Saturday, January 30, 2010

I love it when my hard work pays off

I have struggled with my weight for a long time. Along with that, I had associated health issues in the beginning stages, i.e. elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Thursday, I had a physical and some of my lab results were available while I was there. A year and a half ago, my cholesterol was 241. In all honesty, it had probably been higher between then and now, because I had put on some weight since then. Thursday, my cholesterol was 180! My LDL (the bad kind) went from 169 to 101.

As for my BP, I was on mild meds for it several years ago. I don't remember what it was at my last physical, but they usually mention that it's up a little, probably due to "white coat syndrome." Thursday, it was 130/80. I'm very pleased with that!

I know that my diet and exercise are responsible. When I did WW a few years ago, I really concentrated on the points and not much else. Of course it worked, the math worked, but I have learned this time around that WHAT you eat is as important as the calories. SP is so helpful with that in the nutrition tracker.

Another payoff I noticed yesterday had to with my "functional fitness." Our driveway slopes down from the road to the house. I had to roll the trash bin up to the road yesterday morning. It's not light, and in the past by the time I got to the road, I was huffing and puffing. I noticed yesterday that I zipped right up the hill with no heavy breathing. How cool is that?

I know I am getting more fit in addition to losing weight, which is just as important. My calorie burn is getting lower (boo!) because my weight is going down and my fitness level is improving. My most important muscle... my heart... is so happy these days. I've made it's life easier!

While the scale is a very important indicator of success, these non-scale payoffs are simply amazing.

I'm going to get to my goal, and I'm going to stay there and live a strong and healthy rest of my life.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Been neglecting the blog...

My dear father-in-law mentioned my blog on Saturday, and I realized that I had neglected it for a couple of weeks. After my last post, I regrouped and made a little change. I started participating in SparkPeople.

I am really enjoying it. I decided to drop Weight Watchers for it, because it's totally free. I was a little apprehensive at first, because WW is so familiar to me. However, I am totally sold on SP now. Their tracking and reporting is extensive, and they have a great community with teams. I have joined several teams, but have settled in with one as my "go-to" team for support and motivation.

So after my disappointment, which I know was just a blip, I have since lost 4.6!

I have been tracking my workouts on a spreadsheet, so they haven't been listed here, but I will bring my monthly totals up to date:

12 workouts totaling 675 minutes and 5,378 calories burned.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Disappointed

Ugh, I am up 1.4 pounds today.

Last week I weighed on a different scale because I couldn't go to my regular meeting. I was floored with a 3.2 loss. I ate within points, but there was a lot of alcohol and sodium involved. I drank tons of water on Sunday and just ate my daily points.

Fast forward to this week. Again, I ate within points, there was *some* alcohol and sodium. Also again, I drank my water and just ate dailies yesterday.

The only thing done differently was that I worked out a little more and a little harder. I did a new workout on Saturday that made me sore. I hope that water retention from that and adjusting from last week's fluke weigh in accounts for this week's gain.

I know in my head all the factors that affect weight at a given point in time, but it still stinks!

Regardless, I'm not quitting. =)