Sunday, July 11, 2010
At A Healthier Michigan*, dietitian, Grace asked: What do you do to move more, eat less? In April I formed First Friday Fit Club because friends asked me to take the lead on a work biggest loser challenge. I agreed because I had plenty of pounds to lose and I believe in community efforts. Without hesitation, I can say I am glad and proud of what our group is doing to support one another and to meet our individual goals.
At the end of May, I joined Weight Watchers in addition to my participation with First Friday Fit Club. The program I'm following is doable. I will confess that prior to joining I was resistant to Weight Watchers because I was not willing to count calories and measuring food didn't appeal to me either. My argument was "What will I do after I hit goal?" I didn't like the idea of counting and measuring for life. With the plan I'm on, I'm counting points which is far simpler in my mind and there are helpful tools for measurements. By the time I joined WW, I was already monitoring my portion sizes because of First Friday Fit Club's weekly challenges.
First Friday's challenge began April 12th. From the onset, I began to incorporate regular exercise. I started slowly and with a doable goal: Walk 3-4 days a week for 30 minutes. I walked mostly at walk during lunch and I love walking in my neighborhood. Then I added cardio in the gym. I like the treadmill. I've experimented and enjoyed interval training with walking/running on the treadmill. I also like alternating between the recumbent and standard stationary bikes and the elliptical. I've added weight training and my latest kick is Zumba. Love the dance program. I've only done the 20 minute express program but I love it. I can't wait till I join a class. I also have a yoga tape I enjoy doing. Recently I injured my knee and I'm scheduled for surgery so everything is on hold. I look forward to getting back to work outing at 5:30am 2-3 times at the gym during the week and longer on weekends. I'm anxious to walk to and sometimes home from the gym. I used walk two miles each way to Big Lots every other Saturday.
I eat primarily a vegetarian diet. We already monitor sugar intake in our house. We don't deep fry or fry often in general. My demon is portion sizes. Overtime, I've adjusted to eating recommended portions. I don't believe in deprivation. I like my ice cream, fries and chili. I didn't give them up instead I've changed recipes, portions and how often I eat these goodies.
I actually lost weight just prior to our first weigh in. To date I've lost 16.4 pounds. My goal is to lose roughly forty pounds. I'm 5"0'. My loss has been slow and consistent. I'm forty-five and I've struggled with my weight all of my life. Athletics helped when I was young but with age and inactivity, I am at my heaviest in my adult life. Chronic illness and disease runs rampant in my family. Short life span is a huge motivating factor in my life. In the last nine years, I've lost ten relatives. Did you hear me, ten? The connection between poor health and death is more than statistics for me.
My attitude is this: my current efforts is a lifestyle change not a diet not a short-term game. I want to live a quality life that allows me to move easily and freely, be able to enjoy being physically active and fit. I want to grow old, be happy and fit.