SILENTSGIRL's SparkPeople Blog SILENTSGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Falling Down, and Getting Up Again This post is extracted from a much longer one at my personal blog: - there are other, non-weight loss issues I cover there, and probably not of interest to non-Sparkers. <BR> <BR> <BR> The New Mantra <BR> <BR> My new mantra (shortened for Spark)? No regrets <BR> <BR> I come by this after realising that I was making myself miserable worrying about how I was doing things, what others thought of how I was spending my time, and whether I was fulfilling my “obligat... Fri, 24 May 2013 09:52:33 EST The Journey Continues I am in the process of getting healthy by changing my lifestyle. I’m moving more and making some different eating choices. I’m not perfect, and I’ll never lose my love for fried chicken and crab rangoon, but I need to learn how to incorporate those foods into my life without letting them ruin my life. My mother died at age 61, after a lifetime of struggling with her health. In most ways, I very much want to follow my mother’s example. In this way, I do not. <BR> <BR> The journey began i... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:09:23 EST Motivation, Motivation, Motivation It's where you find it. In my case, I found that when I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh-in, I had lost a stone since starting over (that's 14 lbs to the Yanks among us). Suddenly my craving for fried chicken turned into a desire to work out and see if I could keep up the momentum. <BR> <BR> Today, I paired cardio and strength training for the first time in more than a year. Usually I only do one or the other, either because I run out of steam or I'm just plain lazy. Today, becau... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:59:47 EST I'm on my way I'm almost back down to the weight I was when I first started this journey two years ago, so I'm headed in the right direction. I've devoted energy and time to finding tasty, interesting items (boredom is my enemy) that I can eat which will boost my protein and keep me energised, because if I can't keep my energy up, I'm in deep, deep trouble. Thank goodness my favorite beverage is water, because that's saved me in numerous ways. <BR> <BR> Part of my problem is that I don't cook. I don't... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 15:33:53 EST Why am I always starting over? I started over two years ago, and then again last December. I now weigh more than I did when I first decided that I'd gone "too far." I don't mind how I look, but I *do* care about how I feel. I'm tired all the time, and I'm so frustrated, with myself, with my abilities, and with the whole process. Obviously I need to exercise more to up those endorphins, but getting started, even wanting to get started, is a very high peak which seems like a dot from where I'm standing. Will I get there... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:05:03 EST Falling Off the Wagon with a Big Old Thud Today was my first workout since October 9. I guess I just stopped caring for a while. But getting back on track begins today. I'm back at beginner's status, so I did the DVD walk it out workout with the superb Coach Nicole, and I'll be back to my veggies low-fat items at suppertime. <BR> <BR> I guess that's why this is called a "journey" and a lifestyle change rather than a process that is ever completed. Those of us who are easily sidetracked by that annoying thing called "Life" need... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:43:04 EST Back Home and Back on Track As I predicted, I gained back most of the weight I'd lost on my Eating Across America Tour. You know what? I'm thoroughly okay with that. They don't have Olive Garden or crab rangoon in the UK, and for two weeks a year, I'm gonna have my treats. <BR> <BR> I swam nearly every day, used my resistance bands, walked a LOT and had a great time. For the next 50 weeks, I'm back on British food (which is lovely, but not the same as the fat-laden food of my homeland), and back to my regular routin... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 07:59:50 EST My First Month - Ten Pounds and Counting! On the eve of my big vacation (also known as "Eating Across America") I can record that I have lost a grand total of ten pounds. More importantly, I feel so much better than I have in months. I have more energy, I have a better outlook, and I even have teeny tiny biceps! <BR> <BR> The start to this journey has been amazing for me. Many years ago, I joined Weight Watchers. I lost 55 pounds that time around, but I was constantly and consistently annoyed by the perkiness of team leader, a... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 06:27:23 EST Three Weeks and Counting - Naughtiness Catches Up With Me I had a week full of naughty, I must admit. Eating out is a minefield of temptation, and I can maybe manage it once in a week without hurting my numbers, but I ate in a restaurant of some description three separate times this week. Add to this the fact that I over-extended and was too sore to exercise a couple of different days, and you have some disappointing figures for the weigh-in. Amazingly, I still lost, but not impressively, and my waist size actually went up. Boo. <BR> <BR> Her... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 06:32:22 EST Week 2 - Surprise, Surprise It's such a simple combination - eat less, move more. "Simple" does not mean "easy," however. <BR> <BR> I've found in keeping track of my foods that I don't eat a great deal, but the things that I love, small as they are, pack a devastating wallop in the calorie department. That delicious Starbucks Blueberry Swirl cheesecake? 555 calories per SLICE. That's more than a whole meal should be, ideally. Even forcing myself to take infant-sized bites, I'm done with it in two minutes, and ... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 04:40:30 EST That First Eye-Opening Week So, I had my first weekly weigh-in. I dropped a little bit in weight, and I can honestly say that I'm already feeling much better than I have in months. That was the most important thing to me to begin with - I was missing my energy and stamina, and they're starting to come back just a tiny bit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went to the market for the first time in more than two years. One of the things I love most about my husband is that he actually *enjoys* doing the grocery shopping; a tas... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 03:07:32 EST It Should Be About Health It doesn't have to be about looks. I wish it were never about looks. If we weren't constantly inundated with impossible-to-achieve images of women who look like 12-year-old boys, it *wouldn't* be about looks. The women that little girls so heartily wish to emulate are only that emaciated due to self-starvation and/or drug use. They are *not* healthy - they are only thin. <BR> <BR> I'm okay with my appearance. I've got womanly curves, big blue eyes, a mane of luxurious, curly hair and ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:07:30 EST