Friday, August 19, 2011
My niece called yesterday and asked me to run a 5K with her. She's a really neat person, 24 years old, recently engaged to be married, graduated valedictorian of her high school and at the top of her university class, beautiful, funny, hard working, athletic, personable -- well, it's just hard to say enough positive things about her. Unfortunately the 5K she wanted to run on Sept. 24th won't work for me and she doesn't want to race sooner. So we are considering the GoGreen 5K October 15th run on a dirt trail. I'm pleased and honored she'd want to run with her old aunt. I was even more honored when her mom told me she's been running for several weeks to get in shape to assure she can keep up with me!
I bet she would not have needed to, as I'm still not up to speed after several weeks of illness. Tomorrow I plan to run the Watermelon Series 5K just for exercise and fun, but not really race hard. I'm out of the medal contention anyway since I missed the 3rd race due to illness. I'm working to be back up to speed soon, hoping to do well in the FitNiche 5K on September 3rd.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I had comprehensive lab work and all my numbers are good. My high blood pressure and high cholestrol are gone and staying gone. Thanks, SparkPeople! Yeah, me!!
I almost laughed, though, when my doctor said my weight has stabilized. I weighed exactly what I weighed at my last year's annual check up. Oh, yeah? Having tracked my weight fluctuations as well as real gains and losses over the last year, I know that is just coincidence. My morning weighs fluctuate within about a 6 pound range when I am eating well, and sometimes a bit more when I slip. Add in the variance of clothing and food of the day and it really was just a fluke. I managed to stifle my chuckle. It would not be nice to laugh at the doctor.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Hubby and I are celebrating our 32nd anniversary today. We are eating out tonight. I'll eat as healthy as I can and I will enjoy. I think of all the things I've accomplished in my life -- earning a degree with honors, raising a good kid, contributing through many successful professional undertakings, maintaining an 80+ pound weight loss -- one that has to be on my short list is staying married for 32 years to the same man. Today is a day for celebrating. Hooray!!
Oh, one other thing to celebrate. Gwen, exactly 11 months old yesterday, clearly said both "mama" and "dada" and may have said some other words that weren't exactly clear. Hubby insists she said, "Old Dad," but I'm not sure that's what I heard. So she was a little slower to start speaking than her mom or sister, but I sense she will catch up quickly. Seeing a little one grow and develop is a great joy!
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.
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