Saturday, July 10, 2010
Gee- Marcyna has so many great blog ideas! I guess when we swap blog ideas, we are sharing our own little "sparks" and that is cool!
- How long have you been on SP ?
I started in February after seeing a news report on CNN, so it's been 6 months.
- What are you specifically doing ?
I track everything! I have upped my exercise and changed up my eating habits. I still struggle with splurges on the wrong foods, but I'm getting better at that.
- What did you find most difficult on SP?
Actually, I found SP easy to use. I guess there are parts of it that I'm still learning about. It's HUGE! As for something that I am still working on, that is drinking enough water!
- How do you feel now?
I feel fantastic! Getting out of the "diet" mindset and into the "Healthy Lifestyle" mindset has helped me SO much! I still have a long ways to go, but I KNOW that I am stronger and healthier than I was even just a year ago.
- Is your weigh loss normal?
I don't know what normal is for me. I guess it's normal but I hit these plateaus that frustrated me the first time it happened but now I just take it all in stride. I usually lose between a pound and two pounds a week.
- Do you think you'll stay longer in this plateau?
I don't know, but I know that my body does it's own thing. I just don't stress about it anymore.
- Would you recommend SP to anyone?
No - I wouldn't recommend it to anyone - I would recommend it to EVERYONE! There are so many things on this site that are helpful to people out there even if they are at goal weight! Heck, just the "feel good" affect is enough to be here. Unlike some other social sites that I've been on, SP is one that is always there is a good word or a "help up" when you are down. The people here are fantastic!
- Is there anything you would change? (I added this one)
I guess SP has already been changing things up and adding apps for new cells phones and such. That is awesome! I WOULD like to see SP expand as Marcyna mentioned into versions with different languages. The influence of this site expands ever farther and it would be nice to see it worldwide!
Thanks to Everyone out there!
Friday, July 09, 2010
Just a quick blog entry tonight - but I thought this was funny as heck.
So - yours truly goes to the gym and runs through his regime and I'm on my final 20 minutes on the exercise bike. (BTW - I'm able to do 20 min at 5% incline VERY well now on the treadmill).
ANYWAY - when I ride the exercise bike, I tend to sit straight up. I don't hang on to the handlebars. Well, here I am - Um, well - SWEATY - and plugging along at a good clip on this bike that goes no where.
And then I felt something on my fingers. I look down an they are wet! What the heck I think? And then I look at the back sides of my arms. The sweat is actually running down my arm and on to my fingertips. (BTW - if you are grossed out by this admission of free sweating, you need to work out harder).
After I realized what was going on - I just started grinning like the Cheshire cat. I couldn't help it! I thought it was SO funny! I'm SO glad that people don't pay me no never mind when I work out.
I just had to report that. I thought it was funny for some reason! I never had that happen, but I don't usually work out in such hot weather. Um - let me revise that in the fact that up to THIS point I hadn't worked out in such heat. The YMCA is not your pristine AC cooled gym. It is cooler than outside - but still has windows open. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it. It's OK if you run a fan, but AC? It's like the escalator to the gym that I saw a picture of.
HOWEVER - I will admit one thing. Montana has 100+ days, but is IS a dry heat. We joke about it, but it's true. I mean like right now it's 87 degrees outside, but the humidity is 27%. I know that makes a lot of difference.
That being said - sweat on your fingertips. Now THAT is working out, right?
Thursday, July 08, 2010
My SP buddy Marcyna got me to thinking about MY ten little things about a "wish list". So without further adieu, I give you my list of when I reach my goal weight ( in reverse order):
10 - Shopping for clothes that are not XXXL, or XXL or even XL....
9.- Being able to go 3 flights of stairs and not be winded.
8. - To do those three flights - two stairs at a time.
7. - To go swimming without feeling self conscience.
6. - Go on a date without thinking "Gawd, I'm fat".
5. - To Do Zumba and not feel like I shouldn't belong. (Heck - to even DO Zumba!)
4. - To learn Polish (the language of my grandfather)
3. - To get all my finances in order (just like my weight loss)
2. - To not question my reason for being.
1. - To be the person that my dogs think I am.
There you go. My top 10 according to me..
Monday, July 05, 2010
I was doing some reading this weekend about some other things and it struck me - what am I afraid of? What is it that has made me scared enough that I thought I had to add this extra layer of "me" to "protect" me.
- Was I afraid that I would get hurt physically? Was it something that I thought that if I started to exercise I might hurt myself? Maybe I thought that my body just couldn't do it. NO - that wasn't it. I checked with my doctor first and he gave me the go ahead and even gave me inspiration.
- Was I afraid of looking stupid? Would people point and laugh at me? This was an issue for me when I was little. You see, I was born with two of my ribs fused together on my right side. When I was little, this bump was very noticeable and that made me feel different. I even stopped going to swim lessons because I felt "weird". Maybe I didn't go to the gym because I would be that fat man sweating in the corner that other people would look at in disgust. NO - that wasn't it. It may have affected me earlier but as I got older, I seriously couldn't care what others thought. Once I got to the gym, I found that there were others JUST LIKE ME that were there working out. As for those ribs... I WISH I could see them now!
- Was it a matter of money? Did I not eat well and skip the gym because of the cost? Mmm - possibly. I mean, gym membership isn't inexpensive. Buying junk food is (I'm afraid to say) cheap and easy. By not going to the gym and getting fast food I could just save tons of cash. NO - that wasn't it. It occurred to me that despite the money I thought I was saving, a stay in the hospital after recovering from a heart attack wasn't worth it. Finding recipes on the Internet, Spark, South Beach, and others - I found that I could cook up healthier alternatives to that fast food. I bought small containers to keep my meals ready to grab and heat up to eat. The best part is that my office offered gym membership as a deduction from my paycheck. I never even see the money!
- Was I afraid of a relationship? Oh, this might be it. If I "padded" myself, then I wouldn't be attractive. I could just be comfortable being with myself and not have to try to be with someone else. Of course there were some that I was with and even then I might have thought that this extra protection would keep my heart safe. Alas, NO - that wasn't it. The heart can be hurt no matter what you do to try and protect it. The only way to not get hurt is to be totally alone and that isn't what I want. Granted, I have made the decision to not pursue any relationships or even to date at this time until I lose weight. Yes, part of it is vanity - but the other part is that I want to be healthy for whomever may enter my life. I guess it's a guy thing - but I don't want to be a burden to anyone because I am not healthy.
- Maybe I was afraid of change. I know that change can be scary. When things change in my life, I know that I would have to look at things differently. The friends that I had before may not like me any more. I wouldn't be "fat and happy" Ed. I would need to buy new clothes (hmm, another item for above and the matter of money?). I might have to go new places and do different things. NO - that wasn't it. I have learned a long time ago to embrace change. True - I get into my own personal groove, but I'm not afraid to try different things or go different places. Learning that change is good was a huge epiphany within myself and I will be scared for a bit - but know that in the end it's not all that bad.
- Maybe I was afraid that it would just take too much time. Ah, this is a good point. Time... It seems that there isn't enough time in a day. I have to work - I have to sleep - I have to eat. When is there time to exercise? When is there time to cook? This just may be it! Hmm, NO - this isn't it. Along with that matter of money - I thought just how much time does it take to recover from a heart attack? How much time would I lose doing the things I want? I listened to an audio book called "How to live on 24 hours a day" (From librivox.org). Granted, it was written some time ago, but it made a good point that each and every one of us has the gift of 24 hours. It is how we utilize this time is what is going to make all the difference. I stopped bemoaning the fact that I don't have enough time and just made a point to do things. I learned to just leave work and go directly to the gym. I learned to cook on the weekends so I had things to eat throughout the week. I learned to buy healthy foods so I could snack better and not want fast food.
The more I thought about it - I just couldn't pin point what my fear was. To be honest, I still don't know. All I know is that I just made the conscience decision to do something about my life. I wanted to live longer. I wanted that person that I am inside to be reflected on the outside. I know that this isn't an easy task and I will have times that I just want to give it up and let go. I didn't get fat over night and I'm not going to lose it over night. Only one day at a time and an inner determination not to give up.
If you are in an empty room and the light goes out so that it is so black that you cannot see your hand in front if your face. Are you afraid? What if you sit in that same room and close your eyes. The same thing is going on. You cannot see. The difference is external vs internal. If the light goes out - you didn't have control of it. If you close your eyes, you can open them again. It is a mind set. If you have the strength and faith in yourself, you can be unafraid of the external influences just as you can be unafraid of the internal.
We all have more strength within each and every one of us. It may not seem like it at times - but it's there. You just need a little faith in yourself, your friends, even a high power.
With that, we are always moving forwards to a better, healthier, enjoyable life.
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