Tuesday, March 06, 2012
The last two days I stepped outside for some wonderful walking! How I have missed the sunshine and fresh (somewhat... more about that below) air! Yesterday I was in need of some bananas, so tucked into my fanny-pack a little light-weight backpack, keys, phone and water and off I went with my MP3 player buds in my ears and my pedometer attached to my hip. That was a 2mile walk. Unexpected lesson learned? Don't throw 6 pounds of ripened bananas onto your back while briskly walking. Some will not survive the journey. At just ten cents a pound, I didn't feel too badly about losing 3 of them, but still...
Speaking of bananas, I had some bloodwork done yesterday morning at the doctor's office and found my potassium level was just over high end of normal. Potassium is not easily obtained in an everyday diet, so on one hand I am quite proud of myself for having kept my level at a maximum. On the other hand, as with all things, too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. So, I am adjusting my mid-afternoon snack by removing my 2nd banana of the day and replacing it with an apple or unsweetened applesauce or whatever other fruit catches my fancy.
Today, I ventured out on a 3mile walk. At my half-way point I was startled to see my Husband's car pull up beside me. He and his Operations Director were on their way to check out a facility nearby which they were considering as the location for Staff Appreciation Day. I went along and they shortly dropped me off where I had left off so I could complete my walk.
As the breeze today was blowing in from the west, the aroma of the stockyard 2 miles away was pretty strong; thus, my caveat above. I hesitated to open the house windows, but it's been months since any air has flowed through from outside, so open they are now...
I feel a little more energized having gone outside for my walks. More so than I do after a treadmill walk. I am looking forward to the coming months and getting back out on my favorite walking trail really soon!
Happy Spring Everybody!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
February 6th marked my 6-month Maintenance Anniversary and this morning I weighed in at 140. I fluctuate between 140 and 143 on any given day. And I am very happy with this range.
It has not been difficult to maintain because I have kept in mind every day the foods that work for me and the appropriate portions, the amount of exercise that keeps me feeling energized, and how healthy I feel overall. I treasure that feeling most of all. And I never want to lose it.
My mantra remains "This is SO Do-able!" I have fun with my ladies at Curves and strive to be an inspiration to women everywhere I go.
Monday, January 02, 2012
5 months since I reached my goal weight (and then some!) and maintenance is still consistent. I am grateful for all my new health has brought to me and those I love. I am more energetic, more relaxed, more mobile and active, and more open to trying new things (including foods) and sharing my gifts and talents with new people all the time.
In preparing to plan for this year's vacation with Mom, my focus is on outdoor activities... rafting, hiking, horseback riding and sleeping under the stars. Wonder what Husband and Mom have in mind... probably envisioning something a little different. LOL.
Sticking to what works these past several months. Portion control, good-for-me wholesome foods (and enough of them to ensure sufficient fueling), consistent cardio and strength-training. These things have really become the cogs of the wheel of my lifestyle, and I am so happy about how naturally my body now dictates the good things it wants and needs since removing so many of the chemicals from my daily diet which mess with our brains and lie to us.
I am wishing all of you fellow Wellies out there a FABULOUS NEW YOU this year. Here's to Strength, Faith, Friendship and Walking Hand-in-Hand with Destiny!
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