Friday, September 21, 2012
For the Spooktacular BL Halloween Challenge I am doing, one of the questions that it asked for today was, "How will you celebrate reaching your ultimate goal weight?"
That was an interesting question for me because, in many ways, I am purposely not celebrating or rewarding myself for losing weight. Certainly, yes, I am happy when the scale responds to my efforts, but I don't have a reward system set up at this point. I guess it is my way of trying to normalize this as much as possible. I don't want to see what I am doing as some Herculean effort; rather, it is just what every reasonable person does day in and day out and I happen to be (finally) learning this as a 40-something.
But, you know, I will be celebrating my weight loss with how I conduct my life:
-Playing with my kids
-Going on bike rides
-Going to the swimming pool
-Chaperoning field trips
-Having fun at amusement parks
-Enjoying nature hikes
And the list could go on and on.
What better way to celebrate healthy living than by getting out there and having fun?
Monday, September 17, 2012
So yesterday was another good day on the scale -- 1.5 lbs down, for a total of 30 lbs.
I've been noticing a lot of NSVs, as well:
-I went for some bloodwork at the clinic and chose to use the stairs. It was 28 steps from the first floor to the second floor (almost 3 stories in a regular house). I didn't feel winded at all after taking them. I stopped, expecting to have to catch my breath, but I didn't have to!
-I am down a full size and then some. A pair of jeans that are two sizes smaller than when I started now can be buttoned and zipped without having to lay down on the bed (but sitting comfortably is still not happening).
-A few days ago, my husband gave me a hug and squeezed my arm. "Oh, it's flat!" he remarked. I gave him a quizzical look and he said, "No, really. Before, it was more... fluffy." Here's to being less fluffy!
-A jacket to a pants suit that I haven't been able to wear for over three years now fits -- even in the arms (further validating what my husband said about them getting smaller).
To keep me spurred on, I signed up for the Spooktacular BL Halloween Challenge. I am part of the "Spider Sizers" team. Go Spiders! No mini-challenges yet other than to get 20 minutes of exercise a day.
I also wanted to get some suggestions from folks. Next month, I have a conference in CA, and I am wondering how others have stayed on track during those times. Is it even possible to bring non-perishable food along? (I haven't flown in years...)
Monday, September 10, 2012
I don't know why I don't have much to say this week, but there's not been much going on. This is the start of the 4th week of school for my kiddos, so everything is falling into a normal routine around here.
My daughter's ankle is healing quite well; I still see signs of swelling and it hurts if I do too much probing on it, but she's being careful because she doesn't want to be laid up again. That was not her idea of a good time.
But, like I said in the title, I lost another pound. That puts me at 28.5 lbs down in two months (I started back on SP on July 8). Ten more pounds to get at 25% of my current goal.
Hope you all have a great week coming up!
Sunday, September 02, 2012
It was nice to have another good week. Four more pounds gone. That's 27.5 lbs lost since I started back on the road to health eight weeks ago. While I still have a long way to go, it's definitely progress. It's not yet to the point that people have started to comment, but I'm OK with that. In a way, I feel more pressure when that happens -- you know, the whole "How are you doing now?" and "Should you be eating that on your diet?" that people feel they have the right to ask once they know you are losing weight.
So this weekend didn't go as planned. My six-year-old daughter ended up twisting her ankle Friday night, and when we checked her first thing in the morning on Saturday, it was clear that a visit to Urgent Care was necessary. No broken bones were seen, but the sprain is over the growth plate, so they are treating it like a fracture. She's sporting an air cast and hobbling around on crutches (which took hours to track down -- apparently, most pharmacies believe that children under 4'6" aren't supposed to do things that would require them...)
My daughter was understandably nervous about using crutches for the first time. Being the old pro I am at them, however, I felt prepared to teach her how to use them. One of her big problems is that she wanted to move at her normal speed. That, of course, led to her losing her balance and crying out in pain because she had stepped on her bad foot.
"Honey," I gently instructed her, "you need to focus just on the next step you have to take. If you are more concerned with where you are trying to go, you will try to speed things up to get there. That will cause you to lose your balance and fall."
That actually has a lot of bearing on the healthier lifestyle I am adopting. I am like many others who would love it if the weight came off as fast as possible. However, trying to hurry the process doesn't typically lead to good results for me. Severely restricting calories or eliminating "bad" foods from my diet or ramping up the amount of exercise to an extreme level is not something I can sustain long term. At some point, I will burn out and crash.
But looking at right now keeps me trained on what I need to do in the moment. I am better able to make choices that will support my ultimate goal. Sure, I will be moving slowly, but I will get there. And, I am less likely to wipe out because I am being very deliberate about my process.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Today was definitely a good scale day -- I lost four pounds! That makes a total of 23.5 lbs lost. After the relative stagnation of the past month, it was nice to see some progress on the scale.
Though, to be honest, I can't attribute this to being rigidly focused. I was not consistent in tracking my food, sleep was a bit hit and miss, and I didn't exercise every day.
However, I did a lot that was helpful. Last Sunday and Wednesday were special events that were loaded with tempting foods. But I focused primarily on fruits and veggies, took only samplings of the rest, and didn't go back to fill up my plate a second time. Interestingly enough, I didn't feel like I was depriving myself. Perhaps there is something to "losing the taste" of junky food when you don't eat it. Don't get me wrong -- it still tasted good; I just didn't want to make it the center of my meal.
And while I didn't exercise every day, I made the most of the days I did exercise. Especially when I am doing something as mundane as walking, I have found that talking on the phone makes the time go by a lot faster and I keep walking much longer than I would otherwise. Overall, I surpassed my weekly goals for minutes of exercise and calories burned.
It's beneficial to see that things don't have to be perfect to still get results. It encourages me to keep at it because every positive choice is a step in the right direction. I also don't get so down on myself when I do mess up.
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