Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My BP is actually one of the things that has always worried me most... i take three meds all with maxed out dosages... Lisinopril, Metoprolol, and MethylDOPA... even taking those, the highest my BP has ever been is 165/116... that was after a trip to McDonalds... salty fries... yuck... being here on SP and getting the motivation to lose weight will also help me to get my BP under control and hopefully get off some, if not all, of BP meds... this is the start of my tracking...
Sat. 02-28 . . . 119/79 right after 60 minutes on the treadmill
Mon. 01-26 . . . 126/82
Thu. 01-22 . . . 136/96
Tue. 01-20 . . . 127/88
Wed. 01-07 . . . 131/92
Mon. 01-05 . . . 117/87
~~~ 2009 ~~~ (above) 2008 below
Wed. 12-31 . . . 118/87... woohoo, after cutting the PM dose of one med, my BP has been steady and very good so i'll stay off of that one... hopefully it won't be too long til i can cut even more...
Sat. 12-20 . . . 95/69... right after an hour and a half on the treadmill...
Fri. 12-19 . . . 99/72 and 102/70 my BP seems to be coming down lower... today i stopped taking the afternoon dose of the MethylDOPA... that's cutting my daily dose by a third... i will keep a daily track of it in case it goes up again... hopefully this is the start of me getting off of all the meds... also, i've lost right at 20 lbs...
I"ve taken my BP several times over this past month and it's been around the same... i'm still taking my full doses of the meds...
Tue. 11-11 . . . 131/90
Sat. 11-08 . . . 144/104 my BP is back up... went back to the prescribed dose of MethylDOPA
Fri. 11-07 . . . 128/95 right after walking for an hour
Thur. 11-06 . . . 127/88
Tue. 11-04-08 . . . went to Dr. Nolen on Tuesday and my BP was 128/78... he cut the MethylDOPA in half, three times a day...
Fri. 10-31 . . . 129/97 guess i'm not ready to get off the meds
Fri. 10-24 . . . 121/79
Thu. 10-23 . . . 121/88
Sun. 10-19 . . . 113/76
Sat. 10-18 . . . 115/84
Fri. 10-17 . . . 101/76 (after exercise)
Thu. 10-16 . . . 134/85 . . . after exercise . . . 117/85
Tue. 10-14 . . . 111/69
Fri. 10-10 . . . 133/94
Thu. 10-09 . . . 128/83
Tue. 10-07 . . . 128/85
Mon. 10-06 . . . 113/85
Sat. 10-04 . . . 124/86
Fri. 10-03 . . . 127/83
Thu. 10-02 . . . 125/90
Wed. 10-01 . . . 134/97
Tues. 09-30 . . . 128/91
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
lol... well, i'm not AS addicted to my treadmill as i was before, but i'm still walking on it almost every day... usually Sunday is the one day i rest... i'm still collecting my rocks and i've emptied the babyfood jar twice now... i'm putting them into a mason jar... i also have a BIG pickle jar that i'll be using when the mason jar gets full... right now it's about halfway... i did decide to put a rock in for each 30 minute session of exercise that i do... some days i do more and i figured that a rock for each would be a good reward...
Well, i have a problem... I'M ADDICTED TO MY TREADMILL!! what's up with that??? every time i see it i want to get on it and walk... lol... it's just turned out to be so exhilarating to do these 30 minute sessions in the house... i've chosen a workout plan that adds hills... and it's able to keep me at a steady speed of 3 mph... after 30 minutes i've walked a mile and a half... woohoo, i'm so glad to know how far i've gone... and it's amazing to see how far i've come in my exercise and health too! i feel so good after the walk, instead of being worn down...
Today Tommy put my treadmill together... i moved around stuff and cleaned a corner in the bedroom so it'll fit in there next to the sliding glass door... the TV is right in front, i can open the door for fresh air, and i'm good to go!
Today Tommy and i went to get me a treadmill... it's gotten cold enough outside that i've quit walking... the wind has been up too... hopefully this will help to keep me on track with my walking... i've been gathering pretty rocks and putting them on the porch so i can still put them in my jar...
Woohoo! thirty rocks today! the babyfood jar is filled so i think it's time to get a larger jar to pour them into... i chose a tall mason jar that looks like i'll be able to fill it three more times before needing an even bigger jar... sounds like it'll take a long time but hopefully that time will go faster and faster as i walk more and more... this has been such a good idea...
Well, over the weeks i've filled up my babyfood jar... Whitney counted them tonight and i have 29 rocks... there are a few days that i walked twice and got two rocks and decided that i'd get a rock for every full 30 minutes i walk... today i walked an hour and 5 minutes... that was with no breaks... it was great because i had on my mp3 player and walked to the beat of Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Ricky Iglesias, Guns N' Roses, and some others with great songs... i think i'll be doing that from now on... it made the time go by so fast...
I got my new shoes today! i ordered them from the breast cancer website so some of the profits would go for free mamograms... i also bought some new socks to go with them... everything pink and i'm ready to go, right? well, it's been rainy all day... i could not walk today, stay inside and walk, or walk in the rain... so i grabbed an umbrella and walked in the rain! it was a little bit humid, but the air was so fresh! i did 20 minutes of brisk walking and then a round of slower walking to stretch my leg muscles and keep them from shaking... i did good!
The weather is gorgeous today! a light breeze to enjoy the walk... today i borrowed Mary's shoes so i could walk and not use my crocks... it was nice to not have dirt under my feet by the time i was finished walking... and i felt so good with the shoes on that i upped my rounds around the house/yard from six to eight... so today was my first day doing 20 minutes of cardio... i sure huffed and puffed by the time i was finished but i guess that's probably normal, carrying around this much weight... on my rounds i decided to make a short term goal of losing down to 180 by the end of the month of October...
The weather is still wonderful except for the mosquitos! yuck... i hate them... i walked today but later in the day... so many kids all over and i couldn't leave the house... but by 3pm it was quiet here and i decided i better get my butt out the door to walk or if it gets any later i'll become a shmorgasbord for the mosquitos... after walking my legs and feet get very stiff and i have to keep moving them around... it feels like rigamortis! Just gotta get these joints and muscles in shape...
Wow, what a great day for walking... the weather is turning so nice now with the cooler temps... i just love it... since we live in the country the air is so fresh and clean... years ago i didn't like living so far from places but now i love it... and it's been a good place to raise children... my grandson walked with me today... actually because he's 4, i walked and he ran... lol... in the beginning he kept trying to walk on my shadow... i would say, "ow, ow, ow, quit that!..." and he'd laugh... so i'm up to five rocks! my little jar is almost halfway full... soon i'll have to find a larger jar!
Well, i got my rock for today... before walking my back hurt really bad... i thought that maybe i wouldn't be able to keep up the pace or make it around six times... but when i was finished i felt great! my legs weren't as wobbly as after yesterday's walk, and my back didn't hurt at all... wow, i AM on my way! i also had some nice company this morning... my two granddaughters, both age 8, cousins, not twins, came along with me... it's nice to finally pass exercise down to them as a good habit...
I live out in the country on several acres... we're at least 30 miles from any decent walking trail or mall... the road i live on is very short so there's no place for me to walk... since we have a large yard i decided to walk around the house/yard to make my 15 minutes a day for walking... two trips around is exactly 5 minutes at the pace i've set so my total for the walking is six trips around... i go past several places where there are small rocks... so as i was looking down and walking past i'd spot a lot of pretty ones... the first day on my 6th and last trip around the yard i paused and picked up one of them... i brought it in the house and put it into a baby food jar and then set the jar in front of me here at the computer... each day as i go around the house for the first five rounds i'm going to spot a pretty rock... on the last round i'm going to pick it up... when my babyfood jar is full i'm going to empty it into a larger jar... when that jar is full i'm going to empty it into an even larger jar... i guess eventually i'll empty the yard of all the rocks! but at least doing this will allow me to SEE my progress as the jars get full... i've already spotted my rock for tomorrow!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Found another motivator... hearing about the success stories of my friends here on SP... Linda Kaye has lost weight and looks great... i read on her page and saw her latest picture and the difference is amazing... seeing her loss and hearing her motivation is what i love to hear... and also emulate! i really want to be one of those success stories and reading about her success shows me that i can get to my goals too... but NOT if i'm slacking on my eating and exercising... i HAVE TO keep up that slow and steady pace on my way to healthy living... and NO CHEATING!!!
Today i found out that my biggest motivator to keep exercising is music... i put on my mp3 player to do my 30 minutes and ended up staying on the treadmill for another hour after that! i just didn't feel like stopping... i love my music... Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, CCR, The Backstreet Boys, Blessid Union of Souls, Rod Stewart, and Savage Garden... wow!
A great motivator for me has been watching a good show on TV while walking on my treadmill... it seems to make the time go by faster except while the commercials are on... i hate commercials... most of the time i choose to walk while my soaps are on... or Bonnie Hunt... i love laughing with her show... another motivation, of course, is seeing the pounds disappear... right now i'm on the verge of getting into the 160's... i've got a little mini-goal of wanting to be firmly into the 160's by January 1st... that will mean that my weight won't go back into the 170's at all... woohoo!!
Woohoo! i found another motivator! at least for walking... i wore my mp3 player today while walking and it made the time go by so fast... before i knew it, i'd walked 65 minutes... i think the music will be part of my walking from now on!
wow, i wore Cathy's pedometer today... i walked twice to try to get to 10,000 steps... but now it's after 7pm and i still have just over 9,000... i was hoping to make 10,000 and then buy me a goodie pedometer... i think this is the most steps i've ever taken in one day, in the last 10 years... but my feet hurt and i have a couple of blisters... blah... maybe i can do it before bedtime if i take the long way around into the kitchen and bathroom... lol... oh yeah, i got down into the 170's today... the first time in years... hopefully it's a good start towards my goal of losing 10 lbs for November!
Woohoo, i'm off to a great start this month! it was so beautiful outside today that i walked for 35 minutes and then later in the day walked for 30 more... on the second walk, Emily walked with me for the whole way... it was nice to see her keeping up and getting exercise too... she really is a good girl... my feet and legs were a little sore but overall i feel great... i've just gotta keep up this motivation for the rest of the month... hopefully the weather will stay nice... and for the days that it isn't nice outside, i really need a treadmill...
one of my motivations has been that i didn't walk for a week and felt bad... the pains came back, the laziness set in... it was awful! last night i joined a new team, Grandmas on the Lose... one of their goals is to walk for 30 minutes 5 days a week... i joined and decided that i'd try to make November a great month... i want to lose another 10 lbs and want to do really good with my eating and tracking food... woohoo, here i come, November!
today i went back outside... the shoes are fitting a little better but i'm thinking i might still get me some really good shoes for walking... my feet hurt and so does my right knee... i'm thinking i don't get enough support from these shoes... we'll see... i stayed up to 30 minutes for the walk, and used the weights too... but because of my knee hurting a little i slowed down a bit... but not TOO much!
yesterday and today i walked in the house... i didn't feel like putting my shoes on! lol... i'd rather be barefoot but for sure i'd never make it around the house if i was... so around the livingroom, diningroom, and kitchen i went... i didn't know how many rounds to make so i just went for 30 minutes and figured i was still making my same speed... i also used the weights in my hands... plus, i got my two rocks for doing the walk....
well, i've been walking 20 minutes, doing 8 rounds around the house/yard... that adds up to a 21-minute mile... today i decided to ADD 2 more rounds walking slower... i think it's probably a 30=minute mile, and it gives me time to cool down and rest my legs while still walking... so i'm ending up with a total of 30 minutes of cardio and that's a good thing.. i also carried with me my little blue jug of water... when i got in the house i finished it off and then measured... 4 cups of water!! wow, a nice way to get the water in... the only drawback here is that my right knee is still throbbing a little... i know it's the joint and there's a little pain that radiates up from my foot... maybe i had the shoes tied too tight... i'll have to remember that for tomorrow...
wow, i didn't realize how long it had been since i wrote here... i wasn't able to walk on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday... i did a PowerPoint presentation for Mother's 80th birthday party and i sat here at the computer for most of that time... i searched for pictures, scanned about 250 of them, edited them, and then put just over 200 of them into the PP... everyone said it turned out really good... the really strange thing is that while i wasn't walking those three days, my knees hurt really bad, like arthritis or something... i thought they'd hurt while i walked today, but i stretched first and then did my 8 rounds around the house/yard... afterwards, and for the rest of today there wasn't hardly any pain in my knees... i wonder if my knees missed the cardio walking?
WooHoo!! on Monday the 6th i upped my walking time to 20 minutes... On Sunday i measured and i lost an inch and a half in my hips! today Tommy figured out that i've been walking a 21 minute mile all this time... i didn't think i'd be walking that fast... Cathy gave me her pedometer and i also found out that when i go around the house/yard, i'm walking 3354 steps... i'm feeling really good today!
Well, i finished a week of walking and exercise... i still feel really good about what i'm doing and my motivation... i haven't lost any weight, or maybe a half a pound, but i HOPE it's because my body is going thru so many changes since i've started this... i KNOW that one of these days i'll get on the scale and i'll see that the pounds have melted off of me! lol... that's a good motivation right there! the most important thing is that since i've been exercising and eating right i've felt a lot better... even tho my knees, hips, and ankles feel stiff and sore, i know i'm doing good... and another good thing is that the bottom number of my BP is coming down!
I believe that actually SUCCEEDING at the small changes in my life will be my greatest motivation... all of the things that i am doing, tracking my food intake, resisting overeating, EXERCISING, and things like that are all new to me... so far i'm succeeding in my goals... i had always heard that it was more dangerous to yoyo diet than just stay fat... so that was a great excuse to NOT diet, knowing i'd fail... i'd just stay the same and be better off, right? it's amazing how good i got at lying to myself... sheesh, i'm so gullible... lol... well, no more! from now on i'm thinking HEALTHY!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Well, i haven't really found any other obstacles... mostly i get lazy and just don't want to walk... but all that takes is getting my shoes on and just moving to the treadmill... just a little push and i'm ok... i just have to remember that my health won't get any better if i don't exercise... that's a huge part of it and i just can't take days off... and anyway, what's 30 minutes out of a day??? there's no way i can say that i don't have time...
one more little obstacle... i find it hard to come back to walking after taking off on Sunday... yesterday, Monday, i didn't walk... no reason... i just did other things... it was even a gorgeous day but i just stayed inside... i'll have to find a way to get over this and make sure that i start out my week with a good walk, even if it's only 30 minutes...
i found another obstacle... ME! for a week i had that pain in my back... some days it wasn't all that bad, or i had taken ibuprofin so i didn't feel it much, but i had gotten lazy and didn't walk... til TODAY, that is... last night i told myself that i would be getting back outside to walk again... i did 30 minutes around the yard/house... i even found an old Kennedy half dollar under the oak tree... it looked like it had been there for a long time... anyway, i'm back on track and ready to walk and lose again...
well, i found an obstacle... the disks in my neck are causing a sharp pain to run down my back and into my shoulder blade... no matter what position i'm in, sitting, standing, lying down, there's not much relief... i've missed several days of walking but today i took two ibuprofins and walked around the house... it was bearable... it's just so hard to keep the weight off if i don't do the exercising now...
well, over the weekend we had Mother's 80th birthday party... i was worried that i'd be tempted by all the great food and the birthday cake... Tommy even made a yummy peach cobbler! amazingly, i haven't even wanted or been tempted by the sweets or fattening foods... i believe i'll give God most of the credit and thanks, since i've been praying for willpower... seems He's given me a lot of it now... thank you, God, for all of your blessings...
Ha, i found out today that RAIN isn't one of my obstacles... i walked anyway... with an umbrella... had to step over a lot of puddles tho...
Well, i splurged at church again... the food is always there and so good, waiting for everyone to get a plateful... i took an apple with me from home so that i'd eat that instead of any sweets, but there was fruit so i didn't eat the apple until later when i got home... so i probably ate too much yesterday at church but i've still lost a little weight so maybe it didn't do too much harm... i really love having all this fruit and a salad every day...
We're planning a surprise birthday party for my mom-in-law for next Saturday... there will be CAKE and all sorts of goodies! oh woe is me... i'm also not looking forward to Halloween! but i've already decided that i will NOT buy any candy to have hanging around here tempting me... if anyone brings it in the house, it's garbage!!
Another HUGE obstacle will be holidays! i am NOT looking forward to Thanksgiving this year... i can resist the sweets, but i go crazy with all the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, casseroles, etc... i think this year i might just heap my plate slap full, but i'll bring my OWN small plate... lol...
One of my biggest obstacles to losing weight is when i go somewhere and the only food available is fattening... cakes, cookies, soda, all kinds of sweets... one example of this is after church we have hostesses who bring something for everyone to snack on and be social afterwards... i used to go and fill my plate along with everyone else... it was always so good... but this last Sunday i resisted and got only a small amount of salsa and chips... i'm not used to that! but i did it and felt good about myself later because i finally found a little willpower deep inside... wow, that never happened before!
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