Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I told my hubby I was on the way to the gym, envisioning my usual elliptical or stationery bike workout and then hitting the weight machines. On the way there, I was just not excited about it. The day was so beautiful. The sky so blue. I decided I wanted to walk outside even if it was in the 90's. So I went to Lake Hollingsworth, a popular lake to walk here in Lakeland. It is 3 miles around, beside interesting Florida Southern College, buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There are so many beautiful birds (herons, ibis, anhinga, etc) and aquatic plants there -- I'd never before noticed a sort of water lily standing erect with blossoms at least a foot above the water. I thought I'd do a ten minute warm up - 5 min outs and possibly turn around then -- and go to the gym. After 5 minutes, I wanted more. I did the whole 3+ miles in just over 35 minutes -- a little jogging thrown in.
Then I drove to the gym, showered, and swam laps for 30 minutes straight, mostly breaststroke and backstroke, but a bit of crawl and sidestroke, too. Yesterday I had been so lazy and tired. Today I really got into a change of cardio. Showered and changed again and went to the grocery store which is another thing I rarely do. So, enjoyed a day of changing it up. Strength training may just have to wait until tomorrow
Sometimes you just go with the impulse and benefit from it!!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Last weekend I weighed 6 pounds more than my happy weight, did not fit into all my clothes, and felt fat, bloated, and a little bit scared. I cut my calories back, lost water weight, feel good that now I'm less than a pound over, and determined to make that golden number.
My daughter, (who has had success managing her own weight, works part time for a weight management company you have heard of, and will get a chance to show her skill at weight loss again after birth of grandchild #2 in approximately 3 weeks), witnessed a discussion between hubby and me. Hubby is the grocery shopper in the family and he usually does a pretty good job looking out for the things he wants and the things I need to succeed. But for the past couple shopping trips he bought no skim milk, no powdered milk, no fat free yogurt, no fat free cottage cheese. All the cheese was full fat and all the milk products had too much fat. I try to hit 1200 mcg of dairy calcium every day, so just ignoring them was not an option. I could have gone back to the grocery store, I suppose, but I didn't.
Okay. So my daughter witnessed the discussion last weekend in which I blamed my hubby and his dairy purchases for my weight gain. She snickered. I think she mentally calculated the points/calorie difference between my fat free options and what I had been eating. She suggested perhaps there was something else I had been eating as well.
Coach Dean's SparkPeople article popped into my head. I need to use "I" statements. Blaming the hubby is not helpful. Blaming the dairy products is not helpful. I did it. I ate too much. I take responsibility. And I'm now undoing it. I will succeed.
I suspect that had my daughter written this blog, it might have had a little different perspective. However, it is my blog.
I don't know if maintenance will ever be easy for me, but I know I can do it. One of my favorite sayings that I don't know if I created or repeated is, "it isn't always easy, but it is definitely worth it." I am committed to using SparkPeople principles to eat healthy, stay active, and maintain my healthy weight. I will do it! -Marsha
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I really enjoyed our Polk County SparkTeam walk this morning at the old Lakeland mall. It was wonderfully air conditioned and very comfortable. I had Natalie in the stroller and out of the stroller.
Cyndi, our leader, set a comfortable pace and kept it up like a metronome. I experienced more of an interval training with getting Natalie in and out of the stroller and adapting to her pace, which was either much slower than mine or running! Amanda and her boys added laughter and energy and the hour went by in no time.
I missed the SparkRally for the state of Florida that was held in Largo today. Maybe next time our SparkTeam can attend the state event. It is wonderful to get to meet SparkPeople face to face. (MONTY, thanks for all the encouragement you have given me, including to attend the rally. Maybe next time.)
I know, though, that most of my SparkFriends live far away. Although they have helped me very much and been very significant to me, I will probably never meet them. (For example, WALKINGANNIE, a wise and consistent friend, lives in the UK.) I feel ambivalent -- I am so grateful to have all my SparkFriends in my life, but sad that some I'll never know outside the virtual world.
To you who have been following my recent struggle, I am as of this morning, more than 5 pounds below what I was a week ago and just .6 pounds from my "happy weight". Couldn't have done it without you!! -Marsha
Friday, August 13, 2010
I was contacted by a new member (ARIANABLUE) and asked how I lost weight. She liked my response, so I thought I'd share it as part of a blog:
You asked how I lost my weight. I lost 50 with Weight Watchers, eating mostly what they call "filling foods". The last 30 I lost using SparkPeople. I discovered that I had been eating too much fiber, too little fat, too much sodium, and not enough of quite a few nutrients. I incorporated strength training for the first time and increased my cardio a lot.
The real key for me was deciding that quitting is not an option. Never, never give up. No matter what, do the best you can. So many times I quit when I wasn't perfect. You don't have to be perfect, just determined. If you have cravings, find the least caloric thing to satisfy them. If you are really, really hungry -- eat. Just make it healthy food, not too many carbs, especially processed flour/sugar/salt. Focus on eating enough fruits and veggies, on getting your cardio and strength accomplished, drinking enough water, sleeping enough. Focus on all those positive things you do. When (not if) you slip up, learn the lesson, but let it go. Don't feel bad; don't beat yourself up. Recommit. It is all part of it. Won't be long until you'll see it is working!
This may sound funny, but I actually found it motivating to read again myself! Maybe that is because it is specific to me. (Am I shallow or what?? Is that ego???) One thing I might add is to eat slowly and enjoy every bite. What would you add or change as advice for new members?
PS For those who know I've been struggling a bit recently, I'm doing fine, slowly getting back to my happy weight. Still on reduced exercise due to minor injury, too.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Yesterday 22 SparkFriends stopped by with kind words and support. Thank you, thank you. It means so much to me. There is so much wisdom and understanding here! In my real life there are many wonderful people, but not one who understands as well as you do.
I want you to know that yesterday was a good healthy eating day and the scale was down another .2 pounds. I've done great today and am determined not to let this evening trip me up.
I think I overdid the exercise yesterday, though. I pulled something in the abdomen and then my neck and upper back muscles tightened up in response, too. Hot bath helped, but I still don't feel quite right today. So I did a 75 minute walk, not as fast as usual, and that seemed to help. But I'm skipping strength training today. Perhaps tomorrow I'll feel up to it. I plan to listen to my body, because you have told me that is the thing to do and I believe you.
Thanks for your wisdom. Thanks for your support. Thanks for really understanding. -Marsha
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