Friday, August 16, 2013
Yep, I'm back on SP after begin away for too long. I read my last post and saw my optimism about what was to come....
Well, the rest of 2012 and into 2013 turned out to be even more stressful than I imagined. To ramp my exercise I tried a C25K program last June. Hurt my hip on my 2nd day of actually running. I was diagnose with trochanteric bursitis - a non-runner with a runners injury... Months of physical therapy with a great therapist has reduced the pain significantly but I still have some pain at night and flareups. And my new job ended in 2013 after one year. My partner's old boss was layed off so she has a new one. Her health took a scary turn and she need surgery this past July. And she found out she may be laid of this coming fall.
The bright side? We have a new nephew in the family who turned one this past June. We moved to a bigger place last July. We got married this past February 2013. My not working allowed me to be home with my wife while she recovered from surgery. She goes back to work on Monday. We were able to spend a lovely if quick vacay in Lambertville, NJ / New Hope, PA. We will celebrate 15 years together this September.
Sooo, my job left me drained and with little time to do anything new, my painful hip really impacted my exercise and stress eating took hold. Is it any wonder those 7 pounds have multiplied a few times? New plan? Since I'm not working right now, I have more time to workout, so I'm doing a lot more yoga and pilates, and upped my strength training. I don't know if I'll ever be able to go back to high impact anything since I want to avoid re-injury. And the biggest part for me is tracking food no matter what. I have to get back to being accountable to myself about my eating. Fingers crossed that all goes well.
Friday, April 27, 2012
i've been away from SP for a bit. i started a new job which had/has it's own stresses along with trying to keep up a morning exercise routine and a daily food plan. it took about a month and a half to not feel like collapsing as soon as i got home. exercise has been okay if somewhat low-key for me, food not so much. i've gain back 7 pounds, maybe not enough to go into panic mode, but enough to know that i've got to get back in "the game".
my game plan:
-start tracking on SP again beginning on monday, april 30th.
-make dinner (instead of take-out) as much as possible and prepare lunch for the next day.
-ramp up morning exercise routine, (to make up for desk job), including lunch time walks, if possible.
-already joined a friends accountability group on facebook, (i know, another online place to "log" but it can't hurt).
-----a spring body cleanse and detox (no, not one of those diets) and clean eating plan.
-----increased flexibility program like tai chi along with increased yoga pratice.
now that i'm looking at this list, it sounds like a lot! but i really don't want my cholesterol to go back up and i really want to be in a healthy bmi range. i realize it may be hard, but hey, i need a new challenge.
here we go...
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Monday, January 9th 2012 is my goal day and I am 3 pounds away. Yup, didn't quite make it. But so what. i've made incredible progress over the last year. I wanted to meet my 55th birthday in good health. I did that. And I managed to hold on the loss of 47 pounds through the holidays. Not bad, I think.
So now I start again with a new goal for 2012: to reach a BMI that's healthy for me. That means re-starting my programs as if for the first time to lose an additional 16 pounds. I haven't been at that weight in years. I don't expect it to be easy, but I do expect it to happen. Tomorrow it begins. More goals to come...
Thursday, December 29, 2011
One year ago I was unhappy with my health.
My weight was the highest it had ever been and my body was paying the price. Living in NYC means I take the subway to get to most places. Walking up those steps caused my heart to race and many times I was out of breath if the climb was long. I had to make sure I had extra time to reach my destination because I couldn't walk but so fast. My knees were beginning to hurt. My strength was decreasing. The worst part was needing cholesterol medication because my levels were in the danger zone. At 5'1", weighing 195 was taking its toll and my on again off again exercise routine was not working.
So at age 53, I decided to make a change. No, I committed to making a change. I had signed up on SparkPeople months before but made up my mind to use it in the coming year. What did I have to lose? I began January 2011 soon after my 54th birthday. I was familiar with tracking food and exercise from another weight loss program so I expected a small learning curve. Well, it took a little longer than I expected but I got the hang of it. Tracking real food really showed me what I was actually eating. Was I surprised! Not having "exercise points" was sobering but forced me to look at exercising differently.
Over the past year I've lost 47 pounds. I still track daily and my fitness level feels like it did when I was in my 20's! I can walk with ease, I can climb stairs without getting winded, I can carry my grocery bags instead of using a shopping cart. I am so much more at ease with my body and what it can do. The best part is not needing cholesterol meds!!!! I cried when my doctor told me I did not need them this summer. If I needed any motivation, this was it!
Folks ask me what I did to lose weight. I tell them all about SparkPeople and how the best part is its free! I'm not not quite at my first goal but I'm only 3 pounds away and still have some time to get there. There's no pressure. I can't wait to get there though so I can set my next goal: my healthy BMI weight.
All in all, I am so very glad I found and USED SparkPeople!!!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
The other day I wrote about eating carbs all day & not knowing why. Well, today it hit me. I've made changes to my sleep habits AND my workout has changed.
First, I've been getting up an hour earlier to get my workouts in & start my day earlier. Second, this is the 3rd month of my workout program so it now includes HIIT workouts and strength training 3x a week. Is it any wonder I've been craving carbs? My body simply needs more fuel right now. Duh!
Hopefully, this week my body will adjust. I'm tired!
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