Friday, September 27, 2013
I'm down 35 pounds now. I just track everything I eat and stay within my calorie range of 1,200-1,500. I tend to average 1,300 calories a day.
Up to this point I haven't exercised at all. When you're classified as morbidly obese, it's a killer on the joints to be bouncing around on them. I could feel my joints protesting just doing normal every day activities. I was also unstable on my feet, like I didn't have good balance. I have fallen 3 times over the last 3 years and the last time my arm broke and I had plates but in to get it put back together. After that I was afraid to even walk to the mailbox.
WELL, I started walking this week. I feel a ton lighter on my feet and my balance is back! I'm so thrilled. I walked 4 days and will walk here in an hour. I walked 1.6 miles in 34 minutes which works out to be 3mph burning around 210 calories. I put on some good strong music and away I went. I calculated the distance and calories burned through an app on my ipod and through an on-line route mapping map designed for runners. Both were pretty close in agreement so I just averaged them together.
I didn't eat my calories back. I've worked so hard at consistently staying around 1,200 - 1,500 calories and just couldn't allow myself an additional 200 calories. I thought I'd buy some large bananas and eat one after I walk each time. That would give me like 100 calories I think. I have to keep a reign on my eating as I never want it to get out of control again. I'm like a child. If you give them an inch, they'll want to go a mile.
I had actually planned on doing water aerobics this fall, but it's out of the way and gas isn't cheap. I'll walk until it gets cold and plan on water aerobics from Jan-March or so.
What else? Oh! I know. I only have 8 pound until I'm at the lowest point that I've been in 8 years. (I have to look back, but it's been 7-8...) I'm excited about that. Only 15 more pounds until my first goal. I started as being morbidly obese, now I'm obese and in 15 pounds I'll be classified as overweight. The next goal will be to be in my ideal weight range which will be 30-40 pounds. By the time I'm done I'll have lost 80-90 pounds. I know I can do this. I honestly feel so much lighter on my feet and I now sit on the ground at times because I know I can get up. :)
And for the record, I still hate exercising. I can tolerate the walking now because I walk with my music blasting in my ears. I walk as fast as I can to get finished 2 laps. My incentive is to get it over with.
Choose healthier foods, cut down on portion sizes and eat plenty of veggies. That's what I try to do consistently. Fruit is a good snack for me, and also I like the cheese sticks that are 50 calories each. I'll even eat potato chips every once in awhile, but I weight out an ounce and put them in a bowl. Now I'll eat about 130 calories in chips, when I "use to" eat 600 calories in chips. I also don't eat them as frequently. Just once a month or so. Truthfully, chips aren't healthy and should be avoided.
Every time I find clothes that I'm shrinking out of, I put them in a bag to be donated. I've donated 1 large bag! I'm not keeping any of my big clothes.
I attribute my weight loss to the SparkPeople food tracker. It doesn't lie. If I eat too much it shows me.