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Remember how far you've come...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I haven't blogged in a long, long time, but I felt the need to share this today.

Last week was the first week since my hospital stay (October 2013) that I averaged 5000 steps a day. That's HUGE. And I've managed to (recumbent) bike for 6 minutes straight for the last few days. Again, that's HUGE for me.

I have a long way to go, but I am not where I was. :)

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REGINAROLLINS 8/5/2014 12:16PM

  So true!!!!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

If all goes to plan, I will be finished with my doctorate in September 2015. Per my cardiologist I need to take my weight-loss slowly, so I'm just going to align my weight loss and education goals, and aim for a target weight of 150 by the end of my doctorate program. (The end weight will probably need to be adjusted, since I'm going purely off my BMI. I've never been below 200 lbs., so I don't know what my "right" weight is.)

I've reset my weight goals inside SparkPeople, but here they are in full so that I can't forget:

Weight Goals
End of 2012 – 219.5
End of 2013 – 193.5
End of 2014 – 167.5
Sept. 2015 – 150

If I can stay focused and motivated, this is doable. The "focused and motivated" part worries me a bit, though…

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PAULAAUTUMN 1/21/2013 3:32AM

    emoticon take baby steps and focus on doing little and often for exercise. three 10 minutes sessions gives you 30 minutes a day and feels less daunting. Don't forget that housework it all counts.
As for motivation I too have a problem with that but have a new reason to stay both focused and motivated a Grandchild in June.
Setting a small goal will help keep you both focused and motivated. emoticon you will get there and we are here to support you emoticon

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I'm baaack…

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hi all. I can’t believe that I've been away from SparkPeople for so long. Life became pretty crazy, and trying to lose weight (heck, trying to be *healthy*) stopped being a priority. I've been working a lot with the local theater group, mostly behind-the-scenes, though I was in a play earlier this month. I've been teaching classes at the community college. My POTS has been variable, barely-there on some days and kicking my ass on other days. And last month I was accepted into a doctorate program, and my coursework has slowly started to take over my life.

But now I am back. Life is still crazy, but I now realize that I need to be healthy in order to handle the crazy.

Please wish me luck! :)

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GARDENQE2 10/12/2012 1:48PM

    How exciting for you! You are really going places!
Of course you will have all sorts of wonderful accomplishments!
But I wish you luck anyway! emoticon

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Trying to do this PROPERLY

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I was going to blog specifically about the health stuff, but that would take too long, so I will save that update for another time. In a handful of words, though: I'm still alive and I have a bit more energy, so hooray!! :)

To recap: I overdid it in January. Jumping in with both feet was both stupid and dangerous, and it took me many weeks to recover. And then there were a lot of medical tests, to help me figure out what I can and cannot do. Bottom line: I am allowed to (sort of) can exercise. But I have to be very, very mindful of what I am doing. (Being unmindful = passing out, which is not fun.)

So I have changed my fitness goals. For instance, instead of worrying about walking a certain distance each week, I'm going to focus on walking at least 10,000 steps per day. I don’t have much stamina anymore, but I think that I can walk in little bits each day for a total of 10,000+ steps. (I'm not joking about my lack of stamina - even the Leslie Sansone 15-minute (1-mile) walk is way too much for me now.) My logic is this: walking a lot of steps each day will get me closer to my goal of doing the Leslie Sansone DVDs again, and from there I can look at walking a 5k. But I can't look too far ahead, or I will get really discouraged.

I've also lowered my 'fitness minutes per week' goal, both to stress myself less on each 'active' day and also give my body more time to rest between 'active' days. Hopefully this time I won't burn myself out in a week.

And, of course, I will be keeping a close eye on my diet, since I have been getting lazy about that. The frustrating part of that is that as I eat healthier I'm not getting the correct amount of daily sodium (my POTS meds need copious amounts of sodium and water to work properly). But I will find a solution to that problem which does not involve salty (and fatty) snacks - NaCl supplements, maybe.

I will do this. It may take me a hundred years, but I will lose this weight and I will feel better and I will have a life (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). I just need to stay focused. Focused. Focused.



The First Week of 2012

Saturday, January 07, 2012

This blog will be short, since I am still working on my 2012 goal list, and defining some of those goals will have to wait until I talk to my cardiologist at the end of the month. In the meantime, I am tracking my food every day, and I joined the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge to motivate me to do some sort of exercise every day. I doubt that I will see a weight loss when I weigh myself tomorrow, but I already feel great about taking the small steps that I've taken so far. Woo hoo! emoticon


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