Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another Day Down

So far so good. I'm going to do this thing one day at a time. I have stuck with my app and stayed within my daily and weekly limits. I've lost just over two pounds!  Yea me!

Every day will be a new day, which requires a new commitment. The previous day is gone, and my focus must be on the present. I can do this. I can lose my extra poundage. One day at a time. One pound at a time.

A few weeks ago my husband and I saw the movie "Hacksaw Ridge", a true story about Desmand Daws who was a medic in WWII. He rescued 75 wounded men off that ridge, one at a time. He had no help, and very little equipment. Every time he lowered a man from the top of the ridge, he would say, "One more, Lord. Help me get one more."

One more, Lord. Help me lose one more pound.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It Is Over. It Has Begun Again

Holiday decorations are put away. Christmas wrapping paper and bows are out of sight. The cooking for three major family dinners are complete, the family came and went,  and the china, crystal, and flatware are all cleaned and stored for the next occasion. The ball has dropped. The resolutions have been made. We have settled back into our regular routine. The holidays are over. Done.

Now it it time to look forward to renewing my commitment to losing weight. My New Years goal is to lose 1-2 pounds a week, swim 3 times a week, and reach my weight loss goal by this time next year. I have done it before. I can/will do it again.

To help me on my journey, I will continue to go to TOPS meetings, and I have added an app called iTrackBites. These are tools to help make my journey easier, but the real key lies in my mind, my heart. It's up to me.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commitments Renewed

It's been three weeks since I have been to a TOPS meeting. Too long. I have learned during my time away from that group that I need them. I need their acceptance, their encouragement, and their honesty. The accountability that accompanies belonging to an organization such as this, helps to keep me focused on my weight loss goal.

I go to a meeting tomorrow and it's a good thing.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Water, Water, More Water.

Really? Did I hear that right? Surely not. I don't think I could ever drink that much water. Those were my initial thoughts. However, recently I decided to give it a try and see if it makes a difference.

You see a couple of years ago a nutritionist told me that every day I should drink one ounce of water for every two pounds of my body weight. Ok. At my current weight that's a lot of water.

About a week ago I finally got a container large enough to hold my daily allowance of water. Ok. It's lass than a gallon, but still an incredible amount of water to drink every day. My goal it to drink the entire bottle of water every day, and I get pretty close.

Pros: being fully hydrated makes me feel better. I like taking a drink of water first thing in the morning, because it helps to wake me up. My digestive system is operating more smoothly and regularly.

Cons: I make frequent trips to the bathroom. Frequent. At this point drinking this much water has not aided in any weight loss. However, I remain hopeful.

Because of the 'pros' and in spite of the 'cons', I will continue to drink, drink, and drink more water. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

When Losing Weight Every Bite Matters

When I'm not losing weight, I'm gaining weight. That has been my history.  I'm either all in, or I'm completely out. No middle ground. No moderation.

When I am not working to control my weight, I tend to let myself believe that some bites are not important. The bites I take to 'test' the flavor of whatever I'm cooking don't matter. The bites I take as I'm clearing leftovers from the table don't matter. The bites I take just even out the cutting on the cake or pie to make it look nice don't matter. Just another illusion in the state of denial.

The truth is that all those bites I mentioned above contain calories and therefore, matter. Period. I know this. Yes, I do.  However, making myself not take those bites is very difficult, probably one of the hardest habits for me to establish and the easiest to break.

Another important truth is that refraining from taking those bites is a measure and indicator of the level of my commitment to my weight loss goal. How am I doing right now? Well, I'm not there yet, but every day is better than the day before.

Perhaps I need to focus on progress, not perfection.

Monday, November 14, 2016

If You Say No, Are You Also Saying Yes?

Is it possible to say yes and no at the same time? To the same question?

 I was thinking a couple of days ago about the times when I want to eat something that I don't need. An extra handful of chips. A snack when I'm not hungry. A large serving of beef brisket when a moderate serving will do. I generally think of these moments as a time when I need to say, "No". "No, I will not eat. No. No. No.  Every time I say no to eating extra calories, the more strength I have to say no the next time I am tempted. Essentially every no makes the next no easier.

However, it also orrurred to me that every time I say no to extra unneeded food, I am at the same time saying yes to better health for me! Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm saying yes to avoiding the complications of diabetes. I'm saying yes to having a lower blood pressure. I'm saying yes to perhaps avoiding another knee surgery.

Yes and no. At the same time!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Success at the Restaurant!

My definition of success when I'm eating out? Being able to stop eating before my meal is gone.

My husband and I ate out today. We went to a cafeteria where I was a wide variety of food. Though the food I selected were not the best choices for weight loss, I could have certainly done much worse.

The first things we did was ask for carry outs.  Wise decision. Because the carry out was already on our table, I was able to eat what I thought was wise and put the rest in the carry out. Now I have food for lunch tomorrow!

BTW. I was down 3 pounds at my last TOPS weigh in. Woooohooo!