Monday, May 30, 2016
Wow, it has been almost 5 months since I posted anything here.
The year has been going better than expected, but there is still much work to be done with respect to both weight loss and mind set.
Here are some highlights of the last 5 months:
1. I have lost about 12 pounds since New Year's Day. I am not unhappy with that; however, most of that weight loss came in the first quarter of the year. Since April 1 I have lost only 1.8 pounds. I don't want to harp on this, but clearly there is some tweaking necessary.
2. I have been listening to podcasts from Overeaters Anonymous. This has been inspiring to me. It goes without saying that some podcasts are better than others. Some speakers are good while others are not as good. Some speakers resonate better with me than others. But each podcast (and I've listened to about 100) has something to offer. I actually track the ones I've listened to on a spreadsheet (I'm a geek and proud of it), so I have an idea of which ones I might want to replay and/or look for other podcasts from the same person.
I have toyed with the idea of joining Overeaters Anonymous myself, but I have decided against it at least for now. I work full time, and I would prefer to spend my spare time in the gym or on the walking trail. I am just not quite sure to make the commitment to periodic meetings. However, that may change at some point.
3. I joined a 90 day challenge at my gym and lost about 7 pounds during that time. I attended a weekly event during that time. It was usually an exercise class, but sometimes it was a discussion that was more related to nutrition. It was lots of fun, and it was great to learn new things. There is a new 60 day challenge starting for the summer, but I am probably not going to participate right now (maybe in the fall).
4. I have done a better job of avoiding sugar than in the past. I was very good about this in January. I came to realize that avoiding evening noshing sent me to bed in a much better frame of mind for two reasons. First of all, I was happy with myself for not giving into temptation. Also, I felt better physically. So I developed a mantra: I want to go to bed happy, not feeling crappy.
Unfortunately I have sort of let this get away from me. This doesn't mean I am back to having a sugary treat every night (it is pretty hard to do that and pass yourself off as someone who is trying to lose weight, but hey, I guess I am a hypocrite at times). However, I do have sugary treats a little more often than I think I should (ok, I know I should NEVER have them, but even given that maybe I can sometime make exceptions, I feel like I am doing it too often).
As I head into June, I feel like I have picked up more resolve, and I hope to be able to report better compliance for the month.
4. Related to the above, I think I have become more mindful of my eating (though again, there is much work to be done here). There have been a few times that I have been ready to go off course and go someplace where I can get sugary treats. It has frequently happened that when I get there and when push comes to shove, I don't go through with it. There was one time when I went to Baskin Robbins and was going to get a shake. But once I got there, I actually got a cappuccino from Dunkin Donuts (all part of the same store). At one point I would sometimes buy bagged candy from CVS or Walgreens. I had to visit both stores at the end of January for some medical supplies, and initially it was hard to go there and not buy candy. Now it would not be a problem at all. I have no interest in eating it.
Another victory in that regard - Starbucks has a promotion for 9 days (two weekends plus the week in between) when they sell frozen frappuccinos for half price between 3:00 and 5:00. For the last two years I would look forward to this week and get myself a frap several times during this week. And of course, because a large one was only marginally more expensive than a medium one, I would get the large. I have come to realize what calorie bombs these drinks are, and this year I avoided them altogether. I didn't miss them; in fact, I am glad I avoided them. If the day comes that I ever want a frap in spite of knowing the down side, I will simply buy one and pay full price for it.
5. I have signed up for a half marathon in September. I have very mixed feelings about it, and now I will have to train. I have participated in one half marathon previously, in Philadelphia in September 2013. This one is in a rural setting: Pennsylvania Dutch country. Now I have to train. And I am absolutely determined to lose at least 10 pounds (which is about half the weight I feel that I must lose and an even smaller fraction of what I ultimately want to lose).
6. Speaking of Philadelphia, my daughter lives there. Last year over Memorial Day weekend, as she approached her 30th birthday, she learned how to ride a bike for the first time in her life. This year over Memorial Day weekend, she participated in a mini triathlon, which was actually practice for another one in Philly at the end of June. I am so proud of her. But I feel like if she could turn herself around like that, I can make changes too that are less dramatic.
7. I have added some new things to my diet, such as beets and Greek salad. So good.
8. I am still trying to figure out whether I have a sugar addiction or binge eating disorder or both. I am inclined to having both. Sugar definitely sends me down a path of no return, but I also have some problems with eating quantities of food that are larger than they should be.
As always, I appreciate my spark friends and teammates on my various challenges. I will try to post another update in about a month and will do sooner if the spirit moves me.