Thursday, January 09, 2014
My Weight Watcher card they gave me when they went on compute verifies what I remember. When I started with SparkPeople on 9/2/09 I weighed 145.4 at WW; by the end of October I was down to 137.2. Even though I came to SP for maintenance, I found that I could lose more and liked it! The SparkPeople nutrition tracker and articles gave me a big boost. I quit eating so many diet foods (fat free cheese, fat free mayo, fat free sour cream, Weight Watcher treats, reduced-calorie breads) and focused on the SP Super Foods.
I also started strength training seriously, and for the first time made sure I took a recovery day in order to build strength. And I increased my cardio dramatically, partly because I read it helped, and partly because I became almost obsessed with getting SparkPoints!
My blog on Nov 9, 2009, was about going out to eat. I commented that I had become comfortable with estimating WW points at restaurants, but I didn't have a clue how to count all the 75 nutrients I was tracking on SP when nutritional info was unavailable. I ordered blackened redfish without the sauce and a double order of seasonal vegetables and felt good about it the next day, even if I couldn't say how many vitamins and minerals were in it.
What lessons are there for me here?
*Maybe just for nostalgia creating some of those "go-to" foods I originally lost weight on would be fun. But overall, I eat better now.
*I need to get back into regular strength training. I've been fairly hit and miss, with injuries being sometimes a reason and sometimes an excuse. Even if you have a sore glute AND a sore hand you can still do core exercises, for example.
*I realize I've greatly increased the intensity of my cardio workouts now that I'm running regularly, but I also realize I've cut way back on the length of my workouts. I'm going to spend more time in enjoyable cardio in between running days.
*I no longer fear eating out in restaurants, but I prefer to eat at home where it is easier to eat healthy.
*SparkPoints don't motivate me so much any more, but that is perfectly okay!
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I love what JOYINKY had to say in response to my query about blog relevance, those "off topic" or not specifically about eating and fitness. What I took from her comment is that everything we do to enjoy life is putting food in proper perspective. A healthy lifestyle involves all of life. So blogging about our lives and our projects is not off topic! I feel free to keep on blogging even (am I dreaming?) when eating right and staying active becomes second nature to me.
To continue the review of my old blogs:
11/1/2009 - Double Pleasure Walk told of a friend I've known over 30 years. We walked in her neighborhood, a beautiful spot with canopy oaks near a lake with many birds. I remember the time we saw an eagle fly into the tree above us. That reminds me. I should call this friend. Haven't seen her much recently.
11/2 and 11/3 - Marvelous Monday and Terrific Tuesday told about activities with Natalie. She was just 2 years old and we did things like Hokey Pokey, Ring Around the Rosy, and chasing bubbles. She'll be 7 next month and now loves gymnastics. Her little sister is 3 and we do some of those games when Natalie is in school now. I should enjoy these activities as the time will pass shortly ---
11/4/2009's blog pointed out that as a kid I never wanted to run, dance, or move much because I was embarrassed for people to see my fat jiggle. I recognized that I no longer had the embarrassment and didn't even have much fat to jiggle any more!
Every blog had at least one comment. Every comment was positive and a jewel to keep me blogging and focused on success! Again, thanks, SparkFriends.
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.
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