Sunday, January 06, 2013
Here we go, one more time.....
Sad but true, my profile photo hasn't changed any...I still look pretty much exactly the same :( The photos were taken in 2009 and now it's 2013. What can I say...except that I have a killer plan!
I've started walking during my lunch break at work-I can get in a mile, maybe even a little more if I don't have to rush back to work. This should be doable 3-4 days/week. I've also been going to yoga 2-3 times/wk-what a great workout!
I have my Fitbit to help me keep track of things. I've had this little gadget for almost a year and it's really pretty motivational and useful. There's a newer model out-I'll probably upgrade as soon as they get an app for my android phone. The current version has to link up with my computer at home while the newer version will link up with my phone so it will always be current. Not a big deal, but I do love my electronic gadgets......
I'm starting a Metabolic Weight Management Program this week. I'll see an MD and my choice of a fitness specialist, a dietician , a physical therapist or occupational therapist each month. They'll help me set up my program and then hopefully the monthly visits will help me stay on track. I actually started seeing the MD last summer and it was really helpful then some stuff came up and I started missing appointments and then it didn't work so well for me.
I've also been tracking my food-I've been using My Fitness Pal (since the Fitbit didn't used to work with SP) but this week I plan on giving the SP food tracker a go-it's been kind of cumbersome changing the format so we'll see. It would be nice to have everything on SP.
Well, that's about it, clean and simple.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Well, this is really embarassing, but nothing on my page has really changed since I set it up in 2009. My goals are pretty much the same. My weight is the same, I look the same now (pretty much) as I did then. Very sad that in all this time I haven't made any changes in my lifestyle-setting myself up for lots of complications as I get older, heart disease, stroke, diabetes. . .my BMI is 29.5-I refuse to go any closer to 30 (30+ is "obese")
So, what am I going to do about it? I have a few things in the works. A week ago, I bought a Fitbit. I love this little device. I wear it all the time so I'm always aware of what I'm doing activity-wise. I haven't been using the available Fitbit sleep option so my sleep hours are included in my "sedentary" time, but Holy Smokes, the other day I had 16+hrs of time when I was "sedentary" and 0 time when I was "very active". Very cool little device, I highly recommend it:)
I'm also enrolling in a metabolic weight management program at work where I can learn more about nutrition and weight loss..and there will be folks helping me stay on track along the way.
So, one more time...wish me luck :)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
OK, here we go. I can't seem to get this nutrition/fitness act together all at once, so I've decided to start smaller. I don't go to the gym because "I'm tired". I have to assume that I'm tired because I weigh an extra 30 pounds and my diet sucks and I don't really drink any water (just Diet Coke). Of course I'm tired! My goal for the next few days is to work on diet and hydration.
1. Eat small frequent somewhat healthy meals (I'm not even going for optimal nutrition here, just a small meal or snack every 3 hrs or so. Should have some protein and complex carbs-sugary snacks won't count)
2. Drink some water-lets start with 6-8 cups/day. Getting enough water has always been a battle for me-dunno why! I've already had 1 cup today :)
Seems simple, lets see if I can do it!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
First of all, I have to say shame on me because it took me a few minutes to remember how to post a blog entry! That's how long it's been :o
Second of all, I met an amazing woman at work last night who really made me feel embarrassed at my progress over the last 6 months or so. C is an 80 year old woman who is, as she calls herself "a little person", she is 4'2" tall and has a terrible scoliosis (curvature) in her spine. The curvature is so bad that the doctors couldn't get into her heart to open up a totally closed off artery last January. C used to love to walk for exercise, but her back started bothering her so much she had to quit-did that stop her? No, she started swimming. Not just little old grandma water aerobics, this lady swam 80 laps 2-3 times a week. Last winter, she developed the closed off artery that couldn't be fixed so she had to cut down, now she only does 40 laps 2-3 times a week. Are you kidding me? I can swim a lap an a half, I'm almost half her age (well, maybe not quite). Anyway, long story short, I need to take a cue from C and get busy. There are amazing people all around us, we just need to allow ourselves to be inspired.
There is a happy ending to C's story, the doctors were able to open up that closed off artery, so now she's planning to start increasing her laps again as soon as she gets the OK to be back in the pool!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Hopefully not heart disease! We had quite a surprise last week. My husband had a heart attack. And, a 5 vessel coronary artery bypass. He didn't really have much cardiac history previously. He'd had a fairly normal angiogram in 1999 and a normal stress test a few years ago. He just had a complete physical 2 months ago. His cholesterol and triglycerides are a little high, but he's been working hard to lower them and his doc was happy with his progress. He has quite an extensive family history and he smoked (not any more). He's been getting to the gym several times a week for the past few years, yet here we are.
I guess the point of this post is to say that we really need to take care of ourselves. There are so many things you can do to prevent medical problems like heart disease and even though it doesn't always seem important, it is. There is nothing you can do about things like family history, age and gender. If you throw a a bad diet, lack of exercise or smoking on top of those things you can't do anything about, you could very well have time bomb on your hands.
As for me, I haven't been to the gym since this happened . . .maybe tomorrow :) The cardiac surgeon was great, but I don't plan on needing his services for myself anytime soon . . .
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