3 Beck Days
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Day 38 talks about dealing with a plateau. While I don't need to or want to lose more weight than where I am right now in this 5 pound range, I have certainly ad plateaus many times along my journeys. What I learned pretty early is that it's time to mix it up! Something else that I think as critical during a plateau is to treat it as though you are in maintenance. Figure out exactly where you are and do your best to stay right there for a few weeks or even a couple of months. Then it will trick your metabolism when you start to cut back on food or increase your exercise. It's a pretty cool thing to try! Plateaus bothered me once upon a time but no more. I know that my body will respond nicely to changes. Sometimes it's a matter of changing what I am eating (veggie omelet versus steel cut oats with yogurt in the am, for example) and sometimes it's what kind of exercise I am doing. You juts have to find what works for you!
Day 39 discusses exercise. One thing I love about Spark People is that you start with 10 minutes of exercise a day. That's how I started. Most of the time, you will increase over time as your endurance builds. I did find that when I moved and stayed with a friend, I missed the level of exercise I had become accustomed to. As a result, my weight increased. How necessary it is for me for my weight AND for my health. Nearly every morning now, I will read at my computer for about 30 minutes. While reading, I jog fast in place for a minute, then continue to jog but not at max for 2-3 minutes. I do this the entire time I am reading. In addition, I do weights a couple of mornings, recumbent bike and 2-3 mile walks at a moderate speed with my husband. These are all great for my health both physical and mental!
Day 40... Okay, this one stepped on my toes. Enrich your life, she says. Then the example she gives is of an individual who didn't want to go to the beach with her friend because she was embarrassed about her body. I have been there, and not so long ago. We have been making the 5,000 mile trek to our parents for quite a few years. More recently, my husband decided we should take a few days at a beach. Ugh! I grew up going to the shore. It's not the water, it was the body! It took me some mental gymnastics, but I finally decided that I sure wasn't going to see anyone I knew so it was ok to go and be in a bathing suit. Then, my daughter's mother-in-law asked if I wanted to go with them to the pool. That's local. How do I feel about that?! Truth is, I would have gone with the grandson, but never stepped out to get the pool pass. I do have concerns about getting too sunburned, but that shouldn't stop me. So, the bottom line is, I may just have to get my feet wet next summer!! I have given thought to getting a pass for the indoor pool, but it's not the body that's stopping me... I'll consider it... just not today!