Phase 3 Start: Sept 6, 2020 | Target End: December 15, 2020
It has been a busy few weeks for me, between work, helping my sister, and also doing major cleanout – think early Fall cleaning – in my house. I was astounded at the amount of “stuff” I’ve collected through the years, especially books, housewares and knic-knacs. I’ve managed to clean out and sell a lot of books to used book places, give some to charity, and am planning to sell other things at some garage sales as well as flea markets, and donate to charities too. Most of my things are in great condition so I don’t want to waste them by throwing them away. I just don’t need all this stuff, and I’ve also got a lot of duplicates. Not sure how that happened.
Anyway I have been doing well, eating healthy – in fact, I’m getting better at portion control – and building on my fitness. I’m now on a routine of strength training 3 x a week, good cardio most every day, and I am seeing a difference in the mirror and in the fit of my clothes. I daily keep an eye on my calorie intake, exercise minutes and calories burned. I don't mind - it's working for me.
In fact I was able to wear a skinnier pair of jeans this week that I could not squeeze into a year ago!
This has been an exciting year for me, having completed 2 100-Day journeys and blogged about them.
Recap – the first 200 days
Phase 1 - The first 100 days were really about me finding my footing again in fitness, and building up my motivation and determination to lose weight and get my health going in the right direction. In many ways, I had to re-learn some things I knew before and also learn new things about how my body responds at this age, at this time and what to do for it.
Phase 2 – The second round was continuing the journey and building on the healthy habits I was cultivating.
Based on my last report of August 17, after my doctor visit, I succeeded in losing more weight than my doctor believed I could (or would) and also brought down my blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (See previous blog for my numbers.) So I achieved one of my top goals which was to avoid going on medication! Yay!!
Phase 3 GOALS
Now that I’ve gotten some big things under control, I plan on starting my next 100 days journey on September 6.
This next phase of 100 days will be to continue building on my healthy habits AND rebuilding and strengthening my body. I want to increase my strength and fitness, continue to improve my BP and cholesterol, and I still have another 30+ lbs to lose. BUT I have lost 31 pounds in total, down from my original 200 lbs!
I have broken my weight loss goals into 10% increments as such:
1st 10% - 180 lbs. -
2nd 10% - 162 lbs. – getting close to this now!
3rd 10% - 145 lbs. - TBD
4th 10% - 130 lbs. - TBD
I am starting off from the fitness numbers I posted in my previous blog. I am excited about this journey and I hope you will join me.
A SPECIAL WORD
For anyone struggling on their own journey, please be kind to yourself. Losing weight and getting in shape is HARD. Sometimes it takes time to find your motivation to press through toward your goals. Just keep at it. Even if you’re struggling right now, eventually things will “click” if you don’t give up. Every day, do something, even if it’s not perfect. Just do something in the direction of your goals. Eventually you will get there.
Here are some recent photos from the last few weeks from walks and hikes I took. I hope you enjoy!
and last but not least, here's pics of a young buck who's been hanging around on my property with his doe and their baby fawn, and one of his mate, the doe. I haven't gotten a good picture of the mother and baby together yet - mama is very skittish. But the buck is very calm, doesn't mind me at all. I've almost been able to walk up to him.
I am particularly pleased with my progress as it is my birthday next week on the 10th, and one of my goals was to lose more weight and lower my BP and cholesterol by my birthday! So very happy about that success too! I will have a lot to celebrate this week!