Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Since March 27, 2008 I have been reading a lot of articles and blogs. I have visited many Forums and read more postings than I could count. Here is what I have observed.
There are 2 types of person here at Sparks
1 - Those that do strength training
2 - Those that do not do strength training
Cardio seems to be done with either type of person
This leads to my next observation
1 - People that lose inches
2 - Pepole that lose pounds and inches
It seems to me that those people doing the strength training are getting abs, buns, thighs of steel but not losing weight - they are losing tons of inches.
Those of us not doing strength training are losing tons of pounds along with inches but getting jiggly as we go.
While I have read many articles and many forum postings I must confess that I would rather be losing the pounds and inches than only the inches. From what I have read here by Coach Dean, when the weight goes so does a certain amount of muscle. You can minimize the muscle lost but you cannot stop the musle loss. There is absolutely no way to only burn off the fat regardless of the amount of exercising you are doing.
At 57 years of age I feel that for me it is more important to get this weight off safely and as quickly as is possible without going over the 2 lbs per week rule.
Seeing the scale drop is, for me, motivation to keep on keeping on.
Watching the scale go up and down is like setting myself up for failure and failure is not an option.
I am doing some strength training exercises but I am not getting into extreme weights and have just had enough with all the challenges at all the different teams I belong to. I love my teams! Really, I love every one of them for different reasons. But I am only human and there is just no way I can join in every single exercise challenge and stay sane. There has to also be time for living, some "ME" time. And I don't work! If I feel pressed for time, what do the people with jobs feel?
So I am going back to my cardio and losing weight now. I will tend to the toning up later. Am I right or wrong? I don't know and quite frankly at this point in time I am not concerned. At 57 and married for 22 years, thankfully "hot" is also no longer a goal for me. I only need to be "hot" for one man and he thought I was "hot" at 210 pounds! I asked him if my flabby jiggling bothers him and the way his face glows tells me that when he says, "nope," I can believe him! For everyone else I can wear sleeves and bermuda shorts or slacks.
I do my WATP videos faithfully and my thighs have gone from 26" to 20.75"; my arms from 15.75" to 13"; my waist from 35" to 29.75" and hips from 41.5" to 37.5"
Unfortunately I didn't measure anywhere on March 27, so the earliest figures are from April 20. But I would say I am still losing inches without all that weight-lifting and compulsive strength training.
I will admit to compulsive cardio though, lol. Wearing a pedometer will do that to a body.
I look forward to warmer weather so I can get back to my longer walks outside.
But I have to admit that I enjoy the higher calories burned on the treadmill.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I'm fat and have been fat since I was about 8-10 years of age. Ok, so I am not so fat anymore, but I am still fat. I have a mirror and I am not afraid to use it.
Mentally I accepted myself almost 20 years ago. I learned through OA that I am ok. My shell is XL but I am ok and worthy of being loved. I had a glorious 20 years of eating whatever I wanted and feeling free! I quit worrying about the scale and I can tell you the joys and pitfalls of overindulging in just about any food you can think of. Cans of chocolate covered nuts? I can tell you about it. I can even discriminate the different brands of chocolate! Would I give that up if I had the chance to do it all again? Heavens, I think not!
I am 57, was 56 when I came back to SP ready for a change. Why? Did I no longer accept myself? Again, heavens no! There was and is nothing wrong with me; there is just more of me. So why this sudden urge to drop this extra baggage? Drugs. Medicines. Prescriptions.
I am the youngest in my family (ok, brother is but he's a boy). Everyone else in the family is on some form of medication - most are on more than one prescription. I am on nothing! Nada! Zilch!! And I desire to keep it this way.
I woke up March 27, 2008 at my all-time high weight of 210. I tried the tricks I know to use to get below 200 again and nothing worked this time! Time to count calories. I remembered joining SP 2 years back and found I never quit - I just left. So this time I got with the program. It took time just learning how to change the weight from 205 to the 210 I now was, but learn I have. It still took me 2 months before I switched from my own log to the Nutrition Tracker and "let go and let SP" be in charge of me. The rest is history.
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* this is what got me into The Spark - page 39 - they liked my "let go and let SP" be in charge! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
If I can do it, anyone can do it. If there is one thing I have learned in my life it is that I am "terribly average" when it comes to things like this. The only difference I can see is the level of commitment. Some folks just haven't reached this level yet but when they do, they will get with their programs too.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
As I weighed this morning I saw 144.4 on my scale.
It was another epiphany! There really isn't anything gross about 144! It is the most awesome number I have seen in over 40 years!
(It's a numbers thing, 144 = one gross when counting, lol.)
Happy Days Are Here Again!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Never lose sight of your goal. When temptations come, and they will, try to remember how nice it feels to get into a smaller size. So far that has kept me on track.
I hated having my picture taken - so much so that I would be the picture taker instead.
It took all my willpower to make the first picture at 178, shirt tucked in, and that was after losing 30 lbs. I felt so thin! Now I look at the picture and cringe. But we cannot hide from our past; we must learn from it.
You too will reach your magic weight and stop hating the camera. Now it is my DH asking, "do we take another picture today?"
You can do this! I am here for you! This is an older picture but I like the superwoman stance, lol. I look more like "keeping my eyes on the prize".
Monday, December 08, 2008
Picture to follow when it gets warmer outside! Can you say, "Red Shorts?"
Today I have had another first - I can feel the bones just below the waistline! And my hipbones! I don't know what they are called but to me they are heavenly! This means I am rapidly approaching my body's goal weight!!
And I think I now know why I was never able to maintain my weight 23 years ago when I last got down to 148! I was going to "Roll Away Inches" while dieting for a year and it really did roll-away those inches. No flabby body parts even after losing 40 lbs!
But that is also probably why I couldn't maintain the weight. Like a body-wrap, it was mainly removing water I now think, so of course it would have to return. It simulated exercise but back then I didn't know how important it is to do exercise.
Just one more little proof that this is going to be a permanent change in me and my body.
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