Saturday, June 12, 2010
Today I officially cracked that nasty plateau that has been haunting me since forever. Now, I am officially (there's that validation word again) on a roll. Between the gold stars that I have been getting regularly (not perfect, mind you, but regular) on the Spark Summary Calendar on the main screen, and the month at a glance showing me everything I am doing right, I feel joyous. Ramping up the exercise and changing that around a bit, has surely confused my poor, old, aging body. It's working!
I couldn't be happier for ME!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
These days, I've noticed, that quite a few have remarked how they are once again back into their skinny jeans. Today, I was able to get into my fat jeans completely, including the infamous "zip up".
Why is this a celebration? Because, sadly, these jeans used to be my benchmark of what I wouldn't dare go beyond and somehow (yes, we all know how), even these got away from me, and I had to order two sizes above this one. Wearing scrubs, with their elastic waists or tie closures, made it easy not to be aware that the weight was creeping slowly upward, as on call in the hospital took priority over eating right. By the time I realized what was happening, it was quite late, and the weight damage was done.
But I can still count this as a victory, as the weight is definitely trending downward, and healthier habits are becoming second nature.
It's a process, and it's all good if there are more positives than negatives. So today I won't be beating myself up, and I will celebrate getting back into my fat jeans once again.
Monday, June 07, 2010
As I read someone's blog this morning of her one year anniversary, it got me to thinking what on Spark People has reignited my weight loss journey. I took a very serious look at the My Spark Summary Calendar on the Start page about a week and a half ago, and painfully, but forcefully, looked at the results since January. There's no denying, I woefully and willfully fell off the wagon. The only thing heartening, was the fact that I was maintaining my weight loss, and that, I can only attribute to the Nutrition page, and faithfully entering everything eaten each day. That, at least, was a promise kept: Good days, bad days, all are logged days. It's the only thing to keep me from backsliding completely. As many know, this is a process. And even at the goal weight destination, it is important to realize that that is not the end. Not by a long shot. Even the most successful ones here, I have been reading lately, have had their moments of backsliding. It actually is a good thing to see: They are not supermen or superwomen. Just human. But they continue to journal and they continue to write all the foods eaten daily. And it gives the rest of us hope. They struggle, too.
When I looked at the calendar, I noticed for each successful day, keeping within your calorie limits, a gold star is given. Since the end of May, I have consistently gotten my daily gold star for the past 12 days. Whoa! It may be silly, and I haven't gotten gold stars since kindergarten, and that was, oh so many, many years ago, but I shoot now for my daily gold star. And somewhere I still have my kindergarten workbook (we're going back more than 50 years, so this is no mean feat!) with its share of gold stars. Who says we can't feel like that kid again? Not me! I like it and it shows a day well done.
As people post, I find that there are new things yet to be discovered on SparkPeople that I was unaware of. And it helps me with my own quest. This is an amazing community, rich in diversity, and all-giving, and all-compassionate. It's the common thread. And it's lovely to see.
I thank you all for sharing your own struggles, and being brave enough to post them here. It's helped me rekindle who I am and where I want to be.
See you all at the top!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Well this is a nice, fine how do you do. I got behind on my exercising, so without overdoing it (and I DO feel comfortable), I've been going swimming in the morning, then treadmilling around midday, and finally capping the day with about five minutes on an elliptical machine. I'm still trying to get the hang of that. I'm not the most coordinated person in the universe.
So what's the issue you ask? I got a note on my Fitness Page, that if I continue to burn all these mega calories, I need to adjust something somewhere. SP actually was warning me in bold red letters at the bottom of my tabulations that perhaps I should rethink my plan. That was a first! Ergo the =gasp= in the title. I didn't know SP could talk to you personally.
All told, the whole day only amounted to about an hour's worth of exercise, so I'm not truly worried. It's only for a few days more to appease the insurance gods. Plus you can't beat the endorphin rush. And it certainly is keeping my stress level really in check.
A couple more pounds to go, and I'm already thinking of my reward for work well done. I'm thinking beach. Jersey Shore?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Tonight I watched the season ending to America's addiction with "The Biggest Loser". If ever there was a show on television to set a horrible message for weight loss, this one is it. It's a guilty pleasure, though, to watch a 526 (FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX) pound man lose half his body weight and win a quarter of a million dollars.
Many years ago I learned that the issue is not to lose the weight, but to maintain that healthy weight loss. That is the true challenge ultimately. It's digging real deep inside to learn what got us to that horrific weight in the first place. And what we need to learn (besides the new building blocks of good habits) about ourselves to conquer ourselves.
I know for certain that shows on television that exhibit a tremendous amount of weight loss in their contestants, in a very short period of time, send a false message about weight loss. It is without a doubt not the way to go. Several seasons ago, I counted all the injuries that that show produced, that they lightly glossed over. One nurse who was a contestant had a ruptured disc and had to leave the show. Several other contestants had shin splints from overuse injury (read: exercising way too much), and were forced off the show that way.
Don't even get me started on the temptation challenges. Why on earth, except for questionable entertainment value, would you put high caloric foods (especially so early on in their journey where temptation to quit is the highest) in the hands of people who are trying to conquer these bad habits? It's like holding onto a stick of dynamite and seeing if it will explode or not.
As I take on one good habit at a time, and, boy, I don't have to tell you, that that alone is a slooooowwwww process, I'm starting to feel better. The days I don't exercise, I have found lately, that my body actually CRAVES the schedule that I have created. Now that in itself is something!
I am really learning to love this evolution. And I love that SparkPeople is constantly improving the site. The progress calendar that another poster mentioned is a nice touch. It's great to see at a glance each day's successes and hoping that the 80/20 rule is followed for the whole month. I like that one a lot. It helps to get an overview of the progress that is being made over time, a month at a time, and what needs to be tweaked some more.
Rather than "The Biggest Loser", I'll stick to the slow and to the steady, and continue more on this inward journey until the inside and the outside match. That will be a great day indeed.
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