Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Well, yesterday, (Monday the 19th) was my 3 week followup with my doctor after my blood pressure fiasco. I've been taking my medication faithfully and doing a bit of walking a few times a week. Leisurely walking as per my doctor.
Yesterday was a good day. The doctor's scale has me down 4 lbs and that was after a not so good eating day on Sunday. Today the scale is back down 2 more lbs, so I sorta with my appointment was today so their record would reflect a 6 lb loss in three weeks instead of 4. But, hey, in a month when I go back I'm 2 lbs ahead and I'm guessing with the holiday this week I'm going to need every bit of that to help me.
I am released to excise, but can't go all crazy yet. So, today we went for a much more brisk walk. Felt my heart rate going up, got sweaty. Yeah! I hate exercising, but the walk this morning was really fun. My 7 1/2 yr old tagged along and talked to me the whole way. Made the 20 minutes go really quickly.
For now my goal is to do a 20 minute walk a day. I know my history very well. If I go all gung-ho on this I'll be burnt out in no time and will fall off my "lifestyle-change-wagon." This is what this needs to be - - a lifestyle change. So, a daily walk when weather permits starting at 20 minutes. I will definitely build that up as time goes on. I am also going to toss in two days a week working with my hand weights. My arms definitely need some improvement. :)
I will be so happy if I can lose even 5 lbs a month. My weight loss goal time frame is ten months from now. 5 x 10 is 50 and would more than put me where I'd like to be....God is good and if I remember to keep Him at the Center of my life, at the Center of all I am doing, that I know I will not fail.
So, for now, good news at the doctor, recorded weight loss, monitoring of sodium is going better, eating is much better (except weekends, but I'm still working on that), and all is good. I'm encouraged and ready to embark on this journey that I know is only going to bless me and my family. The healthier I can be, the better it is for all of us.
And maybe, just maybe, I won't need that BP medication forever...
Blessings to all,
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Okay - so this lifestyle change "thing" has been in progress for one week so far. Yesterday was my weigh in day and dum, da, da, dummmmmmm - 5 lbs down! YES!
Okay, so meds for high blood pressure and stopping carbonated beverages probably contributed A LOT to the loss, but I'll take it. I am going to be very curious to see how I'll do for week two. I'm not approved to exercise yet, so it's all about eating right for 2 more weeks. What can happen when I'm only changing my food? We shall see.
For now I am claiming this small victory with a BIG smile on MY face!
Until next time,
Sunday, November 04, 2012
So, I've been doing pretty well since my high bp diagnosis and attempt at a lifestyle change. Today makes five days that I've been working on these changes. Meals have all been good......until today. We bought BBQ plates from a church for a fundraiser. They were already paid for, soooooo, we got them even though I was concerned about eating it.
My hubby and I separated out all six meals that we bought. We put all the beans in one dish, all the potato salad in another, he divided the chicken into pieces, and we even put the onions and pickles in separate containers to be used at a later date. Pickles, probably not by me. :(
I ate two pieces of chicken (a thigh and leg). I removed every bit of skin. I enjoyed it so much, but with my need to watch sodium, I sorta guiltily enjoyed it, if that makes sense. It was really very good, but because I do not know how it was prepared, I have bagged up all the leftovers into freezer bags and put them away. My lovely hubby can take them for lunch because sodium is not something he needs to be concerned about. Next year when this annual fundraiser comes around, we will just donate our money.
So, going to just keep moving forward. Today wasn't a good sodium day. Calorie wise I think I did fine. So, not going to beat myself up about it, but just let it go and look forward to good choices tomorrow.
Friday, November 02, 2012
How many times can we say that? 'I'm Back'.....? I've lost count for me. This time though I am back because I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I was put on medication and have to wait three weeks before I can exercise. Leisurely walking is okay. Once we determine if my medication is working, then prayerfully I will be released to exercise. I have a pulsing vein on the left side of my head and I sure hope it goes away once everything is regulated.
A part of me wants to start exercising now, but I know I can't. That's abnormal for me. I hate exercise. But, I know I can't so maybe that makes me want it. Sorta like that Dr. Pepper or fresh made sugar cookie sitting in the ziploc on the counter. Whatever it is, I'm doing my very best to be good. Every meal and snack since Tuesday evening has been healthy and as low sodium as possible.
I know how to eat right for the most part, but this low sodium stuff is really giving me grief. Can't quite wrap my mind around having to watch every bite I eat that much closer. I'll get there.
I've decided that the reason I can't exercise right now IS because I need to get the food part right. In three weeks, the food part ought to be going well and it should be easier to add in the exercise. Right?
Until next time,
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
And things aren't looking good. I was just glancing at my last blog entry and it makes me so sad. All that success, all that progress - - gone. :( The scale has been steadily rising for the past year and it breaks my heart that I let this happen. I'm only down 16 lbs from my highest weight instead of 38 lbs down.
BUT - here I am. Seeking success once again. I can do this. It's all a mind-set and an attitude-set. I bought Nicole's 28 day boot-camp workout video and today is by golly Day 1. Was it easy? Um, no. Did it totally kick my butt? Um, um, well, no. It didn't. I made it through. I wasn't able to do some of the quick footed turns and some of the grapevine steps through me off, and the stepping/kicking while boxing part was awkward and not done right. I had to do some of it on the low-intensity, BUT, I was moving. I was active. I was sweating. And I did it.....
I watched ANOTHER Biggest Loser Finale go by. Yes, another. And I just want to kick myself that yet another season comes to a close and I am no where nearer to my goal than when we first started watching several years ago.
There is always a first time thought, right? And a second? And a third? And hopefully a forth, because I'm thinking this is probably round 4 for me of getting serious and wanting to get things done. If Kim from the biggest loser can do this, surely I can, too.
So, my goal is set. 55 lbs to shed, and with hard work and dedication I would love to get this done by the close of 2012. We shall see.
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