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!

 

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 62—Brain Drain January 16, 2010

Sorry, but today I had an article to get done—or else! So my brain is tired and I’m taking the day off. Catch ya on the flip side!

But just to prove to myself I’m not a total slacker, here’s a quote that I should’ve read this morning!

“He, who every morning plans the
transactions of the day, and follows that
plan carries a thread that will guide him
through a labyrinth of the most busy life.”
– Victor Hugo

 

Day 59—Foresight January 13, 2010

Keep your plan on track by allowing for events where you might overeat.

Lots of events offer us opportunity to overeat: weddings, funerals, parties (Superbowl’s comin’!)—you get the picture. So how do we celebrate and still keep our calorie counts under control?

Simple: plan ahead. When we know our evening intake might overflow our calorie bucket (maybe calorie cup might be a better mental picture to use!), we can cut our pre-event calories to compensate.

So for breakfast, we could have cold cereal and skim milk—about 270 calories compared to 630 for 2 whole wheat pancakes with butter and syrup, and a glass of orange juice; or to the 840 calories in a 2-egg cheese omelet with three slices of bacon, a whole wheat bagel with butter and jam, and OJ. (Which is your typical breakfast fare?)

Then for lunch, half a cheese sandwich with a piece of fruit to compensate for the banana we cut from breakfast would add just 360 calories for a total of 630.

My daily (weight-loss level) goal is 1550 calories or less. So that leaves 920 for the big event.

Concentrating on the healthy and lower-cal items at the food fest will allow you to fill up without blowing your calorie budget.

It’s a piece of cake! (Oops! I meant that figuratively. But maybe just a little slice…)

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute!

 

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 37—Road trip treats December 22, 2009

Believe it or not, my dad had one of these—in dead-body pink—when I was a kid.

Road trips are a weight-watcher’s mine field. Even though I love the down time, scenery and photo ops, driving is so mindless and—dare I say it? boring, I look for anything to fill the void. Usually that’s food. Food in the form of (I hear a song coming on…)

Chips and brown ice cream and burgers and chicken. Candy and soda and stuff finger-lickin’. These are a few of my favorite things…

Darn those gas station/convenience stores and fast food joints!

Well, really, darn me, eh!? ‘Cause as the poem Invictus says, “I am the captain of my ship. I am the master of my soul.” So true.

So here’s what I’m packing (read: planning ahead to combat impulse eating) to take along:

  • Bottled water (for me and for Finley)
  • Boxed raisins
  • Cheese sandwiches on little cocktail rye breads (festive!)
  • Fruit
  • OK, OK, some of the little chocolates I was gifted. A girl’s gotta celebrate!

What’s in your treat bag?

’Til tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! Happy road trippin’!