Thursday, July 29, 2010
The SparkPeople-inspired lifestyle pays off again! Good annual check up today. Blood pressure: 112/70. The nurse said that I must have very good genes. But I don't think that's it. My mom and sister are both on meds for high blood pressure and my BP was averaging 140/90 before I lost weight.
All my blood work was good. The lab neglected to test my cholestrol, so I was disappointed. Doctor had ordered it, but they skipped it. My doc didn't think it was worth doing again as 6 months ago my cholestrol was fine.
Also, for the first time I weighed after a good breakfast, fully clothed, and I even kept my shoes on. I weighed 132. The first of the morning weigh was 127.8 today, which is 1.8 pounds above my ideal weight in my mind, but still in the range. If I'm staying around that weight for a week, I might cut back by a couple hundred calories a day to get back at my personal goal. I went several days without tracking and probably didn't do as well as I thought.
I don't have to go back to the doctor for a year. It's been every 6 months for years, so I'm proud of this health accomplishment!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Day before yesterday I wrote about what I am doing right now, standing up to blog and otherwise participate in SparkPeople. Some SparkFriends wondered what motivated me to do that.
Well, I had just read the, "The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span; Study," from the SparkPeople Health News of July 22, 2o10. The article says,
"The more Americans engage in one of their favorite pastimes -- sitting around -- the shorter their average life span, a new study suggests. The effect remained even after researchers factored out obesity or the level of daily physical activity people were engaged in, according to a study of more than 120,000 American adults." You may want to read the whole article at the URL below.
Even before I read that article I was thinking about sitting. When I take care of Natalie I rarely sit. Now that her mother is on maternity leave, I have her fewer hours and I find myself sitting more often. In order to maintain my weight, I will need to cut back on calories if I don't balance out the extra sitting with more activity.
So for right now I'm pretty motivated to "take a stand," as my good SparkFriend WalkingAnnie called it. I need to do it to keep eating like I want, and I just might live longer in the bargain. Maybe you want to take a stand, too! -Marsha
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I really had a great workout today at the YMCA. I started with elliptical and I tried the interval selection for the first time. (Usually I do the manual, cardio, or weight loss program selection.) The interval program varies from resistance of 3 to 7. I use 26 as the stride length. I burned 220 calories in 30 minutes, which is an estimate using my age-61, gender-female, and weight-127. That estimate is more than 20 calories per 1/2 hour more than I usually rack up. I went on to complete 120 minutes on elliptical and stationary bike. I feel fantastic!!! -Marsha
Friday, July 23, 2010
I doubt you can tell, but there is something different about this blog than any other I've ever written. I am putting into practice something I've read about and makes sense to me. Perhaps you have been reading, too, about desks now available that can be raised and lowered to allow the worker to sit or stand. Since I'm increasing my office hours in the next couple weeks, that really interests me. My little nonprofit isn't going to buy some fancy piece of furniture, but I just may be able to figure out how to use the principle behind it to help me. At the moment I have my laptop on my dresser in the bedroom and I'm typing standing up!! Some days my longest sitting time is when I'm on SparkPeople. Well, now I realize, it doesn't have to be. To healthier Sparking!! -Marsha
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Starting Monday August 2nd, I'll be increasing my work hours and changing officially from a consultant to an employee. The nonprofit agency I work for does a lot of good and I'm proud to be associated with it. My thought today, though, is about how to manage lunches.
I work in a small town where there are few good choices at restaurants. There are a lot of veggies available in the southern cooking cafe next to our office. Unfortunately they are "seasoned" in such things as bacon grease. Biscuits and corn bread aren't whole grain by any stretch of the imagination and the meat choices tend to be meatloaf, fried fish,and pork chops that are far from lean. There's a barbecue restaurant, two pizza places and a couple Mexican eateries. The only chain is McDonald's. So, eating out is not particularly appealing and healthy choices are almost nonexistent. There are restaurants in the town 10 miles north with much better choices, but driving 20 extra miles on a lunch hour isn't very good.
I have taken my lunches many times - salad, leftovers, beans/rice, etc. I can do it again. It is not a perfect solution. I really miss getting out of the office. A lot of times I need to de-stress. Sometimes I just need to catch my breath and rest my brain. When the weather is nice, I have gone to the park to picnic and walk. I will again in October, but now it's too hot and humid. I have chugged/gobbled lunch and then relaxed at the library. My agency is too small to have a breakroom or good space for eating. I don't like eating a meal at my desk. I find when I relax at a meal and really enjoy it it is much more satisfying.
I must admit I lost most of my 80 pounds while working full time at this agency. So there is no reason for me to gain now because I'll be working there. I have improved my eating since being home more, especially reducing sodium. I'm just going to have to give it some thought, make plans, and keep my commitment to healthy eating, no matter what.
Any of your suggestions, though, would be welcome. -Marsha
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