Day 6 Exercise Streak Complete
Sunday, April 15, 2018
I was down to 161 at Christmas but gained some duing Christmas break and more since I didn't exercise much of the winter. Sinus infections run me down and I'd just come home from work and want to rest so I'd have energy to get through the next day.
On Easter I took a wonderful hour and a half hike at the White Tanks and swore that would be the beginning of my new exercise streak. It didn't happen. But I took the plunge this past week and today is Day 6 of my exercise streak.
Exercise and losing weight have helped my knee incredibly. I am careful with the exercises I choose to do. I ride my bike, do low impact aerobics, hike occasionally, and lift weights every other day. These are things I can do. I am very careful with squats and lunges (I can tell now how far I can go without causing the pain which flares up later and lasts days), barre moves (some low impact videos I do include "ballet" moves which I have to be very careful with), and certain yoga or modified yoga moves.
When I hike I wear Saucony Everrun Peregrine trail shoes. I really like them. I also wear Brooks. I really like Brooks. (Years ago I liked New Balance but started having issues so I quit them. I recently decided to give them a second chance. I bought a pair of NB 860v8. I don't like them. I wish I had taken them back.)
I love the Peregrines, though. They are for running or jogging but I only walk. Running shoes are more comfortable due to the extra cushioning, in my opinion, and I feel like they give me more stability so I don't roll on rocky, angled, and uneven trail which is the case for most trails I frequent in Arizona. I have to take into account rolling ankles and my knee issues with every step I take.
At one point in my adulthood I reached 238 pounds. Pregnancy wasn't even much of an issue. I got back to a normal weight. I weighed 160 at 9 months pregnant. I got back down to 130 which wasn't bad. Did I want to weigh 120 or 125? Sure. But 130-135 was fine. However, as a parent you always have be preparing food. And I enjoy food. I eat when I'm happy, at family gatherings, to celebrate, to chat with friends, etc. but also turn to food when stressed, worried, anxious, feeling low, overwhelmed, etc. I have a major problem with food.
Over the years I joined aerobics classes, gyms, Weight Watchers, took nutrition classes, sometimes just did my own weightloss thing. Once I tried counseling (but they couldn't understand why I was there for weightloss. Even I didn't understand the addiction I had.) After 2 or 3 individual sessions, the therapist said he couldn't help me and stuck me in group therapy with drug addicts, alcoholics, and male and female sex addicts. I never even knew such things existed that these people shared. I never went back.
Fortunately, when I was at my heaviest my sister told me about Spark People. My friend encouraged me to join with her months later. I was at my heaviest, 238.
Why did I let myself go over 199? And then allow myself to reach 238? I don't know.
I lost 68 pounds. weightloss with exercise and eating healthier and portion control has helped. I started gaining the weight back. I got back into the 200's again. Ugh! I prayed all the time. One day I got down on my knees to beg for help through tears and anguish.
The next day I joined Weight Watchers. Again. I started an exercise streak. The weight started coming off. It took a while for other people to notice. I re-committed to Spark People. I started track food in notebooks with Weight Watchers, then online with Spark People. I began logging exercise in notebooks and later on Spark People again. I got down to 161 just before the Christmas holidays.
For me tracking is key. I sometimes do not track. I do it in my head and before I know it I have eaten over 1500 calories, even up to, and sometimes possibly past 2000. I lose best at 1200. I have to be highly motivated to get by on 1200. I usually eat 1500 when I'm doing well. By adding exercise I can lose 1 pound every other week.
If anyone got this far and has just started but doesn't know where to begin, get up out of that chair, recliner, or sofa and do some sort of exercise. If you are really out of shape like I was back in 2009, a 5 minute walk to warm up and a stretch on the floor will do. I was in such agony getting down on the floor in 2009. But I did it! If you are totally out of shape and weigh over 200, I know your pain. Today is the day to make a committment to get to Onederland. I love being in the 160s. (Currently high 160s). I want to get back to my pre-Christmas weight of 161.
Now I need to eat 1200-1500 calories a day. That will be my challenge starting tomorrow.
So, this week I will continue my exercise and limit calories to 1200-1500.