Sunday, October 27, 2013
When ONEKIDSMOM, Barb, was a featured SparkPeople success story, she didn't put it in her status or put a link to it in her blog. She wrote a profound blog about heros and she-ros and about how even successful maintainers are human, having and handling slips:
I agree with everything she wrote and admire her class, her restraint, her style and writing skill.
However, I'm not that subtle and subdued. I'm an official SP success story as of today, and I am celebrating. I think it is really cool! Forgive me for total lack of modesty! Happy Dance! WooHoo!! Hooray!!! What an honor!
Check it out:
And following Barb's lead, I refuse to accept this designation as greater pressure. I am human. If (okay -- when) I slip, I'll still look to my SparkFriends for support and wisdom. So, please, SparkFriends, celebrate with me today, but put no halo on my head.
I've lost 86 pounds after 5 decades of being overweight or obese. My life has changed and is so much better. I now love to run and will soon run my second half marathon race. I claim and embrace this success and hope to say to others:
*it doesn't matter if you've been overweight your whole life
*it doesn't matter how old you are
*it doesn't matter if you have a lot of weight to lose
*it doesn't matter if you've never been athletic
*it doesn't matter if you've been a couch potato for decades
*it doesn't matter if you've gained weight back time and time again
YOU can lose weight. YOU can maintain. YOU can change your life. YOU can feel energetic and successful! What is one small thing you can do today to improve your eating and your life? Do it! Wishing you the experience of being a SP success story!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I ran 15.05 miles this morning, my longest run to date. My previous record was 14.3 in November 2012. It felt good. I don't think it challenged my cardio even once, but I felt it in my glutes. I ran the fastest mile by myself, the last one; my group ran 14 but I wanted more. We had originally been scheduled to run 15 but the group decided on 14, so I just took on being a bit independent. My Garmin rewarded me by lighting up the Distance Personal Record, so that was exciting!
We ran it in 3 hours and 26 minutes for an average pace of 13 minutes and 40-something seconds per mile. It was a hilly course, but great weather. We started at 5 am and 59 degrees. Saw a gorgeous sunrise with lots of pink, gold and blue. I want to run the Lakeland Half Marathon in 2:30, which requires a much faster 11 minute 24 second pace. Not sure I can do it, but it won't hurt to try.
My weight was at 124.4 at 4am. Pretty soon I'm just going to blog my weekly average and begin the process of being less obsessed with the scale. I am getting more and more confident that I can maintain an average of 126.
Life is good! Spark On!!
Friday, October 25, 2013
If you read my status this morning, you know we had a narrow escape. It could have been really bad, but it wasn't. Hubby asked me to hold the ladder for him. He had asked a couple days ago, but I had to wait for a time he wanted to do it and I didn't have a grandchild to watch. So that was today.
We have one live oak tree that is really too close to the house. He's already planted a small tree further out from the house. He plans to cut down the oak once the little tree is well established. But for today he wanted to chop down all the branches over the house. He had already done the ones he could reach easily. Today the extension ladder was nearly perpendicular to the ground as I held it steady. He leaned it on a branch and cut a few inches out toward the house on that same branch. Unfortunately, what he/we hadn't thought about was that once the branch was cut it was holding far less weight so it went up by several feet. The top of the ladder slipped off the branch and fell with hubby. I know he fell 10 feet at least. He's 72 years old, diabetic, heart problems, vision problems, etc. It could have been really bad. He bled just a little where the edge of the ladder scraped his side. My right arm got badly scratched from the shoulder to the elbow by a falling branch. Inside my left knee also got marked up. All in all, we are fine. And very, very lucky.
PS Weight today: 125.0, 87 pounds below my all time high. I'm working toward establishing 126.0 as my average weight. I'm doing it!!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I long ago got rid of my 2X clothes, and my 1Xs, 18s, 16s, 14s, 12s, 10s, 8s, and even some of the bigger 6s. I found myself no longer wearing big scarfs, earrings, and pins, but using smaller accessories, so I got rid of the big ones, too. I replaced my underwear, pajamas, and bathing suits. But there was one thing I put off -- my wedding ring. When I ran it flopped on my finger, obviously too big. I was reluctant to get it resized. I didn't think it was possible to have it a comfortable size and still get it on and off over my knuckle.
Today I went with my hubby back to the jewelry store where we chose the ring in 1979. They suggested a ring guard. It only cost a couple dollars and now my ring doesn't flop on my finger even when I run.
That is it. I don't think I have even one more item that is too big. I'm not one to give away useful items, but I am so glad I exercised that act of faith and got rid of everything related to my obesity. I'll never need them again.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Yesterday I didn't do a very good job of communicating. Yes, of course, if I stay within my calorie range more often I'll do better.
What I was trying to say is that the lifestyle I have lived the last four years results in me weighing just a little more than I want to weigh. I can maintain an 80 pound weight loss with about a 7 pound fluctuation even if I go over my calorie range a bit several times a week and a couple times a month really lose it and eat an unplanned extra 400-1000 calories. But that isn't what I want.
I want to maintain an 86 pound weight loss and fluctuate no more than 5 pounds. That is going to require sticking to my calorie range more often and cutting back on the frequency and amount of those indulgences. Exactly how often and how much I won't know until I try. I would love to get where I could plan even the splurges. No guarantee it will happen, but I'm working on it!
Right where I want to be: 125.8 weigh in today!!
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