Sunday, February 21, 2010

I've gotten pretty good at managing my food intake. I do meet my goals most days. I'd say that probably the toughest thing lately is keeping the sodium down where I want it. I'm amazed at just how much sodium is in things that we don't even realize!

Anyway, I received great news at a doctor's visit Friday learning that I have now lost a total of 24 pounds since my initial visit last November. (My weight will now show that it's 26.4 pounds, because I updated my weight from the reading taken on my new home scale - on Saturday. Wanting to get a more accurate reading, I weighed with out clothes.)

My blood pressure, however, was still high. I don't know if now I'm just nervous about it every time I go, but it's three readings now above 150 on the top number. Twice I've checked it at Wal-Mart and found that it was around 140/80, which is still high, but not as high as the doctor's office. I am determined not to go on medication. What I need to do is apply God's medicine...the Word! (I taught about this today in Kid's Church.) I am also going to get a home BP monitor to check it more frequently. I've got to wait a bit though...they're a little pricey.

I have another follow-up exam in May. I told my doctor I'd probably be another 30 pounds lighter by then!

The one thing I have not done much of yet is exercise. I've taken the dog for a couple walks, but nothing regular or significant. Now I'm measuring. Yesterday I went 1/3 mile (and back). Today 1/2 mile (and back). My goal - for now - is to do at least 1 mile/day. I need regular consistent movement. I know it's exercise that will improve strength, endurance, and overall heart health. It also is one important factor in raising my good cholesterol...which is a little low. By the time I have it checked this year, I expect to see a good improvement over last year.
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    Actually, I do exercise pretty much at the same time every day. Unfortunately, it is at the end of my day. I have a 45 minute comute to work each way every day. I usually leave the house by 7 or before. That means I have to get up around 6 - or before if I take a shower in the morning. I'm not so good about getting right out at 4:30 or even 5:00. I've been working on that. Today, for example, I didn't leave until after 6:00. I was trying to finish something up that I needed for first thing tomorrow morning - should have had it done today. So today, I didn't get home until about 7. Then I log everyting in SP and figure out what I'm going to have for dinner...and check Facebook too, of course. By the time I ate tonight it was after 8. I didn't leave to go walk with the dog until after 9. Then I still did strength training. I have to make myself, because by the end of the day, I just want to relax. I'm thinking about walking on lunch too...then I don't need to be so concerned to walk long enough at night. I can just go on a short walk with the dog. Plus where I work it's flat. I just need to measure it so I know how far I'm walking. I think SP has a tool for that actually. Guess I'd better get to's past my bed time already!
    3688 days ago
    I wished we lived closer! I'd go walking with you! It's so fun to walk with people. My husband walks with me sometimes but I have to run alongside him to keep up! He is very tall with long legs and thin. You are right about learning to make healthy stuff taste good. Have you found any recipes on this site that you like? My problem is I have no clue how to eat healthy. It's been so long since I have thought along those lines that I have forgotten. One of my daughters has a weight problem and the other is like Tim. She can eat anything she wants and not lose weight. I am faced with the challenge of cooking things that all my family will like - thin ones too. I also am in a bit of confusion about just how to lose weight. My dad lost weight on the Adkins diet of eating all meat and cheese. I've never seen him so thin. This diet talks about counting calories. I can't do the Adkins because I have trouble with my gall bladder (eating fat hurts my tummy). So I will try this! Have your read the book?
    3688 days ago
    Lydia I was just reading your blog about exercise. Have you tried going for a walk at the same time everyday? I find that having a routine in my exercise helps me stay focuced. I usually ride my bike or walk at lunch when I'm taking a break from homeschooling. I'm trying to add to my routine by riding or walking again after supper. Two weeks ago, I started weight training my upper body. This week I'm adding another muscle group. I sleep better and feel better when I do this. I have back problems and I reward myself aftwer exercise by sitting on the shiatzu message chair my hubby got me several Christmas's ago. Habits take about 2 weeks (I think) to take root but it really helps for me. It makes me feel more comfortable to exercise. How did your weekend go? emoticon
    3688 days ago
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