Friday, February 12, 2010
I read PINKCOCONUT's blog, "A Valentine's Day Gift to MYself" and was making a comment to her blog: 'I wrote - Going to school is a big deal and takes a lot of time AND energy to do it well. I'm glad you figured it out and cut back!
For me, it is different and yet still the same. I lost almost 30 pounds in the summer and early fall. But with the effects of SAD I was beating myself up when the loosing slowed down and stopped . By November I was beginning to realize that it would take all of my physical and mental energy just to maintain during the 'dark' months......
At that moment, I realized that I was figuring something out for myself , too. I had gained 4 pounds between Thanksgiving and the third week of January. (This was documented by the monthly weight and measurements taken at Curves.) I then resolved to gain no more weight.
Maintaining my weight, my healthy diet, and enough exercise was all I could reasonably expect to do. That included keeping up my 3-5 Curves visits, which is a great social outlet for me. That also meant that I needed to keep up my weekly friends meetings for social and intellectual stimulation. I would need to do my best to get outside and walk when weather and conditions permitted.
I could not afford to let myself lie in bed to read and sleep all the time as I have done in the past; and for sure - NO MORE HALF GALLONS OF ICE CREAM to gobble down. Since my calorie burn was going down slightly, I need to eat healthy, nutritious meals.
How can I measure this?T he next several weigh in and and measurement sessions at Curves. I will see how successful I can be this time..............................
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I'm hanging in at 160, and exercising, sparking, chatting with friends, eating right(??), I'm even out of dark chocolate, but 2- 6 oz cups of light ice cream and 1 bag of spearmint jellies have gone between these lips since my last blog , only 4 days ago?On That same grocery trip, I bought a package of fig bars, Cheesits , and Store brand woven wheat crackers. The smallest size was surprisingly the best per oz. value on all of these and I had coupons! None of the boxes will be opened until I sit down to weigh them out into snack bags.
According to SP I'm eating too much fiber. An oxymoron, too much fiber! No gastro consequences so I'm thinking it's all good.
I'm still tracking on GWF and eating less than I burn. I started doing modified(knees) planks. and modified pushups every other day in addition to Curves and walking when I can and thinking good thoughts. I'm feeling the effects of pushups and planks above my collar bone and in my mid-section. Not pain, just those muscles saying, ' what are you doing? and I'm saying "shut up and tone up!"
Friday, February 05, 2010
Other than admitting that I gained 4 pounds between the end of November and the end of January, I have had very little to say concerning my weight loss journey and the info I have been getting on my GoWearFit armband. I did post on my status on 1/7/10 that "SUNNYWBL is working hard to push herself out of the dumps and back on track." That kind of sums it all up, even today .
Two days ago, the sunrise here in MN was 7:28AM and the sun is setting at 5:25 PM Central Time. Which means that we now get 10 hours of sunlight/day and that is an increase of over 1.5 hr, I think, since the shortest day of our year on 12/21.
By 'The Dumps', I mean the effects of SAD on my mental state. Exercise helps! Getting out of the house helps! Being around other people helps! And probably the biggest help is Sparkpeople and the cyber friends that I can 'talk' to there every day! So "Thank You Again, SparkPeople!!!"
I am a 'work in progress' and I won't be back on the weight loss trail until March at the earliest. But it is all good. If I can drop weight, maintain, and work on loosing weight again, I'll make it to my goal in 2010!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This story sparked a memory from about 35 years ago. At that time the kids were very young and Bob and I were on a scuba/skin dive trip somewhere on the shores of Rhode Island.
In my wet suit, I entered the water easily on a mega rocky beach through a cut in the rocks about 2 feet wide. I went to snorkle depth and looked. All over the side rocks and on the rocky bottom of the cut were starfish, too numerous to count. Starfish on top of starfish all busy doing whatever it is that starfish do. I hung suspended in the water in awe of the sight!
I had never before seen starfish in the ocean water before; only the occasional starfish washed up on the beach, never enough to prompt me to throw them back in the ocean as the little girl in the story did!
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