Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Sometimes I wonder if all my efforts are worth it and after talking with a health professional yesterday, I almost felt that way. I have been working at losing weight most of my life and have succeeded a few times, but never kept the weight off. It always came back. Once again, here I am, much older, not much wiser, but still trying. I know I am overweight and have health problems but I have set daily goals and work at achieving them. I told this person that I am losing weight very slowly and needed some help. She asked if I exercised and I said yes. I told her I do wear a pedometer and I have been reaching between 4000 and 6000 steps daily. She said "oh no, that is not enough! You need at least 10,000 steps daily to promote weight loss". This I know; however, I am trying to get there. I also play music and dance around everyday, walk up and down the stairs, use 5 lb. weights, do stair steps and basically just move. Now I don't want a medal but a little pat on the back for my efforts would have been nice. If she even knew what I was like a few years ago, she might have given me some credit. This person doesn't even know my health history, age, etc. and I felt discouraged after speaking with her that all my efforts aren't helping, so why do it?
On the other hand, I know my efforts are making a difference because I feel better, have more energy, my clothes are getting looser and I have had some nice comments that my loss is beginning to be noticeable. I've lost seven pounds (this time), maybe not much to you, but to me that's 28 sticks of butter!
Walk In My Shoes
I won't be defeated, I'll never quit.
I feel my efforts are making me fit.
Maybe I can't Zumba for 30 minutes
Or log 10,000 steps a day...
But someday I'll get there,
Watch me, I'm on my Way!