At the first of the year, I wrote a post called, “My New Year’s Resolution for 2012″ which said I wanted to look like Julia Roberts.
To that end – and proving that New Year’s Resolutions should be something you really intend to do – I will report my progress monthly.
I actually started working toward this goal on January 17th. My husband had a health scare, and we ended up in the ER running all kinds of tests. Happily enough, the tests all returned as normal, so his problems were due ONLY to his change in blood pressure medication.
The scare, though, finally got through to us that we really needed to get our extra lard off and exercise to get to a point where we can enjoy what remains of our lives – hopefully, quite a few years…
We agreed on what we would, and would not eat and drink – not an easy feat since we don’t even use the same salt! :0)
DIET: ( We have to do something we can live with long term)
- Breakfast – cold cereal, fruit, 2% milk.
- Lunch – large salad, chef type, with the regular blue cheese dressing we like.
- Dinner: Lean Cuisine and a side of steamed veggies.
Snacks: (One from the list)
- Shared fruit
- Fresh squeezed orange juice
- Hard boiled egg
- Other: husband – glass of red wine
- me – coffee, black
*Special – we go bowling with good friends once a week and we either console ourselves or celebrate with one scoop of ice cream at Braums.
EXERCISE: We decided we would try to walk every day. We went to what my husband calls “The Geezer Trail” that goes almost all the way around the center of our small town. We walked the whole thing two days in a row. I had to stop and huff, puff, and wheeze several times, but we made it. Not only do I have trouble with shortness of breath, my hips also scream after a very small amount of walking. :0( My husband is very encouraging, though, and I AM improving day by day.
Now we’re walking the “Walking Trail” at our local park. This is a GREAT trail with a fantastic view of a valley below. There is a lot of up and down to the trail, and a lot of watching where I’m walking so I don’t fall and break my bones – a very good thing for me. He walks it easily, so we’ve started taking one of our dogs one day and the other dog the next, to give him more challenge. I get short of breath on the ‘up’ part, but I’m improving daily. On the flat part, my hips give me grief, but I’m hoping that will ease as we do it. We’re walking farther every day!
PROGRESS TO DATE:
1) I haven’t gotten any taller – though my massage therapist comes this month and may be able to help me with this…
2) I have lost almost 11 pounds!
This is an “Encouragement Bear” I received from NutriSystem years ago. I have awarded it to myself again now!
- CHEST: – 1/2″
- AB – 2″
- HIPS – 1″
(My husband has lost 18.5 lbs – the creep! WHY is it that men lose weight so much more quickly than women?) :0(
So – we have a start! We have a LONG way to go on the ‘losing the lard’ project, but it’s coming off.
The exercise is very hard for ME at this point, but I feel good about myself that I’m walking farther each day. I have a pedometer that I carry in my pocket. Supposedly, the goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day. Hahahahahaha! The most I’ve done so far is 5,294. (My son said he did over 20,000 in Shanghai).
I’ll probably never do a marathon, but my clothes are getting looser!
Another progress report in March -
Wish me luck?