Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Background: I've lost about 86 pounds and kept it off a little over 4.5 years after more than 5 decades of being overweight or obese. Thanks to Weight Watchers, SparkPeople, Curves, the YMCA, Galloway Run-Walk-Run that showed me what to do, and a lot of failed diets over years and years that taught me what not to do, I'm living at the weight I've wanted to be since I was in junior high school!! I'm training for my second and third half marathons. I believe I could maintain even without the running, but I have come to love the running!!
OK now. I weighed 125.8 Sunday morning, 126.6 on Monday morning, and 126.0 today. I entered my weight into SP today and it now shows me as 3 pounds under goal. Even though my favorite weight is 126, I changed my goal to 129 several months ago because I was just tired of seeing my ticker showing me over goal. I found it de-motivating, so I changed it. I know this is just playing games, but it helped me for my ticker not to be telling me I was over goal. After months of trying to get to 126, with my ticker listing 129 as my goal, I made it to 126. Go figure.
For a while I had my ticker set on number of weeks of maintenance, and in my own mind I considered myself maintaining as long as I was under 135. But that felt a little too loosey-goosey. I could look at other options or even - would you believe - eliminate the ticker from my page and postings. I could, but I like that visual. Powerful snapshot of success. I deserve it.
You know, I know that when it comes to weight, I'm not totally sane. Perhaps sanity is overrated, or maybe I really shouldn't write blogs like today that demonstrate my obsession, or at least lack of balance, on this issue. I could write them and not post them, but what fun is that? I'm retired now so I'm no longer concerned that things online are going to curtail my professional options.
So, should I change my ticker goal weight back to 126? I'm thinking not yet. Being under is not a negative. Let's see if I'm going to maintain 126. Three days is not a test. And yesterday I was .6 over. I get it. Weight fluctuates. I don't like it, but I get it.
I'm laughing at myself now. Maybe really someday in the not too distant future I will find the strength to give up my scale obsession. I gave up the mindless eating. I gave up sitting most of the time. I gave up not caring about my health and appearance. But this may be the hardest one to give up yet!!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
This morning, there it was on the scale: 125.8. I'm below what I used to call "my happy weight" of 126. That's the lowest weight I've been since April of this year. It is lower than I weighed all of 2012, 51.2 pounds below my weight on the day I started this current lifestyle change on Dec. 1, 2008, and 86.2 pounds below my all time high in 1999.
I'm feeling good about it, BUT I want to be realistic. I have proven at least twice before that this is an achievable weight for me; in fact, I even got 4 pounds below once. But I still don't know if it is a weight I can maintain. Last time I might have stayed under 126 for three days total. This time, we'll see.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
When I first started trying to eat healthy I found that some "food partners" have been around together so long, it is almost like they are married. I couldn't imagine a peanut butter sandwich without jelly. Or canned tuna without mayo. Or a tossed salad without Ranch Dressing. Or coffee without cream. Or roast turkey without buttery dressing and pumpkin pie. Chips needed dip, of course. Beans needed ham bone or bacon. Couldn't have an omelet without biscuits. Lamb had to have mint jelly. Hamburgers required plenty of cheese. Grilled fish needed butter and tartar sauce.
When I was able to open my mind and be more flexible, I could enjoy many of these things, but not necessarily with their partner. Divorces were required!! Peanut butter with banana is great, as is "Elephant Bread" which is PB&J sans the J. Tuna is great by itself or with veggies like onions and peppers grilled on the Foreman. I also like it mixed with white beans for a real filling protein-packed meal. I've come to appreciate various types of vinegar on my salad; balsamic is my favorite, but red wine and apple cider have their turn, especially with a bit of olive oil. Yum and not full of sodium! Skim milk is just as good in coffee as is cream when you get used to it, and if I don't have the calories, black is fine. Turkey breast meat and a big plate of broccoli and other veggies is a filling low-calorie meal. I don't need chips, but if I choose to have one, plain or with salsa is fine. Plain lentils and beans or with some cumin and spices taste good to me now. I can eat eggs with or without bread. Rarely eat lamb or hamburgers now days, but would not require mint jelly nor cheese if I did. A veggie egg white omelet is a great snack. Like my grilled fish with just a touch of cayenne and lemon.
Breaking up the food partners was a major step in my success!! Hope you can be flexible to choose those things that are best for your body. If they don't taste quite right in the beginning, don't give up. You'll come to love what is good for you as well as how it makes you feel!
(And on a totally separate topic: 12 mile group slow run went fine today. I should be back in the faster group next week. Convinced them it was a trip, not balance or medical issue.)
Friday, September 27, 2013
Yesterday I reset my nutrition tracker to be responsive on a daily basis, rather than weekly, to my exercise. This morning, after a 35 minute elliptical workout at the Y, it says "You have burned 251 calories today. The more you burn, the more you can eat."
I didn't know it is possible to earn more food with activity on a daily basis on SP. That feature of Weight Watcher tracking was a large part of the reason I switch back to WW tracking from time to time. At our last local SparkPeople team dinner Cyndi and Jane were talking about this SP option. (It is the default now on SP, but an option for those who aren't new.) When I finally saw the option here (Start Menu, Account Preferences), I jumped, even though it warned me that you can't go back. I think it will be really helpful to me on long run days. Tomorrow I'll be running 13 miles, the route of my upcoming half marathon on Nov 9th. I often had trouble sticking to my calorie range on long run day,s and I'd even been told I probably should not stick to my calorie range on such days, but always felt like I was cheating when I went over. So this should help me.
Because of my fall, I got put back to the slowest time improvement Galloway group. It will take us over 3 hours I'm sure tomorrow, starting at 5:30am. I probably will be frustrated with the slow speed, but I'll get in the miles and build back my confidence. I'm proud to report that I've had 6 days of amazing healing. I heal just as fast as my grandkids do. Neat! Left hand is still a bit sore and you could look and find other remnants of the fall, but most people wouldn't even notice now.
I wonder how I will do on the reduced calories on my rest days. May be just fine. Time will tell. If it's a problem I'll come up with a strategy.
Which option are you using? How do you like it? If you've used both, how do they compare?? Wishing you healthy, happy days!
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