Friday, October 26, 2012
I found a site recently that generates a song list based on your 1-mile running pace, and it was great fun to scan through the list (really extensive) and choose new songs for a new playlist. I'm working on improving my running pace, and this looked like a great way to do it, because I have noticed that my pace is regulated very closely by the music I'm listening too.
Here's the link to the site for anyone else who's interested:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I'm so excited about my last three weeks of no-tracking! I have in the past been scared to even attempt deviating from my diligent tracking for fear that I would begin to back slide in a huge way! There is something really liberating and freeing about being able to "feel normal" again. There was even a 4 day camping trip tossed into those 3 weeks. When I began this most recent leg of my journey to lose the weight for good, I had decided that I had to be willing to track everything for life, and I am still willing to do that- but it is really an incredible feeling to know that I have put this into practice in such a meaningful way that I can take a break from the formal tracking that I have come to depend on for the past two years.
I still follow meal building rules that I had put in place for myself after I had gotten into the groove of this journey by filling my plate halfway with fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies, a quarter of my plate is my lean protein, and a quarter of my plate is some kind of starch...usually a whole grain. Using this visual method has been really helpful to me- especially when I couldn't/didn't want to track immediately. I feel like it works really well to get all the healthy nutrients I need to continue to feel great and to maintain my active lifestyle.
I plan to track for one week a month, just to maintain the skill, because I want to be confident in being able to jump right back in with the routine of tracking everything if I stray too far away from goal (5 pounds or more). I don't want to have to re-learn it, even though I shouldn't have any trouble- I want to make sure. Doing it this way should also help me to remain accountable in a way that should avoid that stray in the first place -theoretically.
I can't give enough thanks to all of the other successful maintainers' blogs in helping me to come up with behaviors and strategies to use for my own success. Please keep blogging and sharing! I strive to do better in this arena as well, especially as I continue to discover the real impact my success in weight loss and maintenance has had on others in the digital world as well as in my own immediate one. It is heart-warming and inspirational to my continued success when others approach me with eagerness to learn what helped me. I have had a recent experience where an occasional colleague (substitute teacher in my district) called me while working in the building to tell me that she has recently re-joined Weight Watchers and has lost more than 11 pounds and thanked me for my inspiration to her, and encouraged me to keep spreading that inspiration to others. This is part of my external accountability....my continued example to others that success and maintenance is possible and instrumental in a high quality life. I want to keep my fantastic life, and I want to watch others acquire it as well.
Monday, October 08, 2012
Thanks to everyone who followed, commented, etc on my blogs for the blog challenge from September. That was a really great set of questions, and I really enjoyed answering them. I would like to find some additional meaningful questions to reflect on in blogs as I move forward. I really enjoyed the feedback from all of you that I received, and I really liked getting to know myself better with those questions. I would encourage any of you to consider participating in challenges like this that you encounter- it can really help to stay grounded and focused on why we stick in there and do this.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
You can find the blog on the challenge here:
The questions are here:
29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise.
1. I have never lived outside of Iowa, and I’ve never traveled beyond the states that border it.
2. I have had the same best girl-friend since I was 12 years old- so for 28 years!
3. I love learning new things, and I love sharing what I know with others. I especially like it if what I know is helpful to others in making their lives better or easier, or whatever.
4. I am the parent of a child with ADD who self medicated for several years beginning in middle school and has now been clean for two years- I am immensely proud of him for the progress he has made for himself and repeatedly thankful for the strength given to me by God to remain persistent in pushing him to make changes, and for keeping me sane while I was so scared for him.
5. I have recently come to adore coffee in the morning:)
6. I work in the library of the high school that I graduated from- and I LOVE my job!
7. I am terrible at returning books on time :), so I buy them more often than using the library...unless I can borrow a digital copy to read on my Kindle- which I never would have dreamed I would love so much- since I love holding a book- turning its pages, etc
8. I love to sing- I have since I was a little girl-had every song on a Tanya Tucker album memorized by the time I was 7:) and I ran across the same album in my boyfriend’s collection not long ago- put it on and sang along with the whole thing again...oh the memories :) I’m not sure how good I am, but I enjoy it.
9. I love to dance with my girlfriends...the occasion doesn’t come up often, but when it does, I have so much fun.
10. Fall is my favorite time of year- I have always loved the play and work of fall- when I was young, my dad’s family made sorghum syrup every fall on the farm where Dad grew up. It was a huge extended family annual tradition- We have only done it about 3 times in the past 20 years, and I miss it- even though it’s an immense amount of work...everything is basically done by hand..stripping the leaves, cutting the stalks, loading the press, cooking the sap (for hours and hours) from thin, watery, and green to thick, mahogany, bitter, tangy, sweet syrup. The smell of the leaves in the fall always reminds me of those days.
30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September?
I feel like I can finally comfortably take breaks from tracking. I have wanted to be able to eventually feel like I could at least take periodic breaks from tracking and feel “normal”, and I have successfully taken my second one week break since I began this lifestyle change in August 2010. I weigh myself daily, and I’m staying on target, and I journal other things instead of tracking and counting my exercise and food.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
You can find the blog on the challenge here:
The questions are here:
26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why?
I’m pretty flexible when it comes to exercising alone/with others. I love participating in organized races, but for running outside of that, I prefer to do it alone- too much pressure to maintain pace with another, and the sidewalks are too narrow for two people. I love to walk with one other person, and I also enjoy walking alone. I’m pretty proud of myself that I don’t HAVE to have company to get me out there doing something active.
27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work?
I have never hired anyone to help me with this journey.
28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being?
I make sure I do things that I love- spending time with important people in my life and maintaining connections-I especially love enjoying a healthy meal with my best friend who has stood beside me and walked with me (and ran with me:) on this entire journey. It’s wonderful to talk with her about everything- especially with us both being in our 40’s and beginning the peri-menopause stage of our lives...we have a lot to discuss and we give each other tremendous support and feedback on this fairly new experience for both of us...it helps tremendously coping with the changes- especially in a health/fitness perspective.
I also love spending time alone with my boyfriend, even if it’s doing some kind of outdoor chores- I love being outside working with him- sitting relaxing beside him- watching the cats play..pretty boring stuff- but it relaxes and recharges my batteries. I also love sitting by myself with a book while I have my lunch at work or at home.
I splurge on a massage from time to time as a nice treat too.
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