Sunday, December 13, 2009
Yesterday, I got some good input on plateaus (Thank you!!!). I'm going to work on a short term strategy for the next two weeks to see if I can break the plateau and a mid range strategy for the next two months, in case I can't beat it. If you have any more thoughts regarding plateaus and how to beat them, please share the love!
Anyway, Das Fat Clothes. Every time this year giving seems to increase at Goodwill stores. I've noticed this as I've brought contributions in past years. What I usually do to counter this is plan my giving during December and then actually bring it in the first few months of the next year. Less crowded, not overloading them with stuff.
This year is different. I saw a news piece on TV that reported contributions are actually down this year at Good Will/Salvation Army type stores. So my strategy is different. I'm actually gong to give weekly the clothes that don't fit and I'm never going to wear again.
This Winter has the potential to be a very brutal one. I was looking at the temperatures in certain areas of the U.S. last week and they were tough. The economy is not doing well at all, to put it euphemistically. If you have heavy sweaters, Winter Coats, Hoodies, or any warm clothes that could keep someone warm that you don't need or will probably not wear, please consider giving them as early as you can.
God Bless and Merry Christmas!!
- TD Out
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
OK, so my weight has been dropping. I've been maintaining 2400-2600 calories and exercising. As of Saturday's weigh-in, I need to lose 4.6 pounds in 3.5 weeks to meet my end-of-year desired weight. Never in my life has a timed-weight loss goal ever been so attainable. Really, things are going extremely well. Cue other shoe......3...2...1....
So I was in the gym yesterday morning and a thought popped into the motley cerebral maelstrom of my mind, "What if I hit a plateau?"(Selah). At first I was like, "No, think positive. No plateau. Bad doggie (Plateau: WOOF!!)". Good boy!
Maybe next year. Yeah, I'll schedule a plateau for next October(*1)". I mean, how am I going to encourage all of my Spark buddies, random visitors and gorgeous SparkDivas(like you!(*2)) if I go back to those lugubriously apocalyptic and dour blog posts like the ones from my last plateau. Oof (*3).
Let's face it my weight loss has been kind of slowing over the past few weeks. I'm upping my cardio. Today I was hungry all day (I estimate my calorie intake today to be about 277,004!!!!!(*4)). To boot, my first of many several midweek weigh-ins this week was not so stellar(*5).
What do I do!!!?? I CAN'T afford to plateau. Not NOW!! I'm THIS close to my goal! I, uh, you know...... simply CAN'T...UM... can we stop tape?
You know what? Here's the thing. I actually can afford a plateau. In fact, to be totally honest it would probably be more beneficial if I had one than if I actually met my goal (*6). I need to be able to take setbacks in far better stride than I have. Frustrating as they may be, plateaus are a part of weight loss. I often read blogs from SparkComrades about their plateaus.
While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating/ear-flickin
g/etc., there are two great things that can come out of negative thinking when dealing with a plateau. First, I can now plan a course of action for it if it happens (read articles, research them, learn from friends ,quack like a duck (*7), etc.). This would give me the ability to beat the plateau and be ready for future ones. I'm going to start researching them after this post.
Secondly, and more importantly, I can deal with the setback itself, if all else fails. I really want to be able to endure when the wind is in my face. While I know in my head that plateaus are a part of life, I want to be able to go through one and not let it get me down. That would probably be the best victory of all at this point.
Bottom Line: I will do everything in my power to lose my 4.6 pounds by New Year's Eve (plateau or not). But if I do end up hitting a wall before then, I will make the most of it.
(*1) Unfortunately its calendar had mid-November as the earliest reservation date.
(*2) Unless you're a dude, which would make you a SparkDawg ;)
(*3) Again, I say, "OOF!"
(*4) Give or take...
(*5) I know, I know.
(*6) but certainly not preferable
(*7) Just seeing if you're still reading. Not that I would blame you if you weren't.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
While at my first job out of college, I bought four new dress shirts (all neutrals):
* plain white
* dark grey textured pattern
* light grey micro houndstooth
* Black (really cool texture/material. At least a couple female co-workers felt the need to come up and feel it when I first started wearing it).
As all four shirts gradually faded in the elbows, I tried to replace them with exact/almost exact replicas. In late 2007, when I was hovering around 240 pounds, I finally found a light grey hound's tooth shirt just like my old one (except it had a button collar). I was psyched. Yeah, it wore a bit large on me, but hey, it was the shirt I was looking for.
Two years and minus 25 pounds later, it is no longer "a bit large on me". Frankly it looks ridiculous. Big, puffy and awkward (Like when the younger "freshman math club" brother borrows his older "senior captain of the football team" brother's shirt). Too much material, it just doesn't fit. While I have gotten rid of some of my larger clothes, they have all ultimately been thrown/given away because they were wearing out.
This is my first "fat" piece of clothing that I am getting rid of because, well, it's just plain too big. I guess I could get it tailored, but honestly gray is not a friendly neutral in shirt form (It's never gotten much wear). There are a couple more pieces on their way, but this shirt is definitely the first casualty of a SparkPeople success story in the making.
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