Sunday, January 08, 2012
That's how I felt when I first started out on SparkPeople. Sure, I wasn't actually obese but it's how I "felt." It was so unlike my normal growing-up and adult years that I just felt out of sorts and kind of tired. You know what I mean.
I discovered healthy cooking, and read lots of interesting articles when I joined this site! But although the weight was coming off, it seemed so far in the distant future that I was discouraged at times.
I guess it was time for my "ah-ha" moment, when I realized that when it too far on a long-distance goal, it's hard to stay enthused about it. And worse yet, I have the habit, like so many of us, of yo-yo-ing. Lose a pound, feel good, look at the scale the next day, and it's up .2 or .4, doesn't really matter, it's the fact that it's UP that's depressing. It may continue to go up a bit at a time, then there would be the slow .2 drop every day to get it back down. It's a tough life to yo-yo. It's different for these people who stick to the business of eating right and exercising and getting to their goal. Then they go back to their old habits and gain it back, usually plus a little extra.
These are NOT the types I call yo-yo, because to me yo-yo is more of an almost daily thing, which I suppose is natural. Too much sodium one day, not enough protein the next. Geesh! You have to be very detail oriented to keep track!
But starting out 2012 I did my usual projection, and figured I would take things easy by figuring I could lose a half pound a week. I even wrote about it. But the MAIN GOAL was 125 pounds and it still loomed way - way - WAY in the distant future. I'm a gal without a lot of patience! What to do? I decided to make myself a bunch of "short-term goals." Maybe I went overboard as I decided on writing down my WEEKLY GOALS.
Each Sunday on my calendar I penciled in the new weight I expected to be at. And when Sunday arrived I was able to write in -- with a PEN -- my actual weight which this Sunday happened to be 1.4 POUNDS below goal. Woo-Hoo!
Team-mates! Start making your own SHORT TERM goals, they work so much better that looking at something so far off you don't know if you'll ever get there.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
You want to lose some weight. We've all got that!
You want to feel healthy and fit. We've got that, too!
We're so eager when we first start a program that we go overboard and try to get it all done in a day, a week, maybe if we're real patient -- a whole month! But do we achieve much? Not usually? OK, the first week we've made ourselves sore to the point of being miserable, we feel deprived because we haven't been eating all our favorite foods, and we're almost ready to give up.
But, on the other hand -- we look at the scale and we've lost a whopping 7 pounds (which is a number I just made up, it could be more or less, but significant). We like the number on the scale, but know we can't keep up the pace much longer.
What to do? Read the articles in Spark, my friend! Does it advise you to go out and kill yourself or deprive yourself? If it does, you show me that article! NO! The truth of the matter is, they advise you to start out slow and small, taking baby steps. If you're used to eating 3000 calories (or more) every day, your body will think you're starving it if you start out at 1200 or 1500 per day! If your idea of exercise is to look around until you find the remote -- think again buddy because when you get on that treadmill, your body is going to blink it's eyes and say OMG! he (she) is trying to commit suicide! Ya! And in a sense you would be.
You can't take an old work horse out who has been used to plodding along in the field in front of a plow to the Race Track and expect it to win! Well, neither can you!
On the healthy side, let's start with your eating habits. Do you drink 8 glasses of water each day. No? Then that can be your first baby step. Make sure you get that water in you. Your idea of a small meal might be a double Whopper with the large fries -- and of course your giant-sized Coke. How about swapping that for a chicken sandwich (hold the mayo) and size it down to a regular fries and Coke. For me, even that would be a BAD meal, but we're talking baby steps here.
Now we'll mention the exercise -- something you need each and every day, but start out small. Let you body get used to it, so start out with something we all know how to do, but in today's world, seldom do. Start walking. If your mail is delivered half a block from your house, don't stop by there when you're coming home with your car -- walk back over and get it. Have a dog? Perfect! Start taking the dog for a walk. If you can keep up with the dog (almost ANY dog) you are doing OK. And the dog likes to sniff and check things out, so you'll have time to catch your breath occasionally. Spend about 30 minutes once or twice a day and both your body and your dog will be much happier.
The number on your scale may not drop as quickly with these little changes, but it will be something you won't notice too much, and you'll be able to adapt to it, and little by little add more little things to your daily routine. You can make little changes like this into a new HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!
Now you've learned how the little things can add up to big changes. But what about the other way around. Perhaps you think you are already living a very healthy lifestyle, but you've got another 10 pounds to lose - maybe more. Start tracking and you may see that what you "imagined" to be all good choices were not so perfect after all. You see those two cookies you ate added another 260 calories one day, the Chef's Salad with Chicken seemed like a really good choice when you went to Chili's for lunch with a girlfriend. IT WASN'T. Looking it up now on the Internet, you find it contained over 1000 calories (uh huh -- you estimated it at 250 calories, didn't you?)
The same way little changes can add up to good results, those little changes that are bad can sabotage our chances of losing those extra pounds.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Party time is over and it's time to settle down into some serious planning about how to obtain results on all those goals!
As today was Sunday and the gym was closed, I decided it was a "me" day, with the exception of a nice long walk with Amber (trusted Scotty companion) lol
When we finally got around to taking that walk it was "down to" 81F -- not bad for the middle of winter, huh? Granted Phoenix is wonderful in the winter, but it's literally a hot oven in the summer!
I wiped the slate clean and decided to start over. Of course I still have all my friends and preferences, my spark points haven't gone away, nor have the fitness minutes that were earned since I joined. But other things have been wiped out -- I'm starting fresh. Raised the bar a bit on what I want to lose, so now I can no longer say "I only have 10 pounds to go!" Perhaps it will motivate me a bit more -- that and the fact that I know I have to stop the mindless nibbling that I experience nearly each evening. I start off the day really good, a nice healthy, hearty breakfast. Lunch time and I'm still doing good. I take a nap every day, and when I get up I'm sort of hungry, so I'll have a snack, and the ball starts to roll downhill. Dinner comes and goes, and most times I am still OK. But as the evening wears on, I don't know where my willpower and brainpower go -- but I find myself putting things in my mouth that I know will cause the scale to wiggle around, and then go to the same old weight -- maybe even add on a little just to give me a little shove. Some days, even if I don't nibble the scale won't move -- probably knows something I don't know!
This year I will reach my goal. I'm tired of being in the 140's. OK, I'm not obese. I'm only 1.6 away from having a 'normal' BMI. I'm looking for better medical checkups, maybe even throw away the blood pressure and cholesterol med's.
I want to write a success story for ME, instead of just reading about others!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
My personal highlights for 2011 -- most happy, and one sad!
This is the year I had someone in my life, and we set the wedding date of 1-11-11. Who could forget that?
Our day! 1-11-11
Then following that was our trip to Peru for a month, and here we are hiking in Machu Picchu
This is the summer that we decided to try our hand at growing flowers at our home in the mountains, Yarnell, AZ
Once fall came and we spent more time in our Glendale, AZ home, we planned a trip to New Mexico and some archaeological sites not far from us.
Scariest experience was being abducted by aliens in Roswell, NM! lol
Carlsbad Caverns had some interesting scenery, but quite hard to capture on film.
The ruins at Mesa Verde, Colorado was what we viewed the last day of our trip.
Next trip was to Mexico City, a place that George loves, and I was able to meet his friends:
The last thing that happened this year was a sad one. My brother-in-law passed away on Christmas Eve! We will all miss Charles. He was a man of God, and also a talented artist.
Most exciting thing on the horizon of 2012 is getting granite counters installed. Jan. 9th is the date for that. Can hardly wait!
So as I'm waiting around for midnight to make it official, Happy New Year to All
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This is not one of those inspirational stories where you read about the person losing 100 or 200 or more pounds. True, on a 'before' and 'after' photo you would see a difference, but not the type of changes you see on 'Biggest Loser.' Nevertheless, it was not easy for me to lose the weight that I lost. I have faced same of the same challenges that we all face. I have had to make changes (permanent ones) in the way I eat and even in my outlook on life.
Now I'm down to that last 10 pounds that you read is so hard to take off. I tend to agree with that statement whole heartedly. Last year I had that same 10 pounds to lose, and it's still hanging on to me like we were best buddies!
"Eve, it's time to stop fooling yourself." It's time to make a plan and stick with it. So even though this is close to the beginning of 2012, they are NOT New Year's Resolutions. I say that because they've always been broken in the past, so I don't look at it that way. Instead these are promises to ME. Goals, true, but even more they are promises to myself and if you can't keep a promise (even to yourself) you're pretty far gone. I have pencilled them in on my calendar, just 1/2 pound loss by each and every Sunday. On May 6th I will be at my goal and I can move further if desired, or just maintain, but I WILL GET THERE!
Join me in my half pound per week challenge. If "I" can do it, I know "you" can do it. Let's get rid of 1/2 a pound a week, that's approximately 2 pounds a month. I know it will call for me to boost up what I'm already doing, adding some things, cutting out others..... it will be exciting. I'm going to look at it as a challenge against myself -- maybe I can even beat the May 6th goal and get there sooner!
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