What a shock to open up my email and find...pages of "You've Got Mail on your Spark Page"!!! The truth is that I was not feeling deserving of the title "Done Girl of the Day". I have not been exercising regularly...but I am trying to stay active. It has taken till this week to get off the sugar cravings...after the Christmas Cookie binge. True, I had lost some weight in the last few months, but the Doctor changing my Thyroid Medication may have had something to do with my loss. I have been watching what I put into my mouth for years but the scales did not budge, at least not in the right direction. "Down!" I had been going to the gym and doing a Water Aerobics Class three times a week...and Dancercise class too but the pounds just stuck to me like tar and feathers. September when I was sick the Doctor put me on Armour Thyroid and I have been doing better and started losing. Finally after all these years.
It has been quite a while since I have seen the 100's when I stepped on the scale. At the time I began this journey, several years ago I weighed 250 pounds. The journey has been long and slow...turtle pace....and a blind folded turtle at that !!! I sometimes lose direction and go backward ! ugh I have bought exercise equipment...some I loved, some did not love me....I even bought a push mower to mow my acre lawn in Texas heat. I have joined Curves, and Water Aerobics...and now the Wellness Center with Dancercise and Aqua Fit Class.
I have been on diets where your meal came from a mix that you drank..... High protein/low carb......Don't eat this and don't eat that diets, till I thought food was the enemy and just didn't eat. Well, I messed my self up and now I am learning to eat well.
I have learned a few things along the way which I will try to share here.
Exercise does NOT have to be boring ....have fun doing it.
Stay active all day....Vacuuming is exercising ...anything you do can be athletic if you choose.
Food is meant to be enjoyed....so do that.
Food is not the enemy....it is fuel with vitamins....minerals and lots of little things with big names that nourish your body to stay strong, to fight diseases, to heal.....so concentrate on what your body needs and not on what you can't have. Someone once said "If you do the dos you won't have time for the Don'ts. So true!!
Never tell yourself "No, you can't have that".....find a way to modify it so you can have something similar without destroying your health.
Eat something fresh, uncooked at each meal....fruit....salad.....veg
gies. They will satisfy the need for crunch....instead of Chips.
If you like Stir Fry, for instance lighten up the sauce, instead of the cup and a half of white rice you bed it on.....use brown rice and only 1/2 cup and lots more veggies. I promise you...it will fill your tummy and satisfy your taste.
Eat more simply...it is easier to keep track of. The more complex the dish the less likely you will to know the nutrient value or calories.
I guess what I am trying to say is enjoy life, all of it....the struggles as well as the pleasures.
I still have a long way to go. Today I am back to 200.6. 1.6 pounds from being in the 100's. It has taken me years to get to this place....but I got here. Then I will continue to another goal.