Sunday, September 18, 2011
Let's see... when I started this journey I had breathing problems, joint problems, back problems, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, depression, and the list could go on. Why wouldn't I want to lose weight? And yet it took me years of being like that, feeling like that to come to the conclusion that I needed to act. I guess I had a disconnect from reality that lasted about 15 years! I started gaining weight in college, but it wasn't until after college that I got sick and got so wrapped in the identity of being "sick", that I stopped trying to be healthy. It is a sad place to live. But I stayed there a long time.
I say my "before" picture is what convinced me to start changing how i live my life, but really it was all the things I didn't feel comfortable doing on that vacation because I was so heavy that triggered the desire to change. I want to be able to do fun stuff and feel comfortable while I am doing it. Whether it is flying off on vacation, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or just having the physical stamina to see all the sights I want to be ABLE. No more lump on log days, weeks, months. No more justifying my sedentary ways. I may have health issues, but I can live a healthy lifestyle. I can minimize my health risks by not wallowing in "being sick".
So, I want to lose weight so I can live. Not even necessarily live longer, but living an actual life, instead of just the shadow of one. I lived a shadow life for over a decade, it isn't really living at all.
Question: Why do I want to lose weight?
Answer: So that I can truly live!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
So... yesterday my pedometer read 16, 987 by the end of the day. That's a lot of miles! Anyway today was a training day for the 5k, and Cooper and I were out first thing this morning and put in 2.75 miles to start the day. Cooper did fine, though he fell asleep when we got home. Today we will probably accumulate about 10,000 steps. That's about 3 miles less than yesterday, which is fine. My knees are telling me to take it easy. Since tomorrow is a non training day we might make it an easy day, and not aim for our 10,000 steps even. Walking so much yesterday, followed by a goodly length walk this morning, plus subsequent walks this afternoon has worn ME out, I don't want to know what Cooper is thinking right now! Nothing felt rushed today, which was nice. Everything was calm. Tomorrow I intend to be lazy. We'll see if I can pull it off. I have trouble taking a day off from walking these days, but I need one.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I joined the Fall 5% challenge because I thought I could meet the challenge and succeed. To accomplish this I am going to continue to do at least thirty minutes of cardio a day, but I will also resume doing strength training consistently three times a week. I have been slacking off on strength training this past month. I will also continue to train for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. My measuring cups and spoons are available and hanging in plain sight, and my food scale came in the mail this week, so I am set for being accurate with portion sizes. My cupboards are bare of junk (though they could use some reorganization), and full of healthy options. Also, my parents' garden is coming in with Fall crops so I can pick up yummy, healthy, organic veggies as needed. I am also considering cutting out chicken for the month of October. I would still eat fish, and of course there are beans of many varieties for protein.
I am fairly diligent about posting on threads on my other teams, so I see no problems expanding to another team's threads and discussions. I also will support and encourage my team members to do their best, by doing my best. I will be a friend where I can and encourage where I can. Good luck to all of us in the challenge! We can do it!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
So, I lost three pounds this week, bringing the total lost in the last three and a half months up to 42 pounds gone. Gone. Gone. Gone. Unfortunately, my muscle/fat percentages are going in the wrong direction, but I have been completely inconsistent with strength training for the last month so it is not unexpected. The really cool bit is that my BMI is now under 40. It is still over 39, but it hasn't been this low in years (a lot of 'em)! I have only walked a little over two miles so far today, but I am going out before dinner to walk 2.5 miles with the dog. It is supposed to be a training day with that 2.5, but I can't walk all that fast with the pooch, so my time will probably suck today. Oh well, I will still have walked, which is the important part. I am averaging a loss of about 12 pounds a month. That is so cool!
I went out to lunch with friends today, and had second thoughts about finishing the half-sized salad I ordered. Two months ago I ordered the same thing and still had a slight edge of hunger when the plate was empty, so the changes are there, and they are noticeable. My father was very pleased when we talked this afternoon. He objects to the term "obese", as I am very active these days, but according to that little chart at the doctor's office that is what I am... for now. It's going to change too!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I intended to do almost three miles this evening, but due to circumstances my 6 year old niece needed to go with us. So, I took Cooper and let the two of them run. They ran for about a mile, but then they were worn out and slowed way down. We still managed to do two miles, even with the kid and the dog. It took a while longer, but it was highly entertaining! I have been walking the dog about 5 miles each day, plus whatever training I do for the virtual 5k.
I finished off the fresh onions today, in sauteed veggies for dinner. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, and my mom is sending along some low fat, organic ground beef. She is also replenishing my tomatoes, onions and blueberries from their garden.
This weekend is a friend's 21st birthday. i won't be going out drinking with her, but I did offer to take her out to dinner. She wants to go for Mexican. I have to think about what I can order to eat that still sticks fairly close to my plan. Any ideas?
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