Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Patience is not my middle name -- I like everything to be NOW! So when I joined Spark People the beginning of 2008 I didn't realize how much I would learn. I was just looking for a place to keep track of what I ate, pick up a few pointers, and maybe have a bit of support from other people looking for a healthier lifestyle. Boy! Did I have a pleasant surprise coming! Not only have I improved my image, but my outlook on life has taken a big upswing, I've developed lasting and close friendships with Team Members, and; most important, I feel that I am well on my way to "living that healthy lifestyle."
How this all come about? Slow but sure. I despaired in the beginning months as I continued to yo-yo and seemed to see no improvement. But as the months went by I started to notice a trend. My yo-yo numbers were in a smaller range. First it was 155 to 157, then 154-155, the going was slow and sometimes depressing, but I hung in there, mostly with support from my Team Members! What jewels they are. Having a down day? Here came a Spark Goodie in the mail, and a cheer-up note. They are all so great. Now that I'm a bit over my year anniversary my yo-yo weight is 143-145 and how do I feel about that? Baby! I'm on a roll.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I've thought about this so much lately, why does my "healthy lifestyle" progress seem to be in a constant yo-yo state? There are lots of answers to that, and most of them would be true. Number one is that you have to consistently eat good, healthy food and exercise. OK, I've slipped up on that one more than once. Number two: You have to consistently eat good, healthy food and exercise. Oh, OK -- I get it. So I've let too many temptations slide in and there have been too many times that I didn't go to the gym, maybe didn't even take my dog for the walk she enjoys so much! It's a fact of life. But I scratch my head and wonder WHY? It's not like I'm a kid, I'm an adult. I want to do this!
Do I? Do I REALLY want to do this? You know that deep down, when you're just dying for a good burger and maybe some of your Mom's homemade potato salad to go with it, there is this little voice that says to you "it will put your calories over for today; just have a small patty of the beef and some steamed veggies instead." But the other voice, the one closer to your heart says, "I want the burger. I want the potato salad."
NOW I'm starting to get it. The things we give up voluntarily may be hard, but we do it for all sorts of reasons. Like my best friend gave up smoking when she learned she was pregnant because she really wanted to do it. Yes, she still had all the cravings, but her incentive was strong enough to see her through. I decided to give up drinking soda when I first set off to have a more 'healthy lifestyle' first of all because regular soda is filled with meaningless sugar, and diet soda contains artificial sweeteners which have been receiving bad press lately. At first I kind of missed them -- but one day I discovered I didn't miss them at all, and actually had no desire for them any longer. That's the secret. You have to WANT to stay away from certain things in the food line. Just like you have to WANT to get in that exercise, and it can be for a number of reasons. Eventually your body CRAVES that exercise! And your new healthy body does not CRAVE the bad foods that are the worst temptations.
Monday, March 16, 2009
So you wanna give up, huh? You've either hit a plateau or you're a yo-yo like me. Well, let me say something you're not going to like -- right up front, I'm not trying to hide this. If you're like me you say you've been working SO HARD! Do you ever admit to those times that you didn't go to the gym because you were just plain lazy. Yes, I've had a few of those days. And how about at night when you were sitting around watching TV and the munchies got the best of you. Those potato chips, salsa, a glass of wine or beer, any of the snacks that taste so good going down can really sabotage you when you step on the scale the next morning.
But, I know the feeling. When you're feeing down in the dumps it's easy to remember the times you weren't exactly the star pupil in this "healthy lifestyle" thing you're adapting to. No, Little Miss Pig-Out would be better; or maybe Procrastinator of the Year. If the shoe fits, wear it is my motto. We all get down. We all have days when we just want to throw in the towel and call it quits. It's too hard, it takes too long, is it even worth it? Stop and think where you were a year ago! If you weighed less a year ago, then, buddy, get off your butt and get out there and work like your life depends on it. Because it does! And if you weighed MORE last year than you do now, then stop feeling sorry for yourself and realize that putting it on didn't happen overnight, and neither does taking it off.
My final word is this: "If you don't have anyone to give you a pep talk, then give one to yourself."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I wonder if any of us are ever satisfied with our bodies or our weight? I can remember going through my 20's and never giving a thought to what I ate or even how much I weighed. During that time period I gave birth to three healthy childrn and concentrated more on raising them while working full time than I did to my personal appearance. If I could think of something to cook for dinner at night that was wonderful. If we ate it and enjoyed it, that was even more wonderful. Was it healthy and nutritious. Doubtful.
During my 30's and 40's I remember seeing the scale creep up a few pounds at times and I would "watch what I ate for a few days" and it would immediately drop off. Looking back in time I suppose I was one of those lucky people with a high metabolism. I looked good in my clothes and didn't really have to worry too much about what I ate.
When I turned 50 my life changed drastically. Somewhere during my 40's I had gotten a divorce, and at 50 I was getting married again. I weighed 124, a fact that upset me drastically. I had undergone a hysterectomy and had begun taking estrogen, an action that caused my weight to shoot up by 6 pounds nearly overnight. With hindsight I think the 124 sounds like an absolutely terrific weight for me. I looked excellent, I felt good, and my dress size was a 6!
My husband and I started our own business and began putting in the long, long hours that go along with that action. Our meals were eaten in a restaurant 99% of the time. Even breakfast. Don't ask me why as it sounds stupid now; it saved no time and the calories were adding up rapidly. Within a few months my weight had shot up by 25 pounds. Didn't I notice what was happening? I had to have changed clothing sizes! But perhaps I concentrated so fully on the business that I blocked my mind to everything else. There it was and I had no time or energy to do anything about it. We had one day off and that day was usually spent doing laundry.
I don't have a "and we lived happily ever after" sequel to this story, it is just another tale of how the pounds crept up on me slow but sure. That same 25 pounds stayed with me for years until 2008 when I changed my lifestyle and began to think only of me and what was going in my mouth. Along with steady exercise it is beginning to work it's way off and stay off.
But again, am I satisfied? Will I ever be? That remains to be seen.
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