Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Computer: My laptop is back home. When it went to the shop it would not turn on at all. Although it still has a quirky little problem, I can work around it. Based on what the repair man said, sounds like a costly repair would not be worth it.
I really, really missed my SparkFriends when I had limited access. So glad to be back!!
Weight: I weighed 127.2 at home this morning. Smile. I'm hoping to start the new year with a home weight of 128 (orless) and to lose 1 pound in January and 1 in February declaring a home weight of 126, with range 124-129. Then I plan to totally embrace maintenance.
Eating: I'm really working on eliminating unplanned eating. Have a ways to go. Want my indulgences to be with my family and for celebrations, not for late night snacking. Must say, though, that my snacking has been pretty healthy and moderate portions. So, I will say I'm still in the "progress, not perfection" stage.
Exercise: Think I'm doing about as well as I can with my health challenges. Ran 4.5 miles Saturday. Now - believe it or not - I have a mild cough again and my lower back is bothering me. Have an appointment regarding my back tomorrow. Walked 40 minutes today.
Sleep: I'm doing better. I have a streak of four 8 hour nights for the first time in a long time. Seven hours or more I consider success.
Water: No problem -- getting plenty.
Weight Watchers: I now have free eTools and will track there for a while to see how it compares. I was awarded my third Key to Lifetime on Saturday. You only have to have 10 good months' weigh ins to get it and I had 12 for 2011. My third anniversary of attaining my Weight Watchers' goal will be in March 2012. I am so glad WW is now recognizing people for achieving maintenance goals.
Again, I am so glad to be back full force on SparkPeople!! There is no way I could maintain this 80+ pound weight loss on my own. Thank you, SparkGuy! Thanks, WW! and most of all, Thank you, SparkFriends!!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Natalie (4 years old): She's out of the cast and healing well, but for two weeks she is suppose to be very careful. No playing ball as it jostles the arm, no running, no jumping on the bed, etc. She goes back to the pediatric orthopedist at the end of the month. She enjoyed finger painting this week, acting out stories, and helped by setting the table and making my bed. I take her to preschool at 9am most week day mornings and pick her up at noon.
Gwen (14 months): She is walking more and more. She rarely crawls now. She has one new tooth on top for a total of 3. Generally, she is a happy baby. Two mornings this week she stayed in the nursery at the Y for a little over an hour so I could workout and the other mornings she and I enjoyed a stroller walk.
Dear Daughter & SIL: Are now homeowners totally moved into their lovely home and both are in good health. I had the kids 7 days a week for almost a month as DD worked 2 jobs full time for 2 weeks and then moved. Now I have Saturday off. Expect to be going to 5 days a week for child care within the next couple months.
Me: Today I walked a one mile lake circle with my SparkTeam and then went to the Y for a 7 mile treadmill workout in 80 minutes. I ran about 56 of those minutes in 3 minute intervals. It felt good when I was running, but after I was tired and my upper back was tight. I decided that my two strength sessions this week were enough and skipped it today.
I am thankful for my healthy family and for my health. Every day I run it truly is a celebration of health!!!
Monday, November 28, 2011
I ran for 20 minutes of my 60 minute treadmill workout today, mostly in one minute intervals. I finished 4.75 miles and felt great. Beforehand I wasn't sure my back was up to it, but no problem during and none for the almost 9 hours since. It is okay with me if it takes me up to a month to get back up to my speed, endurance, and strength. When I'm ready I'll enter another race. I am going to set a goal of running a half marathon (13.1 miles) in 2012. I absolutely believe I can do it.
My weight is doing pretty good. My stated goal weight range is 124-129.9. The day after Thanksgiving I was 130.4, the following day 129.4, and the next two days the 128.6. Now that I can exercise again, I'm hoping to get toward the bottom of the range rather than the top, but not going to stress over it.
I truly am very happy to be at my current weight and fitness level right now. If I can achieve even greater health and fitness, wonderful. It is worth a try. But if this is as good as I get, that's okay, too.
11/30/11 update: Good - weighed 128.0 this morn after eating plenty yesterday. Not so good - lower back didn't feel right yesterday and still little achy today, so postponing running. Going to walk today again. Maybe can run tomorrow. We'll see.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This is my third Thanksgiving living in my goal weight range. Each year I have been sincerely thankful to weigh a normal weight after 5 decades of being overweight and obese. This year I feel even more thankful because I finally believe that I will live the rest of my years at a healthy weight for me.
Yesterday I ate a little more than I intended. I wish maintenance came naturally to me, but I accept that for me it takes focus and determination. It is worth it and now I know I can do it.
In 2011 I have had multiple minor health challenges - two backaches (one lower back and both sides and one waist high on right) and three colds, including the worst lung infection I've ever had. I've found it is much easier to maintain when I can exercise. I do believe that if I keep exercising when I can, eventually my body will catch up and I'll be able to regularly run, cross train, and strength train. That's my theory and my hope! I'm just getting back up to speed for the 5th time this year, but I'm not giving up on exercise. It is an important part of my maintenance. I plan to walk tomorrow, too.
Take care, SparkFriends. I am very thankful for SP and for every one of you!
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