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Healthy For Life – Week 42

I bought a new pair of jeans this week. I’d like to have waited for a little more weight loss but my older ones were way too big and it was starting to look a bit terrible. In fairness, they are super-stretchy but still what I bought is 5 sizes smaller than what I went into the store with. So even if the stretch adds 1-2 sizes, I am certainly moving in the right direction. So that makes me happy.

So this week’s weigh-in was a bit off. The Wii Fit broke and then worked again the next day so I am not sure how much to trust the results and I am not relying on them. I finally bought a digital scale so I will use that from now on when it comes. It does appear that I am not losing weight as much. Which is ok except that I am struggling with the snacks. My meals are ok but the snacks are hard for me. I eat peanuts and fruit at the moment. And I need a wider variety.

I plan to focus on that for the next few weeks and also integrate chicken back into my diet too. It disappeared in the last few weeks and I think I need more protein in general. So there we are; another week of moving things forward.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 41

I put the nikeplus photo again because I just passed my 1,000th mile mark this week. Had you told me I would exercise for 1000 miles in one year I would have laughed at you. Had you told me I would have exercised for 1,000 miles in my lifetime I would have laughed at you. Had you told me I would wake up at 5:30am and immediately run for 2 miles, I would have laughed at you.

But here we are.

I’m still not doing excellent on the food. Mostly a chocolate problem but I am going to turn things around. I plan to be better about it because I work too hard to let stupid chocolate get in the way of progress. I am also not doing the situps still. That’s from sheer laziness. I am tired and whiny at the end of the day so I just postpone it. I need to focus on it more, I know.

And this week I had a slight gain. Slight enough to not be significant but I am certainly not losing and I really do wish I were. Even if very slowly. But alas, I am still being healthy and that’s what matters most.
and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 40

So I started running this week. I changed my exercise so it’s just running for two miles each morning. This meant that my exercise duration went from 45 minutes to 21. That’s quite a considerable change time-wise so while I am not enjoying the running, I do appreciate the time gained. I am proud that I have kept up with the running so far.

My plan is to add .1 miles each month like I did with the plan for 2011. This way before the end of next year, I’ll be running 5K a day. Let’s see if I can actually make it work.

I’ve been doing so-so on the food front. Nothing bad but also not amazingly good. I am snacking more than I’d like because I feel hungry often and while I am continuing the beans and peanuts, I’ve stopped buying the chicken so I am pretty sure I need more protein in my diet, too but I am too tired to figure it all out at the moment.

The weight loss is not moving forward as fast as I’d like but at least I am not regressing. At this point, I’ll take what I can get. Even if it takes me another year to lose the last 10 pounds I am ok with that.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 39

It appears I am still (very) slowly losing weight. Thankfully. I will admit that it fluctuates up and down all week and I know not to trust the Wii when the numbers are low. But I will still take what I can get. I understand that the last 10 lbs will take a long time and may never even come off. At least not without taking things up a few notches which I am not prepared to do at the moment. So there we go.

Tomorrow is the last day of my one year of exercise. I started on October 2, 2010 and if you told me then that I would be able to achieve this, I would have been very skeptical. I had absolutely no track record of bring able to keep up with any exercise routine at all. So even putting the weight-loss aside, I consider this to be a huge success for me. Life-altering success.

I’ve been thinking bout the exercise from here on out and I think I will try a few new things in the next few weeks. Maybe running for 2 miles which will keep calorie-burn similar but time will go down by half so it’s worth at least exploring. Though I will admit that the idea scares me a lot. I still feel dreadfully out of shape.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 38

Still working on everything here. I will admit that a few chocolate bars got in the way this week but I finally ate the last one yesterday and I refuse to buy any more chocolates. It’s obvious that I am unable to resist them when they are in the house and too lazy to buy them when they are not. So there shall be no more in the house and that’s that. Other than that I’ve been doing ok. Not as good as I would like but it’s been a rough week here so I am trying to cut myself some slack.

I am still getting up and exercising every morning at 5:30 and while it’s not super-easy, I am doing ok with it and it’s not tiring me as much as I worried it might. I like doing it while everyone’s sleeping and I have some good videos to watch and books to read so I am ok for now. I still don’t love the exercise of course. But I do it.

I’ve been thinking a bunch about next year and what I will do but I keep forcing my focus to come back to this year since I still have a few months in this year and I haven’t met my goal yet. I need to work on that first. Once I do, then I can worry about 2012. It’s best to focus on the now and be present so I can really meet my goal.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 37

Another little bit of loss this week. Not amazing but not bad. After weeks of going nowhere or gaining weight I am glad for any loss. Though I will admit that I am likely not going to make my goal this year but that’s ok. I’ve lost a lot of weight. I am much fitter and can walk, run, hike much farther than I ever have in my life. So that’s big.

Now that we’re back to school, I am getting up at 5:30 to exercise. I just prefer to get it done with before the hustle and bustle of breakfast and packing lunches starts. It’s hard but also nice to do it while the whole house is sleeping and quiet. I’ve completely stopped doing my situps and leg lifts for weeks now but I will restart. I just have been feeling too lazy. I am, however, still doing the incline on the treadmill.

Food’s been okay, too. I am still off the graham crackers and coffee. Still eating mostly whole foods. I’ve been eating chocolate and snacking a bit more than usual. Nothing horrible but also not that great. I just need to not wait until I am too hungry. Sometimes I get caught up in what I am doing and forget to eat and then I get famished and eat all the wrong things. But it’s all a work in progress.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 36

Well here we are. Finally some progress. At least a small amount. I must admit that while the numbers are what got me here, the thing that’s great about obsessing over the weight loss is that I finally did kick my last bad habit to the curb. No coffee, no graham crackers. For over two weeks now. Healthier and less processed food. Even if it wasn’t resulting in weight loss, I am thankful that I was able to take the plunge and walk away from both of them. I’d like to say I have so much more energy with all this exercise and healthy eating but there are so many things happening at the same time so it’s hard to tell if I am tired cause I am so stressed or if the exercise and nutrition isn’t doing anything for my energy levels.

The exercise is still going. Tonight we all did a 5K walk as a family so today I walked more than 9 miles total. Over 20,000 steps according to my fitbit. That’s more than I’ve ever done. I feel sore but proud and this 5K is along the baylands during the moonlight so it’s something I love doing with my family. Let’s just hope it won’t have a negative effect on tomorrow’s exercise. Either way, I am thankful that I did it.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life - Week 35

Even though I’ve lost no actual weight this week, I am feeling considerably more optimistic. I think that’s because I finally quit both coffee and the graham crackers. Even if they were not actually adding to my weight, they were both unhealthy to consume and I am grateful to be rid of them. I have made sort of a new routine with tea and peanuts and raisins. At least they are whole foods and have no added sugar or chemicals. With the exception of a slim bagel and cream cheese, I eat only whole foods all day long now. No chemicals for me. Everything I eat is also fresh with the exception of an Amy’s burrito which is vegan and gluten-free. So I would say my eating habits have gotten considerably healthier. Even if this doesn’t have a numerical effect on my body, it will definitely have an effect on my health.

The exercise is still going, too. I won’t lie; it’s been hard. Even though I do it, I have been dreading it and sometimes barely making it through. But I am still doing the incline and the 5K a day, etc. I am still taking walks, too. I took the week off from the sit-ups because my jaw was acting up badly and I wasn’t sure if it might be related but next week they’re coming back. So here we go. Onward.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 34

Well no change is still better than negative change I guess. I’ll take it. This week was a bit worse food-wise in that I made a few unwise choices. But nothing terrible and I am still off the coffee, though I am drinking a lot of tea. I imagine it’s not great for me but it’s helping me for now and it’s considerably more natural than the coffee I was drinking. At this point, the biggest not-whole food I am eating is the graham crackers. I will need to work on a plan to phase them out eventually.

The exercise is still continuing daily. And it is still really hard. I never want to do it but I always show up and do it any way. I an still doing the incline for one of the miles and I am trying to focus on my reading or the movies so I don’t feel the overwhelming desire to walk away. I will admit that I am thankful I’ve been able to do this for so many days consecutively without any injuries or problems. And that I haven’t ever been too sick to get on the treadmill. That’s all pretty amazing considering how long I’ve been doing this for.

And there we are. Another week. One step and then another. That’s what I keep telling myself. I just keep trying and it will work.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 33

Over two weeks into the new plan and I am finally showing some improvement. The wii tells me I lost 1.1 pounds this week. I am still above where I was in June but at least I am making progress in the right direction. So far so good. Let’s hope it stays this way.

The exercise is still continuing daily. I am doing an incline for a mile of it and continuing with the 3.12 miles daily. I will admit that it’s still pretty hard. Especially during the summer because the garage is so hot. But I just do it. Again and again, without fail.

I haven’t had coffee in a long time now, too. I have completely switched to tea. My plan over the next few weeks is to reduce the graham crackers as it’s one of the only non-whole things I am eating at this point. I am focusing on protein still with salads with chicken and bean burritos. Small steps of progress daily. That’s what it takes.

So on and on I go. I am truly hoping that I am back on the right path now. I have worked too hard to have this go awry now and I am determined to finish what I started.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 32

Well, this week’s not anything to be excited about but I am thankful that I have at least not gained any weight. I would like to see some better results after all the effort I’ve been putting in but I will be patient. I will see this through. Whatever it takes.

I’ve made quite a few changes in the last week or so. I have stopped drinking the coffee and drink tea instead. Also no more peanut butter and no snacking randomly. I’ve also started making sure I eat chicken and beans every day. And sometimes eggs. I try to make sure I am eating as much fresh food as I possibly can. The only other thing I really need to cut out is the graham crackers but we’re not there just yet. Soon.

I’ve changed the exercise around slightly as well. I now walk one of the three miles at a small incline. I plan to increase it slowly. I know this is not a big change but at this point all I feel comfortable with is small changes. I figure they are better than no changes.

One day at a time. That’s what I keep reminding myself.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.

Healthy For Life – Week 31

So here we are with another week of weight gain with no real reason. I have been trying to figure out what’s going on and I will admit that I am at a loss. I know there were comments that I should change up my exercise but that’s not feasible at the moment and to be honest, I am eating well enough that I should just be losing weight on food alone.

So not-losing is one thing and gaining weight is altogether another thing. I am truly flabbergasted and not sure what’s going on but I am not ready to give up. I have noticed that when I feel angry about this, it becomes counter-productive and I start going to the bad place where I eat cookies or bad food because it doesn’t matter any way.

But it does. It does matter. I have been trying to make more changes here. I am still doing sit-ups and leg lifts. I’ve added a slight incline for one of the three miles I workout daily. I’ve also made some changes in my food to have more protein and less processed food. I have been ravishingly hungry lately so that’s not helping but honestly, there’s absolutely no reason for this weight gain. So for now, I chug along. I will give these changes a few weeks and see if they pay off.

and here’s this week’s card:


Healthy for Life is a weekly project for 2011. You can read more about it here.