Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Well, the obvious answer is my clothes fit now.
But really this question digs deeper into my soul.
I had a really good self-image of the real me, the one living inside my shell. I am an honest and trustworthy person with confidence in my own abilities.
Weight loss has changed my outer shell and now I believe I walk with a better outward appearance, like an "I can do this, I did this!" attitude. I love when people stop me and ask me if I lost weight, but I love it because it gives me a chance to not only say yes, but to tell them how to do it too!
The questions I am asked most often are, How, How Long and Did you lose it by walking? The last is the difficult question because walking helped a lot, but walking didn't make me lose weight. Counting calories is how I lost weight, walking is how I burned extra calories to help me lose weight.
Back to the question, how has weight loss changed my life? I now make more intelligent selections of my foods and am eating so much healthier that I feel like I am glowing inside and out! And even on the days I don't feel like exercising I do still get in my walking. I feel better after a good long walk or an exercise session.
Weight loss has given me back my life!
**Thanks Marty! Yes, I have "walked in their shoes."
At 210, I definitely experienced Obesity and can relate to others still living with it. My goal in life is similar to SparkPeople's in that I would love to help anyone looking to take off this extra poundage.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Answers here: caloriecount.about.com/weight-mainte
# Is the BMI chart correct for very tall people?
# How should I spread out my calories?
# What is the rectangle body shape?
# Where can I have my body fat tested?
# Do petite women need fewer calories?
# Why is my energy level low?
# Should I strive to weigh what I did at 18?
# For maintenance, should you eat the calories you need for your BMR?
# Is it plausible to eat just one meal a day?
# How can I gain weight and how much should I gain?
# How can I enjoy eating in Italy, but still drop a few pounds?
# How will I know when to switch to maintenance?
# How can I gain weight while breastfeeding?
# Which foods are high in protein but low in fat?
# Should I increase my calorie intake for maintenance?
# Do I have to eat "low-calorie" food to maintain my weight?
# What is the most weight I can gain in one day?
# What should I do about water weight?
# How can I fix my saggy breasts?
# Why do I have fat thighs when my body is skinny?
# Will I gain weight if I eat bad food on a low calorie diet?
# Should I eat fewer calories when I quit smoking?
# Why can't I control how much I eat anymore?
# How many calories do I burn while I'm sleeping?
# Is 1400 calories enough for a teen?
# How can an older woman maintain ideal weight?
# How can I keep my weight from fluctuating?
# Why do I weigh more in the afternoon than in the morning?
# Why would you suggest liposuction to a 16 year old girl?
# Is my frame small, medium or large?
# How can I lose belly fat without losing weight?
# How can I re-learn portion control?
# Which food groups should I concentrate on to gain weight?
# How can I get rid of cellulite?
# How can I gain weight but not have it go to my stomach?
# How should you come off a diet?
# Why do I look fatter now at the same weight?
# What can I do about excess skin?
# Should I lose any more weight?
# How many calories do I need to maintain my weight?
# Why can't I gain weight?
# How can I maintain my weight loss?
# What brand of a birth control pill is the best to minimize weight gain?
# How can I gain weight and more energy?
# Isn't 2500 calories a day too much for maintenance?
# Is my diet healthy?
# Is it possible to go from 2-3 hours of exercise each day to one hour during maintenance?
# Is my muscle keeping my weight high?
# I've lost 35 pounds. How do I maintain?
# I am 16% body fat but I need more mass and strength. Do you have any advice?
# I am an athlete and I need to put on 20 pounds in a healthy way. So what do I need to do?
# How can I get the figure I want?
# How do I prevent the return of cellulite, especially on my legs?
# I work out but my weight doesn't drop. Why?
# Do I have to eat 3500 calories to gain a pound during maintenance?
# How can I recover from a weekend of Easter binging?
# Is weight gain inevitable after dieting?
# I am a 22 year old girl, 5'2" and 97 pounds, and I want to weigh 103 pounds. Will I gain on 1600 calories a day, which is 300 over my BMR?
# How can I eat in a restaurant and still be healthy? Are there healthy restaurants in New York City?
# If I eat too many calories today, can I cut back tomorrow?
# Intuitive Eating is very freeing, but won't I gain weight?
# Why do you have to eat MORE after you've lost the weight? How do you NOT gain if you're eating at maintenance?
# How much exercise do I need for weight maintenance?
# Is 123 pounds a healthy weight for 5'8"?
# What should I do about loose skin after my huge weight loss?
# Why doesn't my friend acknowledge my weight loss?
Weight Maintenance Calculator
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I am leaving my goal as 119 but I am satisfied with 125 so I decided to change up my calorie range to stay at 125. I think I can be happy with 1730-2080 calories.
But, I am going to try to eat the calories daily for 119 pounds! 1836 daily plus whatever calories I am burning. This will still give me 2000+ calories to eat daily and allow my body to become accustomed to the proper range and maybe even still drop a pound or six.
I went back up to 125 from 123 this past week but I measured today and I have lost inches everywhere. On average 1/2" in arms, thighs, calves, waist, hips and bust. So the strength training is obviously taking some effect on my body.
I am back up to 5+ miles for my morning walk and want to go back to the WATP videos as I really think my body seemed to feel and look better with the shrinkage. And they are just so much fun!
As I learn about Maintenance, I will share the information. I have heard a few tell me it is difficult but I prefer to go into this with an open mind and positive thinking. If I could lose 85 lbs, I can certainly learn how to keep it off.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I don't know what reminded me, but years ago at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting we were given an unofficial diet to follow if we chose to. Unofficial because just like SparkPeople, OA will not tell you what program or diet to follow.
Anyway, I remember asking how many calories in some vegetable and I can still hear this really sweet person saying, "There are less calories in the worst vegetable than in the best of the junk food."
What a mouthful then, and it still works today.
The worst fruits and vegetables are still lower in calories than that donut!
Have a fruitful day!
To answer the question below, "why do the donuts and cake and cookies call my name more often than the fruits and vegetables? It's maddening! ":
Because for some of us it is habit, but for too many it is addiction. This is an inside peek at what drug addicts and alcoholics probably go through every minute of every day.
I don't know about you, but this gives me the strength to say to myself, "no more!"
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The only one that can make me feel bad about myself is me, myself.
**edit: Yes, Janet! I didn't remember the quote but yes I like it!
***edit: I stopped comparing myself to others. I can admire another without feeling I must compete. I try to be all I can be myself. Then I accept me whether I succeed or fail. I can always try again.
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