Last Week of Winter Challenge Homework Assignment
Friday, February 09, 2018
The question put forth to all of us in our Lovely Limes team is: how has participating in this winter challenge helped me/us reach my/our goals.
For me, rejoining an online diet team for camaraderie and support was what really made the difference. I knew that I was not alone in my endeavor to change how I ate, slept and moved. Also, the fact that I know these people from past challenges really helps since I don't have to go into a lot of detail about where I am coming from. I felt a warm and friendly welcome back and I felt like I was 'home again'. I was and am not alone in my desire and determination to put a lot of health issues behind me and rebuild my life from where I am at today. That is important I feel because each of us do start (or restart) at different points in our lives.
The things that had changed for me before this winter challenge began was that I was working around a very serious lower back injury, I was worn out from having had pneumonia and being anemic and not liking to eat vegetables on a regular basis; let's say, I came with my own unique 'challenges'. I am one of these who counts ketchup as a vegetable--well let's say I would like to. LOL. I also need to add that the IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) disease that I have had my entire adult life (my younger sister has diverticulosis and my Mom had C-diff--commonly associated with being gluten-free and lactose intolerant to name a few) except this past year it got the worse I have ever experienced. One year later I am following what is known as a LO-FODMAP or low residue food plan. I have not entirely got it up and running as I need to but I have improved how I approach what foods I can and can not eat.
So, in spite of the 'challenges' that I mentioned above, I still managed to lose 18 lbs. thus far and I am hoping to lose another 2 this final week. Because of the 'modify' rule that these challenges promote I was able to relax and adjust my needs to the weekly challenges we were expected to attempt. No, I did not train for a 5K (I can barely walk with a cane) but I did manage to work around my injuries and still be able to stay in 'the game' so to speak.
I do hope that I provided some support and 'cheerleadering' as well. I do know that I visited everyone in my team's spark page and read what they were willing to share with the rest of us. So, I got to know what some of the rest of them were dealing with. I was not alone in dealing with some health issues. Amazingly, in spite of our own personal pains we smiled through the tears and offered words of encouragement and love. I always feel like when I open the Chat thread that I am sitting down with a warm cup of tea and a throw over my lap and visiting with old friends. I get a lot out of that exchange and it helps me throughout my day.
I approached this challenge a little bit differently than I have in the past. I knew my limitations and I didn't eat over the frustrations I felt for not being able to do a burpee (which I don't think I ever will anyway) or even a jumping jack (not with these girls I won't). However, I could move those legs and arms while protecting my back with the best of them! I didn't aim for perfection with my food plan either. I made mistakes but I didn't beat myself up about them. I just said the next meal or snack is in 2-3 hours and aim for a good one to report!
I am proof that you can lose weight without going to any kind of extremes. I am 64 1/2 years old. I am disabled. I have some health problems I wish I didn't have but I have the same needs as any 20 or 30 year old. I want to feel good and not be sickly. I want to look as good as I can for my age (I am definitely not worried about fitting into a 2 pc. swimsuit any time in the future--that is one torch I pass to the younger ones). So, I feel my goals are realistic. What I didn't accomplish this winter challenge I will tack on to the spring one and take it from there.
As Yogi Beara once said, "It ain't over until it's over". So, see all y'all in the spring challenge where we pick up where we left off.