Monday, January 13, 2014
Today was my first day on my friends and family "Biggest Loser" challenge (January 12 to July 12) and it was fairly routine. I returned to my regular eating program, which consists of the new eating habits I acquired when I lost weight the first time around. The only thing I added was a 25 minute walk during lunch. It doesn't sound like much, but considering I've been relatively inactive for the last couple of months, it was a big step in the right direction.
I checked in with a couple of friends today and they have joined Weight Watchers, joined an area gym and are dieting hard. Quite honestly, I want to give my regular program some time before I resort to hard dieting. I'm just not motivated to make drastic changes to my eating habits right now.
What I did do was spend the weekend grocery shopping and cooking up a bunch of recipes at once. My thinking is that having delicious food in my fridge and freezer will prevent me from wasting time, money and calories dining out. So I made chili, pizza with turkey pepperoni, chicken noodle (& veggie) soup, baked chicken, an enchilada casserole and a Sparkpeople dessert. I also bought some clementine oranges and a bagged salad.
Hopefully, by exercising more consistently and keeping a food diary, I can lose a significant amount of weight by spring and summer.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I've been away from my blog for awhile and not paying attention to my eating habits. After a year of maintaining my 50 pound weight loss, my weight has been creeping up. So what happened? LIFE. Pure and simple. It's a waste of time to overanalyze why. The REAL question is what am I going to do about it? The answer is I'm going to pick up the tools that helped me drop my weight to begin with.
Last January, I started out of the gate like a bullet; I went on the south beach diet and shed 7 pounds in two weeks. Trouble is, once I returned to my "normal" habits, the weight reappeared. This year, I plan to focus on the smaller stuff--eating more fruits and veggies and exercising 150 minutes a week. Because I've been inactive for several months--I'm going to set a modest goal to walk for 30 minutes 3x this week and build up from there.
I am also doing this with the support of family and friends. We've set up our own "Biggest Loser" contest and our weigh in was today. I have set a modest goal to lose 10% of my body weight by the end of the contest. Six months is plenty of time to lose 10%.
If you are in the same boat as me; welcome or welcome back to Sparkpeople. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle--not a sprint, but a marathon. Best of luck on your weight loss journey in 2014. Together, we will find success!
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.
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