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Combating the Inner Rebel

Thursday, July 05, 2012

This morning, I woke up in a completely defiant, whiny mood. I didn't want to blog, make a smoothie, write down anything I ate, exercise. Nothing. I just wanted for all of it to go away and for me to be able to just be lazy and do nothing but sit around eating my favorite foods.

So I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted today and to not exercise. First order of business; a trip to McDonald's for my favorite morning sandwich. But something funny happened at the drive thru. When it was time to order, I got oatmeal.

All of the rebellious bravado I had just an hour earlier--gone. I gave myself permission to eat the sandwich and I turned it down. What happened?

The only explanation I have is that while I was in line I asked myself a simple question. How will you feel after eating the sandwich?

I reminded myself how hard I've been working and that I've come too far to start backsliding. That mediocrity is not enough when it comes to lowering my blood sugar; I have to excel. I thought about the list of artificial ingredients I'd be consuming and was that something I really wanted to do. In a three-second nutshell my answer to this lightning fast series of questions was "It's not worth it." The sandwich was not worth the angst I would feel, the calories I would consume, or the tricks it would play on my blood sugar.

I wanted something that was part of my plan. Something that would not make me feel bad about my food choices. My old friend, oatmeal, fit the bill.

I don't know how the rest of the day will go, but my inner rebel is calm for now.

  
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MPLANE37 7/6/2012 12:47AM

    Congrats! That means your transition to a healthy life style is working!

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FITPRIS 7/5/2012 10:51PM

    And that is exactly what it takes!

Is it really worth it? Good for you!!!

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KRISZTA11 7/5/2012 2:53PM

    Well done : )
Oatmeal is my favorite too, no food makes my body feel so good as oatmeal...
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TACONES 7/5/2012 10:42AM

    Great job fighting the rebel in you. Yes, we feel sick after we eat the bad foods so it is always best to do what is right. emoticon the rest of the day as well. emoticon

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Six months on Program

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

In the last 24 hours I've done two things to rekindle my sagging motivation. I watched the movie Forks over Knives, which is now playing free on Hulu.com. I also printed a "Couch to 5K" workout plan.

The Forks over Knives movie intrigued me. It features the work of two renowned researchers, one a doctor and the other a scientist who wanted to learn more about how to prevent heart disease and cancer. Both researchers concluded that a meat-based diet created an environment in our bodies that's ideal for the growth of cancer cells, while a plant-based diet discouraged their growth. America wasn't ready for what they had to say. One researcher was marginalized by his peers, many of whom advocate a low-fat diet that includes meat, dairy and cheese as well as plant-based foods.

Like many Americans, I find their conclusions compelling, but I know that I won't ever become a total vegan. Eliminating meat, dairy, oils and all processed foods is a radical dietary change. Still, I'm open-minded enough to agree that part of the problem is that we're not ingesting enough of the foods that discourage the growth of cancer cells or plaque in our arteries. Instead of discouraging the intake of less healthy foods, I think we need to be encouraging healthier food choices.

The conclusion I drew from this movie? Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Minimize intake of fatty meats, salty and sugary snacks and processed foods containing partially hydrogenated corn syrup or whatever that stuff is. Exercise.

The movie did succeed in helping me regain my focus on WHY I'm doing this program. To reduce my BMI to 24.9 (I started at 34) and to get my blood sugar under control.

The second thing I did was go outside and walk/jog nearly 3 miles. I printed a couch to 5K workout schedule. I'm not crazy about running, but this plan seemed doable because today, most of my movement was walking dispersed with jogging for 60 seconds at a time. I realize that I can't just walk out my front door and jog 5K. I need to work up to it. I don't know if this is something I'll stick with or not, but it's perfect on a day like today where I'm off work, the community center I workout at is closed, and I have the time to do it.

One other thing I realized is that I haven't been cooking enough. I need to get in the kitchen and start bangin' my pots and pans around. So today, I'm going to get some menus together and go shopping for those ingredients this weekend.

In the meantime, I need to get dressed and get out of the house. I want to visit some really cool museums today before I go to the fireworks show this evening.

Enjoy your 4th of July!

  
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X5X52000 7/5/2012 3:50AM

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MDWSTRNR 7/4/2012 2:49PM

    Thanks for the tip about the movie being on Hulu. I've read about it; now I can watch it! We are flexitarian and try to be picky about our meat. I think cooking vegetarian is a lot of fun - so many flavors, and if I hold off the oil I get to eat what seem to be absolutely huge amounts of nutritious food. Have fun in your kitchen!

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BARBAELLEN 7/4/2012 2:35PM

    Well, your mojo really isn't disappearing, is it! I tend to lose serious motivation when I think I'm looking okay enough. At that point I kinda keep focus, but just enough to not GAIN. Thanks for this blog. It's a reminder for me to go back and revisit the pictures I've saved of "inside-the-body" fat. That always inspire me. I know that sounds gross, and it is. But, unfortunately, I forget that the fat is not only on the outside, and I need to keep reminding myself that this journey is not all about appearance.

Cheers!
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/4/2012 11:08AM

    I just got that movie from Amazon, going to watch it soon. I heard that it was really good and informative. I could see myself going vegetarian sometime but I'm just not there yet...

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FITPRIS 7/4/2012 10:59AM

    Nice!! I'm glad these things helped you!!

You never know where motivation/inspiration will come from.

Be Safe and have a wonderful Independence Day!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/4/2012 10:57AM

    I agree that we need to focus on eating more healthy foods, instead of focusing on what we shouldn't be eating - people just don't want to hear that! If we all ate our recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, we'd have a lot less room for snacks and unhealthy stuff. And we'd start feeling better, which would help curb the intake of unhealthy stuff anymore. It would become a positive cycle!

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SKYE_WOLF 7/4/2012 10:15AM

  Thank you for posting - this is very helpful!!

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Finding my Mojo

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

About a week ago, I noticed a troubling trend. My motivation to continue my healthy choices feels like it's almost gone. I've tried all the usual ways to retain it: reading blogs, trying on outfits, trying new recipes, changing up my workouts. All of that stuff. That magical feeling I had about doing this program has left me.

But I'm still here. Tracking my food. Recording my workouts. Blogging.

What's so different this time?

After six months, some of this behavior is turning into habit. It's hard to get excited about habits. No one blogs about "Yay, I brushed my teeth today. And FLOSSED too!" No, because it's part of your day.

For me, I get up in the morning. Shower and get dressed. Fix a smoothie. walk the dog. Blog a little. Pack a lunch. Go to work. Go to the gym. Come home. Fix dinner. Watch tv. Go to bed. Occasionally, to break up the routine, I go out with friends. But my life as an empty nester is simple.

What I've discovered is that I found a way to inject my healthier habits into my daily routine. Now, there's nothing exceptional about doing this day in and day out. Hence, my boredom.
Do I feel like quitting? No, that's not it at all. I think I'd feel "funny" if I didn't keep up with my routine.

The question I have for myself is that it's easy to stay on program when things are going smoothly, but what happens when things are stressful? So far, I've faltered, sometimes fallen, but I keep getting up and just slip back into my routine.

My plan is to figure out a hobby or something to distract me during this journey. If I've got something else on my mind, then I won't get too preoccupied with feeling bored.

Onward and downward.

  
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DIBANANA 7/3/2012 4:13PM

  I don't suppose you found my MOJO while you were looking?

I'm so proud of you. I admire your tenacity. I see you doing what I should be doing and it helps to keep me going. There is hope that it can be done.

You are doing so well.

Congrats on it becoming the norm!

Diana

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TACONES 7/3/2012 11:24AM

    I find this team to be helpful when I lost my mojo...check it out to see if you like it.

http://www.sparkpeople.c
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Swimming

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Today, to shake up my exercise routine I went swimming at the local community center.

I loved the water as a child, so my mother enrolled me in swimming lessons. I made it all the way through the Red Cross' "Swimmers" class which was the last class you took before junior lifesaving.

As the final test I had to jump in the deep end of the pool fully clothed, remove my jeans, fashion them into a flotation device and tread water. During the test, I clearly remember thinking "This is for the birds." I quit swimming lessons afterwards and over the next 30 years, there were several summers where I never got in a pool.

But today, I didn't care about any of that. I didn't care what other people thought about how I looked in a swimsuit. I didn't care that I was out of shape. I just wanted to do a few laps in the pool. It was a tough workout! I could only swim the length of the pool once without having to stop at the edge to catch my breath. It was pitiful, but I was in the water and making it happen. I ended up doing laps for only about 20 minutes before I went on to other pool activities.

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So if you are bored with your workout, think back to something you enjoyed as a kid and go do that. I've reclaimed my love of water. I won't be going every day or even every week, but I will go swimming again sometime soon, I know.

  
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FLEURGARDEN 7/2/2012 8:46AM

    I loved swimming as a kid too, and then didn't get into a pool for a few decades, other than a few times to just splash around. Swimming laps always seemed easy to me, until I tried to do it again last month. Like you, I discovered how out of shape I've gotten over the years. I need to start swimming more often to build up my endurance again.

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MDWSTRNR 7/2/2012 12:01AM

    Way to go! :)

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BARBAELLEN 7/1/2012 11:54PM

    I have three pools close to home. The one at the university is overflowing with coeds. The Y is used largely by male business associates, day and night. The third is Michael Phelps' pool, so it's now THE place to swim. Sooo ... NO WAY am I going to be seen in a bathing suit at any one of those places! Unless I'm at the pool out of town, I'll have to settle for the hose in my back yard.
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SPARKLE1908 7/1/2012 7:15PM

    I don't know how to swim but I am planning on taking a water aerobics class at my gym...great job getting back to what you loved as a child!!!!

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LADYGSC 7/1/2012 5:54PM

    emoticon since I've been visiting my son in NC, me and my daughter-in-law either go to the pool for some water exercises or swimming or go and work out in the gym. I love the water exercises and plan to continue when I return home. Keep on sparking and be blessed!!

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The Drudge Report

Saturday, June 30, 2012

There's a blog on the internet named the Drudge report. Although this blog is named after Matt Drudge, its politically conservative founder, for me the word drudge means the boring, menial, day-to-day mental and physical activity that goes into losing weight.

No one promised this was going to be a picnic. It's so easy to write about a pound that's disappeared, improving blood pressure, new clothes. But then there's the day-to-day routine that sometimes feels like watching paint dry, plants grow, or the carving of Crazy Horse into the Black Hills of South Dakota.

It just goes on and on. Sometimes it seems like nothing is happening. Other times you see a big loss on the scale, but when you look in the mirror, the same overweight image is staring back at you.

Spark people does an amazing job of trying to keep its members interested, motivated and engaged. But the truth is, you are not always going to be "motivated, dedicated--sir!" Sometimes, the "rah-rah" attitude is going to disappear and then what do you do?

You keep going.

Keep on keepin' on.

Just do it.

Ain't nuthin' to it but to do it.

That's all you CAN do. Keep dreaming about the body you want. Keep reminding yourself why you're doing this. Keep eating the healthy foods and trying new recipes. Keep rewarding yourself for every 5 or 10 pounds lost. Keep the focus. Keep that mustard seed of faith that what you are doing is working and that you WILL get there. Keep reading and trying new exercises. Keep supporting other members during their struggles and victories. Keep on movin'.

Intellectually, we KNOW this is a marathon, not a sprint. But sometimes, when the road ahead stretches on forever, its easy to look around and see nothing. But, eventually, you WILL get there. After months and months, maybe a year or more of drudgery, you will find yourself there and rejoice in your victory.

It took me six months to lose 34 pounds. I need to lose a total of 67. I still have work to do. But if I was able to make it this far, I know I can drudge my way to the finish line.

Keep on Movin'!
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Crazy Horse Memorial
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SPARKLE1908 6/30/2012 9:22PM

    Excellent and truthful blog....thanks for sharing...

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SONYALATRECE 6/30/2012 5:38PM

    The reality of committment sets in like being a newly wed, then the honeymoon's over. In the end we must stay committed and we reap the fruits of our labor. This is how I see it.
Best wishes always!

~Sonya

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MDWSTRNR 6/30/2012 10:46AM

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KOMTRIA 6/30/2012 10:12AM

  I am reminding myself daily that this is learning a new life style so I need to do what I am willing to do forever. Yesterday met my hubby for Chinese lunch. Dinner was then fruit and a small piece of cheese. If I think this is a diet I will be waiting for it to end and it will be a drudge.

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