Thursday, April 23, 2009
Being chosen as a featured motivator earlier this week was really cool and yet I don't feel I've done that much... just kind of decided on my course and followed it until I was done. It was hard some days but overall, it was what it was. In some ways maintenance is harder... you can kind of loosen up on eating but you have to temper that without going nuts.
I have so many thoughts while working out and they seem to go *poof* once I am done unless I make a point of remembering certain things.
Yesterday at work was interesting... my boss, who I really do love, is very large and she just seems to want the easy/magic bullet to drop her weight... it just makes me think of one person asking how I lost my 60+ lbs and then saying, "oh I couldn't do that" regarding counting calories and exercise.
The real key to weight loss is to find what works for you and to do it. However if you say that you can't, then you can't... a favorite quote of mine reflects this, "Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they are yours." (Richard Bach in Illusions). I just wish people could understand that the basics are really simple... it just seems that we human beings in our infinite wisdom can't "get" that... we want to take that relatively simple equation of calories in vs. calories out and complicate it with low carb - no carb - no fat - points - etc. This is not to say that individuals and their different metaboli will all glide through the process flawlessly, but you can do it... IF YOU WANT TO & SET YOUR MIND TO IT.
However losing weight is more than just a physiologic process, it is an emotional process and a change process... and I think that a lot of people aren't ready for the latter parts of the process. This is the lure of the magic bullet... you don't have to work for the end result... and human beings love to get a lot without having to give much. Humans also hate change... to quote Wayne's World, "We fear change."
I had jury duty today and was dismissed by lunch... so I got to come home since I don't have transport to my job 20 miles off since hubby needs the car today. So I am getting to watch an Biggest Loser Season Finale and it's always so inspiring for me. I think watching the show in the fall of 2007 really got the idea into my head that I "could" do it, even though I did do it in 1989 to go into the Air Force (I went from 175 down to 140 through counting calories and exercise).
I have vowed that this time will be different... I won't go back. I will keep the weight off this time... this is because I really have learned how to eat better and because exercise has become a part of my life.
I have tackled all the challenges, but the challenges continue everyday... with variable intensity.
Monday, April 20, 2009
If you are a Douglas Adams fan (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy), you will get the reference there... I'm certainly not saying So Long like the dolphins did, though. I have been active on SparkPeople for a year as of Saturday, even though I'd joined in January of '08. So I consider myself to actually have been here for a year.
I got named the Motivator of the Day... I was curious how that happened... I'm still not sure of the process, but it happened to me today... which funnily enough was evidenced by all the comments rolling in on my page.... I wasn't showing up in my own Spark E-mails at first... then I saw myself at the bottom of an e-mail... that was weird.
First off... I would really like to say for all the lovely comments on my page! It really means a lot... and as I said when I first got motivator status, it's really touching.... and I hope I have helped at least one person in one small way. My motto is life is, "I'd rather be useful than decorative."
I will try and visit every single page of everyone who left a comment... I will try. But the list is already quite long, which does make the task seem daunting.
Take good care of yourselves out there! Remember why you are here! You have to be able to love yourself & those you love enough to put yourselves first at least for that few minutes of mindfulness towards what you are eating and how you are moving your body EVERY DAY. The benefits will be so much greater than you could EVER imagine!!
This is a momentous week for me personally... first being the motivator of the day to start it out... and then tomorrow... my application packet goes up before a selection board for becoming an Army nurse. Eerily enough, my mother's birthday is also tomorrow... and I can't see that as a coincidence. I've also been finding lots of pennies over the last month while I have been running. My future could really change this week and a part of that has been the motivation I have received from all the wonderful SparkPeople!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
That's a pretty succinct summation of my Easter weekend. We really don't celebrate except as a secular holiday... but we do have the family together.
Saturday I went to St. Louis with a couple of girlfriends and we took pictures in two historic old cemeteries there, Calvary & Bellefontaine. Many historic figures are buried in them, especially in Bellefontaine, but Calvary has more interesting old monuments... weeping angels and the like. Very cool. I kept the camera on sepia for effect. I liked it.
We also went to a Trader Joe's. This is a rare treat for me since there are none in mid-Missouri.
Sunday a good friend came over and made an amazing beef stew for dinner for all of us. I made my famous dinner rolls and a pear/mixed berry galette. It was pleasant hang out day. I also ripped back several days' work on the next wedding afghan I'm working on (due on 6/20/09) and restarted it. I like what I'm doing better, it's a similar concept but is a bit different than the original pattern.
I had yesterday off so I could take a Healthcare Provider CPR course. That means I'm official for the next 2 years.
A good weekend. Still proud of Miss M's progress. Need cattle prod for Mr. A. Such as it is. I'm feeling peckish.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
I've had a great exercise day today... got up and did 30 day shred after breakfast... and then this afternoon did 55 minutes of run/walk with my Podfitness. (Still love it! You can currently get prepaid cards on Wal-Mart for $1.97 for 6 months!)
It's a beautifully blustery day with temps in the mid 60's and sunshine, just the sort of weather I adore! So I laced up my shoes, put on my headphones and away I went... completing about 4.25 miles altogether...
So the odd thoughts of today included... "Don't spit into the wind..." and my addendum is, "if you must spit, do so in a way that the wind will carry it away from you..."
"Why do Asians play so much golf?" & "Is golf really exercise?" (I often do my walk/run through a city golf course about a mile away and there are Asians playing almost every time I am there. I'm just curious... really... on both points.
Jeff Galloway www.jeffgalloway.com , who I have been using on my Pod/Nextfitness as my trainer a lot lately, is truly the Mr. Rogers of exercise coaching. He doesn't yell, he's always mellow. But he's growing on me, rather like a fungus.
That was pretty much the deep thoughts I've been enjoying of late.
I did get my Billy Blanks Basic Training & Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones vids last week. I like them both a great deal, but they are TOUGH! I've not been able to get through either one completely yet, especially the ab portions... I ache the next day, but it's already getting better! I just need to not do them on back to back days next week... I've done that two weeks in a row, like an insane person! And the weirdest thing today is that I had trouble completing 30 Day Shred... felt like I was pooping out on it, weird.
I have found myself slacking a little bit on exercise the last little bit, still moving every day, but not working out as strenuously as I had been... and I gained a couple of pounds. So I'm trying to get back to making sure I eat within my limits again and not going 200-300 over. So I'll get back to it, it's all good. The time to get a handle on it is NOW before it becomes 5 and then 10 and then 15 (and so on) pounds...
I think my biggest fear is gaining it all back, especially since I passed the 7 month maintenance point 2 days ago. I have fought for this health and I have to fight to keep it! I am still pretty religiously tracking food because I find it helps me stay honest.
So, even though I'm 7 months into maintenance, I still find myself needing and using SP. I track food & exercise and weight at least once per week. I now allow myself one day off per week from exercise and I think that has a lot of value too, doing something so constantly can burn you out!
I do sometimes have a heck of a time dragging myself to the treadmill or out the door or to the basement living room to exercise, but I also find that the day just doesn't seem complete without it. This is where the Pod/Nextfitness on the mp3 player helps keep things fresh too. I think one of the reasons I am so in love with San Diego is the Strandway where you can just go out and walk/run and hear the ocean & seagulls and smell the salty air. It's an incredible place to workout. When I do have trouble getting motivated, I try to keep my eye on the prize... enjoying as much of my children's lives and their children and as many generations as possible.
I also don't want to end up like my mother in law, who has trouble walking just a few blocks and she's only 75. It's weird because when I was a kid, well really all the way up until last year, I thought the best job in the world would be one where you could sit all day... and now I have that job and try to get up and move as much as I can. And since all the studies say that even taking up walking & running in your 40s really makes a difference in how you age... well, that is a strong motivator too... not to mention the mental benefits in terms of mental health and function.
Wow! I have waxed long-winded on what started to be a quick toss out of random silly thoughts... in general life is great. I still haven't heard from the Army about my application for the Reserves... some medical waivers that were needed didn't make it down from my physical in time for the March board, but they should be there in time for the April board.
We have an old friend who'd fallen out of our lives for awhile, but has come back and that makes us all very happy. Jessica is family, chosen family.
Miss M passed a home drug test a few weeks ago... so that was much needed good news on that front.
And that's the news from Lake Wobegon...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Well, I have discovered my inner beach bum... well a healthy one anyway! The trip to San Diego was fantabulous and not nearly long enough... but well, we still made the most of our short time there.
All flights & car travel went smoothly, hotels were fine... but for a few glitches... like landing in fog in San Diego... and the approach is over the Pacific, wah! Then there was the $200 hold placed on our checking account by the car rental company despite the fact that the car was prepaid... and another $50 at the hotel, despite the same prepaid condition. We dealt with it. I hit the treadmill to run off the tension of that.
One hotel was actually right on the beach... go out a gate in back and over a short wall and you were THERE. I love the ocean, the sounds, the smells, ahhhhhhhhhhh... I relax just thinking about it. I also got to walk/run on the Strandway, a very wide sidewalk that runs for 3-4 miles along the beach. How amazing is that?
Another great thing about the location of the beach hotel was a regular grocery store just a block or so away and my beloved Starbuck's.
The wedding was nice, but it was VERY cold. I wore hubby's suit jacket most of the time, he's a good man... and had long sleeves under it. I did look smashing, if I say so myself!
We also found a fabulous little Mom & Pop sushi shop not far from our in/out hotel... it was cheap (in $$) but high in quality. We had 2 meals there.
We want to go back next spring break... ahhhh, I can feel my soul already relaxing.
I changed my background to a pic from the beach... it's a shame the little shell I focused on is behind my stuff.
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