Monday, May 10, 2010
I was doing some reading this weekend and found out something that I wasn't aware of, so I thought I would share it.
(addendum: This info was in a newsletter that was put out by our county health department, hence - no links)
Have you ever thought about where fat actually goes when you lose weight? Well you may or may not know that our body has these little cells that increase in size as they store fat (fat cells). When you burn more calories than you eat, your body uses triglycerides for energy. This makes those little fat cells shrink. There is a whole process that explains how things break down but the end result is that this produces things like water and carbon dioxide. This is another reason that we sweat when we work out.
Now here is the kicker. Those little fat cells shrink down, but stay in place. The bad part is that when you gain weight, you get MORE fat cells and THEY DON'T GO AWAY. They sit there like little sponges just waiting to fill back up again. The average man has about 26 billion fat cells and a woman has about 35 billion. When someone gets obese, that number jumps to as many as 270 billion!
So in my mind, that explains some things. That explains when you go on a diet, and come off it and start eating "normal" again, the weight comes back. We need to get moving as well to get that "burn" going on.
It also explains to me why a healthy lifestyle is what is needed. Knowing that even though I lose weight, my body is just waiting to suck up fat again really inspires me to not only lose, but to keep it off. This isn't an overnight thing and isn't just "for a while". This is for the rest of my life!
Friday, May 07, 2010
Stepping on the scale this morning was bitter sweet.
The good news - Mr. Plateau is gone. The bad news - I gained 5 pounds.
However the not so ugly thing is that I'm OK with that. I KNEW I was busting my butt on exercising as normal, but my eating kind of slid off the radar. Then yesterday I didn't get to do my weights as normal, but I was rewarded with learning that my BP is actually lower than I thought! It's almost in the "normal" range and THAT in itself was a huge amount of good news for me.
So I shrug my shoulders, and resolve to get back into a better eating habit, and move forwards. I LOVE the fact that now I just take this all in stride. No more self flagellation about how "bad" I have been and then throwing in the towel and ditching the diet.
Why is that? Well, no diet for one thing. Hard to ditch a healthy lifestyle! I know that weight loss is like life. Since I love cars, I tend to think in those terms. There is no flat road like across the desert. There is no drop off like the edge of a cliff. It's rolling hills. Kind of like what I grew up with around my home town. The road may have it's tops and valleys, but it's always toward the direction that I wanted to go.
So - I gained five pounds this week. I can accept that. It's fine with me. I know I have the power to get back with it and it will be just fine. I'm a good person and love myself and I will just continue,
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
So this morning I have this conversation with myself:
Me - I see you got up last night to let the dogs out - thank you.
Teen - Ya, sure.
Me - However I saw that you also finished off the fat free/sugar free pudding from last night.
Teen - Ya
Me - I appreciate that you ate something that wasn't too fattening, but why did you eat it?
Teen - Dunno
Me - That's not an answer. You know you shouldn't be eating late at night.
Teen - Ya, I know.
Me - So, why did you eat it? The night before you had toast and jelly!
Teen - Um - dunno
Me - You know this is why you aren't losing any weight.
Teen - Ya
Me - So, are you going to stop? You know this isn't good for you.
Teen - Ya, I know.
Me - You didn't answer me - are you going to stop?
Teen - Um, I guess.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Last week when I was watching Biggest Loser, Sam said something that brought home something I had been thinking about for a while now. The statement was to the affect that this weight loss thing is for me, but it's also the case of "Paying it forward".
Joining Sparkpeople has shown me just how many people do "pay forward" with all their comments, their suggestions and most of all their words of encouragement. This is never an easy task to lose weight. That seems odd since it's usually easy to gain it!
I know that I am doing this healthy lifestyle for myself first, but in the end I want to share with everyone else out there as well. Friends, family, anyone that needs just a little inspiration. Whenever anyone asks what I have been doing to lose my weight, I just tell them "A healthy lifestyle". Of course I also try to "spread the Spark" and tell them about this web site as well.
This weight thing didn't happen over night and it's not going to change over night. I have to be patient and just keep on keeping on. All the while on my journey I want to be open and willing to help any others out there that are either on their own journey or are just taking those beginning steps. As we all know - the power of change has to come from within, but by gosh I'm going to be there cheering on whom ever I can.
We are really all in this together. It's similar to baseball. I once heard baseball referred to as "A team sport played between two men". If you think about it - it's true. Only in the case of weight loss, it's me against the weight and I'm going to win. It's just nice to have the support of the rest of the team to get to that goal.
I guess it's a good thing to adopt the feelings of "Paying it forward" in many areas of my life. Being it weight loss, or just helping someone learn a new computer program. (It's a computer geek thing). I believe that we need to be open to help others along the way as well as ourselves. It's what puts the humane part of human within us.
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