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.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Here it is a week after Thanksgiving. I had mentally (key for myself) planned to lose weight. A couple of things happened. A good friend, lost 20 pounds since July. Four of us agreed to the one with the most weight loss, we'd buy dinner. She wins. I don't, as I actually gained weight in that time. I am almost where I was, before I started seriously losing weight (about 70 pounds worth) beginning two years ago. I have no excuse. The best thing I can do for myself is step up to the plate and begin again. I'm using my previous note cards where I posted my exercise, food portions, calories consumed etc. to begin a new notebook, with goals and daily postings of food calories, exercise and water. It's pocketbook size, but I may go larger as posting how I feel, really helps, too. I seem to have greater gratification doing a new program during holidays. I still bake, but don't consume. There are enough guinea pigs around to test my baked goods. It is really a 'mindset' I must get myself into, which is not easy and planning. I'm opting for more protein, too, and less glucose foods- that provoke my metabolism. In the morning is when I eat fruits with breakfast/ snack. Hiking will hopefully be done, daily (as it is around my property). More cycling to really bump up using the calories is helpful. Afternoon, are veggies with protein, then no eating after 7pm. Drinks are water, coffee (my non-give up item I love) and green tea. It is Day 2 and I already feel like weight is coming off. Sometimes it will be much in a week at the beginning, only because I eliminate sugar and high-carb foods, I ate before I restricted them on my diet plan. That, and really being aware that water-100oz. a day swoosh's the weight away. I have a Game plan, to win, and appreciate all the encouragement here on Spark People. It's a wonderful thing, to not give up, even when failing and gaining back the weight, to reassess and do it all over again. Each day is a unique gift and with great thanksgiving, I will approach this upcoming endeavor to loose weight, with a good attitude of 'yes' it can be done and I will do it.
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