Day 1 - Stress, Fatigue, and the Ongoing Struggle to be Healthy

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So I've been working on my health for the past 6 months. I was doing well when I was riding my bike to work and home, about 20 miles. I did that three days a week, and tried to get another 40 miles in each week for a weekly goal of 100 miles. I was able to lose weight without severely restricting my calories, which was helpful. It also gave me time with my friend who rode with me, so it didn't feel so much like "exercise".

Then it got to cold and snowy to ride, and I've stalled. Now the weight is dependent on the calories I take in, and it's fluctuated more than it should.

I would love to buy in to all the "tricks" such as high fat/zero carbs, weight loss medications and supplements, or even just the "ten minutes a day" exercise. The problem is, none of those work. If they did, we would all be size 0-8.

It still breaks down to a basic equation - calories in vs calories out. Right now, I'm concentrating on calories in. My exercise goal, such as it is, is more to force myself to carve out the time and energy to do /something/ while I figure out how to get my rear moving again.

For now, my motivation is vanity and fear. Vanity, because I can't stand looking at pictures of myself. I want to feel sexy again (despite being the mother of two and working all hours in a high-stress job ;) ). And fear, because I see the long-term effects of obesity on older adults, every day.

One day at a time.
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