Friday, December 10, 2010
I really took advantage of free fruit this week in more ways than one. I went and harvested a whole bunch of grapefruits from the tree at my daughter's house. She and her family don't like them, but to me they are absolutely delicious and so much better than the ones you get in the store. And they don't cost me a thing. Not one penny. And on the new Weight Watchers program, they don't count any points, either.
I'm walking with a friend and a hiking group in the morning, so I went to Weight Watchers a day early this week. After 6 days on the new program and really taking advantage of the "free fruit," I'm proud to report I'm one full pound closer to my happy weight and just 2.4 pounds over my lowest weigh in in the last half century. So I'm feeling pretty confident I can get through this holiday season with no gain; might even achieve a more comfortable weight. I'm not pressuring myself, but just doing the best I can. The best I can may prove quite good enough. We'll see.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I just tried a new hot drink, RoBarr. It is roasted barley. It looks like coffee, but is naturally caffeine free and very low acid. Has a great taste, in my opinion. I've been looking for a satisfying hot drink I can enjoy without artifical sweetener, and I think this is it. The original RoBarr is good just plain to me and the bold version is good with milk.
The owner of the company is an online friend of mine, Linda, from Montana. She just started this business. I notice that I was order #12, so she is on her way. Just Google RoBarr or robarr dot com if you are interested.
Linda says some people need to try it about three times before they decide whether they like it. As she says, nothing tastes exactly like coffee but coffee. But I think if you don't think of it as coffee, you'll decide it is something better.
Hope it helps me reduce my dependence on artificial sweeteners. Have a great day, SparkFriends!!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
I'm fighting that little negative voice that says, "See there. You are a klutz. You always were. It doesn't matter if you are 212 or 128 pounds, you will always be an awkward klutz." Go away detracting voice!! I know Grace is not my middle name, but I think this event could have happened to anyone.
If you read my status today, you know I fell on the treadmill. I was just merrily jogging along at my interval speed of 5 miles per hour when my thumb hit the cord between my MP3 player and my earphones. The MP3 player went flying and I tried to grab it. What exactly happened is a blur, but the next thing I knew I was on the floor with a scraped forearm, a treadmill pattern imprinted above my left knee, and a drop of blood.
Honestly, I am fine. I feel fit and strong. I'm even still glad I did my 70 minute workout this morning. What little scrapes I suffered will be gone in a week. My MP3 player, on the other hand, will not be the same. It still plays music, but the top half of the display was ruined. I guess that will be a frequent reminder to me to be a little more careful. However, I refuse to feel anything but good about my workout this morning.
Monday, December 06, 2010
If someone were handing me the Academy Award for Weight Maintenance I would thank my daughter who really pushed me to take the very first steps, thank Weight Watchers for enabling me to get to a healthy BMI, thank Leslie Sansone who got me off the couch, and thank the YMCA that enabled me to grow in strength.
But my biggest thanks goes out to SparkPeople. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009 I did not believe that I could maintain my 80 pound weight loss. I hoped, but truly I did not believe. Now I believe that SparkPeople is the number one reason I have successfully maintained. Thanks, thanks, and more thanks to SparkPeople and to all my SparkFriends.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
I started my most recent healthy eating/weight loss journey with Weight Watchers on December 1, 2008. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009, I had already lost down to a healthy BMI of 25. Mostly I came to SparkPeople because the Weight Watcher program seemed too imprecise for maintenance. One point could be from about 25 calories to over 110. You got to eat more if something was high in fiber and less if it was high in fat. I thought tracking calories would be much more accurate. And although I have always love my Weight Watcher leader and benefit from the meetings I now attend approximately twice a month, I recognized that the emphasis at WW was on losing weight. I had lost weight many times before. What I had not done successfully was maintain.
On SparkPeople I found exactly what I was looking for and so much more. I tried strength training seriously for the first time. Not that WW did not encourage strength training, they did. But not in as direct and understandable a way for me as SparkPeople did. I read many articles I could apply to my eating and exercise programs. I tracked 75 nutrients for months. There are actually groups of people who had lost weight, some of them even around my age, and were working to keep it off. I joined teams and I made friends. I had never felt as understood before in my life. I found with SparkPeople, and emphasizing healthy eating and activity, I was able to lose below BMI of 21, a weight I had wanted to be since I was a teenager.
Now I have decided to try the new Weight Watcher program. My roots are deep in Weight Watchers. I first joined in 1968. I've made my goal weight many times. My experience has been that each time they change the program it is better. So, I want to try it. I am glad that they no longer double penalize fats. Used to be in the WW formula, the calories of fat was considered and then there was an extra penalty. One of the biggest changes for me coming to SparkPeople after Weight Watchers was that I needed to dramatically increase my fat intake to meet SparkPeople's guidelines even when I got in the 2 teaspoons of healthy oils Weight Watchers recommends. I plan to double count on WW and SparkPeople to compare at least one typical day a week, to make sure I'm nourishing myself as well as I know how.
I also intend to continue to use information I've learned at SparkPeople. Weight Watchers does tell you to watch your sodium, but until I started actually counting my sodium on SparkPeople I thought I ate a very moderate amount. Unfortunately, not true. WW has made some effort not to count high sodium things as what they call "PowerFoods," but they don't actually count sodium. I've become much more aware of sodium. If I find on my double count days that my sodium is going up, I will track more often.
I suspect that Weight Watchers corporation probably would not like the way I appreciate SparkPeople. And probably SparkPeople would not appreciate the way I value Weight Watchers. But for me, they are both major reasons that my life has improved in so many ways. I love them both!!
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