Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I have been pretty pleased with my weight loss. I've been taking 3-mile walks with my dog every other day (shorter walks on odd days). I've really been aware of the amount of fat and I've incorporated into our family meals. It's been very positive overall. That is until my husband came downstairs and declared that I've put him on a diet, too. He wasn't judging, it was said very matter-of-fact. The thing is, however, he's thin to begin with. He is 6'7", and as of tonight weighs 167 lbs. He said he doesn't remember when his weight went below 170 lbs. Of course, he also said that he hasn't felt hungry at all. My kids seem okay; they snack plenty. So I'm not worried about them. Not that I'm worried about my husband. Jealous, maybe. For the first time in years, I finally weigh less than he does. At 5'7", I am also a foot shorter than he is, so I should weigh less (way less). It just stinks that every day I have to tell myself not to eat more of this or that, even if it is healthy, because ultimately more calories are not what I need. Sigh.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Well, I'm at the point in my SP journey where the motivational emails are about 1 step back, 2 steps forward. How did this computerized mentor know that that is exactly what is happening with me? Of course, I'm having a hard time going those 2 steps forward, but I've done great going one step back! See, I gained a pound back. I know a pound isn't much, especially considering that one pound doesn't add up to much in my grand scheme of weight-loss. But it's the principle. I really haven't gone nuts eating, so it kind of baffles -- and clearly irritates -- me. I wish I could say it is all muscle, that'd be great! It's good timing to be getting those emails about keeping my motivation going. I guess I'm right on par with most Sparkers. I'm average.
On further introspection, when I take the polls, 98% of the time I am in the majority category. I 'm average.
Maybe being average is not a bad thing. It means I am not alone. It means there is a lot of empathy out there. It means that I have a lot of friends in the ether that is Sparkpeople who are silently cheering me on, telling me that if I just stick with it, I'll jump the hurdle. Thank you friends.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I am not very consistent with exercising. I really don't like it. It doesn't make me feel better, at least not in the very short term. I've never in my life experienced "a runner's high," even when I was active. I hate to sweat, and it's really hard for me to get to the point where I do sweat. I just turn really red -faced to lose my body heat. So, for me to do any real exercising is both a motivational hurdle, and a genuine success. I've been doing the simple SP strength exercises for about 2 months now. I've added resistance bands and light weights to my mix, and I do mean mix. I don't do the same exercise twice in a week. This may not be a good thing, I don't know. But I get so bored doing the same exercise that I loathe in the first place, that I just have to do something else 2 days later. I do, however, try to replace one core exercise with another core exercise. And HAPPILY and PROUDLY, I do indeed have less flab to grab.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Why is it so hard for people, especially people to whom you are close, to make a comment about weight loss. After a visit with my sister I had to point out that I had lost 13 pounds. Her response was that she could tell and that I looked good. Soon after my sister's visit, after an awkward moment in bed with my husband (hey, I know every romantic evening doesn't turn out like I dreamed), as a consolation, he said that he was proud that I was working hard to become healthier (by losing weight and exercising). I again put a specific number to the weight I'd lost. Why can't people just throw out a compliment? If I notice someone looks lighter/happier/healthier, I say it. Maybe it's because I know what it's like to lose a few pounds, and how much I want others to notice too. Maybe they are afraid that I will be offended because it's as if they are agreeing that I am overweight. Those closest to me know that I have joined SP and consciously eat and exercise for the purpose of losing weight and becoming healthier. I vowed that this weight loss was for me. I chose to undertake this change so that I could feel better about myself (physically and emotionally). But, gosh darnit, it sure is nice to have the hard work acknowledged. Somewhere there is a quote that roughly says that a compliment can't just be thought about, it must be heard by the intended's ears. To all who read this: I am proud that you chose to change an aspect of your life that made you unhappy and I wish you the greatest strength and unending motivation in achieving what you have set out to accomplish!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
It has been just over a month now. And it has taken just about that long to feel the effects of food tracking. I now really know when I'm hungry. I know what it feels like to stop eating when I'm full. I no longer feel the hunger pangs that I had when I thought that the 1200-1500 calories wasn't going to satisfy me. I've always considered myself a good eater. "Good" as in varied and diverse, and "good" as in hearty appetite. I've changed how I prepare foods: lots less olive or canola oil, less meat, way more veggies. I never had a problem with veggies. I genuinely like most veggies and am willing to prepare many different types (kale, bok choi, diakon, etc.). But I used to be lazy and just fix one or two for dinner. If I was lucky, I'd have some leftovers for lunch that had maybe the equivalent of one serving of vegetables. I find now that I have to shop at least twice a week for vegetables and fruits. I'm including lots more beans. I was never a big bean fan, but have learned to love them for their belly-filling and fiber-rich attributes.
I almost thought I'd never get in touch with that part of me that could truly listen to body clues: stop eating, get some water--you're not really hungry , you're thirsty, oily food tastes pretty awful. It's been a good journey so far. And my family gets the benefit of healthier food.
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