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Friday, January 18, 2013

I feel this is like one of the many Mondays I have experienced over the past decades. I get on the scale and think OMG, what have I done in such a short period of time. I had become accustomed to the weight gain and how I looked, no matter how much I despised the look. I kept my unhealthy look to myself thinking no one else notices. I have family who were concerned but I did not allow talk about "my Weight'. My daughter is one of my biggest allies in bringing me to realize I should not be embarrassed by the image but be happy with the person who is the image.
She has been very successful in her journey and is helping me to keep focused with my struggle. She bought me a pedometer called a fitbit one. It is hard to believe how much this gadget has kept me in line. I don't want to have it tell me to get moving, faster',etc. I like it when it sends me certificates for things I wasn't even aware I had accomplished. I climbed ten flights of stairs and it "told" me then proceeded to ask can you do 25?. Doesn't let you stop.
So here I go again. I got on the scale after more then a week and I finally lost a couple of pounds. Yippee! Nothing big deal but it was a step in the right direction. Let someone talk about "my Weight" and it will be OK. I find that instead of it being negative, I enjoy hearing about what others are doing on their journey. How can this help me? I hear of some of you who simply said, say what it is and what you did/do to eat incorrectly. Don't put a name on it, just say I did it. Then get on with correcting the behavior to the best of your ability.
If you are not tracking what you eat, Why not? It is so simple on Spark there really is not an excuse. how simple can it be other then to have someone else do it for you. Don't do that! You need to have ownership for the food you eat. Just like you need ownership for the exercising you do. Be proud of what ever you accomplish, no matter how big or small. This includes your food intake and exercise.
Here I go. I am going to be proud of the choices I make. I know not all are going to be the best for me and I will give in to guilty pleasures like everyone one seems to, but I will know I made the choice. Hopefully I will give more intelligent thought to these decisions before they are made.
Mondays will occur once a week as always, but hopefully will not carry the disdain they have in the past. emoticon
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BAMAJAM 1/22/2013 12:37PM

  How fortunate you are to have a daughter to "coach" you and to be your cheerleader! My son is one who accomplished weight loss, and he is now very disciplined when it comes to food and exercise. Moments when I weaken, I think of him and I decide to choose healthy habits. . .
Yes, be proud of the choices that you make! Thanks for this blog!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/20/2013 1:52PM

    Nothing to be ashamed of - no matter what direction your weight is going. If only we could all learn to drop the shame, the embarrassment etc this journey would be so much easier on all of us! No one is perfect and the person who judges us the hardest is always the person in the mirror. Congratulations on the loss - it is a great feeling to be headed in the right direction.

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TXMEMAW6 1/19/2013 10:24AM

    What an awesome daughter you have to care enough about your health to get you a Fitbit. I've heard that they really keep you moving. I'm wishing you great good luck on your weight loss journey. Keep up the good work!!

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JILL313 1/18/2013 9:39PM

    What a wonderful and very caring daughter you have to encourage you to take better care of yourself hence seek healthy ways to lose some excess pounds. I would like to have a Fitbit and plan on buying one in the Spring when they have the wristband FitBit Out. It should help me like you be on our "toes" and get to moving more. Good for you for using the Nutrition Tracker consistently and I agree with you why not if you really want to be accountable for everything you put in your mouth. In this Journey I have gotten lazy about using it a few times and then I really underestimate the calories. It is a great help for us to know exactly how many calories we're consuming and plan ahead for the day/week what we're going to eat to stay within our calorie range. May there be continued Happy Days & Mondays of WL Success. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/18/2013 9:30PM

    Great blog! Yes!!! Accountability is one of the major keys to success on our journeys to better health. Isn't it awesome that your DD has been such a major player for you in this journey? Glad the FB is such a motivating tool for you. I just got mine and am still figuring it out. So far I've not synched with SP b/c of computer issues, but it can still record it all on my fitness tracker. Happy to hear you feel like you are making progress! That's another building block. Have a great weekend and week ahead. Jeannie

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BELDONDOG1 1/18/2013 8:53PM

    Amen to that! We all have to be accountable for our actions no matter what phase of life we are in. I do own up to my choices. Believe me, it was MY mouth that kept eating since my birthday in Oct and then Nov and Dec. I put on 15# That Monday morning WI made me think that my scale was not working. But of course it was working, just not as well as my mouth had been.
But this year is going to be better. The fitbit is not a gadget for me since my knees are stiff and hurt badly when I do too much walking. But it sounds like it is going to be a wonderful helper for you!! Keep at it and the results will be amazing! And you should be very proud of your daughter. It is so great to have someone in your corner that really cares. You are one lucky man!! Noel

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