Thursday, May 14, 2009
I got up and washed my face and brushed my teeth. I knew it would be warm out today, so I dressed in shorts. As I walked by my computer, it called to me, and I thought "well, I'll just see who's written, but I'll take my walk before I read them." And then...... only 30 minutes later, I fastened the leash on my dog's collar and opened the front door. The heat blasted me in the face like I had accidently opened the oven door instead of the door leading to the great outdoors.
Only slightly daunted, we started out on our journey. You could see the heat spiriling up from the pavement, and, as there was very little shade along the sidewalk, I wondered if it was too hot for my dogs paws. But she seemed happy enough, so we kept on walking. We were about a half mile from home when I began to feel drops of water on my back and realized that sweat was dripping off my hair and down my back. OK, so it was pretty warm out.
At last we come to the big grassy park and start across the lawn area. At least now I don't have to worry about my dogs feet, and I can tell she's a happy camper as she scurries around sniffing and checking everything out. Less than half a mile to go and we'll be home. We round the last corner to head home and Amber's tongue is hanging out; funny -- my mouth feels dry! Home at last. I grab a glass of ice water and Amber makes a dash for her water bowl. I look at the clock and see that it's only 6:30. Well, tomorrow we need to start earlier!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Have you ever noticed with an old friend that when you don't see them for a long time, like 6 months or more, when you do see them, they look older, slimmer/fatter or whatever. But those people you see every day of your life, they tend to look about the same. I think the same is true of ourselves, we see ourselves 24/7 so we don't see the little changes taking place in our bodies. But the friend who hasn't seen us for 6 months or a year -- Wow!
I thought of that this morning as I was running my hands over my ribcage and stomach. "You have gotten smaller." It's been a long, slow process and although I knew I was losing a bit here and there, it didn't really have an impact until this morning. I've actually lost 14 or 15 lbs over the past 14 or 16 months, and when you look at it that way it's only a pound a month, and with me there is that constant yo-yo. Hey! Look at me, I'm getting better!
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."
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