Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ok, I reached it last month - but yesterday I had an "episode" after donating blood platelets that forced me to realize that, yes, I have indeed lost enough weight.
Donating platelets means being hooked up to a machine that filters your blood (draw & return, repeat) for about 90 minutes up to 2 hours. While it is the most worthwhile gift I can give, it is also incredibly boring. Squeeze the ball when drawing blood, release and relax during return.
All went well other than I was extremely cold and felt more tired than usual. As always, I bring my lunch and eat immediately after the run is completed - I have to sit 15 minutes anyway. And I bring a good Carb lunch due to the drop in blood sugar; now you know why they serve sweets after donating blood. I bring a PB&J on my homemade bread and I am generous with the PB&J.
After finishing my lunch, I got up and immediately felt wobbly - not good. In that next few minutes I knew I have already reached my goal weight. No need for another pound.
Your goal weight number is only a number. Your body will tell you when your ideal weight has been reached. I am choosing to listen to my body so my goal weight has been changed to show 120 and I will now hover around this number as maintenance.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Today I would say it is the idea of finally reaching my goal weight.
Last year it was getting into the clothes hanging on the closet door. All through the 2008 Holiday Season I would look at goodies everywhere and think of those "hot red shorts" hanging on the closet door. No sweet looked as good as getting into those size 6 shorts was going to feel in June at the family reunion!
This year the family reunion came and went - the red shorts? Too large!
Monday, August 24, 2009
I was recently asked if I had any tips or advice for another buddy entering maintenance. She has pretty well been maintaining for a month but this really is a day to day program. (Weekly for those who prefer it that way.)
Quite a few entering maintenance still have a bit of weight loss, the average seeming to be up to 2 lbs in a month. (Not going to be my problem I fear.)
From my own experience, and reading a lot of Dean Anderson's blogs and articles, when I increased my protein I found my weight would become stable. When I reduced my protein again and added more fruits and vegetables, my weight started dropping again.
Dean Anderson has suggested making 30% of your calories Protein calories when trying to maintain your weight and from my little experience this seems to be true for weight maintenance.
Personally, I am also checking my Calorie Deficit on a daily basis and for myself I had discovered that if I have a Calorie Deficit over 300 I will lose weight. Under 200 and I will gain weight. So this is just another tool you can use by tracking your Calorie Deficit daily to determine the correct number of calories.
The good news is, if my Calorie Deficit is too low, it gets me off my butt and doing some Cardio!
I hope this helps.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Today's blog idea came from the Healthy Reflections spark-email today.
Are you able to focus on your goals?
Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. Often a naysayer can cloud our minds and break our focus. What in your life distracts you? In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand. Now is the time for just one thing--reaching your goal. Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve!
****** my comments below this line********above is taken from spark-email
I believe I have been able to focus on my goals and am achieving them in spite of the "health distractions" of Pop & Ray. I am still taking care of them, but I am also focusing on my needs, I am reaching my goal weight - one pound at a time.
I wish you all days without distractions so you can focus on your needs and goals.
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