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Oops, Hadn't Intended to Maintain!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Yikes! I've got 65 pounds to go and I seem to be on maintenance! Not what I intended. Well, I did put myself on maintenance for December and January. With having gallbladder surgery at the end of December I decided I didn't want to try to lose weight at the same time.

In December I felt so ill that I did very little exercise. Even walking hurt. But now I'm totally healed. I've slowly started exercising. Slowly, because that's what the doctor ordered and my body tells me when I've done too much, particularly my knees. It's hard because I feel great when I exercise, it's afterward that's difficult. I'm learning, but I do need to start pushing myself more now, because I'm not doing enough.

It's the eating part of the equation I'm having difficulty with. I use my food tracker everyday. I even have a balanced diet. It's those pesky little 200 to 300 (or more) extra calories that are keeping me on maintenance. Oh, dear. It's nice to know I can maintain my weight. Truly. Not what I need to be doing here, though.

In other news--we got a new bird feeder. Just in time!

This is not my squirrel and while he seems to be a friend, my squirrel was very unhappy. She chased him off finally, and then she went up and down the tree trying to figure out how that squirrel got in the feeder. What a riot! We've stopped putting food in that feeder. The new feeder is hanging from a wire strung between two trees. I'm sure the squirrels can jump on the feeder if they wanted to, but my squirrel is just not that intrepid, yet.
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    lol Silly squirrel! ;)
    1687 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    1688 days ago
  • EABL81
    It sounds like you did what you needed to do for your health and recovery and you made your goal of maintaining your weight through your recovery period. I think that's worth celebrating!

    Really cute squirrel picture!
    1688 days ago
    I am glad you took time to heal properly! Don't overdo it. I think it is really important you listen to your body. Little by little, you can increase the exercising. It is awesome you didn't gain weight during this time, maybe people do when they have an operation.
    1689 days ago
    Learning to maintain is important! And it was your goal while you were feeling horrid and then after surgery!

    Knees: are you warming up before you exercise the knees? I learned some cool knee-looseners in my Chi classes that really help. You bend your knees slightly and put your hands on your knees. Then you make your knees do small circles, 10 in each direction. It really helps get them warmed and loosened before you walk or exercise.
    1689 days ago
  • KAREN608
    maybe you can do some form of exercise to burn off 200-300 calories to lose then? I think that helps me when I lose. I have a hard time eating under 1600 cal. but can burn a 100 or more easier.... keep at it!
    1689 days ago
    Keep on keeping on. emoticon emoticon
    1689 days ago
    You do the best you can dear sister!! Just stay focused through it all!!

    God bless,
    Pastor Mike

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    1689 days ago
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