Some Things Take Time
- POSTED ON: Mar 12, 2011

                                  

Some things just take time.
This is true for Weight-loss and Maintenance of that loss.

 There’s an old saying that goes something like :

“The years know what the days never will.”

Focused self-control over one’s eating Behavior,
… when sustained over long-periods of time,…
will Result in successful weight-loss.
When that focused self-control over one’s eating Behavior continues,
the Result will be successful maintenance of that weight-loss.

Call it an Obsession with Dieting.
Call it a Lifestyle Change.
Call it a Diet Hobby.

No matter what you call it,
the underlying Truth remains the same.
There is no quick and easy way….ever…..
for those of us who have bodies that want to be fat.
Essentially: 

Being fat is hard,
Losing weight is hard,
Maintaining weight loss is hard.
Choose your hard.

I am sharing my "strength, experience, and hope" here with you,
and, as part of that, I've been telling you a lot about my involvement
with this site which is part of my dieting hobby.


My own Accountability
- POSTED ON: Mar 11, 2011

                             

 

While it is true that many people get tired of calorie counting,
and many people don't manage to continue calorie counting
under stress, this is not ALWAYS the case.

For example, in my own case, for the past six and a half years
I have continued to consistently log ALL of my food into my computer software food log, DietPower,
EVERY SINGLE DAY, and this program counts the calories and other nutritional values of that food.
That computer program says that today is the 2364th day without any missing data.

This does NOT mean that I never overate or never binged during the past six years,
It merely means that I ALWAYS entered ALL of my food into the journal.
It became, and is, a HABIT.

This is the principle of ACCOUNTABILITY.
I am accountable for every bite I eat....
even on vacation days, sick days, stress days.
NO MATTER HOW HIGH MY FOOD-INTAKE, I LOG IT.
This has provided me with long-term success.

My life has not been stress-free during this process.
I have all of the ongoing NORMAL stresses of life, both good and bad,
and I have also had some EXCEPTIONAL stressing circumstances.
I'm going to list some of them below, not to show myself as a "victim",
but as an example of the stress one can go through while successfully counting calories.

  For Example:

I have two unmarried adult children.
During my weight-loss phase, my son was severely burned in a fire,
and spent over a month in a hospital burn unit
in severe pain, receiving skin graphs.

During my maintenance-phase, my daughter was in the hospital in a coma, 
and upon physical recovery spent long periods in mental health facilities,
which resulted in long-term disability SSI, making her mother (me)
the one responsible for handling her ongoing income.

During my weight-loss phase, I was responsible for my aging mother,
who had Alzheimer's, and was the one who had to place her in a facility,
visit her daily, advocate for her, and witness her death.

During my maintenance phase, my father-in-law died;
we were forced to place my disabled mother-in-law into a nursing home,
where she was visited frequently until her death, about 6 months ago.

During my maintenance phase, the nephew with whom I had a close relationship,
became a Marine, and spent a tour in Iraq, and after coming home safely,
spent another tour in Afghanistan, which resulted in his receiving two purple hearts.

During the past 5 years of my maintenance phase,
my husband has had eye surgery twice, as well as another unrelated surgery.
My best friend for the past 25 years, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,
and I spent time with her almost every day until she died 5 months later.

Other beloved family members have also dealt with severe illness.

During my maintenance phase, three years ago, I developed a life-threatening
medical condition, which resulted in emergency surgery and hospitalization for 10 days.
During this time I lived on IV's, and was unable to log my food,
but as soon as I was released from the hospital and returned home,
I logged in estimates of the amounts of all the liquid food I received,
during that past 10 days, and continued with my ongoing food entries.

During the past 6 years,
I have also had numerous vacations, holidays, and celebrations...all involving food.
I overate during many of those occasions,
but NO MATTER HOW MUCH I ATE, I LOGGED IT ALL.
And So Life Goes.
During that time, I also brushed my teeth, combed my hair,
got dressed daily, and used the toilet when necessary..
I prioritize entering my food into my computer journal as equal to,
or more important than, those activities.

I know for a fact that one CAN develop a HABIT of counting calories; and
I know for a fact that one CAN continue counting calories under stress;
and the truth is, IT ISN'T ALL THAT DIFFICULT.
Except to my family and friends, I'm not all that Special,
and this is something ANYONE can do, IF THEY DECIDE TO.


Determination
- POSTED ON: Mar 10, 2011

                              
The term, “Character” refers to the traits, the distinguishing qualities,

that make up and distinguish an individual.

Each of us has many personal character traits, both positive and negative.
One of my own character traits is Determination,
a fixed intention to achieve a desired end.

Determined and Stubborn, are two words that describe a similar trait.
The word ‘Determined; has positive implications,
while the word ‘Stubborn’…sounds a bit negative.
Those who approve of my behavior would say that I’m Determined.
Those who don’t, would say that I’m Stubborn.
My daddy used to call it “Bullheaded”.

There are many areas in my life demonstrating this character trait.
The events of yesterday provide an example.

 My son-the-web-genius persuaded me to make videos a part of my site,
and to cooperate with him by letting him film a few videos of me cooking.
He believed that I would enjoy the process and therefore want to learn
how to make videos so I could post them here. He was right.

My first contact with a camcorder, and with the Mac computer
was last Friday afternoon, and I’m writing this early on Thursday morning.
Yesterday was my first attempt at making a video totally alone.
….well…except for instructions by telephone when I got totally stuck.

I wound up shooting that cooking video five separate times….
thank God that I’m doing very simple, easy recipes…
and I can’t even begin to describe my many technical difficulties with the Mac,
I-Movie, Safari, and YouTube…..all of which are quite new to me.
But I’ll tell you about my first error with the camcorder.
 To me, red means stop, and green means go.
So, I thought the green light on my camera meant that it was recording,
and the red light meant that it had stopped recording.

My camcorder’s instruction book didn’t correct this fundamental error.
So, the first time I shot the video, I filmed my set-up,
stopped the camera during my actual “shoot”,
and turned the camera back on after I ended cooking.
I first discovered my error when reviewing the film in I-Movie.
When I realized this, I recalled that my DVR uses a red dot for recordings,
and understood that this is probably basic knowledge for (almost) everyone.

As I write this article on my desktop windows computer,
my new MacBook Air is uploading that video to YouTube.
When that has been successfully done, I plan to put it here on this page.

So…what is the point?
That same characteristic of determination needs to be applied
to the Behavior processes that result in weight-loss Results.
I’ve discovered that successful weight-loss takes a great deal of
personal determination, and maintenance of that weight-loss takes even more.

Below is that Cooking Video.


Video Shoot
- POSTED ON: Mar 09, 2011

                                                                     

I am following through with the plan to
make informative and entertaining Videos for this site
by taking the steps that are necessary to accomplish that.

My new equipment arrived on Friday,
and I spent the weekend familiarizing myself with it.
This process included learning how to use a Mac computer,
and until last Friday afternoon, I’d never touched one.

Previously, my computer experience has all been with Windows.
I also am now learning how to operate a movie-camera…
which I now understand, is an old fashioned term,
and “camcorder” is the operative word.

I’m new to the Mac computer, and I’m also new at video recording.
As I shared previously, I seldom even remember to take photos on vacation,
and I can barely operate the DVR installed by the cable company.
But I can still learn, and I’m working hard to do so.

Yesterday was my tutorial on making videos.
My son spent the day at my house providing me with
hands-on instructions for each long and complicated step

The cooking video posted below is the result of that process.


An Endless Struggle
- POSTED ON: Mar 08, 2011

                                           
The following quote states a common point of view
frequently heard within weight-loss circles
.

 
Our bodies have a better idea of what ideal is for us than our brains do.
There’s no point in dieting down to one’s “ideal” weight,
because it will always be a struggle to maintain it.”

That quote SOUNDS like wisdom, and it might apply to the
bodies of "Normal" people who have just put on a "bit of weight".
However, it does not apply to the body of a "Reduced Obese" person,
A "Reduced Obese" person's body will continue to want to be Obese.
Almost every "Reduced Obese" person will always have to struggle
to maintain even a 10% weight loss.

In my own case, both before, and after, my WLS 18 years ago,
even when weighing in the 190s, it was a struggle for me to maintain my weight.
In fact....although of course I eat less here at my 115 lb goal weight,
than I did when weighing 190 lbs,.... the intensity of my struggle
with my body to keep from gaining is about the same.

My own viewpoint about working toward one’s ideal goal weight
is that since I'm going to have to intensely struggle with my body
to maintain my weight, in order to weigh less than 200 plus pounds,
 I might as well do it from inside the weight range
that is normal for my 5'0" height.

Since the Struggle is Endless, 
I choose to be Thin...a "normal" weight... instead of Fat,  during my Struggle.


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