Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Update: Eating and Biking

Today as I was walking on the pool treadmill for what may be the last time (unless insurance approves more visits), I made a decision. This decision isn't based on anything but my own personal inspiration and desire to be able to move freely again; it's the simple decision that I am going to make my biking a priority. I haven't done that lately; I bike here and there, when I feel like it, if something 'good' is on TV, if I am on the mood. But because of the discomfort of biking and the lack of energy I have after months of inactivity, I am more likely to put it off and not get to it more than once or twice a week. As I was walking, something in me remembered that awesome feeling I used to have when I was biking 5 or 6 days a week... the strength in my legs, the increased endurance, the elevated mood. You know I have never been a huge fan of exercise; I'd rather mow a lawn or rake leaves or do some other lifestyle activity to get my movement in. But I can't always do those things now, and I miss it. I *can* bike, so, I decided, I will. Even if it's only 15 minutes a day, I will bike. I don't want to lose the bit of fitness that returned when I started pool walking, so whether more PT visits are approved or not, biking is now a priority.

As far as food goes, this week I've been doing pretty well. I've been more careful about carbs and sugar and salt. I've been eating 5 or 6 times a day (3 meals, 2-3 100 calorie snacks). A company sent me a box of frozen vegan meals to try; some of them are super high in carbs, so I've had to modify by not eating the grains or only eating half a portion and adding my own vegetables. I've been eating those once or twice a day and will review them in a day or two. The rest of my diet this week has been simple: black decaf coffee, chicken sausage with Egg Beaters and light cheese, tuna salad, nuts (in moderation), Wonderslim and Medifast meals, and the occasional sugar free decaf Americano with cream. I am not tracking calories (yet) but I feel better this week, less bloated, and happier. Oh, and I did go shopping for jeans, too. When I went to the dressing room to try them on, I took a stack that included a size 16, several size 18's, and a size 20 (all in women's sizes). I wasn't sure which of these would fit me, but I was betting on the 18's. As I've said, my poor old battered size 16's finally gave up the ghost last week, and they've been a bit tight. The other size 16's in my drawer are still too tight. Well, fit varies by brand for sure, because I was shocked when the size 16 Lee jeans fit me perfectly. I went ahead and tried on the 18's and they were all too gappy and big. Whew... I am really glad about that. I am going to buy another pair later this week but two should be enough, since I have some 16's in the drawer that are going to fit me again soon. In the past, biking really reduced my lower half measurements quickly, and I believe it will have the same effect this time.

I am very thankful for my therapists, who worked with me and have helped me SO much to build up my endurance and range of motion and reduce my pain. I am thankful for the doctor and the new medication he prescribed that is also helping. I only got a two month prescription, so I am hoping when the prescription is gone the pain will also stay gone. I am having pain in my feet at about a 4 out of 10 most days now... tolerable and I am able to do so much more. I still can't walk the dogs a mile or stay on my feet for long periods, but hopefully that will come. It feels like spring, I have new hope and I am working to create the life I want to have.


raisingcasey said...

I am curious if you have considered weight watchers before? It seems as though eliminating certain food groups tends to trigger binges. Perhaps if you allowed yourself all things, with portioning and moderation you could achieve more balance with food.

Lyn said...


I tried Weight Watchers a long time ago (Points) but only went to 2 meetings before I gave up. So I can't say I gave it a fair try. I did save the materials and tried it again on my own later, but didn't like the additional obsession of figuring up all the points in everything I cooked.

I think for some people, eating everything in moderation works well. For others, like myself, some foods are triggering. Usually, if I eat one Oreo, I want more. A LOT more. I find it hard to stop. So it's easier for me not to eat Oreos at all. I've felt healthiest on whole, local foods.

Steelers6 said...

Biking sounds like a great plan! Go Lyn!
Wishing you a splendid week.

Jack Sh*t, Gettin Fit said...

Hope springs eternal.

Keep up the great work, Lyn. You got this!