Monday, September 30, 2013
Well, today is the day! Six months have passed since Easter Sunday, March 31 on which I arrived at my weight goal of 173, having lost 50 pounds. The graph of my weigh-ins show that it has not been smooth sailing since then but rather a bit of a bumpy ride. One "wave" in particular shot me back up above 173 for a few days. Yikes! In fear of regaining and determined to beat the odds, i.e. the statistics which show that most people regain most or all of the weight after dieting, I set a strict goal for myself. I decided to go for 168 (55 pounds lost), that way I could keep my weight below 170, and then I decided to go even further and make 166 my target weight to give me a little "wiggle" room below 168. In other words I intend to keep the 55 pounds off permanently and so I want to stay in the 165-168 range. This morning I weighted in at 168 (let me say "drat" softly even though this is five pounds below my initial maintenance weight because I had wanted to be at my 166 - ideal, perfect weight for this six month anniversary). It may seem silly and overly self-critical but these little "soft drats" keep me focused and working to keep my "boat" steady on this bumpy lake of maintenance. I continue to weight myself daily and track my food and exercise most days to keep motivated. Spark friends are as important as ever - thanks everyone!!! However, looking at the big picture, how wonderful it is to be "in range" on this anniversary. I continue to be determined to hold this "boat" on the maintenance lake for another year and a half at which point statistically, I have a better statistical chance of staying fit for the rest of my life. I hope I can learn during the next six months how to smooth out the sailing and keep my weight within range more consistently. So I will celebrate today with healthy food from the garden and a good workout at the gym.
Monday, September 09, 2013
I prepared for the conference by banking calories. I got my weight down to my perfect ideal weight - 166. I decided that I would only join the conference for the lunch buffet. For breakfast and supper, I packed oatmeal and low calorie garden foods to prepare in our room. I did indulge in the desserts at the buffet but made good choices in the buffet line. Occasionally, I did more snacking in the evening than I really wanted to. I did some modest exercise in my room and joined the conference 2.5 mile hike that had been planned. All well and good. On the way home, we stopped in to see our daughter and to celebrate her birthday. I splurged on a Thai restaurant meal and left stuffed. The next morning at my parents' home, I enjoyed Mom's cooking and a full breakfast of sausage, pancakes and toppings. I continued to eat through the day and snacked to the point of discomfort in the evening. Sunday followed with two church pot luck meals - I did not follow my intention to stick with vegetarian choices. I had fried chicken and desserts and in the evening at the Caribbean cross-cultural gathering, enjoyed rice and beans, spicy meats, chips and salsa, and homemade desserts. I didn't stop even then but continued to eat into the evening, again to the point of discomfort. So like a piece of music building in a crescendo to a resounding climax I have not maintained the discipline I had hoped to keep while away from home. It seems to me that some feasting on special occasions is a reasonable part of healthy living. What I don't like is the way I tend to set all discipline aside on these occasions, thinking I'll get back to my routine tomorrow or when I get back home. Through careful planning and preparation, I did do better during the week of the conference than I have done in the past. But I allowed myself to lose control during the weekend activities. Its harder to keep tracking calories and exercise while traveling on the road but checking in regularly as a way of reminding myself of how I'm doing and of my goals would probably help me catch myself sooner before hitting such a disappointing crescendo. I'll give myself a day to get the salt out of my system and then tomorrow I'll post my weight to see how much damage has been done. Today, I start working my way back once again to my maintenance goal.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Today was my day off from work and I couldn't wait to get into the garden. Gardens are a lot of work but I need the exercise, I enjoy it, and the food is quite the treat. Today we harvested and canned 21 quarts of tomatoes. Nine of those quarts (and four additional pints) were spaghetti sauce made from tomatoes and other veggies from the garden (including some of my jalapeno and poblano peppers - we like the sauce to have a little heat). I also tried a new recipe and made pickled radishes. I had 14 cups of sliced radishes from the garden to do something with. I love picking okra from our garden. The plants are about four feet tall now and the blooms are beautiful. We also have sweet corn in the freezer from the garden. Later this fall I'll harvest the popcorn, spaghetti, hubbard, and butternut squash and reclaim the yard which the squash vines have taken over. Our eggplant, swiss chard, and peppers (sweet and hot) are all still producing. I have bags of edamame in the freezer. It looks like I'll get one artichoke (a new experiment). This evening I planted one of the cold frames for fall and winter greens - spinach, lettuces, and more swiss chard. With a glass cover for the cold frame (to be used later when the nights get cool) I'll hopefully be able to extend the season. All these organically grown vegetables make for wonderful, healthy eating. I'm keeping my weight under 170 which is just great! I have maintained my weight for five months now (I recovered from July's travel and conference weight gain) and that's a good feeling - I will make my goal of keeping the weight off for two years and then for the rest of my life. I have to keep working at it every day, some days go better than others - but the garden has made it fun. It is satisfying to eat the food I have grown myself and since vegetables are low calorie foods, I can eat quite a bit and not gain. So that's what I've been up to in my free time. It's been a good summer for gardening.
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