Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 84—Super Bowl Stress February 7, 2010

Would you call me a wet blanket if I told you not to get too excited about the Super Bowl?

I’ll admit it. I don’t get the excitement about the Super Bowl. I guess what I should really say is, I don’t get football. I never have. But that doesn’t mean I begrudge you or anyone else the privilege of The Mother Of All Football Celebrations.

I don’t even begrudge you the traditional calorie- and fat-laden football-game foods (think chili-cheese nachos smothered in sour cream…artery-clogging bratwurst and hot dogs in gigantic enriched-white-flour buns; gooey, creamy dips dripping off of oily, salty chips; peanuts and pretzels (hey, how did those get into the picture? They’re even kinda healthy!).

What I do begrudge you is the chance of getting so worked up about the game that you do what people in several sports-spectator studies have done: suffered from acute cardiac episodes.

After all, I like you. I want you around so I can enjoy you. So do me a favor: When the game gets so unnerving that you find yourself (for whatever reason, pro or con) jumping up and down screaming, take a breath. Don’t invest your life in the outcome.

To read an article that contains specifics, visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_news_detail.asp?health_day=635738 .

 

Day 71—Cabo Cruise? January 25, 2010

This looks sooooo appealing at this point in January!

My daughters think I should go on a cruise when I get the check from the sale of my house. I’ll admit, it’s totally tempting! Warm ocean breezes, nothing to do but sun, swim and shop (is there a man-store on board?? LOL).

Then, reality sets in. To totally enjoy myself, I’d have to bake in the sun. And to bake in the sun, I’d have to wear a swimsuit. And to wear a swimsuit … well, we all know what that‘d entail.

So what are my resources? I found this New YOU Bootcamp Workout series on Sparkpeople.com. It may be last year’s workout, but it looks do-able. What do you think? Are you in? Check it out and let me know. Can we co-commit?

Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1075 .

 

Day 46-Pledge To Purge December 31, 2009

Ta-da! The new and improved recipe binder

It took a day and a half, but here it is–my newly re-typed family-favorites recipe binder. Not only are all the pages encased in protective plastic, but all the pages contain useful information.

I trashed all the recipes that I snipped from magazines in hope of “someday” putting them to use. From now on, they don’t make it into the binder unless they’re tried and true.

I love de-cluttering! It makes me feel good. The less “stuff” I have to wade through to get to what I need, the more time I have to do the things I want (exercise, work, play, eat, sleep, serve)!

So here’s the pledge for the day:

“I, (insert name), do hereby pledge to make each moment more relevant and useful in pursuing my personal goals. To that end, I will pare down and avoid accumulating all unnecessary junk that costs me time and/or work without adequate ROI (return on investment).”

I started this post with the intention of celebrating my accomplishment, not making a New Year’s resolution. But it seems that somewhere in my subconscious, it was called for! So there it is.

 

Day 43–Return To Reality December 28, 2009

Time to back away from the buffet table and rein in the repast.

After a week’s diet-song of mainly kolachies, thumb prints, snicker doodles, fudge, truffles, mint and caramel chocolates,  huge hunks of prime roast beast, potatoes (at least four varieties), a delicious hot turkey-cranberry salad encased in wreath-shaped crescent roll dough, eggs, french toast and pancakes, I hear the sound of screeching brakes.

The sound is bittersweet. I looovvvve all those things–and some of them are even quite healthy–but I realize that I’ve WAAAYYY overshot my calorie budget for the week (or is that for the month?).

So here we are, now that I’m home: back into the comfortable, predictable groove of more-healthy eating and more-conscious food choices.

I started today off with cream of wheat, skim milk, OJ, and a slice of whole wheat toast with a light buttering. Now I need to work on jump-starting my exercise routine, and trying out the awesome monitor my kids gave me (When there are grandkids around to have fun with, it’s hard to think about hitting the exercise trail!)

So even though Christmas is wonderful, there’s something equally wonderful about getting back home and in control of my “program,” if you will.

Oh yes, the weight report? Yesterday I weighed in at 194, body fat 31.5% and body water 43%. Ouch. I feel it in my waistband. Now I’m off to the grocery to restock my fruits and veggies! Ta-ta for now…

 

Day 18—Havin’ fun December 3, 2009

My fun times with Sandi sometimes include stamping projects. This is one of hers.

Today I’m taking the day off to go to my friend Sandi’s work Christmas party (us Single Adults are used to being each other’s “dates”).   🙂

Sandi is such an upbeat and cheerful person; she’s a joy to be around and I always have a great time with her—even when we’re commiserating about one thing or another (read: havin’ a pity party).

We both love stamping and occasionally get together to make cards. She’s so talented and makes the cutest cards! I always keep them when she gives me one—they’re frequently the inspiration for my own creations.

It’s important for us to have some fun once in a while. And with all our commitments, it can be so hard to fit in. But be sure to make time for fun!

‘Til tomorrow—you know the drill—stay confident and resolute!

 

Day 14—Laughter really IS the best medicine November 29, 2009

Finley McDougall O'Rice: the source of our Friday-night laughter

It’s really true: Laughter IS good for you. According to a University of Maryland School of Medicine study, blood vessels of laughers are healthier than those who don’t laugh as much. (See http://www.umm.edu/features/laughter.htm for details.)

According to researchers, mental stress (eg, lack of laughter) impairs our blood vessel linings. The resulting inflammation leads to fat and cholesterol buildup in our coronary arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.

I say, look for humor at every opportunity. Our source on Friday night was my dog Finley’s pie escapade (see yesterday’s post for details). Other than being concerned about how the equivalent of an entire pie could affect his health and our air quality, how could I be upset with a face like his?

So when you say LOL, mean it! Your heart will thank you!