Monday, September 30, 2013
I'm doing much better friends, thank you for all your help! I'm able to work up a little sweat and my food choices are much improved. I'm logging my meals again and this is great because for me that is what keeps me on track.
Yesterday I finally got my new phone and graduated to the technology of 2013! I downloaded that Spark app and now when I'm at work I can log everything easily. I also downloaded Fitbit's app and find that very encouraging at work as well. Usually I had to wait till I got home when I was exhausted but now with my phone I'm staying on track. If you have a decent phone get that app, it is worth it! So much fun!
Again, thanks so much for the kind words everyone. Keeping a positive attitude is so important when trying to get healthy and you guys help me keep my chin up. I think I've come a long way and that's a good thing.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I haven't blogged in a while because I've had so much going on I couldn't focus to even think about it all. This summer has been so much fun and a lot of change. Frankly the past 10 years have been insane with change! Like a lovely Spark friend said, a little boredom would be appreciated.
Despite vacations, including an ultra decadent trip to the land of butter and liquor, New Orleans, holidays, friend visits, parties and other activities, I have managed to lose 11 pounds in 57 days. I also have doubled my walking mileage and increased my intensity on interval workouts. I see my muscles returning and as well as my stamina. Sure, if I didn't have all of these events I would have lost way more weight and probably would be able to jog a full mile by now.
However, I cannot remember a time in my life where I enjoyed so much, lived and experienced everything I wanted and still moved forward with my health. The impatient part of me wants to be that size 8 right now but the part of me that sees the big picture says I've accomplished way more than I ever have before. The amount of food, wine and fun I've enjoyed this summer does not equate to weight loss in any way.
So how did I get there? I Sparked! I logged most days and decided I was human and if I missed logging I was aware and did better when I could. Every meal that I could I tried to make healthier choices even if it just meant leaving a bite or two left on the plate. I shared things instead of ordering just for myself. I exercised as much as I could and never exercised less than 4 times a week and most times 6. FitBit became my new addiction. Steps really do count and keep a 1 pound gain from being a 3 pound gain! Wouldn't you rather just have to drop a pound after a vacation than 3 or 5? I did not emotionally punish myself for eating things or slipping which left energy for making great choices when not distracted or following the crowd. I tend to eat more with friends and lose myself in the moment. I never brought crap food into the house. I tried on my skinny clothes once a week to feel how much looser they were getting to feel motivated. I drank a gallon of water each day no matter what! I asked for help from loved ones when I needed a push to exercise or to stay focused. I lived life and enjoyed it!
Being kind to yourself is the healthiest thing you can do. The trick is to have a healthy definition for being kind. It means to allow yourself to make mistakes without punishment but rather encouragement to get right back on track. It means going with the flow of life without feeling let down every time a goal isn't met in the time planned. It also means keeping a balance for your body and to keep it moving and properly nourished.
Being stressed about every bite of food or every calorie burned is not healthy in any way. I always have done that but not so much anymore. There are moments I become overly focused and miss the big picture but lately I can snap out of it. It does feel like a difficult dance at times but I'm doing it for the first time ever. I must go now and get some exercise in before the next dinner party starts. LOL
Have a great day fellow Sparkers!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
For the first time since 2006 I feel like I'm getting my drive and desire back. I'm able to push myself and yet not get too obsessive (just a little) and see results. I feel strong and able and much more confident. Mostly I feel like I can trust myself. This is a big thing because for most of my life I've had to be the policeman treating myself like a criminal. That is soooo EXHAUSTING!
I am faithful to logging food and what I have learned is that if I stay mindful, even while eating less nutritious foods and eating with friends that EAT AND EAT, I can relax and enjoy because I will eat more than usual but I always seem to stop naturally at 2160 calories! No lie, each time I went out with friends and tasted a few more things than I planned, when I came home and logged the calories they were always the same! It is a combination of mindfulness and a sensation of getting more full than usual. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to go nuts with this but it makes me relax and enjoy life more knowing that my body knows and I can depend on it as long as I stay MINDFUL.
I tend to burn over 2300 calories per day according to my Fitbit. I actually think that is lower than the truth. Fitbit told me I was eating over a week's time too little in comparison to what I was burning. SP said I was on target. My weight loss had slowed and in social situations I was really tempted and hungry. I noticed every time I went out and ate more, in a day or two I lost a pound. I lost weight on vacation too. I think this is like Slingshot week for you Carb Cyclers. LOL. So I increased my calories by 150 and instantly lost all the water weight I was holding and lost another pound and feel better. 150 really isn't much but obviously it made a difference. It is another snack or a little bit more at each meal.
Since I won't be blogging for a while, I'm going on vacation again, I want to mention one more thing I learned. My family has always been focused on my weight and how often I get sick. In my 20's I was diagnosed with Lupus. Then I got Lymphoma. Chemo put the Lupus in remission and left me with Fibro type symptoms. Too much stress or exercise even and I get fevers and pain all over and even hives. Much of my family has had nasty things to say about my weight and the fact that I have to be more careful with my lifestyle. Frankly, I am not happy about my immune system but it does keep me making healthy choices so in the long run it may not be an awful thing.
Since my recent little weight gain a few family members gloated on my larger pant size. They also mentioned how I changed jobs just because it was "too physical". (Yeah I did because I wore the cartilage down on one knee from squatting and kneeling and 3am inventories were making me sick as a dog.) I used to hear what they would say and think they were right because THE MASSES SAID IT WAS TRUE.
What I figured out was truth doesn't come in the form of judgment and snide comments. Truth comes from kind conversations and involvement and concern. Judgment is always about the other person. Perhaps they wish they had the ability to make better choices or the freedom to choose based on their body's needs. I am lucky I can do that. I don't have 4 hungry kids at home that would starve if I switched jobs. But then again I don't have those kids because of my life situation.
In other words, judgment is not love and it is not kind. It isn't nice to do to others or yourself. This seems like a lot of stuff to learn from an online community but it is true. The time here has helped me focus on what is working and healthy in all facets.
It is amazing what you can learn in 34 days with a little effort (OK a lot of effort) and focus.
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