I'm about 3 weeks into the diet and exercise routine (I started in a mid week, so it's more like 2 1/2 weeks).
After checking out a lot of options for dieting, and seeing what methods of losing weight others were embarking on - New Year's resolutions in full swing around here - I decided to watch calories, use a touch of food combining whenever possible, and to increase my activity slowly.
My entire department at work has begun similar regimes, with each of us trying different diets. The only thing in common is that we all have added about 3 hours of slow walking to our day (the fact that all of a sudden our jobs are requiring this extra activity was the fortunate catalyst for that!). We are helping each other to be accountable and we have one "diet nazi" who shrieks whenever she sees one of us partaking in an unhealthy foodstuff. It provides comic relief and allows us to restate our diet goals, how we are justifying the intake and, sometimes, we re-evaluate the snake or meal.
One of our techie co-workers found a great free app called Lose It! that is available on Android and iPhone. A few of us (including me) are using this app and others have bought small calorie pocket calculators, pedometers, and calorie count books. It is interesting seeing who is using what tools and why.
I'm loving the Lose It! app. It is handy and keeps me accountable. It set a reasonable goal of 1 1/2 pounds per week (I tried to set it for a two pound per week weight loss but it gave me a lecture). Of course, since I'm trying to lose more than 1 1/2 pounds per week, all I have to do is watch the goals and cut the intake a little further. I'm not watching carbs as part of the diet but I have noticed that in my decision making to keep my calorie count low, I'm naturally giving up carbs in favor of being able to eat more and still stay under my calorie goal.
A really nice feature of the app is that it allows me to look at the week as well as daily goals and reports my weekly calorie over/under stats. It will also track nutrition, although I don't really use it for that, I have also noticed that as I decrease my carbs (again only so I can consume more calories with additional food) I am also decreasing my sodium intake and fats. Wow.
I haven't done a weigh in yet but plan to this weekend. My slacks feel a little looser, but besides that, I have no real noticeable changes yet. I am having fun though which a change from the old days of dieting when I just felt hungry all of the time.
- Current Mood:awake
One of the final sketches:
- Current Mood:creative
This year, I've committed to following through on my resolutions publicly via this journal. To be honest (and I am a realist), I was curious if I would abandon the journal first or the weight loss/art goals first. The order of abandonment, the degree of engagement, these things I contemplated.
So immediately after posting I felt a great need to sleep. For hours and hours and hours. Even now, the desire to procrastinate by pleading lethargy is pulling at me.
And I haven't even started on the goal to create a work of art each week. So tomorrow I work on putting together a "schedule" laying out the time allotments for tasks. I don't expect that I will be able to rigidly adhere to the schedule but it is once again an attempt to put into existence evidence of my commitment.
Tomorrow I also commit to laying out the basics of the "diet" I intend to implement and timelines for goals.
On a positive note, I did get up from my marathon of sleep to dance to some music for about two songs the first night. That's a small improvement. It was about 5 minutes of exercise.Today at work I also put intention into a little holiday office cleaning and put in a good solid 5 minutes of walking as I completed tasks. I'm not liking how tired I was after each of the exertions but it does remind me why I'm doing this in the first place. Those activities should not have tired me out physically (muscle fatigue set in immediately after the tasks) as much as they did.
So, the following need to be established:
1). Schedule showing time commitments to work on goals
2). Basic set of "rules" for caloric intake (eating)
3). Definitive plan for physical exercise
How are you doing with your resolutions?
- Current Mood:blah
I've dieted before but I was much younger then. It was easier then, because frankly, everything is easier when you're young. What I do remember well is that all the dieting in the world is not going to help if you don't exercise as well.
So I did a little googling to see how little I could get away with doing and still begin the journey of weight loss. The first result brought great sadness. According to a Huffingtonpost article from August. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/17/9-g
The only saving grace is that upon further review I'm not considered to be in the “older people” group chronologically. However, combined with how sedentary I've been, it would be fair to say that I am with them in spirit and body.
I can embrace the recommendation of 5 minutes of exercise three times a week to begin. My thinking is that at least it would get me to schedule time for a workout. Working up to 20 minutes per session is also an attainable goal which is really important to me right now. More important than the ultimate goal, in fact.
Types of exercise suggested include: walking (brrr cold outside so maybe not), rowing (seriously?), body-weight training (where your body is the weight - definite possibility), swimming (up there with rowing on the hells no list), weight training (I've always enjoyed that), water exercises (I think you may be noticing this thing I have about water, so no...), group classes (don't have the wardrobe or the money for that), and cardio (just as soon as the asthma is under control).
So that left me: body-weight training, weight training, and maybe indoor walking. If I count stretching as a sort of half-hearted yoga that gets me four possible activities. None of which require me to purchase over-sized beach balls or giant rubber bands. I wonder if the “stop the insanity” crowd is still loosing weight by hyperventilating?
Balls. It's a place to start but I think I'll do some more research. I want to make sure that what I commit to I will actually follow through with. And this sounds boring so far. Any suggestions?
- Current Mood:for my old body
1). Diet and exercise: after a health scare this year I got some amazing news about my overall health. Other than being fat, I'm in really good shape. I have asthma to deal with again and I'm basically lazy about sticking to diets and an exercise regimen but I have the appropriate foundation to work with. I'm not looking to get back down to the 103 I was when I was 26 (yikes how unhealthy was that!), 40 pounds would make me ecstatic and is definitely attainable if my old anorexic self recalls correctly.
2). Art: I'm tired of talking about artists, posting about artists, promoting artists, selling artwork, exhibiting artwork. This year I'm creating artwork and, maybe, selling artwork. Gonna live up to the Tucson Artist label. Or die trying (no dying, honestly, just trying).
So here's my commitment, or rather ARE my commitmentS:
A. Research and find an appropriate diet and exercise routine for a 52 year old woman whose primary exercise routine is currently walking from the house to the truck, from the truck to work, from work to the truck and then from the truck to the house. I'll share my research, my decisions, and the whole nasty diet including the progress and results.
B. Commit to a "painting" a week. You thought I was going to say a painting a day? Ya, that's not going to happen lol... And by painting I mean a work of art I create and decide if and when it's finished (so I can cheat a little if I want). I will work my way up to a legitimate finished work of art within a few months if you can put up with my feeble beginning attempts.
For now, I'm going to watch the rest of Modern Family's Christmas show while I contemplate what I've committed to.
- Current Mood:energetic
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