Wednesday, April 21, 2010
But, I almost missed it! Ever have one of those days when you plan to do one thing and you keep getting sidetracked? I wanted to put in some good gardening time, as the weather was going to be perfect. Somehow, I kept getting caught up in indoor things.
Finally, around 11 AM, my dog, Riley was making her distinctive, "I see my best friend, Bella, (neighborhood dog) outside and I want to go see her" yelping. So, I got her leash and took her out for a little play time while I talked to Bella's mom, Mary Alyce. It was just the break I needed to extricate myself from the house. As soon as they left, I suited up in my unbecoming gardener gear and rolled up my sleeves.
Two hours later, I had accomplished a lot of pruning, weeding and spreading of weed deterrent. Felt good!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Put together my new bike today (good project for a rainy Saturday afternoon). The store had offered to put it together for me for the mere sum of $250. About an hour into the job, that was sounding pretty good. But, we persevered and I took my inaugural ride as dusk fell. I did 5 miles in 22 minutes. So, I'm not burning things up...
The bike was my reward for losing 20 lbs.; so it will always be a good reminder of what is possible. It's located in front of the TV, across the room, where I can ride and watch TV or at least get on it during commercials... every minute counts!
Friday, April 16, 2010
I went for my annual mammogram this morning to the same imagining center I've gone to for the last several years. They only carry one size johnnie ("normal"), which has to be tied in front. I have always dreaded this, even though the only other patients are women, because the darn johnnie never closed properly. I used to get very creative with magazine placement so that the "girls" didn't get too much exposure.
Well today, I went in chin up because I thought I might just fit into the johnnie without gaping. I get into the changing room and see a notice that says they now carry a larger size.... wouldn't you know. I debated for a minute and then opted for the larger size, which could have been a burhka in another life. I luxuriated in total cover-up mode the whole time. Next year I'm trying for normal....
As I'm on medical, good news! At my check-up with my regular doc yesterday, he decided to cut my BP meds to a half dose (pill splitter, here I come!). One of my goals is to decrease and/or eliminate the meds I am on; so this is a good step, especially as I've only just begun my work on a healthier lifestyle. Makes me think greater things (than fitting into a johnnie) are possible.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I'd like to say that I've been eating perfectly and working out hard 6 days a week ---- not. I just weighed myself on Tuesday for a 1.5 pound loss after being away on vacation for over a week. I was pleased with that.
Being a creature of habit, I decided to weigh myself this morning to get back on my regular weekly weigh-in day. Since Tuesday, minus 3.5 pounds! I can't explain this, unless I really had lost more on vacation and was retaining water on Tuesday - or - the last weigh-in was the edge of one of my slow plateaus and I didn't know it.
Or - when I was away in New Mexico, I went to a funky little museum up in the Sandia Mountains called Tinkertown. It had one of those automated fortune tellers, that for a quarter gives you a slip of paper with your fortune. Mine said I would shortly receive an unexpected gift and to grasp it. So, I'm holding on tight to this 3.5 loss. I don't know where it came from, but I'm taking it and running with it.
I realize in the midst of my elation, that I need to remember this day when I do eat just right and work out religiously and see no loss or even a gain on the scales. Life is ying and yang - sometimes explicable, sometimes not.
That being said, I have now hit the 5th checkpoint in my 14 point plan - have lost 10%+ of my body weight. A great goal achieved, and my doctor will be pleased too. I haven't decided what my reward will be. I'll think of something....
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