Monday, September 07, 2009
It's been far too long since my last blog entry. I spent some time this morning reading all of Birdie's posts here on SparkPeople. She reminded me that setbacks can be turned around. One interesting point she made was if one plateaus to keep in mind that maintenance is a very important, viable tool. It's so important not to lose the ground that was very hard fought and won. I remarked to a friend that when I "cheat" I have noticed that what usually occurs is that the "excess" calories still is what a normal woman my age would consume. That is why, without realizing it, I have been able to maintain the 30-pound weight loss for over a year since joining SparkPeople. The 30 pounds do fluctuate, but it is close. I don't want to gain all that weight back under any circumstances. The loss in weight was just too hard fought and won. But the increase in calories, if I am to be totally honest, were still very high in fat content. So, albeit in the "normal" caloric range they were outrageous for how high in fat that particular day was.
Yet, what is important to remember is a bad day does not have to turn into a bad week. And I do give myself "pats on the back" for consistently (that means every single day), putting down all the calories consumed for that day. And joining the local "Y" has helped me ramp up my exercise, too. What keeps me especially motivated is that I get back $200 from my insurance for every six months of 50 visits of exercise or more. It's good to see that a lot of insurance companies have these plans, or similar ones. It's good for them in the long haul when they don't have to pay in later years the exorbitant costs of healthcare for conditions that are weight related like diabetes and, to some degree, heart disease. And it's good for the policy holder as well. In these economic times, who cannot use an additional $400 yearly?
SparkPeople has all the tools needed for success. Sometimes we just have to dig deeper internally to keep on track. Maintenance is good, much needed weight loss is better. I'm going to try blogging more frequently. It's a good tool for keeping on track.
Keep in mind that each day, is good or bad for that day alone. Then move on to the next day. And build from there. No excuses.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
What a delight to open the door today to find a big box from Missouri, knowing that my scale had ended its journey, and was back home once more. (Well, actually a brand new one, which replaced the one sent. It does make one wonder if the incessant weighing made the darned thing break in the first place.) The bigger delight was finding the scale's numbers to be well within reach of my monthly goal. Albeit MIA for almost a month, it proved that I was on the correct path even if I didn't have the scale at hand to prove it. YIPPEE!
This journey has been very life-affirming, and this website makes the goals very attainable (as long as I log religiously, which I have been doing). And the spill-over effect to other areas of life is wonderful beyond measure.
I am one very happy SP camper.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Last night, on a lark, I tried on my "fat" jeans. They fit! It's hard to imagine that I allowed myself to go beyond the fat jeans, but life is what it is, and when you don't pay attention, working 12 plus hours a day, it creeps up on you. With the scale still MIA somewhere in Missouri for repairs, putting on these jeans verifies that I have lost at least four inches, and 20 pounds total. So, even without the scale, I am certain that I am making progress.
I'm going to ride this wave, and take the positives garnered from it, and apply it to the rest of my life. Things should be looking up. Happy begets happy.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Since I couldn't get an accurate weight today, I'm holding on for dear life to the five pounds already noted at the four-week mark, two days ago. I sent the scale back for repairs today. It cost double what the company estimated to ship back, but it is, at the very least, a measure of my commitment to this quest.
If I am able to stick to this plan, I am almost certain that my general performance level will markedly improve, which in turn will help my personal outlook, which will not become an issue in seeking the job of my dreams. It's a positive domino effect, and I'm looking forward to tangible results.
I'm beginning to believe all the hype from my Lifestyle Scale: I'm on my way!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This, for me, is an interesting question: I fear that my bathroom scale is off, and I'm not quite sure where I stand now. Since starting this quest a month ago, I have added a lot of new and good habits. I know that I am heading in the right direction (finally!), so perhaps that five pound loss is real.
Nonetheless, I will send the scale in for repairs (it shows my commitment to this quest), and hope that it does not come back telling me that the weight loss to date was not true. Ohh, the devastation of it all!
Being a member of the medical community, it is very important for its members to "practice what we preach." We cannot advise our patients that it is imperative to lose weight, stop smoking, cut down on fats and cholesterol, if we are sitting opposite them with a significant degree of corpulence of our own. That's hypocrisy. And it's counterproductive in a primary care practice.
So here's to practicing what we preach, and making the outside conform to the inside.
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