Sunday, August 18, 2013
A few things to share. I stopped at a second hand store today to buy a few sheets for my friend in Alaska; she has a massage business, and uses the sheets to cover her massage table, There was a big display of jeans on sale, & I had to look. Surprise - found a pair size 18 that fit. Other size 18s did not fit - way too small; but these did! How many (many!) years since I bought pants this small???
Co-workers have been giving me second glances, noticing that I look different, and complementing me. One, who lost a lot of weight 5 or 6 years ago on a liquid diet and who has gained it all back and more, asked me what I'm doing, and so of course I told her all about Sparkpeople. It's hard for her to work up emotional energy to try again, but she says on the last Monday in August she's going to start working on losing weight. We're going to provide each other with mutual support. I'm really happy about that. There are a few folks at my workplace who are carrying a lot of extra weight - it would be wonderful to see them get Sparked!
I am way over my August goal of 6 hours per week working out, and I'm using heavier weights for strength training. I'm up to 15 lb dumbells for some exercises - soon will need heavier.
A very interesting thing - MORE PROTEIN! If my calories break down to 30 - 35% protein, 15 - 20% fat, and 50% carbs (fruit, veggies, beans, & a little grain) I feel Much Better. Stronger, less inclined to snack or binge, more satisfied; and steadier weight loss. I'm eating an awful lot of chicken breasts, waterpack sardines & tuna, and other fish. I eat a lot - before Sparkpeople I was eating maybe 1100 calories most days, then a 2500 calorie day once a week, and gaining weight on that; it seems strange to eat 1600 or more calories a day every day and lose weight. Of course I was not getting nearly as much exercise before - 3 times a week at the pool for an hour at best.
I found a tailor who will take in all my too-big pants for me, so I don't have to buy new. She does good work, and I like supporting a local business. It costs less to alter these than to buy new, and I hope to retire in a year or two, so why buy more work clothes?
My family and friends are well, there are no pending disasters that we know of, and I am thankful.