I had a good October. I honored my late mother by wearing pink. I also wore my breast cancer awareness bracelets. I did another good thing for me. I walked daily. I also did other exercise. Most days I went to Curves or another exercise workout. I did this for me. I try to remind myself to try to stay healthy.
The pay off was when I weighed in at the beginning of November. I had a loss of weight and several inches. I do not normally see myself as showing any weight loss. I think of myself as a 59 year old woman - past her prime. Today when I was at Curves, a new patron looked at me. She said if you do Curves so often - I want to look like you. Wow, that one NSV meant more to me than the number on the scale. To hear someone, that I do not know, give me a compliment after all of my hard work made me feel confident. I normally count my fiber, cholesterol, protein and more on my nutrition tracker. It is the best way for me to see if I am actually eating well.
The NSV comment is going to be something that I remember for a long time. I always will take the time to tell others that they look great. Sometimes that one compliment can change a person's day.
I had my measurements done today at Curves. It was earlier than usual for me to measure - only 3 weeks. However, we now have a contest beginning and today was measurement day for me. I will say I stepped on the scale first. I have lost 1 pound. I really lose weight slowly.
Now onto the measurements. I have lost 7 inches in the past 3 weeks. I will tell you that I am amazingly happy. I will also qualify that I go to Curves 3 to 4 times per week. However, I also walk everyday. I often do yoga, stretching and other exercises. It all adds up. The biggest thrill for me was to see that I have lost 3 inches in my waist. This is a problem area for me. Because I also have heart disease, it is imperative that I keep my waist circumference down. My plan is to continue the yoga stretching exercises to allow me to continue to lose more inches.
I nervously anticipated my weigh-in/measurement day at the gym this week. Although, I keep active everyday with some form of exercise - I am older. I don't lose weight as quickly as others. I also had eaten too much sodium two days prior to the weigh-in. My thought was just go ahead and DO IT! Get it over with.
I was pleasantly surprised. I had lost 4.5 inches and my Body Fat decreased by 1.72 pounds. That is normally the toughest for me to lose. I also lost weight since my last weigh-in at the gym. I have noticed a little more room in some of my clothes. Especially the thigh area where I lost the most inches.
I am working very hard to be in even better shape by my November check in at the gym. I really have a different attitude. I feel so much better about myself at this time of my life.
I am having a nice week. I went to the movie and also took a walk today. It is sunny and warm. I am so pleased with the weather. A few years ago I developed arthritis in both knees. I had to have injections in both knees. I also underwent physical therapy to strengthen my knees. I noticed the other day that pain presented itself, again. I remembered the exercises that helped me and put them into my exercise program. It is nice that the pain is now gone. But it is something that will come and go.
I find that exercise does help me with my everyday life. I am stronger and can do more than some of the women in my community of the same age. I attribute that to moving and attending the gym. I think back to my mother who did nothing in the form of exercise. It is amazing how different women can be - mother and daughter with very little in common. I miss her terribly, especially during this time of the year. She died of breast cancer when she was 62. I am now nearing her age. I have a mammogram yearly. I try to do what I can to avoid cancer. Reading articles such as eating too much animal fat, a sedentary lifestyle, etc. I try to avoid these situations.
I ate well most of last week. I was in the lower calorie range 5 days. I am planning to do the same this week. I will be weighing in for my challenge teams and really want to see a loss.
I have been keeping up with my exercise and my nutrition. Adding more fruits and veggies to my diet everyday. I enjoy it. It makes me feel well.
Today I had an appointment with my physician. I have had dizziness off and on for years. A few years ago I went to a specialist and he ran several tests. He checked my
hearing, my balance, etc. The dizziness has gotten worse. Today I was diagnosed with Vertigo. I have never taken meds for this problem. I was given a prescription today for Antivert. I do not look forward to taking it, along with my other meds. I am considering it.
Recently I checked with my cardiologist about taking me off of the beta blocker that I take. I have been on it for 10 years and thought that maybe I could drop this. However, he told me that with my Coronary Artery Disease and the blockage, it is not a good idea. I truly hoped that I could give this up. I will do as he said, I certainly do not want to make my heart condition worse.
So I will just continue daily to do the best that I can in order to stay as healthy as I can.