Tuesday, January 22, 2013
This is my second attempt to rejoin Sparkpeople after a break to do some sinning. I tried to rejoin the first week of January, as was planned, but somehow slipped off-track again for another two weeks. I didn't eat too badly but seemed totally unable to make myself exercise (my on-going problem that I have not remedied in three years of SparkTrying--I just hate, hate, hate to exercise.)
But I didn't come out too badly, yesterday's beginning weigh-in showed that I had gained 4 pounds in six sloppy weeks--for me that is good, believe me, other Holiday seasons have been much worse!
I am about 55# over a healthy weight and if I lose 4-5 pounds a month (currently losing 6# per month on my current Spartan regimen) this is the year I should be able to reach my goal. Also, having completed two 5% challenges I will now need to lose only 9# in two months to meet the next challenge--as opposed to 11# my first time--so that will also be doable on a less drastic meal plan. I have been really brutal with myself over this last seven months before my break. I know my program does not appear extreme to younger folks, but I am a 64-year-0ld (though I don't look it, teehee) arthritic with lupus (translation: much fatigue and pain) and it has been very hard for me to maintain, and I need to work out a more realistic, achievable plan. I decided to slow down my weight loss a bit by adding about 150 more calories of food each day--rising from an average of 1150-1250 a day to more like 1250 to 1350. I have added another veggie to both lunch and dinner as well as a half-ounce of unsalted cashews, a very healthy fat.
When I actually do exercise, I have worked myself up from walking 1 mile to now being able to do 3-4 at a clip, as well as becoming noticeably stronger from my hit-and-miss strength training, so I hope the additional muscle and exercise will off-set the added calories, so that my weight-loss is not slowed more than 20%-25%. If I fail to lose 4# a month, I will have to give up my cashews (sniff.)
I realize that there is nothing of interest in this blog to any other SparkPeople. Sorry, I am writing it purely as a means of committing myself to my new plan. Well, bang, I'm off!
May God bless and protect all of you and strengthen your efforts to steward the body He gave you.