Saturday, March 15, 2014
I haven't made a blog post in a long time. Back in January 2012, I was on the cusp of reaching my 80 pounds lost milestone. To follow-up, I reached -80 two days after that blog post, and then continued to lose another 10 pounds over the next few months. In all, I probably lost a bit more considering my muscle mass now compared to when I started this journey.
I've maintained my weight loss all this time and generally hover somewhere between -85 and -90 pounds. Sometimes I get closer to -80, but it's usually water weight caused from eating other people's food too close to my weekly weigh-in. I'm usually closest to -85, which oddly was my original (albeit arbitrary) goal. Sometimes I wonder if I gravitate toward that number because of the amount of intention/attention I originally placed on it. It stands out to me because it's almost magical how my body will shift toward that weight, even when I do things that should move me in one way or another away from it. Right now, I'm focusing on losing a few vanity pounds before summer. I say "vanity pounds" because I've been in my healthy weight range for a long time. So, these pounds are purely because I want to look my best over the summertime (when I'll be wearing less clothing).
So, I've been maintaining a healthy weight all this time, why a blog post now?
A few reasons actually. First, I point a lot of people to SparkPeople since I often get asked how I lost all of my excess weight. I realized that my SparkPage (updated November 2012) and blog posts (updated January 2012) were very outdated and don't really reflect my current story. So, I thought this would help me keep my health and fitness story more current. Second, I've been noticeably absent from the SP Friend Feed lately. I've been busy and overwhelmed, so I chose to ignore that portion of SparkPeople for the time being. I guess I'm hoping that by returning to posting stuff, I'll be able to reconnect with more SparkFriends. How that will pan out with my busyness and overwhelm is yet to be seen. Third, I privately journal from time to time and often notice good bits of info in there, so I think I'll push a little more of that information out into the public. Finally, I still have my share of struggles and writing about them semi-publicly has helped me in the past, so I'll rinse and repeat.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Today I finished SparkPeople's Official January Jumpstart Workout Challenge!
Finishing any challenge always feels great, but for some reason this one feels especially gratifying. Maybe it's because I got one of those shiny trophy icons as a reward. Or, maybe it's because I know I stuck with it even while out of town on a combination business trip and mini-vacation in Las Vegas. Or, it could also be that this challenge took me quite a bit out of my comfort zone as far as exercises go. None of them were really difficult, although the very first one was quite a beast the first time I did it!!! But, a lot of them were new exercises to me and stuff like that always takes me a little time to get used to. I definitely learned that I'm not as coordinated as I thought I was, although I improved over the course of the 4 week challenge.
Unfortunately, this month has also been very hectic and a lot of my forum and team participation waned. Between fitting in a lot of new exercise and a crazy amount of work stuff, something had to get cut. TV time and the more social aspects of SparkPeople both went on the chopping block. And, I definitely missed my SparkPeeps more than the TV!
Anyhow, my big challenge is over and work should be getting more manageable in the next week, so things will be back to normal for me soon.
p.s. I'm getting SUPER close to reaching my 80 lbs lost milestone! I suspect this Monday or the following Monday I'll be celebrating!!!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Right now I'm in Las Vegas and don't have a lot of extra time to write, so this post is going to be a little different than my others. In fact, I'm probably going to edit it with more info later, but I wanted to get a couple things jotted down here. My partner and I used to go to Vegas quite a bit, but this is actually the first time we have been here in about six years. It's a short work-related trip, but we are also here with friends. Anyway, I have quickly learned and/or remembered a few things:
1) I LOVE LAS VEGAS!!! I absolutely LOVE it!
2) A medium Fatburger and peanut butter shake contain 1,540 calories and are worth every single one of them!!! Granted, this should probably be on a once or twice yearly schedule.
3) If you wait long enough, most cravings will pass. I had ordered some sort of delicious-sounding smores ice cream sundae somewhere. Over 30 minutes later, we hadn't been served and my craving was gone. I canceled my order and probably saved myself well over 1,000 calories. In the past, I would have probably waited and ate it even though I was no longer craving it. So, very happy about this!
4) As much as I love Las Vegas, my skin does not. I'm chalking this up to the hotel detergent, but I'm sure the smoke and desert air could also have something to do with it.
5) You can get a LOT of walking in here. A lot! My feet actually hurt, which is rare for me these days.
6) A run around 5pm can literally give you a new lease on the day. After walking around the Consumer Electronics Show all day on Friday, I was pretty tired. In the past, I might have taken a nap. This time around, I ran for 4 miles in the hotel gym. I think this is the first time I've ever used a hotel gym. It completely woke me up! I showered and felt like a million bucks and lasted until 2:45am yesterday night! Woohoo!
7) It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. Although, winning is a nice bonus!
8) Time in Vegas goes very, very fast.
- more to come, gotta run -
Saturday, December 31, 2011
My premonition of today's stress came true. The last official working day of the year came. And, it went. It was definitely crazy, hectic and every other word there is for sheer madness. But, at the end of the day (literally, it's 11:58pm!), it was just another day. I successfully negotiated some deadlines into the weekend and next week just as I had hoped I would, although I think several of those negotiations might have been with myself (in my head). I also followed through with positive thoughts and my action plan when times got tough. I did get through it (as I told myself I would MANY times throughout the day). I did ask for more help. I did accept more help when it was offered (even though it was hard at times). And, I did let some things go; make that a LOT of things.
Friday, December 30, 2011
I thought I got all of my whining out in yesterday's post. But, I'm still caught up in the whirlwind of end-of-year-crazy at work. Tomorrow is the last "working" day of the year, although I'm going to try to negotiate some deadlines into the weekend and hopefully into next week. If I'm lucky, this will help a little. The bad thing is that this will prolong the madness. But, I think I can suffer a little longer to relieve some of my stress tomorrow. Although, this strategy might have landed me in this mess in the first place! Somehow, through all of this, I need to try to focus on the positives. My work situation could be worse. There are no lives on the line here. And, at least I have my health and my family. Some people might be upset with me, but in the long run this stressful moment will be nothing more than a little blip on a timeline. I can get through this. I need to ask for more help. I need to accept help when it's offered to me. And, I need to let some things go.
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