Physical, Emotional and Mental steps on my journey towards healthy living on every level

Monday, May 09, 2016

It's been a long time....

The past three years I have had my ups and downs. Mostly my weight going up. And now I am in worse shape than I have ever been. I weigh more than ever and am more sedentary than I have ever been. Last October I was going to the Y regularly (I had been doing that off and on for the past three years) and my back went out. Then we moved to Virginia where I live in two places ... and I really need to get a new Y membership. But since we moved I have basically worked myself -- practically to death. So today I am starting again. I'm working on 2 things: Counting carbs and increasing the number of steps I take each day. I'm going to record it here because nobody even knows I have this blog any more -- so it will just be a record for me. I look back on 2008 -- the year I lost 50 pounds and wish I could go back. I have gained about 80 pounds since then. For the sake of continuing to live, I need to make some serious changes: So today I had 121 net carbs. I walked 2600 steps. My average last month was 1700. My goal is to average 2200 for the next month. A bit at a time...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 3 of the Post Cardioversion Journey

14 minutes on the treadmill, 30 on the cross trainer. First six minutes on treadmill were pain free, last four almost unbearable. Just saying.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gluten Free and Back to the Y

SO my friend Kari gave me this Wheat Belly book and I started to read it and so I'm going to give it a whirl. If what the guy says is true, I should be feeling better. I'm not getting all freaky about it like checking ingredients in everything, but I am staying away from obvious wheat products, which, if you'll notice, is a great deal of the grocery store.

So yesterday I let myself have some little rice snacks in addition to my beef jerky and nuts and I had yogurt for breakfast. So far, I don't feel better at all.

Yesterday morning I was back at the YMCA. Could only stay on the treadmill for 10 minutes because of back pain -- but I know that if I stick with it that will go away in a few weeks. This morning I went twelve minutes, but it was still with a great deal of pain.

Four years ago I started my best and most healthy season in years. I lost 47 pounds in just 6 months and felt great. It's my hope I can do that again starting now. I know how to do it and I know that I can do it... now I just have to make myself do it.

Anyone else on a weight loss journey?

Monday, January 09, 2012


Another three pounds gone -- that's 9 in 3 weeks and I'm going strong....

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Back at the Y at Five this morning

Managed 14 minutes on the treadmill, ten without pain. Today I even added intervals. If you haven't ever worked out with intervals, you should do some research on it. Apparently the way that they work means you burn 30% more calories and it your metabolism is affected for 12 hours after the workout. Not to mention the extra endorphins!

Intervals just means that you get your heart rate up to a high point and then let it go back again. The way I do it is every three minutes I spend one of those minutes going at a difficult pace and the other recovering. ideally it should be the other way around -- and I'll get to that, but for now I'm pleased I'm even able to get on the treadmill.

How's everyone else doing?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Small Slow Victories

One of my big goals over the next few weeks is to get rid of my lower back pain. It comes and goes and is triggered by lack of exercise and weighing more. When I get to a certain weight it stops hurting. I'm not at that weight right now but I really want to get there before I fly to Seattle in 3 weeks. I'm about 12 pounds off, so I might not quite get there, but already I see improvements.

Because this was my specific goal, I decided to start tracking how long I could walk without pain. The first day back on the treadmill I walked for seven minutes and the whole entire 7 minutes were horribly painful. However, today I walked 13 minutes and eleven of those were pain free. This is only my 8th day back at the gym and I've only lost 5 pounds, but it is amazing how much progress I've made!

I'm excited -- and happy to see Brenda is joining me. Anyone else?

Monday, January 02, 2012

Back at it...

Well, here we go again. Back in September I started feeling icky and stopped going to the Y altogether and of course, by mid October, I had gained all but four of the pounds back that I had lost in the first part of 2011. I was angry with myself and thus ate even more....

But the first week of November I took a plane trip and walking in the airports nearly killed me because of back pain. I didn't have another flight scheduled til the end of January, so I set a modest goal of losing 20 pounds by then. I went back to the YMCA once that next week and could barely walk back to the van after I was done. The next day it was discovered that I was in "A-fib" and even though the doctor told me that I could exercise, it made me nervous.

I tried to cut out some bad eating habits, and by last MOnday had lost two. This past week I was back at the YMCA taking very small steps. I started at only 7 minutes on the treadmill and increased a minute a day. This week I'm trying to increase my speed a bit. I lost three more pounds!

I know how to lose weight. I've done it before. There are no miracles. My Lap Band Surgery was so easy to cheat it didn't help. The bottom line is that I have to eat less, eat the right things, and exercise. it pretty much sucks that that is the only way to lose weight for me... but it is.

So, here we go again. Anybody want to join me?