Monday, May 23, 2011
I'm extremely proud to report that I lost another 3.4 lbs last month. I would, of course, have loved for the amount to have been larger, but am happy with the "slow but sure" progress I'm making.
Although I still required a seat belt extension on the plane, the gap was a lot less than the last time I flew. Surely if I continue this steady progress, I will no longer require the extension if I fly again next year. My knees were in an awful lot of pain this time while flying. I suspect the arthritis is worsening in my knees. The flight from London to Vancouver was over 9 hours, and I had a really rude woman sitting in front of me. She put her chair back as far as she possibly could and then accused me of kicking her chair. For the flight back, we requested some seats on a front row so I would be able to stretch my legs out a bit. That helped a lot, so the flight back wasn't so uncomfortable. I'll probably require knee surgery at some point but would have to get more weight off before I could contemplate surgery.
I exercised while I was on holiday. The hotel we stayed in had a gym and a pool. I also did quite a lot of walking around Vancouver, which is quite a pedestrian-friendly city. We had several nice meals while we were there, especially since we celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary while we were away. I enjoyed what I ate and am proud that I didn't overdo it. In fact, this is the first time in a long time that I concentrated more on the sites than on what sort of food I was going to eat! That's certainly a positive step for me. I seem to be breaking my constant obsession with food!!!
I've had a terrible case of jet lag and travel tummy problems, but plan to get back to my exercise programme quickly. As soon as the rain stops for a bit, I'll go out for a walk with my Nordic Walking poles and then get back to the gym tomorrow. I've signed up for a "Race for Life" (Cancer charity run/walk) for July, so need to gradually increase my speed for walking 5K (a bit over 3 miles). As I did 3.25 miles of continuous Nordic Walking before I went on holiday, I need to keep it up and work a bit on my speed.
I go back to my physiotherapist this Friday and she will measure me to see how much I've lost in inches. I'll be proud to report my 3.4lb monthly weight loss to her as well. Slow but sure wins the race!