1, 2, 3, GO . . .
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
In my Spark Coach lesson yesterday it talked about changing the things that got me to this spot to begin with. Of course, if I gave it too much thought, I could come up with a zillion reasons. The top reason most likely being that I eat too much!
At my Physical Therapy session yesterday there was a flyer about a weight loss program they are going to offer to the tune of $400. My therapist happens to be the one conducting the class and so I asked her about it. She tells me it is for people of any age that have tried to lose weight without success. Gee, does that sound familiar! I want to post a sign somewhere for SP. So my immediate response, thinking about my own top problem, was "Duh, I wonder if calories in versus calories out would ring a bell to any of them"! If you have been thinking of weight loss at all, you have to at least except this as a possibility and so it shouldn't be new to you. Her reply was " But there is so much more to it". She is so right. Thank you Spark People! ! !
So besides eating too much (I'm guilty as charged) I needed to think about what else got me to this place. When I figured that out I think it might be key to how to "get out of this place". Right off the top of my head I could come up with three things. They are not in any particular order of importance.
1. Night time snacking in front of the TV.
2. Social drinking.
3. Lack of exercise.
As many of you know I am in the process of tackling #3. I set up my fitness schedule. Deciding what I wanted to do and, thanks to one of my Spark Friends who pointed out from reading my blogs "why didn't I do what I liked", I was on a roll. Thinking of what I liked to do was actually the biggest hurdle for me. Once I figured that out the rest was easy. After all there are so many things we can do, but there are only seven days in a week that we have to fill up- LOL! I have discovered that my fitness plan is still a bit of a work in progress. Depending on how much pain I am having I have to be flexible. For example, yesterday after P.T. I was feeling pretty good and I went to the grocery store and then I was planning on going to Curves. Well, by the time I made it through the store I thought I wanted to die. Walking has become very difficult for me recently. So I never did make it to Curves, but plan on heading there today as it is a new and fresh and pain free day so far.
Tackling #1 will be my next project. At this time eliminating that night time habit isn't realistic, I don't think, as I have a S.O. who seems to feel that no night is complete without a night time snack. I love my DH dearly, but darn is can be a bad influence and I really suffer when my cupboards are bare. So after a trip to the store to stock up on fresh fruit, which is my favorite, I am feeling empowered to move forward another step.
If you are at a stand still, in your weight loss journey like I am, what step are you taking today to move forward?
I hope your day Sparkles!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
I had exactly the same problems as the 3 you listed! I used to enjoy a "toddy" every night and once my inhibitions were lowered, snacking on whatever I wanted was easy. I've been able to curb the drinks to one night a week (usually a weekend night as my "treat"). The other change I've found that works for me is to eat regular meals so I'm not as tempted to snack because I don't get hungry. But if I do get hungry at night, now I'll have a bowl of cereal with a banana instead of handfuls of nuts, or bowls of cheese curls! EEEK! And, hooping has really helped me too, something about that big momma massaging my innards has made me more regular and less hungry!
1711 days ago
I know the mindless eating thing - have you considered a hand project? crochet, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint? All those things keep you busy, but not eating. I've knitted a lot of dish rags - they are easy, a mistake doesn't matter (at least not to me) and it keeps my hands busy while watching TV or other things. I've also found that flying while knitting and listening to an audio book works well for me.
1712 days ago
Loved you r blog!
1. Increase strength training.
2. stay within calorie range. (I find it hard to eat ENOUGH calories, on many day)!
3. track my food ....this is the hardest one for me.
1712 days ago
Great blog! Love your energy!!!!
So far as what I am doing . . . . I am building upon a good platform.
I've spent the past year sorting things out, decreasing stress, listening to my body, changing my perspective about my journey . . . .
I am moving forward on my journey to health because I like where I am now, compared to this time last year. I want to continue to feel better. And I know I can with just a bit of decided effort on my part.
So, I'm working on 2 things:
#1 Portion control in a social setting is critical. Mindless eating & snacking is destructive and can un-do progress in short order.
#2 Keeping it moving . . . . when I don't move for a couple hours (like when I'm planted at my computer), my body starts to hurt. If I don't get it moving, it just makes it harder when I do try to move.
Let's do this!
1712 days ago
Wow, I think at that price the only thing that would be losing is my wallet.
I do keep Spark cards and hand them out sometimes if someone asks what I am doing to lose weight.
I am still trying to work on a fitness plan that I can stick with. There has been so much stress here that all I am consistent with is snacking. UGH!!
Steps to take:
1. Find a better stress relief than carbs
2. Dust off the DVDS and get moving
3. Continue to track and maybe even make it public...
1712 days ago
What a great blog! $400 for a weight loss class???! Who has that? And how will they feel when they spend that money and still end up stuck?! I often feel like I want to put up Spark People flyers... in the grocery store, my doctor's office etc.
it took me a long time to work on your number 1! It's definitely mental and having healthy snacks is a huge help!
I have a wonderful husband who just loves to eat, heavy, salty, sweet, all the "good" stuff!
It can be a challenge! You sound like you've got it! Here we go!
1712 days ago
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