Sunday, August 01, 2010
I just finished all the laundry, getting every single piece -- even the ironing and hand washing -- finished and put away. As I was reorganizing my closet and throwing out my last clothes that are too big, I realized something: I have enough clothes. It is time for me to stop buying new clothes. I have a complete wardrobe in my goal size.
Oh, it was fun while it lasted. Almost every Saturday, after my Weight Watchers weigh in and meeting, I'd head out for a sale at one of my favorite stores. I loved trying on smaller and smaller sizes and finding that they fit. But all good things must come to an end.
Seriously, I do think the almost weekly shopping trip was a great reward and a great learning experience. Looking in the mirror as I tried on clothing piece after piece helped me to come to see myself as a normal-sized person. It helped me learn at least a little bit about how to dress this new body.
I hope this doesn't sound too vain, but I may need to make a point of looking at myself in the mirror at home now that I won't have my weekly session. I need to internalize that picture as me. I am that person at goal weight.
And I plan to stay that way. For one thing, if I'm not that person at goal weight, I'll have nothing to wear.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Today I worked out at my gym. It was 98 degrees outside, so I appreciated the air conditioning. Nonetheless I was totally sweated through way before my 120 minute session was complete. I'm trying to change my thinking from sweating being bad to sweating being healthy.
I enjoyed my kind of triathlon. I used the stationary bike, the elliptical, and the treadmill. That counts, doesn't it?? -Marsha
Friday, July 30, 2010
The other day I couldn't get to the gym. It was my strength training day and I was scheduled to burn 307 calories. I decided to try some SparkPeople videos.
First I did three of the cardio videos -- Jump Start, Bootcamp, and Kickboxing. It was good for a change, but it seemed like too much warm up and cool down. So, when I have the time I prefer longer videos. (Ten minute sessions are great when you only have 10 minutes or so. I used to waste time at the gym waiting for my classes to start. Now I jump on the elliptical or bike for 5 or 10 or 15 minutes!)
Then I did the 20 minute dumbbell workout, 20 minute stretch band workout, a 12 minute pilates workout, and several very short videos. They didn't seem hard and I didn't think I was getting much of a workout.
The next day was I surprised! Sore, sore, sore. I have worked out regularly at the gym for 5 months now and before that I had a challenging workout routine at home. I thought I was in pretty good shape and was doing a good total body workout. I hadn't had any sore muscles from working out for a long time. Well, surprise, I found muscles I didn't know I had using the SparkPeople videos. I will use them more often. Seems like they give me a workout without me even knowing it! -Marsha
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The SparkPeople-inspired lifestyle pays off again! Good annual check up today. Blood pressure: 112/70. The nurse said that I must have very good genes. But I don't think that's it. My mom and sister are both on meds for high blood pressure and my BP was averaging 140/90 before I lost weight.
All my blood work was good. The lab neglected to test my cholestrol, so I was disappointed. Doctor had ordered it, but they skipped it. My doc didn't think it was worth doing again as 6 months ago my cholestrol was fine.
Also, for the first time I weighed after a good breakfast, fully clothed, and I even kept my shoes on. I weighed 132. The first of the morning weigh was 127.8 today, which is 1.8 pounds above my ideal weight in my mind, but still in the range. If I'm staying around that weight for a week, I might cut back by a couple hundred calories a day to get back at my personal goal. I went several days without tracking and probably didn't do as well as I thought.
I don't have to go back to the doctor for a year. It's been every 6 months for years, so I'm proud of this health accomplishment!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Day before yesterday I wrote about what I am doing right now, standing up to blog and otherwise participate in SparkPeople. Some SparkFriends wondered what motivated me to do that.
Well, I had just read the, "The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span; Study," from the SparkPeople Health News of July 22, 2o10. The article says,
"The more Americans engage in one of their favorite pastimes -- sitting around -- the shorter their average life span, a new study suggests. The effect remained even after researchers factored out obesity or the level of daily physical activity people were engaged in, according to a study of more than 120,000 American adults." You may want to read the whole article at the URL below.
Even before I read that article I was thinking about sitting. When I take care of Natalie I rarely sit. Now that her mother is on maternity leave, I have her fewer hours and I find myself sitting more often. In order to maintain my weight, I will need to cut back on calories if I don't balance out the extra sitting with more activity.
So for right now I'm pretty motivated to "take a stand," as my good SparkFriend WalkingAnnie called it. I need to do it to keep eating like I want, and I just might live longer in the bargain. Maybe you want to take a stand, too! -Marsha
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