Fat to Fit at 59

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

Day 79—Comfortable In Our Skin February 2, 2010

Gabourey Sidibe, Oscar nominee for "Precious"

I came home from the barn this morning just as Anne Hathaway and (someone) were announcing the Oscar nominees on GMA.

First, let me say that I’m disappointed that “Precious” never came to my hometown and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to catch the movie on DVD. So I have nothing to base my admiration on except for the couple of times I’ve seen 26-year-old Gabourey Sidibe in brief interviews. But I find her so charming and down to earth. And even though she’s heavy, she emits an aura of being comfortable in her skin. I like that. And I can’t wait to see the movie.

Have you seen it? Tell us what you think!

Oh BTW, my exercise routine today consisted of 1 hr 45 minutes of stall cleaning and hay hefting. Hope to get to the strength training routine in a bit…

 

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 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 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 30—Frenemy Day, Again December 15, 2009

Meet my worst best friend.

OK, here it is again. Well actually, yesterday was officially weigh-in day. I think my subconscious said, “Aw, let her go another day. She just might squeak out another tenth of a pound or so.”

I’ll admit, I haven’t made the pound progress I’d hoped for. But I have made the personal perception progress. As I look in the mirror, the donut (ok spare tire) around my middle is miniscule compared to 30 days ago. Sitting here at my computer, I don’t feel stuffed into my jeans. So I feel highly encouraged. Even enthusiastic!

Here goes…..

Wt.       Fat         Water

Today  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 28—Handy Candy December 13, 2009

Always keep snack-size foods you like on hand for snack attacks!

No, I don’t really mean candy—I mean it’s important to have healthy options ready to eat so I don’t opt for something high-cal or high-fat in sheer eating desperation.

Some ideas:

1. Wash and cut up bite-sized pieces of vegetables, and store them in ziplock sandwich bags in your refrigerator crisper bin.

2. Stock healthy snacks such as raisins and other dried fruits, nuts, cheese, pretzels and reduced-fat crackers—things you can grab on the go.

3. It’s great to buy meat in family-size packages to save money—just divide into serving- or recipe-size packages (ziplock bags work great!) when you get home, and pop them in the freezer or fridge for quick access. I freeze chops, steaks and chicken breasts individually, and ground beef in one-pound packages.

4. Dried beans can take forever to cook (but are so nutritious), so why not cook a large batch and package in smaller portions to freeze for later. They’re much quicker to thaw than to cook.

5. Spend a few hours on the weekend cooking up components—rice, beans, chopped chicken breasts, veggies, etc.—that you can select from to create different dishes each day.

It’s all about access. Suggestions?  😉