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6 month progress report

Thursday, August 01, 2013

How am I feeling?

Healthy. Even with the remnant of a sprained ankle! I'm so much stronger than I was. Now I get up and down from even low chairs and couches quite easily. Actually bruised my husband because he isn't used to me popping up so quickly and I hit him with my head a week ago!

I've gone from being able to swim for 15 minutes to being able to swim for an hour (maybe longer, but I don't have the time to find out). It built leg, back, core, and arm strength. Now when I go for a long walk, I'm still slow, but my leg muscles and knees don't ache anymore. I've taken swimming lessons so that I can do the crawl, which is adding cardio to my swim. In two weeks, I intend to start climbing stairs (won't hurt the knees, as long as I take the elevator down).

Weight.
It's a bit hard to tell how much I've dropped, as I didn't weigh myself for the first month and now the scale at home is many pounds lighter than the one at WeightWatchers! Based on the scale at home, I weighed 332 when I first got on the scale, which makes me suspect that I might have been about 345 when I started. now it is showing me at 295. The WW scale has me at 321 (started 4 weeks ago at 329). Either way, the numbers are moving in the right direction. And I've done the healthy food management in stages.

-My first action was to start bringing exact change for my twice daily trips to the Tim Horton's in my workplace. Tea with milk, no sugar is fine. The morning cinnamon bun and the afternoon cream donut, not so much...
-I stopped buying cookies and chocolate on my weekly grocery shop. If it is there, I eat it. If it isn't, then I have to make an effort to get to it. I didn't say I couldn't have them, just threw up a barrier to getting them.
-I decided to have only 2 course when we went out for dinner, not 3. So sometimes I had appy and main, other times main and dessert, and even appy and dessert.
-I bought lots of fruit that was easy to eat to have at home. Sure, strawberries in winter were pricey, but my grocery bill was still smaller when I cut out the junk food.

I dropped 30 pounds (on my home scale) in 3 months and then plateaued. I tried to track food on Spark People, but didn't do it with any regularity. I was losing maybe 1-2 pounds a month and saw a notice for WW meetings in my work place. No excuse not to go and I knew I'd bea bit more accountable to a group of people than to myself. Yeah, I know it's silly, but it's true! I'm not perfect at it, but I'd say I track about 80% of the time (which probably means 70%, in reality)! Anyway, the scale is moving a bit faster, but still at a healthy rate, as I don't want to drop more than 2 pounds a week on average over a month.

More changes.
-Ordering in. My husband and I both work long hours and then we workout. On workout days we were getting home, looking at each other, and then ordering pizza (cheapest delivery meal). So I was seeing 3-4 pizza boxes a week in the recycle bin! A couple of weeks ago, I asked for his support...I bought a bunch of PC Blue meals for the freezer and now, when neither one of has the energy to cook, I make a salad and microwave meals. It's not as good as a home-cooked meal, but it's a lot better than pizza 3-4 times a week. Pizza is now a Sunday night treat instead of our go-to meal.

Deciding what is really important. Because there isn't enough time in the day...if I'm going to increase the length of my workout, then I need to drop doing something else. I've chosen housework! So the floor is a bit dirty and the cat hair gets a few extra days to accumulate. So what? It makes the times when we do clean look even more sparkling. Maybe we'll get a cleaner in once a week to take care of the major stuff...or put the money in our vacation jar and live with a bit more mess. Right now, we are planning a trip to Italy next year, and I want to be fit enough to spend a week walking from town to town along the Italian coast (it's quite hilly on this tour).
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  • EVILKLOWN
    You're doing so well.
    2873 days ago
  • JUSTYNA7
    emoticon Fantasitic changes! This is a great blog report. I found walking in the water to be a life changer for me. I can read a book (despite the gawkers) and just walk, back and forth. It has helped my knees and I have found even 10 minutes is enough to have no pain. I used to find the drive throughs to be killers for me and so I stopped having change in my car at all. I think exact change for what you want is a great idea for stopping impulse eating. Also I am TRYING to have an extend bar in my purse all the time (great for my diabetes) as they really keep me full and stabilize my blood sugars if I am active because I get those panic feelings where I need to eat ANYTHING and usually don't make a good choice. Good for you!
    2881 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/2/2013 10:44:31 AM
  • KML410
    Congratulations for moving in the right direction. Swimming is such a great exercise you do get a great workout. Stay strong!
    2881 days ago
  • CHANGE4FIT
    I just want to say....and for everything else there's MasterCard! What a great blog. Thank you for sharing your victories and battles!
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    2882 days ago
  • MIMOTOGO
    What a great blog! Sounds like you have a plan and it's working. Great idea about the meals after workouts. It's so true, if it's in the house, we eat it! It has to be a clean and safe environment. Keep up the great work! So glad your back on track! emoticon
    2882 days ago
  • HEALTHY4LIFE360
    Sounds like you are on the right path - you recognize the things you need to change and you have been successful!! emoticon
    2882 days ago
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