Thursday, December 31, 2009
Below, it says "Eat more, Weigh Less. 20 Fat-Blasting Foods!"
You can bet the frosted cookies shown are not on their list.
Another well-known women's magazine often has skinny-mini models on the front--as if that is realistic! And no, it is not "Shape Magazine!"
Kudos to Better Homes and Gardens, and Real Simple, for using lots of flowers, decor, and other themes.
I got a magazine that says "Lose 10 lbs. in 30 days!" It's not a pill, it's a walking program. It starts out with 30 minutes brisk walking on a flat surface. I head over to the gym, and I walk a mile, in about 15 minutes, and I am exhausted and sweaty!
Where are the programs that say: "Drive to the gym, because you've got two errands to run along the way. Walk 10 minutes if you can. If not, walk 5 minutes. Go home and take a hot bath and read a book to take your mind off the brownies and the smell of the popcorn your kids made while you were gone."
On a positive note, I lost 3.4 lbs in the last two weeks or so. Not sure how, but I will take it. I went in there just knowing I had finally gone over 200, and lo and behold, I've lost a little. HURRAH!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Better 200 miles than 200 pounds.
So, I walked a mile tonight. It's a start. Again. And I think I will put up a sticker chart and award myself when I reach 5 or 10. What's a good reward? Not food! Perhaps more stickers! I love stickers; seriously, my journal looks more like a scrapbook than a diary.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
I finished up Leilani's book today. Now maybe I can get on with life. Like sewing and working out.
I don't know if it was too big a weekend or staying up until 2 a.m. to work on her book, but I had a massive headache today. Oh well.
If you want to look at the book, click here. Just don't tell her!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Even dressing, which I did, is easy to make vegetarian and it came out really well. It's Amelia Bedelia style cooking...a little of this and a little of that. One of them said "The dressing is amazing!" I'm glad they liked it.
So what does all this have to do with losing weight? I ate just enough to feel good, and no more. No stuffed feelings this year! But I enjoyed a big feast of flavors and textures!
God has truly blessed us this Thanksgiving, and I am grateful for the time with all my family.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well, I don't know my current weight, but it's higher than I'd like. Thank goodness for "all-over control" pantyhose and a flattering dress! And for a sister/friend who knew I needed some encouragement to keep going.
Have you ever noticed that a positive comment can go a lot further than criticism?
Here's a picture of the cover of "The Weigh Down Diet" for anyone interested.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
To call Weigh Down a diet, is almost a misnomer. It's more a way of thinking abundantly. To trust that no matter how yummy something is, there will be more later. If not of that specific thing, of something else wonderful God provides for us.
That's only a part of it, but I recommend reading the book for anyone who wants to lose weight and be healthy and never feel starving. You get hungry, that's normal, but you don't have to get desperately hungry.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
On Oct. 30 I went to a new doctor and he told me to take cod liver oil (awful stuff) and a couple of other things. Also tested me for vitamin D and I'm low, so we'll see how that goes.
So, I'm still in a lot of pain, but my enthusiasm for life is improving. I hope to move forward out of this "flare" pretty soon.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Plus, I lost 0.6 pounds!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I spent the day at the studio surrounded by sweets! Very tempting!
I managed to limit myself to one tiny Milky Way Dark miniature, one blue jelly belly, one piece of candy corn, and one unfrosted ghost cookie. So, I confess I did eat those!
. . . after I had a healthy vegie and cheese sandwich for lunch, that is.
Then Holly made a cool Halloween dinner and I tried to eat proper portions. She made bones breadsticks, mummy pizza, bug juice, apples with teeth, and mummy toes. I wish I had thought to take pictures.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Is this a good week to start over again? Probably the best--before I binge on all that Halloween Candy!
Off the subject: I absolutely love the Halloween Pictures from Saturday's party. They are awesome! Those babies are all so cute.
If you haven't seen it yet, check it out at Living Love Photos. Cast your vote for the best picture, because the best picture will win a cool prize. Get your family to vote too, and come on out for the party on Halloween so you can get in on the fun!
Monday, October 19, 2009
If getting in shape keeps that away for me, it gives me one more incentive. Just as soon as I get over this darn period.
Luckily at my age, when they asked at the hospital "When was your last period?" they didn't insist on a pregnancy test. Unless they did it without asking me. But seriously, at 48? The x-ray guy asked if I wanted one, but I just laughed and said it wouldn't be necessary.
Symbol from http://www.zib.de/Numerik/projects/MenstrualCycle/project.en.html
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Is it normal to take 6 months to lose 12 lbs, when you are dieting and exercising, and then regain it all in just 8 weeks? Seems like really slow loss, followed by rapid gain. Talk about a yo-yo.
Back to the walking. Made it three days in a row.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
(Photo by Anthony Ford)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Meanwhile, I am killing myself trying to work two jobs, so I have to do something!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Okay, here's incentive to keep working out. What I hate about being fat is seeing what I really look like!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
So, I've been spending hours on it, but I did manage to walk four days this week, plus this afternoon, we walked up City Creek Canyon. Anthony took about 300 more pictures! The rest of us enjoyed time with the kids and enjoying the monuments in Memory Grove and the beauty of nature up the canyon.
Anyway, if you want to see his great pictures, please click here, and go vote for him!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I'm totally unphotogenic, but here's a deal for the rest of you:
Anthony Ford Photography is giving away a free photo at Living Love Photos. Anthony has opened a studio in Salt Lake City and wants lots of studio time so he will give you an 8x10 photo if you'll sit for him.
This little guy is an example of his first day's adventure.
Just comment below if you want to participate, or log over to Living Love Photos and leave one there. Be sure to give us some way to contact you.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
“To fall seven times, to rise eight times…
Life starts from now.”
(Quote found at a blog I love--The Chocolate Chip Waffle)
After being sick for several weeks, I've got to start up again! I feel like I'm constantly back at square 1. I refuse to give up, even if it means going back to step one over again. I will move this body!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I'm finally beginning to feel better. Maybe I'll even exercise tomorrow. I think the whole chest problem was just congestion. I started taking Sudafed yesterday and clearing things up. I try to go chemical-free, but sometimes the body needs a little extra help.
I found this while searching for an image of Sudafed. I just think it's kind of cool.
Now to lose the weight I gained...
Monday, August 24, 2009
I got to the end of my rope and could I keep going? No, I'm a frayed knot!
If you've never heard the joke about the ropes that went into a bar, click here.
Sunday during the temple dedication I got a bad headache. I figured it was a combination of fatigue and the bright lights, but it didn't go away. Later I took a nap and woke up with serious heartburn. I rarely get heartburn! I drank some baking soda water, and it eased off but left me with a pressure feeling in my chest like a big bubble. It felt like I needed to burp but couldn't. I also had an occasional twinge in my shoulder. I called the nurse hotline and learned that heartburn is a primary symptom of heart attack in women, and headaches can be caused by high blood pressure. She convinced me to go to Instacare, and the doctor there sent me to the ER.
The upshot of that visit was that I have absolutely no heart trouble. I'm just tired and stressed. They gave me morphine for the headache, along with Zofran so the morphine wouldn't make me throw up. That was followed by baby aspirin (no water allowed yet) for my heart, followed eventually by "gastroenteritis cocktail" consisting of Maalox, Benadryl, and Lidocaine. Lime mint flavor, Yuck! I gagged that down and then went to sleep for a while. At about 2 a.m. they gave me a drink of water and started discharge papers. The water made me burp at last, and I went home, still tight in the chest.
Upon waking up this morning, my headache was back full force, but I was hungry and the indigestion is at bay if not gone. I took an Excedrin for the headache, which at least took the edge off so I can somewhat function. I took the day off of work, and I am doing only what I feel like, except I probably need to go get groceries. I spent a lot of the day visiting with Holly and the kids.
I know Anthony would be willing to get groceries, but after getting home at 3, he got up at 5 to take Kevin to work because his car is broken down, and then came home, took Dominic to work, and went off to his networking meeting. So he is asleep and I want to leave him that way. But we are out of milk. So, that's the problem with life--how do I rest? Do I get to rest? I'm a frayed knot!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Now I've got a new twist on No pain, no gain. I've been eating so badly, I gained three pounds and I have been in pain. Aching all over. I know better, too, but I start false thinking--it won't matter for a little while. Other people eat like this; I just want to eat normally. All the lies. Rationalize = rational lies.
So I decided on my food motto: No Pain, No Gain. I'll make food choices based on what my body needs, not what looks good or what I perceive other people eat.
Friday, August 7, 2009
This is really gross. The yellow pictures are actual samples of human fat. Yuck! The one on the right shows the makeup of a human fat cell under the microscope.
Great weight-loss incentive, not to look like that inside.
I read about a doctor who does lipo-suction and uses the fat to make bio-diesel for his car. Seems wrong somehow, though I suppose it's no worse than throwing it away.
I think I'll burn my own fat--through exercise!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I found out today my gym membership expired! I don't know if I can justify renewing it, when Anthony doesn't have a job right now. Sanity's important too, right? He says I should do it.
Also, I have regained. But not as much as I feared. Only about a pound. So, time to press on.
Dominic and Holly have been staying with us while waiting for, and recovering from, the birth of their second baby. He has done yoga with me a couple of times, and their little boy is so cute trying to do it with us! The second son was born July 30 and he is adorable! (of course Grammy's not biased!)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Instead of calling it "week" I'm now calling it "step." That way if I miss a day, I just go on to the next assigned workout, instead of skipping one or worrying about what day of the week it is.
It took almost two weeks to complete Step 1, but I'm on target for step 2. I've had an awesome 2-mile workout yesterday and today.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I have missed a lot of exercise due to overwhelming fatigue. So I am starting over in the program at a manageable level.
I've slacked off on keeping my food chart, though I think I am eating well. Still, it's easy to slip off if I'm not counting portions. So after 20 weeks with only four slips, then a week of no recording, I am starting over as Week 1.
I am committed! After nearly 5 months, I won't quit now! When I finish this 6-week segment, I'll have been on the program for 6 months. And hopefully by then I'll lose a few more pounds!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
A plug for Anthony: he took the picture and does some really awesome wedding work! Not to mention family pictures.
Friday, July 3, 2009
One thing I love about yoga is that I focus so completely on myself and how my body feels. I shut out everyone else but the instructor and work my own body. There is no sense of comparing myself to anyone else in the class. There's only the sense of me, of how this stretch feels, of going far enough yet not too far. If I don't concentrate on that, I hurt myself and lose the calming benefits of it.
I have made friends in the class. I got there a few minutes late yesterday, and Pam had gotten out a block for me, and had a tidbit of news to share. The others greeted me and said they missed me in the weeks I haven't attended. I felt so warmly accepted and loved. And then I got into focus and did the workout, blocking out the others in the class.
Anthony went with me, for his first time. While I ignored him--he didn't even put his mat next to mine--I still looked his way now and then. But mostly, I focused on me. The way it should be in yoga. But there was this connection, like a thread between us, a constant awareness of his presence. Not in a bad way, just there. Our bond, a thread between us, not even of thought, not of focus. Just awareness. Like it's all the years stretching between us, all the experience and bonds and love and trials, of comfort and grief, just hanging there in the air. It didn't interfere in my workout. It was just there, like the air and light and sound. A part of me, yet other. Breathe in deeply, exhale, feel his presence.
It's the way I feel when I feel close to God. Like I'm better just for him being there. I am more than myself, yet less. Focused, individual, yet part of something bigger, something stronger, something united.
Picture from www.dietivity.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Today I saw Elaine and she is looking awesome. She has lost some weight and her skin glows. She looks energetic and healthy and happy from inside.
So, thank you Elaine, for inspiring me to see that exercise really can change us from the inside out. I hit the workouts again tonight after missing a few days last week and I am ready to go again!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I need ideas on how to recommit and stick with them.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
At my place of work, we go in through revolving doors. The curve of the glass surrounding the door acts like a funhouse mirror, making me look fatter! I finally figured it out and won't let it bother me any more.
Friday, May 29, 2009
After using all the yoga/pilates dvds we got, this one is our favorite. She explains things well and generally goes slow enough for us to follow, but we sure feel like we get a workout in 30 minutes.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
One day in February I stopped at the gym to do some stretching on my way home from work. I figured if I got home the evening would get away from me, so I'd better stop.
There was a man there who approached me and told me I wasn't really working out. He said I needed to try harder if I wanted to get in shape. I just laughed and said sometimes you just need to stretch. He persisted in saying "you should get one of the girls out here to help you. They're always glad to teach you."
What girls? These helper girls are invisible! As in, there are not 'girls out here' unless you hire a trainer, which BTW, I have done in the past so I pretty much know what I am doing! I turned my back on the guy and went on with my routine.
What a nerve! Thing is, not too many years ago, I would have been intimidated by him, and by the invisible girls, and the whole thing would have made me wonder if I even belong in a gym, possibly slinking away never to return.
Now, I told my family about it and they laughed and couldn't believe anyone would actually do what he did!
And I figure, Hey, I'm 48 years old, and I am in this gym, and that's pretty terrific. I have a plan for my body, which doesn't include following the unsolicited advice of strangers. Atti-tude! Atta-girl!
I wasn't surprised when he left to see him drive away in a bossy-looking truck. You know the kind--you see them in your rear-view mirror, hogging the whole road, usually wa-a-a-y too close!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I found this beautiful print at a blog called My Sweet Savannah. I subscribe to several that are great resources for decorating. Anyway, I love it so I had to post it. There are several prints that you can copy for decorating and it is beautiful.
Working out with a partner certainly makes life nicer for me. Once in a while we get a little butterfly-in-training "walking" with us. Those are fun times. The bigger ones can learn the walk steps, the little ones quickly learn to walk between us and not under us!
Monday, May 18, 2009
During weeks 11-12 we had some extra stress and things to do, so we missed a couple of workouts each week. We really feel better on the days we work out. So what keeps us from it?
Well, first, Anthony was taking two classes, and he had to get the final paper done for the first class. That is too much work! He is cutting back to one class now, even though he will take 3 years to get his Master's Degree. Better to get it later and healthier than to put ourselves that kind of stress again.
Secondly, I really had to do something about a car. I took time for research and chose carefully, and surprised myself by buying a Hyundai Tucson. First, I had no interest in SUV's; secondly, I don't usually like white cars. But I love this car and am happy with my choice. I am grateful to have it. It was either get a car or quit my job and stay home with no car. Okay, I like my sanity.
Life should settle down now, and even if it doesn't, we have recommitted to daily exercise. Walk away those pounds!
At the end of 12 weeks, I have taken pictures again. I didn't make as quick progress as I did the first 12, in spite of working harder. But I feel so much better, there's no quitting now! Anthony says he feels better too. Thank you, Leslie Sansone!
So, where to go from here? We decided since we did the 6-week program in 12, we will now do it in 6 weeks straight through. We are adding yoga to it to increase our flexibility. We found some short beginner yoga & Pilates DVD's that we hope to like. They are 10-35 minute segments.
For variety, we got some other instructors instead of using Leslie's yoga DVDs. If we like them, I will post the titles later.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Saturday, May 9, 2009
My siblings are all beautiful, talented, kind, fun and...slim. I love them dearly and it's fun to spend time with them. But, though I have never admitted it to them, I hate being the FAT sister. They are all busy and buzzing with activities and I am sluggish and overweight. Ugh. None of them have ever made a negative comment about my weight, or anything else to make me uncomfortable. It's just me, my own awareness, my own issues.
In this picture, I weighed 15-20 pounds less than I am now...and I bet you can still pick me out of the crowd!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I suppose if I really want one of these for my adorable grandkids, I'd better start saving! Meanwhile, here's another giveaway. It has thousands of entries already! But hey, why not try?
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Okay, I missed Tuesday, so I am 'cheating' and here I am on Thursday.
I am finding the computer use to be easiest to follow. Sleep...well...I've made it about half the time over the last ten days. On the days I'm late it's less than an hour, usually only a few minutes, so it is still progress.
In spite of all this, I am very tired right now. I'm having a whole-body pain flare, and the inflammation is making it hard to get the weight down. I had my chiropractor adjust my ankle today (I go to a Gonstead practitioner) and I was able to do a 3-mile workout today with minimal knee pain. Walk Away the Pounds Express
I need a good hot bath followed by Bio-Freeze rubbed on and maybe an ice pack on the knee and ankle.
Anthony is very encouraging and keeps me from giving up.
Clock from: http://classroomclipart.com
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This week I was complaining that I need some new fitness clothes. As my old sweats and t-shirts get too loose in the legs, the seams rub uncomfortably with the brisk movements of the Walking Diet. I knew I wouldn't get to the store before Saturday, but I planned some shopping time after work on Saturday.
Friday morning I picked up the paper, and there was a Shopko ad for a one-day sale. They had fitness clothing for 50% off, for Saturday only.
I picked up a cute outfit--black spandex capris with a flare leg, and a matching black and coral top--for a really good price. Best of all, they are large, not XL like all my old pants, and they do make me look and feel slimmer. During yesterday's workout I felt like part of a walking team! I think this was the breakthrough I needed to stay motivated.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm in the stage where I've made a little progress but it's slow to see, and the exercise isn't too hard, but I need a breakthrough. It's hard to keep going. So I am posting this to remind myself, I hate being fat!
It's like somebody put a stretchy body suit on me and poured in 50 pounds of lard. Sound awful? Now, try to exercise wearing a scuba suit filled with 50 pounds of lard. Or even just walk to church, play with your grandchildren, sit in a theater seat...you get the idea. Now, I'm reshaping that bodysuit a bit, giving it a waistline and a tiny tummy tuck, lifting the rear end a little...and a few pounds of fat have squeezed out and been left behind. Onward and thinward!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
LDS missionaries have rules about certain things, like what they can wear, what they can do, how much they should sleep. These rules are for their safety, health, protection, and to contribute to their success as missionaries. I'm going to modify and adopt two of the rules.
SLEEP: A hard one for me; I will quit the day at 9:30 and start getting ready for bed. Lights out at 10. Okay, there will have to be exceptions but that's the general rule.
COMPUTER: I will only use it for 'personal' fun use twice a week, generally on Tuesday and Saturday. Otherwise it is for business use. And those sessions are limited to one hour, generally consisting of blogging, email and facebook. I need to stop being so 'wired-up.'
After 3 weeks I'll reward myself for success with new makeup for the healthier new me.
Really! It's through a different blog site, they are giving away this awesome play yard. Hurry, though, it ends on April 21. I would say, get it in by the 20th; some blogs draw early in the day.
I don't know why it isn't putting the link in right. It's at www.dad-blogs.com
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Also, this one is very vibrant pink, with pink lighting, a visual assault. The music isn't very good at the beginning, sort of a repetitive electro-technical tune that neither of us cared for.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
You know that old saying, "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander?" What in the world does it mean?
Maybe it means that when Anthony works out with Lynn, he also goes down a pants size, and his doctor says he is healthy, though his blood test results haven't come back yet. I forgot to ask how much he weighs.
He does have some foot trouble, so guess what the doctor prescribed? Exercises! Which he is supposed to do in bed every morning. I begged him to roll out on the floor first!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
At the doctor's office a few weeks ago, the nurse used the royal "we" that they sometimes do. She said, "okay, now we're going to step up on the scale." I couldn't resist--I said, "Oh, we are? Do we get to average our weight?" She laughed and said, "Okay, YOU are going to step on the scale now." Oh darn, I think I would rather have the average!
Crown from http://www.freeclipartpics.com
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Weight lost: 7 pounds. (11% of goal)
Total inches lost: 9.25 (5 different measurements) (25% of goal)
Size: down from 18 pants to 16. (25% of goal)
I can see that the toning up is having as much or more effect than the weight loss. I am looking and feeling better even though the scales don't reflect as much difference.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I've never worn much makeup anyway, but I really need a new haircut and a better lipcolor. Sigh.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Why are clothing sizes for women so weird? I've had shirts in SMLX, dresses and pants in 10-18, by even sizes only, or 14W-18W, (and is that W for Wide Load?)
Underpants are half the size of pants, so if my pants are a 10, (I wish!) my undies are a 5--and it took me 40 years to figure that out! Bras are by measurement around and cup size, so they are like 28AA to 52E. Shoes are 5-13, and socks are based on shoe size but they come in a range like 9-11, or 7-10, and often fit badly. And why do shoes start at 5?
Junior Sizes are 1-15, by odd sizes and are a narrower waist cut than misses or women's. So some very cute clothes are not going to fit the mature woman.
Then there is the problem of things that are sized 14/16, for example. Are they going to be too big or too small?
And then you get all that figured out and then you go to certain stores (like Bonworth) where everything is cut large, so a medium is a L-XL in any other company.
And lets not even go into swimsuits! And Petites! And what if my torso is petite but my legs are long, or the other way around?
Men's sizes are a much simpler system, but I'll go into that another day.
Dress picture from: Hasslefree Clip Art