Thursday, September 26, 2013
A friend sent this to my Bible Study group and I can't resist passing it on to all of you:
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I am not sure where to go with this, but I am having tremendous difficulty making a bucket list. I am happy with my weight loss so far. I am down 33 pounds from last January and have just a few more to go. I am confident I will reach my goal but am not stressed about it. As I read and re-read Chapter 9m though, and it asked for a bucket list, I don't know where to go with it. I've read the helpful hints and ideas. I'll soon be 61. I have no desire to para-sail or make a million dollars. I like my job and the people I work with. I am happy with where I live (in between offspring) and don't really plan to make any major changes in my near future. Maybe in the next 9 years when I am able to retire, but not now. I have had many opportunities that the average person hasn't had and am content to be where I am and doing what I am doing. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, so look for the day when He returns or takes me home, whichever comes first. I have long ago given up other kids of dreams. It was very difficult for me to make the motivation poster. I love my children and grandchildren, but my weight loss was for me and if I die tomorrow, that's fine with me, too. I am content here or in heaven, wherever God wants me at any given moment. So how do I write a bucket list when I have no burning desire to do anything I haven't already done. That said, I will happily go and visit grandkids, but that's not a bucket list kind of thing. Any ideas, anyone??
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I have failed so many times that long ago I gave up goals and dreams. Long ago, I would have said I wanted to weigh 135 pounds, like when I was in high school. Long ago, I would have dreamt about going to a beach and wearing a pretty swimsuit without having to cover all of the fat. There were so many things I would have done and would have wanted to do. SparkPeople, the book, and my success so far are re-awakening y hopes and dreams. I am down 21 pounds since the beginning of the summer with 9 pounds to go to hit that long ago goal. I am happy to be going slow right now, because I started at a pound a week. I am eating more now and that is good so I don;t experience that "starvation" mode with my body. I have yo-yoed for so long, I'd rather be a turtle. Thanks Chris. Thanks SparkTeam. You have made this work for me!
Friday, November 04, 2011
I like to challenge myself. It's as though I am always in a contest against my best previous score. I guess you would say I am competitive but not so much against others (though that happens at times). In this weight loss journey, I am really trying to settle in to doing my best day to day and not so much competing with myself to get the lowest number of calories.
I am one of the fortunate ones. My husband makes most of the meals, so I can just enter the info into the nutrition tracker. That's good and bad. I don't always have the info until after the meal. Here's where the competitive nature comes in. I want to beat the numbers. I look at the ranges available to me and I want to beat them...every day. Some days, the meals are a bit higher in calories, or I had a snack that was a little higher and my numbers exceed the limit. So the next day I will try to go a bit lower,...then I am sometimes too low and looking for something light in the kitchen that can bring my numbers up a bit. I forget that it's not all about numbers. It's about the big picture and less about whether or not I am within the budgeted calories. I know if I am too low, my body will think I am trying to starve it and stop metabolizing the food. My greater issue is hitting the mark in some of the nutritional areas I watch. Calcium, for example is very hard for me to take in enough without exceeding calories.
So now that I am accustomed to documenting my food, I need to start tweaking my intake to meet the mark in all of my nutritional areas. Can I do it? Yes, with the help of SparkPeople and the tracking systems!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Motivation--being the turtle--blaming others. Yes, these have all been challenges for me in the past. My motivation continues as long as I am losing weight...Oh, but if I skip meals or find a diet pill or a diet drink I think I can trust I could lose weight faster...And then my husband wants pizza for dinner and I am supposed to eat half of it...
So what is different this time? I've been working this plan for about 3 1/2 months. I am the tortoise, and I have been losing weight steadily. This week, I didn't realize the food I was eating had so many calories...I hadn't logged it in yet and was surprised when I looked at the calorie count. My husband does the cooking so I have to figure it out after he has everything made. Oops. But, like Chris says, look at all I have gained by losing already! Wow! I'm in smaller clothes, I feel better and I am happier with myself. I have increased confidence! I CAN get right back in the saddle and I CAN say NO to more than 1 piece of pizza or whatever else my husband thinks I should be splitting with him. It'll re-heat as leftovers in a day or two. Today, my co-workers went to the Pumpkin patch with the kids and brought back a bunch of candy. I said, "No, thanks, but thanks for offering!" It felt good.
I can say NO!
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