Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I really enjoyed the Slowest Loser blogs and am delighted that he made his goal! It's great to have someone promoting slow weight loss. When you lose it slow, you aren't as hungry. You are better able to meet your nutritional needs than with a stricter diet. So feelings of deprivation and the binges that can follow are less of a problem. Skin can keep up with slow weight loss much better, so far less saggy skin results.
And when your true goal is to change your life forever -- at least eating and activity habits -- your real goal is to learn healthy eating, otherwise known as maintenance skills. When you are eating close to how you will eat for the rest of your life, you learn more than when you go on a temporary diet. And in the big picture, taking another month or two or ten to lose the weight really does not matter.
So BIG CONGRATS to the Slowest Loser for showing how to do it!!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I ran into a person I see from time to time through my work. When I first met her I weighed more than 200 pounds. She was very complimentary -- and maybe a little surprised -- that I have maintained my weight loss now for several years.
She made me smile, though, when she said I should be featured on television. Evidently, I am the only flesh and blood person she knows who has lost and kept off 80+ pounds. She thinks it is even more amazing because I was a fat kid, spent more than 5 decades obese, and now weigh less than I did in 7th grade.
Yeah, I'm pretty amazed myself. I never thought I could do it. But I know I am no incredible story. Just go to SparkPeople Success Stories and you'll meet people who have overcome so much more than I have: people who lost hundreds of pounds more than I did, even people who could not walk a step when they started their journey. I'm not taking away my success. No way. I enjoy my success every day. I feel better -- much better -- both physically and about myself. I look better. Some people even treat me a little better, although I'm not saying it should be that way. My blood pressure and cholestrol have come down to normal. But I know that I don't need to write a book about my weight loss journey or go to the media about my accomplishment. I have no weight solution to promote except SparkPeople.
After years of dieting, I was really good at losing weight, but I just could not keep it off. This time I found SparkPeople. I added strength training for the first time. Points and trophies helped me stay motivated, and I even increased my cardio. I saw for the first time meal plans for maintenance specifically for my size and activity level. I tracked 75 nutrients and learned a great deal, cutting my sodium intake dramatically. I gave up lots of pre-packaged and "diet" foods in favor of eating simple and delicious foods. And I never dreamed that setting streaks and joining challenges would be motivating, but it absolutely is.
The biggest surprise was that I would make online friends. I have been inspired by so many people working on health and fitness issues; even people my age working on maintenance. I have found understanding and so much support here. I doubt that I would have even tried running if I hadn't met older people here on SparkPeople who love and benefit from it. Once I ran my first 5K I felt so successful, even before I learned I had won a medal. My local SparkTeam is a godsend, too -- a wonderful group of people I'm proud to be associated with.
As I approach my second Sparkiversary, I am profoundly grateful to SparkPeople. No, I don't need to be featured on television. My story is not different from hundreds of other Sparkers, all of us living healthier and happier because of SparkPeople.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I downloaded the Inspiration Mix from iTunes as featured in the DailySpark today. I'd already worked out today, so it will be tomorrow until I use it fully. But in previewing it, I'm impressed. I think I'm going to like it better than my free downloads from Podrunner and Fitness Music, or the download I bought from Fitness Magazine. I'll let you know! It is good to get to support SparkPeople, too.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Portion control has been a major weapon in my weight war. I grew up thinking that a quarter of a huge watermelon was a portion, that a package of oreos serves two, and that a pint is a small serving of ice cream. Measuring cups and a postage-type food scale, along with nutrition tracking, have made me face reality on a daily basis for the past couple years.
I'm now considering buying an electronic scale. A friend told me that she broke a plateau with an electronic scale when she discovered that her measured oatmeal, suppose to be 150 calories, turned out to be 210 calories. There is part of me that wants to be more precise, using my heart rate monitor more for calories burned, and electronically measuring my food. Then there is another part that thinks I'm doing pretty good maintaining with increasing estimation of portions and I should not be so compulsive.
What do my SparkFriends think? Do you have any experience with an electronic scale? If you've lost 50 pounds or more or were overweight for many years, do you estimate frequently or measure as accurately as you can? (I'm thinking people who only lost a little or were only overweight after childbirth or menopause probably don't have much portion control problems, but I could be wrong. Feel free to straighten me out.) Thanks for any insight you can provide.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
My mom asked me for the third time today if I didn't think the reason I've had back to back colds for the last month is that I'm too thin. No, mom, I think I finally am staying at a healthy weight for the first time in my life. Perhaps I pushed the running and overtrained, or maybe it is just coincidence. But I'm getting well, am maintaining my healthy weight, and will get back into exercising as I think prudent. Enjoyed a half hour Walk Away the Pounds today. I probably would have walked, but it was raining.
Anyway, I should be patient with my mom. She is 84. She just wants what is best for me, but she has always thought 30 pounds overweight is the proper size.
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