Hi Spark Friends,
It has been quite awhile since I did a blog. Unfortunately, I have gained 7 lbs in the last 2 months. A lot has been going on and I do tend to be an emotional eater and I really need to address this problem. I had pulled a muscle in the back of my leg in my water aerobics class, working at the max but after walking on it for a month, my ankle surgeon told me I had injured my achilles tendon and this is on the same ankle that I am to have surgery on October 9th so I am wearing a knee high boot for 3 weeks.
I am starting my 3rd week and I shall see the surgeon on August 1 so we shall see how I make out at this visit. I have made up my mind NO EXCUSES!
Needless to say I was disgusted and I decided that I was not going to let this get me down.
Since I am not doing my water aerobics, I decided that I need a new plan, an alternative and I have decided to do my stretching exercises in the bed before I get up and then I sat on the side of the bed and did upper body exercises with 3 lb weights. This all took me 10 minutes so I had done 10 minutes of exercise before I even got out of the bed. YEA! I am starting slowly as I am always ready to take it on full speed ahead and right now that is not the best choice for me since the doctor does not want me on my feet anymore then I need to be.
I am going to do 3 Sparkpeople videos that are seated exercises each day and space them through the day. Exercise is where I am falling short so this needs to change. My 5% Summer Challenge started today so I am ready and willing and able (as best I can) to start the Challenge!
I just realized come August that I will be on Sparkpeople for 3 years. I have made many friends and I have gotten a lot of support. I truly value my relationships on Spark. I have not gotten very far with my weight loss but that is about to change. I am really getting tired of doing this over and over and at the same time I think that this is just ridiculous. I just need to DO IT! I will be 71 years old on August 5th so I really cannot keep putting this off now can I! I presently weigh 220 lbs and my first goal weight is 160 lbs.
First, I have not had a weight issue as a child or adult until I retired from nursing 8 years ago. As I have said before you really play around with this. Its like lets see what can I eat and still try and stay the course? I refer to it as one foot in the water and one foot out. Its like being thin most of my life, then one day you look in the mirror and still see yourself thin even though your not and then all of a sudden one day you see your reflection in a store window and you say "who is that" and low and behold "its me". Its is time to do SOMETHING! We have all been here haven't we?
So, again I have a new plan and I am going to do this one minute, one hour and one day at a time. For now while wearing the boot I am going to do the 3 Spark videos daily in a chair. I belong to the Chair Exercise Team which has many, many resources for us. It can be as little as a 10 minute video but 3 a day. I always track my food so that is not difficult for me.
I am going to stay positive and my mantra will be "you can do it". I have a saying that I keep on my desk and it goes like this "Don't Count the Day Done Until You Have Made the Day Count". Its great advice by annonymous. lol I read the Spark blogs of my friends and members who have lost weight and they are very helpful and motivating for me. I want to make sure that I do at least one thing each day to help me reach my goals and live a healthy lifestyle. I have my goals written in a journal and I am writing down what I am going to do to reach my goals. Right now my 5% weight loss goal on the Summer Challenge is 11 pounds and that is my focus. I have set myself a goal of 2 lbs a week and our challenge is for 6 weeks and I am going to reach my goal!
As far as my diet, I tend to lean toward lower carb but around 100 Grams or less a day, I am working on this too. I need to increase my veggies and fruits daily. Right now I eat about 2-3 servings and I want to increase this to 5 or more servings a day. I do eat protein at each meal so that is not an issue for me. I do not buy snacks, potato chips, ice cream or I will not stop at one serving so this is another issue that needs addressed. So I am ready to do this and I WILL reach my goal.
Thank you Spark friends for putting up with me going in circles at times, its like treading water.....around and around we go. I can do it and YOU can do it as OTHERS have done it and so can we with DETERMINATION, FOCUS, FAITH IN OURSELVES and by not getting OFF-TRACK. My Spark friends are the BEST! If we support one another we WILL reach our goals, we may all take different paths but we will get there. THANK YOU Spark friends for being there for me!