Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wrote a loooong blog tonight and it erased somehow! Rrr...
Felt good to express myself. Sorry I don't have it in me to do a rewrite.
Finding my smile again...
Saturday, June 15, 2013
A sparkfriend of mine suggested that I start blogging again. I've had the urge, but it has seemed as though my mind has been leaning toward negativity and toward feeling down on myself. I didn't want to whine or complain. I didn't want to rain on anyone's parade. Negative thinking can truly be detrimental in the process of change, but venting whether negative or positive, can be a healthy way to rid of those negative emotions. So, I won't call it "venting" (that sounds negative). I'll call it "expressing myself". It just sounds positive. I didn't think about the fact that sparkpeople may choose to read on or refrain from continuing. It's all about choices, right?
I have to admit that I also have struggled to get going. The first step has been knowing that this lifestyle does not work for me. The lifestyle that I slipped back into, resulted in an unhappy Amy. Living a healthy lifestyle isn't about just eating and exercise. It is also about living happily. I realize that I may have worked real hard on watching my food intake and exercise, but all the mental anquish still remained.
Unfortunately, it has taken an unexpected event to finally start caring for myself, when this should be what I do daily. These moments seem to be the ones that seem terrible at first, but then seem as though they were meant to happen. You know the saying, "Things happen for a reason!" Well, it was meant to be. So, I began going to therapy. I know...some people cringe at the word "THERAPY!". I, however, am very open to it. Not only do I know that I have a lot of baggage to sort through and maybe even toss overboard, but I am determined to live my life taking good care of myself.
I want to know why this addiction to food, whether it is consoling, whether I am hiding behind the layers of fat...whatever! I need to know why and what triggers me, in order to take control of it. Yes, I said the word ADDICTION. For me, it is exactly what we have here. Some people may not understand it in such a way. I researched the signs and thought I could post some, but the list goes on and on, differs slightly...most importantly I keep saying, yes, yes, and yes.
I found some troubling questions that are quite eye opening. Here's a couple...
- Do you think about food most of your day?
(Probably, but I did when I was eating healthy too.)
- Do you sometimes eat behind closed doors, to prevent others from seeing what or how much your eating?
(This is disturbing, but disgustingly true! I guess the car door counts.)
The more I read on, the more it broke my heart. This isn't just a person who makes some bad choices when it comes to food intake. This isn't just a battle between cookies and carrots. This is a HUGE issue for me and I need to gain control over it and overcome this addiction. Most importantly, I need to get mentally healthy in order to be successful.
I've started, then had a day of overindulging and threw the attempt out the window. I restarted, then felt as though if I was ready I'd be dedicated and I wasn't...so I stopped and went back to bad habits. I've thought about it A LOT, but they were just thoughts...not actions. I've felt like I'd fail over and over if I try AGAIN at this weight loss gig, so I even have "thought" about LapBand procedure (which a friend tried to convince me of doing. She's been successful at such a lifestyle.) I, however, do not want to live the rest of my life RESTRICTED. I do not want to do something that I find an unhealthy way of weight loss, when I can do it in a natural healthy manner (done it!). Funny thing....read about it...read the diet PRE and POST...laughed thinking that I could lose a tone of weight just eating the crap they are subject to before and after....haha Liquids...mmmm....ensure....mmmm....morsel
s of food...greaaaaaaaat. I think I even read no dairy EVER...no soda EVER? I forget. I was turned off more and more as I read. Not appealing. Band slippage? A possibility? You have to be kidding me! By no means do I want to give in to such a thing. If I was 600lbs and found it hard to walk, maybe I would be desperate to move! Although, I gotta say...if I continue on this road, I may be looking in the mirror at a 600lb woman before ya know it! TIME FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I guess my point is that I HAVE been doing a lot of work so far, when I thought I've done nothing just because I haven't put good food choices into effect. The thought process and being mentally ready is probably the most important part of getting started and being successful. I'm working on me. I'm working on making better choices in many aspects of my life, not just with food/exercise. I'm here on sparkpeople. That matters A LOT! I'm trying and even if I have moments where I fall off a bit, it is soooooooooooooo important to get back on and continue. After all this isn't temporary. This isn't a month long experience. This isn't an "I want to lose weight so I can look beautiful on my wedding day." (reason #1) This isn't an "I want to lose weight so I can enjoy being active with my fiance' and children" (reason #2) This isn't an "I want to lose weight so I can get on a plane and take my boys to Disney!" (reason #3) This isn't an "I want feel confident when I enter a room." (reason #4) This isn't an "I want to stop asking for a table/chairs, not a booth that I can barely fit in." (reason #5) The reasons and wants go on and on and on............
My long term goal? It's a feeling, not a look. It's the most important thing in this journey called life...is that I just WANT to smile and be happy. Plain and simple.
End of this story. Today, I begin writing my next novel!!
To my special sparkfriend who inspired me to write this blog. Thank you for never losing touch, despite my long hiatus. You see...in regards to your "tree analogy" (explained in a blog What kind of person are you? - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
You, my friend, are a one of my favorite Root People!
For reference purposes, because calling a person a ROOT PERSON is kind of funny...haha
ROOT PEOPLE -
If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don't let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.
Monday, September 24, 2012
This past Friday came and went and I forgot to review my past goals and perhaps create new ones. I need to have a redo...read on...
GOALS FOR WEEK 2:
DRINK MOSTLY WATER
Mostly is the key word here. I have a coffee on most days, a diet soda now and then. So, I guess you can consider this goal met.
STAY WITHIN SPARK RANGE
I would say that I did well for last week, until this past weekend... hit with family get togethers and a night out with bowling, high cal food, and drinks. My fault completely!! I've been down this road before and I know I've attended these similar get togethers and I've said NO THANK YOU, staying on track. Shame on me!!
TAKE THE STAIRS AFTER CLASS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Not my week for goals accomplished. I rolled my ankle, spraining it real bad. This, of course, resulted in my inability to take stairs, walk long distances, etc. When fully healed, I am eager to continue this goal for myself (and a sparkfriend).
Goals for this week will continue, due to the need for reaching them. Pray I heal, have strength, and care enough about ME this week!
Friday, September 14, 2012
It's made it through 1 whole consistent week!!
Goal #1 -
Ok, so I don't know why I was thinking coffee wasn't a beverage...haha...but it suddenly occurred to me, when a fellow sparker said, "Wow! Water only?", that I've had coffee...drrr
I still have my coffee once a day on average, but I've had mostly water throughout the day. I think I had one diet coke on a couple days too. Well I guess that goal wasn't specific enough. MOSTLY WATER sounds better and is definitely something I can accomplish.
Goal #2 -
STAY WITHIN SPARK CALORIE RANGE
I've accomplished my goal of staying within spark's calorie range, with only one day of going slightly over, due to dinner out for hubby's birthday. Restaurant dining has always proved to be an awful calorie experience, even if you order a salad! I've watched portions (mindful eating does wonders) and made healthy choices. I've began snacking again, instead of being starving come dinner. I've closed the kitchen after dinner (there's no door...it's the thought).
I have felt a lot more in control of myself. After all, most in life is MY choice. Quite a few have made me proud. This past week I've...
- said no to dinner with family, when my mom planned chinese buffet. I just knew that it would cause my calorie range to be out of whack.
- took the stairs up 4 floors at the garage on campus, instead of the elevator.
- chose healthy breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner.
- watched my portions.
- stayed within calorie range.
- drank a lot of water.
- stayed optimistic.
I wish I had weighed myself at the beginning of the week, but at a doctor's appt. this afternoon, I had to weigh in. One week after my start over date. Unfortunately, I don't know if this past week has brought on any weight loss.
I hated seeing the number and I don't even want to share. That's how sad it makes me to see how much I've gained back......................................
............. Oh well. Owning it is the first step, right?
335lb (with clothes/shoes)!
Heartbreaking... 60 lbs gained. How the?! ......... I know how. This has been a learning experience for sure. I stopped tracking. I over ate. I stopped exercising. I gave in to cravings. I made unhealthy choices. PERIOD!
It is what it is. Time to make changes and I'm doing so. For that I have to be hopeful...and proud. So, next week here I come! I think adding a goal each week will be a great way to step up the process and continue to make changes.
Goals for WEEK 2 (one added)
- drink mostly water
- stay within spark range
- take the stairs after class on Thursday afternoon
Good luck to all and thank you for being here for support!
Friday, September 07, 2012
Yes I'm hoppin' on and riding this one out, as far as the road may lead. I don't just want to...I HAVE TO! This is just not a healthy lifestyle. I can't get out of my own way and god forbid someone gets in the way of me! I'm so miserable and moody. Upset with myself is what it is. I don't know how I aloud myself to put this weight back on and I'm not sure if I care about the excuse. Only thing I care about, at this point, is taking the time to care about ME. I know I can do it, so I'm not battling with the curiosity of, "Can this really happen for me?" It has and will again!
I think if I blog weekly, it will hold me accountable and give me the added support of my sparkfriends. Sooo... enough of this tracking and doing well for 3 days, then falling off... logging onto spark for a couple days, then disappearing for a month. I'm ready for the commitment. Sooo... here I go!
WEEK 1 - GOALS
- Drink water only!
- Track and stay within spark's range.
(This had proven to work wonders for me.)
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