Thursday, December 15, 2011
Rereading my blogs from this year has been a good review for me. Indulge me, but I intend to re-post one or two. The following blog received the most comments and probably the most positive comments of any I posted this year. Thanks, SparkFriends!
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.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
One small sign of my change to a healthy lifestyle is the way I measure oil. Used to be whenever I measured I held the spoon or measuring cup over the bowl of ingredients. If a drop spilled it would go into the bowl. Now I hold it over the counter. If it spills I get no extra calories!!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Computer: My laptop is back home. When it went to the shop it would not turn on at all. Although it still has a quirky little problem, I can work around it. Based on what the repair man said, sounds like a costly repair would not be worth it.
I really, really missed my SparkFriends when I had limited access. So glad to be back!!
Weight: I weighed 127.2 at home this morning. Smile. I'm hoping to start the new year with a home weight of 128 (orless) and to lose 1 pound in January and 1 in February declaring a home weight of 126, with range 124-129. Then I plan to totally embrace maintenance.
Eating: I'm really working on eliminating unplanned eating. Have a ways to go. Want my indulgences to be with my family and for celebrations, not for late night snacking. Must say, though, that my snacking has been pretty healthy and moderate portions. So, I will say I'm still in the "progress, not perfection" stage.
Exercise: Think I'm doing about as well as I can with my health challenges. Ran 4.5 miles Saturday. Now - believe it or not - I have a mild cough again and my lower back is bothering me. Have an appointment regarding my back tomorrow. Walked 40 minutes today.
Sleep: I'm doing better. I have a streak of four 8 hour nights for the first time in a long time. Seven hours or more I consider success.
Water: No problem -- getting plenty.
Weight Watchers: I now have free eTools and will track there for a while to see how it compares. I was awarded my third Key to Lifetime on Saturday. You only have to have 10 good months' weigh ins to get it and I had 12 for 2011. My third anniversary of attaining my Weight Watchers' goal will be in March 2012. I am so glad WW is now recognizing people for achieving maintenance goals.
Again, I am so glad to be back full force on SparkPeople!! There is no way I could maintain this 80+ pound weight loss on my own. Thank you, SparkGuy! Thanks, WW! and most of all, Thank you, SparkFriends!!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Natalie (4 years old): She's out of the cast and healing well, but for two weeks she is suppose to be very careful. No playing ball as it jostles the arm, no running, no jumping on the bed, etc. She goes back to the pediatric orthopedist at the end of the month. She enjoyed finger painting this week, acting out stories, and helped by setting the table and making my bed. I take her to preschool at 9am most week day mornings and pick her up at noon.
Gwen (14 months): She is walking more and more. She rarely crawls now. She has one new tooth on top for a total of 3. Generally, she is a happy baby. Two mornings this week she stayed in the nursery at the Y for a little over an hour so I could workout and the other mornings she and I enjoyed a stroller walk.
Dear Daughter & SIL: Are now homeowners totally moved into their lovely home and both are in good health. I had the kids 7 days a week for almost a month as DD worked 2 jobs full time for 2 weeks and then moved. Now I have Saturday off. Expect to be going to 5 days a week for child care within the next couple months.
Me: Today I walked a one mile lake circle with my SparkTeam and then went to the Y for a 7 mile treadmill workout in 80 minutes. I ran about 56 of those minutes in 3 minute intervals. It felt good when I was running, but after I was tired and my upper back was tight. I decided that my two strength sessions this week were enough and skipped it today.
I am thankful for my healthy family and for my health. Every day I run it truly is a celebration of health!!!
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