Friday, October 07, 2011
I can remember a time in my life when I climbed on the scale, saw 172 and felt embarrassed that I weighed so much. I am now down to 172, a 35 pound weight loss. I look at myself in the mirror and wonder how in the world I could have possible thought I was heavy.
I am 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall. I was 5'9" the last time I weighed this much. I am a big person. My hands are 7 7/8" long from the bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger. My calves are larger than many people's thighs, yet my legs look shapely. When I look in the mirror I don't look particularly heavy.
Between 16 and 30 years of age, I maintained a weight that was well below a healthy weight for me. I was always hungry. I was always very physically active. My hip bones stuck out and you could count my ribs from 6 feet away. At 172 pounds, I was over my idea of an ideal weight by 37 pounds.
In my thirties, I let my weight drift up. I would fight it and get it back down every few years, but nothing was ever permanent. I tried so many quick fixes that I can't even remember half of them. The weight would just come back on again. When I injured myself so badly in an intense weight loss boot camp that I could no longer stand on my feet for more than 10 minutes at a time, I gave up.
I gained about 23 pounds in the 2 years it took for my injuries to heal. On my 50th birthday my driver's license expired. I hadn't really looked in a mirror for 2 years. I hadn't weighed myself in over 2 years. When the woman at the DMV handed me my driver's license with my photo, I was stunned. I was so depressed.
It took me 2 months to weigh myself. By that time I had already started walking 3 -5 times per week. I read an article about a couple who had lost a considerable amount of weight on Sparkpeople, so I joined. I've been here since May and I've lost a total of 35 lbs since then. I'm taking it slow. If I'm hungry I eat. If I'm injured I take it easy. I have lost weight every week so far, knock on wood. Sometimes I only lose a half a pound a week. I figure the longer it takes me to lose the weight, the longer I'll have to develop good habits. Good habits will help me maintain a healthy weight.
I am not at my goal weight yet. I still have 12 pounds to go. My calculated BMI is still over 25, 25.8 I think. I have 6 more pounds to lose before my BMI is under 25. I know at my goal weight I will be trim, but not unhealthily thin. Even though my calculated BMI is over 25 right now, I am quite happy at this weight. I'm not going to starve myself. I will devote a reasonable amount of time to exercise, but I won't start "doubling up" to get to my goals in a hurry. I'm ok with how ever long it takes me to get to my goal weight.
I FEEL GREAT! I think it's time to reward myself. I'm dreaming of some new jeans and sweat pants.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Long time, no blog. I really haven't had much to say. I've been plugging alone. I'm trying to find things to be grateful for every day. I try to exercise everyday to relieve stress. Both my husband and I try to eat as well as possible everyday. We've been having a lot of discussion lately about restaurant food and recipes.
Our youngest is an athlete who burns a significant amount of calories a day. Last night my youngest and I did community service. It was quite late by the time we had a chance to eat dinner, so we went to a local buffet. I filled my plate with fresh veges, some beans, a little bit of a rice salad and a little bit of a salad made with whole grain pasta. As we were sitting at our table I watched the people walk by toward the main courses and desserts. The only people I saw who were not overweight were under 13 years old. My observations illustrate something my husband and I have been discussing, if someone were to eat out a lot it's difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
My husband and I have both been collecting nutritional information from restaurants since we started watching what we eat. It's difficult to find menu items under 500 calories. Often if you find them, you have to ask your server to leave off cheese or dressings. Many restaurants have salads that have more calories and fat than their dinners. Most restaurants do not have items that are under 450 calories a serving. We have found it challenging to find a really healthy well rounded meal when we eat out.
Both of us are eating meals that are 450 calories or less, so that we can have a small snack or two per day. Those 450 calorie meals have to include the right portion of carbs, protein, and fat. They must also include the right amount of calcium, vegetables and fiber. Not only have we had difficulty with restaurant meals, we've also had difficulty finding recipes that are well-balanced and under 450 calories. My solution has been to modify recipes and change portions. Both of us have been cooking a lot of vegetables, using herbs and eating very lean protein. I've picked up a lot of low-calorie, low-fat cookbooks, but I've found that the majority of recipes in those cookbooks will have to wait until we are no longer overweight.
We are doing a great job of changing our eating habits. The hardest part has been learning how to navigate restaurant menus when we are traveling or super busy.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I feel like I spend way too much time on this site reading articles, reading blog posts, posting status and blog posts, as well as tracking my nutrition and fitness. I think the tracking is a great idea, but I think I need to limit the amount of time I'm spending at it. I feel like I'm obsessing about losing weight so much that I'm losing myself in it. I'm pretty sure I can keep on track without spending so much time obsessing about it. I've already started not posting so much. I have other things I need to be doing. I want to enjoy my summer a little more. I have yet to start some of things I had planned for this summer.
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