Thursday, April 17, 2014
It's 8:56 PM, it's raining, my foot hurts, I already exercised for 60 minutes -
BUT I am going out walking
DAY 106 of my 10,000 Step Streak!
Edit - 10:15 PM I got in another 7,000 steps. DGS was walking with me and we talked along the way. I told him I need to walk 10,000 steps a day to remain in an 'active' lifestyle otherwise I would be in a 'sedentary' lifestyle. I am grateful for the companionship of family and friends, who are active and join with me in walking, hiking, biking, swimming, etc. I hope I am a positive influence on them too!
Sunday, April 06, 2014
April 2014 My DGS, DH and my dog Kali
June 2007 My little friend and my dog Kali
I was looking at one of my Spark pictures taken almost 7 years ago. I was walking on a trail when I took a picture of my little friend and my dog. It was a trail I knew, and over the years I got to know it very well as I walked longer, further, faster and more often.
Now I live far from away and have many others trails. I am learning where the various twists and turns will take me. Over the years something wonderful happened along the way, I became the person I wanted to be. I am happier, healthier and have an active lifestyle; with a stronger body, a positive attitude, so I encourage others to get out and walk with me.
On my Spark Page years ago I wrote -
This is Lynn - I want an active lifestyle with the energy and enthusiasm to join others in doing fun things - horseback ride, river tube, canoe, sing karaoke, hike mountains, dog walk, golf, learn carpentry, play cards, have dinner parties, travel and make new friends.
I am doing many of these things now!
Yesterday hubby and I took our 26 month old grandson out walking in the forest to the ocean view point near our house. For me that was 5,300 steps round trip. For his short little legs, it was probably 12,500. He is a strong little hiker and really enjoyed all the interesting things to see and touch. This was my second forest walk with him, so he is officially one of my walking buddies.
Tuesday we will be in Bellingham, WA to buy a bike rack and attend an REI Store class - Planning Your Overnight Bicycle Tour. It still seems like a dream that I have the strength and interest to do it. That is what becoming healthier has done for me - the option of doing these things because I am strong.
April 5, 2014 Spring 5% 8 Week Challenge (56 Days) - My Goals
Yesterday I crunched the numbers and finalized my plans -
Starting Weight 208.8
Ending Weight 198.4
Lose 10.4 pounds in 8 weeks (May 31, 2014)
Calorie range 1,490 - 1,840
Calories Burned Weekly Goal 3400
Body Mass Index Obese 34.7 Target for Challenge 33.0. Need to get below 179 pounds to be 'Over weight'
Hip to Waist Ratio .88 Apple Shape - Estimated Health Risk - High, need to get to .85 and below to improve the risk to moderate! That's 6" off the waist and 6" off the hips. These numbers motivates me more than than weigh ins.
Day 96 of 10,000 Steps Streak
Exercise 60 minutes daily, and eat between 1,490 - 1,840 calories a day, and I will lose 10.4 pounds in 8 weeks.
For 56 days of the Challenge - I will exercise daily for a minimum of 60 minutes. I will alternate between The Full Plate Diet and South Beach Diet. Watch the calories and portion sizes! On my Team page I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. As I have time I will check in with my team and leave a comment on the Discussion Board, and read and comment on blogs.
I have new things to accomplish - having a healthier Body Mass Index and Hip to Waist Ratio.
I am living the happily ever after now, as I work towards my new goals.
Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal... Earl Nightingale
Thursday, April 03, 2014
I watched an online beginners’ kettlebell exercise video and thought it seemed easy enough, so I bought a 5 pounder to get started. It is easy to follow and I enjoyed doing it. I was surprised how easy! I am happy to have this as one of my home strength training exercises. In a month I will assess how I am doing and find another video to increase the intensity or increase the weight or both.
10,000 Steps Streak & Plantar fasciitis update. Today the pain is the worst ever. Right now I am icing my foot (rolling on a frozen water bottle) and had 2 ibuprofen. I was scheduled to work on a project with 2 others and had to bail on them. Hopefully I will be ok to walk later today and keep up my 10,000 step streak.
I got $15 Walmart foot cups the other day. They did the job a couple of years ago, and I healed in 3 weeks. Yesterday I was busy all day and went out to a women's club dinner. I did not get out to walk till 10:45 PM. I wanted to speed up my steps, and did some running. What was I thinking???? I have to admit I am too fat to run, my feet cannot take it! Hopefully I will be ok to walk later today and keep my streak 10,000 step streak going, Day 92 . Hmm... I do have a recumbent biked that I should dust off and try.
Tuesday I walked in the park near my house and realized I live less than 2,500 steps from an ocean view. There are several trails that lead there, and the trails are not well marked so it may take a few walks to determine the most direct way route. I really want to know how long it takes me to walk to the view point and to know how many steps (love fitbit).
Pickleball - 2 of my friends joined pickle ball, so I am motivated to learn the game too. It's quite social and we can chat while we sit between our matches.
Kitchen Crazy - I was laughing at myself. I cook less often and for fewer people, yet I started buying new small electric kitchen appliances. In the last couple of years I got -
1. professional kitchen aid mixer & grinder attachment
2. vegetable steamer
3. rice cooker
5. food processor
6. immersible blender
7. frying pan
8. corn popper
For years I used
9. coffee maker
12. hand mixer
14. knife sharpener
So with all these, I just saw a new must have small appliance
Why do we get the small kitchen appliances?
Clean eating - few processed foods
Have more time to cook from scratch
Did a kitchen renovation and have space to store them
We both cook
Like to entertain and do it with ease
Like to try new recipes with new ways to prepare food
Some appliances more energy efficient than stove
Maintain an interest in cooking
Hopefully no tears when chopping onions
Better results with the griddle for making bread substitutes (Dukan)
I have never used a food processor and plan on using it to make vegetable soup. There is a WW pie crust recipe with butter and cottage cheese for another day. I have never made a pie crust.
Each day I am learning and trying new things to to stay happy and healthy, and a blessing my family.
“I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.” - Art Williams.
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