Sunday, April 1, 2012

Working for Change

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!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Way to go Lyn! So delighted to hear of your progress and the payoffs.
m/b

Redfizz said...

Yeah! I pound dropped is a pound gone! You're doing great. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

*2 thumbs up*

Jane said...

Happy April! I just decided today that April is going to be a new me month - and I am going to track my food (my biggest downfall is food!) We can do this! I love new months and new starts!

Anonymous said...

You're an example to all of us. thank you for continuing to inspire.
Lee

violinista said...

I am SOOOO excited for you, Lyn! I hope you didn't take my comments on exercising the wrong way. We know you're trying and not each day can be perfect--but this post is very exciting!

Leslie said...

YES!!!!!!!!!

Elaine said...

That is SUCH great news!!! a one-pound loss on a sustainable diet/exercise regimen is much better than a Medifast diet, isn't it? You can keep doing this!

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Yvette said...

I like your quote, "I put my heart into it."
That's what I'm going to do for my workouts!

susan said...

It sounds like your life is becoming more and more balanced. Thanks for always sharing your journey with us in an honest way ... it encourages me (and I'm sure many others).
I hope you continue to feel better and better!!

Jamie Mckay said...

I like your comment about the weather. I don't let the weather stop me because I think that's just another excuse we all use. I started running in the middle of January when it was snowing and -25 C. I don't know what that is in F but it's really cold. But the great thing about it was that I started exercising despite the weather and ended up finishing my first half marathon that year....while weighing 270lbs. I working on my second for 2012. So, we can do anything we decide to do, even walk in the rain :))))

Anonymous said...

Not everyone is religious and if someone wants to like The Easter bunny they can. Seriously. :)

Anonymous said...

Lyn,Lyn,Lyn...
Truly, you have the eating down. You know what works for you and you like healthy food. It's the exercise you need to work on in order to drop pounds, and you're succeeding. Please work on exercise and keep your diet the same. You're food looks good. :-)
Best,
S

Anonymous said...

very good progress. to help with night time hunger: keep protein up for dinner [meaning don't shoot your protein budget too early in the day] and then:

if hungry:
light cheese stick
spoonful of nut butter
nonfat yogurt with smidgen jam

grains are tough for me: one cracker leads to many crackers.

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