Sunday, May 16, 2010
I am very happy with the progress I have made over the past year, but there are bumps in the road on any journey. I encountered on last week - that I put there myself. I stepped on the scale this morning and found that I had gained back 3 pounds that I have worked so hard to lose!! And I did it all myself!!!!! I got lazy about portion control, tracking everything, and stopped thinking about what I KNOW is right for me. Now I have the opportunity to use the advice I always give to others - let it go, use it as a learning experience, and move forward. I will get back on track from this moment on!!!!
I am having knee surgery on Thursday, so the exercise time and intensity will be less for a while, so I will have to be even more careful about calorie intake.
I am trying very hard to think of this as a short detour on my longer journey to being more healthy and fit. I don't tell myself I can do it. I say I WILL DO IT!!!!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
I started my journey to a healthier life on May 10, 2009, stumbled onto the SparkPeople website by accidnet, and tried it out of despiration.
One year later, I feel (and look) like a diffrent person.
Some of the physical changes I have made are:
Start ----------------------------------- After 1 year
Weight 320 lbs. ---------------------------------- 198 lbs.
Shirt size 4 XL ---------------------------------- L
Pants size 48 ---------------------------------- 34
Strength Training None ---------------------------------- 6 days/ week
Cardio 5 minutes ----------------------------- 60-90 min. every day
In addition, my doctor has reduced me from 2 medications for blood sugar, 2 for blood preasure, and 1 for cholosterol to 1/2 of one of the meds for blood preasure. All those other prescriptions are history!!!
My energy level has increased dramatically so (except for some serious knee pain) I really feel like being active agian.
I have learned how to eat properly, what to eat, how to cook healthy, and how good healthy food tastes. I also discovered that I don't need 2 liters of soda a day and water really is a good thirst quencher.
Every day some one comments of the changes that are so visible and ask how I did it. My standard answer - " I did nothing more than change my entire lifestyle". Then I proceed to tell them all about SparkPeople and the difference it has made in my life!
I has arthroscopic knee surgery scheduled for May 20 to help with pain and mobility, and I am confident that all the strength training and cardio I have been doing will make the rehab go well and quickly. I'm actually looking forward to the surgery so I will be able to become even more active.
The only down side to this year is having to change my wardrobe every few months (LOL). They know me pretty well at the thrift stores in town since I'm there often to donate my old clothes and look for different, smaller, ones. I do plan to buy new clothes when I reach my goals, but for now, I like paying less for temporary outfits.
To sumarize my last year - I love my new life and will never look back!!!
Thanks so much to everyone at SparkPeople and to all the friends I have met along my journey.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Last week was one filled with one temptation after another. Three of the five days at work felt like they were designed to test me. Here is how it went:
Monday - Started bad by oversleeping, but I did get in my workout before work.
Tuesday - Boss's birthday so people brought in food. There was a strawberry pie and a chocolate and cool whip cake with crushed Oreos on top. My reaction: An apple and 1 oz. of almonds for snacks and a happy birthday wish for the boss!!!
Wednesday - Very normal. I loved it.
Thursday - Annual open house and eyeglass sale at work. Fresh bakery cookies, punch, and coffee out all afternoon. One of the reps who was there bought pizza, pasta, and bread sticks. My reaction: A box of raisins for a snack, sliced turkey breast sandwich for lunch, and waited until I got home in the evening to make a healthy dinner.
Friday - Big going away party for an employee who is leaving for "greener pastures". Everyone brought something for pot luck lunch. (I brought roasted vegetables) My reaction: Tasted the three salads that were brought in, had some of my roasted veggies, and about 2 oz. of pulled pork on a piece of French bread. I left all the deserts for everyone else.
I'm feeling pretty good about myself and how I handled all those temptations. I don't know if it is will power, or just stubborness, but whatever it was worked. I have come too far to spend an entire week giving in to all that food, which I did not need.
I also dropped another pound last week!!!!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Until this week, I hadn't been able to ride my recumbent bike since Easter when I injured my knee. That meant virtually no cardio since I could barely walk either. I tried it on Monday for a few minutes (25) and although it wasn't easy, I was able to do it!!
Yesterday I saw the Dr. to get things checked out and he gave me the ok to ride it regularly again. That was the good news!!! He also scheduled me for surgery on the knee for May 20. It isn't the replacement surgery that is going to have to be done at some point. This is arthroscopic surgery to "clean out the joint" as he put it.
So, while I wait for that I will be back on the bike every day and hope that I will soon have less pain.
I know prayers are answered. God will give me what I need to get through this and the strength to keep going.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Yesterday, being Administrative Assistant Day, the Drs. I work for got a very nice boquet for everyone in the office ( except me, since I am the only male in the place). They know where I buy my coffee beans, so I got a gift card from that coffee shop/bakery. They also had the bakery make a cookie for everyone to share. That thing was huge - about a half inch thick and 12 inches in diameter!!! It even had "Thank You" written in frosting.
The gesture was very nice and the cookie looked wonderful. However, I will never know what it tasted like. The ladies cut it into nice pie shaped wedges for everyone and set about devouring it! I politely declined and gave my portion to the smallest one there. She might be little (she weighs less than I have lost - LOL) but she sure can eat. She had no trouble getting rid of her piece as well as the one I gave her!
I ate the pear I brought for a snack, and felt good about myself all day!!!
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