Wednesday, October 26, 2011
At my job, as part of a wellness program, we get a check-up every 6 months. My numbers were so good, the nurse asked me what I was doing. She knew about SparkPeople and applauded my consistent efforts. Sure I was glad that my weight was down 6 lbs. from my last visit (what she didn't know was that I'd actually gained 10 more last summer), but the bonus benefit of all these exercise challenges and food tracking were my other heart-health numbers.
Cholesterol 197 (Good HDL 96 !!!)
Body Fat 33%
Oxygen Uptake 40 (an indicator of fitness--off the charts for my age group)
You will hear no more complaining from me about the slow weight loss.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Weigh-in day showed 1 lb lost. I'll take it. After all that extra exercising last week, I kinda thought it might be more, but Hey! Last week I got the bounce-up, so I'm happy for the 1 lb loss.
I'm learning that this process isn't always "fair." Just because I exercised like a fiend and didn't cheat even once on my diet last week (except for some white rice instead of brown), does not mean I'll weigh-in 2 lbs down. Maybe I added some muscle; maybe my body is holding water....maybe it just doesn't want to lose another lb this week! Whatever. I really can't control anything except my activity and what I put into my mouth.
Now, on the other hand--while doing my gym workout yesterday, 3 people told me how good I looked. And, at my age, I'll take that too :)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
In my enthusiasm, I suggested to my A Team members that we challenge ourselves more this week --we would increase our exercise time by whatever amount we felt we could commit to.
I led the charge by challenging myself to double my daily exercise time this week. I'm determined to do it, but it's killing me. I have sense enough to know I'm not going to run every day, and when I do it's for no more than an hour. So I'm constantly looking for something to do to add up to the 120 min. Heck, I need to retire just so I can exercise.
Bet I'll drop a lb. this week though. For sure.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
It's weigh-in day. Bah-humbug! No, I didn't start out being a Scrooge about it. Even after all the cross-training I did this past week, while trying to give my hurt knee a rest, and all the meal tracking and posting every day, I knew there was a good chance the old scale wouldn't show any weight loss. It's just stubbornly evil that way.
But this morning I got clear indications that THIS time, results might be different. I looked at my stomach in the mirror--definitely DOWN. I turned to the side and bent over--worse possible angle for a stomach--decidedly smaller, a lot less flab. And those side rolls, barely a crease!
So now I excitedly stepped on the scale, and what did I get--the darn BOUNCE UP! I was prepared for no loss, but the bounce up; that's an insult!
Well, I know the mirror doesn't lie, so obviously the scale does. It's old, after all--I know not to ever step on it twice, the second time is always up a lb. Doesn't matter--I like the way my body is looking in the mirror.
Oh, I'm not giving up the fight with the scale: it's on now. I will win! I'll outbox, outfox, outrun--OUTLAST it. 'Cause I've found a way to lose weight eating in a manner that I can use for years to come. However long it takes....It's on!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This week I joined the Better Sleep Challenge, and I'm logging my sleep/wake cycles. It's surprising that I function so well during the day. I'm not getting any great quality of sleep. So today I see this article, and it's worth a try (notice the average age of participants--I'd better get a handle on this now:
New study: Researchers gave 79 women with insomnia (average age 72) printed material on good sleep habits or four weeks of behavioral therapy that included in-person counseling. Result: Those who received therapy significantly improved sleep by going to bed later, waking up at the same time each morning and limiting time in bed. Theory: Turning in later increases ones natural sleep drive. If you have insomnia: Go to bed later, when sleepy, and get up at your usual time each day. Your total time in bed should equal your average amount of actual sleep plus no more than 30 minutes.
Daniel Buysse, MD, professor of psychiatry, Sleep Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Sounds easy enough, but I'll take any suggestions you have. Got any tricks for getting a good night's sleep?
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