Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I'm in the midst of an interesting phenomenon.
To set this up, I'll give the background that I am NOW finally about six or seven pounds heavier than I was back in 2000, when I was generally pleased about my appearance. Because of strength training that I've been doing, I'm mostly back in clothes from that era. I am however about 14 pounds away from my goal weight. To date I've lost 20 to 22 pounds, depending on what day you read the scale.
My goal weight would put me inside the healthy BMI scale, but towards the mid-high end. Getting to my Y2K weight puts me right at the high end of the BMI healthy. My goal weight is what I recall weighing my senior year in college during volleyball season--I did play intercollegiate volleyball in the late 1970s and I wasn't a lanky string bean type even then. (I should find and scan & post a picture. It would be amusing - we had horrifying uniforms.)
So, anyway, I'm eating lunch with church friends on Sunday and one of them tells me I look great. That's nice. I like that. She then goes on to eventually ask how much more weight I'm planning on losing. So I give the 14 pound answer. Well, apparently, that's too much weight! Go figure. Then I start to hear about unhealthy weight loss. So I assure them -- by then it's the whole table participating -- that my goals are reasonable. Apparently it's unreasonable to think I could get back to a college weight at least from their point of view. I go on to mention that I am six or seven pounds above my Y2K weight, and that seems to appease the group somewhat. I also mention that there's at least one dress from 2001 that I used to wear, but can no longer wear that I would like to get into. But for some reason apparently I'm supposed to stop whatever it is I'm doing. And do what? Go on maintenance?? - Gain?!?!
Some observations/ponderings -
1. I'm actually living a more reasoned and reasonable lifestyle -- regular exercise, good judgment in food selection, lots of water, attention to sleep. I feel better than I have in a long time and I'm happy with the way I feel and look.
2. Why didn't the same folks let me know that I was gaining too much weight when that has obviously been going on since I broke an arm in late 2000? Why are these folks--not all of them--comfortable telling me that I need to stop losing weight.
3. Is there something about taking charge and showing postive results that is intrinsically threatening?
So, I'm alternately amused and irritated by this incident. There's absolutely no possibility of me ever losing 'too much' weight. I simply like to eat too much. Which reminds me, I need to drink some milk and eat a piece of fruit to get my calcium and fiber goals for the day.
Anybody else reading this heard something like this from your friends?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
My mission: In your SparkPage blog, write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating.
Boredom. Bored, bored, bored...wonder if anything's in the refrigerator.
Deadlines at work...too much to do...gee I think Ann has a large supply of chocolate in her office including Twix bars and Dove Dark chocolates.
Those two items - stress and being bored are two of my triggers for diving for the food dish.
I am happy to report that I have developed or more accurately gone back to some coping mechanisms for this. In the second case, the stress case, I try to go on 'walkabout' in the building to blow off steam and I'm careful not to stop by those offices with large supplies of chocolate. When things get particularly over the top, then I change into my workout clothes and go up to the fitness room and jog on the treadmill or get on the elliptical. This isn't always possible, of course, but I try.
Now the bored, bored, bored thing. Well the 'addiction' to the Spark site helps somewhat. I have been spending more time reading or working on crafts, or getting out of the house (I'm hardly ever bored at work, just at home) and spending more time with friends or getting out to walk.
Given that I'm a strong believer in moderation in all things, sometimes I give in to the stress reaction and get one, yes one, Dove Dark chocolate and enter it into my food log. When I'm bored, bored, bored, I haven't (yet) given into grazing. It helps that there's nothing interesting to graze on at home. After all can a bag of carrots really combat boredom?!?! They're all orange, no variety...how....boring.
Okey, dokey, homework complete. :-)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The calcium goal is definitely attainable with good planning. Breakfast is easy, because it nearly always includes cereal with either milk or plain nonfat yogurt. I added 8 oz. of skim milk to lunch and with the peaches coming in now, I'm making a 'peach shake' consisting of yogurt, a peach a little bit of imitation vanilla nut flavoring (1/2 teaspoon?) and 3 ice cubes in a blender. It's very tasty. That gets me real close to the bottom of the calcium range, and with other foods that have small amounts, I've done it. I have an 8 day streak going.
Now the old dress. It fits. It's a turquoise blue shirt waist and I've got the coordinating shoes to go with it. (Odd for me to write this, 'cause I'm definitely not a fashionista!) So I wore it to church on Sunday. I've worn it to church many times before, albeit several years ago. Well you might have thought it was brand new from the reaction I got. It wasn't so much the dress folks were reacting to but the obvious weight loss. What a lark!
So even though the scale isn't moving much, the inches are dropping and I'm extremely entertained by the reaction!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
In this phase of Stage 3, I'm supposed to blog about a 'trouble goal' I have. Writing this blog is a trouble goal, but I'm going to set that aside for the moment. Another of the action steps in this phase of stage 3 is to pick a mini-Fast Break goal and try to achieve it for 14 days. So, what to choose??I already drink more than 10 8 oz. servings of water a day -- have to else I'm prone to migraines. I'm doing well on servings of fruit & veges and good fibre breakfasts and I'm exercising regularly and mixing things up. So I took a look at other nutritional items in my diet, after chatting with a friend about osteoporosis. So, I went back and looked at my calcium intake. I need to do better. I pretty reliably eat a 6 oz yogurt each day, but that's not cutting it. So I decided yesterday to try to start a calcium streak. I made it again today - so that's two days running. Good for me!
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