The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of my Lifestyle Change
Monday, April 19, 2010
I've started a blog several times but always ended up deleting it, not sure what my hang up is, but lets see if this one makes it.
My "Diet" - I am having so much fun trying new and healthy foods, I used to hate cooking, it was always the same old, same old, but I have tried so many new recipes and new foods that I not only look forward to cooking, I'm looking forward to eating my new "diet" foods. The kids are enjoying it too, my youngest (almost 17) came into the house yesterday saying she was in love with the smell, it was sweet potatoes fries done in the oven and sticky chicken, both recipes I got off Spark People. I have had a few slips, but enjoying the new foods has definitely made my healthy living change much easier this time! My biggest pitfall is potato chips... I LOVE them!! I started off allowing myself to have one small serving once a week... but then it was Friday AND Saturday night... and then it was not such small servings.. ugh, not sure how to win that battle.
My Fitness - This has been a bigger struggle for me. I have a gazelle/glider type thing that I've taken the shocks off so that I could work longer on and actually get my heart rate up. I've worked on it pretty much every day. Currently I try to get on it 3 times a day for about 30 minutes each time. Breaking it up makes it not so boring. I've tried a few workout DVDs but not found anything that has really stuck. I do walk a few times a week, but looking for some sort of weight training. My fitness feels very unorganized and not thought out very well right now. I guess I am hoping that I am making improvements in my health and fitness a little, until I can start focusing more on it.
My Health - When I started this about 2.5 months ago I was taking 3 bp meds, stomach meds and the doctor gave me 3 month to get my cholesterol down or I would require meds for that as well. About a month ago I took myself off one of my bp meds and so far my bp is doing great, I haven't even gotten as high as the 120/80 norm, so I'm really happy about that. Not sure what the doctors will think about this, but as I don't have a doctor of my own, I can only see whoever happens to be on at the clinic, I took a chance. My next cholesterol test is in 2 weeks and I'm really hopeful that I won't require the meds. The doctor said a 10% weight loss would make a huge difference and I am 3 pounds away from that, so thats a good reason to be hopeful, right?
Okay, so I actually finished this blog, I guess the only thing to do now is hit "Post"
Bye and thanks for reading! :)