Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I have lost 2.2 lbs in 3 weeks. Not impressive but I get what I deserve. I am in the same place I was 3 weeks ago.
Today I was put on BP medication, no questions asked. That hit me like a ton of bricks. I am a walking time bomb, ticking. The heart attack trinity. High BP, smoking and morbid obesity.
I have to change this and I have to start now. There are some easy changes I can make beginning tomorrow morning. I will start by taking my BP twice a day and recording it for my GP. I will start taking my BP medication to lower my BP. I must quit drinking diet coke. I will lower my coke to 2 bottles a day for 3 days, then to 1 bottle a day till it's gone, then no more diet coke. I will increase my water intake as I lower my soda intake.
I can do a better job of eating healthy.SOmetimes, like today, when I eat junk, I don't track my food. Ignoring what I eat does not change the poor choices I have made. I already prepare a healthy menu weekly with lots of variety and a good nutritional balance. I must be more diligent about sticking to my menu and eating the healthy choices I have planned and shopped for. That said, a treat once in a while, will not destroy all my hard work. DH bought me an Easter Cream egg for this SUnday, Easter. I am going to enjoy that gooeyness.
Now my exercise. I tell myself that all I can do in a day is walk for 13 minutes. Not so! There are lots of seated workout videos available here at Spark and on the Chair Exercise Team. Beginning tomorrow, I will do 1 video a day as well as walking. SLow increases in strength and endurance will help with both weightloss and confidence. I expect so little of myself. I can do more and do a better job of being consistent.
Finally, SMoking! My doctor insists that I quit smoking right now. My life depends on this. It is not an easy fix. I bet if they said I would lose my left hand if I continued to smoke, that I would be willing to give the hand up. I am that addicted. I can quit. I KNOW I can. I will quit. I must. I have chosen April 10th as my date to quit. I can spend the next 2 weeks preparing my mind for becoming a non smoker. It is the hardest thing there is for me to do and I need time to prepare and look forward to a healthier life.
These changes I will make in my lifestyle over the next 2 weeks.