The Graceful Skinny

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New Year- New You! January 6, 2011

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Congratulations, you have made it to the beginning of yet another year! And if you are like a large portion of the world’s population then you have probably made some sort of New Year’s Resolution about your weight.

I have a theory on why we as a population are always so focused on healthy eating and diets in the New Year.  From Halloween through the end of the year we become surrounded by all manners of unhealthiness. We even have let ourselves get programmed to believe that we must have certain foods for it to be a holiday season.

For about 6-8 weeks we find ourselves justifying all manners of naughtiness in the name of “The Holidays”.  We fill ourselves with crap and trick our minds into thinking that makes us happy and call it a good time.  By the time that New Years Day finally gets hear all of that junk has finally caught up to us and we have packed on more than a few pounds and we now feel like crap.

So why is it that I think there is a spike of interest in diets around this time of year? My personal opinion is that it is a lot of over compensation. However, this desire to lose weight is not necessarily a bad thing.  According to the CDC (source: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html) a large portion of our population is overweight and obese. I think the problem lies with this idea that diets are something to go on.

The problem with that thinking is that if you spend so much time depriving yourself you can only go so long before you end up cheating or going off the diet all together.  It’s like putting a bandage on a cut that needs twenty stitches. Yes that bandage will help in the moment, but it isn’t enough to fix the whole issue.

The true meaning of the word diet has been lost on today’s society.  We all have a diet. Your diet is the food that goes into your mouth on a daily basis. The concept of making small changes that make a big difference has been lost on people.

The reason why people don’t stick to diet plans is because it is not realistic to think that anybody could stick to deprivation and extreme measures for long term. There is a rule, everything in moderation.

When starting any journey it’s always good to remember this: When at the top of a mountain there are only two ways down.  You can chose to turn and use the path that will take you slowly one step at a time, or you can jump off the edge and see how that works out for you. Both ways will get you to the bottom, but that doesn’t guaranty what shape you are going to be when you get there.

So if you really want to make this year a New Year and a new you, don’t go on a diet, CHANGE your diet.  Make small but important changes in your diet that will stick with you.  Make the decision to permanently alter your daily habits in a way that you can stick to. It’s the only way that will actually do you good in the long run.

So if you are one of the many trying to lose weight in this new year, go ahead and push forward with that resolution, just don’t let yourself get burned out in the process.

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Weekly Update: Merry Christmas!! December 24, 2010

 

 

 

So I know I normally put up a large post about how my week has gone along with this post, but with it being Christmas Eve I thought I would keep it simple.  Just remember to keep the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts and minds and enjoy this special time smartly.

So on to the results:

  • This week: 0.7 pounds Up

  • Total Weight loss over all: 27.8 pounds down overall

I can’t say I am disappointed.  You can only go so long with the rapid weight dropping before your body needs a few weeks to catch up.  Not to mention it is Christmas and I am still adjusting to the new meds.

So with that said and done I want to wish you all a Happy Healthy and Safe Christmas!  See you next week! And remember, Eat Smart!

 

My Christmas Battle Plan! December 22, 2010

With the count downs nearing zero I know that I am not the only one with the challenges of weight loss on my mind. In the months since I have changed my diet I have learned that in situations like the holidays, the route to best success is to have a plan of action.  If you go in knowing what to expect then you are better likely to find success.

So what is my battle plan for Christmas?

I have come to terms with Reality and the Facts of Life

So in light of all of the events of Christmas colliding with my body’s adjustment period for the new meds I am setting my sites low. It is not realistic to expect me to show significant weight loss with these factors coming into play. I may gain this week. I can be okay with that.

 

I will NOT ignore my regular check ins

My ensuring that I still have to step on the scale and post up my results for the week no matter how I have done I am re-enforcing my need to stay on track. It may be Christmas, but that does not mean that I have to throw EVERYTHING out the window because of it.

 

I CAN make good choices and still indulge in the Christmas goodies

I feel I am saying this a lot lately, but it doesn’t change its truth. I have CHANGED my diet; I am not ON a diet.  That subtle difference is the key to everything. Going ON a diet is not a permanent, at some point I will go off. My change in diet is forever. It is not realistic to expect me to never indulge in the goodies of Christmas ever again. Instead I will make good choices where I can not worry about the times where I can’t.  It is all about portion control.

 

I will NOT skip meals

I am realizing more and more the dangerous effects of skipping meals. Not only does it make you feel crappy but extreme hunger makes your thought process foggy and increases the chances of a bad decision.

 

I WILL remember that Christmas is not about the food

While the food does make Christmas that much more special, the real reason Christmas is so great is because it means spending time with friends and loved ones. I don’t need to be eating to enjoy that.

 

And finally,

 

I WILL NOT let the stress of the season get to me

Letting myself get stressed will get me nowhere but sick. I will stay relaxed and enjoy myself without over taxing me or my husband.  I will remember that God is in control and take a deep breath and relax.

I am hoping that with these tactics in play that I will be successful at having the best possible holiday that I can.  Have you thought of what YOUR battle plan is going to be?

 

Weekly Update: Pretty good this week. December 17, 2010

 

 

 

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I wasn’t expecting much this week.  With Christmas coming and my body adjusting to the new meds along with the fact that I have had some pretty large weight drops recently I set my expectations low.  As long as I didn’t show too much of a gain I would not let myself get dejected.

 

My weight has been all over the place. Last week my doctors determined that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  They have put me on a new medicine to combat it.  This new drug will help with my weight loss once I have fully adjusted to the meds and I am able to take the full daily dosage.  The initial side effects however are quiet brutal. If I hadn’t spent the last year already dealing a hiatal hernia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)  I very well might be put down for the count while my body adjusts.  As it is, the side effects (Stomach upsets and Evacuations) are just really annoying and inconvenient.  I am sure however that they are playing a part in messing with the scale. At least I know that the symptoms won’t last too long.

 

So on to the totals for the week:

  • 1.3 pounds down this week.
  • 0.2 pounds down from two weeks ago.
  • 6.4 pounds down from a month ago.
  • 28.5 pounds total weight loss!

So as you can see, I didn’t do too badly this week. Not only did I not gain but I was able to re-loose the weight I gained last week.  This just reaffirms that last week was just a speed bump. It wasn’t my first gain and I am sure it won’t be my last. However I did notice that my last gain was around the time that we upped my thyroid meds. So maybe it is just that my body has to adjust to the new meds.

 

As I go into the week before Christmas my goal is to keep as relaxed as possible and just enjoy the week. If I can do that then I am pretty sure that even if I show a small spike on the scale it won’t matter because this is a change in my diet. It is a lifestyle change and there are going to be times in the year where you might see a slight gain.  My stress levels have a direct correlation to my health right now and I refuse to let stress and illness rule my holiday! And if tomorrow my apartment is not as tip top shape as it normally is at my annual Christmas party I am not going to let it bother me. I will do what I can to get ready and when it is party time I will enjoy myself.  Because that is what all of this is about.

 

So folks! There it is. That’s been my week. Now, how about yours?

 

 

 

 

I Laugh In The Face of Illness! December 15, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many people who are so confused when they see me laughing and joking about bad news. So why do I laugh?  I laugh so I don’t cry. Because if I did not laugh the only other option is to let the stress get to me and cause more issues.  I laugh because everything is always easier to handle if you throw a joke at it. I have always felt that laughter was good for us, but recently I have come across an article that verified just how good laughter is for us.

 

Did you know that laughter doesn’t just affect us mentally but it has physical benefits as well? Apparently when we laugh it not only increases serotonin but it also decreases stress hormones. By decreasing our stress hormones our immune system works better.  Laughter also improves the heart by increasing blood flow and helping to decrease cholesterol and blood pressure.

 

It also works your stomach. And because it takes muscles to laugh and smile you are burning calories while you boost your mood.

 

I have found that it is just so much easier to keep a clear head and deal with all that is coming at me when I can find a way to laugh at it.  Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of stress. Laugh your way out and life will look so much better.  I promise!

 

So while you are going through all of the stress of Christmas Craziness, give it a try. Let out a laugh. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel.

 

Weekly Update: Getting ready for Christmas! December 3, 2010

 

 

I did pretty well this week.  Although I do have to admit, I was pretty darn bad about working out. I kept meaning to but time just keeps slipping away. I plan on getting one in tomorrow. No excuse on Saturday (yet). But I am pretty proud of myself. The stockings are hung and I have finally de-Scroogified my husband after all these years. And to think, all it took was finding his train from his youth and getting him to set it up around the tree.  It was a rare and special treat to see that boyhood wonder on his face.

So with one or two last gifts to get and wrap,  I am starting to get my living room back. The cleaning and organizing is almost done!  I think the husband and I are going to reserve this weekend for relaxing and us time.  We certainly need it. We have been running around too much, though I do smell a dreaded costco trip in tomorrow’s horizon. (Shudder the thought!)

So the results from this week? I have to say that my progress as of late has been slowing slightly, however I did reach another 5 pounds mark this week. And I am very close to another. As a matter of fact, I have another small victory that my treasured red Christmas top that I couldn’t wear last year is now officially ready to be worn to my many Christmas gatherings this year! So Yay for that! As for the fabulous job weight wise this week, I am pleased to announce the following results!

  • This Week: 5.1 pounds down!
  • Total weight loss: 28.3 pounds down!!!


I do have a slight bummer, there is a pair of jeans that I have been working to and now that they fit, I don’t like them anymore! They are too short. Boo!  Ah well, they won’t fit for long anyways. A bonus, I am apparently a large now. I had to return all of the extra larges I bought last week at the black Friday sales! I always like that! Now if I could just finish dropping down a size in my jeans. I am still at that annoying place where the sizes 16s fit but are getting really loose and are starting to look sloppy. I can’t even look at the 14s yet. Maybe in another week or two.

Oh, and my secret weapon for Thanksgiving Day? I wore my Spanks to dinner. Helps with the sliming and they don’t allow for extra expansion and over eating at the table! And I originally just put them on because my pants were fresh from the dryer.  Who knew that Spanks were so useful!

 

Its the Little things that get you! December 2, 2010

 

 

 

So I have been a busy beaver this morning updating my medical records in preparation for my doctor’s appointment next week. ( I am going in to my Gynecologist to get a second opinion on the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) In flipping through my records I found a chart with my Vitals history on it from last year.  I am proud to say that I am 15.4 pounds lighter then I was at Christmas last year!!!

 

I had a hunch that I might be getting there but it’s still nice to see the results in numbers like that!

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with the weekly update to go more in-depth with how my week has gone but I just had to share that small victory. Gotta celebrate the small things right?