Monday, March 15, 2010
When we last left her, precious Polly was tied to the railroad tracks, and the maintenance train was bearing down on her. A look of concern on her face, she screamed at Biff, "save me"!
Biff glanced in her direction and said, "Silly girl, you don't need saving... get the knife out of your sleeve, cut the rope, and get up!"
So, what knife would that be? The knife of our friend, the tracker! My maintenance plan calls for me to start out by increasing, in balanced nutritional style, my calories in by 500 calories on 3 days this week, leaving the other days at my regular weight loss level. Sounds reasonable... all you need is a plan and a tracker.
Yesterday there was a monkey wrench in the works, in that I had planned to take my son and his wife to Outback for dinner. I carefully thought about what I wanted to eat there... and decided against the steak. Even though I truly love a good beef steak (sorry, vegans, but Bessie does taste awfully good... yeah, I'm a barbarian), I was not particularly in the mood for one. So I had their chicken on the Barbie, with the seasonal veggies that come along.
Having become accustomed to smaller portions, this turned out to be very filling. I kept myself to the published serving size of the Bloomin' onion (1/6th of the onion), and had about a roll-sized chunk of the bread.
When I got home and looked at everything else I still needed to eat (this was a mid-day meal) I didn't know how I was going to get it all in! But I managed. And felt "very full".
Methinks I am going to have to carefully consider the calorie density of foods I choose during maintenance... I'm so used to choosing the calorie light foods that I have to eat lots of them to reach the calorie limits.
The maintenance balance adds a dairy and a fat exchange. Easy plan: be sure to get a half ounce of healthy nuts as a snack, and add a cup of skim milk at bedtime.
It also adds 3 fruits and 2 veggies. The veggies are no sweat (except for volume issues), the fruits are problematic, I'm not crazy about fruits... except I can just add volume to increase my portions... more raisins in my hot cereal, for example.
So, a woman, a plan, a canal... oh, sorry, apologies to the butchers Panama palindrome!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
She says she stole it from SusieMilo who stole it from someone else, but I "borrowed" it from her! Please feel free to cut and paste into a blog of your own making, but I warn you, it’s a little time consuming….
When is the last time you ran?
Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them?
What are you dreading right now?
Putting my son on the airplane to head back to his job.
Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night?
More like 7 satisfies me.
If anyone came to your house on your "lazy days" what would ya'll do?
I like Deb's answer and will keep it: Depending on who it was, I would either (a) pretend not to be home, or (b) make an impromptu party.
Who last grabbed your butt?
Have you ever been on your school's track team?
Do you own a pair of Converse?
No. Mostly New Balance.
Do you eat raw cookie dough?
Um, guilty as charged?
Have you ever kicked a vending machine?
Not kicked, but I have tried to tilt, jiggle, strike with open/closed fist, etc. Don't you hate it when your selection gets "stuck"?
How do you eat Oreos?
I'm a traditionalist: Screw apart, slowly lick off the cream filling, then dunk the wafers in milk and let them melt in my mouth.
Could you live without a computer?
Without a computer at home? Or without all the computers in the world? I make my living with computers... I'd have to find a new career... but, I suppose I would survive, somehow.
Do you wear your shoes in the house?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. More now than I used to.
Who or what sleeps with you?
Dog is not allowed on the bed, but she sleeps on her own bed right beside me.
At what age did you find out that Santa wasn't real?
I think I was about 3 when I caught mom trying on the outfit. She played Santa at the local Elks' club. I was a confused kid ever after (Santa isn't your dad, kids, he's your mom?).
How many phones, house phones and cell phones are in your house? 3 house phones currently hooked up. 1 cell phone.
What do you do when you're sad?
Watch a movie to match the mood and let myself cry. Or if I don't have time, suppress it and get back to it later!
Last time you saw your best friend?
Unfair question... next!
What jewelry are you wearing?
Watch, hero bracelet commemorating my son's fallen comrades.
Is anyone on your bad side now?
Do I have a bad side? No.
What's the first thing you do when you get online?
Where do you work?
In a cubicle, like Dilbert. In an office building, like a billion other people on the planet.
What are you doing tomorrow?
Working, eating, exercising, you know, living. God willing and the creek don't rise, as they say around here.
When was the last time you left your house?
Do you return your cart?
Absolutely. Goody two-shoes here.
Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes. It takes me two or three days to fill it to run, though.
What noise do you hear?
Would you survive in prison?
I have no clue, suspect not.
Do you know anyone with the same name as you?
Personally know, no... but there is a woman with the same first and last names as me who writes prolifically... I know because when I Google my own name, she comes up with a ton of books.
What's the last thing you purchased?
Groceries and a weighted exercise ball (yes, at the same time).
What brand are your pants right now?
No brand sweats.
What irritates you most on the internet?
Chain mail, urban legends and scams. Phishing, etc. Hopefully nobody who reads this is silly enough to fall for such things!
What song best describes your life right now?
"Hard Day's Night" (the Beatles)
Do you own expensive perfume/cologne?
No. Allergies took me out of the perfume/cologne wearing population a few years back.
Are you taking college classes right now?
Do you like sushi?
Do you get your hair cut every month?
Not usually. Every six to eight weeks.
Do you go online every day?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I am up with the new clock time, and feeling great. Of course, I have that boost of yesterday's good news to get me started. And I have the anticipation of Sunday dinner with my son and his wife to pull me onward as well.
I'm a big believer in changing my workouts up to keep from getting bored. Over the years I have built quite a collection of home equipment, and my family room is in danger of becoming my home gym. I live alone so I can get away with this.
In accordance with this philosophy, and as a reward, I bought myself a couple of "new toys" recently. One is a step for home use. Yes, one of those things they use in step classes at the gym, but smaller and really only suited for home use. The DVD that came with it? Is strength training using the step! I started in on it yesterday morning and stopped before finishing it. Yes, this workout will challenge me, if I want to do more than cardio stepping. Another recent acquisition is a 4-pound weighted ball: I just wanted something different to spice up my strength training. Didn't they used to call things like this "medicine balls"?
Inhabiting the room behind me are a treadmill , a balance board (SP special), a yoga mat, a Swiss ball , the weighted ball, a set of hand weights (dumb-bells) ranging from 3 pounds to eight pounds , some ankle weights (2.5 pounds), that new step, and a set of three resistance bands .
My bicycle sits in the garage, waiting for better weather , but calling my name from time to time. And of course, my closet has a couple of good pair of walking shoes ! I still don't have everything the gyms I used to belong to have, but I do have a variety of options for working out.
What's important to remember about all of these toys? They don't do a lick of good unless you play with them! Let's Spring forward with a commitment to play!
And a question for all: what's your current favorite exercise toy (tool, or equipment, if you must be serious!)?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
After dancing around the "official" number for about a month, today the official scale finally caved and said "I give up, you did it... you're at goal". It has taken 9 and a half months to drop 57.5 pounds.
Beginning tomorrow, I'm on the "maintenance" plan. I've been a little scared of maintenance. Being a planner, though, I signed up for the "At Goal And Maintaining" spark team a month ago, and found a whole bunch of other people who share those concerns.
The one thing I know I have to guard against is the let down that comes with achieving a milestone. You all know the feeling: "Is that all there is?" I think I'm good, but I am cautious. How turtle-like, eh?
We're going to do it... we are doing it... and we are all worth it!
Friday, March 12, 2010
It's Friday, so I'm wearing red. I was told about a grass-roots movement that started in Texas to wear red every Friday until all the service men and women came home. Of course, living in Nebraska, this nuance of WHY you're wearing red on Friday can get lost in the "sea of red" worn to support the sports team!
I joined the "Turtles" spark team this week. I figure I'm a slow learner over a lifetime, not in a hurry to get to goal, more important are the healthy behaviors than the number on the scale . Seriously, my last big successful weight loss, in 2003, I deliberately did not say I was trying to lose weight. I went on a "guy diet" with my son.
What's that? As my son explained, back then, "guys" don't diet. They go into training. For some sport. They improve their nutrition. They work out. They don't restrict, they make sure they get enough protein, for example. So I set out to "maintain" myself healthy. I read a book or two, I joined a gym with him, and over time, I found myself at my lowest adult weight ever, and at my fittest.
It worked. Of course, later something unraveled... and I stopped working out, let my eating get out of hand, and started feeling unworthy again. Back to "Fat City". I ended up in tears in my doctor's office in January 2009. He'd seen me lose the pounds before, and he asked me if I normally gained in the Winter and lost as the more active part of the year came around again.
I responded, "Doctor, my weight cycles don't last months, they last years." Brutal honesty. "Well, let's see if we can speed that up a bit." To skip the storms of figuring out what might be off, medically... that led to the surgery on the parathyroid gland in October, and here I am again, staring maintenance in the face, feeling a lot more positive and worthy.
And determined. For a lifetime. I know in my heart of hearts, as many Spark People know, that taking care of our health has to be a commitment for a lifetime, but it can only be met one decision at a time.
Here's to today's decisions... for all of us... may they be good ones! We can do this, and we're worth it.
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