Sunday, June 09, 2013
Okay, my goals for this round of the Biggest Loser Challenge here on Sparkpeople are:
I will follow the Nutrisystem plan. That's pretty much it because I do know it works. When I am on vacation I will make every attempt to follow the days off plan and not go off the rails. When I am in a new city and faced with a local treat, I will not be so rigid that I won't try something that doesn't fit on plan. I want to be a "normal eater" and for me that means being able to try something new and decadent and then get right back on my plan. I believe that is the key to maintenance and I want to have those keys!
I will get at least 300 minutes of exercise each week. This will include the Pilates I do every morning for my back issues but I will strive towards getting 300 minutes without the Pilates.
I will work towards doing strength training 3 times a week. I love strength training and don't know why it's such a struggle for me to develop and keep that habit.
I will continue to reach out and help others, both online and in real life. I find that by helping others, particularly with regard to their weight loss efforts, I strengthen my own resolve. It almost seems selfish but it's really a win/win!
I usually don't like to set time-based weight loss goals. I figure I can only control the areas above and my body will do what my body is going to do. With that in mind, I'd like to lose 20 pounds over the next 12 weeks. My start weight for BLC was 185.1 so I would like to be at 165.1 at the end. I will NOT consider myself a failure if I don't make it! Hopefully, I will weigh less than 185.1 at the end. If not, I will look for the lesson and see if I can learn it.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Since February 9 I have been without wheat or other grains. (I remember the date because I had just come home from a girls' getaway!) I did South Beach phase 1 for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks I felt so good I started reading and researching some other ways of eating. I read about Paleo, and read "Wheat Belly." I decided that in phase 2 I would add oatmeal, then maybe brown rice and see what happened. I also decided to give up wheat as long as I could.
Sunday, we ate "whatever" lunches from the freezer. I found a small container of Moroccan chicken (turned out to be chickpeas) with spinach. After I reheated it I saw that there was about 1/2 cup or so of whole wheat pasta. I was hungry so I decided to eat it and see what happened.
At first, nothing happened. I ate lunch. Once late afternoon hit I was ravenously hungry so I ate a snack of almonds and some baby cucumbers as I fixed dinner. I wanted SWEETS, not nuts! I fought this urge to eat some skinny cow ice cream cones we have for DH and DD. Then I was in the pantry looking for chocolate we don't have. I finally realized it must be the wheat, because I haven't had a single craving since February 9. I have eaten beans/legumes in that period quite frequently and they do not trigger cravings for me. By sheer will I made it through the day without giving in to any cravings
I felt awful the next day. Headache, tummy issues that I won't go into. So, my conclusion is that wheat is not my friend.
I feel "normal" now, whatever that means for me! I have no intentions of testing that out again any time soon!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Last week I found myself at Kroger on the way home from work. Not an unusual occurrence at all, but I was prowling in addition to picking up forgotten items for dinner. Truthfully, I didn't "need" anything for dinner. I was there for a fix. Something sweet, carby, something I hoped would ease my stress. I ended up eating a kind of stale, cold apple fritter in my car in the parking lot so my daughter wouldn't see me eat it. Now, I've never had a drug habit, but I felt like an addict as I inhaled this thing. I like an apple fritter, but they are best warm and fresh, not 10 hours old and cold.
I was eating carbs, mostly healthy ones but with an additional refined friend, at every meal and some snacks at that point. My calories were way up (even on a day without a fritter) and I was even eating too much fruit on a daily basis. I did not reach 300+ pounds from eating too much fruit but no one needs more than one banana on any day in my opinion!
I realized I had come to rely on sweets and carbs like an addict relies on a drug. I also realized I could very easily regain a lot of, if not all of, the 100 or so pounds I've lost if something didn't change. I knew I would have to go cold turkey to get rid of the intense cravings, and I would need a plan to put healthy carbs back into my life.
I decided to return to the South Beach diet and really work it. I began phase 1 Feb 9. This put me on day 6 yesterday, Valentine's Day. I teach 2nd grade and kids LOVE to bring candy to their teacher. Mostly the inexpensive kind, which I knew I would be ab;e to resist, but sometimes you'll get a really nice box.
Yesterday I got 2 inexpensive boxes, one nice box, a REEEAAALLLYYY nice assortment of truffles, a cupcake, a bajillion suckers, and lots of small candies. I thanked my students with lots of hugs as they brought them, let the items sit on my desk until the kids went to their ancillary classes, then offered them up to coworkers.
I ATE NOTHING!! I had my planned snack of cherry tomatoes and a cheese stick, drank a lot of water, and chewed a stick of gum. I made it through on plan!
The best gift I got? An insulated clear glass with a lid and a straw (kind of like a Tervis tumbler) with a few individual candies in it. Brilliant! This student is the 4th on the family that I've taught, so the family has seen me lose quite a bit of weight. I don't know if that played a part in their decision, but it was a brilliant gift!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Iíve been struggling with what my DECIDE will be for the BLC Just Do It challenge. I feel like it has to be something huge but thatís my own interpretation. Iíve decided Iím going to call it my procrastination with signing up for walks. I walked the Komen 5K 8 years ago and since then Iíve been saying Iím ďgoing toĒ sign up for this 5K, that race, etc., but I never actually do. Since about November Iíve been talking to some friends about the upcoming Colors in Motion 5K here in Houston next month. Yesterday I FINALLY started a team and registered DD and I for the race! My BFF at work is doing it with us with her oldest 2 boys, and all of a sudden there are about 6 others that are interested. I am happy that Iíve ďjust done itĒ and sparked interest in others at the same time!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
I do NOT set time-based weight loss goals. I know that my body will do what my body is going to do and I really can't control that. What I CAN control is what I eat, what goes on in my head, and how much I move, so my goals are based on those things.
I have a goal of a 100 day tracking streak. Yesterday was day 15. There are 84 days in 12 weeks so that means I will track my food every day. Even the 2 days in February I will be in Austin with the girls. That won't be pretty, but I'll track it.
I always eat a ton of fruits and veggies, so I will continue that. I will also continue to follow the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique. This focuses on eating healthy, actual food and minimizing processed, man-made stuff.
I will spend time each day engaging with like-minded people to help keep my positivity and motivation up. I will blog once a week. I will comment on the blogs of others. I will offer encouragement when I can. When my motivation wanes, I will remind myself that commitment is more important than motivation. I will take steps to show I am committed: I will go for a walk, blog, plan a meal, or go to a WW meeting.
I will schedule my workouts using the calendar on my ipad. I already scheduled the workouts for the coming week, looking at what we have going on as a family. I usually get up at 4:30 to do some positive brain work and have decided that i will do the cardio exercise during that time on days when I have cardio (Tues) and on days DD swims (Thurs). My strength training will need to be after work since I do ChaLEAN Extreme and don't think I can lift that heavy without eating first. I may try tomorrow. I can do cardio on an empty stomach but lifting as heavy as she wants me to, I think I need fuel.
I always set a monthly exercise minute goal, excluding the inflated Sparkpeople number that comes from my Fitbit. My January goal is 1300 minutes. I will get better about rewarding myself when I meet the monthly goal. I have no clue what my reward is for January. Probably a new piece of clothing, or some new workout shoes.
So, there is my plan!
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