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100 healthy days

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Yesterday it was 100 days to midsummer eve – a holiday that is as big as christmas and easter in Sweden. When I noticed I took is as a ”sign” to go for a health project… not overeating and trying hard to stay motivated.

So – yesterday was day one. Experience tells me that the first day is the worst, follow by one-two days that are also hard but not as hard as the first one. Then comes days or even weeks of harmony and serenity. And then I start to obsess over my weight loss and make wild plans for the future. I start to try on clothes that has been to small and dream about the day I will have to buy new ones…

So a hundred day project is not a good idea. Still, I am desperate to break my bad habit of overeating at nights. I have tried a lot of things lately – eating dinner late, eating a lot of carbs at dinner, stop at 6 am (pm?) have extra fruit in the evening, drink a lot of herbal tea, doing crochet, going to bed… I have succeeded when I have been away from home or doing the crochet.

Yesterday the craving got overwhelmingly loud after 9. I fought it and planned to go to bed. Felt the failure closing in – and got saved by something I did earlier in the day. Had a meeting with a woman that I am constructing some projects involving female entrepreneurship with and I told her about my ”100 healthy days” and that it was supposed to end at midsummer… and I knew yesterday evening that if I ate something I would probably not make today without overeating either and then the project would have ended before it even started… that I told her stopped me from eating yesterday.

Hopefully this evening will be easier.

I shopped a weight belt yesterday – I am not heavy enough to sink in the water so I have to carry weights when scubadiving. That was an embarrassing experience at my diving course, since the weightbelt I was supposed to wear didn´t fit. I went into the diving store and asked them if they had weight belt for fatties like me and they said that they made them so they could make any length. So I asked them to make one two decimeters longer than standard and they did – no extra charge. I also asked about the swimsuit for tropical waters – do they make them for big women like me? And they do and it is not as expensive as I thought either. I will try to get money to buy one in may – I will not get one for swedish waters because I don´t plan to dive here except when it is very warm. But it encouraged me that there are suits that can fit me.

Going into a store where everybody is young and fit and ask for things that fit a fatty is hard – but the fact that I am 57 helps, because I have no time or patience to be shy about it. Earlier in life I would probably just have asked for a fitting belt and they would have to find a polite way to say that I would have one exclusively made because of my body size.. now I ask for the real thing and we can be very practical about it.

There were five people in that store when I left and they all looked at my departure and I am very sure that there were some comments about me after I have left. I am a little curious whether they were fun, nice or scornful, I prefer to think that they were nice… I really don´t care because I do want to be comfortable when I practise diving and now I got a weight belt that fits me so I am happy!

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  • SBATES63
    I am so in awe of you taking up scuba diving. Sharing your goal of 100 healthy days is a great idea. I always feel like I can't let others down when I tell them of such goals, like taking up running again. Keep living life to the fullest, you inspire others. Take care, Stephanie
    3549 days ago
    I have discovered that I do better on many day challenges if I jsut look at one day at a time. Mark the next number on the calendar and do the next day, mark the calendar and pretty sooon the 100 day s have gone by!!

    3550 days ago
    This is great! Customized swimsuits? In Sweden? Please do tell where.
    3550 days ago
    Thank you for sharing ALL of this. I can see that the 100 days will be a good thing to do, when I hit a plateau or run out of steam - so I'm gonna store that notion away for now and try to embed the baby steps I'm on at the moment.

    The whole diving thing is extraordinary and therefore totally inspiring. I swam on a coral reef a few years back; I couldn't get to grips with even the snorkelling so I just held my breath and swam under. It was amazing - one of the best experiences of my life. I wonder at the adventures you will have with your newly honed skills.

    3550 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2010 10:06:11 AM
    Give yourself credit:) There are younger, thinner people who wouldn't even try because of their fears. You're courageous, motivated, and adventurous. You've dealt with cancer and survived. You're making changes in your life to be healthier. And you do a great job motivating and inspiring all of us! Keep up the good work;)
    3550 days ago
    Oh! dear!
    Only too young and innocent have the luxury of being shy and taking into considerations things like what some guys in a shop would think of them.
    We are old enough to owe to ourselves the things we like and desire.
    What the h..!
    Go ahead , girl!
    Re night eating , maybe you don't need to fight it just know it exists and make over the rest of the day leaving spare cals for the evening.What do you think?
    K. emoticon
    3550 days ago
    And there is one... but not that explains ambivalence... you sound determined and well-planned here in the blog!

    My evening plan is to put some of my exercise in the evening, and to have my decaf as a treat afterward. And I do have a small planned snack in the evening... a cup of warm milk is one of my favorites, but often it's a piece of fruit, too. Now, on maintenance, it may become both.

    *hugs* and best wishes on your 100 days of good health! May you have one day of good health at a time... today, you can do it! emoticon
    3550 days ago
    Sounds like a good and positive plan with a great start. Good to have made yourself accountable to someone else beside yourself. Evenings are my worst time too and what you say is true of me - once I start I just slither further. I drink a lot of chamomile and vanilla tea in the evenings in the hope of sleeping early - if I'm really desperate I add half teaspoon of honey and console myself with how much worse it would be if I actually started putting food in my mouth. Hang in there & don't beat yourself up if you have the odd slip. Focus perhaps on how great you'll feel if you achieve this.
    AND . . . well done for dealing with the diving shop situation so well. I need to get to that point. emoticon
    3550 days ago
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