Thursday, October 30, 2014
but the day is getting better. A wonderful co-worker brought in goodies for the office this morning, which included 2 fruit trays. I had yummy honeydew melon with breakfast and lunch. I also had a little pack of bite-size chocolate chips muffins, so I wasn't totally good, but such is life.
Have you ever noticed that the honeydew melon tends to hang around the longest when there's a fruit tray? Strawberries and watermelon disappear in a hurry and pineapple goes quickly also, but the humble honeydew gets left behind. That's fine by me, cause I love the stuff, especially when it's sweet and juicy like the batch today.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
My hopes and plans for this year have not come to fruition and I find myself starting over yet again. I am now at my heaviest weight ever and feel utterly exhausted at the prospect of losing so many pounds. I know I can't stay motivated if I think that way, so I am trying to think of each small step as a victory, to think of every good choice as a triumph and to think of every bad choice as an opportunity to get it right the next time.
I am now in the position of providing full-time care for my mom (with help from my brother and my husband). She has Alzheimer's and had a mastectomy in September (breast cancer which had spread to the lymph nodes). This severely limits my time to exercise, as she can't be left alone at home. She is in a wonderful adult day care center while I am at work, so that is a major blessing.
I won't be joining any challenges or competitions for weight loss, exercise, etc. It is enough of a challenge for now to just take small steps back to a healthier me. I am competing with physical exhaustion, mental and emotional stress and sheer lack of motivation - those are enough to deal with at this point.
I know that most of you have probably given me up as a lost cause, with good reason, but I appreciate any encouraging words anyone may have.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
My fitness journey till now:
At the beginning of 2010, I weighed 356. My doctor put me on Metformin because my A1C was high, then I had to have surgery to remove my gallbladder. I actually lost 26 lbs without even trying - I think because of the new medication and changes in my digestive process after the gallbladder removal.
At that point, I decided to capitalize on the unexpected weight loss and see if a little effort could help me lose even more. On June 11, 2010, I joined SparkPeople to help me track my food and my exercise.
At the end of 2012, I was at my lowest weight - exercising regularly and eating right most of the time. At that point, a major work project started taking over my life and I started my online dating journey. Diet and exercise kinda fell by the wayside for many months - well into 2013.
In August, 2013, I got married AND began training for a marathon! Can we say setting myself up for failure?! As the days got shorter, the harder it was to fit in the hours of walking/running, plus I begrudged that time with my new hubby. I started falling off the exercise habit and the eating habits began to go downhill as well. Before I knew it, it was November and the holidays were looming.
Then another life event blindsided me - my dad went into the hospital with a heart attack and died just over a week later. My world kinda settled into survival mode. Taking time to worry about what I ate or to get some exercise completely fell off the priority list. Helping take care of my mom and trying to make some sort of holiday celebration happen for the rest of my family (including my new hubby) - those were the only focus.
So, here I am - starting all over again, but I am hopeful. Some lessons have been learned, I think, that will make me stronger.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
I have been unable to Spark consistently for some time, due to the demands of work. I have maintained my exercise habits (some days better than others), but my eating has not been the best. As a consequence, I gained back almost 30 of the pounds that I had lost. On the plus side, I completed my second half-marathon in March and have almost completed my duties as a group leader in the same women's running clinic that I attended as a participant last year - the clinic that got me started as a runner. I got interviewed by a reporter for our state-wide newspaper about my experiences with the running clinic and, just last week, I actually placed 5th in my age group in a 5K. (In the interest of full disclosure, it was a very small group of people in the race and there was approximately 15 minutes between my time and the time of the lady who placed first in my age group. That is not a normal spread between 1st and 5th place, but it felt really good to hear my name called and to go get that award, even though it will probably never happen again in my lifetime.)
So, just like life, my fitness journey has had its ups and downs lately. The really cool thing is, no matter how absent I have been from SP, y'all have still been there supporting me and checking in to see if I'm ok. That means so much to me and I just want to say "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" You ROCK!!
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