Thursday, December 22, 2011
Woohoo, woohoo! I was quite surprised to see that my scale read 179 this morning! It was moving so slowly at the beginning of the month that I didn't think I'd lose the 5 lbs I hoped for in Dec. This success makes me more determined than ever to be in charge of my eating on Christmas Day.
The last time my scale had occasion to display those numbers was over 5 years ago. :-) This number is a big deal for me.
It marks another decade of lbs.
It means only 5 lbs to go to leave behind Obese Category 1 and move into merely Overweight.
I'll have only 3.5 lbs to go and I'll be half way to my goal.
I'm only 1 lb from the massage and facial groupon I've been saving for reaching 25 lbs down.
And it means I'm well ahead of schedule for my target date of 53 lbs off by Aug 16th, my one year Sparkversary.
I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!
PS: I've added 3 new pics taken this week!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I am amazed, I truly am. I've just completed my 4th month of SP and have lost 23 of the 53 lbs I've set as my goal, several half pounds of that in December, probably the most challenging month for all of us. I'm still just blown away that I recently went through a reception with nothing but a glass of water in my hand, focusing on friends and conversation instead of food and choosing to use my calories for a really good meal out afterward.
I've had a LOT of practice eating out this month and have discovered it isn't that hard to enjoy myself, not feel deprived, and stay within my calorie range. I'm finding that as I've been eating smaller servings and healthier foods, I simply don't want as much as I used to. It's easy to say no to a glass of wine if I plan to have some of a dessert, or make one small glass of wine last a long time, no refills.
One of the many things I love about SP is that no foods are always off limits. There are a few things I choose not to eat at all because they have a long history of being trigger foods, the sort that once I start, I don't stop. But I'm not missing them because my healthy choices usually keep me full and satisfied. This weekend was an exception. I found myself craving rich food; I'd been low on fat and protein for a few days. I indulged in some tasty oers d'oevres, cheese-filled this and that, and for once skipped the veggie tray. But that was that. It wasn't the prelude to a binge, I didn't feel guilty at all, and I was quite surprised to find that when I tracked it all, I was still within my calorie range. That's a choice I can make occasionally.
I think my current job singing in a professional choir is helping, too. I have to plan my meals carefully for long Sundays; I keep a Kashi bar and a small can of low sodium V8 in my bag so I don't arrive home starving and ready to eat anything in sight. The intense and very focused rehearsals are done standing, with supported breathing, and I'm sure I've burned up bundles of calories on countless trips up and down the many stairs between choir room and sanctuary. With two rehearsal nights and two Sunday services, I definately count it in my fitness minutes.
This IS December. I'm eating healthy, exercising daily, and losing weight? Have I got the right person? the right month? or is this somebody new who is successfully following a plan with lots of friends cheering her on? You know, I like this new person. She and I are going to make it to our goal, maybe even ahead of schedule. If I can do it in December, the rest of the year is a piece of...uh...cucumber?
Saturday, December 17, 2011
WOOHOO WOOHOO! Today marks 4 mos of SP! I started out with the Triple Threat Team's challenge for 50s wanting to lose 50 (actually 53 as stated goal) in 50 weeks. What's new?
22.5 lbs down, ahead of schedule, almost halfway
6.5 to go from Obese to Overweight
Daily habit of at least 30 min fitness activity
Accustomed to smaller portions and better choices
I don't LIKE feeling stuffed anymore
"New" wardrobe of clothes that haven't fit in ages
Wonderful SP friends - THANKS, every one of you, for all your comments and support
Yard that is no Sanctuary Garden yet, but it's well on its way
Able to eat out within my calorie range
Daily tracking habit
Countless great ways to stay motivated, thanks to SP
I could go on and on. So--when is anyone going to notice???
Ooops...How did I miss it??? My Spark-versary was YESTERDAY. I won't even start on what yesterday was like except to say that it involved both car and computer problems.
Monday, December 05, 2011
Well! The last time I blogged about a mistake in "Sneaky Packaging", I had failed to read the serving size and ended up eating two. I learned NEVER to take serving size for granted, always better to check BEFORE I eat.
Yesterday I'd eaten lightly but well, with lots of protein, knowing I had a really full energy-taxing day ahead. I made it through a reception to my amazement with only a glass of water in my hand - no wine, no food, just walked around and enjoyed friends and conversations. I knew I'd be going out for dinner afterward and wanted to use my calories wisely.
Fast-forward to dinner. No appetizers, again no wine, just a large glass of water with lime for pizazz. I saw that you could order smaller portions--great! I ordered baked talapia, a bowl of soup, and garlic mashed potatoes. I usually make a habit of having half my meal boxed, but was famished and had calories to spare. So I really enjoyed the dinner, every bite of it, including bread dipped in herbs and olive oil--and then got my bill.
OOPS. With the best of intentions, I had NOT requested the smaller sized dinner. What I got--and ate all of--was the regular meal. Oh well, the deed was done, and I must say, it was well worth it. So today, I'm eating light, I've put in extra walking minutes in addition to strength training and stationary bike, and I'm not going to give that fiend of a scale a second thought!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. Have to keep reminding myself when it seems to move in miniscule increments. I'm doing everything right--tracking every bite, varying my workouts, staying connected with the wonderful SP community--but that scale isn't reflecting it.
I'm tempted to give the thing a rest for the remainder of the month and let other things be my reflections of progress. But part of me yells, "NO, NO, I NEED IT. I'LL GO WAY OFF TRACK IF I DON'T WEIGH IN." That part is afraid, afraid that I'll repeat past failures and give up right about this point where I've been before but rarely beyond. But is that fear valid?
I don't think it is. This whole project is about far more than numbers, isn't it? How do I feel? Am I stronger? What does my doctor say? What about the wardrobe I now have, thanks to shopping in my closets? What about the very important new habits I've established regarding what I eat and how much, making fitness a given part of my daily routine and not something I might or might not do depending on whether I'm so inclined?
This is a scary thing to contemplate. I think it's telling me I don't quite yet trust the new me. Especially with the holidays cranking up.
Any thoughts, friends?
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