Tuesday, July 03, 2012
First of all, I am so grateful for all the kind words on my last blog about my dad's illness. It is such a comfort to know that people take the time to respond like that. Spark People are the best!!!! I have no news on that front, but my mom is keeping me posted.
My weight-loss buddy is on vacation this week, so I haven't heard from her about her progress. Despite the events of last week, which included raspberry pie and a butterfinger ice cream flurry among other things, I managed to lost 1.8 pounds since my last weigh-in, which was 2 weeks ago. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I got my hair cut yesterday and also shaved my legs, so that might have helped a little ;-) So, I'm up to 19.4 pounds total. This is great, although, in the vein of never being satisfied, it would have been nice to hit the 20 pound marker this week. So, that is my goal for next week.
One thing that I have been trying very hard to do is get at least 8,000 steps in every day. I have gotten a little sick of the walking dvds, but I can do the moves on my own, so I don't really need Leslie Sansone that much, although I do use them sometimes. I got pretty sick of all the chatter on the dvds, and there is one girl on one of the tapes, which happens to be my favorite, who is so annoying. I wish she wasn't on camera so much. I'm sure I look incredibly goofy doing some of this stuff, but who cares? It makes me feel good.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
I have to consider this a "lost" week as far as Spark People is concerned, but it also served as a scary forecast into my future if I don't get myself together pronto!!
I had to leave work early last Monday and drive like a maniac to Albany because my dad was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He has a serious health issue that is still not resolved. He was in the hospital all week and they let him leave on Friday, but he needs to have an outpatient procedure which will hopefully tell them what is wrong. (It could be bladder cancer, but we are praying it isn't.)
My parents live in the middle of the country -- no public transportation AT ALL. So, they have to drive everywhere. My mother has a license and she is a good driver, but my dad bought a new SUV last year and she never had a chance to drive it because he wouldn't let her. She also does not know how to pump gas. Anyway, I drove my mom around, but I finally got her to give driving the SUV a shot and she did great! All she needed was a cheerleader (and for my dad not to be backseat driving)! But I digress...
The thing that was a wake-up call for me, though, was my mom's health problems. She can hardly walk because she has foot problems and knee problems and back problems, etc. She has been overweight for as long as I can remember. She and my dad actually eat pretty well. They don't have big portions, but they eat often. My dad is very physically active, but my mom has never done any exercise at all. Nada. I do not think I have ever seen her do anything physical. She had a lot of health problems beginning when my sister and I were little, so she never really played with us. She would read and sew with us, but she never did anything physical with us. I really think that no matter what her health problems were/are, it is unfortunate that she could not find something that she could do to get in shape. Whatever, she is really paying the price right now and I feel so bad for her. Since I take after her in so many ways, I can easily see myself having those same problems. Already my knees hurt, but I am hoping I am not too late to do something about it. I have made some progress, although I have a long way to go.
I have no idea how I did weight-wise this week because of all the stress and lack of access to my usual foods, but it does not matter. I have to flex my willpower muscle and take control of whatever situation I find myself in.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I was up .2 pounds for a total of 17.6 pounds lost for my Tuesday weigh-in. (My Medifast buddy hit 30 pounds this week, which is awesome!) I am actually really happy with how I did this week. In addition to three work events with meals last week (which I mentioned in my previous blog), graduation parties were on the agenda this weekend, so I was inundated with food. I ate a chicken barbecue, including a little macaroni salad and cake at the party, and part of a turkey sub at the get together the night before but I did manage to stay away from the chips, crackers, and cheese. (These are almost always my downfall.)
As for exercise, I started to do my walking dvds last week. I did 3 miles yesterday and 4 miles on Sunday. I also mowed the entire yard on Sunday (Happy Fathers Day!) which took about an hour of hustling. I like the Leslie Sansone dvds, but I try to ignore some of the chit chat. Itís also a little corny, but I do work up a sweat so itís a good tradeoff. My knees are not really bothered by it either which is very good news. I would also like to start working with some weights for my arms pretty soon. I have hand weights in assorted colors and poundages, and I know there are some good workouts in the Fitness Resources area. Iím trying to add things a little at a time. I am definitely a creature of habit, so making too many changes at once really throws me into a tizzy.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
I was down 2.6 pounds this week, for a six week total of 16.4. Not too shabby, but of course I would like it to be higher. An average of 2 pounds a week is more realistic in the long run. At least I didnít go up!
My Medifast buddy has lost a total of 23 pounds, so we're both doing great. It helps so much to have a human to share the ups and downs with and we really support each other. It also helps that we are not following the same strategy for weight loss. Otherwise, I think it might get a tad competitive.
I am happy that I am finding it easy to find good things to eat, too. Since Iím kind of a boring eater, tracking has not been a problem. I know itís a pain, but measuring and tracking really help me. Iím not just tracking calories, but other nutrients as well. For example, I rarely get enough protein and calcium Ė which is not so good given my age (can you say osteoporosis, more importantly, can you SPELL it?) Even with my multivitamin I wasnít getting enough, so Iíve added a calcium supplement. Not so sure what to do about the protein, though. I donít crave meat anymore and I only have smoothies on the weekend now, so I guess I need to find something else to put protein powder in.
I still have knee and back problems if I walk too much, but I am sure that this will improve as more weight comes off. I definitely need to get more physically active to get the complete healthy lifestyle that I want.
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