Tuesday, July 13, 2010
So yesterday I walked. It was almost 80*F when I walked to mail something to my mom. It was nearly 90*F when I tried out a new path to my nearby park -- very steep and no tree cover where it was rerouted. No railing for me to pull myself up on or help me with balance on the way down, but I made it all the way up and back - not a long walk, but hard for me with the MS acting up a bit more in this heat. Then I walked on the treadmill and added a few short jog intervals for good measure. I was really good about keeping my calories in check and hit all my goal ranges for calories, carbs, fat, protein, and fiber. I downed all the water I was supposed to drink. So, why didn't the scale move down like I expected it would? Since I've battled with hypothyroid issues since my chemo days, I wonder if it is time for another adjustment??? I have a physical scheduled for next week. It should be interesting. If this weight keeps being stuck I'll have to look elsewhere for an answer. It can be discouraging when I do all the right things and still don't lose weight. I know I could drop weight if I cut way back on calories - starvation mode. There was a time when I only 'ate' tea and coffee for an extended period. But, all the best info says this is bad. That's the way I used to get rid of unwanted pounds, but no more. I will continue tracking and doing the right things and hopefully, results will follow. I have seen some non weight related benefits. Hooray! I'll keep watching for those - i.e. more energy , better sleep , better attitude . I just keep reminding myself that those things are important, too! Have a great day everyone.
Monday, July 12, 2010
The good news is that I didn't gain weight over the weekend that included a dinner out at Macaroni Grill with my husband on Friday, a lunch reception on Saturday, a jazz concert in a cocktail lounge that night, and a dinner party at a country club with 16 friends on Sunday. The even better news is that I lost a few ounces in the process. I actually made some pretty healthy choices while away from home and even got in some extra exercise. Since we almost never eat out this was a very unusual weekend for us. The extra exercise came in the form of an unplanned evening walk when we parked at the wrong place for the jazz concert at the Snowbird Resort. We ended up walking more than a mile uphill to get to the right building and there were lots of stairs to navigate along the way through the maze of buildings and trail systems. The return to the car was all downhill which was a good thing because I was really tired. I was sure that the glass of white wine and the cup of coffee with Kaluha would do me in, but the evening was kind. Sunday night I was sure that the orange roughy tostada followed by gelato and berries would be killer, but once again all turned out fine. We did go walking after that meal as we revisited a couple of the condo sites we are considering. It seems that each time I was afraid I would get myself into trouble there was some extra walking and the menu choices really weren't too bad. I ended up ordering Chicken Marsala at the Macaroni Grill on Friday and only ate half. The rest is still in my fridge which may be lunch and snack for today.
What did this weekend prove? Well, it proved that I can be social, have fun with food and friends, and still come home a winner!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Another new month and to me another new opportunity to achieve, to love, to live. A few days ago I learned that my brother-in-law's very fit family is joining us for family reunion at our hotel retreat later this month. Granted, I'm the only fat one of this bunch, but because I am I dread showing my body off in a swimsuit to the extended crowd. I had so hoped it would just be my husband, me and our kids and their families. I so want to cuddle the little ones so selfishly. I don't want to share. Shame on me! I finally shook off the fear of swim suit shame as I remembered that it will be wonderful to have so much family together. My brother-in-law is in a huge remodeling mess at home and his wife and kids relish the chance to stay at the 5-star hotel near my mother-in-law's house. So, not only will I thoroughly enjoy the reunion lunch party that will include more than 30 of us, I will also enjoy thoroughly the pool play with whomever can make if over to join in the fun.
I still hope to lose a few pounds in the next couple of weeks but realistically that won't make me look all that much better in my tankini. I have a long way to go to get to my goal. But, my immediate goal is to enjoy each day and each relationship along the way. I don't want to waste any more time worrying about what others will think about my appearance. I've been married 37 year, have a wonderful family, have weathered many health and other storms and by the grace of God, I'm still here! It's going to be a great month!
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