Making Progress

New Lifestyle, New Me

Welcome to my lifestyle change progress page! Here you’ll find a few of my thoughts, some ideas, and stats on the progress that I’m making as I set out to change my health…

One step at a time.

The Goal

With 4 years of sobriety—and 4 months without a cigarette—can you guess where my tendency to be excessive has wandered off to? To my eating. Food is now my weakness. I’m not extremely active either. My goal is to weigh 160 by the time I hit 60. That means I have 54 pounds to lose, and a year and a half to do it.

Easy peasy? We shall see!

I’ll be keeping stats here… you know… that embarrassing stuff that needs to stay off the reader.

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March 24, 2020

I’m into Week Four now and I can’t believe how fast time flies! With COVID-19 causing chaos, making healthier food choices is hard—the shelves are empty.

I’m focusing on steps for this week and the next. I’m maintaining 5,500 steps per day and I’ve downloaded an app to remind me (every half hour) to drink water and take a five or ten minute walk. As for the water, apparently you should drink 1/2 to 1 oz. of water per pound that you weigh. My daily water goal for now is 106 ounces.

This week I’m going to do some research on why we need so much water, as well as the benefits of adding lemon to water.

March 16, 2020

It’s Week Three here and not much is happening. The 4 pounds that were lost during week one fluctuate; some days I’m close to my starting weight and other days I’m down 1-4 pounds. On average it appears I’m down 2-3 pounds, not the initial 4 that I had celebrated.

My diet has changed drastically, I’ve cut out the crud; like pop tarts, potato chips, soda, cookies, ice cream, etc. I’m eating (drinking) lots of fruit so I’m still taking in sweetness. My meal portions are still pretty large, but I’m not ready to tackle that yet. The main thing is: I still need to get my feet moving!

I’ve started using my step counter. The original goal was 10,000 per day, but I realized quickly that’s a lot of steps for someone who is at home so much! My daily average came in around 4,400. According to info I found, anything less than 5,000 a day is sedentary. My revised goal (for the next two weeks) is 5,500.

March 9, 2020

I’m into Week Two now, and I’m really jazzed about my progress. By eliminating unhealthy snacks and replacing them with nutritious (real) food, I’ve lost 4 pounds this week! I am now weighing in at 210.

Even if the scale hadn’t moved, I’m feeling so much better. The ease of making a few simple changes has motivated me to do even more. I’m not counting calories, and (so far) I’m not cutting out the foods that I love dearly—like pasta and cheese—but I’m heeding the advice that I’ve read about my body type; keep your eyes on the glycemic load.

Two interesting keywords come up a lot when you read about women who carry the extra pounds in their middles: Insulin and Cortisol. Too much sugar and unhealthy, processed carbohydrates can wreak havoc on these hormones and—in turn—the midsection. Eating foods with a lower glycemic index will help keep a lid on those hormones.

March 1, 2020

Today is Day One. I’m buckling down and addressing my weight and health issues. The changes in my body are apparent, my energy level has been plummeting, and—according to my measurements and a quick body analysis—I am shaped like an apple. In plain English: I have belly fat and it’s a danger to my health.

Basics

  • Age: 58
  • Height: 5’8″
  • Weight: 214 lbs.

People who are apple shaped (heavy in the middle) are at greater risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. I’ve also heard that where you store fat has to do with hormones. I’ll be looking into that as I move forward!

Measurements

  • Bust: 47″
  • Chest 42.5″
  • Waist: 46″
  • Hips: 49.5″
  • Upper Arm: 14″
  • Forearm: 10.25″
  • Thigh: 25.25″
  • Calf: 13″