Wednesday, April 23, 2014
there was a lot of groaning, moaning and blaming it on Easter Ham today...very few mentioned chocolates but I know we have a few chocoholics in the group as well.
The weigh in numbers were not positive today...Graeme was the biggest gainer....10 lbs. He blamed Ham, chocolate and love. Both his mother and his wife, who both know better, bought 2 lb chocolate bunnies and he admitted that he gorged on ham and all the fixings for Easter dinner.
One lady put on 5 lbs, everyone else was between .25 -1 lb
Graeme's mom myself and another lady were losers of the week. A mere .5 but I will definitely take it!
We mostly had discussions about food allergies and what can be switched to still have the vitamin benefit. I did not find it an inspired discussion today. I think the mass gains was on everyone's mind more than anything.
I did ask what they thought about their gains and what they thought caused it. LikrI said most blamed it on Easter and all that goes with it.
Like I said in my last blog.... no one but you, controls the food that passes over your lips \. It is a matter of choice, and with a little effort and determination, it can be done. Doesn't matter if it is a holiday or not, you can still eat sensible.
I am not an angel either. But I have made the decision. The choice is mine now to live up to it. I am sure I will slip and fall somewhere along the line, but I won't wallow there. I really don t want to see anymore gains for awhile, and that will make me strong.
I have to set an example for the members of this club, after all, I am their leader. I have a responsibility when they chose me as the leader
Sometimes it is easier to wallow and just go with the flow. Unmindful of the choices we choose to eat. In a week, just give a shake to the head and complain ..."I don't know what I did wrong.." when really, you do know, you just don't want to admit to it.
It is all about choices, and I am happy that I passed the holiday weekend with a loss!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Happy Easter to you all. I hope you are getting through this holiday without going too far off track.
It is a stressful holiday for some people. All holidays are stressful for some people.
For me, some I pass by with out any trouble, and others really sock it to me, if you know what I mean.
This one, is passing me by. A little lonely, to be sure, and a little envious of those with places to be, to share fun, laughter and a good meal. But, all in all, I am doing okay!
I have my mindset on and I dont want to break rank over a holiday meal. So it is just another day where I am determined to stay on track...and that is far, far, easier without the tempting foods of a holiday, wafting it's aromas at me all day, while it is cooking.
I find things are easier to deal with if you dont have to smell them cooking all day. I made this surprising discovery about myself on the last night (last sunday) of the Alpha course I was on. Some kind soul had donated 4 turkeys to the Alpha group's dinner. So of course, they were cooking in the church all afternoon.
Smelled wonderful when we walked in at dinner time. Dinner was announced within half an hour of arriving, so hadn't smelled it for very long before lining up for our meal. Going through the line, I asked for smaller spoonfuls of all that was offered. I sat down and ate.
Lots of people went back for seconds as there was leftovers after serving everyone, but I was not one of them. As a matter of fact, I even left some on my plate. I was quite happy with myself.
Course I do realize that it could also be that because I or some of the other good cooks in the family did not prepare the food, so it therefore didnt entice me that way either. But I still prefer to think it is because I did not smell the wonderful aromas of the dinner cooking.
It is all good for this girl!
I didnt break rank and I have stayed on track for the other days as well, for this passing week. I am confident that I will step on the scales with another loss this week, even if it is only a small loss. That is good enough! Black, no more reds, on my weight chart. I do not care if I have health issues, when they crop up, I will just have to be tougher on myself, to get through them with losses.
The profesionals say I can't do this or that.....well I have said it before about other things so I will say it about this as well....I CAN SO! I will prove it yet again.
We all have to make the best of our given lot in life. Some of us have it rougher than others. But I am not accepting that excuse for myself anymore
WE ARE what we put in our mouths. NO ONE forces us to put food in our mouths. The only person that has control of the bodies we live in, the only one that can accept the food into this body, is the person living in it. It all comes down to that one fact.
It is a matter of choice. It is a matter of determination to be the odds. Because the odds are failure. Whether we relax our criteria, whether we succumb to the temptations that cross our paths, whether we make our regime and lifestyles too strict, for whatever reason. it is a set up to fail for the majority of us. Our love affair with food is at the bottom of the whole thing.
So for this Easter time, that is about rising above, rejoicing in life, be it jesus's, or our own life. I choose life, a healthy life.
I started this new regime just before Lent, and I am still with it. I have had two weigh ins with losses, after most of three months of tiny gains. My Lord has given me the strength to carry this through. After much soul searching He has shown me the way, and I shall follow.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Weigh in went smoothly, no major gains or losses for anyone.
I was down 1.8 for this week, I will admit that I was hoping for more but will take that one. Everyone cheered for Spark team member Ima! Nice big fat 5 lbs down! yay!
Today We talked about Hormones, Menopause and body changes that can cause weight gains. We also got to pick at Graeme's brain to discover if men have similar problems in midlife. (I also looked it up on the computer before hand)
And the answer is yes. Though men are not as obvious as women, they still have body changes as they age , that can cause weight gain. For men, it is the gradual decreases of the testerone, just one thing basically.
Women have to contend with 5, sometimes 6, different changes. Metabolism changes and slows with each of the areas effected as a woman's body moves through the phases of menopause.
June, Graeme's mom stated, I remember when I would want to wear a certain dress on the weekend, I would try it on wedensday and if I found it snug, I could cut back a little for a couple days, take an extra walk or two and it fit beautifully friday or saturday night. Now....I can not do that anymore. I walk and walk, eat like a bird and still find myself with a small gain or barely a smidge of a loss....big sigh
June struggles so hard with herself. She is not a really big lady, but she is packing more weight than she wants to and tries hard to get it off. She gets very frustrated with herself because she figures that even at 88 she should be able to drop weight at the drop of a hat!
She will not accept that she has to eat even less than she now does, to lose the weight.
And that is the truth of the matter. As we age, none of us, no matter what kind of shape we are in, we have to eat less than we did when we were younger. There is no way around it.
Our metabolisms slow down, are not as efficient as they once were. Yes you can rev them up some with exercise and proper eating but it will NEVER be as efficient as it once was..like in your teens and early twenties.
I did not research any further as I had run out of time the day before. There is still the question of whether hormone replacement vitamins and what not, could change how the body reacts to these changes in terms of weight loss. I have a feeling the answer would be that there is no benefits in that way. Why do I think that? Because after all the women that have gone through menopause before us, if that were to work, I would think we would have hear d about it before now! At least one of us would have.
So while the discussion was good , and did answer that hormone changes and menopause can contribute to weight gains with some people, it did not give the answers of how to counteract it.
Just have to exercise more, eat even less....Or just accept who you are and keep yourself healthy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
yesterday I painted this one, kept me out of the kitchen cause for some reason I really wanted to break and eat every thing I could find...I could not get food off my mind!
Later this morning I will be weighing in with the club to see how well I did this week and will post the club chat
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I have been playing with this painting for over a week...I can not make up my mind if it is finished or not... So perhaps my friends here would care to critique this picture and tell me if they think it is finished or not, in their opinion.
I have called it peaceful as that is what I awas aiming to portray. Something relaxing...
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