Happy April! It really feels like spring now, doesn't it? I am so looking forward to Easter next weekend. I just love the magic of the Easter bunny (for the one child of mine who still believes) and the fun of an Easter egg hunt with colorful eggs and baskets. This week we will dye eggs, and next week there will be lots of egg salad on the menu. Spring is *just* what I needed to boost my mood and energy!
The other thing I needed was exercise. This week I pushed it farther than I have in months... maybe years? and as a result I feel so much better. I am already seeing the benefits of the physical therapy exercises I do three days a week; my legs and knees feel so much more stable. It's a very good return for a 60 minute per week investment! I also upped my walking to 2 miles most days and the pup thanked me for that. Sometimes we walk with my little girl to the park and have a picnic (with nuts and veggies for my snack) and play on the playground. I even walked in the rain this week, which is big for me. I am a real baby about bad weather, preferring to sit inside with a cup of tea rather than go out and get cold and wet. But it was fun, and I'm not going to let a little rain stop me from getting fit. And then there's the biking (on my indoor recumbent); I rode 15 minutes per session this week, 6 days/week. I put my heart into it and go about 3.5 miles in that 15 minutes and my legs are feeling it! No injuries to the knees or feet so far, so this coming week I will be aiming for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. I am going to try to do two 15-minute sessions (morning and evening) and see if that feels better to me also. I said in the beginning of this year that this would be the year I become the fittest I have ever been; that's still my goal. My house is slowly getting set up with two workout areas; my son helped me hook up an old TV in front of my bike yesterday, and I got out all my hand weights and cleared a spot in my bedroom for upper body work.
The eating is still a work in progress, but I am fine tuning my menus every week. I was trying to eat 1200 calories a day but often end up ravenous in the evening and ate things like Triscuit whole wheat crackers and low fat cheese, or too many nuts, or a helping of leftovers from dinner. This week I am going to up my intake a little in the daytime and stick with the "100 calories after dinner" rule. That means if I get hungry before bedtime I can have a snack that is no more than 100 calories. I am also getting serious about eliminating wheat and grains this week. I think my headaches *are* carb or grain related; according to my notes, I get migraines the day after eating higher carbs (usually grains and sometimes beans or lentils).
This morning the scale said 216 pounds. That's a one-pound loss this week. It doesn't seem like much but every tick downwards as I figure this out is a victory to me. And I am also going by how I feel. I felt better this week than I have in a long time. And now, with the exercise firmly in place and increasing, I do believe the scale will keep going down, even if it's slowly.
Today's plans: dig through all my clothes and sort out everything that fits (which won't be much). Then, stack up anything that is *close* to fitting and put those things where I can see them. And the rest... the things that are way too tight... will go into a storage tub for later. I'll go out and pick up one or two things that fit me now... just one or two inexpensive things... and then work very hard to get into the stuff that used to fit me a few months ago.
Have a great, active, joyful spring weekend!
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