Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Well here I am December. November is over. What can I say no gains no real loss. But some good changes.
As of the end of November I have completed nearly 2 years doing Curves Complete. The end results of that are really great. A loss of 33 pounds and lots of inches lost. It is a great plan and I would recommend it to anyone. For me it had run its course and I need to make changes. I will always love the food and keep making those great dishes. I love them since they are mostly single servings, since I cook just for me it is great to have. I did like the individual coaching too.
Looking forward to a break and that is what December is all about. What am I going to do well I am eat healthy and keep up my exercise as it is right now. I love exercising and yes I did say that and mean it. Funny never thought that would happen. I would still like to end the year with a loss or at least get and stick the 160's. I have been so close to sticking it but since Sept I haven't been able too.
Tracking food...this is I know so important no matter what, its keeps you focused on being healthy and making good choices
Exercise - 60 -90 min between strength and cardio
Drink to 10 cups water daily
Watch the caffeine, over eating dairy, and starchy carbs.
Eat whole grain and lots of good veggies and some fruit.
Goal is to not gain through Dec. I am planning on getting a metabolic resting test this month so see what my base is and then start in Jan working from that to find a plan to lose the last 30 lbs or get as close as I can and then get ready for maintenance.
Good thoughts and positive ones I have been focusing on. I am coming up on the end of my fifth year at Sparkpeople. I can look back and see the person I was then 306 lbs, although I could walk and do things, I was taking a number of meds and had some health problems. I was an emotional eater and low self esteem. I really couldnt imagine myself smaller, I have never been really been at a healthy weight ever in my life. I have been obese all of my adult life, I am 61 right now and within a pound or two of being out of the obese BMI and that is my short term goal. Today I weigh 170 lbs, I do long hikes on trails, exercise anyway I want, do lots of strength, and I am down to 1 med for my thyroids. I am no longer a diabetic, have no asthma problems, reflux, LOL and even my allergies are less. A really big changes is that I do NOT emotionally eat. I am not sure when that happened but with the stresses of this year, I didnt eat or if I did it was a healthy treat and small. I didnt run to my comfort foods, which when I sat down and thought about it I realize what a big change I have done. I am surprised and thought I would always been that way, but hey you can change habits even one I have had all my life.
This year with not really losing I was upset but I have tried to see it differently, maintenance is going to be a challenge and this year, even though it was not planned I have maintained and that is something good.
So on to December and month of healthy eating, good exercise, and positive thinking. Its time for me take a break from dieting stress and worry about weight loss. if I can do that. But it is also a time to think about me and how good my life is and if I dont lose can I live with that. I just want to be healthy and I am not sure thats a weight or is it a thought. I still am planning to lose those 30 lbs, but not stressing about it, its takes the joy from the life I now have. I want to enjoy my life, my dearest husband and have some fun. Hey its about time to have some fun!!!!
I have learned so much about myself and eating healthy in they last 5 years. I am so grateful to Chris Downie and all the SP staff for all they have given to this site and to those of us who needed just this place to find out real inner selves and have success. It is a real gift they have given to me and one that no amount of thanks seem to cover my joy right now at being ME!!!
So I believe in me and where I am going on this journey, its not over but its moving forward and that is all I could hope for. I know anyone can make real changes, I did, I am not special or have some gift, just someone who really wanted to make changes and was willing to learn and work and never give up on my dreams. You too can do this. JUST BELIEVE!!!!!!
Hugs and smiles
Saturday, November 01, 2014
OMG this year seems in so many ways to be sailing by so fast!!!!
Here we are with just 2 months left of this year and looking back what has been accomplished, what goals have finished, and how am I looking at the remaining 2 months?
HMMMMM those are good questions and hard too. What have I accomplished so far this year, well really more than I realize. Weight wise its pretty much at this point I am about the same as in January. In March I saw my oldest off to Navy bootcamp, with much trepidation for him and yes for me too. This was a big change for us both, but we have weathered those changes and really he is doing great. I am so proud of him, dealing with the military and what he got himself into, I am not sure he is really happy, but he made the commitment and is working at being a good sailor. Right now is has land duty and has learned a job and doing it well from all I hear. He worked very hard at school and came in a very close 2nd in his class (.02 dkifference) and should see a raise in rank this month. Looking forward to the end of Dec when he will have some leave time it will be about 5 months since he was last home. But for me also there have been changes, I will be honest during bootcamp I was pretty much a reck, I was worried and little scared for him, and way stressed out. But seeing him in May helped a lot and I came to realize that I seeing not my little boy, but a man and one who could take care of himself. OMG the mommy bird has a hard time letting him fly, but it was for the best and I have worked hard to learn that for myself. We both showed we are stronger than we thought. Motherhood is one tough job especially when doing most of it alone. I do have a wonderful DH who have helped me deal with these changes and his also proud of his stepson (Aaron calls him Dad often).
In March we had 2 trips one early in the month one at the end and eating out and traveling by car, both were not easy, but worked to not go off deep end and had some success. Once that was over time to remodel the kitchen and 6 weeks without a kitchen. I cooked a lot ahead of time and with microwave and grill was able to make dinners and keep really on track. I just made sure to get organized and was able to keep the stress low. Boy though was I glad when we were finally done. DH did nearly all the work himself with little help, so now I have just the lovely kitchen which I love and cant believe I have such a beautiful and functional space to cook in.
Goals well that is a little tougher, I had hoped to be my goal weight by now and that has not happened, but will all that has gone on I really havent gained and what I did gain during trips and vacation, I have lost, that is one real positive thing I an really proud of. I have dealt with making some changes in my diet, trying new things and have really given them a chance to see if it helped. Exercise had been another area I have tried some changes, scheduling different things weekly and here again I have really worked at it and keep the schedule. Over Halloween just done, I set a goal to eat NO candy for 3 days or longer and have done that, this is the 3rd year I have made that a goal. So think that although my early goal was not accomplished I have kept my major goal of getting healthier and getting to a healthy BMI still in tack, only thing is the date not so sure when it will happen but know it will. I am not giving up on that, NO WAY!
Now looking ahead, these two months are never easy with 2 holidays, family visits, son coming home for a visit. I am still working on losing weight and staying in control of my diet and exercise, but those I have been doing those for many years now and its is just what i do. So my plan for November is to keep trying. Keep working on my diet, being ok with changes if needed. Keep my plan for exercise( 90-120 minutes daily, keeping it varried, but including both cardio and strength) Never ever losing sight of my main goal.....GETTING TO A HEALTHY BMI AND WEIGHT!!!! I know I will succeed I might not have a day planned when it will happened but it will and then wow will I celebrate!!!
After sons visit I know that I am going to make some changes to the diet I am currently trying, its time for a real change there. I have been doing Curves Complete for 2 years, yes I have had success and think its a great plan. I am going to look Kaiser program, plan to do some research and check with Dr on what she thinks. I know as long as I am working and trying I will in time find what I need to get to end not of the journey just this part, for the journey is going to go on for the rest of my life and that is just fine with me and I plan to be here for a long time, maintaining my weight loss. That is the end goal to never let food control me and being healthy and enjoying this wonderful life with family, friends and most of all my dear sons and husband. Now that is goal I know will happen.
For anyone who made it though this long blog, thank you, because I know you are a friend and another traveller on the same journey and that makes me so happy and feel like with friends like you I will never feel alone.
Have a great month and BELIEVE in you getting to your goal!!!!
Hugs and smiles
Friday, October 17, 2014
Well I kinda blew it, I had wanted to get in at least once a week and write something, but just noticed I missed last week.
So ok I am just going to start again. October, has been a busy month. Had a Bday and Anniversary, I am now 61 and married to the greatest person for 6 years!!!! I had really wanted to be at my goal weight by now, but didnt happen. Bummed a little but not enough to stop me from continuing to work and find a way to get there as soon as my body will let me.
Have had a couple great trips with DH one last month drove down to an from Las Vegas stopped and enjoyed adventures on the way to and fro. Last Friday went up to Apple Hill for the day. The weather was great, got to see lots of different crafts and bought some fun Christmas gifts for family and friends. Also got to have some yummy apple treats, but didnt go crazy. We ended the day with a walk in Placerville and had dinner at a great Mexican place we really like there. So got in lots of steps with the walking. Brought home some apples for canning, DH makes the best spiced apples, we can them and then give them as Christmas presents along with cookies we bake. This year we are adding zucchini bread, made from our home grown squash.
I have lost all by one pound to get back to the pre Las Vegas trip weight, this includes the pounds I gained on the Apple Hill day trip. I am watching my eating for the rest of the week, really low cal but healthy too. I have played around with some ideas about exercise to keep it varied and that has been working for me. This week it is riding recumbent bike with added tension and keeping up to 15+ for 15 minutes. Next week it is interval walking for 40 minutes.
Think this varied exercise schedule is helping, since I have a pretty full schedule 90+ daily, but I think the variety will help me never get into a rut. Each 4 weeks I rotate the order, but since this is the first month I am trying this we will see in a couple months.
Right now things are going well. I have not lost any new weight but am losing anyway. The real success will be when I start losing new weight. Yeah I know lost is lost, but I really want to get into a stick into the 160's and I am so very close after all the tripping.
So onward to the last part of October and having more positive feeling and successes. OH Halloween the candy day is coming and as I have done for a couple years...NO candy before during or after and if I can do that I will get a facial in November as my reward. I can do this, I am stronger than I realize and most of all I am worth the effort.
We are all strong than we realize and we are all worth the effort to get healthier and live fuller lives. I BELIEVE IN YOU AND ME......YOU believe in you too!!!!
Hugs and smiles and so glad you are this journey with me, together we are just stronger.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Had a great vacation this last week. Did try to eat healthier, the biggest problem is the serving size when eating out. YIKES!!! Most could easily feed 2 people. Great to be home and back to sane portions!
Right now did gain from trip about 6 lbs, today back on shake diet for a couple days and then low calorie for the rest of the week. Next week have bday/anniversay day, not sure what we are going to do, but once that is over back to shake and then low cal till weight loss.
I am making a change in exercise for the next couple months.
Each week will have a minimum to do.......bike 30 min or 7/8 mi daily, walk 30 min daily/ strength or Curves 5 times a week. Then week two add 15-20 min on bike upping resistance 3-5 times a week. Week three do 40 interval walking 5-7 times week. Week four add 10 min + strength. I will rotate 2-4 mixing the order each month. I am hoping with the variety I will continue to see some loss. It is a trial and we will see.
Once I am back down to pre vacation weight I will work to find a healthy lower calorie diet to stay on, I am still working on that for the next couple weeks. Will blog once I get that planned out.
I love the fall and it is beginning, this is my favorite time of the year, the changes in temp and the colors although here in Northern Ca, Sacramento area we dont get those colors as much. But we do if we go up the hill a bit so looking forward to that trek in a couple weeks, although this year there have been fires in that area. We will see how things are up there in the Placerville area.
I am rested and ready to make the changes, I have thought out and get on for the rest of this year and see what can be done.
Thanks for stopping by. Its friends like you that keep me going and knowing I am not alone and what great company I have on my journey.
Hugs and smiles
Monday, September 15, 2014
Here we are another new week. I had planned to keep this going until our trip next week and know its best to keep making little changes.
So for this week I am adding a little to last
Adding 5 more laps daily to 30
Adding 1 more mile to Bike riding 5 days this week up to 8 and on T and Th I am going to do 7 mi
Adding another 10 min up to 50 min daily.
I am leaving my diet alone for right now. I have a weigh in Wed and will see how that goes and make changes if needed. I am hoping to just keep this going until the trip.
The trip will be a challenge too but more about that next week.
Wishing all a great week ahead and hope you all have great success in your own challenges. You can accomplish your goals its just a matter of determination and patience.
Hugs and smiles
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