Thursday, August 09, 2012
Another week has passed and again I wonder where the time went.
Further confirmation of my age, LOL. When I was younger, time didn't seem to fly this way....
Still not eating wheat, and when I do I'm miserable so that continues to be good reinforcement, LOL.
Been taking walks a couple times a week with my partner, that's good. My joints are killing me after, that's bad. Realized I'd gotten out of the habit of taking some of my supplements (chondrotin/gluosamine) and that likely has a lot to do with it.
Doh. I'm 48 years old. When will I become more consistent with those things?
I keep repeating the same loop....."oh, I'm feeling like crap. Wonder what that's about...." A week (month?) later. "Huh, I haven't taken my xyz in weeks....I should get on that". Another week/month later..."Man I really feel like crap. I should take my xyz".
Today, so miserable I couldn't stand it, I went and refilled the G/C supplement and began it immediately.
So, the walking - good. Remembering to take the medicine that keeps my osteoarthritis under control so I can enjoy it...better.
Spending the weekend in the city with teenagers, 3 hour trip...hoping it will be fun and not stressful, LOL. Partner and teens tend to butt heads. Sigh. But it will be nice to get out of town and I'm sure we'll do a lot of walking!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I pulled pants out of the closet this a.m. that I don't like very much.
I purchased them on clearance when I needed work pants pretty badly but was broke. They were short enough that they worked, but they weren't very comfortable.
See, I wear a lot of elastic waist pants. They're a good way for me to find pants that fit without a lot of hassle. I'm short and round, and very short waisted, so finding pants that FIT is hard.
Anyway, I get these pants and they aren't elastic waist. They're sorta stretchy, but they have bar/hook and zipper for closure. I avoided them often (except when I had no clean pants as today) because I didn't enjoy getting in and out of them - I had to suck it in to hook them and then I had more of a muffin top than I prefer to sport.
But today, no clean work pants except these, so I sighed and pulled them off the hanger.
As I hooked them.....I realized.....I didn't have to suck it in. In fact....the waist is ..... a little loose.
I've been afraid to get back on the scale since the 6 pound loss. Afraid maybe it'll come back. Afraid I'll be disappointed. Afraid I'll get obsessed by the numbers.
I'm not getting on them any time soon ...but today? the NSV of the pants is pretty awesome. :)
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Never too late to begin again. Good thing I believe that.
I laced up the shoes and out I went this a.m.
It was quite sad, LOL. Much more walk than run, I was winded, and I only made it 12 minutes. But I did it.
I did it.
And I will do it again, and again and again.
The interesting change that has come since the first time I tried C25K: My mental outlook on it. The first round, I took my phone with me every time because I was terrified I might....have a heart attack.
Because I have a bad heart, you say? No, because I was morbidly obese and got out of breath easily. Since then, I've not only gotten quite a ways into C25K at least once, but I've also had a stress cardiogram, LOL. Told me my heart was great.
I realized, when that thought crossed my mind as I laced up my shoes "should I take my phone? ....no, you aren't going to have a heart attack Lisa, just go"...I realized I now have a firmer grasp that I CAN do this. I am healthy, despite my weight. I'm out of shape.....really out of shape...but I'm healthy.
And continuing to work on this will only make me ...healthier.
Let me end with the best thing that happened this week, literally:
Coworker takes me aside and says:
"Lisa, how have you lost all this weight?"
Me: (Bursts out laughing) "Um, I've only lost about 6 pounds"
Coworker: Mouth falls open "NO WAY!"
Me: "yep. Really"
Coworker: "You look GREAT Lisa, you must be doing SOMETHING??"
I shared giving up wheat and losing a lot of the bloated inches. She just kept shaking her head and saying, "I sincerely thought you must have lost about 25 pounds since I started working here (six months ago)".
Made. My. Freaking. Week.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
108 days ago, I decided to again try to leave Wheat behind. It's been an interesting journey, and certainly not a perfect one. I can't say "I haven't touched wheat in 108 days!" Nope, not at all. But I have, day and in and day out, changed the way I eat and eliminated it almost entirely.
In those 108 days, I had no weight loss. Zip, zero, zilch. It was disheartening to say the least, but I felt better, so I kept up with it.
Yesterday, I stepped on the scale just for kicks.
I've lost 6 pounds.
That 6 pounds came out of nowhere, I think I weighed last about 10 days ago.
Part of me, the Negative Nelly, says, Really? 108 days to lose six stinking pounds?
But frankly, I'm pretty darn happy. Something shifted, finally. I won't be getting back on the scale any time soon, lol. I want to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment for as long as possible!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
In my inbox this a.m. was a Spark email about why sometimes we don't lose weight when we're doing all the right things....it talked about the perception you are burning more calories than you really are, or that you are eating within your calorie range when really perhaps you aren't, but it also mentioned various health issues and that sometimes, well, there doesn't seem to be a good reason why you aren't shedding the weight when your workout buddy is losing weight every week.
I haven't been on the scales in a week or so and I'm still not keen on the idea of weighing often - I've said it a hundred times here, I get too obsessed with the numbers and allow them to influence my mood, my feelings of success and unfortunately sometimes what I eat.
The weight is not falling off. It's quite stubbornly staying on. I have to say however, in the face of giving up a daily carb-loaded diet in favor of a wheat-free diet with an emphasis on trying to eat veggies instead of grains and staying the same weight, and doing a reasonable amount of exercise weekly....tells me I'm doing something right.
Wha? you may say, Huh? You aren't losing weight but you're doing something right?
Well, yeah. How do I know this? I know it because....I feel better. I'm smaller, even tho I'm not losing pounds on the scale. People are beginning to tell me I'm looking good. I'm feeling stronger. So, I know I'm doing something right....the scales are just a lousy way for me to measure that success. When I did my "bootcamp" class last night, in the face of about 9 million squats....I was able to do *almost* all of them. I made it through all of the crunches/ab work repetitions/sets. I was able to do 99% of the drill work of the dance portion.
I read a book this week by Bertrice Berry. I don't remember the exact name something like a Year to Wellness. It was provided to my job with some other leadership/motivational materials and I snagged it to read. She talks a lot about taking a year to get WELL...and in the course of that year, she shed an amazing amount of weight. The first and most important part of her process? Loving herself. Just as she was. Loving the fat thighs that have carried her where she wanted to go, etc.....followed by weeks of intentional choices, learning from mistakes, etc. It struck me because it was a very kind and gentle journey of one woman....and it made profound changes.
Right now, I feel good. My arthritis is lessened immensely after leaving wheat behind and I'm making progress, I know it, I feel it. What the scale says is irrelevant to that progress.
My, I'm all introspective today, eh? Lastly, let me leave you with an app suggestion. Now, I'm not an app person, LOL, even tho I have a SmartPhone. Believe me, the phone IS smart and it wins against me all the time, LOL. I have a dance coach client who has created (separate from dance) a wellness/fitness website. I won't tout it here, because frankly I prefer Sparkpeople and Spark is FREE and has community etc. BUT...one of the things they created in conjunction with their site is a FREE Water Coach App. I downloaded it to my phone and the little bugger, um, "tool for success" goes off from 8 a.m. to 8 pm to remind me to drink water. If I log water, it pushes the alarm back. I also have the option to not have the alarm and just track water there on my phone. Water is a huge difficulty for me, so having an annoying, um, helpful, reminder on my phone is helping me build that water habit. Again, it's free. You can search apps for "Woojabooty Water Coach". You can also check out the Woojabooty site, but I'll be frank, spark is better for me personally and free.
Have a great Tuesday...
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