Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ok, So let me start by saying I was recently paid a huge compliment from a sparkfriend.... (and you know who you are) It was no so much a compliment but more of a request to become their "buddy" in their process... This got me thinking maybe it was time I actually put down this "plan" I'd been thinking of for the past month as my weight loss has become very noticeable and people keep asking "what are you doing"? "You look great". The short answer is always ... "I'm a dedicated sparkperson, I'm adding fitness time to my life and getting rid of calories/food my body does not need, essentially I'm sticking to a range"
But this answer is one I've given before (not with sp though) and so it got me thinking again about my motivation this time, my support here on sparkpeople and why this time it's working....
I came to the conclusion it's my plan, something I"ve NEVER done...stick to a plan. Likely because it's been a diet plan, pill or even when I tried hypnosis..it was never what worked for me.
This time around I'm making the rules and no one else. I figured out what I could live with for a lifetime so this time it's not a diet or a fad, it's not for the season or a special event..it for me.
So Ready for it? Here's my PLAN
80% Steady. 10% Sprint. 10% Back off.
This is how I look at this lifestyle change.
Steady- This is the everyday. This is keeping the calorie range in check. Adding fitness to your life, no matter how busy you are you can find the time (this was a hard lesson for me, I always used time as a reason to bail out on fitness). This means planning your meals if you have to, waking up a little earlier if you have to, sharing your goals with anyone who will listen, or pretend to listen. This just means for 80% of the day, the week, your life..whatever the approach you take you stay steady on the track. Getting slowly more fit, losing weight and on your journey at a pace you know you can live with for a lifetime.
Sprint- This is that boost..maybe it's an event coming up, maybe it's a plateau you hit and you need to push past, or maybe (like for me right now) it's the last few pounds you need off to hit onederland... whatever it is this is what I call a sprint. This is the time you up your fitness minutes, up the weights, drop a few calories from the range (safely, if not too low already) just to get you to that little goal on the STEADY journey to the big goal. Sprints should be no more than 2 weeks because then let's face it your working too hard and you will likely fail, give up or tire out.
Back Off- This is CRITICAL to success.. let's get real, watching everything we eat, fitting in fitness when your body is telling you you just need a chill out day...and sticking to it is hard. There will be times when you need to back off and allow yourself that time without guilt. Maybe it's a vacation, maybe it's just a standing Saturday night get together with friends...or an ice cream sundae every sunday you treat yourself too. Maybe it's a fair, a farmer's market with the best pastries next to the veggies you bought for the "steady " part. Whatever it is we need these little breaks so we feel real, not deprived and knowing you have these times make the steady and sprint manageable! It's nice to not turn down chocolate and wine at a party...and it's ok!
So there you have my friends..my little plan... and well it's working for me and I really feel this is a true look at real life and how this journey can work and be a lifetime of success for people just like me.
best to you... it's your life- LIVE IT!... steady, sprinting and backing off.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I arrived bck yesterday for those of you who did'nt know I'd gone to the bay area (ca) to visit my almost 87 year old granny... and while I go back fairly often to visit her, over the past year or so each time feels more and more possible to be the last....and this deeply hurts my heart.
As some of you also know this trip had me a little scared as to how derailed my program and weight loss might get...so I'll just start there.
I am coming back with a few extra pounds... 2.5 based on my mid week, back in town weigh in but I am hopfuly that by my normal weigh in day (Saturday) I'll be able to a least hold to that or perhaps get it down.. (thinking much is water weight thanks to a increase in salt and sweets). All in all I'm not to worried...I am confident I'll continue on my plan and reach my goal, just perhaps a week or so longer...
I have to say I felt so amazing showing up 42 pounds lighter and seeing how impressed people were who had known me for many years if not nearly my entire life...it was great to get such positive feedback... and I shocked myself by keeping up with my fitness time a little. While I did not do it daily...I did end up gong on 3 morning walks, 2-2.5 miles each (complete with hills!) and 2 free weight sessions. Add that to all the heavy cleaning, gardening and housework I did for Granny and I was fairly active.
I am however taking this morning off from any fitness time because I want to blog these thoughts before I get wrapped back up in the busy of life....
Memories & Wisdoms....
Well to start very little changed, dispite a fall and altercation with a staircase Granny had the day before I arrived which left her a little worse for wear complete with stiches in the back of her head....she was still as lively as she could be.... we talked alot, had too much wine and about the same amount of desserts... and eventhough she is nearly 87, about 109 pounds, hard of hearing and lacking just about all her short term memory...there was no doubt about it she is still amazing.
It is sad to hear her say things that she feel she lived longer than she wishes too... there is a old saying from some where she has held onto for years....something to the effect that she wishes for her to pass so that she no longer takes up space in the world that someone else could occupy and contribute... and at first this of course made me sad...but knowing her I knew what she means... she has lived a good life, had much fun and joy along with sorrow...and feels what she contributes now is nothing compared to her younger days of volunteering, social and polictical protesting, and full our living she once was able to do....
and this got me thinking about myself and my contributions.... and my thoughts about success and how lately I have felt a strong need to seek a different line of work, one that would make a difference....
I got to thinking about how I spend so much effort on trying to be perfect and plan everything so I can try and keep it together...but this is not how I used to be...I used to be free.... I used to not worry like it was as important at breathing...I used to allow myself room to make mistakes and for life to happen without trying to plan it to death just so I make sure everything happened in a way I could manage....
and as we looked at old picture of parties she used to throw (she thre some amazing huge parties) and in those pictures were many of her friends and people I also knew (just as a small child) who had died....and she recalled things about them...I thought... I wonder what people will say about me when I die and they see a picture.... what do I want them to say? who in the world to I want to be? And does what I do matter? Do I want that to define me or do I want to define myself outside of my work and have work just be a paycheck....
I learn so much when I am with her.... I see so much in her stories and wisdoms...and our relationship and bond is something I will always feel so greatful I had.
There is so much more to say and remember but I just want to end with this final thought:
Today is the day to start living, whatever that means to you...we hear about life being short all the time...but I'm not sure that is really the truth of it... I think life can be pretty long and part of it can feel pretty aweful but in all the time in between... there is much life to live. Don't take yourself to seriously, don't worry to much or plan to much because in the end, what is going to happen will happen no matter how much you plan or don't. Be thankful for everything, because it really wasn't that long ago when the world looked very different... change does happen both in the world and in your own personal life, what of living and that is good. It is okay to change...it is okay to be who you are and it is okay to find yourself slightly off course because it's often those times that teach you the most and perhaps often provide the most retrospective laughter and joy.
Don't let your daily life with it's lists, and chores, meetings and appointments let you lose sight of the life you were truly meant to live. The trick is balancing them both.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Ok, so I've been on a great journey and I found a plan that works for me... I started with very small, 10-20 minute fitness sessions and calorie range tracking... as I started losing weight, I started being able to do more, so I've increased my fitness times, tried many dvd's and also reduced my calorie levels along the way and this system has worked.
Since starting in early this year I've dropped 42 pounds, become more fit, more confident and have increased what I thought I was capible of.
So self... see intro above... you have done it and will keep going...
And now my note just to remind myself....
Ok Sparklepie...pull it together.... dive back in and it will all be fine. This is a journey and this (if you are reading this) means you have slipped a little and are bummed, ticked off, and feel like giving in again.... BUT DO NOT GIVE IN!
You'll be on track in no time and at your goal before you know it....
And to anyone who read this is thought...what the heck if she talking about?
Here's the thing:
I am leaving this week for a 7 day trip back the bay area (san francisco) to visit my 87 year old granny who is as well as a person at 87 can be. And while I don't see any all out overdoing it days in my future.... It will be eating out and all our favorite resturants, and just enjoying eachother while she is still here... and my dearest Granny who is tiny and has never had weight struggles also credits her keen health to red wine (ample amounts) dessert nightly and a daily intake of pistachios, cookies, crackers, bread and cheese.... and well good greif this is all the food I love and even in EXTREME moderation which I plan to do...which will then leave me hungry as she feels the need to never allow me to cook (she hates that all I do is work work work so she says I should relax when with her which includes no dishes and no cooking) but yet even with extreme moderation this grouping of food is certainly going to by noon put me well over the calorie limits I currents use.....
So I anticipate a pain in weight, not just no lose but a gain...and I am well honestly...*scared*.
But I'm going to go the best I can, enjoy my time with her and her love of indulgence (crab and butter ...yum) :) :( and just dive back in when I return.
That said- I have got a little plan for breakfast- I've bagged my oatmeal and will hop to the store for fruit and veggies to snack on.
I'm also bringing 1 cardio dvd and one indoor walking dvd and I've tracked on sp mileage tracker a route to walk so that I can keep up with fitness time......
But even with all that I can see the writting on the wall (not that I am setting myself up to fail) I just need to know to lower my exspectations for 2 weeks of my weight loss and just try to make the best choices with what I have....
I miss her dearly and one day she will be gone, and till then we shall drink red wine and eat chocolate cake and international foods... (our favorites)
this journey is mine....
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I truly never thought I'd be anywhere close to "fit" in my life, just seemed not in the cards....
then this year, I made a huge choice to go against that thought and figure it out...figure out a way to be a better me on all levels and I still have far to go...
I am doing very well I feel on weight loss and fitness time, finding what worked for me has been priceless to this process.
Sparkpeople has much to do with this, but also I must give credit to myself, (afterall sp is not going to workout for me)
I'd tried it all, order several kits over the years from the fitness megahouse Beach Body Fitness, from going all out and ordering the hard core sets to fix my lifelong weight issue in 30 days (the promise made on the box) to aerobic sets with skinny girls doing moves there was no way my body was gonna come close to figuring out...I'd joined gym after gym...(even had a membership when I joined this feb) ..I bought pills, shakes, starved myself, and every book and magazine I could find that promised to fix my weight issue...
so part one- what worked was joining sparkpeople and having not only amazing support but also amazing resources to educate me about being healthy.
part two- my personal plan. So I cancelled the gym and started getting real people dvd's to try at home. I started with a few biggest loser ones, and started with just the 10 or 20 minute workouts... I started with 2 pound weights and sparkpeople workouts...and I started to walk 20 minutes 2 days per week.
sure the plan wasn't all that glamorous, no fancy celebs or high impact fitness dvd's, no crazy moves...just me, my body and some very small hand weights... I almost thought this is so stupid.. there is no way this little bit is gonna work, for heaven sakes I'm like 251 pounds and it's gonna take more than this to get it done. But I stuck with it and to my sunrise...IT STARTED WORKING! (((keep in mind I also started counting calories and food measuring so this plays a huge part too))) So then a month or so into it I increased everything, longer time, heavier weights, 2 fitness sessions a few days a week (one am and one pm) and my program is still working.
So this ramble is just me trying to say...finding what works for me was a huge step and for anyone out there just trying to figure it out...focus on you and your real needs, real time frame, and real goals and it will happen.
I now have a collection of dvd's that keep me feeling great because I'm not bored. I even bought 2 leslie sansone's walking dvd's and I thought oh heck this is some cheesy stuff but you know what I'm a sweaty mess when done and they are perfect for me when I don't feel like having my booty kick by bob harper or it's way to windy/pollen to walk outside. Even this morning I didn't want to work out because my legs were a little sore, so I isolated my focus, grabbed my stability ball and 10 minute workout dvd- put it in and did a core session only...
so the point is: it does not have to be all out, hard core, glamorous or cost a lot of money to work. it just has to be something you will actually do vs. something you sign up for and give in or quit.
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