Sunday, December 9, 2012

4 out of 18

I've missed four days out of the last 18 (beginning on Thanksgiving Day) of walking at least two miles. This is a Big Deal for this lapsed walker, let me tell you. Today will be the fourth miss, as I'll be driving, driving, driving, lunching, attending a meeting, and then driving, driving, driving again. I will be hitting the road at 9:30 and who knows when I'll be home again.

If it weren't pouring down rain, I might go out right now and walk in the dark. NOT!

But the very fact that I entertained the idea, even for long enough to write it down, tells you something about this new commitment I've made to become a more active old woman.

I have very little hope that the increased activity will result in actual reduction of lard. My body just doesn't seem to want to release any of its fat stores. I eat moderately, especially since the denture adventure began in August. Food really doesn't taste all that great when there's a piece of plastic jammed into your palate.

(Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have the requisite number of pretty teeth again. It's been a very long time. But they do take the pleasure right out of eating.)

One (that one being me) would think that the increased activity combined with the reduced food intake would result in some – even a little – weight loss. Alas, it hasn't happened. The scale doesn't move, either up or down. I'd love to be maintaining if I were at a normal, or even slightly overweight number. But the number is far too high and I'm far too uncomfortable to be maintaining at this level.

The benefits of eating less and moving more go beyond weight loss, though, and I hope to begin enjoying those sooner rather than later. I'm rather astonished at how difficult it is for me to just get out of a chair or tie my shoes. At 61, I feel I'm too young to be experiencing these kinds of physical limitations. I'M NOT READY FOR VELCRO TENNIS SHOES! (My dad thought those were the best invention evah!)

As I write this, I can clearly see that the third "leg" of this mission needs to be some kind of strength training, either yoga or light lifting. Strong women stay young. I hope it's not too late for me.


Vickie said...

Weight loss is food related. Yes, exercise helps. But food is 80+% of the equation according to reports; I would put that number at 90+% myself. And if you carry your weight mostly on your torso, it is an insulin related issue. It isn't just how much you eat, it is what you eat too. To take a look, calculate how your calories break down (protein, carbs, healthy fats within total calories). You don't have to track forever, but tracking for a few days usually shows the trend.

Liesl Garner said...

I am happy for you. This last year, I started yoga, and was surprised at home good I felt and how much stronger I became from soft, easy movements. Of course, they are not all soft and easy. They aren't jumping around like crazy, but some of those moves are incredibly challenging. Keep it up!

Audrey Humaciu said...

Sounds like a good plan. Mixing up your workouts is definately a good idea. It keeps you from mentally getting bored and it works your muscles differently which keeps them from getting bored. As you increase muscle you will increase your metabolism (you will burn more calories at rest).

Winnie said...

I don't think it is too late for you as you are doing something. I need to be more active and tonight went out to dinner with 5 lady friends who joined a gym together for motivation. I think I may have to join them after the new year. I can't pretend I will do it over the holiday, it is just too busy for me with tons of overtime (which is sapping my strength and spirit..) I may have to look into yoga as Liesl mentioned. Keep going! I know you are a strong and determined woman!

Diandra said...

Hey, at least you're doing your best to live healthier. That's got to count for something! We recently bought a treadmill so we can walk/run every day without giving the weather (or the late night darkness) a second thought.