Thursday, October 24, 2013
I'm leaving off the accents because they just make a mess...sorry, French speakers!
Finally back, feeling that I am making progress, but my weight is not that much lower than my last blog! 141.4 this AM. 141.8, my last blog on July 19.
Thanks to you who are still with me, despite my infidelity! I must admit that having a new iPhone makes it so much easier to track on Fitbit, and that Fitbit's food tracker is easier for me to use. Plus, I've discovered the Fitbit feature that tells me each day how many calories I have left to eat. Amazing how useful that is...
I have been up to 145 since the July 19 entry, but now thanks to the gym and a new 3-times-a-week routine on treadmill and elliptical, I finally feel that I can LIVE (ergo, EAT) and still manage to gradually lose weight.
I'm doing much better at maintaining and not binge-ing. Even though my binges were not huge they were a very bad habit. I've discovered I am just not happy eating much less than 1400 calories a day, so I have to exercise more and exercise effectively.
I've hated the treadmill in the past but am getting more into it when I pump up the incline and/or the speed, this helps me challenge myself. Ditto the elliptical, I try to vary the intervals and go a bit higher in terms of resistance each session. Yes, there is the boredom issue, but going every other day helps with that, plus I make sure my music is really energizing. Klezmer is my absolute fave for exercise.
Colder weather has hit and that means we want to eat more. I was SO CLOSE to the 130s last weekend...2/10ths of a pound away...and then I blew it. But this new routine - I feel confident I will get there again, and manage to attain my 135 goal by early next year.
Thinking of all you peeps and wishing you the absolute best...as I obsess about learning French and preparing for my weekly tutoring sessions and getting ready for next year's trip to France!
Oops, forgot about the plantar fascitis...that got in my way a bit too...it is much better now thanks to many hints from YOU!
Friday, July 19, 2013
AND Mr. Yo-yo moved out too. He's begging to come back but I am being firm...
"It" of course is Mr. Scale.
And not just because I kicked him to a different corner of the bathroom...
Finally, this AM, 141.8. I know it doesn't seem like much, but after two weeks at 143, I was so happy to see change in the right direction.
The victory equally is to be beating the starve/stuff syndrome. I found the emotional eaters group a week or so ago and someone had posted this link:
I've never been bulimic, but the way Kathryn Hansen discussed her eating issues resonated with me. I had to face the fact that I hadn't confronted the longterm nature of this journey - OR my tendency to kid myself about my evening stuffing and morning starving - OR my tendency to kid myself about the effect of even small amounts of alcohol in boosting the tendency to binge.
So, even though it's been horribly hot and really hard to make myself walk, I said, Gotta do it. Even if the scale doesn't move. Maybe I'll be 143 for the rest of my life...so be it, at least I will be stronger and I will know that I have a choice when it comes to food and my retirement will NOT be one long snack! At the very least, I am truly learning to maintain, even if I seem incapable of losing...
55WALKER's countdown has really helped me too. When I see that number in the morning, I know where I am in the current phase of the journey. And I have to come to terms with my impatience and my desire to progress quickly, at the cost of healthy patterns.
Yah, I know that I will probably zig up again tomorrow since that is the nature of things. But it helps to have seen some progress - since it seems my big problem with a slow journey is that it's hard to see the progress and hang with the program.
It's day 42. No matter where I am on day 1, I AM finally forming new habits.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
My last blog was April 24 and I THOUGHT I was getting serious...
It's been oscillation city, folks...or yoyoville...whatever you want to call it.
Whereas the image I'd like is more like a down elevator or escalator...
But I am wrestling with Core Stuff here and you know how that is!
My Core Stuff seems to be the classic yoyo syndrome. Two or three days of eating and exercising well (but probably eating a bit too little) and two or three days of bingeing just enough to destroy my gains, due to the aforementioned "too little" days.
Also Core Stuff for me is Carbs At Night. I think it was Bren's blog that flipped this light switch for me (that's JITZUROE for those of you who don't know Bren...but doesn't everyone know Bren? If you don't, you should...her awesomeness quotient is way up there.).
Also someone mentioned the Bedtime Banana. (just figured out that this was GREASYJOAN - thanks, Natalie)
OK, I admit this is not what I yearn for at Bedtime (nasty minds get out of gutter please, thank you) but I will settle for it and I do find that it is often quite satisfying, carb and sugar-wise.
So - last week was unprecedented. I was down 2.5 lbs in four days...until Friday rolled around & movie-with-the-girls night bounced me back up a half pound. Recognizing the yoyo effect, I said, "Fine, Mr. Yoyo, I will just play with you a bit this weekend, but come Monday, you have to go home."
So I let myself have a Few Treats...but on Monday I resumed good behavior, but - and here's the point - I Didn't Overdo It!
Wasn't sure if this would work, but hey, said I to self, at least if I can beat Mr. Yoyo, that's progress. All right, it's only Tuesday, but I'm back to 143 - where I was on Thursday last week.
I'm aiming to lose a pound a week by this method. Aiming for more of a loss invites Mr. Yoyo to take up permanent residence and I think we need a divorce.
The countdown is SO helpful. I'm thanking 55WALKER here, who started this with a friend of hers. She posts a number every morning - there are nearly two months left in the countdown - and our goal is to lose 10 lbs by day 1. I have lost 8, if I can maintain where I am now through the week.
Oddly enough, setting a goal means nothing to me unless I have a daily reminder of how much time I have left. The ticker doesn't help. But ticking off this number every morning is a GREAT reminder of where I am on this journey to divorce the Yoyo Man.
Thanks to all my Spark friends because I know that reading about your journeys has contributed to this light bulb...a special thanks also to TINAJANE in Italy who has written so well about maintenance. Losing involves maintaining, the two are not different at all, one requires the other.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
That wrestling analogy is kind of how I feel. But it IS getting me somewhere.
Last blog was April 11, a Thursday. Today is April 24, Wednesday. So - two weeks out from that resolution about patience and sustainability and being grateful for small progress -
I am 143.2, down from 143.6. So, big whoops? No, but yes...
During that two-week period, I was 143.6 or less for seven days.
On four days, I was 144-something.
On two days, I was 145-something.
I've written down my food intake every day except two.
I've had major stress at times, low sleep nights, etc. but haven't given in to major binge-ing.
It feels like I am finding a balance I can live with.
The other big change - my work computer is now at standing height, on the second floor of my house, and I am going to leave it there. This means every time I work or take a break, I have to do some stairs.
I've also discovered that standing is majorly tiring. We knew that, yeah, but it's been a long time since I worked a cashier's job and experienced how tiring it can be. My computer work is often in brief stints which is not so bad, but this week I've had major projects to finish so the standing has been a challenge. I've figured out how not to stress myself with posture, and it's gradually getting easier to do this. It doesn't burn many extra calories but I do think it has an impact on my body which has to remain more active and in better alignment.
What with keeping up my usual daily walks and as much ST as I can manage, when I do sleep through the night, I sleep REALLY well.
Weather is getting better for outdoor walking, my favorite thing!
And the search for my replacement will soon be reaching the interview stage. We may even have someone hired toward the end of next month!
That will be major stress relief.
But it's fine to know that I can deal with this stress without constant compensatory snacking. Thanks to so many of you who support and click and just plain remember I am there and say hello from time to time.
I am going to be more active here once this job search is done so I will give back what I have received.
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