Thursday, January 07, 2010
I admit it - my plan to stay active on SP over the holidays slipped to the bottom of the to-do list. However, I did check in fairly often and read some success stories, a few articles, and try to keep up with the 12 weeks till Christmas challenge. Part of me wanted to take a break, though, so I did. I did try to keep up with my regular exercise routine, and if I wanted holiday food specialties, tried to keep it to moderation. (well most of the time...)
So today was the day to face the music - get on the scale and do the measurements. I was happily surprised to see that I was good enough to have dropped another half pound since my last weigh-in in early December. It was encouraging to remind myself that it's not all or nothing on this healthy journey. The all or nothing mentality didn't serve me well in all those years when my weight crept up. In years past, the average gain would have been 5 holiday pounds, and then take me months to recover!
I am proud that I did not give up or give in, proud that my exercise habit was maintained, and am looking forward to 2010 and continuing to make progress, no matter what that progress is. Slow but steady... that's my motto!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
After having given up trying to predict what the scale will have to "say", I climbed on it this morning for my weekly "visit". I've come to the conclusion that "it is what it is" and that being a progressively-healthier me each week is reward enough! Well, this morning, after being sick with a bad cold for the week following Thanksgiving feasts, I assumed that success would be a break-even week. Well - thank goodness I didn't give in to the old self-talk and give up. I have now lost 10.5 lbs!
I credit this with a huge amount of extra walking the weeks preceding Thanksgiving, and following my plan pretty closely the Thanksgiving /travel week. But I mostly credit Sparkpeople for preparing me for that plan since July: using the nutrition tracker, drinking the water, exercising progressively more as I feel better, reading articles and success stories, having new committed friends - and thus NOT giving up!
I may have to read this again and again to remind myself never to give up, even on the weeks that nothing happens. I'm prepared to continue to follow the sparkpeople plan and continue through the next 10! Onward!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I just finished reading the SP article, "Stop the Fat Talk Week". Delta Delta Delta sorority has this great idea that the week of 10/19 - 10/26 is the week we all pledge not to use negative language toward our looks - the article had some alarming statistics about girls and women and their negative self-talk and opinions of their looks. The website, www.operationbeautiful.com was linked to this article, and the idea of leaving post-it notes on mirrors saying "YOU are beautiful!" everywhere to send the message was inspiring to me. If I'd told myself years ago how beautiful I was, and allowed myself really believe it, many more years of positive living would have replaced some of those where I kicked myself for not being perfect. Funny - I didn't think I was a perfectionist, but guess that was one of the problems - If I can't weigh _____ lbs, just give up and try again later. Can't maintain the exercise ___ min per week, then just don't try.
I'm banning the negative - and the next time someone says "You look great!" I'm going to smile and say "Thank You!" and remind myself I am beautiful just the way I am. (and not add the "but I've got a long way more to go" qualification to the compliment. ) Heading toward more positive self-talk and a happier, healthier me. Today it's more about better health, but I'll take the added beauty as well!
Friday, September 25, 2009
How fun it was to get on the scale and find it went down a pound! I was hoping for a .5, but will take the bigger loss! This was also my week to measure, so my waist was down .5 inch for a total of 1.5" . Arms also down a bit - everything else the same.
Been on compounded natural thyroid about 10 days - and hoping it will add energy and stamina back. It's a challenge to time two doses on an empty stomach - 1 hr. before or 2 hrs. after a meal. Wish the old Armour was still around!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Today's weigh-in confirms my suspicion that my weight loss will remain baby-steps, and that is becoming more ok by the week! In fact, it's great in many ways. Fast weight loss in my 20's and 30's was possible, but it didn't last - in fact added to the yo-yo effect, adding poundage over the years. Too bad I didn't realize how great I really looked when going to WW and getting down to 141! Never compare yourself to skinny-minnies - young or old!
The other issue that is a factor here is Hashimoto's thyroid disease - which is hopefully going to respond to the compounded thyroid med I started on Monday (after my purse was stolen last week w/ my remaining supply of Naturethroid). Since the reformulated Armour came out, I've been slipping into old symptoms, so I have great hope that it will help my energy level, mood, brain fog . Great support on the thyroid forums, by the way - encouragement that hypot's CAN lose weight, and never to give up.
If anyone reads this who is younger - don't be frustrated with doing this at a pace you can keep up for the long-haul. We are worth every minute this takes to get healthy and fit! I write this so I can re-read this when I get frustrated at the pace...
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