Thursday, March 06, 2014
I havenít blogged in so long you might be concerned that I died in the middle of a juice fast. Not a chance!
By mid-September last year I was within a pound or two of my goal weight and feeling fantastic. Of course that isnít the end of the story, life goes on after weight loss and fitness goals are met, right? Apparently, and food is involved.
I bought a couple of plane tickets, grabbed my daughter and we flew off to visit my sister in the Midwest. My daughter had never met her and I had only met her once, but thatís another story. Itís beautiful there in September so we spent a week dining daily at different restaurants before coming back to the furnace that is the desert.
Here we are at the airport waiting to board:
When we returned my husband picked us up from the airport, we dropped off my little girl at her place in the city and made our way home. I was in the house for about an hour before I noticed anything out of the ordinary. From the kitchen I suddenly grasped that my living room had changed. The furnishings had been abducted and replaced with something that didnít even attempt pass itself off as an imposter. My husband, bless him, took it upon himself to replace our living room furniture. If you knew my husbandÖ well, hereís a little insight: His life motto has always been ďgo big or go homeĒ. And if you happen to already be home chances are heíll be going huge. He purchased a perfectly reasonable Robert Michaels sectional, reasonable if you live in a spacious warehouse converted apartment where space is a non-issue. This couch takes up the entire room. I will explain why this is my excuse for gaining a pound a month since momentarily.
My old living room was perfect with the exception of the couch. The couch was attractive yet uncomfortable so it was only utilized by our dogs, which explains the dog scented cushions. Then there was my La-Z-Boy recliner, which has remained, though it matches nothing. It is my La-Z-Boy and Iím not willing to part with it, sort of like Fraiserís dadís chair - sans duct tape and unappealing plaid burlap material. Then there was and still is the massive wood coffee table thatís just smaller than a twin sized bed. To recap: before I left on vacation there was a couch, coffee table and a chair, and that was it. Well, that was it for the typical furniture. Then there was my recumbent exercise bicycle, my Boflex weight machine thingy, my Boflex Tread Climber, and my beloved elliptical. See? Perfect.
I was not aware that there was a problem. With a living room full of exercise equipment you almost have no choice but to work out regularly. It encouraged me to watch more TV just so I could work out. Who of us couldnít use a little more TV time? (Honestly, I rarely watched TV until my daughter brought home a stationary bike.) I collected the pieces one by one so it wasnít a sudden change and my husband didnít seem to mind when new pieces showed up. In fact, he bought the Tread Climber for me for our 25th anniversary Ė because thatís what I wanted. (I must say, heís quite a catch.) At some point he must have decided that watching TV through the gym equipment was not his idea of practical anymore. After more than a quarter of a century together he knows me well enough to know that I would not have agreed. Being a fool for change he found my trip to be the ideal time to stash away all of my gym equipment. It now sits, probably covered in dust, in a spare room that was not being used because I managed to paint the walls the most obnoxious shade of beige/pink. It was not supposed to be pink. It is so bad that I cannot even bring myself to go in there to repaint. Now this room is my "gym". You can probably see where this is goingÖ
With my exercise equipment, including my beloved elliptical, all down the hall in a room that might as well be roped off from the rest of the house because the color of the walls infuriates me so much so, for some unintelligible reason, that I cannot even consider going in there to work out, I am steadily gaining weight. [Deep breath here. You may wish to go back and read that last sentence again.] Sure, I could have kept up with my daily walks, hiking, my yoga, my DVD fitness videos, but I did not. Well, not regularly; not enough to keep from gaining weight or to fight flab.
I let a huge Robert Michaels sectional defeat me. For 6 months.
Iím done being defeated, though. You will not catch me near that room down the hall with the obnoxious walls anytime soon but I have my free weights, my yoga mat and DVD player with library of fitness videos. And it turns out that there is still the great out-of-doors, the ideal place in which to take nice, long walks. Or hikes.
So Iím back and I am ready to RIP IT UP! I have missed you all and I would love to know how you are doing!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
My body has been hanging onto its fat supply like there really may not be a tomorrow in spite of how hard I've been working to shake it. Well, I CAN shake it, and that's the point. I don't want it jiggling like that anymore when I do!
I'm not overweight anymore, I'm just not in ideal shape. Since I began my journey I did lose weight in the form of fat and I began to build some muscle. I am fairly happy with the progress, but thought for sure I would be further along by now. I am wearing the same size now as I was in April, which isn't a huge size, but still, with all the exercise and calorie counting/portion control I would have thought I would have seen more results.
Maybe it's not the calories I need to be restricting so much as the types of calories. I rarely eat dairy, but when I do maybe I should avoid fat free dairy. I eat a 90%+ organic diet, so maybe I should try to keep it closer to 100%. I eat mainly whole foods as it is now, but will occasionally have organic corn chips, pasta, brown rice or a slice of bread. I think eliminating any grains, whole grains or otherwise, for a while could help my body to cleanse. Maybe I need to juice more to cleanse my body of toxins that are being stored in what's left of my fat cells. What if all all those toxins from my younger days are being stored there and my body can't keep up with unloading them at the moment and needs a little boost? I can do that.
I know a lot of people don't believe in detoxifying/cleansing their bodies, but I think it's imperative to healthy living. Why I haven't seriously considered doing it myself before now is beyond me. All those years of smoking, drinking and taking Tylenol when I was younger are probably a big reason I am hanging onto the extra padding that I would love to get rid of for good.
I know, "maybe this" and "what if that"... I believe it's time I really gave it a shot. After all, what I'm doing now is no longer producing positive results, I think it's time to change strategy. That being said, I am also going to incorporate more strength training into my routine. No more messing around, it's time to get serious!
A new chapter in the journey for better health begins now.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This is an interesting article from Mirror in the UK and important for ALL women to read. Here's the link:
It's known as the 'silent killer' but now campaigners are trying to make a big noise about one of our most common cancers.
This is the fifth most common cancer in women
Although ovarian cancer is technically classed as a rare cancer (the common ones are breast, bowel, lung and prostate) it still affects around 6,700 women each year in the UK.
Risk varies from woman to woman and depends on how old you are, your genes and your lifestyle.
A woman has a one in 50 chance of developing the disease over her lifetime, according to charity Target Ovarian Cancer. But the risk rises as you get older, with four in five cases occurring after the age of 50.
Read the article (link above) for facts 2 - 10.
Take care and keep Sparking!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I believe I have made a mistake. I thought it would be a good idea to switch, but I was immediately alarmed when I saw this, after not even having exercised yet today:
Your Daily Calorie Goal: 2,351 - 2,701
Remaining Calories Today: 1,933 - 2,283
Whoa... WHAT??!!! Before I switched it was 1200 - 1500 daily and I was eating, on average, 1300 calories per day and not losing weight. I keep gaining and losing the same 2 - 3 pounds (feel free to look at my exercise and nutritional trackers) in spite of my efforts. I will be gaining quite a bit of weight if I eat within the ranges above. Good grief, that's double what I normally eat!!! Once my FitBit starts falsly logging activities again, it must be slow today, my recommended range will be over 3000 calories for the day. *sigh*
But I keep hoping FitBit Flex and I will eventually get along. I keep trying. It logged 1000 monthly fitness minutes for me after 1 week. 500 would have been more accurate, though.
Maybe because it's a new feature the bugs haven't been worked out quite yet. Did anybody have a similar experience switching?
I know, it sounds like I'm always complaining. I don't mean to, I am a very happy and positive person. This just seemed worth mentioning/questioning.
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