I don’t have a clear plan or framework on which to build this blog. I just decided this morning, while I was exercising, to start a blog about losing weight and getting back into shape.
It’s been a long road to get to where I am right now. I started really putting weight on when my 3rd son was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999. I gave in to the stress and decided it didn’t matter. Depression was abundant back then and I figured that the only thing that really mattered was that I be a good mom to my kids. Isn’t that always the way though? No matter what the trigger, you just kind of start thinking that somehow, your own body is not the issue. I’m here to tell you, it matters. That kind of thinking got me up to 324 pounds. And at 324 pounds my body started trying to kill me.
I had to get my health back or I wouldn’t be sticking around much longer. My blood pressure was the main thing. I now take a pill each day and restrict my salt intake (A LOT) and the bp is under control, but until and unless I really take off the weight I’m not anywhere near healthy. I have already lost about 30 pounds. Half of it came off when I ditched the salt. The rest has been due to exercise.
I just re-read that last paragraph and realized that I have lost almost 10% of my entire weight. THAT’S MOTIVATING!
The exercise is Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone. Right now I’m just doing the 1 mile walk, and this week I’ve stepped it up (snort) from every other day, to every day. I hurt. I’m sore. But I just have to suck it up and do the exercise. It ain’t gonna get any better unless I keep pressing forward. In another week or two I’ll start doing the 2 mile walk. Right now I have the 1, 2, and 3 mile walks. Not sure if I should buy any others or not. I do know these 3 can get me out of the pit, and be a very good start down the right path (the walking jokes, they’re just begging for it!).
The next problem area is the food. (Always a catch, huh?) OUT are: sodas, candy, cake, ice cream, chips and fries. That’s all I’m willing to cut out right now. I’m going to be keeping the rest of my “normal” diet the same, only I’ll add more veggies and fruits.
I need to buy a good scale. Now that I’m under 300 pounds I have options in that department. Once I have a good scale I’ll start posting a regular weigh in. I also could start to look at weight loss goals. Like rate of loss and the ultimate goal weight. FUN! I don’t know yet if I want to keep a food diary or not. I would like to buy a treadmill. Don’t really know if that’s gonna happen, but I’d like it. Anybody wanna help me shop around for one?
I have noticed that my appetite has reduced since I started exercising. THAT has never happened to me before. Maybe it has more to do with my mind set than anything. It helps if I crochet more while ‘watching’ tv, instead of snacking. And the snacking will be apples and so forth instead of items from the OUT list.
Ok, well, it’s a start. I won’t promise I’ll post daily. More like once or twice a week. Who knows, maybe I’ll catch the blogging bug again and get back into a daily routine, but no promises. The focus is on losing weight and getting fit, not blogging.