A new year has begun and it is time to reevaluate many things from the last year to make sure I accomplish my goals for this year. I have to remind myself of some basic facts as I begin the new year. This statement resonates with me from the Hallmark Movie “The Winter Castle”, “It is not the circumstances that creates the joy, it is you!” Undoubtedly that quote is a restatement of a quote from Benjamin Franklin (yes THAT one!) who said, ” Joy doesn’t exist in the world, it exists in us.”
- Exercise shows me what I can do and is not a punishment for what I eat. This is true for me in this new year as I have begun trying to bench press and increase my upper body strength. I am making slow progress but progress nevertheless. I began with a twenty-five pound bar back in mid-September and ended the year with using the regular chess press bar which weighs in at forty-five pounds.
- I have to work harder to maintain my weight than others as my same-sex, weight, age, and height. Research shows that once you have been either obese (which I was) or extremely overweight you have to work harder to maintain your healthy weight than those who have always been a certain weight. Another woman who is similar to me in age, weight and height might not need to workout regularly at the gym and eat over twenty-five hundred calories a day. But I will need to work out three times a week and take long daily walks and be only able to eat two-thousand calories a day to maintain my weight loss. Yes I have to work harder than those who have never been overweight. This very fact, is the reason why so many regain all the weight within five years as they do not know to work harder or do not want to work harder to maintain their loss.
- Research says that most people regain their weight within five years. I am in my fifth year and feel the pressure to maintain my weight loss. Last year my mindset got off and I gained about 8 pounds and put myself out of the “free” WW Lifetime range. I struggled (and paid) for five months mainly because my mindset was not right and therefore I was above my goal range. One of my goals was to end the year weighing less than I ended 2017 and to begin 2019 less than I began 2018. I was able to do both. Now to steadily (and healthily) lose an additional 7 to 10 pounds to regain my personal “happy” weight. I have been “free” now for four months after not having to pay for over four years. I will complete my fifth year in early July of 2019.
- As you get older, your body requires less food to function. Couple this fact with already having to work harder and eat less than others it makes for a trickier and more complicated equation. I feel many get the “middle age spread” because their bodies require less food but they have not reduced their food intake. Often, appetites do not change so you have to mindfully make these adjustments to ward off the “spread.” The work required s more but the benefits of better health outweigh the effort.
- If the Mind is right, the body will follow. The quote I mentioned at the beginning is exactly a reflection of what I had to learn once again this year. Mindset is not only important in being healthy but staying happy as well. I had allowed some circumstances to move somethings about in my head which caused some dominoes to topple one by one. I ended 2018 feeling much better about myself and my life and have begun 2019 with a realistic positive mindset. I am working on accomplishing lots of small goals and some larger ones in this coming year!
I wrote this over a year ago and never got around to sending it.
I think the hardest thing at this stage is wanting my “regular” routine back. I want to get back to “normal” and that is hard as so many I know do not have power, water or plumbing! And the biggie in FL is power as we need the AC in 90 degree plus heat!
To relieve my stress during the storm I did what I could and posted weather updates online and power outage updates. This kept me busy and appealed to my “geek/nerd” side. I have always liked learning and knowing about “weather” so I had to let this side take over along with my spiritual side to keep me mostly at peace.
I was stressed out though. So I did what probably the whole state of Florida was doing at some point during the storm. I stress ate lots of salty snacks! I thought I would have it under control and not end up stress eating but I did. I went back to work on Wednesday and my pants are a little snugger so I know I did some damage. Yesterday and today it is back to drinking lost more water, eating good fruits and vegetables and trying to avoid anything salty! Salty was my downfall. Pretzels and oven-baked Cheetos, almonds and pecans. That I will remember as hurricane Irma Stress Mix! The only thing missing was M&Ms but thankfully I had none in the house or I am sure I would have eaten those too!
My weigh in day is on Saturday mornings and I am not looking forward to seeing the scale at all!
I survived the weigh in and life did return to normal. But now sitting in Florida over a year later and knowing in contract the devastation that Hurricane Michael did to the Panhandle of Florida and Georgia, my ramblings from a year ago seems so whiny in retrospect. At least I had a house to live in, a roof over my head and I was still living. I cannot imagine coping with the total devastation such as in Mexico Beach, FL. We all need to do whatever we can to assist/help, etc.