Friday, April 25, 2008
Well, I haven't posted in a bit. The good news: I'm staying on track, though I've become quite lax in tracking nutrition. It seems to be much easier to keep up, but since I've hit a plateau for the past couple of weeks, I think it's time to adjust caloric intake. Fitness on the other hand, has been no problem whatsoever. I enjoy the cardio so much. It has become my daily companion (except for the past two days...the stomach-bug decided to be my companion, instead!)
I'm feeling so much better. I keep emptying my closet of clothing that doesn't fit. For once, it's too big rather than too small! I'm looking forward to new capris, skirts and breezy fabrics. My parents are coming for a visit in less than a month...I really want to blow them away! The thing they'll notice the most: my energy level and enthusiasm. It's back and I'm so much happier!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Well, this is pretty interesting! Several months ago, I decided to check my "Real Age". I'm sure you've seen the website...find out how old you really are based on weight, physical health, habits, etc. I was rather disappointed to discover my "Real Age" was four years older than my actual age! I've always considered that my appearance was fairly youthful, but didn't really take into consideration my poor, general physical condition.
A few minutes ago I completed the Real Age test again. After all, my weight is down, I feel terrific, I'm making healthy choices...I really hoped it would make a difference. I answered honestly. The results....(drum roll, please!)
No, this doesn't mean I look the part (though I'd like to think I don't look nearly 50 either!) What it does mean is that I'm improving my health, adding years to my life by changing my perceptions and making healthier choices.
Very, very encouraging...
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Two day trips...an intentional indulgence at Tony Packo's and a fast food breakfast! Egads, those calories add up! I didn't even attempt to track Saturday, spent Sunday recuperating from Saturday and then had another day trip on Monday! The good news? Better choices on Monday. No sucuumbing to temptation.
Today, back to logging and tracking. Back to cardio and strength training. It's great knowing that I can slip, even intentionally, and it doesn't signify failure. I just simply pick up where I left off.
Isn't that the difference between dieting and choosing a healthier lifestyle?
Friday, April 04, 2008
The title says it all! It has been so many years since I've felt this well. It wouldn't matter if I didn't lose another pound...I'm sleeping well and I'm pain free. No back pain. No arm and shoulder pain. No hip pain. No foot pain. Even my hands feel good! When I think of the years that I've suffered needlessly...if I only I had known how easy it would be.
Today I'm wearing a pair of jeans I haven't worn in I don't know how many years. This Sunday at Mass people actually commented on the weight loss. It's obvious, but what's most obvious is how happy I am. The house is nearly back in order, because I have the energy to do it.
"Order precedes beauty." Putting my life in order is revealing a beauty, long hidden...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wow...I'd never have dreamed that I could change so profoundly over the course of a month. I'm not talking about the physical changes, although they are perhaps the most obvious. I'm talking about the change in my perception of myself, my goals and my desire to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Losing 17 lbs. in a month, 3.5 inches off my hips, 3.5 inches off my waist and an inch off my neck, is certainly motivating. BUT...it's not the only motivation!
I feel so much better. I move better. I'm nearly pain free and I'm sleeping better. I don't hesitate to do the things I want and need to do. It is the most liberating feeling ever. And it has been fairly easy. I can't lie and say it's great suffering, or that I've really earned this reprieve. It's been too easy...much too easy. But, I'm thankful. Thankful that I can persevere and know that I only have to keep doing what I'm doing. That my body is taking care of the rest. A few more months and I'll have reached my weight goal. But I can't stop there. I must maintain my health, continue to love myself in a way that benefits not just me but those closest to me.
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