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Changing Focus

Friday, May 22, 2015

I collect stickers.

It started when I quit smoking. I used to walk into CVS and walk out with stickers instead of cigarettes (now you can't buy them there if you wanted to!), and it got a bit out of hand. People gift me with them, I buy them everywhere, and I just...I have a lot of stickers.

I didn't know what to do with this large collection after it got large, so I decided I would write letters, smother them in stickers and send them to people. I committed to one letter a day, and I did that for probably 8 or 9 months, but then my Baby Boy died, and I could barely commit to living, let alone anything else.

I also decided I had to do something about the Indiana and quitting smoking weight gain. I realized I had to put my priorities in order and then live by that order, and sitting on my rump writing letters didn't jive with the weight loss thing.

I then made a pact with myself that I will only write a letter when I meet my step goal for the day. Between walking to and from work, going to the gym (walking there, too), and traversing a university building for bathroom breaks, it was pretty easy to meet the 11,000 goal for myself.

Once I moved back to DC, I still was meeting my step goal, but not as much. I was at home, so I could use my recumbent bike all day long if I wanted to.

Then, I got my old job back, and that was the second-to-last nail in the coffin. There just isn't that much walking to do there. It's too far to walk, the bathroom is closer, my files and the printer are nearby, so even filing or printing one page at a time isn't doing that much for me. I would go home and use the bike, but often, I'd just have too many steps left to get there. I was meeting the goal once a week.

And this week, the bike broke.

Not broke-broke. It still pedals, but it makes a loud knocking noise that is untenable for me. Note to anyone who knows anyone or is in the DC area--I'll give it away if you come pick it up. I'm planning to put it on Freecycle. It knocks, but I bet someone with a small amount of mechanical knowledge could open it up and fix it. I'm just not that guy. PM me if interested.

So now. Now...what a shame. I've been taking the doggie on long walks, but that's still not enough, either. My step goal is as elusive as the butterfly tiptoeing past T-Bone's door.

But then, a shred of hope. The Washington Post gave me the justification I needed to alleviate my Glow Getter Guilt:
www.washingtonpost.com/p
osteverything/wp/2015/05/1
5/take-off-that-fitbit-exe
rcise-alone-wont-make-you-
lose-weight/


So I'm moving on. I want to write my letters. I love my letters. I need to use up my stickers or I feel weird buying more. I'm behind on my correspondence. It took me a month to finish my last letter (in fairness, that was the Mack Daddy of letters. It was a big letter). I no longer have to get 11,000 steps to be allowed to do it.

My new goal is that I can write my letters if I get less than 1500 calories. Weight loss is 80% diet, right? That's what "they" say!

And it's attainable to my new lifestyle, at least until I get a new bike.

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  • KALIGIRL
    Love the idea!
    1147 days ago
  • EYES_ON_THEPRAZ
    great idea! 11k is tough! I am lucky if i get 7k on a normal day and lucky to get 10k even with a workout planned. and that's with walking the dogs, too! I have to force myself to walk and living in LA it's not feasible to walk to work or anything. I owe you a letter! I need to use my stickers, too!
    1152 days ago
  • AUNA_VISTA
    I hope you get another bike soon! emoticon

    Despite what the article says, I think that people who exercise are better off than people who don't and that exercise can help us to lose weight or not gain weight in the first place. Childhood obesity became a problem when gym classes were cut and recesses were taken away. That tells you something! It's essential that we move our bodies.
    1152 days ago
  • CHERRY-TREE
    PS I just took a quick look at the article.
    It says exercise alone won't help to lose weight... and that caloric intake (and what foods we pick) is the culprit.

    Going by my recent insights (yes, yes, in part from the HAES book), dieting / following all kinds of rules to try to lose weight do not work EITHER... I tend to believe the research outcomes that state that over 90% (some say 95%, others say 99% and the book says 99.99%) of the people who lost weight have it all back after 5 years, sometimes gained weight too in those 5 years. The HAES book states that our body will compensate for eating less calories later on, in the long run.
    (I read the criticism on Linda Bacon... but I still think some of her overall conclusions are quite sensible also if she (like many other authors) 'bends' the outcomes of studies to fit her goals).

    So maybe nothing works really, if the goal is weight loss. And it DOES matter if we exercise or not. Not for weight loss but to improve health: for longevity, cardiovascular health, blood pressure, healthy blood sugar levels, avoiding certain diseases, and so on and so forth!
    1152 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/23/2015 6:01:04 AM
  • CHERRY-TREE
    Maybe to start, you could say you can write a letter if you have eaten 5 servings of freggies per day?

    And find ways to move your body that you really like (though maybe not as much as writing the letters?)
    1152 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/23/2015 5:53:14 AM
  • SUGAR0814
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    1152 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    PS: i see a new bike in your future!!

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    1152 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2015 9:37:20 PM
  • A_NEW_CHAPTER
    Really great to hear that you're doing something that will fit your life rather than trying to force your life to fit some "program", I've been sort of doing the same thing - I just looked back on my life (when I was thin) and I'm trying to live like that - walking more, eating better and trying not to stress about it too much (for a change)
    Hope you can find a new bike!
    1152 days ago
  • ACCEPTHECHLNGE
    Interesting article that I totally support, although, I will keep on using my fitbit. It tells me at the end of the day how active I was and if I should increase (or not) my activities. The days I play golf, I have no trouble getting my 15,000 steps in, as I walk most of the course. I am back on cutting my daily calories, again, (estimated by SP to be between 1220 - 1550) although, I rarely reach the top of that estimate., unless I eat out and have a glass of wine.
    Brenda, we, both, will probably always struggle, and have to, always, watch what we eat. I, already, worry about that week, when my kids, their spouses and grandkids descent on our house, late June/early July. No matter how hard I try, I will weigh more, once they leave. We have to learn to control the different circumstances that come along in our daily life. I have learned a lot over the years, but there is still room for improvement.
    1152 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Paragraphs 14 & 15 are the key here:

    ... Working out will make you healthier and less susceptible to disease. No matter what your size, even 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity that breaks you into a sweat five times per week will substantially improve your health and well-being. Do what you enjoy ...

    But if weight loss is your goal, your diet is what really needs to change.

    So very true! The weight and inches I have lost have come off with caloric reduction.

    I am lazy and am the first one to admit it. I did not make any lifestyle changes that I was not willing to live with for the rest of my life. I am willing to do walking, stretching and yoga, so I didn't commit to exercising more in order to get additional calories.

    You'll figure out what works for you and then you'll do it!




    1153 days ago
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