Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I am jumping up and down for joy, might even be able to do that literally nowadays! SABLENESS has completed, YES, FINISHED the January Jumpstart Challenge! THANK YOU, ROXYZMOM, for inviting me to this team; I wouldn't have thought of it myself.
So how was it? Well, before committing to the challenge, I tried out the first video. I couldn't do it all, but was able to adjust so that I was at least doing something aimed in the right direction. So I signed on. My December had been pretty good, considering all the holiday events and tempations, but my weight loss had slowed to a trickle. I figured this Challenge could only help--if I didn't injure myself overdoing or trying to do something I really can't do yet. OK, I'm off!
First week: HA HA HA! LOL over all the things I can't do: "You want me to do WHAT?" So I modified my way through the first week. At least I was moving. That Pilates one was a killer. Raise this body that way? HOOHOOHAHA!
Second week: ADD TWO EXTRA VIDEOS? And here I was patting myself on the back for surviving one of those things a day. SIGH...OK...I can do this. I picked the two I found to be the easiest for me--but I did them.
Third week: Hm. These things aren't too bad. And, the scale is moving again, thanks be. I went through my closets and drawers and was amazed at what fit and what was now hanging on me. I have a nice pile to go to Religious Community Services, including some favorite shirts. One has seen me through a number of different weights, but it's time to let go of it; I'm NEVER going to wear that size again. No more Xs, 18s in my wardrobe! And, it looks like a lot of the summer clothes I hoped to fit into will likely be too big by then.
Fourth week: Those videos are mostly doable, and I am HOOKED! I love those things! I'll be using them as a regular part of my fitness now. :-) I did my very first Hip Plank today; granted, not spectacular, but my body was up off the floor briefly. I'll see how that feels tomorrow, ha ha.
I've dropped a few more pounds, but what I notice most is how the arms of my shirts fit. No more sausages. I think there's some muscle in there!!! My new tight jeans that I bought to replace my now baggy ones aren't as tight as they were. They feel like the baggy ones did after my beginnings with SP last August.
From husband looking at sideview: "There's less of you!"
To husband: "That's the idea!"
Monday, January 16, 2012
Today, January 16th, is my 5 mo Sparkversary! One of my many learning experiences over these last months has been the art of eating out without overeating out. Today was the true test, the Oriental Super Buffet that I haven't dared frequent since I started. I feel as though I aced an exam!
I emptied my large glass of water and ate
--one bowl of sweet and sour soup with 2 T chopped green onion instead of crunchy noodles
--a modest plate of vegetables and beef with about 1/2 c of those thin spaghetti-like rice noodles
--2 pieces of kiwi, about 1/2 of a small fruit
--1 small but not tiny wedge of watermelon
--about 1/4 c of tapioca
I left feeling full but not stuffed and was over my range by only about 60 calories. So how did this work?
First, I thought about what I really wanted before I went in. I LOVE the soup, so that was a must. The station where you can have things sauteed is new, and there were plenty of veggies to put on my plate before adding a small portion of beef. My plate looked like a mere appetizer compared to the two men ahead of me who appeared to be seeing how much food can stacked and balanced on one dinner plate.
Second, I ate SLOWLY. I had time to notice when I began to feel full. It was pleasant to sit there and savor my food with no sense of urgency, no need to sample everything. I've been there before; I know how good the food is, and there will be more of the same the next time I go.
Third, the desserts looked good, but there was nothing particularly Asain, nothing I couldn't have any time, anywhere else, so I stuck to fruit. I like watermelon and know that it's next to no calories for a great sweet taste, and guessed that the kiwi was also nearly a freebie calorie-wise. Which gave me room for a small portion of tapioca, not Asian either, but it was just enough for a treat.
Fourth, 5 mos ago, I'd have had no idea about estimating a half cup, a quarter cup, or a couple tablespoons of something. I know that the meat I had was about 2 oz based on five months' practice. So my success tool was to visually measure and stick to the portion size I'd have had if I was at home.
Fifth, I made a conscious choice to eat out. I have a wide range of things I can do now instead of celebrating or consoling solely with food. A food reward is OK now and then. This meal was a real celebration just because it was successful, and I feel really good about how I did it, especially when I recall--ouch--other meals eaten there.
Sixth--I just thought of this--I enjoyed focusing less on food and more on my surroundings. The place has been interestingly redecorated. I had an out of the way corner to myself near a fountain and a good view of my fellow diners. The older Latina across from me had a beautiful smile. An Asian family had two children who were excited about all the choices. I could identify with the larger folks filling their plates because not all that long ago, I was one of them.
SABLENESS is one big smile!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I just read the article "5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans". While I can see that keeping clothes from ages past that aren't realistic for the new healthy you you're on your way to becoming, I find the opposite is true for me. Most of what I've kept is 1-2 sizes smaller than I was when I started SP 5 mos ago. I knew it was realistic to expect that even 10 lbs would get me back into some of them, and that was a reasonable goal.
Now, it's gotten even better. Those clothes are my 3-D scale. I love taking some time on a Saturday morning to browse my closet and see what "new" thing fits now. If something doesn't fit yet--and it's important to add that word "yet", then I'm likely to think, "Wow! I couldn't even get this on at all in August; maybe next time I try it on, it'll fit!"
I'm not looking at those clothes as an end. Thanks to SP and all the positive support, I see them as a free in-between wardrobe. After all, I LIKED these clothes when I wore them. I'm going to enjoy them until they don't fit anymore--and then treat myself to a thriftshop spree.
That's the fun of it, of being in this exciting in-between time, well on my way, but not at my goal yet. I don't want to spend loads of money I don't have on new clothes that I'm sure won't fit by my 1 yr Sparkversary. So I'm shopping in my closet and making frequent forays to thriftshops for clothes to carry me through this transition period.
Yes, I've been guilty of buying a cute pair of capris that are nowhere near fitting me now. However, by summer time, I not only hope, but expect to have reached my initial goal of 50 lbs in 50 weeks (Triple Threat Team), and I have these to look forward to.
Another confession...there's that red skirt I've had in a drawer for...OK, I'll be really honest...over 20, maybe even 25 years. I loved that skirt and still do. I have no idea if it's going to be a realistic fit when I reach a healthy weight for the woman I am now. I like the idea that my red skirt is waiting to see where we end up. If it fits, I will celebrate with new shirt, shoes, accessories to go with it. If it doesn't, it'll be donated to the domestic violence shelter, and some other woman can love it, too.
Friday, January 13, 2012
When I was newly married and expecting our first child, my husband and I picked up a gem of a book titled something like "How to Keep Your Family Together and Still Have Fun!" It was a goldmine of ideas for fun things to do together that cost little or nothing. It inspired us to make a list of our own, and we never totally exhausted it. We went to parks, went on history tours on trolleys, attended concerts at churches, played boardgames, read aloud together--the list goes on and on and on.
I think of that book when I'm looking for creative ways to work on fitness with a limited budget. I'm realizing I have good tools already. Walking, of course, is free, requires only supportive shoes. I start most days with a 10 min stretch in bed routine suggested by a massage therapist. I go to a free gentle yoga session once a month. In warmer weather, I have a generous neighbor who shares her pool and has a great water workout. The few pieces of equipment I have came almost entirely from yard sales and thrift shops. My inventory includes:
Set of resistance bands, a treat to myself for losing that first 10 lbs
3 sets of handweights in 2, 3.5, and 5 lb weights, all from second-hand sources
A great exercise bike from a yard sale; when I bought it, I didn't want to spend much in case I didn't use it
A glider for balance, legs, glutes that is presently collecting dust under a bed; need to get that out
A real bike, used, with a woman-friendly seat and a basket for nearby errands; this was a gift
The Bean, bought by husband, something like a ball
An abs roller - ouch! Also bought and not used by husband
That's a pretty good collection of stuff that cost me relatively little. I didn't realize I had so much till I made this list. I think my February Challenge will be simply putting to daily use the things I already have!
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
This is not my work, but something I received in a card recently. After sharing one stanza of it with lots of friends, I decided to post the whole thing. What stanza speaks to you?
Strong women are those who know the road ahead will be strewn with obstacles, but they still choose to walk it because it's the right one for them.
Strong women are those who make mistakes, who admit to them, learn from those failures, and then use that knowledge.
Strong women are easily hurt, but they still extend their hearts and hands, knowing the risk and accepting the pain when it comes.
Strong women are sometimes beat down by life, but they still stand back up and step forward again.
Strong women are afraid. They face fear and move ahead to the future, as uncertain as it can be.
Strong women are not those who succeed the first time. They're the ones who fail time and again, but still keep trying until they succeed.
Strong women face the daily trials of life, sometimes with a tear, but always with their heads held high as the new day dawns.
--Brenda Hager, Occasion Gallerie from Blue Mountain Arts
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