Friday, April 27, 2012
I work closely with someone (we're not in the same building but we have the same job title). I have been hanging out with her quite a bit. She's about 15 years younger than I am, so she's almost like the daughter I never had too.
We're both significantly overweight (ok, obese). She is single and doesn't like to cook, so she eats out a lot. She is so smart and really fun to hang out with, so I go along with her whenever I can. We are completely enabling each other to overeat. I had some success with Weight Watchers several years ago, and my friend has tried a number of different programs, but yet here we are -- both of us bigger than ever.
Anyway, she was so discouraged that she looked into various options and decided to give Medifast a try. She started it on Wednesday, so she's only a couple days into it. It's very expensive, and I don't like the idea of it so I don't think I would ever do it myself. BUT she has been texting me several times a day with updates and to vent about various things. I actually like hearing about her progress and encouraging her. I want to be a good support person for her. She's only told 1 other person that she's doing it, so I think she really needs me now.
So here's the thing. I think we could make ourselves our own little support group, even though I'm doing my own thing to try and lose weight. I don't want to be competitive with her to see who can lose more, but I think it might help to have a weekly accounting of how much we lost/gained. I don't want to reveal how much I weigh and I don't want to know what she weighs, but keeping track of our ups and downs might encourage both of us. (I know, this sounds just like SparkPeople only face to face! It also sounds like a Weight Watchers meeting, but this is FREE!)
Wish us luck!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I have been taking blood pressure medicine for years. My doctor put me on it because I had "borderline" HBP. Well, I started to have some problems with the medication (chronic cough), so he told me to stop taking it and come back in six weeks.
Well, I went in yesterday, and guess what?! I don't have high blood pressure!!
I wish I could say it's because I lost weight, but it isn't. In fact I weigh a lot more than when he put me on the meds in the first place. I don't know what happened and the doctor can't explain it.
The bigger thing that's good about it is that I didn't realize how much it bugged me that I needed to take medicine. Sometimes you don't realize how much something gets you down until it goes away!
Since my doctor can't explain the improvement, I just have to take this as a sign and keep working at the things I want to change.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The cruise last week was a total blast. My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Beatles Tribute Cruise. We met so many wonderful people!
I wore my pedometer every day and got in over 12,000 steps a day! One day I even got over 14,000. We were on the Oasis of the Seas, which is huge, so just walking from one place to another was great exercise. It was so nice to be able to sit in the sun someplace warm instead of hibernating up here in the north. Very relaxing!
The only problem now is having to go back to work! I could really get used to the sun and fun. If only I had the financial means to live a life of leisure. Oh well, maybe someday.
I may have gained a few pounds and I haven't weighed myself to find out. My usual weigh-in is Friday, so I'll see how things are then.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
We're off today for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise. It's a Beatles Tribute Cruise, so there are lots of activities planned. I hope to have a lot of down time as well. I had to work so much overtime to be able to take some time off. I work at a university so taking time off during the semester is not encouraged, but my husband can never get time off during the summer so we try to take some kind of vacation every other year during the winter.
I checked out the ship's fitness center online so I know where everything is. I know exercise will help me relax and feel better about myself. There is a jogging track around the ship that is .43 miles. I hope to do at least 4-5 laps every day. I just want to forget about work stress for a while!
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