This (first paragraph) is a comment I made on Nancy Howard’s blog, “Is Endurance Exercise the Fountain of Youth?” I have wanted to share these things on SP and this seems to be the perfect time!
I am excited about the changes that exercise and losing a little more than 20 pounds have done for me! Yes, I exercise for more reasons than to lose weight! I am almost 72 years old, am a little crippled, have arthritis, etc.! However, I am now completely off medication for cholesterol (Mine is perfect!) and my medicine for hypertension has been reduced by half. (My blood pressure is perfect, too. I'm hoping my doctor will eventually take me off the medicine completely. It's hard for her to believe I can do it because I've been taking it for 22 years!) The other day I worked hard all day long, including walking on my treadmill, ironing and vacuuming and shampooing carpet. When I was finished, I was very tired, but my legs did not hurt a bit! Before I started exercising, I could only do ONE of those things per day, and only for about one hour per day! I had to rest with my feet up for the remains of the day! I also used to have spinal injections once every three months ... haven't had one since June 2010! I'd say YES, exercise (combined with the weight loss) has made my body younger and more energetic! AND, I only exercise moderately 30 - 40 minutes a day, at least three days a week (more when I can). I AM A BELIEVER IN EXERCISE!
Other things have been whirling around in my mind, too, not the least of which is my problem with focusing! There are so many things I want to accomplish / blog about, etc. my mind keeps going off on tangents – or rabbit trails, as I’ve heard them called. (I have a hard time deciding which rabbit to chase!)
Today I am focusing on CONSISTENCY! I have set a mini goal of CONSISTENTLY STAYING WITHIN MY 1400-CALORIE LIMIT FOR 10 DAYS!
I chose 10 days as my goal because that was the limit Daniel chose when he MADE UP HIS MIND not to defile himself with the “king’s choice food or … wine.” I do not choose a veggie and water diet as he did, but I do choose the 1400 calories limit. By living within that limit, I will eats lots of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water. My calories will be nutritious and delicious!
I will count down on my daily status report.
I HAVE MADE UP MY MIND! Here goes!