Thursday, November 20, 2014
I think that Sparkpeople has given me many tools and resources for my long and rocky journey towards a slimmer me. Also towards a healthier me, which is really what I'm after.
But I think the best tool has been the SP teams I've been on, mainly the Biggest Loser Challenge, because it keeps me on my toes, and the Knee and Hip Replacement team, because they are all dealing with the same health issues that I am, so they understand my 'bad knee' days.
Of course, the other tools are helpful, too. I have a much better understanding of what half a cup of something looks like; I have more insight as to why I eat the way I do; I have faith that I can ask any question, no matter how dumb it sounds, and know that someone will answer it, someone will have experienced it already; and I have the knowledge that this is a journey, which will take me years if not the rest of my lifetime, so I also have patience.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
I'd say the time I showed the most strength, mentally and physically, was when I had stitches without anesthesia. I had had some reconstructive surgery done, but being the type of person I am, and considering where the surgery site was, I found it impossible to stay absolutely still for the healing to really take. Every day or so I could feel a stitch pop out. By the end of the week, I had to go back to the doc's office and he told me I had a choice of him doing the stitches there, without benefit of painkillers, or I'd have to go back into the hospital for a day or so. I chose to stay right there...
One way this strengthened me is that it's my 'compare' story ~ nothing since has ever hurt as bad, and I got through that, so I know I can get through any pain, any surgery, and come out the other side. Mentally, I got stronger because up until that point, I considered myself a weakling in the pain arena. Plus, the surgery was something I had talked about for decades, and finally it had gotten to the point of becoming something I had to do, something I had to convince others I needed done. Maybe the beginning of my starting to put myself on my never-ending to-do list?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Well, this WEC was about choosing our own road to success. A lot has been going on this weekend, this month, this entire season. And I may not have been paying as much attention to my food and exercise as I should. But this challenge has given me a few things to think about.
The aspects of the challenge that I have been consistently good on are sleeping, which is a necessity for me, water intake, freggies (altho' I tend to eat more fruit and less veggies some days), at least 20 minutes of exercise each day, team posting and ME time.
Some of the things tend to neglect are tracking every single bite, no snacking before bedtime, reviewing and tweaking my goals as my needs change, and giving MYSELF the positive messages and encouragement that we all need.
So, these are things that I will continue to work on in the upcoming months. You know, the stress-filled, food all over the place, parties galore months, otherwise known as the holiday season. Learning is always good, and striving to do better is always good, unless it becomes a stress factor all on it's own. So I will continue to tread that delicate line between taking care of myself and becoming an animated shadow of my true self.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Well, what can I say: these interim weeks could have gone better, but they could have gone much worse, too. It's been stressful, and I spent a lot of time eating my feelings. (Hey, I really like that expression, which I just heard today...) But I have kept up with my Spark friends, and I have kept up with my exercise. So while I haven't gone forward, I haven't really gone backwards, either. I am looking forward to the new challenge, which starts in two days. I know myself well enough to know that I do better when challenged, and I do look forward to the fun that the cappies are cooking up.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
My small goal for the month of September is to get my eating back on track. Notice I said back on track, and didn't choose to say I will control my eating. Good intake is not something to be wrestled to the ground, like a wild animal, something to be controlled. It's like a friend that you gently want to lead back to the correct path. After all, food is my friend, right? And not my enemy.
Many reasons why my food choices haven't been the best: both Ed & I are experiencing job issues, and health issues. While mine are nothing new, knee pain is something new to him, and he's having a hard time handling it. We are also in the midst of remodeling our bathroom, a job that we were told would take two weeks, and it's been over a month now. Not to mention the fact that we're $2K over our budget... And I hate to admit it, but I'm easier on myself when the Biggest Loser Challenge is on hiatus. And face it, I can tend to be lazy when I don't have a reason to not be.
On the plus side, I have upped my steps to 6400 per day, and have started with a new gym, and new personal trainer. That is probably all that has kept me from gaining wait these last six weeks or so.
So my goal is to get back on track, to wean out the less than desirable foods, get back to the cleaner eating I was doing during the spring months. Food is to be enjoyed, but every day doesn't have to be a party in my mouth!!
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