Thursday, September 24, 2009
Twelve days ago, I became disgusted with my lack of progress in losing weight. Tracking exercise here didn't seem to be enough to make me do it. There was always an excuse. Yes, I have a busy life, but so do millions of others, so...
I found a website of calendar pages, printed out several blank ones and numbered each day. It just so happened that I was starting on a Sunday, so it worked out perfectly. Each day my goal was to hike 2 miles and then to lift weights 3 times in a seven day period. Each day I succeed gets marked off with a big red X. So far, I've met all my weight lifting goals. Travel, exhaustion and a closed hotel pool led to missing one day of cardio, time and weather another. Two days, I got in half my goal amount, so out of 12 days, I met my cardio goal 8 times. Much less sporadic than before.
Now that the weather is turning almost directly to winter here, I've ordered some exercise videos and will substitute an hour of Zumba for an hour of hiking. Later, snowshoeing will take over at least a few times a week, if I'm lucky.
After giving myself several days to work on my exercise goals and finally having any travel off the map for the time being, I moved on to my nutrition goals. No chocolate and no wheat. The older I get, the worse chocolate bothers me, so I've set myself a goal of no chocolate for 7 days, then a small amount on the 8th day, if I'm truly desperate and back to 7 days off. So far, so good, 3 days in.
I'm horribly sensitive to wheat and anything that is high in sulphur, which includes most foods. Unfortunately, foods high in sulphur are really good for weight loss, but it completely stops my program, if I'm constantly doubled over in pain, which is what happened to me in 2008. Little did I know that several vegetables that I now love are extremely high in sulphur.
So, I'm back to no wheat and very little sulphur for the time being. My goal is no wheat for 30 days. My food will exist mostly of potatoes, celery, carrots, white meat chicken & turkey and almonds. All low or no sulphur foods. I can also eat pork, but the only way I like pork is in all its high-fat variations... bacon, sausage, etc., so I limit my intake. I also toss in some cheese and fish on occasion, although they are still high-sulphur foods. They are also things I can't get by without most of the time.
I'm on Day 3 of no wheat, feeling surprisingly well and having no cravings. That's saying something for me, so my main goal is to make it last.
Fall and winter are always my best time of year. Things slow down, the constant static disappears and I can think, relax and focus on my many goals.