I am trying to keep with my plan to make 2009 my Year to Shine! I am going to enjoy life and work hard to lose this weight. I have committed myself to working out and doing what it takes to get healthy and happy with my body with the help and guidance that I receive on Sparks!
I am so proud that this week I have stepped up my exercise and done a minimum of 60 minutes each day on the elliptical and have even done as much as 90 minutes of exercise on some days. It has made me feel good and even though a day or two I really didn't want to go because I felt I needed to rest, I pushed through my skepticism and kept to the plan. I love the elliptical machine and it is something I enjoy doing. I am doing some strength training as well. I have also been doing Zumba at the Y and absolutely love it. I need to find some Zumba tapes for the house cause it is not offered as often as I would like. I have Turbo Jam and really should pull those DVD's out and start using them again.
I took some time tonight to read some motivational stories on sparks of weight loss and it has really inspired me. I have found that the SCALE is my enemy and de-motivator. I have relied to much on it to show much how well I am doing and sometimes the disappointment drives me insane. I have decided that I will get on the SCALE once per week on weigh in days for my Nashville Sparks and BLC9 Fierce Fushias Challenges and other than that I am just going to focus on getting healthy and hopefully see some progress.
I thank everyone who has encouraged me and been my shoulder to lean on this past year as I struggled through my divorce and hope that this year I will succeed in winning the Battle of the Bulge and BE THE LOSER I WANT TO BE!
WOW. 60-90 minutes on the elliptical! YOU GO. That is amazing to me. I just got to 3 weeks of working out consistently and today for the first time I managed to go 34 minutes on the bike. Thanks for the inspiration!
I'm avoiding the scale for now too. I'm going purely by what I can see and feel changing with my body, and by the way my clothes fit. Once I come down a pant size or two, then I think I can look.
But yes, the scale! Dreadful thing. I will weigh myself several times a day if I leave it out where I can see it. I leave it in the closet until I'm ready to weigh "for real".
Wow, you really have the right atitude!! I think I'll use you as a model to help me with this battle!! If you don't mind, that is. You should be so proud of yourself--way to go!!!!! 4516 days ago
Your attitude is so positive and upbeat and being a shining example is just what you are. I am finding it takes a long time to get where we would like to be sometimes, as we only have so much control. Even over our bodies, but being reasonable and focussed is the best and you have touched my heart. Thank you. peace and joy donna 4516 days ago
Went through the divorce thing. It seems like it takes as many years as the marriage existed to untangle the threads with the ex. It took me a year or so to figure out who I was and how I was going to fit into life again. The kids suffered during that year or so also although we didn't talk about our pain enough.
I'm glad you are taking some positive steps to reinvent yourself. It is such a process to become a "new person" that you have to when you change the way you define yourself.
Gest wishes. I'm glad you are taking such positive steps. 4516 days ago
You go girl!! You can do it! You have shown courage and strength by getting a divorce. I dont think that was easy. So show weight you are in charge too! I love your enthusiasm and courage! by the way what is zumba? enjoy your workouts Treesa 4516 days ago
You had some "lightbulb moments" (as Oprah calls them.. lol) and have the right attitude. I found the scale to be my enemy too. I would work out more some days and the next day I would have a higher weight on the scale.. yet my pants are falling off. WTG.. keep up the enthusiasm and be an inspiration to us all! 4516 days ago
You are so correct-- the scale is not a good indicator of how we are doing.. I notice with each bad scale reading I get, it makes me lose hope then the next week is worse. I need to just use the scale as a tool not as an indicator of how well I am doing since I have been known to gain 10 pounds+ in a week due to edema.
I started this year saying 12 months... 100 pounds.. not a problem.. except all I have done is gain so as of now-- 1 month down, I am up too many pounds so I need to step it up a bit. I am going to go back to eating the smaller amounts like I used to (they try to tell you you need to eat to lose but obviously that is for a person more active than me) and I will continue to eat my regular2 meals and 3 snacks-- it worked for me before so I need to get back to it..
We can and will accomplish our goals as long as we stay focused and stay motivated.. I am worth the effort are YOU?? I KNOW YOU ARE!