Group photo
Author:
ROOBYBEGONIA's Photo ROOBYBEGONIA Posts: 728
5/19/10 7:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm completely with you, Reign.

I've managed to get on top of the BP issue (with medication, but what the heck) finally, and now I'm working on being active on a regular basis. It's not as easy as it sounds - but I make myself do SOME kind of physical activity each day. That can range from gardening to Costco, or walking around the neighborhood. I had done pretty well in getting my stamina up and then the sinus infection and medication issues really knocked me back a few weeks ago.

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host. -Dorothy Parker
My Blog: ostridoodle.com/wordpress


 current weight: 178.0 
296
255.75
215.5
175.25
135
REIGNWATER Posts: 431
5/19/10 7:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for highlighting this. I'd seen it but not truly paid attention.

For myself, I am really trying to keep healthy/blood sugar/etc as the goal and weight loss as the bi-product. This means I don't have a number. Maybe someday that will change. I'm not sure how, using my method, I'll know when I've arrived. But I'm no where near arrival now so I'm ignoring that issue.

I too, worry about those who focus on picking a certain date to reach a certain weight. So much can happen to throw that off. Then what? In my past I would have given up, and curled up in a corner with large quantities of ice cream. It's having a tight goal that led to bulemia when I couldn't measure up.

For now, for me, I'd sooner be totally unclear whether I'm the fastest, slowest or the most static loser. I'm getting healthier and at this point, I'm losing weight as a result.

ANN5497's Photo ANN5497 Posts: 1,591
5/15/10 4:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for sharing that blog Lala. I set the same goal when I joined SP - 1/2 pound a week - for the same reason - to avoid the temptation try to strip the weight off quickly.
Since then, I have been slowly refocusing away from weight loss to retraining my brain to embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Not sure whether I will stay on track and reach my goal by April 2011, but it is working so far. Some weeks I lose, some weeks I gain, some I stay the same. But overall, my weight is slowly trending downward.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin


 current weight: 187.0 
204
190.5
177
163.5
150
MOMMYDOC3's Photo MOMMYDOC3 Posts: 299
5/14/10 9:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The most recent response to this blog when I read it was nice. The Sparker says she doesn't think about the long-term goal too much. She sets a goal 5 pounds below where she is, and gets there when she gets there, then sets a new goal 5 pounds further down. I love it!

Really another example of "slow and steady wins the race."

Though I'll ask again: we try not to get too upset when the scale goes up. So shouldn't we, then, not get too elated when it goes down? I don't know. I think the downward movement is another one of several tangible data points showing us that the lifestyle changes are leading to progress in overall health. So I guess we can't help having weight in our goal set. But it's SO important to have other types of goals too.

Great blog to follow, though. Boo, I think he'll lose less some weeks and more others. Maybe he'll have less trouble with the panic about the upcoming deadline than we do.

 current weight: 165.1 
165.1
160.075
155.05
150.025
145
BARBARA_BOO's Photo BARBARA_BOO Posts: 9,794
5/14/10 2:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've done what you did, many times, TAMI. I would set some big "number of lbs" by a certain date goal and stress myself into losing zero, sometimes even gaining. And your point that you probably would have lost weight, had you not put that pressure on yourself, would have been true for me, too.

Trying to force ourselves to lose it in a hurry doesn't work, as the slowloser blog says. He's definitely on the right track, I think.

Because of some of my experiences, it frightened me for him a "tiny" bit when he set that deadline of losing 1/2 lb per week and reaching his goal weight by a specific date, August 18, 2011. I know the 1/2 lb/per wk sounds more that reasonable. But stuff happens. What if he falls behind schedule? Will he try to lose more to make up for lost time? He'll probably be fine. It just sent up a red flag for me.

Last summer I announced to the world that I would be reaching my goal weight a few days before Halloween and that I would be having an online party to celebrate it. Remember? The further behind I got and the closer to Halloween I got, the worse I felt and the more I ate. Live and learn. It sounded doable and like a great idea, in the beginning.

Not thinking too much about my goal weight is helping keep my stress level down, I think. I know I'll get to the goal, sooner or later. It'll be interesting to see when that will be. Getting closer.

I'm just doing the best I can each day, like LALA says.

I just finished the 77th day in a row of burning at least something more than I've consumed, each day. And I keep track of my daily average calorie deficit, so that I know I'm achieving something every day. It's become kind of a game I play.

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 5/14/2010 (02:54)
Boo, Barb, BSue, Queen Legarathien of Nargothrond

"YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO PLAY!"

~Team Leader, Separation of Church and Weight
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=2072

~Team Leader, The Darker Side of SparkPeople www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=89


 current weight: 152.1 
238
215.25
192.5
169.75
147
AGAINALWAYS's Photo AGAINALWAYS Posts: 280
5/13/10 9:29 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I liked that blog, too. I started with the .5 lb/week loss too, but without drinking lots of calories, I couldn't even get to the bottom of my range.

Now, with a 2.1/week loss and eating 1800-2300 calories a day and 30 minutes daily of cardio, I'm comfortable with that. It allows room for me to eat well without resorting to fake fats or sugar-free things (nothing against them, I just don't like them). I still limit calories from beverages, but that's just fine by me. I'm happy doing something achievable!

All the choices are yours - you only have to make them! I'm choosing 'today' over 'someday'!


Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates


 Pounds lost: 31.0 
0
50
100
150
200
CASSIES's Photo CASSIES Posts: 1,376
5/13/10 8:45 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
great blog..thanks for posting it here. It brought a lot of comfort and perspective.

Cassie


�The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.� ― Pema Ch�dr�n



 current weight: 221.0 
285
260
235
210
185
ADOPTMOM1 Posts: 8,660
5/13/10 5:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sounds very familiar. i'm stressed about our cruise and being able to get away without a seatbelt extended. i've officially stressed myself into losing NO weight over the last 8 weeks. If I hadn't, I'd probably be down 5-10.

 current weight: 223.0 
236
212
188
164
140
ROOBYBEGONIA's Photo ROOBYBEGONIA Posts: 728
5/13/10 5:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Auntie Ruby hugs Lala.

Nope, the earth won't swallow you up.

When we went to Atlanta a few weeks ago, I still had to use a seatbelt extender. But I could put the tray table down, which I couldn't do last September.

Small successes.

SMOOOOCH!

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host. -Dorothy Parker
My Blog: ostridoodle.com/wordpress


 current weight: 178.0 
296
255.75
215.5
175.25
135
DALAI_LALA's Photo DALAI_LALA Posts: 2,716
5/13/10 5:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
If not, check it out...

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p
ost=meet_
bruce_the_slowest_loser


This blog spoke to me, and told me something I think I needed to hear. In my decision to try to lose "just 30 more pounds" before Cambridge, I have fed into my growing anxiety about the trip altogether, and have allowed myself to fall back into old stress habits.

So what if I don't lose 30 pounds by July? Will the world open up and swallow me whole? Probably not. Maybe I'll lose 10, or 7, or 3.5. No matter what happens, I will still weigh less when I get on that plane in July 2010 than I did when I walked into my 20th high school reunion in October 2008. AND I will weigh even less than that by October 2010.

Because I'm going to do the best that I can, every day.

Lala

"Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent." - Marilyn vos Savant

"We expect these things to change by waking up, and suddenly there they are." - Toad


 November Minutes: 0
0
64.75
129.5
194.25
259
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Separation of Church and Weight General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:



Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x2072x34120725

Review our Community Guidelines