Sunday, August 21, 2011
Yesterday I was leafing through a stack of old magazines at the gym. Looking for some entertainment on the elliptical. (A lot of the ladies at my Y take in reading material to recycle and share and I do too, from time to time).
The January 2009 issue of Shape had an interesting article about six people who'd collectively lost 300 pounds. I didn't recall it: it looked new to me, and maybe a source of a few new ideas or tips. So I picked it up.
But there it was inside the front cover -- my handwriting. My notes. Clearly made in May 2009 when I'd joined Spark People!
What had I written down?
My username: WATERMELLEN. And password. The sparkpeople.com website address.
The two teams to which I'd been assigned on registration: SP class of May 10-16/09, and people over 50 with 10-24 pounds to lose.
I remember what I then weighed: 172. That's not written down. But the SP goal weight is noted: 155. And the target date: September 6, 2009.
I'd also jotted down my starting measurements:
Neck 14.5 inches.
Waist 32.5 inches.
Hips 40.5 inches.
Thigh 23.5 inches.
And: I'd written down "Spark People's Nutrition Tracker". Which was probably the key piece of information, because that's been the most important tool to lose the weight. (Other than the SP community, of course: the wonderful people here. But I didn't know that then!)
In May 2009, I had a record of successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance. I had taken off 80 pounds between June 2001 and February 2002, going from 230 to 150. Susan Estrich's "Making the Case for Yourself" was the inspiration that time.
And up until late 2008 I'd kept the 80 pounds off pretty steadily for some six years. Maybe never going below 150, but never going above 155 either. (My blip up in early 2009? Comfort eating, my old nemesis, triggered by a serious health scare). So: 155 should be doable, I remember thinking in May 2009.
What about the time frame? In May 2009, I also remembered that the first 60 pounds had come off pretty quickly. I had got down to about 170 by November 2001. But after that it took four months to lose the last 20. So: losing 17 pounds by September 6 was about right.
And I did. Reaching goal weight by August 15.
Yesterday I weighed myself after my workout on the Y's professional scales: just a smidge over 137. Holding steady. And I measured myself when I got home:
Neck: 12.5 inches.
Waist: just under 28 inches.
Hips: 37 inches.
Thigh: 20.5 inches.
There have been some ups and downs, of course, since May 2009. I was back at 163 in January of this year.
And with the help of the Beck Diet Solution (thanks SLENDERELLA61) tackled learning to think like a thin person . . . which has made a difference. Is 137 what Beck would call my "lowest maintainable weight"? That remains to be seen, but I've been there without more than a little swing for several months now. And I'm not looking to go lower.
This is the weight I was in high school and university.
The January 2009 issue of Shape magazine? An heirloom, obviously. So I tucked it into my gym bag and brought it home again!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Left work early . . . wanted to get home and see Charlie before heading to the golf course.
The cicadas are singing, the sun is warm, the sky is blue . . . . now where's that husband of mine??
Time to get started on the weekend!!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Checked out my fridge last night to see what needed to be used up: and found 5 large organic sweet potatoes, half a large bin of baby spinach, celery, carrots, a green pepper, a red pepper, and half a yellow pepper.
In the cupboard: a can of crushed tomatoes, a can of black-eyed peas, a can of black beans. Dried onion. Cajun seasoning.
So . . . I slow roasted the sweet potatoes last night, slipped off the skins this morning (Charlie loved them) and pureed the potatoes with the tomatoes in the food processor.
Simmered 5 stalks of the celery with the half bag of baby carrots, some of the dried onion, and lots of the Cajun seasoning until soft. Briefly steamed the baby spinach in the same pot, then pureed all of this.
Mixed the simmered veggies with the sweet potatoes/tomatoes and returned to the pot to heat and mix the flavours.
Finely diced the bell peppers. Thoroughly rinsed the black eyed peas and black beans. Added to the pot and brought back to a simmer. Added a little water, adjusted the seasonings (some more Cajun, a little salt).
It's delicious! And: gotta be nutritious. That will be my soup this week, a generous serving for supper every night.
Now: to the gym!!
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I'm really enjoying "Mind Over Mood" by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky. It's sold over 750,000 copies so clearly I'm a late fan . . and there have to be lots of people here on SP who've discovered it before me.
The intro is by Aaron Beck, father of cognitive psychology AND of Judith S. Beck of "The Diet Solution: Train your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person".
Basic process to uncover the thought/mood connection:
1. Identifying the situation in which you experience the strong mood, eg while at work and speaking to an employee, or while at home and receiving a phone call from a friend etc. etc.;
2. Identifying the mood (one word: sad, mad, anxious, excited, ashamed, etc.) and rating how strong it is;
3. Identifying the automatic thoughts that give rise to the mood, including especially the closely linked "hot thoughts";
4. Identifying the evidence that supports the "hot thought";
5. Identifying the evidence that DOES NOT support the "hot thought" . . . or the mood;
6. Identifying the alternative of balanced thoughts that challenge the mood;
7. Rerating the strength of the mood.
So: not just "power of positive thinking" but more along the lines of actually changing how you feel by changing what you think.
I'm thinking: not a "moody" type, particularly, but this will still be a valuable tool for me. By training and by personality, I'm all for examining the evidence!! No question, the Beck Diet Solution approach was very effective for me, and continues to be effective, in managing weight loss . . . and so why not broaden the cognitive psychology approach to other areas of my life?
Anyone else who's tried this and cares to comment??
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