Week 32 - 2018 was a great year on improving my health
Sunday, December 30, 2018
I didn't start this year with a plan to change my life. I was overweight (if I used BMI as an indicator I would be classified as Obese), but I was happy and didn't think about trying to lose weight. I was walking 5 days a week at least 3 miles. It wasn't until my 5th month before I stopped and said I can do better.
So in late May I decided to try to lose 20 pounds.
I have logged onto SP for years and it has helped me in the past, but if I was going to do this, I knew I would have to go back to basics. It was a slow process but it was a steady process. I logged my food pretty much every day. I started a streak to keep my exercise going every day, instead of 5 days a week. The first few months I exercised, walked, biked, or swam about 100 minutes a day. The weight came off. Not all at once but 1-2 pounds a week.
After a few months I scaled back on my exercise. I still kept my 30 minutes of exercise going and have a streak going in excess of 225 days. So I do about 100-120 minutes 5 days a week, and on Saturday and Sunday I'm relax and do at least 30 minutes. Now 100 minutes of exercise seems like a lot. But I spread it out over the day. I normally do a walk with my husband in the morning and that usually 60 minutes. I will then bike in the evening while reading a book. Summer days it was easy just walking to the local pool and walking in the water catching up with the neighbors.
So after 32 weeks I am down 30 pounds and a new year is approaching. So what will 2019 mean. I turn 60 in almost 5 months. I plan to continue with my exercise program keeping my 30 minute exercise streak going for as long as I can. 3 days ago I added 20 pushups in the morning and 20 more at night. Having very little upper body strength, I am hoping that this will help me increase my strength in my arms and shoulders as well as tighten up those triceps that get so loose as we age.
Have a very happy and safe New Year. Decide to make small changes that can help turn into big changes over time.