Thursday, October 7, 2010
Take A Hike!!
View from Andrews Bald - GSMNP
Forney Ridge Trail - October 6, 2010
Taking a hike is exactly what I did and as Mr. B so lovingly (NOT!) put it, "you really needed it." I tried, REALLY tried to just laugh it off, but several things happened Monday which just really put me in a funk. This is rare for me, so it usually calls for a long walk in the woods. As you can see from the picture, yesterday was a perfect October day in the mountains with views only limited by one's eyesight. Unfortunately, pictures do not show the 100 mph (possibly a slight exaggeration!) winds that were blowing so our time on the bald was limited. Starting this weekend, I have two wonderful weeks coming up and I cannot have a cold or a sinus infection! The hike worked its magic and the funk has disappeared. Just wish these pounds would disappear as easily!
I have settled back into a healthy eating mindset and am feeling much calmer after a couple of weeks without added sugar and white flour. I have not been perfect, but I have done my best. The few times that have slipped by me have been instances where the sugar or the flour were not of my making nor were they readily identifiable as "no-no" ingredients. Only after the fact, did I realize I'd inadvertently eaten one or the other.
My challenge is that something in my body has changed in the past four years. I am doing everything that has worked in the past and the pounds just are not coming off. This I know: 1) I cannot eat any LESS than what I am currently eating and, 2) there is always "tweaking" that can be done, but for the most part, I cannot eat any differently than what I am doing.
Here are two things that have changed since the last time I lost a significant amount of weight (in 2006-2007):
1) I have begun, experienced and for the most part completed (I think) the "change."
2) I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am on a medication for that. Since I began the med, all thyroid testing has been at perfect levels and I've experienced no more of the symptoms normally associated with hypothyroidism.
If anyone sees anything there that resonates with an experience of their own, please feel free to offer advice. I'm trying hard to stay encouraged that I can lose these last 20 pounds, but right now, the task feels overwhelming just because I'm fighting so hard and seeing NO results. There's a certain irony in the fact that I fought like a dog to lose 10 pounds in three months between late April and August 1, but gained 7 back in less than three weeks!
The one thing I know needs to be done is an update to my exercise program. Yes, I walk no less than 10,000 steps per day as recorded on my pedometer, but I've now been doing that for so many years, I suspect my body is acclimated to it and in order to stimulate weight loss, those numbers need to be increased. That will happen over the next months since hiking season has kicked in, plus I'm looking at some opportunities for some challenging bike rides. But I think there is room for more and is something I'm going to explore.
Thanks so much for your comments on processed foods. I loved getting all the different perspectives and did learn some things that I'll incorporate into my philosophy and shopping. I loved the suggestion which came from more than one person, about giving priority to foods with five or less ingredients. The general consensus was that it would be very difficult to eliminate processed foods totally from one's eating, but being mindful and taking time to read labels can make a big difference.
I'll leave you with one more picture from yesterday's hike. This was a sight I'd just as soon NOT have seen:
Yes, that would be snow! The only good thing I have to say about snow is it means anything that slithers on the ground is slithering way down deep into its winter home. I am not a fan of anything that slithers! This hike began at just over 6,000 feet so we shouldn't have been surprised by the snow, but there it was!
Have you faced challenges such as I'm experiencing that seem different than a normal plateau? Were you ever able to identify a physical reason and what specific things did you do to overcome it?