… to lose weight. I've tried it before, and twice successfully I've lost 40 or 50 pounds, but they went back on again when pressures of normal life took over and I head for the biscuits (cookies) and chocolate. Even on this latest journey to achieve a healthy weight, I've hit two plateaus, but I'm relaxed about not seeing the scales change.
This journey I am really trying to re-educate myself to eat more healthily and move more vigorously. Over the years I have picked up so many bad habits that I now need to learn how to change: like snacking whenever I feel like it, helping myself to huge portions just because the food's there. I need to find ways of coping with knock-backs as well as celebrations that don't involve food! I need to walk and move more, seizing every opportunity to swing my legs and arms. Going to the gym needs to become a regular part of my routine, just like going to Rotary meetings, and as important as an appointment with the doctor. My morning leg exercises are now a regular part of my routine – a good habit!
Tonight I wanted something sweet after dinner. I didn't need it, as I had had a lovely meal – but for years it has been my habit to end a meal with some chocolate. I entered dinner on my food diary, and although I did have enough calories left, I resisted the desire for something sweet, and sipped water instead! It will take time to lose that habit, but tonight was the first step.
Changing these habits will help me become fitter and healthier. I know it is not going to be a quick job, and I may have to tackle the bad habits one at a time. But as I succeed with each one, those pounds will slip away, and this time they will never go back on. I WILL be in control of my life, not controlled by desire for unhealthy food and self-indulgence.
I CHOOSE to be fit and healthy - eventually!
Posted on 3/27/2012 by Florawanda
I've been a member of a local gym for several years, but it must have cost me £££ for every visit I've actually made – I'm just their favourite type of member. When I broke my leg, I actually signed off until I was clear, and now my membership is due to restart in April. So today I booked an appointment with one of the trainers, and I have marked in my diary from April through till June, 2 or 3 visits a week!
Why have I gone down so infrequently before? Once I'm there, I enjoy working on the different machines, I love the time in the pool, and I really enjoy the steam, sauna rooms, and the jacuzzi. But each weekday morning I get on the computer, and before I know it, it's lunchtime, then of course I can't go right after lunch, and then suddenly it's 3.00 and it's too late (my membership is offpeak). So I say, “I'll go tomorrow”. And so the days roll by, then the weeks, and I still haven't been.
This time, even though after the first visit, I will have no actual appointment, I will treat it just like a trip to my chiropractor, dentist or hairdresser. After all, it is for my health, and I am paying for it, so I am NOT going to allow other things to get in the way – this is important for me.
Watch my diary, please, MFP friends, and if you don't see me exercising more, feel free to yell at me!
Posted on 3/16/2012 by Florawanda
Exactly 20 weeks ago I was lying on the ground in the middle of some woods in Ireland having slipped and broken my leg and messed up my ankle. I didn't know then what a huge effect it would have on my life... and it's still not as good as new yet. But so many good things have come from this accident, not only time to spend with family and friends who came to visit, but time to take stock of what was really important in my life. Not least, experiencing what life is like when you have a disability - a real education! And, of course, finding how incredibly unfit I was, so that I took my unhealthy eating in hand, losing 12 lbs on my own, then coming on to MFP and finding such huge support on this journey.
But today I had set myself the challenge of doing the 4 mile walk in aid of the Mayor's charity fund along Hayling Island seafront. Flat, and fairly grassy but some stretches of loose stones. Wonderful sunshine, so perfect conditions, led by a woman bagpiper, which cheered us all along. But the loose stones were difficult, and gave no support for my walking stick (cane). I thought I might stop at the fairground and wait for the pack of walkers to turn round and join in with them on the home leg... but the friend with me encouraged me to the turnaround point, and kept me company all the way back... and so I DID IT. It feels really good.
Posted on 3/11/2012 by Florawanda
For the first time since I signed on to MFP ten weeks ago, I did not post a blog yesterday – yet there was plenty I could have written about. What went wrong? Probably I was just so tired, after dealing with several pieces of ward work, doing my bit in our local church, then going 'on the stump' door to door canvassing, by the time I got home at 5.30, I was done in.
Yes, I then recorded the results of my canvassing, entered my food diary, chopped veggies for the ratatouille, responded to MFP friends' successes, dozed over someone else's blog, and climbed the stairs to bed about 1.30 a.m. So in a sense, I did not miss the important part of MFP, recording my food diary – but part of the discipline I set myself at the start of this journey was to log each day's emotional journey, and record what I have learned about myself and my steps to a more healthy lifestyle.
And my fear is that it's only a small step to then failing to complete the diary, on to failing to log on every day, then gradually reverting to old bad habits.
So, MFP friends, feel free to have a go at me if I don't post a blog each day!!
Posted on 3/10/2012 by Florawanda
I know it is recommended only to weigh in once a week, but for me it is a habit now to weigh in every day – and my weight fluctuates a lot. But in the last ten days I have shed 4 lbs in only a matter of days. Way back on Jan 16th, I hit 206 lbs, and on February 27th after 6 weeks, was still only 205 lbs. Suddenly in barely 10 days I am down to 201 lbs!
So what has been different? My meals have been much the same, maybe I am doing a bit more walking? Not really! One of the things that seems to have changed is that for a number of these last ten days, we have had our main meal in the middle of the day, instead of having it about 10.00 p.m. when we arrive home after meetings. And even if we didn't have a meeting, often it would be 9.00 p.m. before I stopped what I was doing and the meal was on the table! The only other thing that might have made the difference, is that except for one of those days, I had averaged 8 cups of water compared to 5 or 6 before then!
I was brought up on the adage “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord and dine like a pauper” because late at night you are less likely to be active, so calories eaten late do not get burned off. So, maybe, I have just proved that this works!
What do you think?
Posted on 3/08/2012 by Florawanda
Three meetings almost in a row today... just time to pop back after one finished and have my lunch at 4.45 before going out again to the last at 6.00! Luckily no temptations at these meetings of coffee and biscuits – those have been cut out to save taxpayers' money – though there was water to keep me going! Stupidly, despite yesterday's blog, I hadn't taken a banana!
I know many MFP friends have the same problem, rushing from one thing to another during the day, and getting home too tired to cook something sensible. And this can be made worse if refreshments are offered during a meeting – typically buffet style food, full of pastry and fat! So I need to have a strategy for when it is a busy day:
1. Always have water and some sort of protein bar in the car or in your bag in case you get stuck.
2. If you know you have meetings over the lunchtime period where no refreshments are provided, take sandwiches and some fruit with you, and eat it at the meeting. If eyebrows are raised, say that you have to eat at specific times (if you were diabetic, this would be true).
3. If you know you have a hectic day, make sure you have an evening meal that is quick and easy to prepare ready to pop in the oven or on the stove, with maybe even a first course of grapefruit or melon, that you can have as soon as you get in, while everything else is cooking.
4. If buffet meal is being served, select VERY carefully, grabbing whatever salad veggies are decorating the plates as well, and make sure you sit well away from the serving dishes.
Do you have any tips to add to these?
Posted on 3/07/2012 by Florawanda
Shades of Harry Belafonte... but I never thought I would become such a fruit and veg evangelist! My mother would be dumbfounded if she could hear me now! I don't really like fruit and veg myself much, but I bored my children to tears insisting they had some fruit or veg with every meal – even making my daughter eat as many peas as years she was old!!! And though the UK recommendation is 5 portions a day, my DH and I usually only have 4. In one of my previous blogs I wrote about this. Dieticians tell us that Mediterranean people who live on average longer than UK, and have less heart disease, have far more fruit and veg than those 5 portions.
But now I seem to be always nagging my MFP friends (apologies) to include more in their diaries... some have lots of proteins, bagels, rolls, but almost no juices, salads, green veg or other fruit, sometimes not even one portion a day. With others, it is so good to see more appearing in their diaries! Bananas are naturally packaged - nature's best convenience food – you don't even need a bag! So let's see lots of bananas (and other fruit and veg) being tallied on those diaries!
Posted on 3/06/2012 by Florawanda
No this isn't about the bankers and their bonuses!!! This is about time … I have just returned from a meeting that wasn't – I turned up, found no-one and the ladies in the office told me there was a meeting at 2.00, but it didn't involve me!! So here I am with just over an hour I didn't expect to have! Wonderful... a little extra time to be with my friends on MFP, time to have a meal with my DH without rushing, time to phone a friend, maybe even time to take a little extra exercise!
Strangely the meeting I thought I was going to was about starting up a neighbourhood ''Time Bank'' where volunteers earn a credit for every hour volunteered, regardless of expertise required. It could be digging someone's garden, doing a neighbour's shopping, baking a cake for a children's group or anything else. The organisers are keen to enable everyone to participate, so disabled people could earn credits for doing some telephoning, or computer work for a charity, and then get help with their shopping or cleaning. Of course, everyone in the group would have to be checked, but it would operate much like the babysitting circle we used to have when my children were little years ago.
So how do you use your bonus time? Do you have a ''Time Bank'' operating in your community?
Posted on 3/05/2012 by Florawanda
Drove up to Surrey to see my big brother today, and back again, and realised we had no water bottle in the car with us... it was pouring with rain all the way up, and wet most of the way home too, but have got so used to having a glass of water by me, and sipping it, really missed it. Would have helped, too, to fill me up before having the huge lunch they had cooked, so could have avoided the nibbles more easily. Had 2 glasses with lunch, and could probably have asked him for a bottle to take back with me, but didn't.
So my moral for today is to make sure I always have a bottle with me (I refill mine from the tap, as Portsmouth water is specially good, drawn from springs which have water filtered down through the chalk of the South Downs), and always ask to stop and buy one, or borrow one if need be. I really NEED my water now!
Posted on 3/04/2012 by Florawanda
For much of my childhood I was told 'It's only puppy-fat – you'll soon grow out of it'. But I never did. People said 'You're well-covered' or 'you're nicely plump', and I took no notice, or thought it was a compliment that I wasn't a skinny model. I once was taken sailing, and was told 'You'd be a great heavy-weather crew' – so I never went sailing again! No-one ever really told me I was fat, and damaging my health.
Plump, cuddly, podgy, chubby, are all gentle words, saying 'FAT', and sometimes I think it might have been kinder if people had been more honest and told it as it is. We call the rolls of fat 'love-handles' – no, they are rolls of unnecessary and unhealthy blubber. For so long I have fooled myself, that the weight would somehow melt away after pregnancies, after holidays... but it just kept creeping up and up.
So let's tell it as it is – time for tough love – I am obese, heavily overweight, gross, and damaging my body, my heart, my joints, and shortening my natural life-span. But as Winston Churchill famously responded to Bessie Braddock who had told him he was drunk, disgustingly drunk “You are ugly, Madam, horribly ugly – but I shall be sober in the morning!” so not, in the morning, not this month or even this year, but in the next twelve months I SHALL HAVE A HEALTHY BODY, not a fat one!
Posted on 3/03/2012 by Florawanda
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