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Good news and a pat on the back!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

So, I called my doctor's office yesterday afternoon to find out what my latest blood test results were. The nurse told me that my cholesterol had dropped significantly. On May 31st my total level was at 294, and on June 21st it had dropped all the way down to 132! That's 162 points difference! Spectacular! So I celebrated by going out and walking 5k. Wore myself out doing it (it was hot in the afternoon), but it felt good to know I could do it. It took me a while, but I finished gosh darn it. I had to pause and catch my breath on this one hill (it is MUCH longer when walking than when I drive up it), so next month when I try it again I am going to try and go up without stopping. Hopefully I will be in better shape by then, making it possible. My cousin is in town for the weekend, so my aunt won't be walking with me for the next few days, but I have the motivation and momentum to do this on my own for now. It amazes me that a month ago 4 blocks felt like a lot, and would make my hip tighten up, and my shins hurt, and now I can manage 5k. Talk about making strides! So, I am giving myself a pat on the back today... I think I deserve it!

  
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JENACE1 7/4/2011 4:07PM

    WOW! This is AWESOME! Heck, why not! ; } emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 7/3/2011 3:29AM

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KESTRIE 7/2/2011 10:51AM

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That's awesome that your cholesterol numbers are lower! And way to go on all that walking, too!!

*(also, thanks for the comment on my blog yesterday!!)
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RG_DFW 7/2/2011 9:26AM

    You do deserve it... great work!

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13STRAWBERRIES 7/2/2011 8:52AM

  Congrats!

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so, same speed, but double the distance

Friday, July 01, 2011

In my blog yesterday I whined about not going fast enough when I walk. I got a couple comments on it telling me to worry about how far I am going, rather than how fast I am going. So last night I went almost twice as far as I have been. It was partially my aunt's fault. She walks with me a few times a week, and yesterday she wanted to go up this hill, and around a longer block than we usually tackle. We also stopped by my sister in law's house for a quick second to drop something off, so part of it we were retracing our steps. I like walking with my aunt. Most of the time. She is still ragging on my mom. Sisters! What can you do? I guess they will always have something to say about each other. I just wish I wasn't in the middle. Oh well. Anyway... Most of the time we have interesting conversations while we walk (when we aren't huffing and puffing). We talk about health issues (both hers and mine), and politics (local and national), and family (her kids, my siblings and of course...my mother). We see eye to eye on most everything. We disagree just enough for our discussions to be interesting. She is much more knowledgeable about local politics than I am which means I can catch up on what is happening around town. Anyway... my point was that we went our same slow speed when walking together but went quite a ways farther, and when I was walking to and from her house I went my usually slightly faster speed, but I didn't try to exhaust myself by speeding way up. I just cruised along at a brisk, yet comfortable pace (about a 24 min/mile). I can feel a difference in my clothes already and it has only a little over 30 days.

  
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SHELLYBABE2 7/1/2011 12:05PM

    I seem to be getting way behind on reading of blogs this week!

First of all, congrats on your loss - it is still a loss and you have lost a magnificent amount in total which is always the number to watch I think!

On the speed of your walking what you could do is interval training so that you try to speed up for a minute and then catch your breath as you walk slow for however long you choose before speeding up again for another minute. This is how many runners start training when you're a complete novice and I'm sure it will help build stamina as well as mix up your workout for you. Your body won't know what you're doing and may well help with the weight loss. As your weight goes down you will automatically start to walk faster generally but in the meantime you could designate so many minutes to walking at a fast rate, a medium rate and even a slow down rate to let your body recover. You will find that as long as you listen to your body, don't over extend yourself, you should be breathing deeply, able to hold a conversation in a breathy manner but not be nearly passing out cos you've pushed too hard. It does get easier.

On the aunt/mum front, could you speak with them and let them know how much it hurts you to hear them saying things about the other & as much as you love them both ask them to support you in this journey by not dissing the other as it adds to your burden of feeling "in the middle".

Keep up the good work & I look forward to hearing more good news of another loss next week!

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How do I speed up my walking?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I still can't seem to get my feet to move faster than a 20 minute mile. I may speed up when I am walking, but I can't sustain the faster pace, and usually end up going slower than ever after a burst of speed. I find that I walk faster when I am walking with someone else. I also walk faster if I have music with a fairly fast, consistent beat on my headphones if I am walking alone. I want to speed up. I once did a 15 minute mile. I was wiped afterwards, but I know it is possible. I just can't seem to get there again. So, I wonder what I am doing that is limiting me? Or maybe I am just not ready yet? I can't seem to get a feel for which option is really at work here. I try and listen to my body, but right now I am not getting the message, whatever it might be!

  
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JENACE1 7/4/2011 4:09PM

    Consistency is key, you are doing an awesome job. You are inspiring others with your blog and your actions. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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JULYRAINDROPS 7/3/2011 12:30PM

    I don't feel so bad now, because I walk and jog and can only do 2.2 miles in 40 minutes... I thought I was a slow poke...maybe I'm normal! :)

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 7/1/2011 12:25AM

    My best time is a 23 minute mile and that is hoofing it for me! I too am more concerned with how far I go. I try to add 1/10 of a mile a week. Originally my goal was 2 miles and I was not interested in going farther. Now I am working up to 3 miles. I just started my 2.3 mile week and I did it in 52 minutes today. That was fast for me. I try to focus more on the fact that I am walking at all, let alone almost everyday for over 2 miles. And I am seeing the difference and reaping the benefits! emoticon

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GRANDMASHOUSE 6/30/2011 10:15AM

    If it were me, I wouldn't be so concerned with the speed of my walking - unless I really wanted to sustain a rapid pace for three minutes or so (about the length of a peppy song). I am more concerned with adding more steps to my day. I figure that I'm already getting nowhere fast (LOL), I just need to add more steps to get there. Speed is not a concern to me.

I hope someone can help you.


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A very small number...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So, yesterday was weigh day for me. I lost .5 of a pound. I was expecting that though, so no big surprise there. I had hoped for a whole pound, just so I could say I had reached a 20 pound milestone. But I will take any number really. My reaction? I went out and walked for an hour, instead of a half hour yesterday evening. I have found another exercise buddy for walking. It was a surprise to me, but my aunt is walking with me whenever she is available. She makes me walk farther and longer, because I walk to her house and back, as well as the ground we cover together. Last night we walked together for half an hour, and the walk to and from is about another half hour. My legs were tired by the time I got home. I also spent a lot of time on my feet doing errands with my mother. I had to renew my Driver's LIcense, so I spent time standing in line at the DMV, and she waited in the car while I ran in to 3 separate stores, as well as two we both went in to shop in together. I now owe her a ton of money on Friday, because she fronted me the cash to pay for my license renewal, and for groceries, and the medication I picked up at the pharmacy.

This is sort of unrelated, but I was wondering if anyone has advice on how to stay uninvolved when my aunt and my mother start being rude about each other to me--behind each others backs? I don't like being in that position. It makes me wonder what they say about me, behind my back? Makes me very uncomfortable. I have trouble redirecting the conversation to something less inflammatory, and more productive. Maybe I am just not stern enough with the two of them? Oh well...

Anyway, weigh day was as expected, and shopping with mom was less trying on my patience than I expected. So, it was a good day yesterday. Today I have strength training and cardio, so I should start the ST soon, or I will have procrastinated the day away. Delaying too long would jeopardize today's potential to be a good day as well! I plan on making today be the best it can be, but that is almost always my goal.

  
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TODAYZLADY 6/29/2011 1:52PM

  Great entry thanks for sharing! As for the redirection thing, try taking whatever was just said and making it into a positive.

IE, my sister's hair color makes her look old. Wow, Mom.... I really thought it looked trendsetting.

And so on, eventually they will get tired of you "catching it, and throwing it right back at them!" At first, it will be followed by another negative thought, catch that one, throw it right back..... and so on.

You may never succeed in stoping the backbiting and negetavity between them, but at least they will "learn" to be careful what they say to you.

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Shopping with mom/Weigh day

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yes, I am going to the store with my mother. It is always an adventure, and a test of patience. I love her, but she is a social butterfly, and I am just... not. We have several errands to run. The grocery stores, the dollar store, the pharmacy, and a couple of other stops. Everywhere she goes she runs into someone she knows who wants to talk--at length--to her. I just don't get it. There are phones, and computers, and social events for that kind of socializing (hour long conversations), not standing in the middle of the grocery store. Oh well. I do love her, and she is being very accommodating today, so I shouldn't complain. Today is also weigh day. I go to the clinic to weigh myself. They are very nice, and let me slip in just to use the scale, and slip right back out again. The receptionists are as excited as me to see what kind of number shows up on the scale. So I have a little cheering squad whenever I weigh myself! So, here goes nothing!

  
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DEBDOLL424 6/4/2012 7:43PM

    I read this out loud to my hubby and we both laughed because he does exactly the same thing! :-)

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SHELLYBABE2 6/29/2011 11:05AM

    Oh no I got to the end and the anticipation - but no update on the weight loss lol can't wait to see how you did this week, hope it's not too much, don't lose it too quick! I saw a programme about embarrassing bodies and it was a 4 part special on obesity and there was this one lady who had lost a lot of weight in a short period of time and it was too drastic for her body to cope and she was left looking like a wrinkled bag of skin. Remember the tortoise won the race.

Hope you enjoyed your day out, completely with you on the chatty thing, when I go out I like to just get my stuff done and get back, soo not into shopping etc lol and so not a social butterfly lol Enjoy your cardio and don't forget to just let us know your update this week!

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AMBERZADE 6/28/2011 7:38PM

    I hope your weigh in went well and that you had a good time out with your Mom.

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