Saturday, September 15, 2012
"With a vengeance'
a. with force or violence.
b. greatly; extremely.
c. to an unreasonable, excessive, or surprising degree: He attacked the job with a vengeance.
OK. Eliminate the violence, but keep the force, the greatly, extremely, surprising degree....That is where I am once again.
This blog is going to be long...so get ready.
First of all. I have to acknowledge the fact that I have been really out of control for the past several months. A couple of short lived attempts, but overall, I have been eating WAY too much. I would wake up each morning, hating my body, and what I have allowed it to become. (I'll address that later) and pray for motivation. Then one morning, when I was feeling particularly low about this area of my life, I got an email that the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) was starting up again. So....I signed up. As it was, day one was Sept 12. And we were scheduled to return from Europe on Sept 11. Serendipitous?
So I have begun the journey once again. I joined the team and am a member of the Courageous, Copper Cougars. Pretty fitting for a redhead over the age of 40, don't you think? I am sticking to the team goals and challenges for the next 12 weeks. And I am determined.
I was making a pot of soup at 4:30 am. (Yes, jet lag/sleep pattern is still screwy) And while I was making it, I wondered WHY did I not follow through 30 years ago? When I had only 40 pounds to lose? WHY did I allow myself to regain weight over and over and over again? WHY didn't I take care of my body all along? And you know what? I have no answer. It just happened. I stopped being mindful and let it happen. So now. Starting over and setting (mostly the same) goals and an eating plan that will work for me.
First thing, and it is IMPERATIVE is that I track the calories. No matter what. Keep a daily record. NO excuses there. I have to do it. Now here is the rest of the plan.
* 1500 cals/day. Works for me. I should lose about 2 pounds a week at this point in time.
* PUSH those fluids.
* Eat primarily a plant based diet....LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies- SO thankful I live in CA where we have year round farmers' market, and in a small city with a Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Elliot's Natural Foods, and a Costco that is now carrying organic foods!
* Only buy meat that contains no hormones, antibiotics, and from a halal or kosher grocer
* All dairy without hormones, antibiotics, and eggs from free range chickens.
* Avoid ALL genetically modified foods
* Cook at home. Only allow eating out once a week at the MAXIMUM. And I don't even expect it to be that often....except for my lunch dates with friends!
* Keep a low cal (cabbage, pumpkin, or veggie) soup in the fridge at all times.
* Use my Blentec regularly
* When we eat out, NO buffets.
* Bring what *I* can eat to pot lucks, and stay away from others' items that contain processed foods.
* And did I mention track my calories?
OK. Now that is the eating plan. What else am I going to do? We got a personal trainer at the gym a few months back. And the last time (in May) that we went, she had me do something that I knew was bad for my knees...squats on a slant board, using my weight as resistance...and I did it anyway. I could barely walk for several days. And they have never been the same since. I took a 2.5 mile walk yesterday, and they were killing me so much I could hardly get on or off the toilet! My left foot was seriously injured with torn tendons a few years back, and with the weight I have gained back, it, too is screaming at me all the time. AND, with all my abdominal surgical scarring, I have to be very careful with certain exercises to strengthen my core.
So with limited use of my knees, an achy foot, and without the use of abdominal muscles, what does that leave me for exercise options?
* The pool. Swim at least 5x week. It is heated, and right there outside my kitchen door. Boring as it can get sometimes, it is what I need to do. I am ordering water aerobic CD's to see if that will help.
* Walk. But limit my distance each time to a mile or so. And try to avoid going down stairs or steep declines until I get more weight off. Going up is fine.
* Get to the gym, use the bicycle and weights for upper body strength. At least 2x week.
* Try Zumba while I am there? And of course modify it. (The yoga classes offered there have instructors that do too much floor work, and I come home with swollen knees every time)
* Stretch, stretch, stretch.
* Starting a weekly square dancing class Monday nights. How bad can THAT be? (I wanted to restart folk dancing, but no classes anywhere in our area! And contra dance is about 25 miles away...)
* Participate in the BLC exercise challenges, but modify them to fit my current limitations.
* Limit time on the computer to 2 hours a day. That is MORE than enough to blog, email, and to participate on FB and Sparks.
* Blog here at least weekly. Post gratitudes daily. Post in the Cougars thread a minimum of three times weekly.
* Spend quiet time alone every day....whether it be in silent prayer/meditation, in the pool doing my movement meditation, chi kung, or in the massage chair...take care of me.
* Phone a friend at least 3x week
* Lunch or other social event with someone other than my hubby at least once a week.
* Volunteer work at least once a week.
OK. Did I miss anything? We are going to India in February, and my goal is to be down forty pounds by then. THAT is doable. It is pretty ambitious, but doable. I am off to a good start, and again, vengeance is the word.