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Day Two: Plotting My Course

Saturday, March 09, 2013

My long-term goal, besides the obvious weight loss, is to be able to run again. Right now, I can barely make it for a walk around the block, so my first objective is to get myself fit enough to start the Couch to 5k program and then take it from there.

My initial plan is to do a bit of light stretching every morning, walk at as brisk a pace as I can manage at least 3 days a week and do an exercise video at home on the alternate days. I provide childcare for my 20-month old grand daughter several days a week, generally Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I figure I can do the exercise videos when she takes her nap and take my walks on the days she isn’t here.

I’m so out of shape right now that this plan will be a challenge for me for awhile. When I can walk 3 miles without feeling like I’m going to keel over from a stroke, I’ll reevaluate the situation and take an honest look at my weight and condition. I neither want to start the Couch to 5k program too soon and injure myself or linger too long with an exercise program that is not challenging enough to get results. I’ll simply have to take this one day at a time.

I’ve been TERRIBLE about taking my high blood pressure meds every day. I often skip days, sometimes even 2 or 3 days. And my salt intake was quite high. One of my commitments is to take the bp meds daily and hope that it will get to the point where I no longer need them. I bought a home blood pressure monitor and will record my BP here everyday.

So, my initial plan of action is as follows:

Remain on Paleo diet and give it an honest try for at least 30 days.
Stick to my planned exercise strategy
Limit salt
No diet soda or crystal light, I’ve consumed them to excess in the past
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Log onto SP at least once a day, at least to update my stats and briefly blog what kind of day I had.

That's it for now. There's more I see myself doing down the road but I don't want to self-sabatoge by trying to do too much too soon.

My day was pretty good. My energy level is increasing a little bit each day!
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    You remind me a lot of myself. I am also tall (6'1"), and have been struggling for years with my weight. I was athletic in my youth (competitive swimmer from grade school through college), and is quite muscular under all the fat that I mindlessly added to my large frame. I am motivated and inspired by your blog and your commitment to run again. I was a couch potato for years now and I just started exercising a few weeks ago and already I'm feeling stronger. Two bum knees and 3 herniated discs but I also am looking forward to the day that I can run again. One foot in front of the other...and we'll get there! Sounds like you have a plan and the motivation to get to your goal. Keep up the good work!
    1808 days ago
    I have high BP and am a grandmother also. I am going to try to participate in a 5 K with my dog.
    1808 days ago
    1808 days ago
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