Saturday, May 12, 2012
Hard to believe . . . and it slipped past me . . . but May 10 marked my third straight year here on Spark.
At that point I was recovering from breast cancer surgery, waiting to start radiation treatment, and had permitted my weight to creep up from 155 to 172. Fifteen extra "pity party pounds". Still down from my original high of 230 in 2001. But I was determined to halt the trend right away: particularly because my cancer was the estrogen positive type that is most likely to recur with weight gain . . .
How lucky I was to find SparkPeople! This site turned out to be a great place to peel 'em off again, dip a little lower (142) and learn how to maintain: with the help of Susan Estrich (Making the Case for Yourself), Judith S. Beck (The Diet Solution); Steve Siebold (fatloser.com) and an absolutely dazzling array of Spark People resources: articles, exercises, recipes . . . . it's endless.
JOPAPGH joined the same week I did . . . and he's still here, going stronger than ever with his running and other fitness activities.
Others have come and gone . . . but regardless of the ebb and flow, it's the cast of thousands of amazing Spark People members which remains its greatest asset!!
Those of you who have helped me most and are still here do hear from me often . . . I won't name you for fear of missing any one of you, , but you know who you are.
I do most sincerely appreciate all of your support and all of your wisdom with this most difficult challenge of all: MAINTAINING!
I'm pretty sure it's never going to be "natural" or "easy".
I'm pretty sure I"m going to have to track what I eat every day for the rest of my slim life. (And thank you, SP, for the best and easiest to use Nutrition Tracker).
Too much trouble? No it's not. That's a sabotaging thought. Nutrition tracking takes about 3 minutes a day. That's all. Not as much trouble as lugging around all that extra weight 24/7.
And besides: I'm pretty sure that if I ever stop tracking, I'll balloon back up to 230 pounds in about 15 minutes!
Not happening. I'll be here next year. The year after. And the year after that.
And I will continue to maintain within my range . . . that's my commitment to me.
My commitment to Spark is to continue to offer to others whatever support I can that may be useful, paying forward all of the support so generously extended to me.
YAY SPARK!! What a remarkable worldwide community!!
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I got up this morning and looked in the fridge and didn't eat the chocolate mousse cake left over from DH's birthday April 29. Ewwwwww. Time to throw it out, really. (He's not eating it either: but he IS fitting into his size 34 waist jeans, down 8 pounds. Looking very good!!)
And I didn't eat any full fat cheese, or peanut butter, or buttered toast with jam. (Had an omelette with low fat feta, asparagus and mushroom: less than 200 calories)
Went to an early morning meeting. Did not have a cinnamon bun or a giant blueberry muffin or a lemon Danish. All of which looked fabulous. Slid them across the table so they didn't smell quite so tantalizing. (Had a black coffee).
Stopped to pick up my newspapers at the convenience store. Did not buy a bag of potato chips, of course not. Did not buy a chocolate bar, of course not. Had a piece of gum.
Went to work, ate my salad with lean chicken and chopped fruit for lunch. (Did not eat even one Oreo from the bag sitting on the counter).
Went to a cocktail meet and mingle (business) at the end of the work day, which is arsenic hour for me when it comes to HUNGRY and had a plain clamato juice, no alcohol. No hors d'oeuvres either, and they looked terrific. Little crunchy things and yummy looking stuff on tasting spoons . . . and like that! Chatted, socialized, and left when it was getting unbearable!
Stopped at the drug store to pick up contact lens fluid. Did not buy a bag of potato chips, of course not. Did not buy a chocolate bar, of course not. Did not even think about it, or at least not very hard.
Went home, heated up in the microwave and enjoyed a bowl of "this week in soup": black bean and sweet potato, very spicy. Had fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with fat free sugar free Greek yogourt for dessert. Did NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT that chocolate mousse cake. Which is still there. Did have a low cal hot chocolate.
Did not eat any peanut butter. Or cheese.
There were quite a few other things which I DID NOT EAT.
My my my. Do I feel virtuous! And slim!! Now: what do I feel like wearing tomorrow????
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Last evening I was eating a bowl of airpopped popcorn with a drizzle of warmed lowfat peanut butter.
All planned, tracked, within my calorie range.
And: with at least a cup left in the bowl I realized: "This is delicious but I've had enough."
So: I put it down the garburetor before I could just sit there picking at it till it was all gone. Even though eating all of it would still have been well within my calories allowed. I didn't really want it. And I really didn't want to feel stuffed.
Big deal? Shouldn't be, should it. But I can't recall ever making this kind of decision before.
Abundance. Satiety. All done. I'm going to think about this experience over the next week or so and see if I can recapture it as appropriate.
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