Monday, January 18, 2010
At this time last year, I'd lost most of my current weight loss (34 lbs.). I'd begun the healthier lifestyle on October 13, 2008. Came to SP in January '09 with a loss of approx. 31 and then lost a few more. Spent most of '09 whining about what I've termed my forever plateau.
No matter how I've changed up exercise, food intake, combinations of food, etc. - NOTHING - no other pounds fled my body. Around August of '09, I read the Beck Diet Solution. Great book by Dr. Judith Beck. It's not a diet per se, but cognitive therapy tools to deal with making healthier changes.
I got to the part where she said that your long- lasting plateau may be your goal weight. I read that part over and over again and somewhere in my psyche I interpreted that to mean - give up trying. Around October, I started to do the "just a little" routine. Which of course, snowballed into more than just a little of the not-so-great food choices. Still, scale didn't budge. Hey, I figured, if I'm at a plateau and this is my goal weight, who cares?
Well, after that silliness for a couple of months (including taking a short break from SP), I got back on-track and screwed my head back on correctly. I know that the scale will eventually move. And meanwhile? I'm keeping my body and mind healthy, exercise is great therapy for stress management, and there's really no way I feel comfortable going back to my old ways.
Yes, even though my plateau nearly killed my motivation, I didn't let it nor will I EVER let it. It's a turning point where my relationship to health and fitness became stronger.
Wishing all a fun day.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Never thought I'd start to dislike the taste of things that had been my favorites prior to starting this healthy journey in October 08. I'd bought a small container of potato salad, which I was going to allow myself, keeping within my calorie range. Last night, I dished some out with great anticipation, but after a couple of bites - YIKES! I didn't even want it anymore. Gave the rest away and now it's one less favorite food item.
This morning, doing an early round of errands, I picked up one of those dollar boxes they have at Target of Mrs. Fields chocolate caramels. I thought I would buy it to bring to the theater with me as a special treat during intermission later today. I looked at it and really, really didn't want it. Back it went. Wow, what is happening to me??? (smiling) I had no sense of deprivation at all.
If you have a few minutes to watch the following NatlGeo video on the hound and orangutan, you will see one of the sweetest situations you've ever experienced. Cute and paste the link below. You won't be sorry. (Hound & Orangutan video:
Oh, and one more thing... I previously blogged about divorcing my scale a few weeks ago. Haven't been on since then, so this morning I said, okay I'll check in to see where all this exercise and good eating has gotten me. I feel lighter. Got on, and NOPE! Still plateauing. However, I know that my body is shifting and that I feel better, I'm staying healthy (except for this cold), etc. So, the scale can go fly a kite. (smiling)
Have a good day, friends.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Hound & Orangutan video:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I just finished reading an article about 95-year-old Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness, and have to admit that I've taken him for granted. He's been around all my life and even though I've always admired his dedication to health and wellness, I now understand it better since embarking on my own adventure. (Was surprised to learn he was a junk food junkie until around age 15.)
He exercises for two hours every morning, eats a huge number of fruits and veggies daily, and practices what he has preached for decades. "The rest of your life is the best of your life. I'm living proof," he says.
Also made me smile when I read, "Would you give your dog a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a doughnut in the morning? Would you put garbage in your car's gas tank? Well, why do that to the human machine? It's killing us."
He jokingly says that he can't die, or else it'll ruin his image. (smiling) Thanks to people like Jack, so many others have continued to be inspired to become fitness gurus.
Thanks for everything, Jack.
(P.S. Thanks for reminding me, LisaNancy, his wife Elaine is awesomely healthy as well. Very inspiring.)
Friday, January 15, 2010
As I pulled one of my fave blouses out to dress this morning, I smiled. It suddenly dawned on me that this was among my "skinny" clothes, meaning, an item that ceased to fit when I packed on the extra pounds. However, it has fit again for some time, and I guess I have begun to take it for granted as I buttoned it up. Nice feeling, indeed. However, I still go to the larger sizes when shopping, and then remember that I dropped three pants sizes over the past year and head to my original size with a smiling face.
This lead me to think of the other things I now take for granted:
-That I'll eat breakfast daily. (This from someone who never ate breakfast until starting this lifestyle change in October 08.)
-That I'll exercise. (There's no option to skip.)
-That I'll drink tons of water. (Which I always did, but more aware than ever before.)
-That I'll get a good night's sleep. (Which I was always consistent with anyway, but again, more aware of its value now.)
-That when I go grocery shopping today, my basket looks entirely different than it did a year ago. Chock full of healthy food.
So, you get the idea. Things have begun to click for me. I'm still at this forever plateau, and might be my goal weight since my body will not give up any more. But that remains to be seen. At least I'm healthier, and much better prepared to deal with all of the stress from loss of loved ones that has been a consistent theme in the past few years.
Thank you to SP and to all of my SP friends for being there for me. Have a wonderful day.
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