Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I weighed 179 this morning. That means I am 9 pounds from the goal I set a year and a half ago. I feel truly blessed. I have worked hard and consistently to achieve this goal. I earned it and I rejoice in it. Good health and fitness are most definitely a goal that is worth hard, diligent work. I remember thinking (when I weighed 270 pounds) "This is how it is. I am just fat" I was lying to myself. Weighing 179 pounds and eating healthfully and exercising every day is how it is. I am not fat. I am still overweight but all my lab values are in normal range, I can jog on a mountain trail for 50 minutes (at least), I have energy, enthusiasm and vitality. I am blessed. The work is worth it. My lifestyle is much more automatic and comfortable now, but it isn't easy. I get up early and no matter what, I exercise. I drink water and wait before snacking instead of eating right away, I think about my food choices instead of eating what looks good, and I am beginning to accept my new body shape. I still have some doubts that I can maintain this, after all I have been overweight for over 50 years, but I am beginning to feel like I CAN do it.
I feel so very full of gratitude this morning.
Monday, March 07, 2011
For the last week I have been eating at the low end of my calorie range (about 1250 cal) and getting in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day by doing several "pocket walks" daily as well as continuing my walk/jog program. Sounds simple, right? Well, why haven't I done it before? I don't know. But I lost 2 pounds last week. Go figure!
I just didn't think I could "survive" on 1200 calories a day. I thought I would be hungry. I thought I wouldn't be able to figure out how to eat 3 meals and snacks on that few calories. Well, I did it and it is working.
I need to keep doing what it takes.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Yesterday I tried jogging outside in my neighborhood park. I have been doing the Spark walk/run training program for a week after being unable to get past week 4 on the c25k program on the treadmill. I just can't seem to run more than 4 minutes without getting winded even though I take my asthma spray. Well anyway......
It was 38 degrees, sunny and windy and I wanted to give it a try. For week 2 day 1 you walk for 3 minutes and run for 90 seconds. I took my trusty Golden Retriever, Bucky and went out the door in my fleece running jacket that DH got me for Christmas, my water and my MP3. I walked for 5 minutes to warm up, stretched at a bench by a stream and took off. When I did my first 90 second jog, Bucky was incredulous (yes, a dog can be incredulous!). He looked at me in disbelief and then took off with me. I was nervous. I don't know why, I was just nervous so I started out with a heartrate over 100 while just walking. My nerves settled quickly and I just ran. It felt great! I walked / ran for 30 minutes and covered a little over 2 miles. Not fast, I know, but fun!
I can't wait for Wednesday to try again.
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