Getting "the ball" rolling is critical for me. Once I have an investment to protect, it makes staying strong a bit easier. This week's plan is simple - two achievable baby steps:
#1 - no-carb (lose that water weight and see immediate progress)
#2 10 min. of daily activity above & beyond dog walking.
I dusted off my In-motion mini-elliptical, placed it in front of the tv. The diameter of the stride is pretty small which feels more challenging to me than full-size ellipticals. I only went 5 min. and next time 6 min. Yesterday I led 25 min of chair exercise at the assisted living where I volunteer. Today I followed Coach Nicole's Seated 10 min cardio. I am intentionally taking baby steps and alternating several types of activities. Am very conscious of the toll this extra weight is taking on my feet, knees, and hips. I need to lighten the load in time for longer walks in spring. I've also made up a "mini" routine for floor work - my body feels very stiff.
A request... I have been searching for some healthy eating & fitness blogs both on SP and elsewhere that target my demographic - women over 55. They are few and far between. Many fitness blogs involve running (not an option for my knees.) Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
Am transitioning from the perpetual of Phoenix, AZ, where the sky always seems to be blue and the thermometer was topping out slightly above average in the 80's, to the single digit day here in upstate NY. There's a bit of mental disconnect going on here. The thermometer is climbing but walking in snow with an umbrella??? Seriously???
Quite frankly, it was sheer joy to take daily walks while in AZ- unencumbered by multiple layers of clothing while "duck walking" to stay upright on ice. Spent the rest of my hours as caregiver for my aunt. She just returned home after several falls followed by months of operations and rehab with a new hip. Tedious? yes but rewarding as she made daily progress. Am especially thankful for her tenacity and strength. She turns 89 this coming week .
Was pleased to see the scale inched down another pound. But I'm already feeling the return of a tendency to cocoon. Fortunately, I have another trip on the horizon. Ahhhh... the joys of retirement and having family all over the map. Now if winter would just cooperate and quit throwing storms at my next destination...
Been struggling to stay on top of things. Was not 100%.
On the up side... finished the 10 min./day challenge. Have increased my walking distance little bit by little bit over the past two weeks. Ditto - my plank time is increasing. Will be updating my playlists today. Headed for a week in AZ to be caregiver for my aunt (just coming home after hip-replacement. My pet/house-sitter will be on duty in snowland.) Am taking bathing suit and my sneakers.
Am down 6 lbs from New Year's. I'll take it.
My plan: went back to no carbs until I head west. Just to control the struggle. Put Coach Steve on hold as well. Not doing me any good if I'm not compliant. Will re-start when I get home. Am looking forward to walking outside in the sunshine and getting in heated pool. Will be eating healthy but not tracking until return.
... and I'm making a meal plan. Lots of appealing SP recipes plus a few from another fav of mine - Hungry Girl. Having things ready and not letting myself get hungry will be put into the plan.
Am struggling since I came off two weeks of no carbs. I lost pounds and fluid but wasn't feeling so great. Since I am a sugar/carb "addict", it was so much easier but I don't see it as a lifelong way of eating.
Am dipping into the arsenal of tips & tricks. Will keep trying and know that I will happen on what works for me. Skipped a few sessions with Coach Steve so that's on my list for today as well.
The single-digit temps and double-digit wind chill have finally turned into "walking weather!" Pup and I are going to enjoy some longer walks!
Day #10 of fatloser Want to know the "big secret"??? mental toughness.
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I slipped. it was a piece, followed by another, of apple pie. To be honest, the first couple of bites tasted so good (when will I practice the three-bite method?!!) After that it was so sickly sweet but I finished it anyway.
I fell. Unfortunately that opened Pandora's box, and as Steve warned one little slip leads to another and it becomes even harder to get back on track.
I'm back. I'm sucking it up - not beating myself up. The plan for tomorrow: bumping up to an additional mile with my indoor walking; going to measure and journal every bite; focus on eating less and finally, amgoing to get a double dose of Steve by listening to Day #11 right now!