I will be Buckling down to lose some weight this spring because I have a big birthday coming up and I plan to lose 15-20 pounds by that day. I turn 60 on July 17th. My age showing itself in quite a few aches and pains. Most notably my arthritic right knee and calcifications creating achilles tendonitis in the right heel. I know weight loss will help both of these problems because when I walk with my dog Linus, the softer surfaces (grassy or mulched areas) produce less pain. It stands to reason that less weight will have less impact on painful areas.
So walking is very slow and I don't count it as exercise anymore. I've been trying to ride a stationary bike with very low resistance with some success but most of my exercise has been in a pool doing a Dawgie paddle. I've been gradually increasing my time in the H2O and I hope to get up to 5-6 hours a week to replicate the time I used to spend walking for exercise. I am also going to a gym and using weight training machines 2-3 times a week and doing my physical therapy. All of this requires more time on the bike, more time at the gym and more time in the water. Giving my exercise routine all this time is exhausting and boring me but I will keep pushing on until my birthday and reevaluate the routine then.
I am Buckling Up for Take Off with my Spring 5% Challenge Team- The Spirited Under Dawgs. Looking forward to flying to various destinations with my dawggie friends. Flight minutes= exercise minutes in a race to land the plane. The race keeps me motivated and I always feel as if I'm not doing this alone, I have my teammates, the pack, pulling along with me.
I am working on my eating plan. Over the years, I've come to realize that limiting myself and denying myself doesn't work for me. So.... this time I'm trying something new. I'm going to keep doing things my way because it has worked in the past. I HATE TO COOK so I am planning quick and easy meals and I have worked on my DH until he has become a little more self sufficient getting his own meals ready. I can still be at the gym or pool when he gets home and he is heating up his meal and putting it in a bowl or plate. This may seem simple to you but to a hard working man who has always had a wife or mother put food in front of him, it is a challenge. It is working well. I can get my workouts done and get home to heat and eat my own meal. Meals are simple, easy and prep is done earlier in the day. Or we get take out and we have learned to eat a healthy, well portioned meal when taking out food.
I am skipping breakfast. Oh, I know the rules but this works best for me. I never liked to eat breakfast and I find it just makes me hungrier throughout the day. I take synthroid (thyroid medication) in the morning and I have to wait 1 hour to eat and 3 hours before any fiber or calcium. By the time that is up, I feel that I can wait for lunch.
I hate to track calories!! I've done it so often in the past and I know that it plays mind games with me. I will think about calories in and out all day long and that makes me hungrier!! Soo... for now, I'm going to focus on counting food servings, using portion control, maintaining macronutrients. I will examine my micronutrients once I get the eating patterns under control. I want to eat 80 grams of protein each day, 3 servings of dairy, 4 servings of non-starchy vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit. Since I am prediabetic, I will eat complex, high fiber carbs mixed with protein. I will eat lunch, dinner, a midday snack and a nighttime snack. I will watch the scale closely and decrease portions and increase exercise time if needed.
Well... I guess I'm ready to lose this weight. I just need to Buckle Down to this plan and Buckle UP for Take Off. My Doctors don't think I can do this. I'll prove them wrong. WATCH ME FLY!
10/2/19 Well, I did not lose the weight this past spring or summer. But- I have maintained. I'm calling it maintenance but it is really a plateau. I'm still trying to figure out how to bust through this plateau. I have to say, Sparkpeople and the 5% challenges have really instilled the good habits to keep me going and have prevented the weight from coming back on. Onward to the Fall 5% Challenge!