Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It has crossed my mind a time or two, so maybe I'll just put it out here and see what my SparkFriends have to say. It seems to me that my body is responding to my attempts to build muscle far better than at any time in the past. Do you think this could be related to a reduction of estrogen? Like maybe testosterone increases, or ????
It could just be that with the motivation of SparkPeople I am being more diligent than I have in the past. However, it seems to me that I am getting more results for the effort.
And my hair has gotten curly. I wonder if that is related to estrogen. When I was a child I had curly hair. As a teen and young to mid-age adult, my hair was straight. Now that I've passed mid-life my hair is getting curlier and curlier. Anyone else experiencing this phenomenon?
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I just found a new award on my SparkPage. Celebrate! Celebrate! No modesty here, I'm going to blow my own horn -- just strut and crow -- border on being obnoxious. For the first time, I received a Trivia Leader award for June 2010. I just love awards.
I like this particular award because I believe it means I am retaining and am able to recall a lot of the great health, nutrition, and fitness information I am reading on SparkPeople. And even more significantly, I am using this information to improve my life and my health. Thanks, SparkPeople, for giving me one more form of recognition for me to enjoy and brag about.
If immodesty is a sin, I'm in deep trouble!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
On my recent vacation a relative with a history of yoyo dieting similar to mine (until I met SparkPeople) asked me, "How long are you going to do this?" She was talking about what she perceived as my diet. I assured her my new lifestyle is forever. I can't say she scoffed, but the face she made sure let me know she didn't believe me. She clearly didn't think it was possible. I suspect she doesn't even think it is healthy.
However, my lifestyle is a healthy one. And more and more I'm coming to believe that it is sustainable. Living at goal weight does not make life perfect, but for me -- without a doubt -- living life at goal weight makes for a better life. -Marsha
Friday, July 16, 2010
I'm celebrating that I spent 2 weeks on vacation, did not journal, and didn't always have control over what I had to eat. (Church picnic with fatty hot dogs and family get together with greasier hamburgers, pizza, etc.) BUT I think I did pretty good. I haven't done a first thing in the morning weigh yet, but the weight I am now is in my range. If I had any gain at all, it was very small.
I got my milk in every day and got my 5 freggies (fruits/veggies) in almost every day. I had a lot of good sleep. I walked miles and miles and miles. Most days I drank plenty of water. I did a little strength training. I drank too much diet soda and ate too much chocolate, but I'm over that now.
I'm feeling like I just passed a major test. If I can go on family vacation with many emotional and food challenges and come back sane and slender, there is no reason I can't maintain my healthy weight for the rest of my life! -Marsha
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Days of Punitive Dieting are gone forever. Thank heavens! Starving is just not a smart strategy. Often it doesn't work at all, and when it does work, it doesn't work for the long run. I've read it and I've lived it. Today I want to think about some of my past experiences and old punitive diet strategies that I am letting go forever:
* at one year of age and 31 pounds the doctor put me on my first diet, skim milk
* in fifth grade I unsuccessfully tried to lose using Metracal (precursor of Slim Fast)
* in 9th grade I ended up in the hospital with a mysterious malady that I believe was caused by not eating
* in 10th grade I lost 60 (from 172-112) pounds by pushing my food around on the plate so my parents didn't realize I wasn't eating much. it took me nine months to lose it, "maintained" less than 2 weeks, and gained it all back in 3 months
* freshman year in college my roommate and I rented a machine that was suppose to make you lose weight. It had a strap that went on your backside and jiggled! Like that is going to work!
* junior year of college became a devotee of Adele Davis and "Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit"; ate no sugar for over a year, hung out at the health food store; did not lose weight
* I joined Weight Watchers for the first time in 1968; was not successful first try. In 1970 joined WW again and lost 20 pounds in 14 weeks before going to India as a Peace Corps Volunteer in applied nutrition
* Lost weight gradually and pretty healthy during my 2 years in India and one in Fiji when I was growing my own vegetables and eating whole grains and beans. Quickly started gaining on return to US.
* Foolishly fell for the low carb craze in 1975. Lost no weight on low carb, but ate a ridiculous amount of bacon, eggs, and cheese
* In 1978 got really sick on the "protein-sparing fast"; I lost 21 pounds in 28 days to hit goal and immediately gained it back
* In 1979 I remember trying all kinds of diets (cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, food group diet, some kind of expensive injections, etc.) and finding that diet number 7 worked for me - it was Weight Watchers again.
After that, I never again tried truly drastic diets. I tried Curves and South Beach with temporary success. Somewhere upon the way I finally realized at an emotional level what I had known intellectually for a long time, punitive dieting doesn't work. It took coming to SparkPeople to discover healthy eating as a feasible way of life. And I must say for me it is probably the combination of Weight Watchers and SparkPeople that makes it possible.
Now, instead of dieting, I aim to eat healthy.
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