running in a race"
Then there was the one this February when I did my first one for the second time...so excited to improve on my time from last year...I did, but barely, because I walked most of it. Note to self....3 big glasses of wine the night before a race affects performance in a big way...It was exciting to improve my time even though I was only walking though.
Golden moments :)
Here's the link to the blog that inspired mine:
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