Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I fell off the rails big time a few months back and blew all the progress I made last year. I think it started with a bout of depression, although I'm not completely sure. Here I am back again, only 3 lbs less than my starting weight on Sparkpeople.
As I was feeling totally out of control, I decided to join Rosemary Conley's diet and exercise classes. I have a friend who attends these meetings, and they have really helped her. Last year I had tried to do things on my own, putting back money weekly as if I were going to a group like Rosemary Conley, Weight Watchers or Slimming World. That worked for a while, until depression struck.
Although I'm not attending the same class as my friend, I will be able to text her when I'm feeling low and also contact the leader of my class. (My friend lives in the next town over, so we are only able to meet up monthly due to work and family commitments). My friend and I have made a pact to meet every 4-6 weeks to measure each other and take photos. We used to go to lunch with each other every 4-6 weeks, but I've decided I need to stay out of restaurants for a while. I'm just not feeling strong enough to say no to tasty treats right now.
I attended my first Rosemary Conley class yesterday. Her classes are different from Weight Watchers and Slimming World in that you have a 45 minute exercise class during each session. You go in and get weighed, as in other slimming groups, then sit for a chat and celebrate successes. The last 45 minutes you have a session of aerobics and toning. I was a bit sore today after the class, but not terribly sore. Another two ladies (sisters) joined yesterday when I joined. Although neither of them have as much weight to lose as I do, they both have a significant amount of weight to lose, so I think they can be support systems for me as well. They gave me a lift home after the meeting and seem really nice.
My 49th birthday is next Tuesday- January 24, 2012. The fact that I'll be turning 50 in a year's time is a big motivating factor for me. I simply do not want to ring in 2013 as a fat person. I'm absolutely sick of being fat. My sister in law will also turn 50 next year. Her birthday is in March. We've talked about having a joint birthday party next year in February to celebrate both our birthdays. I want to be a slim person when we have that party.
I'll have to learn to deal with my depression better, so that I don't repeat the mistakes of last year. Hopefully these support systems I'm putting in place now will help me to do that. I suppose I haven't failed until I stop trying.
Here's to a healthy and happy 2012...
Monday, May 23, 2011
I'm extremely proud to report that I lost another 3.4 lbs last month. I would, of course, have loved for the amount to have been larger, but am happy with the "slow but sure" progress I'm making.
Although I still required a seat belt extension on the plane, the gap was a lot less than the last time I flew. Surely if I continue this steady progress, I will no longer require the extension if I fly again next year. My knees were in an awful lot of pain this time while flying. I suspect the arthritis is worsening in my knees. The flight from London to Vancouver was over 9 hours, and I had a really rude woman sitting in front of me. She put her chair back as far as she possibly could and then accused me of kicking her chair. For the flight back, we requested some seats on a front row so I would be able to stretch my legs out a bit. That helped a lot, so the flight back wasn't so uncomfortable. I'll probably require knee surgery at some point but would have to get more weight off before I could contemplate surgery.
I exercised while I was on holiday. The hotel we stayed in had a gym and a pool. I also did quite a lot of walking around Vancouver, which is quite a pedestrian-friendly city. We had several nice meals while we were there, especially since we celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary while we were away. I enjoyed what I ate and am proud that I didn't overdo it. In fact, this is the first time in a long time that I concentrated more on the sites than on what sort of food I was going to eat! That's certainly a positive step for me. I seem to be breaking my constant obsession with food!!!
I've had a terrible case of jet lag and travel tummy problems, but plan to get back to my exercise programme quickly. As soon as the rain stops for a bit, I'll go out for a walk with my Nordic Walking poles and then get back to the gym tomorrow. I've signed up for a "Race for Life" (Cancer charity run/walk) for July, so need to gradually increase my speed for walking 5K (a bit over 3 miles). As I did 3.25 miles of continuous Nordic Walking before I went on holiday, I need to keep it up and work a bit on my speed.
I go back to my physiotherapist this Friday and she will measure me to see how much I've lost in inches. I'll be proud to report my 3.4lb monthly weight loss to her as well. Slow but sure wins the race!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
It's a glorious spring day, and I feel fabulous!!! I just completed 3.25 miles of Nordic Walking- something I couldn't do even a week ago. I'm having just a bit of ankle pain, so now have an ice bag on my dodgy left ankle.
I continue to be involved in the Keep Our NHS Public campaign, but am keeping up with my exercise as well. It feels so good to no longer put my life on hold "until I lose weight." I'm doing things I want to do NOW. The weight loss will come, but this is the only life I have.
My husband and I go to Vancouver, Canada for 10 days in May, so I'm trying to get myself as fit as possible so I can enjoy my holiday to the full. I have a pair of Nordic Walking poles that collapse down to pack in a suitcase, so am going to take those along with me. One of my Facebook friends has been telling me about some lovely places to go Nordic Walking in Vancouver, so I'll be able to get my exercise in there.
Recently when I was surfing the internet, I came across a really inspirational woman. Her name is Kara Richardson Whitely, and she lost 120 lbs by taking part in various charity-sponsored mountain climbing events. She started at 360 lbs! She said she finally started to lose the weight when she stopped focusing on the numbers on the scale and instead set goals related to climbing mountains. I'm not so sure I want to climb mountains myself, but her story did get me thinking. There are loads of charity walks, fun runs, etc, in which I could participate. I'd get some exercise and help others at the same time. When I get back from holiday, I'm going to start planning a schedule of various charity events in which I could participate. As I get fitter, I can participate in harder challenges.
For anyone interested here are Kara's websites:
It's so lovely to live life to the full!!! I'm on top of the world!!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
My recent involvement with the Keep Our NHS Public organisation has kept me quite busy lately. I've tried my best to stick with my healthy eating plan, but have strayed a few times. I'm going to get on the scales tomorrow to see how much damage I've done.
In the past few weeks, I've engaged in my first ever political march, written lots of letters to politicians and gone to political meetings. I received a reply today from Baroness Shirley Williams in the House of Lords. I was thrilled to receive a reply from her.
Baroness Williams is in her 80s and is a remarkable woman. The typed portion of her letter seemed to be a generic reply she'd sent to the enormous amount of people who have been writing to her about the health care legislation. However, she'd written a couple of comments in her own handwriting addressing specific parts of my letter. She said she agreed with me and recommended that I also send the letter to the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister. She also suggested I send a condensed version of the letter to the Times newspaper and the Financial Times. I followed her suggestions and have posted another 4 letters out this evening.
It felt really good that someone was finally listening to me. I've been sending all sorts of pleas to various friends begging them to sign petitions against the reforms, with only a few bothering to reply. Having worked in American healthcare for 12 years as a Registered Nurse, I'm horrified that our government in the UK seems bound and determined to send us down the privatised healthcare route. Baroness Williams had a teaching post at Harvard once, and one of her handwritten notations said that she'd had experience in the American healthcare system and didn't want that for the UK.
So, although I'm still terrified about the government's plans for our NHS, I'm glad that we have a strong ally in the House of Lords. I attend another meeting tomorrow night. This one is a public meeting with a local MP (Member of Parliament) and GP (primary care doctor). The RCN (Royal College of Nursing) today had a vote of no confidence in the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley. That's the first time the RCN has ever tabled a vote of no confidence in a Health Secretary. I keep hoping and praying that this groundswell of opposition will force the government to scrap the bill, but they seem to be listening while simultaneously sticking their fingers in their ears and singing lalalalalala.
I had a medical procedure a couple of weeks ago that has kept me from exercising. The pain seems to have almost subsided, so I'm planning to get out with my Nordic Walking poles tomorrow and go back to the gym on Friday. The exercise will certainly help to decrease my stress level.
Although I've eaten a bit more than I should recently and sometimes eaten unhealthily, I haven't binged. In the past, I frequently binged when I was under stress. So I have made progress in this healthy journey. I'm also proud of myself for fighting for something I believe in. After all, this is life and there are no dress rehearsals.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Well, we're into Spring now, and I can proudly say that I kept up with my fitness programme all winter long! I've been kicking the exercise up a gear since the weather has gotten nicer. Over the past 5 days, I've walked a total of 11 hours. Well done me!
I've also gotten involved with an organisation called "Keep Our NHS Public," and went on my first ever protest March this past Saturday. The day of protest was called "March for the Alternative," and was a day of protest against the draconian cuts being brought in by our government. They are also trying to privatise our National Health Service by the back door, which is why I'm involved in KONP.
I worked as a Registered Nurse from 1985-1997 in the American health care system, so I know first hand what a jewel we have in the NHS. So I'm fighting for what I believe in. A year ago I probably would have stayed home- not because I didn't care- but because of my weight. I no longer put life on hold. I'm getting out regularly to do things I enjoy, and in the case of the political march, to fight for something I believe in. It feels good to be living my life regardless of what I weigh or how much weight I have left to lose.
I'm having a lot less pain in my ankles than I used to have and my knees are behaving themselves at the moment. They had started popping out of joint, with the left knee staying out of joint at times requiring me to manually pop it back into place. (Very painful!) I'm doing exercises to strengthen my quadriceps, which will help to stabilise the knee.
So well done to me for keeping up with my exercise all winter long and well done to me for increasing my activity as the weather improves. And a great big well done for living my life to the full!!!
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