Creating a Monster-No it’s a Good thing....
Back in January, after a trip to the doc for a routine checkup, my results were that I had borderline high cholesterol and blood pressure that was a little higher than “it should be”. So I asked, okay so what should I do? Their response…”oh we will just keep an eye on it and check it when you come back next time”. Ummm, correct me if I am wrong, but next time should be a year from now since they don’t call it an “annual check up” for nothing.
So I went home and said, No, I am way too young to have these problems. I am going to do something about it NOW before it becomes a REAL PROBLEM. So I took it upon myself to start changing our diet at home. I cut out salt where ever I could (and believe me there were plenty of places). I had no idea how much sodium is in EVERYTHING we eat. I was way exceeding my recommended daily allowance for sure. I also started watching the types of foods we ate. I stopped bringing snacks into the house etc. and since I do the food shopping, that was an easy fix. Started lifting weights and added it to my routine. I always have been an avid biker so the cardio thing was already there. We then got an elliptical at home since the bike trainer was not cutting it and I wanted my husband to up his cardio from zero to something. I figured I could sneakily get him to be on the elliptical while watching his favorite tv show. Surely that would kill at least 30 minutes per day and it did. I knew the gym thing would get old fast having to suit up and drive there.
My husband became very inspired with the changes he saw in himself and in me and now is a convert. He loves the elliptical and the best part is he has stuck with it because it makes exercise go by so fast when you are watching tv. Six months later, he is down 25 pounds, alas me, only 10, but my cholesterol is down, my b.p. is down and I am so much stronger than before because of the weight lifting. I must say though he really cut his calories which I didn’t do as severely because I am so worried about the “body going into starvation” mode I keep hearing people discuss. I am guessing that is how come his results were better than mine from a weight loss standpoint.
Anyway, our cruise is coming up shortly and we were discussing the best way to stick to our routines while on vacation. Going to be hard, but we can do it. But the best was when we were discussing going back to England to see his family in 2009! He actually said to me, how are we going to exercise while we are over there? He was actually concerned and wanted to make sure we have a plan because his Mom is quite the decadent cook. He doesn’t want to gain his weight back. I said, don’t worry, we can walk, maybe take up running by then and I am pretty sure your Mum has two bikes in the garage. That seemed to make him feel better. Pheewww…close one, thought he might cancel the trip. So there I believe I have created a monster…but to me, that is a good thing for BOTH of us.
Loss of 15#s by January 1 2009 and increase strength/cardio endurance.
Calories less than 2k per day
Weights: 1 hour 2x/wk
Cardio: 1 hour 5x/wk
Fun: Every day!
Show that really inspires: Carson's How to Look Good Naked.
TV personality who I really admire for her fitness goals: Kelly Rippa...proves that to be a tv celeb, you can be strong and fit and not just a skinny waif.
"Perserverence is not a long race, but many short races, one after another."
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| Pounds lost: 4.4