Tuesday, January 07, 2014
My second blog was a little off topic. I mean, we are here to achieve health and fitness goals, aren't we? But then everything in our lives affect our mood and our mood affects our ability to follow our health and fitness plans, right? So maybe nothing is off topic?? Second blog, Oct 29, 2009, a true story that had just happened and I loved:
'Yesterday I asked 2 year old Natalie to count the number of legs on a horse we could see in the field behind my house. She started well, "One- Two-Three- Four," but then she went on, "Five-Six-Seven-Eight-Nine." I was already to tell her it was good counting, but.... When she stopped and with a pixie grin looked me straight in the eye and said, "FOUR!" '
Aquagirl enjoyed it. She's still a great SparkFriend online and in person!! She's been there for me from the beginning. Thanks.
Third blog (10/30/09) was definitely on topic, very relevant for me, but not much analysis, just the facts:
"Earlier this week I ran into two people I hadn't seen for a year when I was 40 pounds heavier. One woman (prom queen/cheerleader type) was very complimentary. The other, who fights her own weight problem, said I was too skinny. I just pretended that both of them had given me compliments."
ONEKIDSMOM provided the helpful analysis:
"Good for you, and good attitude about the comments! A reminder I find I have to give myself when someone gives one of those 'change back' messages: you don't have to slide backwards just because someone else struggles or is not doing as well. Being gracious about success does not mean giving up. It's OK to succeed and feel good about it. " Barb has been an important part of my success. Thanks.
My fourth blog 10/31/09 expressed surprise that I weighed 137.2, below my goal weight at the time, and celebrating 6 weeks of averaging 2 hours of cardio per day. I smile that I thought 135 was way too skinny, when now I'm happy at 130 but really like 126 and think that even 122 wouldn't be too skinny. I had to gradually adjust my idea of my ideal weight as I found out what was possible me while choosing meals informed by SparkPeople articles and meal plans. That SP gave points for up to 2 hours of cardio and points for strength training helped me to become consistent. Thanks, SP. And again thanks to Cyndi/Aquagirl for cheering me on!
Monday, January 06, 2014
I first found SparkPeople on September 2, 2009. At first I was overwhelmed by all of it, but 3 weeks later I had a day off work without commitments and spent my time wisely. The first thing I learned and used was the nutrition tracker. I had heard about SparkPeople on the Weight Watcher maintenance message boards. I heard you could analyze your nutrition and learn from maintenance meal plans. Yep, it was all here. Later I'll highlight my learnings as I review my old blogs.
I didn't post my first blog until October 27, 2009. I remember being a little reluctant. I wondered if being honest about my experiences battling obesity would make me an object of scorn. So, my first blog was just a little dabble. I explained that I chose the screen name, OLDMOM3, was because my granddaughter calls me Old Mom. BTW, she still does; and now her sister does, too. (When the older kept calling me "Mommy" I told her I was too old to be her mom.)
Through experience I learned that SP is a place you can be totally honest. No one has ever given me a negative comment about my struggles. I have found so much support and help here. I did find that even though I love it when the grandkids call me Old Mom, I really didn't like other people to call me that. So later I changed my screen, and I'll share that in more detail later, too.
If you aren't crazy about your screen name let me recommend you find a name that is powerful and really speaks to you. It is easy to change on SparkPeople. I didn't lose a single SparkPoint, blog, tracked meal, message or anything. You just go to "account preferences" and change the name. Nothing else changes.
If we look at people who have been really successful on SparkPeople I'm betting that the great majority have very positive screen names. What do you think?
Sunday, January 05, 2014
When it comes to health and fitness, there are many lessons I've had to learn over and over again. Probably the most important of these lessons is simple at its core: don't give up. Do the best you can. Forgive yourself when you mess up. Get right back to healthy living - not Monday or tomorrow but NOW. Grab a glass of water. Do a little exercise. Recommit this minute.
As I approach my 5 year anniversary of attaining a healthy weight, I think now is a good time to reflect on where I am and where I have come from, looking for any lessons I need to relearn. I'm going to try a series of blogs, reviewing my blogs starting in 2009. I'm almost certain this exercise will have value to me and I hope it will be useful for SparkFriends, too.
Friday, January 03, 2014
I've read great blogs summing up 2013 health and fitness efforts and great blogs setting out 2014 goals. I believe on setting goals and working toward them. I mean, what would a football game be without goal posts? How can I celebrate achieving a goal if I never set a goal? Celebrating successes is crucial to motivate me to keep on keeping on -- you know: eating right and being active, drinking my water and trying to get my sleep, seeking medical care when needed and otherwise being kind to myself.
So why have I not set any goals for 2014? For one thing, I have a lot of goals set already. I just haven't decided if I want to change or not. My goal of averaging 126 pounds is a tough one. 129 or 131 may be more doable for me in the long run; I know I definitely don't want to go over 135. I'm thinking for 2014 I'm going to focus on eating healthy, not on the scale, and see what happens to the scale. I have come so far in overcoming binge eating. My indulgences are much smaller, much healthier, and far less frequent. I believe if I could give up out-of-control unplanned indulgences (okay, binges) I'd weigh exactly what I want to. Will try. I know that "focus on eating healthy" is not a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-specific) goal. Will think about it.
Then there are my running goals. I don't want to change, but reality is I've got a glute muscle that has been bothering me on and off since April and I fear isn't getting better. In August I thought it was healed, tried to strengthen it, and reinjured instead. Recently tried some new rolling and stretching and again think I reinjured. Darn. Good sense may mean I need to give up speed goals. But I am reluctant. I love to run. I love to compete. Will think about it.
So, I am thinking. Definitely not giving up, just trying to come up with those motivating but realistic goals for me for 2014.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
I know that much of the county, including many of my SparkFriends, are experiencing really cold weather today. I feel for you. But that's not happening here in central Florida as our high today is about 81 degrees. The Senior Dance is held in a lovely facility that is usually a very comfortable temperature. However, today it was hot. It made me really glad that my weight is good and I could take off my jacket without embarrassment. There were many years I would have suffered rather than shown off my fat rolls. Incidents like this help me remember, be grateful for my health and fitness, and vigilant about maintaining!
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