GINGER1OF16

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Re-committing.....ag
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Saturday, October 01, 2011

I have a doctor appointment coming up for my 6 month checkup. To that end I had blood work done ahead of time. I was fairly pleased with the results of all but one, a fasting blood sugar. A few years back I was told I am diabetic. Not wanting to go that route, I became more vigilant of what went into my mouth and in Jan 2010 I joined spark people, setting some weight loss goals in the process.

My family history is stacked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes and I am older than my parents were when they died. So for the first year of SP I was a good steward of my body, eating smart, tracking my food and walking on a reguar basis.

Then came Jan2011. There were a few family crisises this year and I allowed my exercise program to slack. Once it got away from me it was easy to keep putting it off with one excuse or another. (sound familiar?) Not that I was eating bad, because in that 1st year of vigilance I developed much better eating habits. The big difference, I do mean BIG, was the LACK OF WALKING or much of anything else that qualifies as "cardio".
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With the blood results came a reality check, a splash of ice water in my face, the reason I joined SP in the first place: to be around for grandkids and be able to keep up with them.
I don't want to take more medications and/or support the pharmaceutical companies, either.
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My "re-commttment": walk at least 4 days a week, do moderate exercises the other times, and keep eating smart. In April, God willing, I will turn 70. That is 6 months. In that time my goal is to lose 18#. That is 3# per month...very attainable if I stick to my program.

I am sharing this because I believe I will do better being accountable to you who I trust.

It is such an honor to witness the successes of you in my spark family. Many of you endure challenges beyond my comprehension, yet you persist toward your goals without whining.
Please know that my blog contains no whining, just the truth of what I am capable of.

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  • 1MANKNEY
    Recommitting Again--what a good idea! I was away from Spark for the summer as this year has been amazingly busy. Four weddings and a funeral so far and all out of state plus visits from 4 different kids and their families has kept us busy. This weekend we head for the final out of state wedding that we know of for this year. Life can be interesting.
    I wish you an early Happy Birthday. You don't look seventy, but then what does seventy look like? I am seventy three and don't think I look like what I thought seventy would look like. Let's stay around for a while and have more fun with the grandkids!

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    2970 days ago
  • HUNNNYBEE
    Ginger....I know you can do this!!!

    I'm right there with you, have some of the same issues, and will be thinking of you every step of the way!

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    3330 days ago
  • PMCOPPI10
    Ginger,

    See what a few frames of bowling will do to you?
    That bending and throwing the ball is a real eye opener.
    Especially, when Gwen asked us "who is older"...wow I need work.

    I am on board with you for the at least 4 days to walk.
    I want to live to be 70 too.
    thanks for showing me how....
    I love you,

    Patty
    3344 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon emoticon emoticon with the weather change I want to up my walking too so I'll join you sole~sisters and we can all be accountable to one another emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    3347 days ago
  • LAURAS14
    You go girl!! You are an inspiration to me (to others too, I'm sure, but I will speak for me :O). Cardio is my key. I thank God every morning that I have the heart and the health to do it daily. I know you will continue to shine in this journey!!!

    XXOO Laura
    3347 days ago
  • MARJIJANE
    *Hint* hint*???...*hint* hint*???......it means changing my shoes... making an effort...shaping my future... What would it take for me to change my ways???

    You pose that question perfectly, and you didn't even put that in your blog! Good food for thought...and (there's no calories in that bite!) I could use a bit of thought strengthening!

    RE commit... that is the key... SP has the tools and the support here is amazing! I am looking at using your example to step up my game...

    I will take it one day at a time... I will commit to walking more than I currently do... and stepping my food logging up to every day, even when it is not convenient for me to log on... now that my computer is back from the computer doctor, at least I can log in to a screen I can see! lol...(that tiny screen on my phone is disheartening, to say the least)

    Thank you for an eye opening blog...I love you!
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    3347 days ago
  • MOLLYBROWN55
    I'm so proud of you! Not only that, but I will commit to walking 4 days a week as well! I started my nutrition "anew" a few weeks ago. I'm tracking, measuring & weighing everything, as long as I can find a value!

    This Friday we are off to Oahu, Hawaii. There should be some good walking while we are there!
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    Comment edited on: 10/1/2011 8:18:16 PM
  • TEACHING1ST
    Oh, my gosh, Ginger...you're going to be 70? You look so much younger! Must be good genes in there somewhere, lol. Good for you having a new plan.

    I clicked on another post that I thought was you---and it wasn't but another person has the same idea. I am getting enough exercise but eating way too much.

    mary
    3347 days ago
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