Monday, July 22, 2013
Yesterday I went down to Ontario Beach after I visited a friend. It was awesome. I bought my splurge lunch (vegetarian, not vegan)...a Portabello Mushroom melt...and a cup of iced coffee. I took it over to the park that looks out over the beach. It was perfect weather; in the 70's, with a nice breeze. There were lots of waves yesterday, so I had the background sound of waves washing onto the shore along with the sounds of people having fun...playing volleyball, having picnics, biking along the trails.
When I was done with my lunch, I packed up my bag and walked over to the pier. It was sunny and just warm enough with a light breeze. I took out my book ("The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton, a very well-written modern take on the gothic novel) and sat in the sunshine reading for about half an hour. I also got to people and dog watch. Met a lovely golden doodle on the way back to the bus stop. Saw the paddle boat head out for a tour...some day I have to take one of the river tours.
When I got back home, I made dinner (yellow beans from the farmer's market, sauteed green peppers and onions, quinoa pilaf, and a pork roast for the carnivores). I took the dogs for a nice walk, and sat on the porch for awhile with my mom. I weeded just a little bit along the fence, just half an hour. And then it was time for bed.
It was a perfect summer Sunday; time spent with family, with friends, and with nature.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Something has changed this time around. Today it is incredibly warm and humid here. The heat index is 102...it's muggy and uncomfortable. A few years ago, I would have been essentially down for the count. I would go out only to get to work. The heat would have actually made me ill and dizzy.
This year...having a gym membership at a facility with a pool, I can go swimming whenever I can get to the gym. I try to go 3 to 4 days a week. I get up early and get to the gym at 5:30 am so I can swim before work.
I have always loved walking, and when I was at my heaviest (205 lbs) I tore the meniscus in my right knee. With the extra weight, it was painful to walk. I had to go up stairs slowly, one step at a time. I was looking a surgery. Winter was frightening; we have icy, snowy winters here, and I do not drive. Walking to the bus stop was hard and dangerous. I fell a few times, and it was hard to get up. Summertime, I couldn't walk because I would get overheated. Plus, to put it bluntly, I sweat and I stunk when I sweat, so I couldn't get too hot and go to work.
This is leading up to today. I work at a college that has access to a park with walking paths along the Genesee River. I wasn't going to take a walk because of the heat, but sitting at my desk all morning made me antsy. So I filled up a large water bottle and headed out. If it was too hot, I'd just walk around the campus for a few minutes and head back in. Well, I made it to the river, and then back. There was a lot of shade and a breeze, and I can handle the heat now, as long as I'm careful and keep hydrated. The hot, humid weather is great for the plants...lots of wild flowers. The ducks were out; the birds were chirping up a storm. What a great break in the middle of my work day. I was only out for half an hour, but it revitalized me.
I am so glad that I can enjoy the outdoors again. I take long walks, I garden, I swim. I'm thinking of getting a bicycle when I have a little extra money.
Losing weight, getting fit, and changing my lifestyle and attitude has been a blessing. I am 53, but I feel younger than I have for years.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Well, I was going to blog back in December...that obviously didn't work. But here I am again! I did reach my WW goal of 127 lbs. in March. I've been stuck at 124 to 126 lbs. I would really love to get down to 120 lbs. but I don't know if I can.
What do I do? Swimming, 3 times a week, 30 minutes, laps. Walking...I don't drive, so I walk 1/4 mile to the bus stop. If I have to wait for a bus, I walk while I wait, 10 to 15 minutes. Walk my dogs (not very fast...they sniff and piddle a lot). Lunch walks...3 days a week, 20 to 30 minutes at a good clip. If it's cool, on Sundays I walk 3-4 miles at a fast clip at the beach or in a park. Weights once a week (I'd like to up it to 2 times, but hard to get to gym in the evening). Gardening has been BIG this month...weed pulling, hoeing, pruning bushes, cutting back ivy, raking, spreading mulch, turning the compost...3 to 4 hours each weekend, a 1/2 a day the rest of the time. Running at work a lot...doing stairs (2 flights) 3 times a day, plus lots of errands.
My body seems to have reached a static point. I can't eat much less (most days are 1400 to 1500 calories; splurge days are 1900 (Mondays...cookies at a meeting I attend) and Fridays (2000 calories, dinner out).
I feel good! I can lift bags of mulch and wrestle them around the yard. I can walk for miles and I have a ton of energy, more than I had when I was much younger. But I would like to loose that little bulge around the middle and I'm running out of ideas how to do it.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Well, this is my very first blog post here. I'm trying out the SparkCoach Plateau Busting program.
A little background...I'm 4'11" tall. In January, 2010 I weighed over 200 lbs. I also smoked 3/4 of a pack of cigarettes a day. I had a torn miniscus in my knee, and I was pre-diabetic. I couldn't climb a flight of stairs. It was hard to walk the two or three blocks to the bus stop in the morning and back home in the evening. I chose to be very sedentary at work, never taking the stairs, moving from my desk as little as possible. I felt and looked awful. My sister and I decided to go back to WW and try to lose weight and get healthy. We had belonged years ago and lost a lot of weight, but over the years, we stopped doing the healthy lifestyle, upping portions and lowering exercise.
Today...I am down to 130 pounds. My goal was 120 (a little under the maximum BMI for my height and age...50s). But I've been stuck here for over two months. What have I done? I quit smoking two months ago. That was huge; I've smoked for over 30 years. I am almost vegan...I eat lots of raw veggies and fruits. My husband bought me a Vitamix for my birthday, so I make lots of green smoothies, I eat beans and tofu and seitan for protein, with an occasional protein powder (PlantFusion or Spirutein) added to my drinks. For exercise, I walk a LOT. I add a mile to my morning walk to the bus. I walk at lunch time, weather permitting. I swim 30 to 40 laps in a 75' pool 3 days a week. I do a strength training video workout once a week.
But I'm stuck. I can't cut back the amount of food I eat (I've been tracking with the other program). I don't have time for more exercise (plus I don't want to do any more!). So I'm hoping to get some good tips and tricks to move this last crummy 10 pounds. I've accomplished a lot, but I want to feel like I've finished.
Lately I've felt that althoughmy goal is reasonable, it's not attainable. Hopefully SparkCoach will change this.
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