Hi there. Long time, no blog.
I wait until I'm really itching to share. Guess today is the day
I've hit my 35th week of maintenance.
It CAN be done. (had to get the title in)
First, the numbers I'm so proud of... (no one around here wants to hear it, more on that later) I've lost 72 pounds since I started Sparking in March of 2006. My biggest inch lost has been my waist at 10 inches. I had a bona-fide "heart attack waist". And that pad of back fat is gone, gone, gone! Oh, and I'll be 64 in a few months
Now the exercise...I never bothered with it before. I simply restricted my calories, and looked at pounds lost as a victory until this last time I came back. I was mad when I came back.
Mostly at me for not taking care of myself. While I had not gained any weight during that last hiatus from Spark, (I've had at least a half dozen or more since '06) My bp, cholesterol, and depression were just spiraling. So I grabbed the bull by the horns, and really dove into the exercise this time. As soon as I started, I realized I had no muscle tone except for my calves and quads.
Tell you what, I sure had some work to do.
For both food and exercise I read, got on the internet, looked up terms, and compared articles on the same subject, never taking one as word, but many, to accommodate me. (key words accommodate and me) Dragged out the dumbbells from the past, bought a few more, dusted off the yoga mat, CD, and got a new pair of sneaks.
But it's been lonely.
My hubby is moderately overweight. He never was active outside of work before his heart attack, and is inactive now because he is scared of his a-fib, and did not do a scrap of cardiac rehab. His choice. But at least he is good about his eating, his weight has been the same for 5 years, and will get on the scale. But both son and daughter in law are well over 300 pounds each. They are in their early 40's.So...I really wanted to say, hey, kids, try this... but I did not know if it was my business, or if they knew what they were doing, and that right now they are at the age to get the best bang for their efforts. I was huge, over 225, when I was a teen. I know how sensitive I was about my weight, or hearing any weight related talk. That said, I went about my journey quietly, just letting my better half know part of the grocery budget will be mine, and I want 15-20 bucks every 2 months for my protein powder.
I do not have any friends, I have neighbors I see outside, or in the halls.... No one said anything. I knew there was a change in how I looked, how I carry myself now. Only after really feeling forlorn one day about 3 months ago, I had a talk with the hubs. He felt so bad. He said he knew I had lost some weight, and was exercising, but had no clue as to the strides I had made. I believe him. We live on top of each other, 24/7, so I can see that.
But I only see the kids once a month, and finally, sonny asked me a month ago if I had lost weight. He said his wife mentioned it to him. said, "Uuuh, yeaaa.... 37 pounds and holding since last July"
He said to not get too skinny. Then the next week, on a ride home from my doc's he told me he & dil going to a nutritionist.
I told him not to hesitate to share weight losses, gains and plateaus if they would like. This is the first time either one of them has ever attempted a structured weight loss program. I gave a few small bits of advice. I told him not to be discouraged, they did not gain the weight in a year, so set modest goals, and that if you slide off, don't give up, go and get back on, because practice makes perfect. Also I suggested they track their food here.
I cannot believe they were not asked to track. If for some reason I don't all day, before I go to bed, food gets tracked. Even if it goes all under one meal, my food goes down here!
Well, that's about it. It's been saved to blog, just like saving a photo to a sd card! I can move on from whatever it is that's been running around in my head like a hamster on a wheel, find a new subject for my walking meditation to chew on for a while.
If anyone read this, have a good weekend, and thanks for the time.