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New Lease on Life

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Confession and Accountability Meter

I met with my doctor on Monday, and when I left had a better outlook on my body shape, weight and muscle. I asked him to put me on his weight loss program which includes blood work, EKG, monthly visits, body measurements, etc. He told me that he knew I struggled with the weight and in the past had actually gotten to 200, but then I faltered and gained some of it back. He asked me to keep a daily mood diary and to update it about 20 minutes after I eat. He requires daily nutritional and fitness tracking and this mood diary.

He also was very frank with me and told me that my legs were like tree trunks...muscular and my fanny was very tight and not droopy. He reminded me the tummy area is the LAST to go when toning up. He praised me for doing the bootcamp, but also warned me that my knees will not last if I keep doing step and bootcamp. I told him I was going to the orthopedic surgeon and getting ready to do the 3-series shots in my right knee. I also told him I would be starting water aerobics and pilates the second week in August (because we are entertaining out-of-town guests next week). He was pleased that I had come to that decision myself.

I was using another nutrition and fitness tracker, but it became so cumbersome trying to tying it all in, that I came back to SP's trackers. I can make mood notes on the nutritional tracking page and print all this off for the doctor when on my next appointment. The only negative is that my Garmin Vivofit doesn't sync to SP. (Hey SP if you are reading this, please link up with Garmin so their awesome watch/activity trackers sync with SP). So, I have to keep another log and transfer to SP.

So yesterday morning after I had labs done, I felt like I had a new lease on life. I know that sounds crazy...but I've been pretty depressed about my body size and weight this entire BLC round, and maybe last round also and it's because I SCREWED up my thinking and when I lost the 36 pounds in round 25 I thought I was KING KONG and could do anything I wanted. HA! Boy did I get a reality check when almost 25 pounds came back on INSTANTLY!

HERE’S MY NEW LIFE PLAN:

MEASURE and track everything before it goes in my mouth. Everything will be measured and nothing will be left out to graze or grab another bite.
I am going to TRY to eat as S-L-O-W as possible, which will be hard because I have always scarfed my food like it was going to be taken away!

FITNESS: Minimum of 30 minutes a day, whether it's in the pool or house, until I can get back to the gym August 3rd.

WATER: I already drink a lot of water....like 202 ounces or more, so that won't be an issue. But what I have messed up on is returning to caffeine.., so I’ll be weaning myself off caffeine….which means headaches. I am allowing myself one coffee mug of caffeinated and the rest has to be decaf.

BREAD: This is a trigger food for me, and evidently tears up my body, so even though the doctor's plan has a starch at almost every meal, I will make sure it is half of what is allowed, or none at all. Having no starch works well with my body and was evident during my DASH trials.

FITNESS: Minimum of 30 minutes cardio and strength, done in the pool or at the gym. NO EXCUSES…even if that means treading water for 10-15 minutes, at least it will be something.

Closing Statement:

I’ve been here before laying out my plans and for some stupid reason I get cocky and think I don’t have to have a plan and can just wing it. WRONG-O. I need a plan. I need accountability.

If you’ve made it this far without gagging, thank you for reading. This is for my accountability and a time log.


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  • RECOVERYMAMA
    You are inspirational!!! Congrats on coming back, glad you are here. Really nice to see someone else talking about accountability and progress. We can do it!!
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    1038 days ago
  • SHEENADEE
    Great plan! emoticon
    1044 days ago
  • SHARON2018
    You can and you will do it! You are persistent and motivated. No one promised this journey is easy but it is worthwhile.
    1079 days ago
  • EVER-HOPEFUL
    i like your dr.what was that he said about your fanny?didn´t quite get that my brain went on strike after reading the word fanny,lol.glad you got a new stream of motivation and especially accountablity.you can do this love .i know you can and you know you can.keep on keeping on you awesome beast emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1081 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Your plan sounds right on, but I would stay COMPLETELY away from trigger foods.
    1081 days ago
  • IOWALONEWOLF
    Completely get what you are saying No gagging here. It is hard to change habits and behaviors learned over a long period of time (years). I truly wish you well and hope that you can find the determination and willpower to succeed.
    1082 days ago
  • MOLLIEJEAN2
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    Sounds like you have a plan and you can do this.
    1082 days ago
  • LLIRIEL
    No gagging. You're right. Gotta have a plan and stick to it. I too get cocky and it all goes to hell in a hand basket..

    Some day I'm going to try the BLC thing.

    Thank you for the reminder. We all have to start over from time to time. I think it has something to do with keeping our goals fresh in our minds. When they get stale seems to be when I slip anyway.
    1082 days ago
  • BYEFATNANNY
    Sounds like you have it figured out right down of follow up with doctors. Stay the course and good luck with your knees. emoticon emoticon
    1082 days ago
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