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Looking Back: Challenges and Successes

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today's SparkCoach program was a great one. It's the one called "Looking Back and Staying On Track" and if you've already done it, I recommend reading it again, maybe even weekly.


So yesterday .... sigh. Mondays are the days when I get my life in order, usually. I spent two hours returning phone calls and reaffirming the contracts and appointments for this week, another hour probably arranging my schedule of private lessons, mystery shops, and story hours and music classes for the Little Bear (thank heavens for the Grandbears, who are happy to shuffle him off to his "Stowy Howy" which he's really starting to love.)

He's still feeling puny; that much is obvious, since all he really wanted to do yesterday was "rock with mommy" and he didn't want any breakfast or lunch. He had Kindermusik last night so I wanted to make sure he got some sleep beforehand, so I used most of my afternoon free time to cuddle him. So that left me only about an hour to work out and/or dance -- which I of course blew off so I could nap and read. Sometimes a girl just has to sit back and read a cozy mystery -- but that time could have been better spent actually STUDYING. Sigh. (In any case, my tactic worked, and he was really good in Kindermusik, listening to the teacher and playing along with most of the activities.)

Because I was so busy yesterday I didn't find the time to eat much of anything either, so by the time KM was over, I was starving! We stopped by J Gumbos and I picked up some Gumbo (700 calories or so, to give me my minimum for the day) which filled me up for about 45 minutes, and then I was hungry again. Hubby hadn't cooked on Sunday, so there were no leftovers and I moped around thinking, "I really want some food." There were cookies, but I wanted something salty and heavy -- melted cheese on toast or maybe a cheese pizza! Or even cheese and crackers. Drool.

We managed to get Little Bear in the tub, and let him play in there for a while, so by the time he was out, dried off, and lotioned-up, it was story time again and I'd lost interest in hunting down food. We read a dozen Curious George books before bed, and I rocked him for another half hour or so before he kicked me out. I went back out into the kitchen thinking I'd have a glass of wine, but I had sparking water instead because, well, I figured "don't blow it with wine just because you think you're hungry."

So yay me! Of course, my success in not overeating salty foods is contingent upon us not actually having salty foods and carbs in the house. Had there been any decent cheese or homemade bread, I would have been a goner.


Little Bear watches the moon outside his window at night. He's especially fond of the Crescent Moon, which he can say very clearly, and I think it's his favorite shape right now. But I also think he's figured out that I bake bread on the Full Moon, so it's starting to take on a special significance too. I usually just throw it in the bread machine, but I think this week I'm going to make the dough in the machine and then make a round loaf -- "Mother's Bread" my grandmother called it. Let's hope Mother won't eat it all herself :)

I'm slightly smaller today -- the size 6 jeans are starting to fit not so snug, and according to my crappy scale I've lost maybe a pound from last week. I'm going to call it a pound, even though it might be slightly more. Actually, I think it's about time I maybe invest in a new scale. I have a sinking feeling that mine is about 3 pounds off. (The one at work consistently measures me 6 pounds higher than home, but I figure 3 pounds for clothes. That's fair, right?)

Today is supposed to be a run day, but that ain't happening probably, because I have an afternoon hair appointment and still have to film my dance for my class tomorrow. Maybe I can sneak in 3 miles -- I'll see how I feel when I finally get home. There's a knit-along I want to join in, but I need to stop by the new store to see if they have any suitable yarn. I'll have to time myself. I could EASILY spend all day in a yarn store. Plus I don't really want to sweat TOO much in my new curls :)


Back to Spark Coach: What has worked for me:

1. What has worked for me in the past, to lose weight, was to maintain a 500-calorie differential between calories eaten and calories burned. That's REALLY hard to do when you're active, especially considering the Spark formula assumes I'm only "moderately active" -- HA! maybe when I'm in a COMA! I feel like I burn calories just THINKING about exercise! I certainly have the appetite of an athlete. I am considering dropping this to 300 to see if I still maintain some weight loss. I think I want to lose a little more. Just a little bit. Probably less than 20 pounds though.

2. What has also worked is not trying to work out EVERY DAY. I followed that Couch to 5K program TO THE LETTER -- NEVER missing a run -- but it was only 3 days a week. I looked forward to those days, actually. I think scheduling LESS works better for me, because I tend to do more than the minimum. I also need a dedicated program -- like the C25K. When left to my own devices, I will make excuses and blow off what I'm supposed to do. With a dedicated program, I won't be so tempted. Now I just wish I could find the earphone controls to my ipod! Without them, I can't really listen to the Podrunner podcasts :(

3. What also worked for healthy eating was making sure I had at least 2 servings of fruit and veggies daily. If I aim for two servings, somehow I end up with more than that.

4. YOGA -- every day. And at this point, I probably need meditation. Om!
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    Sounds like you're doing fine. We are all in need of those discoveries of what works for me and I'm so pleased for you that you seem to have isolated yours. Be aware that things like that change. When I was 35 to 45, I could lose pretty easily just by counting calories. Around age 45 it shifted and cutting calories wasn't all I needed to do - I had to exercise more along with it. Be open to review and re-examination.

    Does Little Bear know the Goodnight Mooon book? That would be fun right now with that big old moon out there. emoticon
    1675 days ago
    Wowza!! You are a busy kick-butt woman! I admire your strength and perseverance. And I *LOVE* your realizations of what has worked for you. To be honest, it almost sounds like something I would write! It's just a matter of figuring out a plan/program that is more focused & that will fit for you to keep on moving forward. I know you can do it!
    1676 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    wow you are busy my friend! Good for you for not caving to something you shouldn't have (actually good for you for not having it in the house!)

    you are doing awesome
    1676 days ago
    Sometimes life happens and twists our schedule around, but you made it work and that is really the goal. Congrats!
    1676 days ago
    Best wishes!!
    1676 days ago
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