Friday, April 26, 2013
I reached my goal six years ago and can hardly believe I've stayed slim, fit and healthy this long and haven't gone back to the yo-yo- dieting I did for most of my previous years. Once I found Sparkpeople and faithfully logged everything I ate and how much exercise and sleep I got, it was easy to see where I needed to make some changes. The changes have now become a way of life and I feel better now at the age of 82 than I did when I was a teenager. I've learned so much in these 6 years with Sparkpeople, it would take a book to tell it all and that book has already been written. It's called "The Spark." Everything in it is now engraved on my mind and I'm so glad I found Sparkpeople. I just wish everyone who wants to be slim, trim and healthy could join me in this great endeavor.
Friday, February 15, 2013
In the past week, I've finally managed to get off the 1 lb. over my goal which hung on after I had lost 3 lbs. I had put on a few weeks ago. As I tried to find out why this pesky little one pound would not go, I realized that my calories in and calories out were not in balance. Usually I keep my calorie intake down in the 1200-1500 range and do yoga, Jazzercise, walking and Chair Dancing to use up the calories. However, the weather has cut both my walking and my Jazzercise back. Example: When it snows and schools are cancelled, Jazzercise is cancelled, too. Snow and ice make it dangerous to go for a walk, so all my exercise has to be indoors.
My extra pound wouldn't leave until I got the food and exercise back in balance. So I made some minor changes in my eating habits and my exercise habits. My husband and I had gotten into the habit of having dessert after lunch each day and a snack in the evening while we watched TV. I told him I wasn't having any dessert or any snack in the evening until I lost my extra pound. He thought it was such a good idea, he joined me. Also, I substituted working out on the cross-trainer in the exercise room for my outdoor walk. Those little changes made a big difference and the extra weight came right off. It was a revelation to me of how small changes can either throw us off balance in our maintenance journey or put us back into balance. I intend to pay more attention to "keeping my balance."
Monday, December 10, 2012
Last Monday I challenged myself to get off the 5 lbs I gained during the week I was away from home because of a death in the family. Today, a week later, I'm thankful that, with much prayer and the help of the "cabbage soup cleansing diet"and my usual Jazzercise and yoga and walking, I'm back at my goal weight . HALLELUJAH!
Monday, December 03, 2012
Today is Monday, the day I always "started my diet" in the past. Since I've been maintaining with Sparkpeople for 5 1/2 years now I don't "diet" any more. I just keep track of calories and exercise on Sparkpeople and try to keep up a healthy lifestyle. However, the last week has been a challenge for me and I've ended up by gaining 5 lbs in a week. I know exactly how I did it. Last Monday, my husband and I took a quick trip to Georgia because of the sudden death of his sister. You know how it is when the whole family gets together and all the friends and neighbors bring in beautiful casseroles, breads and desserts. I ended up eating more than I should and I had to miss my usual Jazzercize and yoga and walking. Sooo, today I get back on track and hope to get off those 5 lbs quickly. I'll let you know next Monday how well I did.
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