Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Today one of my two challenges begins - the second one starts on Saturday. I am really determined that this time I am going to get my weight moving! Today is the BLC26 (Biggest Loser Challenge) and on Saturday the 5% Challenge starts. They are both going to be fun, and they are both going to push me to do more. I have an ambitious goal - 10 pounds. And that is 10 pounds with a 10 day vacation in October, my DH's birthday, Halloween and Thanksgiving. So 10 pounds will require serious effort and dedication.
Why would someone pick this time of year to lose weight, you wonder... Lots of reasons... For one thing, I want to end this year on a great note. To weigh less than I have in the last few years. For another, being thinner and healthier is a wonderful gift to myself and my husband. (he never says a word, but I know he would love to see me thinner)
Another great motive for losing now is that while I intend to have a wonderful and full Thanksgiving dinner, the rest of my occasions need to be reined in a bit. To that end, I am not going to buy nearly as much Halloween candy - because the leftovers seem to get loft on my belly! And any leftovers are going to the office! Where I seldom go. I'm even planning to buy my least favorite candy bars to reduce the temptation!
And perhaps I will have myself under control enough to maintain through the Christmas holidays. I won't be upset if I don't lose between December 10 and January 1, but I do not want to gain either! The next 3 months give me time to cement the habits I have been building and hopefully keep from backsliding.
Let's get this party started!!!
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
I am participating in two great challenges that begin this month. One is the 5% Challenge and the other is BLC26. One of the pre-challenge assignments for the 5% challenge is to list the reasons why I want to lose weight. I don't really think a lot about them, so this will be kind of stream of consciousness.
1. My heart! I have some plaque build up now, and do not want it to get worse. I have a family history of heart disease and both parents had by-pass operations. I'd prefer not to need one!
2. Comfort - OK - who has NOT felt crammed into a seat on a plane or a theme park ride or some other conveyance? I would like to not feel the arm rests poking me in the side, thank you!
3. Pride - I want to never have to ask for a seat belt extender. Never. I also don't want to try to fit into the seat of something and discover I can't. (Truth - I didn't try the seats at the Harry Potter ride because my friend couldn't fit in them, but I don't know for sure if I could)
4. Fun - I want to be able to play! to hike, bike, and do active things. I want to be able to play Frisbee with the great nieces and nephews, and keep up with them when we go somewhere.
5. Vanity - I do not want to look in the mirror and see the rolls. I don't want to see a photo and see the fat girl. I really don't want to be the heaviest of my friends!
Are there more reasons? Probably, but they are all related to these. I don't want my nieces and nephews to have to take care of me when I am older. I don't want to be in a nursing home. I don't want to fall down in a store and have it take 5 or 6 men to get me up (this happened to a friend recently)
Why do YOU want to lose weight? Your reasons are probably different than mine. But it is good to think about it, and maybe keep that list where you can see it! I'm going to.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
My DH loves to tease, and my addiction to spark people and the changes I have made are fair game. Here in Orlando we have "Magical dining month" every September, with great restaurant deals - 3 or 4 course dinners for $33. We have made reservations for one each week. My husband has told me that he fears that the black helicopter with the Spark emblem on the side will come down and stop us from eating! He also warns me about the "SparkPolice" frequently. While I know he is teasing, and do not let it bother me, I do believe in the SparkPolice.
The SparkPolice is that little voice telling me that if I really want more potatoes, go ahead, but I have to write it down.. And won't I be sorry then!!! The little voice that says "you can do one more minute on the elliptical". And says it several times, until I have completed 35 minutes! The SparkPolice are watching over my shoulder to be sure I don't cut my walk short, or stop at the ice cream drive through. They keep me from posting exercise I didn't do, and make me post what I ate.
Hmmm... do you think the SparkPolice are my conscience? No, because other than lying to myself, I wouldn't be harming anyone else. So what is the SparkPolice? I think it is my healthy new self telling my old couch potato self to keep on with this healthy lifestyle. To keep modeling behaviors that lead to even better health. Whatever you call them, I can live with them. In fact, I don't want to live without them!!!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Come one, come all - to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks!!
There are many teams to choose from, all located in the Team Forum:
Any Team is Great!
Champions in the Kitchen
Firecrackers (I'm a Firecracker!!!)
The Awesome A Team
Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters
Choose your team, it's first come-first served though so get your name posted for the team of your choice.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
OK, if you are a newbie - or maybe even been around a while - you might be asking "What are NSVs, and are they contagious???" An NSV is a non-scale victory. Something special that happens that makes you realize that even if the scale isn't moving much, you are making progress.
One of my first NSVs was the day I tried on a pair of size 14 capris - AND THEY FIT!! I was shopping alone, but I told all the people anywhere close to the fitting room, and I actually cried! It had been years since I had size 14 on my body.
Since then there have been many - sometimes it's just how a particular outfit looks that didn't always flatter. Sometimes its being able to do something physical. When I first started to use the elliptical, I was lucky to be able to do 10 minutes. Now I routinely use it for 35 minutes. I just recently decided to branch out and use the rowing machine. OK, I did 5 minutes. But I have increased it a minute or 2 at a time, and this morning did 10 minutes.
And when I tried yoga, I could barely get into the child's pose and my belly was in the way! Now it is a comfortable resting pose as it should be.
The day I saw a photograph of me and my 3 BFFs and realized that I was no longer the fat girl was a real bell ringer!
Today I had one I have been longing for. I have not been able to decrease the size of my waist. It has been 40 inches for a couple of years now. I even have one my goals on my goal board to lose 1 inch in my waist by September 1. Well, I don't know if I will make that, but today my waist was 1/2 inch smaller. I know that is not a lot, but it is a huge impact in my head - which is where weight loss really happens, right? I no longer have a 40 inch waist!!! YEAH!! Of course the real goal is to get in under 35, but I know that will take a lot more weight loss. But right now... Well I am a happy camper!
What are your NSVs? Can you fit in a seat that was too tight (like in a theme park?) or bend down and tie your shoes? Perhaps you started in a better place and your NSV is getting into that dress you wanted to wear. I know you have them. And they are important to notice and to mark, because that scale... well, if you had too much salt or too much water it won't always tell the truth. It will pop up and down and make you crazy if you let it. But your NSVs? They are honest and real achievements. Go for it!
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