We are all an “Experiment of One” a Sparker phrase that has defined my 12 years here. Losing weight is one thing, a very important thing and while there are similarities, each of us faces different obstacles, roadblocks and potholes on our journey to our goals.
My last blog on Tuesday focused on the “fun” we had as children while getting “exercise.”
Thank you for your stories. I enjoyed reading them.
In my case I continued to see exercise as an enjoyable activity even while working and raising children. I’ve had a gym membership continuously since 1972. Anybody remember Spa Lady? Leotards? Leg warmers?
Still I gained weight. Remember those charts on the doctor’s wall? The recommended weight range for small, medium and large frame allowed a 40 pound leeway for my height (the same range as BMI actually). Over time I rationalized by deciding I really didn’t have a “small” frame. I had a LARGE frame. Then suddenly I edged above that range too. (For the record my frame IS SMALL).
For me it’s all about the food. I LIKE food. I like LOTS of food. I can rationalize how much food I’m eating. I can overeat healthy food.
Fortunately, I also like numbers. They don’t scare me or depress me. They just represent reality.
My weight, my waist size, my blood pressure, my cholesterol levels, percentage of body fat, my checkbook balance. All just numbers. None define me but all give me a point in time from which I can decide what if anything should be done. A few of these require vigilance before they get out of hand. I sure don’t want to bounce a check.
Last week a Sparker wrote “The trackers are, in fact, the single biggest reason why I keep coming back. I have data all the way from 2013 in there! I love seeing my charts from this long timeframe! And I like keeping my data in one place”
Wow, a kindred spirit!
She went on:
Charts will show you if you are going in a right or wrong direction while looking for some middle path.
Yes, that’s what I want a comfortable middle path.
Nothing extreme that will impact my joy in each day.
Just a direction that I hope will increase the number of days I have to enjoy.
(Editing here to paraphrase a great comment: I want to not only add years to my life but LIFE to my YEARS - Thanks Phebe!)
Every morning I take a few minutes to plan my food for the day. The “recent” and “favorites” tab make it easy. It’s not just about the calories for me but the balance of nutrients.
This is last week.
Percentage wise on a typical day. Not bad.
So this is a snapshot of my own “Experiment of One”
My wish is that each and every one of you can find yours.
A Spark Friend once wrote that “Maintenance is the MAIN thing”
That advice that has guided my 11 years of keeping the weight off.
If what you are currently doing isn't working, keep experimenting to find what will work for you.
The solution is out there.
I don’t want any of these numbers to be the focus of my life.
I want to make each day count.
As another Spark Friend reminds us, “Today is the only May 7, 2021 we will ever get.”
It is also a grandson’s 25th birthday.