It has been far too long since I last posted. I apologize for leaving you hanging. Mea culpa.
The good news is…while my commitment to blogging temporarily failed me, my commitment to my “let’s get healthy” goal remained strong.
So, Let’s Catch Up!
I just completed year one of my five-year journey to better health. And what a year it was!
My first Lahey Medical Weight Loss Center appointment was on June 17, 2011. My “anniversary” visit (the 24th appt.) was last Thursday. I weighed in with total loss for the year of 132.5 pounds.
That’s much more than I expected for year one, but there’s still a long road ahead of me.
That’s okay. I’m in it for the long haul. I figure, it took me years and years and years to put all this damn weight on, so it’s only fitting that it will take several years to get rid of it. Plus, I’m less concerned about speed than I am about developing lifelong healthy habits.
Frankly, if speed was the issue, bariatric or lap-band surgery is faster; it would certainly help me drop pounds quickly. However, my fat-indulging habits would still be alive and kicking.
(Well, it’s unlikely there’d be actual kicking involved, cuz that involves exercise…but you get the gist.)
Point is, surgery wouldn’t change my lazy attitude or convert me from an award-winning couch potato into a fitness nut.
Yes, I, I took the road less traveled.
Okay, so maybe my reasoning wasn’t poetic, but it was practical. I decided it made more sense for me learn how to eat less and exercise.
I’d say exercise more, but that would imply I exercised before this initiative started – definitely not the case. Not at all the case.
I needed to learn healthy new habits. That’s what I’ve been doing over the past year.
It’s incredibly challenging to change decades-old habits. It isn’t exactly easy for a woman in her mid-40s to make significant behavioral changes (the “old dog…new tricks” adage comes immediately to mind). However, making small, incremental lifestyle changes worked for me.
I eat more lean white protein than I ever thought possible. Avoid empty calories and carbs that don’t offer a good fiber value. And I even started exercising.
Yes, I said EXERCISING. Can you believe it?
I’m still surprised every time I successfully haul my butt out of bed and into shorts and a t-shirt to workout. No instant gratification, that’s for sure.
Instant pain and sore muscles, sure. Immediate improved fitness, not so much. Fortunately, persistence pays off.
Beginning in February, I slowly, but surely, increased my amount of activity. Currently, I do approximately 40 minutes of low impact aerobics five days a week. I’ll talk more about my exercise evolution in a future post, so won’t expand on it any more here except to say – I’m pretty much on auto-pilot with it now.
Perhaps I’m still sort of asleep when I start. That would make sense. Is it possible to sleep AND do the grapevine step? I’m thinkin’ – YES!
132.5 pounds. Not bad. But not enough!