Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I've been reading blogs that have been reviewing the month of October and the ups and downs people have been through. So, of course, I began thinking about what the month was like for me. October was my second month in the programme, and I would say that the conclusion I have come to at the end of it is that now there are certain things that I do that seem to have evolved into habits over the course of the month.
Drinking water - I now long for a glass of water and cannot settle down to bed without making sure i've had my 8 glasses.
Exercising - I used to exercise sporadically. Thanks to the ten minute challenge (which I'm almost finished) I'm now slipping in some extra movement into my day everywhere. Getting those ten minutes in has become a neccessity for me.
Waking up earlier - I used to sleep in until the last possible moment. Now i'm up at 6 and giving myself some sparktime instead of rushing through my morning.
Packing lunch - best thing I ever started doing. This has made the biggest difference in my diet.
Strength training - I still don't enjoy it, but I do it.
Eating less - I don't mourn not being able to eat a massive amount of food now. Somehow my brain just knows that's how it is, and my body is more accepting of smaller amounts. I'm not longing for the chocolate this week the way I was even a week ago.
My wieght loss has been steady, which means i must be one of the lucky ones because there are a lot of blogs out there about people who are following all the rules but not losing. As I'm now down to my last 4kgs which need losing I'm a little nervous that that will start happening to me. If that happens I suppose it will mean a bit of a game plan change.
All in all, at the beginning of November I finally believe that I can do this and that I will lose the weight because of the results that I have seen so far.
So, here's to a wonderful November! I am excited to see what it brings!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
This is in honour of all those small moments (and the mantra in my head that says -' is this a treat, or a regular part of my diet now?' and 'somebody busier than me is exercising right now'):
When I ate all my veggies, but shared half the chicken and potatoes with my husband
When I really wanted that carton of chocolate milk, bought it, but only drank a third of the carton before throwing it away.
Looking at all the tasty treats in the coffee shop and only ordering skinny cappucino. (I have not had a caramal latte in so long now - because it is a 'treat' not a regular part of my diet......)
For saying 'no' to the cake in the office kitchen, the second biscuit, the piece of chocolate.
When I didn't want to exercise, but thought of other people pointing out that this is part of the 'new' me, the 'new' lifestyle, and decided to run around the room for ten minutes, stretch for ten minutes, walk to the store, go on an outing, buy a pedometer.......
For making what is sometimes a huge effort to choose the healthy option. For deciding to change what I do.
And this is my gratitude:
To the people who blog their ups and downs on Sparkpeople
To the people who comment on my comments, be it a message board, blog or Sparkpage
To the wealth of information on this site, especially the motivational articles
To the teams and challenges
Those sparkpoints and fitness minutes!!
The easy nutrition tools
That I live in such a 'walker friendly' city
That my gym is just up the road
That there is always a healthier choice.
Because, today I reached a normal BMI. Today I lost my fifteenth pound.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Before church on Sunday morning I found myself trying on practically every dress in my cupboard - just to see what it looked like. I felt so trim in all my clothes, so right, so happy.
But on Saturday night I was fighting a winning battle with the half of me that wanted to smother itself in chocolate and pizza. I didn't, but my husband needed to hold me down from dialling dominoes at one point! Then, I encountered some of the emotions that had been neatly hidden away by the pleasures of pizza in weekends past.
My weekend activities need reviewing. My new habits don't fit in very well with my old activities (which were to sit at home and watch TV). Need to fill Saturday afternoon with some sort of hobby. And I don't need to be so afraid of those emotions. I felt much better after I realized what I was feeling. I could relax after that.
So Saturday, tough, Sunday, wonderful, Monday?
A bit of both. Went to the gym for a review. I had last had one over a year ago, when, much to my surprise I weighed 65.2kg. I didn't remember that! So, although I now weigh in at 64, 2kg, it was not quite as dramatic for me as I thought it would be. This got me thinking about yo-yo dieting. Am I a yo-yo dieter? How am I going to keep the weight off this time and not see the kilos creep back on again? I'm tired of losing the same weight over and over and over again.
So, a mixed blog today. I'm still following the programme, but now a little doubtful of my long term consistency.
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