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Weekend at the in-laws . . . noooooooooo

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I'm at my in-laws, who are lovely people with whom I have NOTHING in common. But they are great cooks and foodies and I'm sorry to say I have fallen off the wagon. And I am in a place where I'm thinking, the damage is done. But I am going to try to eat healthy food, at least, for the rest of the weekend, and stop with the cookies and chips . . . and start counting calories again on Monday. Sigh. Well, life does include setbacks, and I am not perfect at this weight loss stuff. But I do feel that, with Spark, I can get back on track.

  
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THINRONNA 8/24/2010 3:15PM

    The damage is never done. You can get back on track. Get back to Spark People and you WILL get back in the groove. We miss you over here! emoticon

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 8/21/2010 5:15PM

    I had to yell at myself, "Count your calories, Right Now! Don't wait for Monday! NOW!"

I have been so lax with tracking, but love catching up with you and I identify in so many ways. Thank you!

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CAROL3SAN 7/31/2010 7:21PM

    You certainly can get back on track. Wishing you all the best for success during your weight loss journey. emoticon

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BOOKAYB 7/31/2010 7:00PM

  Perfection is both inhuman and inhumane!! emoticon Life, after all, is meant to be enjoyed and truly experienced!

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I love strength training!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I am starting the third week of my new strength training program, and I love it! I've been lifting weights for a couple of years in a half-baked way, never keeping track or increasing from one workout to the next. It helped, but I'd definitely reached a plateau.

For inspiration, I read a book (THE NEW RULES OF LIFTING FOR WOMEN). I am doing their workout program twice a week and keeping track of my weights. I am also taking a BodyPump class once a week.

My muscles really feel the difference! I am challenging myself to keep track and increase the weights a little each time I lift. I've learned some new moves (hello, Squat Rack) and gotten my husband and some kindly men at the gym to help me figure stuff out. And the BodyPump class is just fun, with tons of sweaty women and loud music.

To go along with my new routine, I'm eating more protein. And I can say that after just two weeks, I can see a change in the mirror. Not so much on the scale, unfortunately, but I like the way I look a little tighter all over and a little bigger in the shoulders and more defined in the arms.

Would love to hear others' stories about how strength training has helped you.

  
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PAT3ONTHEBACK 8/21/2010 5:13PM

    Thank you for the inspiration. I have been avoiding the weights like the plague. Last year I added strength training to get my knee and ankle to quit hurting. It took forever to happen, so gradually adding weight, but all this year I have been able to jog without pain in those joints. So grateful that I took the time to get them in shape, but now I really need to work on maintenance at least, if not increasing strength.

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LADYZHERRA 7/24/2010 9:52PM

    Yessssss!

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Fasting?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

So here's a question. Last week, my pastor spoke about the discipline of fasting as a way to get insight into a particular issue into your life--a day of prayer, bible reading, meditation, and of course, not eating. It sounds like a good idea for me right now; for one, I have a personal issue I need to gain some insight on, and two, my daughter will be away at camp for part of the week, so I actually have the time and space to focus on my own stuff.

But I'm a little worried because of my weight loss journey. I've been going up and down with some binging and emotional eating, having about five days per week on track and a couple of days of overeating and feeling bad about it.

Maybe fasting would be a good discipline, but maybe I would get so hungry that it would send me into an eating frenzy (this has happened before with overly strict diets).

Opinions on fasting, anyone?

  
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MICHARM 7/20/2010 11:40PM

    If you want to do a fast but are having emotional issues in regards to food, perhaps a day or two juice fasting might be a compromise for you! You would need to buy a juicer and a lot of fruits and veggies...but it is yummy!

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BLONDWUNN 7/17/2010 8:55PM

    I personally have fasted for answers during great emotional upheaval. But I felt this was God's plan for me at the time. In your situation, I think I wouldn't because of the need to stabilize your own nutrition and health. I would never fast because someone asked me to, not even my pastor. But if I feel deep, deep commitment to the issue (or loved one!), then I may. My best hunch is that you will have many "opportunities" (times of need) later on down the road when you'll feel led to fast and it will come easily because you won't want to eat. You'll just want to pray, read the Word, seek the Lord, while meeting the basic needs of your family. You are blessed though, to have a pastor who teaches fasting. It's certainly scriptural!

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Should I quit?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Once again I did fine while my company was here, and then overate massively after they left--a 1.5 day eating spree to match the 1.5 days I deprived myself while they were here. It's like I become a different person who has no control over the impulse to walk into the kitchen and grab any and every unhealthy food there, and eat it.

Does anyone have any advice? So far while doing Sparkpeople, I've been in control (and within my calories) about 5 days out of 7. Feeling somewhat deprived and hungry on those days I comply, as I am a tall woman and I lift weights and run. Yet, I'm so pleased when it works and I lose weight.

But each week I've had a similar setback, and I wonder if I'd do better to just try to eat healthily but not limit calories? Would that help me to stop the binge cycle?

  
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PAT3ONTHEBACK 8/21/2010 5:10PM

    I have this ongoing problem, too. I have been doing what you all suggest, and the problem isn't as severe or frequent. It really works to "not buy it" and to track every calorie. I like to ask myself if I want to log this and eat it, or neither! Two years later, I can now buy chocolate chips to have on hand for baking, because I would eat them up like candy if they were in the house.

I also had to tweak my Spark info to account for increased exercise.

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THINRONNA 7/29/2010 2:20PM

    Hi! I'm sure I'm late on the topic but I too find myself scouring the cupboards and honestly, I simply can't keep any junk food in the house. There is one small bag of treats for my five year old and that is it. Last week I brought two large candy bars in the house and I ate them so fast! I know I just can't have it. When I get in that snacky mood, if it isn't any junk there I just turn to fruit...and really a person can only eat so much fruit!

Don't give up, you can do this. For sure.

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LADYZHERRA 7/22/2010 7:46PM

    Thanks for sharing!

As an aggressive binger eater for years, I can absolutely related to your feelings that you "have no control over the impulse."

But...you know what? You do!

And you CAN gain control back -- or, get some if you never had any (like me).

How to?

Well, we overeat for a variety of reasons. Step one is to discover what that reason is for you. Look it in the face. Are you afraid? Bored? Frustrated? Anxious? Stressed? etc.

Keeping a journal is very helpful in identifying the problem.

Next, hold yourself responsible. Even if you eat 4,000 calories, promise yourself that you will log them all in! Make yourself LOOK at what you're doing to yourself.

Why? Because when you binge, you do it blindly..in a state of irresponsibility. It's almost like it doesn't happen while you're doing it. Log in your food. Make your tracker private if you feel embarrassed.

There are more steps...but this is a good place to start if you feel lost.

You can do it!

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BLONDWUNN 7/17/2010 9:07PM

    Hi, I really enjoy your writing. You're a very conscientious person and I admire that!

My only suggestion here is (well, I liked what the others wrote!) to try to wean yourself from even buying the "unhealthy food" you mention that's in your kitchen. If you can't find it or see it, you can't eat it!

I was eating way too may nuts and it affected my liver readings. So I cut way back on my nut purchases. I just keep a bag of peanuts in the shell for snacks, and a can of almonds for general health. My doctor said to eat "9" a day and no more. So I count out 9 each day. I also measure 4 oz. of wine each day for the reservatrol. So what I'm getting at is to think of food in terms of fuel rather than just for taste. This is what I have to do.

Years ago I worked on a military base for a healthy colonel. One day he saw me eating a donut, and said, "You may as well eat a grenade." Haha. But I NEVER forgot that. No, I can say with confidence that a donut is not healthy fuel.

My best to you. You sound like a winner to me!

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FITPRIS 7/13/2010 1:31PM

    My personal experience is to eat foods that are not calorie dense. I end up eating (it seems like) all day long! I'm not hungry until it is time to eat again. I don't deprive myself of anything.

Check out what you are eating first.

Good Luck with your weight loss journey!

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BETRME100 7/12/2010 8:50PM

    I think we're all different...and it really can take some time to figure out what works for you. Have you had SP figure out how many calories you need to take in to lose a pound or two a week, taking into account your activity level?

Whatever you do, don't quit!! You'll get this figured out!!

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FLICKIE13 7/12/2010 8:35PM

  Don't give up. We all struggle with our different facets of our healthy eating. Try to eat healthy but still track your calories. Hopefully everything will level out eventually. I've been doing the SP diet since late April and just can't get it all together yet but because of the support and my feeling of accomplishment by sticking with this diet, I'm sure you (and me too!) will get everything together soon. Keep going!

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Trying to break the "bond-through-eating" cycle

Friday, July 09, 2010

I'm thrilled to be back on the wagon with eating, good habits, and exercise. And now comes the weekend. My sister and niece are visiting, and although my sis shares my interest in diet and weight loss, we have also "bonded by bingeing" many times. We enjoy letting go and eating all the chips, candy, and junk we can find. We've coped with so many of life's issues this way, including the loss of our mom. On the good side, we also like to walk together and we inspire each other, so if one starts losing weight, the other often follows suit. I need to figure out how to do more of the good stuff and less of the bad this weekend.

Then, as soon as she leaves, my daughter and I head to a gals' party which, again, involves bonding through eating. Four of us moms, plus whatever daughters are available, sit around a table spread with great food, talk, and EAT.

Why do we DO this? Why, when we all have weight issues, do we love to let diets go and overeat together? Why does that feel so good?

So, my plan: I am cooking up some healthy food to take to the gals' party, and I have been surfing the message boards for tips. Best ones: I need to sit as far away from food as possible, and chew gum when I'm done eating a healthy amount. Also will try to get my hands busy helping with the cleanup or the kids. Does this sound as fun as chilling out, laughing, drinking wine, and forgetting about my goals? No, it does not. But I know I'll feel better the next day if I stick to my plan.

For my sister's visit: lots of veggies and low-cal hummus on the table when we sit and talk; sit in a different chair than usual (sounds weird, but I have a chair where I always overeat); and long walks together. Plus a pre-emptive heavy workout with weights before they arrive.

Will report back in on Monday . . . will my weigh-in at least maintain my losses? Could I even lose half a pound this weekend? Tune back in . . .

  
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DYER2794 7/9/2010 9:00PM

  Very good ideas! Enjoy and best wishes for skinnier us!

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