Sunday, August 31, 2014
I weighed myself this morning, and my weight was up a pound. A few weeks ago, that would have really upset me, and I probably would have given up on my health quest for the billionth time. But today, it didn't even faze me.
Earlier this summer, I decided that I need to make a new commitment to taking care of myself. I need to get stronger. I need more energy. I need to focus on the things I can do, instead of focusing on the things I can't.
In August, I rode my recumbent bike every day. Every.single.day. I'm to 8.5 minutes a session, which is a stretch but isn't crazy difficult. In August, I averaged over 5,000 steps a day. On days when my POTS flared up I listened to my body and took it easy, but I made up for those days so that I would end up meeting my weekly goals. And a few days ago I managed to get over 10,000 steps in a day, more than I have gotten in a single day in A YEAR.
I have more energy today than I did on August 1. I have more motivation. I am sleeping more soundly.
I have a ways to go, but I am thrilled with my progress.
And as for the scale? Pound, shmound. I'm not going to let the scale ruin this for me. :)
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. :)
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:
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…
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! :)
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.
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