Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Walking, and Another Good Day

Today when I came home from shopping, my daughter had fallen asleep in her carseat. I parked, turned off the car, and just sat in the blessed silence, listening to her breathe. I decided to stay there for a few more minutes just to let her rest.

As I was sitting there, I noticed a neighbor coming out of her house. She is quite elderly, bent with age, and shuffles along at a snail's pace. I watched as she walked past, which took far longer than the average walker. I've seen this lady out walking a lot... in fact, I think she gets out at least once a day, maybe more often. Sometimes I pass her on the sidewalk when I go for my walks, breezing past with a friendly wave. And when I am on my way back home, sometimes I pass her again, and it seems she has only gone ten feet from where I passed her the first time.

Every day, there she is. Cold, hot, whatever. There she is, walking ever so slowly (and I do mean slowly) down the walk, to that stop sign that takes me under 4 minutes now but probably takes her 20 or more. Yet there she is. I don't know why she walks... whether it's for her health or to maintain mobility or just to enjoy being outside... she speaks little or no English so I'll probably never know. But she walks. And I thought, good heavens. If she gets out there and walks, why can't I?

So today when I was feeling rather whiny about the cold overcast whether and the chilling breeze and how tired I was and how I didn't feel like walking, I remembered how I'd watched her earlier today, her thin frame inching down the sidewalk in slow motion, and I got off my butt and walked.

Today was a very hectic day, and my lack of planning put me in a state of hunger for too much of the day, but I got through it.

Breakfast: Chai tea with skim milk & agave... and then I got a phone call about a school meeting for my young son, was on the phone for an hour and had to hang up and race out the door to my daughter's dance class. I put a scoop of whey protein in a shaker cup with ice water (50 calories) and drank that. I grabbed a string cheese and a few peanuts on the way out the door. And then the van wouldn't start. Dead battery... jump start... got to dance late.

Lunch: After dance we needed to go grocery shopping (out of milk etc) so we shopped for an hour. I was famished by this point. I bought some Thai curry flavored cashews and ate a few in the car. Had to get my daughter to a doctor's appointment 20 minutes away, so I went through McD's, got her some chicken nuggets & milk and got myself a sugar free, nonfat iced coffee. I figured I'd just get by with that and the nuts until I got home.

Snack: The doctor was an hour late. Then had to wait while he wrote prescriptions. Then a 20 minute ride home. When I got home at 3:45, I was DYING of hunger. I made an egg over easy (cooked in Pam) and 2 Morningstar Farms low fat sausage links and a cup of green tea. Boy did that hit the spot! I immediately felt better.

Snack2: I was a little hungry still, so I had a small bowl of low fat yogurt with almonds. Then I was ready for that walk. It was yucky and cold out so I took a less windy route but I think I did get close to a mile in.

Dinner: The plan for dinner (soon) is a lean ground turkey burger with romaine, olives, light mayo, mustard, dill pickles. I'll have some kind of veggie with it. Maybe some nice hot tea later.

That's it... another overall good day. Feeling pretty good! This morning, scale said 230.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great day, good for you! I always pack food for the day when I am out so I am not tempted to get something unhealthy. I always make sure there is lots of fruit, a kashi bar, maybe kashi cereal and some skim milk (put it in plastic baggies in a tupperware), and maybe trail mix with roasted unsalted cashews, dried pineapple, dried mango, and toasted coconut and I have been doing really well. I don't even go near the donuts at work anymore. I love your blog btw.

My Big Fat Super Super Obese Blog said...

Kudos to you for making good choices even though you were on the go. Loved the story about the little old lady. I'm guessing she's a lot like my grandfather...she doesn't get much exercise anymore so she continues with that walk just to make sure she doesn't wind up in a chair or something. My grandfather walks laps inside his house :( He has COPD and emphysema so he can only walk short distances at a time.

spunkysuzi said...

I'm impressed that you made the most of a pretty busy day :) Way to go Lyn

Heather @ The Fatty Cake Girls Club said...

I love that you were able to find inspiration in your own front yard today. I'm glad you were able to keep that inspiration even as your hectic day wore on. I'm sorry about the dead battery. You're food is interesting ot me. It seems like you eat healthy food and actually enjoy it. LOL! That's encouraging to me. Keep up the hard work. I look forward to your posts.

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Anonymous said...

wohoooo!!!!!!!!! it's so dang nice to see how GREAT you are doing. no more binging. absolutely GREAT job lyn. you are doing awesome, compared to your past tough times. can't stop saying it enough, i am so glad you are doing great, gives me hope and ur a great example of how ppl can beat their eating disorders and deal with life. i've said great one too many times, but i really mean it.

cindy

Anonymous said...

Thought I'd check in and I'm glad I did! Your image of your walking neighbor is a treasure. Thanks for sharing it, and your observations of life in general.

Marie

Rachel said...

What an amazing neighbor you have - what a great lesson. Congrats on the food day!

Jules said...

I just want to say great job for getting out there and walking even though it sounds like every part of you was screaming no, you persevered and walked anyways. i too have those days and sometimes I don't listen and feel great after my walk.
My grandma is like your neighbor. i think older people who always were fit and still are "capable" do what they can no matter how hard and can really teach all us younger folk something if we paid attention. :)
I agree with anonymous though. I have the same problem ALOT that you had today... Thinking I'll only be gone for a short while i'll get the chance to eat before I get hungry and then it all falls apart. I used to stop and get something in the way of fast food or come home and shove the 1st thing I can find down my throat as I'm ready to be sick. The ONLY way I can stop this is by taking snacks when I leave. Since I'm doing WW I take a grapefruit or other low point options that's already been cut up as a last minute snack. Or I always have something for my daughter and since she's been getting healthier snacks since I changed my eating habits... i grab something from hers to tide me over. It's hard to plan ahead, so instead I just act like it will fall part and take something in case. If I don't eat it. Great, if I do... no biggie. I already had it built into my points. :)
Anyhow... Just thought I'd share :) I love reading your blog. It inspires me every day to look deeper into myself and to keep on track. :)

ArleneWKW said...

Lack of planning can sabotage the best of intentions. I'm glad it didn't to so for you. There is a walking old lady in my neighborhood too, though she keeps up a good steady pace. I admire her for her consistency (as opposed to my on again off again dance).

moonduster said...

You're doing great and the scale is showing it!

Karyn said...

Sounds like a terrific day! Good for you to not succumb to hunger while you were out!

Jeanne said...

WOW...what a day you had!!! I've had days like that and they can be hell!!! I TRY (emphasis on TRY) to keep a small cooler in my van for days like this. In the morning I can throw in some grapes, an apple, a cup of 2% cottage cheese, a yogurt. Sometimes I will even make a turkey roll up on a whole wheat tortilla and throw that in there. I think it's SMARTER to eat throughout the day and we shouldn't allow ourselves to become famished.

All in all, I think you did a GREAT job under some awful circumstances!

((hugs))
Jeanne

Dawn said...

Way to go! Sounds like you are making great progress. Not that the scale is the end all /be all, but it must be kind of exciting and motivating to be 15 lbs away from your low? I think you are doing wonderful. Keep it up!

Tina said...

Those kinds of days are SO hard but you did it! You should feel so proud!!

GastricGirl said...

It's great getting the lesson you got from your neighbor.. Sometimes it's the smallest things that give you the push you need!

Laurie
http://www.gastricgirl.com

Lyn said...

Dawn~

Yeah! It's great being so much closer to my old low weigh. I want to reach it and surpass it by my birthday this summer :)

Ria said...

Great, great, great! You are just blowing through the 230s and I just know you are going to be at a new low by the summer. You're a real inspiration!

Stacy said...

Good for you for getting that walk in! Now that the weather in my area is getting a bit warmer, I've been taking more walks outside with my baby. It's so nice to get out of the house.

jules4422 said...

Lyn - congrats on making it through a crazy day! I've found myself challenged lately with what to do when I get too hungry. Sometimes it's just not in my sphere of control to keep that from happening -- and I need to be armed with the right thoughts to combat making bad food choices. You did a GREAT job of that throughout your busy day!!

antgirl said...

What a great spin on perspective your neighbor is. We all need those reminders.