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Thursday, October 02, 2008

It's been a long time since my last blog!

August

I traveled to my grandma's funeral in August and spent some time with my extended family - many of who I haven't seen in a decade (or two). It was an eye-opening experience to see how the gene pool is so clearly reflected in my family. We have genes for tall, short, lanky, and "beefy" -- for lack of a better word.

Some of us got one gene, some got two - but it was amazing to look at the family and see "grandpa" and "grandma" so clearly in each face and body type. I am a "grandpa" - tall, large-boned, and it's easy to carry a lot of extra weight with this build. I can fight to be active and thinner . . . but I can never be the lanky body type I see in other family members.

That said, I definitely want to age more gracefully - and I can do that simply by dropping more of this weight. I don't want my body to give out because it can no longer support my extra weight. And if I work hard to stay active, I'll stay stronger and (hopefully) not succumb to spinal fractures and the resulting poor posture.


September

After a couple of very painful walks/elliptical runs, I finally made an appointment with my sports medicine doctor. He recommended 6 weeks of physical therapy to get my kneecaps back into alignment. I spent my September doing two-a-day knee exercises to strengthen my inner quads. I was restricted from walking and running, so I did a bit of pool work - but mostly just focused on my knee exercises.

I also struggled through yet another sinus infection. My last CT scan showed evidence of "sinus disease" so I took another run of antibiotics (which make me feel icky and exhausted) . . . only to find that I didn't feel much different after I finished them. So goes the story of my life; I do my best to treat the symptoms that I have, but go on with my life because I may never be back to "normal."


Getting Back on Track

I've done a great job of maintaining my weight. I haven't lost much since March! But at least my body is happy to stay within a 5-pound range - so I don't have to re-lose any pounds. But I do need to kick my activity into gear so I can start losing again. I've spent far too long at this 35-pound milestone!

I should "graduate" from therapy on Tuesday, and hopefully get the OK to resume my cardio work (along with another 6 weeks of on-my-own PT). And with the cooler weather I'm more inclined to get outside and walk after work. My goal for October is to get 1000 minutes of cardio time -- that's about 30 minutes a day -- an achievable goal if stay focused.

So, as the year wanes and I look back at what I've accomplished in the last 9 months, I wonder where I might be had I worked a bit harder. Still, I'm happy with the fact that I lost 10% of my body weight this year (not an insignificant amount according to the medical experts) and I have changed my life style for the better. I eat 5-7 servings of fresh produce most days, I always get at least 8 cups of water, and I truly look forward to my gym workouts. Overall, I'm in a much better place than I was last year at this time. And I intend to keep improving!
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  • BABYFACE26
    You are doing great! Slow and steady wins the race - in the sense that, you are less likely to gain it back, when u lose it gradually....that being said, its wonderful that u have a sports medicine dr. to see and help u with knee problems - I don't know how old you are, but I am almost 59 and it is only in past couple of years that I have seen the negative effects of too much weight on the musculature and joints!!! Joint degeneration and the pain of arthritis, is something to avoid as much as possible - Oh yeah, for great exercise,
    that is only 10 minutes (thats right, 10 min. only) there is Coach Nicole and her 10 min. cardio exercise - I do an easier version, no hopping - and I add my own "punching" moves, and turning from side to side, twisting my waist... gotta whittle down those love handles.
    Can't wait to say Bye bye to Those!!! I am very short waisted so thats a major problem.
    ....unlike you, I am small boned. Ironically enough, my natural body-type is petite!
    4211 days ago
  • BLUESTARMOM
    You are doing fantastic. It's so important to focus on the positives, like you are doing. And once you get your knees healthy, you'll be able to do more. Look how committed you are- you managed to keep from gaining despite not being able to get a lot of exercise in. Keep it up!
    4246 days ago
  • DAVENPLK
    You are definitely an inspiration!!! Life isn't easy, and losing weight is always a struggle. You should be proud that you are now 35 pounds lighter, and you are still maintaining that weight loss. You are doing great!!!! Let me know how I can help you to be more successful.

    Linda
    4253 days ago
  • BUDVIOLETROSE
    The fact you can say you are in a better place this year is an enormous accomplishment. Give yourself a big hug. Just think how great next year can be!
    4255 days ago
  • LAB-LOVER
    You're doing great -- and you should be proud of what you've been able to do! We all travel this journey differently... but the most important point is to keep the goal in sight. Sounds like you're doing a great job on that front.
    -LL
    4256 days ago
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