Fat to Fit at 59

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

Day 78—I think I might write about Procrastination—later February 1, 2010

With all you have to do, where is exercise on your to-do list? (Oh heck, I just realized that I typed in 2009 for the date above. Sorry!)

I don’t know about you, but the tasks on my daily to-do list always outnumber the lines available to record them on my calendar. So it’s easy to look at that long list and think (’cause you’ve recorded tasks as they came to you—not in priority order), OK, what do I want to cross off my list next?

What’s your answer? For me, the answer is usually: What can I get done fastest and with the least effort?

So we all know where that puts a 30-minute (or more) run on the list: wwaaaayyyy down at the bottom!

I propose putting exercise at the top of the list. Whether that means making a “starter list” and transposing that in priority order onto your “real” calendar, or physically numbering your entries in the order you intend to tackle them, or…whatever. Starting today, exercise is my #1 priority each day.

If you have more tips to keep from procrastinating to the point of omission, please share!

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Day 76—Half-Way Weigh-In January 30, 2010

It's drum roll day—again.

I’m amazed that I’ve already reached the half-way mark in my 150-day quest to lose 50 pounds. And it’s evident from the chart below that unless I do something drastic (does The Biggest Loser have an opening??),  I’m not going to be achieving that goal.

And yet, I’ve achieved other goals:

1. To be more aware of my health and fitness, and do more to be better to myself

2. To form a community of sorts to help and support each other

3. To give myself a daily writing fix

4. (I hope) to stir a chuckle or some other pleasant emotion in you

So thanks for reading, thanks for contributing and thanks for helping ME out. I’m not giving up (6.6 pounds is less than I’d hoped for, but it’s still loss)! Start that drum roll…

Weigh-in history:

Date    Weight    BodyFat  BodyH2O

Today       193         29.5      44

1/18/10     193        30.0%   43.0%

1/4/10     194        29.5%   43.5%

12/15      195.2      27.5     44.0

12/7        196.6     30.5     43.0

12/1        197.6      30        43.0

11/23      196.2      29        43.5

11/16      199.6       31        42.5

 

Day 72—Didja? Huh? Huh? Didja? January 26, 2010

Raise your hand if you checked out the program. Pat yourself on the back if you DID the program!

If you read Fat to Fit at 59 yesterday, you remember that I provided a link for a series of short daily exercise routines. They only require an exercise ball ($8-10 at WalMart), and hand weights are optional. (Hint: If you’d like to use weights but don’t have any, you can use canned fruits or vegetables, bottles of water…whatever.)

So who in the audience tried it out? I did routine #1 yesterday, and #2 this morning. Seriously, it was pretty painless!  😉 All you need is about 10 minutes and your ball. By the time you realize you’re exercising, you’re done!  😉

Combined with 30 minutes of cardio (walking or whatever you prefer) several times a week, this regimen will improve your endurance, strength and flexibility. Even if all you do is the routine without the cardio, you’ll feel better. And when you feel better about yourself, it’s easier to control those eating urges.

So start where you can. If five minutes is all you can commit to, then by all means, do the five minutes. And don’t feel guilty that you didn’t do more. It’s all about progress at your level of comfort. As you do a little, you’ll want to do even more. (Really!)

If you missed yesterday’s post, go to the box at right that reads “Where We’ve Been” and click to reveal January. All of January’s posts will come up. Or, just click on this link-replay: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1075 .

Until tomorrow…

 

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 65—Dealing With Disappointment January 19, 2010

How do you deal with disappointment?

For months my middle daughter has been waiting to hear where her next job assignment will be. She’s in an administrative training program with a large corporation that puts her into a different job category every 12-18 months, with the final phase being to earn her MBA.

Since June 2008 she’s been traveling to various department stores to monitor displays. Her next position will be managing a brand store. We’ve been hoping she’d get her first choice: Portland area. This morning she found out it’s not to be. No word as yet on where she will be going, but as a mom, I’d been looking forward to the possibility of having at least four of my five girls in the same time zone!

So the question is, how do we stay on track when we encounter the major disappointments in life? Not necessarily the “I broke my nail” stuff, although enough of those in quick succession can build into a major meltdown as well.

First I’ll get on my knees and ask for some comfort. And, I’m not much on crying, but that option’s looking pretty inviting. Other suggestions?

 

Day 57—Potluck? Good Luck January 11, 2010

What tips can you add to the list below?

I attended a monthly potluck yesterday. Naturally, the thought occurred to me, How do I keep on track when there are sooooo many scrumptious offerings to choose from?

Here are 6 strategies for avoiding potluck remorse:

1. Pre-eat. Before you go, eat a small amount so you’re not ravenous as you walk the potluck line.

2. Be the Goody Two Shoes. Take a healthy dish. Vegetables and healthy side dishes are always in short supply at potlucks—but much appreciated by those of us who are watching our weight.

3. Avoid the choose blues. Select the healthy versions: a whole wheat roll instead of white; the brown rice dish instead of the white… You do have options. Exercise them.

4. Exercise portion control. When so many options clamor to be sampled, try taking smaller (start with half a spoonful) samplings. You can always go back for a larger helping of a favorite.

5. Take your time. Savor the conversation and eat your meal slowly so your brain can keep up with your belly and register “FULL” before you’ve consumed everything on your plate.

6. Un-friend the Clean Plate Club. Once and for all, admit to yourself that the starving children will not be saved if you finish everything you’ve taken. But you might be saved if you don’t.

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! We can do this! And if you have tips to add, be sure to comment!  😉

 

Day 50—Post-Holiday Weigh-In January 4, 2010

One-third of the way to my target date. What's the scale sayin'?

OK, the holidays are over. The tree and decorations are down and put away. Life is back to normal (kinda—still waiting on job news…). And how did I do in the weight-loss quest? Surprisingly, better than I’d anticipated.

Food is my comfort. Food is my intrigue. Food is my part-time occupation. Sometimes, food is my friend. But sometimes, not so much. When there’s food around, I sometimes feel powerless to resist. Case in point: I’ve grazed on the bell-shaped red and green gum drops on my kitchen island for more than a week. That may sound like a lot of restraint on my part, but you don’t know how big the package was.  😉

So today I chucked what was left into the trash. Gum-drop liberation! And that was before the weigh-in.

The average person, they say, gains 6–8 pounds during the holidays. So I figure, if I lost 2.2 pounds since Thanksgiving, it’s like I actually lost 8–10 pounds! (It’s called “dieter’s logic”! Faulty? Perhaps.)

So roll the drums. Here we go—

Weigh-in history:

Date    Weight    BodyFat  BodyH2O

Today     194        29.5%   43.5%

12/15      195.2      27.5     44.0

12/7        196.6     30.5     43.0

12/1        197.6      30        43.0

11/23      196.2      29        43.5

11/16      199.6       31        42.5

This new week of the new year, it’s onward and downward (scale-wise, I mean!) From this point on it should be easier. I’ll let you know if that’s really true.

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute!