Sunday, November 10, 2013
This morning I was on the telephone with my best friend and fellow Sparker. We lamented the weight each of us had gained and shared our views of what factors had contributed to the weight gain. As I've previously mentioned, for me it's constant fatigue fueled by lack of sleep. For my friend, it's lack of time and eating on the run.
By the end of the conversation, we agreed it was time to take action. Together, we set two simple goals:
1) MAINTAIN our body weight through the holiday season. Lord knows, it's tough to peel off weight in a food-laden environment. We recognized this, but also realized it's important to eat mindfully and exercise moderately throughout the holidays.
2) Lose 10% of our body weight starting in 2014. We decided to make it a contest. We are recruiting friends and family members to join us. The first person to achieve this goal gets a prize. We have no idea what the prize is outside of bragging rights, but that's okay.
Two simple, realistic yet challenging goals.
After I hung up the phone, I made up a menu for the week and went to the grocery store to shop for the ingredients. As I write this blog, I've got baked chicken breasts in the oven and two different types of soup simmering on the stove. It's enough food to freeze and pack for lunch for the next work week. I also have the ingredients for several tasty salad recipes and a really luscious but low-fat dessert. After weeks of inactivity, I took a one-hour walk yesterday.
I am feeling much more confident and motivated about my ability to make this happen. When I combine these behaviors with my renewed dedication to blogging, I'm hopeful that I will be able to stay focused.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
They say weight maintenance is forever and I couldn't agree more. For the first time in over a year, I've gained a significant amount of weight. What's worse is that when I noticed the weight gain, I took measures to reverse it and ended up gaining more. If I could point to one or two things I'm doing, it would be simpler, but I understand there are several contributing factors. For me the best step is to figure out what the heck is going on and taking steps to reverse it.
1) I am dining out more. Conferences, luncheons, fundraisers, socials.
2) I am not exercising enough.
3) I'm tired all the time and it's messed up my exercise
4) Menopause--night sweats and hot flashes are messin' up my sleep patterns contributing to my fatigue.
5) I don't wanna mess up my hair. (Yeah, I know this is stupid, but I'm being honest with myself.)
1) Return to blogging more consistently
2) Hit the gym 3x a week and exercise at home 2x a week
3) Restart the food diary
4) Plan your meals in advance
5) Exercise more vigilance when dining out
6) Be patient and forgiving with yourself
7) Pay attention to your water intake; take your vitamins
8) If you are still fatigued--set up an appointment with your doctor. (Thinkin' I might do this anyway)
9) Cut your hair so you don't have to worry about it during workouts
I have put on 7--yes 7 pounds since early October. Is this what menopause does? If I had been overeating with abandon, it would make more sense, but I haven't, so to gain this much this fast has been bewildering. My clothes are getting tight and I have no wardrobe safety net. I am not buying a new wardrobe in a bigger size.
The pain of overweight is back with a vengeance. It's seven pounds but when I look in the mirror, I see 20. I am now 24 pounds away from my goal weight. I'm getting tired of struggling with whether or not to lose more weight. My mind is made up. Clearly I need to lose the 7 pounds I gained, but why stop there? I've found a new resolve to identify what's keeping me fat, remove those behaviors and get down to the business of dropping the weight.
With the holidays fast approaching, I need to do whatever I can to avoid gaining additional weight and maybe even peeling off the seven pounds. I've even cut my hair to remove that barrier to fitness! By regaining consistency on SP, I will get there.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Do I wanna lose 17 pounds or not?
I ask myself this question all the time. The answer typically depends on what day it is and how fat I feel on said given day.
One year ago, I lost 50 pounds and have successfully kept it off. I'm proud of that, but my original goal was to lose 67 pounds.
There are so many advantages and disadvantages to staying at this weight or dropping more and I can't seem to commit to either decision.
1. BMI will go from 27 to below 25.
2. Slimmer, look nice in clothes
3. More physically fit
4. Less fat around waist
1. Cannot lose unless daily calorie intake drops to 1,200 a day
2. Cannot lose unless exercise averages @ 300 minutes a week
3. More sacrifice of time and energy will be needed
4. May be hard to maintain
5. Already spent lots of money on new clothes in current size
The biggest challenge is that I like the way I look now, although I'm still slightly overweight. But I've noticed over time, that I've become less satisfied. Now, the last 17 pounds are nagging me, yet I'm not motivated to make the necessary sacrifices to drop them.
So my indecisiveness continues.....
Monday, September 09, 2013
My class reunion was fun, fun, fun and my hard work paid off. I looked and felt the best that I had in years, but I learned something important. Once you've been out of high school for 30 years, some of the stuff that used to matter becomes unimportant. Our cliques have virtually disappeared because no one cares anymore.
Yes, it's nice to look good, but it's even better to be alive and healthy. Some of my classmates have survived incredibly difficult life circumstances and were quite candid about the good and bad parts of their lives. My classmates told me about so many of their struggles including:
Raising a special needs child
Spouses/significant others battling serious illnesses
Children with cancer
Like I said, open, honest conversation. We also had classmates who:
struck it rich
earned Ph.D's and other professional degrees
traveled to exotic locations
took up unusual hobbies
As the weekend continued, one thing became clear: we are all in this together because when we were 18 years old all 421 of us walked across that stage as one class to pick up our diplomas thirty years ago. Nothing will ever change that. In fact, we all had so much fun at the reunion, we've decided to get together in 5 years instead of 10, which I think is a great idea. Nothing like a group of 100 people pushing 50 trying to behave like teenagers.
Now that my reunion is in the rear view mirror, I've got major work to do. I've gained six, yes, SIX pounds in the last month. I've paid a price for all the seafood, summer barbecue, alcohol, rich desserts and skipped workouts. Maintenance is no joke! This morning, I packed my gym bag and will hit the gym this evening no matter how tired I am. Here we go!
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