Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I had decided to write a blog called Motivation over the weekend. I was planning to explain why I am not needing motivational support from Spark Members. Both my parents have/had heart conditions and we are talking a lot of medicines that I am choosing not to put into my body if I am able to prevent it.
I have 2 sisters older than me, one quite heavy, the other slim. Both have assorted medical problems, some from stress. If losing this weight can prevent some of the family health problems I am all for it. If walking will help my heart, I will become a "walking fool."
Then I got an email from a spark-buddy, my first here, asking how I am. My reply to her is the blog you will read below if you choose to.
Good Morning Marty,
It is 5am and here I sit on my balance ball typing at Spark People, lol.
I moved my dad out to my place (his own brand new mobile home on my property) when he stopped eating in November last year. Well, finally he decided why not rent the house? On my part because it was still so full of stuff. Well, we got it all down to one room and I still have about 3-4 truckloads left to haul so yesterday I just wore myself out somehow. I think maybe stress now that we are so near the end. That is how my body handles things - I don't fall apart until the end of a job like this. I was in bed at 7:30 last night, just couldn't keep my eyes open and I hurt everywhere like an elephant had been tap dancing on my body.
But this morning here is an email from you asking how I am. Sometimes it is just nice to be able to tell someone how I feel so I thank you most heartily!
I am really glad you are almost 100% and your weight just keeps coming down! Walking 45 minutes daily is awesome! " I couldn't be happier for you if I was twins."
I have discovered my walking is therapeutic! I have become compulsive about getting it all in first thing in the morning but while my feet are moving so is my brain. I just feel so cleansed when I get back to the house, and yes, exhausted too!
My walking buddy had cancer of the appendix, very very rare. She will be undergoing Chemo therapy every other week, 2 days a week. Very intensive for a minimum of 6 months and possibly a full year. We don't know how her body will react since she only starts this week if her blood is ok. I can't tell you how thankful I am that she is still here. Her appendix ruptured and the amount of scraping that had to be done! Plus she didn't know she had appendicitis, she thought it was a kidney stone.
Cathy is the best friend I have ever had in my entire life of 56 years. She moved across the street about 5 years ago but we bonded after Hurricane Katrina and we lean on each other when needed. She is out of the Navy on disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis and begged everyone in her family to walk with her but no one would. One day she just dropped her garden things and fell into step behind Ray & I on our walk. She told us that she needed to walk but wasn't able to make herself do it on her own and that even if she couldn't walk with us we couldn't stop her from walking behind us. Well, my Ray is really something special and from that day forward he gave up walking with me so that I could become Cathy's walking buddy. She was only able to walk about 1/2 mile but I managed to spur her on to almost 2 miles daily. Her doctors were so impressed and told her she needed to keep walking. Now she was told that it was the walking that got her through 3 surgeries within the past 3 months and told her that if she continues to walk to the best of her ability her body will get through this intensive chemo better.
I'm sitting here with tears forming because it is such a blessing for me to be able to do this with her. She has really thrown herself into our walks and managed 4 miles the other day at my pace of 3 MPH. I have told her I will walk with her daily no matter the distance or speed just so she gets in some walking whenever she can. Even if it is only to her mailbox. God really blessed me when Cathy moved across the street.
I am crying now so I am going to end here. Marty, I hope you don't mind but I think I am going to use this email as a Blog. It is the best example of motivation I can think of.
My chosen image is my dad sitting on his new front porch with a local stray (someone actually dumped her out a year ago!) he befriended and finally adopted. They are God's gift to each other.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Well, I finally reached 165 today! Ok, 165.9 but that's still 165!!
My BMI is 30.3! I am so close to overweight I can virtually taste it!
Only .4 away from overweight! Makes me want to get up and do WATP!!
165 is a very important number for me because this was my first posted goal. I know I can maintain it and it was important for me to pick a weight goal I knew I could manage.
Well, following Spark People is just so dang easy for me that I changed my goal weight to 148 which is as low as I can actually remember ever being even though I couldn't maintain it. If SP is right, that will be one awesome birthday present to myself in 2 months!
And since following SP has been so easy for me my new goal is into uncharted territory and the sky is the limit!
My chosen image is what I hope to look like at 148!
And the saga continues......
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It's official, today I weigh less than DH finally! It's only by .4 lbs but it is still lower than him! He was so happy for me!
I renewed my drivers license 2 months early so I cheated/lied and told them the weight I should be on my birthday which is 148!
So now I no longer weigh what is on my license, lol.
Gotta stay with my plan to make it happen!
**edit: DH did get passed me again but he cannot take away the glow of the day I finally caught him! I will do it again!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
August has been totally awesome for me. I owe this to Huggers1 for recommending the Walk Away The Pounds videos and to Kalh7338 for teaching me about "banking calories" aka calorie deficit. Also to my sister who gave me a used pedometer which got me striving for 10,000 steps daily and then spurred me to go for 15,000!
I am doing so well that I have decided to throw caution to the wind and have changed my goal weight to 135! Unknown territory! According to Spark this will happen around Jan 7, 2009! Will I reach it? I don't know, but I am going to give this my all!
Total losses for August, my personal best month yet!
Lost 8.7 pounds! Lost 5 inches!
Whew, that is a load off my chest! And everywhere else, lol.
Calorie Banking aka Calorie Deficit
Calorie Banking helped me and takes away the "will I lose" and changes it to I know I am going to lose the weight.
I am going to put the links here but if you should have trouble with them, go to the very top of the spark page where you see a box and search and type in calorie deficit and it will bring up many pages including www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/search_results
.asp and www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
Basically you must find your BMR www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and multiply it by 1.2 to get the number of calories your body will burn just by being alive and breathing. You next take your total calories eaten for the day and subtract this from the other number. Then you find how many calories you burned from your fitness page Cardio exercises and add the number to the other one. The resulting number is the number of calories you are "banking" . The goal is to have 500 or more deficit calories per day which will give you 1 pound loss a week. 1000 per day will net 2 pounds loss per week.
My BMR today is 1422.7 X 1.2 = 1707.24 calories my body burns just by existing.
I eat 1200 calories today, 1707.24 - 1200 = 507.24
I walked 1 mile - 135 calories burned
3 mile Walk Away The Pounds video - 346.5
The total calories burned is 481.5 and added to 507.24 = 988.74 deficit calories banked!
I keep learning things here at Spark People!
It is really exciting to see why we are losing weight instead of worrying about will we lose weight.
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