Monday, March 26, 2012
I'm well aware of what it takes to loose weight:
1. The Decision - that you Are going to do what's necessary (The Diet Plan of Choice) to loose the weight. Then...
2. Consistent Implementation - of chosen plan! They all "work" if implemented consistently (some are just easier to be consistent with and you gotta find one that You can follow... because if you are consistent, the weight will come off).
So, as a Professional Dieter, I've lost more weight than I care to count. Was I successful? I lost weight (Been there, done that, got all the Tshirts) - but I gained it back. Every time. So for my "final weight loss journey" to be successful, the plan has to be extended to include:
3. Maintenance - what will be the new lifestyle to ensure the weight doesn't return?
I learn from Spark People every day - today's lesson was posed as a riddle: Once weight loss is achieved and maintained, can one now indulge in dessert? Or... Is it because I choose not to indulge in dessert, that I am I able to maintain the weight loss??? That had a huge impact on me - thanks Nell!
You see, I'm still in the process of learning about "maintenance" of weight loss - since so few succeed at this final step. I still have long way to go before I need to worry about maintaining - but I'm also a believer that planning leads to success... And since I've never been successful at keeping the weight off, I'm gathering all available information to plan for success!
Special Thanks the Maintainers for continuing to participate on Spark! Please do not underestimate the impact that your experiences, insights, and support has on those of us who are seeking to join you!
Friday, March 23, 2012
It sincerely feels surreal. Imagine, I stalled on my weight loss for the past several weeks at 64-65lbs, and this week I'm down to a total weight loss of 70 lb since starting this journey about 7 months ago.
Now for a smile today - I had to laugh - one of my best friends who is genuinely thrilled for me was "whining" today about the fact that I've now achieved a 70 lb loss - and he can't even lose 2 pounds!
While it made me smile - it also brought up another thought... I'm bored with Sparkers who judge others.
So, my final little rant for the day: I realize that what is working for my health goals (weight loss) is the Paleo diet, other Spark friends of mine are trying different methods: some follow the Spark plan, some are vegan or vegetarian, some clean eating or Wheat Belly and many other diets. And... some follow diets that we may personally disagree with or have not found to be personally effective for us previously....
However, regardless of your chosen diet - you are all my Spark Friends and I support You and your choice of diet/exercise and will celebrate your successes and offer support as you stumble through rough terrain - as you have done for me! I trust that you are being safe in your choices and smart enough to listen to your body if trying something that I would not choose or did not find to be effective. We're all different and our genetic makeup is different, so what works for one person may not work for another and vice versa.
So as we comment on each others blogs, please find tolerance and provide support for the "Person" trying to achieve a goal - regardless of their chosen path. We are all here for support and knowledge - but it's up to each of us to decide how to apply that knowledge to our own journey.
Best wishes for continued success to All.... And let's be safe out there!
Friday, March 16, 2012
That's right - my scale is a tease!
Up a pound, down a pound, up a pound, down a pound. How many times can you loose the same pound???? It's like being in the movie Ground Hog day where you're reliving one day over and over again.
Walked 17250 steps today. Breakfast was eggs, Lunch was salad with chicken and balsamic vinegar, dinner was salad with walnuts and shrimp w salsa/red wine vinegar as a dressing. Protein and pushing veggies.
Pre-diabetes: On another note... Before I started "This FINAL weight loss journey", I was getting pretty close to the lower limits of being defined as pre-diabetic - 110 AM (fasting) glucose.
So, down 65+lbs, I decided it was time to check again - three consecutive days: 110, 110, 111. hmm. Doesn't make sense - diet is Paleo - so no processed foods, grains, restricting hi glycemic fruits and veggies. And even a 10% loss of weight usually has positive effects... And I've lost over 20% of my starting body weight.....
Bought new test strips: 82, 108, 79
What caused the hi, lo, hi? I figured it out: Eating early enough to exercise after dinner (even if it's just a short walk) is lowering my am readings by about 30 points vs late dinner and going to bed. Probably just my luck in the genetic lottery, but I'll be including an evening stroll daily to give my body/blood stream a chance to work off some of the food from the day and ensure AM numbers that keep me well out of the pre-diabetic range!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
New batteries made a difference - Finally down another lb.
And yes - at first I thought the "Midnight Weigh" might have been a dream too! But now I'm Back on Track...
Breakfast - Sm tossed salad (lettuce, tomato, red onion, carrot, purple cabbage) w apple cider vinegar, put an over medium egg on top and broke up one slice of bacon in it! What a lovely brunch-ish salad.
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