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Reflection from yesterday's blog and the responses

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Well, Cheri, Diane, Jeannie and Katie, you put a lot "on my plate" to think about. Your questions and reflections are excellent. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Jeannie, at my highest I was 220 and that was probably six years ago. After a bit of a roller coaster, I finally have been going slowly down for the last two years and I am now at 154 - 156. (The doctor's scale has it another 5 pounds higher but I am going by mine). I put down my goal weight between 145 and 135 -- leaning more to 145. You are helping me rethink this.

Diane, I love Premium but am not on it right now. I will be looking up the Calorie Differential so that I can see what I am doing. You have me curious.

Cheri, tonight instead of peanut butter I had greek yogurt and grapes. When I look at my meals, I seem to be pretty balanced with protein, fat and carbs.

Katie, I am noticing the pattern of lag time. It seems that I stall for sometimes a month or more, and then I get super hungry for about three days and then the weight drops.

As I type all this out, it seems like all my life has been focused on weight. It almost seems like a habit of being food oriented. This time is different in the sense that I am really focused on my health. The weight started going on when I had really hurt my back and needed surgery. Then I had a job that required travel, business dinners and luncheon meetings. I ate a lot more because of the stress and seemed to spend more time sitting at my computer or driving.

Now I am outside doing a lot of heavy-duty yard work. The rewards of losing weight has been awesome. Working with Spark People has made such a big difference and getting involved with the 5% Weight Loss Challenge has been delightful. It is a very caring community. Physically, over the last two years: No more heart l burn, no more getting winded, I can now bend over and get up off the ground and not feel pain in my knees. I am feeling good about myself. If this is my ideal weight, I will be satisfied. I never thought that I would feel this way again.
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  • IOWAGRAMMA
    Great reflections, Gail. Clearly you are doing lots of things right and making progress in ways just as important as the number on the scale!! I agree with Diane in her comments here. And for me, I know that my "happy weight" is definitely not what the charts say I should be. Just because I was there once doesn't mean I'll ever be again. LOL! I also hear you on the focus on weight/food/diets/etc. I can't say all my life has been that way, but certainly almost all of my adult life, which now I can say is most of my life! Ha! And, I do get tired of it, but we push on. I try to keep my focus now on better health and lifestyle improvements.
    35 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    LOVE It Gail!! Your last paragrah is why I stopped at 170. I can do so much more than I EVER Thought I would. I got tired of the scale not going down, and the stress I was putting upon myself. My body is happy. I love the question on spark premium "If scales did not exist how would you know if you were healthy?"

    My answer: I could walk up 3 flights of stairs (Well I WAS until the heart thing, I KNOW my legs, back can do it) I can go for walks, be active (Had to scale that down ,heart, but I CAN AND STILL do it), how is my self esteem? Am I happy? Is my life fulfilled? Do I give to others of which many give back (I hate being used, and to me that plays into self esteem the only exceptions to this would be a family member to a point or a close friend who weren't aware of it due to mental status) at least a smile and TY. A smile and TY goes so long for us.

    I can answer YES YES YES!! Maybe your body is happy where it is?
    36 days ago
  • IMNOTSTOPPIN
    Gail,

    You are a model of success for me. You have me curious; have you ever been on Premium? And if so, what did you like when being on it. I'm contemplating signing up for Premium. Any input from you would be helpful.

    Toni
    36 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    Gail that sounds like a wonderful snack tonight.I occasionally use PB in things but it is high fat.My dietician said she would rather if I wanted nuts that I had a few almonds less fat and higher fibre.
    36 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    Very happy that you're now 'harvesting' the great health results of the wise changes you did.
    36 days ago
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