Sunday, January 27, 2013
This second blog is also for the BLC weekend challenge.
Before I joined BLC20, I honestly never thought I would reach my weight loss goal. I started at 264 in 1998 and have been trying since then to lose weight. I must admit that after 2004 when I got RA, I kind of stalled out on the trying thing because I was in so much pain that exercise got booted to the curb and eating healthily wasn't high on my priorities when high fat food was way more comforting.
That said, in Fall 2012, I joined BLC20 with the goal of losing 10 pounds but being happy with 5 and thinking all along that I'd be lucky to lose anything. But to my surprise, not only did I lose 5 pounds, I actually lost 8! So, now reaching my goal weight seems much more attainable. However, it's still a long ways away but I haven't given up.
My rheumatologist is thrilled with my weight loss (now more than 10 pounds) and told me to keep on doing what I'm doing so that's the first thing I'm looking forward to. Losing weight will take a lot of pressure off my knees and therefore, less pain (in theory) and if there's less pain then maybe I'll be able to be more physically active.
I'd love to be able to buy clothes anywhere and not just for plus-sized women. I'm looking forward to being able to sit in an airplane seat more comfortably.
But, honestly, the biggest change I hope will just be my health. I'd like to reach my 60s in the best health that I can have so that I can retire to an active and healthy life. I'll still have RA and OA but I can manage those. And, I have to remember that living healthily is for life not just until I reach goal.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I have my fair share of regrets but I must admit that I haven't held onto them. Life is about moving forward and not dwelling in the past. But, this is part of the BLC Weekend Challenge so I will put down one of my biggest regrets.
My biggest regret is that I stopped exercising when I got married. Before DH and I married, I weighed 130 pounds and to maintain that weight, I walked everywhere. I lived out in the country where a bus only went by our house once every 2 hours and once every 4 hours on holidays and Sunday so if you didn't feel like waiting for the bus, you walked.
The furthest I ever walked was 7.5 miles, which seemed like a lot especially given the fact that it was a hot July day. But, my best friend's boyfriend lived in Binbrook and she wanted to go to his house so my dad dropped us (her, me and her sister) off about half way there from our house and we headed off. It took us most of the day to get there as it was dusk when we arrived.
We (a different we) walked/hitchhiked 10.5 miles to Gage Park in Hamilton one summer night just for something to do. But, since there were 5 of us, rides were few and far between so there was a lot of walking. We had more luck getting rides home.
So, you see, walking was no big deal to me. But, when I got married, we ended up driving everywhere and hence no exercise.
I always tell my nieces and nephews to stay active no matter what and maybe that way, they won't gain as much weight as I did.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The weekend challenge for BLC21 includes just doing something that you perceive to be impossible because of obstacles, that is:
D: DECIDE to just DO IT. Have a break-through this weekend. Attack anything that has been holding you back. It could be something you fear. Maybe something that makes you feel silly. Something that you think you can't do. Have you told yourself that you're too old/heavy/out of shape to do something? Maybe you've been putting something off for tomorrow, and tomorrow hasn't ever came. Tackle it, DO IT. Need some ideas? Ask on your team chat thread, your teammates may have some ideas that help spark you! Set a goal of 1 obstacle to overcome. Can be done anytime Friday through Monday. One time points awarded. 100 points.
I have overcome a lot of obstacles in the last year or so but I believe that my biggest obstacle was having the willpower to actually decide to tackle losing the weight that I wanted to lose and therefore, I had been just doing a so-so job of it over the last few years but that changed when I joined the BLC20 challenge. I decided that I was going to do my best to participate in all the challenges and I would really try to succeed this time.
Often in the past, I'd be okay during the week and my routine but the weekends and special occasions always sidelined me because I figured I deserved a treat or I deserved to eat what I wanted to during special occasions since I was good 90 percent of the time.
But the problem with that was that the 10 percent of the time that I wasn't good created the obstacle for me to lose weight because I wasn't 100 percent committed to the end goal. However, since I joined BLC20, that has changed and I am now 100 percent committed and it's showing on the scale.
So, now I don't know what to do for this weekend's challenge since I've already overcome my biggest obstacle. The only other things that I can think of concern obstacles that are caused by my lack of energy as the day progresses and the only way that I can see to overcome those are to do what I need to do early in the day before my energy flags and I already do that as well. That's why I exercise before work and that's why I take such a late lunch (1:30ish usually) because I have more energy before lunch than after lunch and that's why I go to bed so early so that I can get accomplished what I need to get accomplished the next day.
Another obstacle for me are my physical limitations due to osteoathritis and rheumatoid autoimmune disorder in my knees. For example, I couldn't hike for years because of my knees but last year, we bought me hiking sticks so now I can do that. I have also found that the more I move, the better I feel so regardless of my physical limitations, I haven't let that stop me usually.
As you can see, I'm still stumped on what to do for the weekend challenge. Any ideas?
Monday, January 07, 2013
Total Burned 2,365
Mondays are always a better day for tracking food and eating properly. I have set meals that I make regularly for each meal Monday to Friday and it's easy to plan and prepare for.
And, where Mondays are typically better food-wise, they're not always better exercise-wise since on a day by day basis, I find it really hard to get up at 4:30 but it's especially hard on Mondays after getting to sleep in without an alarm on the weekends. I know people say you should go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time on the weekends but seriously, who does that? When I can sleep without an alarm, it's the best thing and if there is no alarm then there's no way I'm getting out of bed at 4:30 a.m.!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Total Burned 2,357
I started the day with an hour long cardio session with Kari Anderson's Sweat Express II.
It's a newer DVD and I'm still learning the steps but it's a lot of fun.
Then, I had breakfast, made a green tea and called my dad. We had a nice chat about my first week back to work and his trip to Montreal to see my sister and her family.
After the phone call, started the laundry and the cinnamon swirl protein bread. The cinnamon bread recipe is by Jamie Eason who is a bodybuilder. There was supposed to be 16 servings in the 8 x 8 inch pan but that just seemed like too small a piece so I actually made it as 9 servings, much better in my opinion. The bread turned out wonderfully. Although, the recipe called for it to cook 24 to 28 minutes, it took almost an hour in my oven. But, it was well worth it. It's really yummy.
For lunch, I finished the crustless quiche w/spinach, mushrooms, low-fat cheddar and feta and bacon. I had the cinnamon bread and a tea for dessert.
Then I got caught up on the BLC thread and started making dinner. I ate some cantaloupe while cooking. For dinner I made boneless, skinless chicken breasts with roasted red pepper and garlic sprinkles and kamut pasta with homemade parsley pesto and vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, onions, green pepper and garlic). I had those and a glass of milk. For dessert, I had a fudgsicle.
And, now it's almost bedtime and so a new week begins. It will be a busy one for me. My training project starts tomorrow with a conference call between the administrators (of which I'm one) and the vendor. I imagine we will be figuring out our schedules for starting to get into the project.
Wednesday, I have a retirement party to go to after work. It's the totally opposite direction of where I work and even further and more opposite from where I live. But, I liked the guy so as long as the weather plays nice, I'll probably go for a little while anyway.
Thursday, I have an appointment with my rheumatologist and Friday, I have a hair appointment after work.
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