Definitely lost 10 lbs since the beginning of June. Still need to work on losing a lot more but hey, it's a start. I haven't been doing so well on the food aspect of things but at least I'm keeping up my walking.
One good thing is that they finally found a BP cuff that worked on me at the Dr.'s office. They couldn't measure my BP using the cuffs they had, for some reason. Turns out that my BP's down to 130 (can't remember what the bottom number is, though). That's down quite a bit but not to where my Dr. wants it. So far the new BP meds are doing ok. This one is a slight diuretic, where the others made me retain water.
09-03-2019, 04:45 PM
Good job, Ren!
I didn't lose any weight on my trip, but we ate a lot lighter than usual. DH and I only had one big restaurant meal, and I had the grilled salmon on salad. I also broke my addiction to chocolate covered raisins. Not having a ton of snacks available helped.
Loaded the fridge with fresh vegs today, so we can get back on track with regular meals.
09-03-2019, 06:36 PM
Glad you have proof that the eating changes and exercise are working. 10 lbs over 3 months is great, losing 1 lb/week is hard work (I know.) Just think in another 3 months you should be down another 10 lbs just doing the same things.....
09-04-2019, 08:53 AM
I think I've plateaued these past couple of weeks. But I'm still taking my walks and trying to eat better. I know that plateaus happen so I'm not too discouraged. Right now, I may be converting fat to muscle, since I've been pretty consistent with my walks. (I tend not to take consistent walks on Saturdays.) But I am a little concerned about the winter with the snow and cold. I don't want to lose momentum because I can't get out to take my walks. Although I can either go to the gym at my apartment complex or do t'ai chi at home. We'll see what happens when winter comes.
09-04-2019, 05:24 PM
I still walk the dog in winter unless there is ice. You just need proper footwear and clothing. I have several sets of thermal underwear but fleece-lined tights work well, with thick socks. Really, I have a lot of clothing due to the temperature extremes. Plus now you have a reason to crochet hats and scarves. I have been thinking about a "muff" which people used to stick their hands inside, I think it would be rather practical. I would probably make mine from quilted materials.
09-05-2019, 08:46 AM
Yeah, I love my hat, scarves and sweaters. The biggest thing I'm worried about is the "oh, it's cold outside, I don't wanna go out" mindset. Getting out during the day, at lunch, probably won't be much of a problem when I can see what I'm walking on (in case of ice). It's the evening walks when it's dark out. Chances are, I'll probably cross the street and use the sidewalks like I've been doing since they're more like to be better treated. Although my complex is pretty good about cleaning up the snow on their roads. Better than the township does, really. The problem is there are no real sidewalks along the road that leads through the complex. The piles of snow can get pretty high, making it chancy while driving, let alone trying to get a walk in.
09-10-2019, 03:04 PM
Well, it seems my walks are definitely habit. Even when I feel like taking an evening off, I still take a short walk. That's a good thing. But that's when the weather's good. I need to check in with the leasing office to get the new fob for the gym, though. This way I can use the tread mills in the winter, in case I don't want to take my walks outside in the cold.
09-18-2019, 11:23 AM
Still getting my walks in. The evening walks are definitely a habit now. I had been worried that I would blow them off when I got home. The whole "I'm tired and just got home" mindset. Granted, I should probably push my distance a bit more. It's the lunch break walks that tend to slide, depending on what's happening (group lunches, staff meetings, etc.). I should push time and distance there, now that we're back to normal hours.
I think I've lost 3-5 more pounds since my last weigh-in at the doctor's. I do need to tweak what I eat more. I haven't been recording what I eat but I might start doing that again.
09-18-2019, 03:00 PM
I am feeling better and went off to yoga this morning determined to put in some effort. Empty class room. Argh! So I made a trip to Trader Joes that I have been putting off while I was sick. I'll have some energy left for dance practice tonight.
Stopped taking the steroid pills earlier this month. After 3 months of infusions I shouldn't need them, and I wanted to see how I'd feel. I'm ok. So next step is to see if my weight starts going down.
09-18-2019, 04:50 PM
CH, I'm sure now that you are off steroids your weight should go down. Glad your feeling better.
ren, awesome on the weight loss! I just heard somewhere that people who record what they eat loose more weight than people who don't. I really hate keeping track but I might start too just to see where and when my weak spots are.
My BP has been up so I am doing much better this past week with getting my workouts in the morning before work. I also have to walk around the yard with foster dog so I probably get another 1/2 hour in of walking a day. I already feel like I have more energy which is great since I feel I am so far behind getting things done.
09-19-2019, 09:42 AM
I had been tracking food at one point but still didn't really lose much weight. So I eventually stopped doing it. I think it was because I was underestimating the size of what I was eating when I was tracking my food. The Dr. also thinks part of the problem may be a low thyroid issue.
On the upside, thankfully the walking has become a habit so that I miss it when I don't take a walk. I'm starting to think of adding other sorts of exercise, mostly stuff that I can do around the apartment.
09-23-2019, 09:13 AM
I think I may have gained a few pounds over the weekend, although it may be water weight. Then again, I started my thyroid meds on Saturday (for hypothyroidism) so that's probably is what's affecting my weight. Hope it's just a temporary thing as the meds are supposed to help weight loss, not weight gain. (Although that's not the primary goal of the meds.)
Did get my walk in yesterday evening as well as some gardening in the morning. Also did a bit of walking on a hilly campsite on Saturday at my LARP. Just hope that the temps cool down today as it looks like it's going to be hot and muggy today.
09-27-2019, 11:23 AM
Still doing my evening and lunch break walks. I think the only day I don't is Saturdays but that's ok. Although I generally do gardening on Sunday mornings. That will change during the winter and I'll probably end up walking at the mall near the place I go for brunch (my big indulgence).
Haven't really gone up or down weight-wise in the past couple of months. I do need to tweak my diet more. At least I'm still eating more salads for lunch at work. Half my plate is usually salads. The only time I don't is when I get veggie sushi and that's usually when the cafe is doing grab-n-go lunches for whatever reason.
09-28-2019, 11:39 AM
I usually workout M-SA and take Sundays off. I finally lost the 4 pounds I gained on our vacation, now I just have to keep them off. I have been trying to stay away from cheese which is my weakness.......and ice cream. We are going out for ice cream tomorrow, the small town ice cream place is giving all proceeds away for a charitable contribution on their last day open of the year. I get ice cream and the money goes to a good cause, win/win. I am going to savor my last blizzard of the year!
09-30-2019, 08:30 AM
I think on the weekends I tend to eat more. But I made sure I took a walk before going to brunch yesterday (Sunday) since I didn't go to the garden.
I also started doing some wall push-ups. This way I can add upper-body exercises in addition to my walks.