Monday, September 24, 2012
I just sent a good friend of mine this letter on FB, thanking her for talking with me about her weight loss journey. She worked 35 lbs off her small frame, but it took her a while.
I just wanted to reiterate how pleased I am that we chatted about your weight loss. It's helping me a TON to know that you lost 35 lbs in 18 months - which is actually just 2 lbs a month or a half pound a week. Persepctive is awesome.
I saw a link today to a female photographer's site where she took pictures of herself in dressing rooms over a year of weight loss. She lost 160 lbs in a year! First I thought "wow! Why can't I get rid of my weight in 3 months then!?" But then, in another NSFW section, there were all these pictures she'd taken of herself in the nude. Personally, I find them in no way pornographic, 1. because of the way she photographed herself and 2. because she has SO MUCH SKIN hanging off her frame. She of course looks much better in her clothes, and feels better about herself, but her pounds and pounds of excess skin could have been lessened if she'd lost the weight over a couple of years. I commend her for her hard work, however.
Personally, I know that for my body and my health (and my skin) it's much better to train and be strong and take a bit longer, than dumping the weight drastically.
18 months is going to come and go whether I'm careful and determined or I give up. But how I feel at the end of it is something else, right?
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I made some of my favorite things for dinner tonight. Spaghetti and garlic rolls. I weighed myself BEFORE dinner, deciding that Sunday afternoon is a better place for me to weigh in than Monday morning. I'd lost 3 lbs my second week (woo!) so I decided to eat the spaghetti dinner and enjoy myself.
So, yeah, I went overboard.
However... I ate my salad first, and my mixed veggies. When I made the garlic rolls, I substituted wheat flour for about a third of the flour. I did have 2 helpings of spaghetti, 2 rolls and a cupcake, but I DIDN'T have the four or 5 servings that I'd normally have.
I went over my daily calories by about 300. I actually didn't figure that was too bad. I feel good and satisfied instead of guilty. I've done great for 2 weeks, I took a little break, and now I'm back on.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I'm proud to say that I now have 6 small rocks lined up on my windowsill in the kitchen. I got back from workout number 6 tired, but feeling peppy (can you have both of those things at the same time? I can!)
I've gone to a new, farther park for the past 2 days that's more 'hilly'. With 20-odd pound baby on my back, it makes for a more intense walk. Too bad it was so cold! Did 35 instead of 45 minutes just so I could get the baby back into the car. Even bundled the poor girl had icy hands.
As I was walking I remembered talking with my husband a couple of years ago (when I was exercising regularly) and he complimented me on my body's ability to gain muscle quickly and change shape into what I wanted. I remembered that today when I was huffing and puffing up a hill... but thinking that it was slightly easier today than it was yesterday.
I believe in a God who knows and loves me. I know that he has given me this body and it's abilities for a reason. If I keep my end of the bargain, by making good food choices and exercising - He will keep his through this gift of this wonderful, useful body. Not only that, but I'm a better wife and mom and friend when I do these things. My mind is clearer, I'm happier.
All good, valid reasons to keep going.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It really does. It feels different this time.
I saw a picture taken in the Spark offices the other day that said Moderation Not Deprivation and it really struck home. Normally when I try to change how I eat, I'm just stuck in that same DIET mentality that I seem to always get stuck in. I become afraid of food and don't eat for fear I'll go over my calories. This time I'm doing things differently.
I'm eating more often, and just when I'm hungry. Twice in the past two weeks I've found myself at a restaurant. When I started to freak out, I just made a better choice. My turkey burger was actually BETTER than the hamburger I regularly get at The Pit Stop (nice name, eh?) and I didn't mind not having the big pile of fries. I stole a couple from my husband, but that was it. Lunch at Chevy's seemed like it would be a disaster, but I had a salad first and tried the low-cal raspberry salsa dressing and found it was great! I even took half of my chicken fajitas home and had them for dinner. Kept within my calorie range for the day and didn't feel deprived at all. I even had some flan :)
Today, I didn't have lunch planned and started to stress thinking about the pringles in the closet. Instead I thought outside of my normal eating pattern and threw together some tuna, a tomato, black beans, corn, and a Tbs of olive oil mayonnaise and some herbs. It was really good, filling and tasted great. I'll have it again!
Yep, going to do things right this time. You'll see.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Day one of the re-started exercise routine. I was lucky enough to have my husband at home today to watch the kiddos while I took off for 30 minutes.
I forgot how much I LOVE to be outside and stretch my legs.
I walked to the local park (5 minutes) and then walked the loop, down a hill to the kids' playground area. I took advantage of the good sized grassy hill and would walk up the hill, down the hill and then climb one of the 4 ladders on the playground equipment. It was fun an kept things interesting. Then I'd walk down the equipment steps and head up the hill again. I did this about 6 or 7 times, and then let myself slide down the twisty slide at the end. Ok, I didn't fit all that well but it was still fun.
As I was walking the trail back up out of the park, the sprinklers had come on and I seemed to have my walk timed just wrong. I was going to head another direction when I decided "what the heck, It's just water, and it's probably 60 degrees out anyway! I ended up walking quickly through 4 sprinklers. It felt great and gave me a physical reminder of the changes I'm making.
As I walked down the newly wet and gleaming sidewalk, I noticed a small rock in front of me. Reddish, volcanic rock like you see in a lot of places in the valley. I picked it up and decided to keep it. I put it on my kitchen window sill and will add a rock for every time I exercise outside. I'm really looking forward to seeing a line of rocks there in a few weeks.
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