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The penny is dropping

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I went to my Doctor yesterday to get an 'all clear' to start jogging again. I was given the 'all clear' with a very stern warning: you must keep on strength training. If you want to keep jogging, you must balance it with the strength training or this ITB will re-occur.
........and slowly the realization that this new way of doing things needed to be a forever thing began to hit me.......

I did my first 35 minute jog today and it was wonderful, no knee pain and that same feeling of strength which I am thoroughly enjoying in everything I do, and now I'm beginning to see that to keep doing what I enjoy I will need to keep up with the strength training too. I'm not sure what I was thinking before the doctor spoke to me. I guess I was thinking of letting it slip as I increased my jogging time. There's nothing quite like the sternness in a doctor's voice to wake a person up!!
It's the same with the new diet. I think that part of me is thinking that once I reach my goal I can begin to let things slide a little bit. Maybe by not tracking my food as much or eating more of the junk food than I have been. But, realistically, if I do that I will be in the same position in another five years. I've noticed that all the people who are maintaining weight, or very near to it, still have health projects on the go - more exercise, more muscular, more veggies - they still see themselves as being on a programme. Maybe that's the secret of success here.

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/12/2011 7:06PM

    That makes a lot of sense!

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MOMOF4CHANGES 11/12/2011 3:53PM

    This is a wake-up for me. On a much less note, I have started increasing my activity and though I know I should be recording my nutrition, I have given myself an excuse that I will "get around to that." I'm glad I found your blog post. Gotta stop fooling myself and letting things slip.
Glad you are feeling better and can get back to doing what you like to do.

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3 more kilograms to go.....

Sunday, November 06, 2011

And then I've reached my goal weight.
This is happening much faster than expected. Now I'm sitting here wondering what these final stages of weight loss will mean and then, of course, the newer challenge of maintenance.
Here is what I'm expecting I'll be needing a bit more of:
Determination - because I don't really need to lose these kilos. I'm in a healthy BMI, my clothes fit and I feel like me again. These kilos are the cherry on top - something extra special and a weight I have been told is my recommended weight, but have never actually maintained.
Courage - because I have never been 59kg for longer than a month before! How will I maintain something I've never been before. I have no 'living weight' to compare this too - this is new unchartered territory and I can't face it with a box of chocolate biscuits to keep me going!!
Perseverance - because I tend to be a good starter but a bad finisher. And I've started really well this time round. Better than ever before. But I'm noticing that I'm not as excited to exercise and I will have an extra cookie and be at the higher end of my calorie intake rather than the lower end. Also, it's colder and darker in the evenings and exercising is a bit harder to get motivated to do.
So I've:
Joined a few new challenges and teams - to keep it fresh
Updated the date by which I hope to achieve my goal. It was February, I've moved it to the beginning of January (but I'm hoping to reach it before Christmas). This has tightened up my daily calorie intake, which I think is good - it will ward off the extra cookies.
Decided to aim to go jogging for twenty minutes twice a week outdoors - hold me to that one!! I might decide against it tomorrow at 6pm!!
Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated at this point.
Here's to the final three!!


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THETURTLEBEAR 11/6/2011 9:54PM

    VERY exciting!

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JOANNA202 11/6/2011 6:27PM

    I have no words of experience to give you as I'm not quite there yet myself, but it sounds like you've done all the right things to prepare for this next challenge: becoming aware of the barriers and putting in some fresh new goals. Perhaps it's worth re-focusing on the motivation for this one though? It sounds like you're just doing it because you've been told you should, which is never going to give you the internal drive. Do you really want it? If so, working out why could really help. If not, that's ok too!

Good luck! I'll be rooting for you!

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First decent jog in a month!!

Friday, November 04, 2011

And I feel euphoric!! Endorphins bouncing all over the place!! I had forgotten the utter joy I feel when listening to my favourite music and running outside.
I only jogged twenty minutes as this was what the doctor recommended for me. After a month of strength training and much smaller workout sessions I'm interested to see how my knee copes. It's a little sore now, but not at all to the extent that it used to be.
I've had such a rough week exercise wise. I've been tired and struggled with the sudden darkness at 5pm. Today I got home at four and thought, 'this is it. It's still sunny, it's not raining, I'm just going to go running'. It was the best thing I could have done.
I walk to and from work, which is exercise in itself (and I do count it because it totals 3 miles at the end of the day) but I have been trying to strength train and do ten minutes of cardio in the evenings and for the last two nights I just haven't done it. I'm not at the point where I can recognize if my being tired means it's ok not to exercise or simply laziness. I've been quite disciplined up until now, but if I let it slip will I start letting other things slip too? Right now I don't know.
I'm so glad I was able to run today. I have missed it and it was great to feel the difference in my body weight. I felt like I was flying. I think I need to debate the merits of running in the dark. I didn't think it was a good idea, but there is no comparison between the feeling I got during and after my outdoor run compared to the runs I've been doing at the gym.
Also glad I could write a semi-optimistic blog as I was feeling quite down about things this week.
emoticon Yay for running!

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MKIESEL33 11/6/2011 12:16AM

    I don't like to jog but I do love the arch at the gym which reminds I should be going there I love the way I feel when I get going and when I'm done I feel so great

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NANT406 11/5/2011 4:00AM

    Good for you. You sound like you had a great time. Well done! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/4/2011 5:30PM

    I'm so glad you got to run too! It does make such a difference and feels so good when we can do a run after we haven't been able to for a while. Hope you get many more great runs in!

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Developing habits

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.
Such as:
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!

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JOANNA202 11/2/2011 7:15AM

    That's so fantastic that you have the belief now - definitely means the things you've been making yourself do despite yourself have become habits and will now be easier (in general anyway!) Looking forward to seeing more leaps and bounds from you in November. Good luck!

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REIDTAMECA 11/1/2011 8:28PM

    I had the same success as you for the month of October. I loss 8lbs. My eating and exercise habits changed. Here's looking forward to the month of November.. emoticon

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REIDTAMECA 11/1/2011 7:18PM

    I had the same success as you for the month of October. I loss 8lbs. My eating and exercise habits changed. Here's looking forward to the month of November.. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/1/2011 11:44AM

    Wow - those are big changes! WOO HOO!

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In honour of all those little decisions.

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.


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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/27/2011 11:02PM

    WOO HOO! Congratulations! You're doing great !

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JOANNA202 10/27/2011 5:49PM

    emoticon That's an awesome achievement! And not just because you got there, but you've got there in a way that you know is sustainable in the long term. You know how to make the tools to make each small decision, and you know that small decisions, however hard, eventually add up.

What a great blog! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/27/2011 12:06PM

    Wow - what a celebration! That is FANTASTIC!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/27/2011 8:23AM

    Oh so awesome! Inspiring!
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KARENBROWN6 10/27/2011 5:36AM

    Hear Hear!
Congratulations on reaching a healthy BMI. Don't forget to reward yourself for such an amazing achievement. Those last few pounds are the hardest to shift!

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JENNYMARIEC 10/27/2011 2:42AM

    Awesome blog post! You inspire me to start keeping track of all those little successes I have every day.

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