Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Today's title comes from Paul Harvey with his famous, "page two"
I started this journey on Mar 27 and decided that no matter how much or how little I lost it would be forever. My main goal is still to reach a weight I will be able to maintain. I am just thrilled that my first goal was 15 lbs ago! and I am still going!!
I had to reach the point where nothing looks as sweet to me as losing this weight once and forever. Hence each pound lost is gone forever. Every temptation reaches the same decision - is this worth my not reaching my goals? So far it is always, "nope."
I still have a pair of red shorts hanging up and I tried them on again yesterday! I cannot close them but I could get them on! And when I held the waist closed they looked so much better than any forbidden treat! They are the new size 6 and I will be in them next spring! Bring on Summer 2009, I am going to be ready!
When I started SP it was to lose 45 lbs and I gave myself a year to do it. Well, back in July SP wanted me to eat more than I was comfortable with so I changed my goals to lose 1-2 lbs a week and started dropping them 2 per week on average. The more I lost the more I wanted to walk (Cardio) and it becomes a vicious circle, lol, with me being the winner who is losing.
As an added thought, I started moisturizing to help my body to reduce the outer shell (sounds so much nicer than flab) and I am using Oil of Olay Firming Cream from Wal-marts. While I cannot say it is firming me up, it is revitalizing my skin so it will be able to reduce a little easier. And it is making looking in the mirror nicer too!
Have a spectacular day!
Love & Hugs,
P.S. I made it - down 60 lbs now!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It almost escaped my notice, but I am down 59 lbs today! Thanks to DH asking me!! WooHoo!! My weight is really on the move!
I lost 4.5 lbs so far this month and another inch this week! Finally seeing some improvement in the size of my calves which have been huge all my life. I thought they started feeling "jiggly" this week and I was hoping they would start going down.
I joined a new team, really - it's a new team - and the Team Leader, Megsamama, has a chart that helps me to know how many calories I need to eat daily! Thanks a million Meg, you are helping me to simplify my life!! The team is called, By The Numbers and Meg will email the chart to anyone that asks for it. You can find the team by looking at my SparkPage.
I am using the WATP videos but this week I was given (loaned) 3 new videos and they are awesome. I now have my own set of Walk Slim and I just love the first in the series called Fast Start! I have been using WATP for a couple of months thanks to Huggers1 but these are like a breath of fresh air! I actually had so much fun using the first one that I hated to have to turn it off when the phone rang and we had to go out immediately. (No, not an emergency, but our Golf Cart was ready for us to pick up.) I already had Walk Slim Fast & Firm! 4 Really Big Miles (very doable!) but now I am going to start with #1 and walk my way up!
I'm going to reach 60 lbs gone before I reach age 60! WooHoo!! My chosen picture is my virtual model at 130 because DH & I are now thinking this might be possible for me to achieve! While I am short I am also large boned (no, my doctor told me this) so we really have no idea what my ideal weight will be.
Hugs to All!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I just wanted to note that changing my calories does work! I lost another 2 pounds this week after taking the plunge and adding 300 calories to my day.
So if you hit a standstill like I did, check to make sure your cardio minutes are up-to-date.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I seem to find blogs when I sparkmail and today was no exception. I had told a buddy that I burn 700+ calories a day and that really sounds like a lot. So I explained.....
I didn't start out this way. I walk with my neighbor daily. She has really bad Rheumatoid Arthritis and I didn't know it yet but I was having a little arrhythmia. Cathy had begged everyone she knew to walk with her as the doctors advised it was the best thing she could do. Well one day she just dropped her gardening tools and fell into step behind Ray & I as we walked around the block. (No, she hadn't asked me. She was a new neighbor and we didn't do much more than the usual hellos.) She later told us that we couldn't stop her from walking behind us, lol. It was the day that changed my life, 3-1/2 years ago! From that day forward I became Cathy's walking partner and my arrhythmia stopped and her Rheumatoid Arthritis started feeling better. Until this year we were very happy with our 2 mile walks 5 times a week.
Then I decided to lose weight. Mar 27, 2008 a date to remember.
August 1, my sister gave me a used pedometer and I just exploded with energy! I was doing barely 5000 steps daily and now I was supposed to do 10,000? And to make it worse my sister told me I needed 15,000 to lose weight!! Well, I started adding a little here and a little there and reached 15,000 daily! Then I stopped losing weight. *sigh*
My sister works but wanted a walking partner at night so I went with her, 3 miles worth, darn near killed me but the weight started moving again! A monster was created!! Within weeks she stopped walking but I didn't. *sheesh* and the weight kept going!
And Cathy found out she had cancer of the appendix after it ruptured! Her doctors said she was alive and survived the 3 surgeries needed due to the years of walking and advised her to walk as much as she could. I told her I would walk with her as often and as far as she wanted to try for and we reached 5 miles together for the first time yesterday! Today she takes another treatment and won't be able to walk again until next Monday when we start over at about 1 mile together. She can only walk in the mornings as she is just too exhausted in the afternoon. Today is her 4th treatment - she takes them every other week and they are 48 hour treatments.
Gosh, this sounds like the makings of another blog!
Anyway, about a month ago I noticed the flab left by losing 55 lbs and started using my WATP videos daily as well as returning to my strength training. That is how I started really racking up the calories burned and that is the reason I needed to learn more about calorie deficits and calories consumed.
*Sheesh*, I am sorry to be writing such a long letter! But now you know the hows and whys of my calories burned. Anyone can do the WATP videos, they really are that easy to learn, and 15 minutes a day will still burn between 100-125 calories depending on how you use the boosters and if you do all the steps. One mile a day works wonders on the legs and waist.
The picture is my virtual model at my new goal weight of 135.
*~*~*~* fast forward to 5/4/2014: today I am under this weight and still walking with my buddy Cathy who has been cancer-free for 4 years now! we average 6-7 miles daily and I am again under 135!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
My Recipe For Success
Track It! If you eat it you track it = you bite it? you write it!
Keep moving. You don't want to walk outside? Walk inside. I found I can easily walk 4000 steps at night while watching TV. Sluggish metabolism? Morning and Night to do it right! Get a pedometer, even a Wal-mart's cheapie is better than none. Ask around, Blue Cross is giving them away - I got one from my doctor when they learned I was walking - I gave it to my neighbor. Aim for 10,000 steps for good health; go for 12,000-15,000 steps to lose weight. Can't stand on your feet very long? Lean on a walker or a chair but try to get those feet moving. I would love to do water aerobics but I can't afford the gym and the YMCA is too far away.
Stopped losing weight? Research the reasons, don't stop now. Twice I got "stuck" and both times I got it moving again. The closer we get to our goal weight the more difficult it will become. First time I had to realize to start moving a little every night. Second time I had to adjust my calories for my cardio. Keep track of your cardio minutes and make sure you update them regularly. I was under eating by 400 calories. The important thing to remember is find out why you are not losing. Quite often this can be remedied with the information available here at Spark People.
Persistence, persistence, persistence.
"The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke. - W.J. Camero"
I am often reminded that when an item is lost it is found in the last place you look! (you stop looking when you find it, lol) There are so many tools for us to use freely here at Spark People - I am taking the time for me. I am taking the time to do this right. I am never going to put this weight back on because I know how I am taking it off. Ask questions, use the search engine, but don't become complacent. I don't believe a plateau is supposed to be "to infinity and beyond".
There are more Spark Teams available than I could count. If you are not getting what you need in one, look for another. As our needs change it is not unreasonable to need what is available at another Spark Team. And we are allowed to belong to as many as we want, and all for free!
I'm sorry this is so long. But it really pains me to see people stuck and then they give up their program. I want to cry when these people leave the Spark community never to return.
"Never give up. Never surrender." Galaxy Quest
This picture is me, today, at 154.6 lbs! In pants I couldn't zip up on Saturday!! Old size 14! The T-Shirt is Large and never fit before, way too tight.
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