Sunday, November 24, 2013
I am packing for a trip to Hawaii this week. I tried on my size 6 capris and they fit perfectly! I realized two things. One I still am finding a great joy in wearing this size. I do not take this for granted and really am pleased to continue to fit my clothes. However, I also had to laugh as I realized that normal people do not try on their clothes before they pack. I am not normal. I am a Previously Overweight person. Yes, it is slightly crazy to try on shorts that I was just wearing a few months ago, but I needed to do it and am happy.
I am entering a third season of holiday maintenance. In the past two years I have maintained or lost weight during the holidays. I know that the holidays bring out strong emotional ties to food as celebration. Last year I was criticized by people at work for not indulging at the staff party or for not eating staff member's traditional rum balls.
This quote has helped me stay positive on my journey to health.
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside."
Each time I say no, I really am saying yes to a healthy me. If I say no to treats, I am saying yes to my maintenance. If I say no to skipping exercise, I am saying yes to a healthy body.
I love the positive spin on the word no, I love the concept of a "yes" burning inside or an eternal summer in the midst of winter.
Thanks for of all your support, Spark Friends. Have a healthy happy holiday season.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Dr.Sharma wrote an interesting article about how controlling your weight is like running down an up escalator.
He commented that as a child he used to run down the up escalator. At the top of the escalator, it is relatively easy to get down the first steps as the escalator is moving slower.
However, the further down, you get the faster the escalator moves, It gets harder.
To keep at the half way level, you need to keep moving at the speed of the escalator. If you slow down you will head back up.
I am not going to post the link to the article as I think his attitude is too negative in terms of staying healthy.
However, I find it amusing to use this visual tool of me being on as escalator that is moving upward, This is realistic. If I stop my successful habits for maintenance I definitely will head back up to the top of the escalator where I started.
Maintenance is not static. It is an active journey!
On a positive note..I used my own blog for inspiration. I was having an off day..did not make my morning workout, Work was too busy and stayed late, As I headed to the gym, my college son called with a crisis, so instead of going to the gym I talked to him for an hour. I came home and cooked dinner. I thought of my blog and of making good choices and of keeping myself a priority I made myself do a dance dvd after dinner. This was a good victory .
Have a great day Spark Friends. Thanks for your continued support.
2 years one month..here I come!
PS: I found a quote by Albert Einstein: " Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." This applies to maintenance as well!!!!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Last summer I helped two sons move into new apartments,. This involved walking up two flights of stairs carrying heavy boxes. I realized that 3 years ago when I weighed 100 plus more pounds, I could not have made it up those stairs nor could I have kept up with my sons. Now I have energy and muscle strength from exercising and strength training. I am a fast walker, I often have to slow myself down when I am leading lines of kids to class.
October is my two year celebration of maintenance and my three year mark of being binge free.
The longer I maintain, the more I am convinced that making your health a priority in your life is important. This means you have to make hard choices.
I am running late from work, Either, I stop at the gym and work out..which means dinner will be late and rushed..or I skip working out. I choose to workout.
My husband is home for the day on the weekend. Either I spend time with him or leave for an hour to workout. I workout..I did invite him to join me.
I have tons of things to catch up on my job. I could easily spend the entire day working. Either I head straight to work or I stop and workout. I workout.
In the State of Thin recommended by Watermelon, the authors demonstrated the importance of exercise ..6 days a week for 70 minutes a day. Exercise increases your metabolism which is vital to maintenance. I am trying to work up to 70 minutes.
I am happy in maintenance. I am getting to know my body. I know what meals will cause a 2 pound gain the next day..not from bingeing but from being higher calories or higher fat. ..like Indian curries. I enjoy those meals and have the confidence to know those up pounds will go down.
I know I have changed when I go to Costco and am excited about new winter workout clothes, I love my new bright tennis shoes.
Thanks Spark Friends for your support. Spark People is a huge factor in my journey.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
This was a fairly good comparison from Refuse to Regain. The author is promoting the paleo way of eating which is no starches and no sugars. I eat low carb starches. However,no matter what plan of eating you are on, she has some good insights into maintenance.
I like the term diet of conviction..although i have to get rid of the connotation that diet means trying to lose weight..here it means having an eating plan of conviction.
I also love number 4. You have to learn to love the new you and the process it takes to maintain that.
I also found gong foods, thrill eating, and second hand food to be interesting.
Mount Everest verses Mount Maintenance:
Only 20 percent of the people who climb Mt.Everest make it to the top. The key is preparation. Less than 5 percent of people succeed in their climb up Mount Maintenance.
1. Food avalanche: We live in a food flood with an entire culture devoted to encouraging you to eat. Expect to be buried and make sure you have the tools to dig out. ( Advertising by the food industry, food availability 24 hours a day, seductive foods made by food labs, the cost of healthy foods over junk foods, a culture where mindless eating and being obese is prevalent and accepted are forces in this flood.)
2. Habit crevasse: You have eaten in a certain way for a lifetime. It is easy to fall into a rut, you can't get out of. Relearning is needed to break such habits such as comfort eating and thrill eating.
3. An icy metabolism: You have just lost weight, but the fat cells that contained that weight are still part of your body. Biochemical signals that accompany weight loss may prompt you to overeat and will need to be overcome. In addition your genetic tendency to gain weight still remains. Although you may look slim you are a POW..previously overweight person. You do not have the physiology of a NOW..a never overweight person.
4.Climber's Fatigue: Losing weight was an exciting, attention getting makeover. Permanence requires a relentless, daily attention to detail that no one but you may notice. This phase will only work if you learn to deeply love the new you and the very process that allows you to stay as you are. Not only can you do this, but it will also be highly rewarding.
5. Bad trail markers: There is a lot that can lead you in the wrong direction in commonly accepted nutritional wisdom. Many of the foods we consider staples are easily eliminated without harmful effect and are key for POWs..ie sugar and starches.
6. Inadequate conditioning: climbing any mountain whether real or figurative, requires physical strength. As the years pass it is almost impossible to achieve permanence unless you establish an athletic identity.
7.Dangerous Footing: travel, stress, occasions both happy and sad all provide opportunities for slippage.
8. Sabatogue: The very friends and family who love you may have trouble with your healthy habits and may try to overturn your efforts at permanence. It's not personal..It just is.
Diet of conviction: choose your eating plan and develop a strong belief that it is a good one for you. Diet in this sense is not connected to weight loss, it means an eating plan.
Food assault: unwanted intrusions of food in a maintainer's life.
Food creep: the tendency for more food, particularly sugar and starches to creep back into your life.
Gong food: an intensely flavored sugar or starch food that simulates a ringing
bell when consumed.
Thrill eating: the sport of eating just for fun.
Revenge clothes: form fitting clothes that look great on you now that you are thinner.
Second Hand Food: Like second hand smoke. The presence of unwanted food in a confined area can be harmful..ie junk foods in office spaces.
Maintenance Junior: Derived from just reduced, a person who is just beginning the process of maintaining weight.
SLIM: someone who is at the senior level of maintenance...a person who is maintaining their weight skillfully.
Weight Mentor: a senior maintainer who has reached the highest level of skill and commitment.
I find it interesting that weight mentor is her highest level of achievement. I think Spark People offers all of us the chance to be weight mentors and thus to be successful.
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