Thursday, January 19, 2012
I am working on increasing my exercise. This seems pretty amazing to me since I have never been an athletic person. Currently, I am doing cardio for 3x/week for 30 minutes. I am also doing strength training 3x/week. So, MWF I go to the gym and work on the elliptical. On my off days, I thought I would use the new SP 28-day boot camp. I thought I would start with their 12-minute workouts and gradually increase my time. I would like to be exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes 5x/week. I tried the video for the first time tonight and thought it was fun. Hopefully, I will still feel this way 28 days from now.
I also have another goal. I would like to be able to jog next to my husband for 30 minutes on the treadmill. He may jog twice as far as me, but I'd like to be next to him. Sounds simple, right? But, truly this scares me. I have exercise induced asthma. So, I have visions of falling over on the treadmill. The asthma doesn't bother me on the elliptical, bike, or even the rowing machine. Just the treadmill or jogging outside.
So, I have a plan, it's not much of one. It's simply this. I will at first continue to do the main part of my work out on the elliptical. Then I will do my cool down on the treadmill. Gradually, I will spend more time on the treadmill as I become comfortable.
I am thinking that the more weight I lose and the more cardio I do, the healthier I will be. My BP will lower, my heart will become stronger. I am hoping that when I am strong enough I will be able to go the 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I'm not feeling well today. I was fine when I woke up today. Not long after I arrived at work I started getting one of my funny headaches. I get this odd sensation by my right temple, like something cool is running down the side. My guess is that maybe it's a muscle contracting around a nerve. When it releases, I end up with a splitting headache. So, I took Tylenol in prep. Normally it doesn't last long and goes away. But not today, ended up sick in the bathroom. Went home, to a dark room, took a muscle relaxant, slept. Felt better when I woke up. But I am now having that weird sensation again.
Does anyone else have a similar headache? It sounds like a migraine, but I do not have migraines.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I've been depressed recently. I am working hard each and every day to lose weight and be happier. I read somewhere on SP about building momentum. I didn't realize it this fall, but that's what I began doing, building momentum. Again, I read somewhere that if you are depressed, it is important to begin doing the things you used to enjoy. So, that is what I began doing, at first it was just a short walk through the neighborhood. Then I began to actually be hungry, so I began eating some of the food I used to enjoy. Wouldn't you know it, it actually tasted good!
On December 28th, I was ready to begin losing some of the weight I had gained while I wasn't hungry. It sounds funny, doesn't it? To gain weight, when you aren't hungry? But, I was so tired all the time, that I was eating high carb foods to stay awake.
Last night I didn't sleep well, so consequently today I have been exhausted all day. It scares me, because I don't want to feel the way I did this fall. I've been trying to think more positively, so I tried to list what I did right. I read SP & felt better, ate oatmeal and decaf tea, went swimming, did meal planning.
I didn't do everything today. But it's OK, that laundry will still be there tomorrow as will the other chores. I had a Mocha, but recorded it in the planner. I didn't eat lunch, but did remember to eat the yogurt. I didn't accomplish everything on today's list. But it's OK, because I am farther ahead than two weeks ago. I am worlds away from this fall. I am going forward,but sometimes it is just helpful to remember how far I've come already.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Here's a question for everyone.... What have you learned from your previous dieting experiences? I know that yo-yo dieting is bad because each time you diet you lose muscle and fat. That is why exercise is so important. However, there isn't much I can do about the past except learn from it.
I grew up with a Mom who was always watching her weight. So, when ever she dieted so did the rest of the family. At that time dieting meant salads, skim milk and cottage cheese. I was OK with some of the salads (a little plain though). It was certainly not something I ever wanted to do.
In my senior year of high school she turned her dieting attention to me. She told me I was fat and needed to start a diet immediately! The reality is that for my 5 ft 2 body I was not over weight. Yes, at the top of where I should be, but definitely not fat. In fact, what I weighed in high school is my current goal weight and at the top of my healthy BMI range. I wasn't fat, but I definitely felt fat and humiliated too. I did learn portion control from her, but she also taught me to skip meals.
My next experience, was with my boyfriend (he's now my DH) when we were 20 yrs old. He went to the doctor and discovered he had high cholesterol. I bought a Low-cholesterol cookbook and we learned to cook with olive & canola oil instead of butter. We began eating boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of fried chicken. These are the habits that stuck.
I've tried Weight Watchers and lost forty pounds while being hungry the entire time. I learned that eating a diet high in carbohydrates makes me very hungry. I also learned I have will power and determination. I also learned I have PCOS (hereditary condition), this interferes with insulin. It also makes weight loss & maintenance difficult. I have a corn & soy sensitivity too.
A few years later, I read in a magazine about a new diet called, "South Beach". Here for the first time I found a diet that allowed me to eat the food that I wasn't allergic too. I discovered that meat & veggies are my "safe" foods. If I go out to eat, these are the low-fat, healthy foods I look for. The foods that I can eat without getting sick. I learned that if I limit my carbs, and eat protein for breakfast I have more energy during the day.
At age 38 my husband, had a heart attack and they placed a stent in his heart. It was difficult for anyone to believe (even a doctor!) that someone who wasn't very overweight and so young could have a heart attack. From this experience, we learned that we really DID have time to exercise and became the proud owners of a stationary bike. We learned about a low-sodium diet and to read labels. Red meat became a thing of the past. It really changed our priorities very quickly. It became a necessity to put everyone in the family on a Low-fat/ Low-sodium diet.
I am learning to take weight loss at a slower pace and to enjoy the process. I give myself permission to change my mind at any point about what I eat. I do so hate being told (even by myself) what to do. I am doing my planned workouts 30 min, MWF. I would like to increase this to 4-5 days/ week. I enjoy the strength training exercises on SP. They're quick and easy. I am adding more fruit and yogurt to my diet than I have in the past. I've lost 6 pounds so far and haven't felt so hungry that I though I would injure some one. I've also felt in control. Now there's a good feeling.
There are so many amazing and wonderful people on this website. So, many possibilities to explore. Some of you have cool rewards for attaining goals. Love the idea of a mani-pedi as a reward. So many people seem to be running marathons. From my perspective today, I don't know how you get from over weight to running a marathon. But Wow! If you can do it, I think maybe I can too.
So, tell me, what have you learned?
Monday, January 09, 2012
I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am stressed, when I am sad, for energy.... Well, you get the picture. I also like to help the people I love. In September 2010 my mother-in-law passed away from Colon Cancer. In February 2011 my father was hospitalized with pneumonia, in March with blood clots in his lungs, and three days after Easter my Mom had a hemorrhagic stroke. Dad couldn't cope with Mom's stroke and turned to alcohol. This November Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. I wish so much that I could help my parents.
But sometimes all a person can do is be there and be supportive. I am wearing the stress and sorrow on body and in my heart. But it is not helping my family or myself to continue the emotional eating, it just drags me down further.
So, each day I will do something for healthier, happier me. I will appreciate some of my daily accomplishments. Today, I stayed in my calorie range and managed to work in a Mocha (gotta love espresso & chocolate). I did both my strength & cardio today.
I know these are small accomplishments. But if I can manage to do these things and enjoy the journey; I will be better able to cope with future challenges.
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