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Hi, I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I would like to get healthy before I develop a chronic health condition such as diabetes or heart disease. I want to be able to participate in the physical activities my adult kids love to do such as mountain hikes, bike riding...
Hi, I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I would like to get healthy before I develop a chronic health condition such as diabetes or heart disease. I want to be able to participate in the physical activities my adult kids love to do such as mountain hikes, bike riding...




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6/20/2013 11:26:22 AM

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6/8/2013 11:42:48 PM

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4/10/2013 6:37:33 AM

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6/25/2011 1:04:05 PM

I just completed my third week of riding my bike for 30 minutes every other day. It was easy the first two weeks. First of all because it was new. Second because I was on vacation and third we had unseasonably cool weather. During the second week, there were two planned days I did not ride but we went to San Francisco for three days and walked for hours including uphill. Since I have lost weight, I noticed I was able to tolerate the hill walking better than the previous trip in April.

This week I returned to work because as a school nurse for special education students, I have to work summer school for four weeks. The weather also got back to the normal 100+ degree temperatures. That means I must get up earlier in the morning as it is too hot after work for outdoor exercise. I had ridden on sunday so that meant I only had two days that I would have to get up and ride. So on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, I rode. I did not want to get out of bed but I kept remembering how the heat would be later if I didn't. It went well. On Tuesday, about 3/4 into the ride, I was going by a house and an older man was on his porch called out jokingly "you need to go faster". I did not know him and I just smiled at him while thinking, a bit grudgingly, in my head "buddy, I am out of bed and on this thing". LOL! Two days before that, a neighbor who knows a lot about everything, (you know the type) asked me how my legs were feeling. When I said fine(my generic response to most things), he said "then you need to ride faster". I smiled and thought "you don't know about my physical conditions." Good grief, I am just starting back to exercise, give me a break! I will go at my pace, not the pace others think I should. After all, who knows my body better than me. If I need a coach, I'll go to a personal trainer. And I do plan to in the future.

I have been trying to decide about continuing the every other day plan or ride on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday rather than try three days during the work week. I'm leaning towards that. That would add one more day of exercise in my week. Then gradually add other types of exercise on the other days.

I've also been thinking that I need a back-up plan for when I am unable to ride for various reasons such as bad weather, what if I am not feeling well (not talking about being horribly sick but a bit under the weather) and those days when there truly (and I mean Truly) not enough hours in the day which are more likely to occur once the school year starts up at the end of August. On an individual basis, these can easily be excuses or legitimate reasons but a back up plan is still needed.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is weigh-in day. My clothes are getting a little looser. Not much longer and I will be able to get into the size 14 pants and 1X tops. My main benchmark at this point is to become "overweight". That will mean I am no longer obese. Based on last weeks weigh-in, Only 10 pounds to go. emoticon emoticon

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6/6/2011 5:05:11 PM

I started using the Sparkpeople program the first week of April 2011. That's 2 months now. I have lost 15 pounds so far. I tried the menus offered but found them to be time-consuming and didn't really fit my lifestyle. So I enter the foods that I prefer. There has been some trial and error by doing this but I am learning. I am starting to work toward filling half of my plate with fruits and vegetables first with small portions of other foods. A concept I had learned at a Diabetic Educator seminar I attended a couple years ago. It looks nearly identical to the new plate icon that came out this week by the USDA. I use the tracker to not only watch the carbs, fats and proteins but I also track the cholesterol and sodium. I went to the doctor at the beginning of April and again today. There was improvement in my labs and weight (on the doctor's scale). My fasting blood sugar was really good (98) but an AC1 was not done this time. The last 2 AC1 checks were at the top of the acceptable range. I find that unacceptable. The triglycerides are still too high but the HDL and LDL were "perfect". They haven't been that good in years. I do need to add that in the meantime, there was a medication change as well but the diet change, we believe was a big factor in the equation. I will return in September and anticipate even more improvement. Unfortunately did not begin regular exercise during this time. However, I did buy a bicycle this weekend and started riding yesterday. I also enjoy walking and do it sporadically as an exercise. I want to increase exercise and become more consistent as my body allows. Overuse aggravates joint pain (osteoarthritis) but my doctor has cleared me and encouraged me to begin an exercise program. I like using the Sparkpeople program for the easy tracking, the information and the visual scales, daily reports and charts that give me immediate feedback on how I am doing. emoticon



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