Saturday, December 01, 2012
I work with a male coworker. He rides his bike to work every day. He eats healthy. He looks good. He mentioned the other day he had gained 5 pounds in a month. He now understood how easy it was to gain 50-60 pounds in a year "if you weren't paying attention". He hadn't been riding his bike because of the rain. He had been eating more Halloween candy, and more food in general. He also stated he was going to eat less, "nip this in the bud". He doesn't now talk daily about this and obsess over it,
He has never been on a "diet". He doesn't really "workout". He lives healthy. I found him to be very motivating He didn't get all crazy and depressed, declare it hopeless, talk about how unfair it all was, and bemoan the rain to any great degree. He just stated a fact about the weight he had gained and that he needed to eat less. He isnt waiting until January or next week.
I was surprised he had even weighed himself. He wouldn't have needed to. He looks great! I avoided the scale until I had to just look. And I asked myself how this coud happen because I am mostly still exercising. Mostly...I have been sick, and missed a few burnt calories. I have also eaten more calories. So, of course, I have gained a few pounds. I did not jump right back on the the health wagon. The rain, not feeling good, wanting to eat the treats, all have dragged me down.
But now, I can either keep sliding into that needing to lose weight hole, which will only get deeper and blacker, or I can start getting healthy right now. So, starting Today, I will get up and go walk in the rain, because I just do more outside than I do on the elliptical. For me, it is a myth to say I will spend same amount of time on the elliptical as when I go outside. For me, it s a myth to say the treats I bring into the house will be eaten over x amount of time. Those myths only work until I am hungry or tired. Then they fall right down, like the untruths that they are.
I have to do this right now, or next spring I will exactly be starting over. I do not want to do that. The fat clothes are gone. The diabetes was gone. The cholesterol was better. The blood pressure was better. I don't want those problems back.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I was asked the other day why I try to walk so fast or so far. The person who asked me said she and her husband walk about 2-3 miles at about 3.5 mph. First, let me say, Any activity at all, is always going to better than none. Always. Read "The First Twenty Minutes".
The simple answer is because I can.
The longer answer is because I couldn't used to. I didn't walk at all. I sat on the sofa all day. I was depressed. In fact, I laid on the sofa all day. Then I began the 10 minute spark challenge. I exercised 10 minutes. Eventually I had more stamina. I felt a sense of accomplishment that I could do more. It's true. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.
I began to find myself eating more healthy. I got the nike app. It tells you each mile how far you have gone, and how fast. It keeps a tally of your miles. When I walked, I told myself how much my body loved the ability to metabolize my blood sugar better. My body loved metabolizing my cholesterol better. I told myself that all along the way when I wasn't singing along to the music.
I started to go faster because I told myself I could stop when I finished the route. Then, I told myself that wasn't long enough. So I went farther. Now, I seem to have settled on about 5 miles. It takes me long enough. It's far enough to add challenge to the time. It gives me a high that you can only achieve with exercise. It sets the day right.
I'm not depressed. My blood sugar is better. My cholesterol is better. My blood pressure is better. My cats are happier. We are all happier. So, why am I now run walking?
Because I can!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Everything you need to know about fat loss....Wow! After reading this, I am totally revamping my diet. My indulgence of carbs is sabotaging my weight loss and blood sugar. The simpler the carbs, the higher the blood sugar. The higher the blood sugar, the more insulin produced. The more insulin produced, the hungrier I am. Simple concept; but I needed a review! More protein in the diet coming right up. Along behind, more veggies!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
1. Number one, of course, is feeling good, not depressed.
Sitting after exercise is so much more pleasant than just sitting all day long. It just feels different.
2. My ability to walk, to move, to climb a flight of stairs. I realize now, this gift of movement could be taken away at any moment. How lucky I am to be able to move!
3. Not being diabetic. I appreciate now that my body can better manage my blood sugar. That's a whole algorithm of complications I WON'T be having!
4. I can eat an extra donut, now and then, without feeling judged. It's like a non alcoholic having a drink. They don't judge you like they do a larger person eating.
5. The ability to sit in a chair, anywhere, without melting over the sides. I now see overweight people who don't fit easily in their seats. I always took that ability for granted.
6. I can find clothes so much easier, now. They make cuter clothes in the regular sizes. You can FIND something as simple as a bra when you get smaller.
7. My cholesterol is better. Cardiac disease can be crippling when it takes away your heart's ability to pump your blood around. I can move around without being short of breath.
8. I feel stronger. I can just do things better. This is becoming even more important to me as I get older.
9. I am not so hot. OMG! This should have been number two on the list. I am not so hot. I can move around more.
10. I am HOT! I mean I look better than I have in a long time. It shows, and I feel it.
If I lose no more weight, I am still a winner!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I have been reading a new book called the first 20 minutes. If I wasn't already exercising, this would certainly make me want to start! It also reinforces what I have been thinking...if you are a total slug as I was, and start exercising even twenty minutes at a time, you will have huge changes within your body. You don't have to work out hard to get these improvements. You just have to start moving, anything.
It seems like most people on this site are running marathons. I am not. Some days I felt like I was just making my body go thru the motions. I thought if I was in a gym, people would laugh at me. But I kept it up. I am no longer diabetic. My blood Pressure is better. I am not depressed as I was. I feel like I have more energy. I coud go on.
With the exercise seemed to come natural progression to making better dietary changes. I don't starve myself...when I feel hungry, I eat. I also stop when I am not hungry. Two key points for me. Makes the weight loss feel magical. I don't feel like I have been deprived. And my body loves it!
The first 20 minutes...after that, it's all gravy. Even if I had not lost weight, I would have been healthier than I was a year ago.
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