My daughter has been working on eating healthier, losing weight, and getting fit. I would love to also, but up to now have only half jumped on the wagon. But with the rest of my life falling nicely into place, I have decided that it is time to really kick it into high gear. Since we moved, I have been way more active than I’ve been in years. I have accomplished more than I did in 7 years at my old place. I went from sitting in front of the computer almost every waking moment to moving and doing. We started taking walks, I rode a bike for the first time in over 5 years, I mowed a lawn (which I hadn’t done since I was a teen). We are walking, doing, moving, and shaking. But that isn’t enough. I’ve got to get organized with it. I’ve got to start taking stock of what I am eating, drinking, and doing. It’s time to get on the right track.
So, today, for the first time in er…. a long time? I stepped on a scale. The good news is – I haven’t gained any weight in 7 years. That’s a relief. But, the fact is – I haven’t lost any weight in 7 years. Sigh. I turned 45 a month or so ago. I’m very obese, I smoke, and I eat wrong – all the time. Now, I am sure that many people don’t believe me when I say I don’t over eat. When someone is morbidly obese (can you believe they call it that???) people look at them like they are sneaking in the closet to stuff Big Macs into their face, or sneaking out in the middle of the night for donuts. The truth is – I don’t. I don’t eat a ton of junk. But, I don’t eat as healthy as I can. My diet usually consists of a ton of coffee, with cream and sugar, and maybe one meal a day. Usually whatever I make for the family. Now, granted – it’s usually a big meal. But it’s the only meal I eat. There are so many people who say if you reduce your calories – you will lose weight. Wellll, yes and no. I don’t even eat 1800 calories a day. But, what I do eat is in one lump. My metabolism is crap, my exercise is crap, and my habits are crap. So, truth is – I don’t eat fast food, I don’t eat candy, cake, donuts, etc. But I also don’t eat in ways that kick my metabolism into gear. I don’t exercise enough. And I don’t pay attention to my health.
So, you may ask yourself what I am doing about it. I’m so glad you asked that question. I’ve got a plan. I’ve gone techie. I’ve got a smart phone (love this thing), I’ve got a computer, and I’m armed with a scale in the kitchen. When looking at fitness, I learned a cool thing from my daughter – there’s an app for that lol. I’m including links to the sites, which will show you the apps too, that I’m going to be tracking myself with. We’ve worked out an awesome schedule that I am really excited about. It goes something like this –
Monday – 30 minutes biking
Tuesday – 30 minutes walking
Wednesday – 30 minutes biking
Thursday – 30 minutes walking
Friday – 30 minutes biking
Saturday – 30 minutes walking
Sunday – rest
Now, that’s not the only things I’m going to be doing, and I’ll be sure to keep a log of all my activities. I want to lose 2 pounds a week. One of the sites/apps allows me to log everything I eat into it. I want to make healthier choices in my foods, but more importantly – I want to eat more than once a day. I want to stick to at least 3 meals a day, with at least one healthy snack somewhere in there. A biggie for me is going to be my drinking problem. Wait, wait, wait. It’s not what you think. I’m not a closet alcoholic. My problem is sugary drinks – soda, coffee with tons of cream and sugar, kool aid, etc. I need to make healthier drink choices. I’m not against water. In fact, I do pretty good with my water intake already. But, it’s more than just drinking enough water, it’s cutting out all the bad drinks too. So, making healthier choices is going to involve breaking a lot of bad habits and replacing them with good ones. Also keeping an eye on portion control. I am amazed at how many people have no clue what that is. In America especially, we have been told for so long to super size it, we have no idea what a healthy portion of anything is. Bigger is better, right? No. A healthy meal is not even close to the portions we are served in most restaurants. We are over served everywhere we go. Including in our own kitchens.
While I’m not intending to become a health food freak (no insult to anyone intended!). I just want to make better choices in my life and make changes I can live with. Because dieting, at least for me, does not work. Sacrificing things I love in favor of bean sprouts and tofu are not my idea of a way of life I can live with. I can, however, put back that second slice of bread for a healthier choice. I can switch sugary coffee for flavored water. I can take less potatoes and more veggies. That’s the kinds of choices I want to make. But most importantly – I can move. I can shake it and bake it outside. I can get my groove on and take the weight off. But more importantly, for anyone who has followed this blog at all, I can rejoin life. I can step out into the sun and start living. Onward and upward.