Some of the August Moms and some of my local friends started on diet and exercise plans in the new year. One friend, BB, even enrolled in the weight loss program of the overpriced, undertrained local bariatric physician. She’s on a liquid diet for 30 days in addition to a rigorous exercise regimen. It all made my head spin and felt like too much pressure. I have struggled with my weight my entire life but am now facing the reality of health problems related thereto if I don’t make some changes.
Me? I’ve been on every diet under the sun, except for Atkins (too much meat), South Beach (too restrictive), and The Zone. Last month, my doctor reported my sugar was borderline high. WineGuy said not to sweat it, but then my father’s death made me think again. Realistically, I was feeling fat and lethargic, dumpy, crummy, nasty, etc. Dr. H said “exercise”. She might as well have said “eat brussels sprouts” because there was no way I would do either. Then I thought about some sage advice I heard from a fellow chorister, “Move. You’ve just got to get moving.”
So I did. I started walking last week. I walked every other day for 30 minutes at a time around the track at school. I felt good enough that I’m going to try and walk more days this week. I slept better on those days, ate better, drank more water. Better all the way around. The only thing is that the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in my left knee are killing me. The knee is stiff and sore and not feeling too strong. But I kept walking. I walked about 4 miles total last week, not nearly enough to keep up with TPGoddess’s Move 2008 challenge, but enough to get me off my wide behind. Enough to shed 3.2 lbs off the scale this week.
Week One was a good start for me. Let’s see if I can follow my own advice to the August Moms’ Weight Loss Group:
- take it one step at a time
- make one small change every few days
- keep going
I’ll try to post updates here. I don’t want to feel pressured, just motivated to keep moving. If I can do that, it will be a huge improvement and difference in my lifestyle.