Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I have been planning for awhile to jump in feet first at the beginning of the new year with an idea to JUMP-START my weight loss. What seems to really work for me is giving up sugar. No, I do not like it at all and it takes discipline to not munch on home-made goodies or eat my favorite Breyers ice-cream and sweet treats. However, that one area of my food intake increases my weight rapidly and I don't really benefit from carrying around extra poundage.
# 1 - no sugar, no hidden sugar,
# 2- begin the day with an alkaline water: 1-2Tablespoons of lemon juice & Bragg's Apple cider vinegar and drink 8 and more 8oz glasses of water a day.
#3- exercise early 20 minutes or more, hiking or cycling, 5-6 days a week. Add crunches, stretches, dance, strength training on alternate days.
#4- Own my own personal weight-loss. By that I mean, its my discipline I'm implementing and do it with a fervency to achieve results for my own personal satisfaction. This will help me not to be deterred by the 'other' voices out there, that say 'your losing too fast', 'you should this and that'. I have learned that when I am seriously embarked on the journey, that I am forging paths that work for me. It takes my commitment to stay on track. If pounds come off fast, it might be that the lack of intake of 4-6 sugar cookies, sweet ice-tea, ice-cream floats and so forth may actually have a reverse effect!
#5 - No food after 7 PM. No food after 7PM. ...the reason is simple, I don't need it. Water is
#6- Weigh once a week. Since I started on Tuesday, January 1, 2014, Tuesday will be my weigh day.
#7 Enjoy the freedom as each pound drops. It is less stress on my joints, my entire body will benefit.
Both pictures were taken a few months ago, at what I weigh, now! So they are a pretty accurate representation of looking at what I plan to shred and shed. How I manage to mountain bike and hike in this shape, still astounds even myself. I'm hoping for increase speed as I shed the excess weight.
Finally, May this New Year bring much joy and loss of weight to each and everyone of you. May your character be strengthened in your strength training, running, hiking biking, swimming. And most of all, May you know God's grace through Jesus. I cannot do this without praying it through and seriously praying for help to stay the course.
God Bless you.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
It has been 11 days of being wheat free, except for by accident putting a tablespoon of wheat germ in my smoothie instead of flax meal. However, I've been able to bake and not eat. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I feel really good and am noticing I have more energy, not light-headed feeling and just overall feel great. My knees don't hurt, either, like they did before. It could be loss of some weight or that coupled without the wheat products. With summer fast approaching and temperatures up, humidity up... the exercise is getting done, early. By early, sun is up and I'm out of here. Today, I coupled my 3 mile bike riding with 50 minutes of hiking our trail, when done. I was a little slower coming back, but all in all was not completely wiped out. And on the menu is turkey (baked in the crock-pot) and lots of veggies. All the exercise is not making me more hungry...just thirsty for water. It's taken awhile, but I finely feel like the sugar products don't have a grip on me. And of course the wheat. Who would of known, that you could feel so good without either. Now that is Priceless!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
In the past month, I've shed 15 pounds. It is work to continue to write down all that I eat and my water intake, along with the exercise and especially to Do It. But the reward is well worth it. And my attitude toward getting back in shape is so much better.
I have a goal, a sort of purpose to achieve, that dropped weight will significantly help. It gives me incentive to work with myself as if I'm in an all out battle. And that is why my Dragon's armor is penetrated. It is touched, not dealt a severe blow, but enough, such that I can at least see that I can gain the upper momentum and continue the fight against FAT!
Friday, April 26, 2013
I am on the left with my niece and her daughter. I weigh at my heaviest. Two years ago, I had great success and faithfully stuck with SparkPeople, logging in my nutrition, exercise and weight. I had not felt that great in a long time and was encouraged not only by spark friends but just the little things to keep going. Then I had a cycling accident and tried to keep sparking, but over time...my little spark just fizzled. And I kept eating and gaining weight. I still exercise, but had not been consistently. This meant new big clothes had to be bought and I just felt out of sorts, ending up gaining 7 more pounds than I was originally, making me at my all time highest weight.
I am into my third day of consistently getting on Sparkpeople and doing my nutrition and exercise. I'm using a product faithfully to help jump start the weight loss. I'm not doing the real weight report until a week from my weigh in. But into the third day and 9 pounds down, makes me a pretty encouraged woman who is going to battle this dragon of excess pounds.
Now, before you go ballistic as to that is too much to lose that fast, here is what I do. I am using Almased, lots of water, vegetable broth, etc. Calories are low. Then my serious exercise at 60 years old is mountain biking. I love it and it burns lots of calories and keeps me in the woods. I'm not a fast rider and it is something I thoroughly enjoy as well as hiking in the woods. On days I don't bike, I'm strength training...starting with 3lb. weights but I'll work it up to heavier ones for the arms. There you have it and I'm off to battle to slay my Dragon.
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