Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What Will I Gain By Losing Weight?

What's in it for me? Losing weight is a lot of work. It's hard. It's sometimes slow. Sometimes it's not fun. All true.

However, there are many benefits, many things we gain by being a loser of the extra poundage we carry around. What are some of the things I will gain when I reach my goal?

* I will be able to keep my left knee longer.  I had my right knee replaced about a year and a half ago, and it is doing quite well. However, I would really like to hang on to my left one for as long as possible. My physical therapist told me that every pound I lose takes 4 pounds of pressure of my knees.  That's motivation!

* I will be able to keep up with my young grandson longer. We have a great time together, but I know that when I lose weight, I'll gain the ability to have even more fun with him.

There are many other things I'll gain, and I'll share them from time to time.

Next post : commitment

BTW I went to TOPS today and weight in with a loss of 1.5 pounds!  Yea!!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Is It Necessary to Have a Why?

Major projects are not easy. They are seldom accomplished in one sitting. They require commitment, and focus. The first and, I think the most essential requirement, is a clear and concise reason for doing the project in the first place. Why do I need to do all this work? Major projects that go from conception to completion have a definite reason, a definite 'why'.

Losing weight is definitely a major project. To take this project all the way to completion, to stay the course, and to not get distracted along the way, requires clear and concise reasons. These reasons, these 'whys' must be strong and compelling because they will be one of the 'tools' that will help keep us moving towards our weight loss goal.

Here are my 'whys':
* my overall health and wellbeing - I know I will feel better and be more productive and active if I lose weight. That will make me a better grandmother.
* my diabetes and other health conditions will stay under control and perhaps go away if I lose weight.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why? What Do I Get Out of All This Work?

One of the things required during the process of losing weight is focus. I can be easily distracted by a bag of chips (I'm only going to eat a handful!), or an extra large bowl of popcorn! Sugar is still a problem for me, but because of my diabetes diagnosis, I seldom eat anything with refined white sugar.

When those moments of distraction come, and I've eaten too much of something, or I've mindlessly eaten a bite here or there while I'm cooking or putting away leftovers after a meal, it's because I've lost focus. My why's and what's have moved out of my tunnel vision, and food has taken its place.

In my next post, I'll write about my why's and what's.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I'm Still Here

It has been over 3 years since I have posted anything to this blog. Oh my. Well, in the last 3 years my life has changed in many expected and unexpected ways. My husband and I have retired and moved to a large city. We expected to retire and move, but never expected to live in a large city. We have always considered ourselves to be small town folk.

We have also become grandparents. That was also unexpected, but very very welcomed. Our world truly began to spin on a different axis the moment we found out that we were going to have a grandchild.

One of the things that has not changed is the issues I have had with my weight. However I have started on a new path and I want to continue to share that journey with you.

I have become a member of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, which is a weight loss organization that has been around since 1948.  I remember my grandmother being a member when I was a kid.

So check back frequently. I will share some of the things I have learned, am learning, and will learn as I work towards my goal of being health in every way. After all I now have a grandchild that needs the presence, influence, and love of his grandparents for as long as possible in his life.

Monday, May 27, 2013

How Hard of a Whack With a 2 X 4 Does It Take To Get My Attention?

     Well, once again I chose, deliberately I might add, to take up residence in the State of Denial. Temporary residence in that state is quite nice. You can do what you want, and (for me) eat what I want. Yes, ignorance is bliss, albeit temporary bliss, but still, sigh, bliss.
     There is a day of reckoning that always comes, however. A day when your residence in Denial must come to an end, and you are pulled kicking, screaming, and clawing the ground back into reality where you must face and accept things as they are. Yes, that has once again happened to me. When I checked my blood sugar for the first time in months, and it was the highest I had ever seen, I knew that life for me had to change.
      Now comes close monitoring and strict control on my diet to see if I can still keep my blood sugar in normal ranges without medication. We'll see.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weight Loss Milestone For Me!

Yep! Yep! Yep! This week I reached 20 pounds of weight loss with Weight Watchers. Feeling lighter feels great. I have won the notice and compliments of friends, the fun of 'digging' through my closet for clothes that now fit, and the sheer thrill of tossing clothes that are now too big into a bag to give away.

I have a closet full of clothes that have been too small for years. I called them my 'hope so' clothes. Year after year those clothes just hung in the closet and I began to think of them as my 'probably not' clothes. However, now they have become my 'probably so' clothes.

Thank you Weight Watchers.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Weight Watchers and Me

Hope has once again arrived. I am within 1/2 pound of 20 pounds lost since I have been on Weight Watchers and it feels great. Today I bought a new pair of jeans and went to the misses sizes because the women's sizes were all too big! Yea!

Each day is a new day. No matter how things went with food yesterday, today is a new day and another chance to do the right thing for myself and my health.

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