Friday, November 01, 2013
Today starts a new month. I realized looking back that October has been a good month in terms of stability and consistency. Perhaps it has been my best since starting this journey in earnest 13 months ago. I've been in maintenance mode since March 31, 2013. Since then I've lost ten more pounds making a total of 60 lost altogether. I've gone from 223 to 163 and stayed there for the most part and it feels great. It was well worth all the effort. During most of my maintenance period, these past seven months, my weight has been "volatile" with lots of ups and downs, sometimes dramatic. Slowly, I keep learning and seem to be falling now into almost automatic patterns of making good choices. That is wonderful to see finally happening. I've moved into a "flexitarian" diet - mostly vegetarian and with a high percentage of the food coming from produce grown in our own garden. I'm doing much better at restaurants, looking almost automatically for the healthiest, low fat, low calorie options. I have more trouble at gatherings where there are lots of chips and cookies - these still tempt me to go beyond one or two. I know the holidays are coming and they will be a challenge but I am thankful to look back and see that my weight stayed consistently between 166 and 163 this month - mostly at 163 where it is this morning. I think I am finally getting the hang of this to the point that my weight is staying stable. At least it did this month. For those just starting out - it is really hard at first but with time the new good habits do eventually start to become almost automatic - although continuing vigilance is necessary to stay on track.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I have really enjoyed our garden this year. This past week I've eaten a vegetarian diet almost exclusively of food harvested from the garden. Well, now that I stop to think about it, I did have one meal with salmon at a restaurant. Anyway, I have been eating beets, squash, okra, eggplant, peppers, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, and a few raspberries in various combinations. Last evening I made rhubarb apple popsicles (a Spark Recipe) to snack on (the rhubarb but not the apples are from the garden). Yesterday I harvested a huge butternut squash that weighed 14.6 pounds - that will make a lot of meals and while it may be the largest it is not the only squash out there. I'm also getting some zucchini from a late planting and I'm looking forward to harvesting my popcorn in a few weeks. Our freezer is full of garden produce and the cupboards are full of canned goods. I feel really blessed to have all this healthy, organically grown food to enjoy and to continue enjoying through the winter. This also helps keep me away from more highly processed foods that are full of calories and the work in the garden is good exercise. So I'm just amazed that the garden is still producing so well in October even through its obviously slowing down with cooler weather and I admit it this has been a lot of fun for me. Oh, and I put three quarts of tomatoes in the freezer last night.
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.
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