Sunday, February 05, 2012
Down 60 lbs - Tape measure is agreeing with scale, the first pair of jeans that are not Women's sized no longer cause “muffin top” and I wore 14W jeans to the movies yesterday.
I’ve been extra diligent over the past few weeks. Why? I wanted to be ahead of goal going into February because I have some big challenges coming up this month - I have two one-week meetings this month. This means I will be eating whatever someone else has chosen to set out for our group buffets... Ugh - no special orders.
So for me, timing couldn’t have been better for Coach Jen to put my “note of gratitude” out to the Spark blogosphere – many people linked to the actual blog and read that those feelings had started with some creative decisions at a limited hotel buffet. (Sorry if I wasn’t able to reply to every message – but I read them all and appreciate your encouragement, wisdom, and Spirit!)
So what have your words done for me this time? Now I’ve shifted my attitude about the upcoming meetings. I will be able to lean on your encouragement and wisdom as I face the guantlet – not for just one meal, but every meal for a week. I’m not facing it alone – I’ll have each of you behind me!
So I’ve mentally adjusted to the potential outcomes: weight loss will continue, progress will stall, or I’ll gain weight. Best of all, I’m okay with any of these three scenarios. Why? I’m focusing only on what’s within my control: 10K steps a day and making the best decisions possible based on the options presented -- actively engaging my brain to ensure anything I put on my plate will be something I can eat!
Yet again, you have helped raise my confidence. Instead of a week of buffets being a form of torture designed to interfere with my weight loss efforts – I’m now viewing this as my first run at a major obstacle that is going to be a part of my life anyway (usually 3-4 times a year)… so I better get good at it! And I'm convinced I've got the right stuff to handle this challenge.
The Plan: Stay hydrated, move, best food choices possible, no dessert or alcohol, and as much sleep as possible. I can do this – because of your support!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I'm a huge fan of self awareness and owning your own "stuff". We all face different challenges and demons. Here are mine and how I've managed to work with or around them:
Dieting at home is 'easy' for me - I live alone, so once 'sanitized', I don't have to worry about anyone bringing undesirable options into my home. However, I do have a very heavy travel schedule related to my job and therefore I have someone else cooking for me often - room service, breakfast buffets, concierge spreads, restaurants, etc.
Another issue I face - I lack all moderation when it comes to certain foods. If it's in front of me, I will eat it - I lack the ability to be a conscious eater with certain types of foods. Call it addiction or whatever you want... it's also part of what got me to my highest weight ever.
Finally - I'm not a fan of exercise - I'll do it because I know I should... But it is not something I enjoy doing (yet?). There, I said it. So If I'm gonna do it, I want "credit"!
My three solutions to overcome my three obstacles:
1) Whenever possible, I choose a hotel where I will have a refrigerator and/or microwave or kitchen available - hit the local grocery store and make my own food that meets my eating plan.
2) When #1 is not possible, I "can and do engage my brain when ordering meals". Most places don't mind accommodating special requests. I am very specific about NOT getting anything on my plate that I cannot eat. No bread, no cheese, no croutons, no tortilla chips, etc., etc., etc. I just get my lean proteins with low starch veggies - no sauces and I prefer citrus squeezed over a salad. I have no problem telling people I have a lot of food allergies to make sure they get my point (...as the fat cat on the poster says: I'm allergic to food - I break out in fat!).
How does this help with #2? If I know the things on my plate are all things that are healthy for me to eat based on my dietary choices - then once the plate comes and passes "inspection", I can focus on reconnecting with my body, eat as much or little food off my plate as it takes to satisfy me, without having to worry about moderating my intake of any item(s).
Again, I recognize there are those who have the ability to moderate food - there are just certain foods where I appear to have an addictive response and "some" will never be enough. I need to keep those items out of my diet and off my plates in restaurants to ensure my success and health..
3) Traditional pedometer problems - as a curvy woman, I found that traditional pedometers that clip on your waist band just didn't work for two distinct reasons: first, when I would go to sit down - the pedometer would often pop-off my waist (those who have been my size understand) and if your pedometer isn't attached to your waist you are not getting credit for your steps; the second problem, even when clipped to my waist band, the pedometer was not necessarily at a 90 degree angle to the floor (curvy hips...) and I found I was not getting "credit" for all the steps I was taking - missing as much as 1/3 of my steps...
The answer I found was a 3 axis pedometer: I bought a nice necklace for it to hang off of, and tuck it inside my shirt every day. The 3 axis doesn't need to be at a 90 degree angle to capture each step - and when your goal is 10000 steps a day and your not thrilled about it, you don't want to miss even one step! (If you are interested in three axis pedometers, do a web search or search a shopping website and you'll get plenty of hits and they are coming down in price!)
Ah - that was therapeutic! If you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend giving it a try. What stuff do you need to Own so you can find a Solution that will work for you, your life, and your body....
UPDATE: from FIRECOM below - you may also want to check out the iPhone apps (certain to be more cost effective if they work for you!). I personally do better with the necklace because it counts my steps throughout the day - however if You only want to count your "intentional" exercise and have your phone with you when you do this - go for it and the App could be your answer!
Friday, February 03, 2012
That's right. They're back. Hiding. Waiting to pounce on you when least expected: when you're hungry, tired, any time your defenses might be weary... (Or maybe it just feels that way...?) Those sweet little animae eyes blink earnestly as you hear those words that could crush the walls of the strongest castle ever built, "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"
Don't be confused by their cute little uniforms... these are the uniforms of an Army of cookie pushers. This army is in full effect in other parts of the country... I haven't seen any yet in Florida, maybe the sleeper cell here has not been activated... Or maybe I've just been lucky... So far...
But suddenly, with that one little question, you are thrown into a turmoil of unorganized thoughts and emotions leading to paralyzing confusion.
But, but, but....
I'm a good member of my community. I've been a sales manager and trainer and know how hard it can be to ask someone to make a purchase.... I also used to be a Girl Scout. I remember what it felt like when someone said yes (and no). I don't want to make this young impressionable child feel bad...
What about my personal goals? What about my meal plan?
How about the fact that absolutely NOTHING in that cookie is even remotely in line with my current lifestyle eating guidelines.......?
I'll buy a box for the family to enjoy... (Really? Or do you suppose you bought your favorite flavor because you plan to have one too? One. Right?!?! If you don't think these cookies are a healthful option for you, why would you purchase them and provide them to your family?!)
I'll buy a box or two to take to work (heh).. Really? Will you eat any there? Will you 'remember' to take them in to work? Or will someone else have beaten you to the cookie idea this year and leave you stuck with a box or two of cookies at home?
I'll only buy the ones that I can freeze and take out one at a time - Moderation! Really? History shows that my favorite cookies don't freeze well, AND that I'm a cookie addict who can not moderate intake - so If they make it to the freezer, half, if not all, will be eaten once opened...
Don't be caught off guard by these Cookie Monsters. Now is the time to plan our Defense, spare their feelings, support the community, and protect your health!!!
PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS or strategies on how to handle the above situation......
UPDATE - you guys are the best! I never knew you could donate cookies to the troop - ie cash donation to troop without taking the goods ( and per Fillanges note below - some Girl Scouts may already be set-up to forward your donated cookies to our Armed Forces)! Nice alternative. If you search your county, state, and girl scout cookies you can find the dates of the cookie drive... Here's the one for the West Central Florida organization which includes Hillsborough county Fl:
January 6 – 27: Girls take preorders
February 16 – 18: Cookie delivery to troop/group coordinators
February 24 – March 18: Cookie direct sale (cookie booths)
"Sleeper Cell Activation!"
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Mtg yesterday in SC. 2 flight segments to get there, two more to get home.
1. This was the second time in a month that I've had a "prisoner transfer" on one of my flights. I can't think of another time in my travel history when I had a transfer on my flight - now two in a month? Truly Random....
2. Prior to loosing this weight, people might see the were assigned to sit next to the "big girl", and you could see the uncomfortable look cross their faces. Today, on my 2nd flight of the AM and second flight of the PM, a person sat beside me - and then had it brought to their attention that they were in the wrong seats - stayed - and person who was "supposed" to be by me took the interloper's seat. Truly Random again....
3. Walking thru terminal to gate for final flight of the night, chatting on cell with sis, and I stop to watch a 2-3 yo boy come strolling out of a news stand along the way. I'm just being nice, waiting for a concerned parent or responsible adult to notice that their little guy has gotten away from them - so I can point out where the escape artist is and that he's just fine!. But as people are leaving the news stand - no one is paying the little guy any attention. He had stopped to watch an airport employee change a trash bag, got bored with her and starts heading down the terminal. I'm looking around like crazy, cause this one is way too little to be on his own. Finally another airport employee had seen me, yells over from a gate across from me asking whose kid that is - I confirm that I have no idea, but that's what slowed me down, and he takes over the parental search. I head for the facilities, and when I get back to the hall, I can see the airport employee down the hall. He confirmed that the little guy was back with mommy, who was carrying another baby, on her cell, and hadn't realized she'd lost the older one. Really? Random....
4. Guess what flight Mommy with the two little boys is on, mine. More Random....
5. Last leg of flights home, guy sits by me by "accident" and stays (second time that day). Mom with 2 little boys is in next row up but other side of plane. Before we even get to cruising altitude, there is this big commotion in the aisle with people hitting the call bells and shouting that the baby is choking. The guy next to me moves to help the mom with total ninja speed and agility. The crew calls for a physician, preferably a pediatrician, gets none
- but lets hear it for all the nurses who were willing to provide help in any way!
Regardless, when the guy Next to me gets back to his seat, he says the baby had a seizure. (I sell seizure meds - Random....). So I ask him how he figured that out - a bit complicated for a layman, and he states that he's a dad with two little ones.... Umm, I'm not buying it - but he's not saying more... When we get off the flight, I notice that he is carrying a conference canvas bag with embroidered letters and a noticeable patch with the "medical" symbol on it. I googled the initials from the bag - AATS, the American Academy of Thoracic Surgeons.
So yes, he was a doctor. Who randomly sat beside me... near the mom (who almost 'lost' her oldest son in the terminal). Then doc was right where he was needed to help baby with what could have been a very serious medical issue....
Such a totally Random day! OR...
Did I get a chance to glimpse the "greater plan" in action today?
That's far too deep to contemplate in my current state of near exhaustion.
Guess all the focus on the little ones seeped into my brain on this long, long day, so for those who get the references: I'm gonna try to catch up with Winkin', and Blinkin', and Nod to cast our nets toward the stars.... So Good Night Moon!
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Weight loss is not linear. I know this. It's still not fun to go through.
After hanging out at the same weight for what felt like over a week, in the last 2 days, the scale says i've lost 3 lbs. (which is just about as crazy as no loss over a week of consistency...)
I remained consistent because: a) this is a fact I know, b) the tape measure told me I am loosing inches as well, c) body fat monitor says I'm gaining muscle; and d) I'm so grateful for having found this Spark - and each of you - that I'm not willing to let this little Spark of mine go out!
As always, thanks for your support!
Get An Email Alert Each Time TAMPATINK67 Posts