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when giving 10% is a good thing

15 Sep

10%…it’s a number that doesn’t sound like much, right?  If I were to give 10% at work, the results wouldn’t be too great!  If we were business partners and I offered you 10% of the profits…you’d be a little underwhelmed.

But there are times when 10% actually amounts to quite a bit….for example…picking between meat that is 80% lean and 90% lean…sign me up!  Eating 10% less calories or moving 10% longer than you did the day before…that’s something to be proud of.  These small percentages add up quickly…and that’s when 10% is a really good thing!

It’s also a really good thing when I sit back and realize that during this journey, I have managed to shed 10% of myself!  That 10% is equivalent to a small child.  That 10% represents months of trying to eat better, move more, and gain a better understanding of what food used to mean and what food SHOULD mean to me.  That 10% didn’t come off easy, and it didn’t come off quickly.  When you’re talking about weight, 10% is quite a challenge and makes you realize it’s not such a small percentage after all!

But here’s what I find to be most interesting….while I still have a long way to go on my journey, I’ve already come so far.  That 10% has really made a difference in me.  My clothes fit differently.  I am slowly getting a new wardrobe without spending any money because I can now fit into clothes that have sat in my closet untouched for years.  I feel a little lighter on my feet.  I sleep a little better with fewer aches and pains.  I even think that “little” 10% has given me just a bit more confidence.    But that’s not all… Did you know that by losing 10% of your body weight, you drastically improve your health?  A quick online search will reveal some of the health benefits that come along with that undervalued little percentage….  Here’s what I found:

By losing 10% of your weight, you can:

  • Reverse or prevent diabetes by improving glucose tolerance
  • Improve sleep apnea
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol by reducing LDL–the bad cholesterol
  • Improve triglyceride levels
  • Lower risk of cardiovascular disease and sudden death from heart disease or stroke
  • Prevent chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Increase energy levels
  • And in some cases, eliminate certain medications–yes, 10% may be more effective than the nasty meds we have to take due to this weight!  That’s amazing!

Wow…it’s no wonder I can already feel a difference!  But as I mentioned, I’m only at the beginning of my journey.   I have a long way to go, but I thought that this milestone was worth sharing!

By having now lost 10% of my original body weight, I have a better sense of where I am going, how long and how hard it is to get there…AND the much-needed motivation to push through.  If I feel better  minus 10%, I can only imagine what minus 20% feels like!

I’m going to do my best to not focus on how far I have to go and instead take the momentum I’ve gained by how far I’ve come and see if I can do it again.  I am keeping my eye on my next 10%.  Afterall, it’s a tiny number, right?  😉

It’s no longer uncharted territory…I just conquered the first beast…using the same tactics, I can do it again.

This time, I’d love company….who wants to join me and shed 10% together?  It’s no race, no crazy competition…just good ol’ fashioned  motivation and sharing of obstacles, struggles and successes.  My theory is that everything is better with a buddy!  So let me know if you’re in!!

fighting for what I deserve

5 May

It’s been a frustrating week.  Although, I am eating healthier and paying more attention to what and how much I eat, I see zero progress on my friendly little scale.  Yes, yes….I realize that I can’t base my happiness on those foolish little numbers, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t faze me.  Who doesn’t want to climb on the scale and see that number get smaller and smaller with each weigh in?

But, while those much desired smaller digits are playing SO hard to get, I realized something…they are only making me try harder.  This is unchartered territory for me.  My normal reaction would have been to declare defeat and drown my sorrows in a sea of chocolate goodness.  Now, I find my self finding opportunities to move more and trading chocolate chip cookies for fresh pineapple.  WHAT?!  Who is this crazy girl and what has she done with Dee?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t (I repeat: I HAVE NOT) sworn off those yummy little cookies, but right now I find myself more open to accepting a healthier alternative during this stressful time.  I don’t know if it is some miraculous discovery of hidden will power or simply because I now have a better appreciation of how hard it is to burn 300 calories.  Whatever it is, it is much-needed and is making me feel like maybe this time I really have a chance!

So as I am working harder to prove that stupid little scale wrong, I thought I’d share my progress with you.  I took some extremely helpful advice from one of my virtual weight-loss buddies, LucyM.  I switched up my routine a little to keep things fresh and hopefully to push past this little plateau.

Yesterday, I decided to take my mom up on her standing offer to walk with me.  I got up early and headed over to her house where we walked a mile.  Now, I reached my milestone of walking a mile a week or so ago, but the difference is that unlike my neighborhood where the streets are nice and flat (aka little to no resistance) my mom’s neighborhood is full of small inclines.  Whew!  What a difference!  That was one HARD mile.  Today, I did it again.  This time my mom and I walked a little further.  I’ve never been so happy to see her driveway.  Then tonight after eating dinner before 8pm–a weekday record for this household, the boyfriend and I got up and went for ANOTHER walk.  What’s that you say?  Two walks in one day?  Slow down there missy!

Being the big trickster he is, he came up with the bright idea to walk to a nearby neighborhood. FOUR MILES later, I crawled back into the house.

Man, I am tired, but all in all I feel good.  Sure, my feet hurt a little and my back is a little achy, but I’m happy that I pushed myself a little further than I’ve pushed myself before.  AND…it didn’t kill me.

While I can’t say that I am down for doubling my workout everyday, or even ready to go another 5 miles tomorrow, I can say that I am really proud of myself.  I am finally taking a healthy approach to the stress of not seeing the results that I want.  I am not pretending that the problem will fix itself if I just ignore it, I am not self-destructing…I am taking action!  I am determined to prove this stupid little scale wrong and prepared to continue working hard to defy it and force it to give me the results I want (scratch that…) I DESERVE!

dusting off the old scale

22 Apr

So, I haven’t gotten to the point mentally where I am ready to share my actual weight, but I have dusted off the old scale and once I begin working with my Dietitian to get a better grasp of how to approach food, I will begin sharing my progress.  I realize that I’ll probably lose more in the first few weeks because I’m going from eating anything, anytime, anywhere to learning how to eat better and because I’m going from not moving at all to actually trying to move everyday.  I’m so excited!

I started a friendly challenge to get me moving 30 minutes a day and drinking more water.  I went for a walk around the park on Sunday.  I didn’t really break a sweat (I rarely do), but I was breathing harder (which really doesn’t take much work).  I was able to get my 8-8oz glasses of water in as well, which I was happy about…until of course I had to get up 5 times in the middle of the night!  LESSON:  Drink earlier, silly!

Monday was my second day of this challenge.  I drank my water earlier and slept almost through the night–ah I missed you Deep Sleep.  Tuesday and Wednesday were even better….slept the whole night!  YAY!  What a difference it makes to get that water in early!

As far as the moving more part of the challenge, I realized quickly that this would be tough!  About 20 minutes into watching a workout video on Monday, I wanted to “re-think” the situation by trying to rationalize that I had made a mistake joining such a challenge because this BIG girl needs to start off slower than that and work my way up to 30 minutes a day!  But before I could turn off the workout video I was watching, I started feeling doomed and decided to get back up and stop watching the skinny lady with the perfect body on TV workout alone, but join her to finish the 10 minutes I had left.  So I got my butt off the couch and did it!  Hurdle one…stop talking myself out of doing the right thing… I’m 33, not 133 and if my body can carry this weight around, it can stand a low impact workout.

Tuesday, I bounced around a bit from a video to the elliptical to settling on doing some yard work…which somewhat counts since I was digging a trench (don’t ask).  Yesterday, I almost abandoned my challenge as my day was thrown off a little.  At 9:30 I noticed my shoes were staring at me from across the room…as if to say, “Hey you…you going walking today or not?”  I was tired and really wanting to just skip it, but as promised, the boyfriend (actually trying to be supportive in this area) put on his shoes around 10:30pm, grabbed two dogs and put them on their leashes and said, “Let’s Do This!”.  Now, I am not sure if you have dogs, but if you do…you know that once you break out the leash and say the word W-A-L-K, it’s over.  You have committed to the moment they’ve been waiting for all day!!  There they were, tails a’wigglin’, mouths a’droolin’, and ready to hit the door.  I couldn’t very well look into those happy little eyes and stomp on their dreams..so off we went at 10:35 at night (geez)!

We rolled back into the house at 11:22pm after the boyfriend thought it’d be fun not to go around the park, but to walk the dogs up to the store and back.  He then convinced me of a shortcut that I am now pretty sure isn’t a shortcut at all!  The good news…I moved for at least 30 minutes and went about 1.9 miles, something I never thought was possible!  So, I secretly admit that I am glad he had that bright idea!  My shoulders were killing me (I’m thinking it was the pulling from the dog), but my feet were doing ok and I was sweating…which is a great sign!  But the most important thing, I feel good because I went to bed knowing that I tried doing better and pushed myself (or got pushed).  Either way, I did it… now  I pray I can keep it up!!

I am just getting started and as I mentioned before, I’m keeping a food journal for the Dietitian I am meeting with soon.  I think if I can keep a positive attitude and stay focused on my goal, once she starts working with me to give me the tools to re-learn HOW to eat better and optimize my meals, I’m praying I will be unstoppable!

less is more

18 Apr
Ok, I am about to head out, but wanted to tell you about this crazy revelation I had… LESS IS MORE!  Ok, you’re saying…Dee, that’s old news!  But it’s new news to me!  Less high fat/high calorie options equals more food on my plate and in my tummy!
I just had the most filling lunch AND I think it just may have been some what healthy!!  Granted, now that I’ve taken the time to put it in my food diary, I see some areas of improvement, but I still think it beats what I was GOING to have…PIZZA!
I made egg whites, with diced vegetables and cubed chicken (anyone else think it’s weird to eat chicken with eggs?  Seems so strange, but it’s what I had available), and of course a little cheese.  Next time around, I think I will skip the chicken for something a little better (or at least trade out the dark meat with white meat) and then swap out my full fat cheese for low-fat/or maybe even NO FAT!  We shall see…only time will tell.
Ok, that’s all for now!  Toodles..time to SHOP!