Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Personal Health Obligations...

...are often not as easy to carry out are some of our other obligations. For example I have let myself balloon up to the highest I have ever weighed in my life over the past few months. Actually I should say I allowed that to happen over the course of 2 or 3 weeks (at most) wherein I gained 10-12 pounds. I was not feeling well, and surprisingly one of my symptoms was an increased appetite especially at night. So there I sat as usual in front of the tube with some snacks, just more snacks than usual. I shot up from about 214 to 226, then leveled off at my present and portly 225 pounds. I figure it is time for me to do something, in fact long past time for me to get started.

With that in mind I have once again started an exercise program. My problem with exercise programs is that I always seem to go at them for a few to several months at most, then I slack off altogether for another few months before I start in again. This time though it is going to have to be more long term. Losing the poundage I just gained will be no easy task for me, especially in light of the fact that even when I exercised fairly regularly I was not shedding pounds all that much. Of course I'll probably diet too, and in that regard I have already cut back on snacks. I am hopeful I will be able to cut out all junk snacks soon. Note I did not say junk food. Several years ago I lost about 30 pounds in a few to 6 months. I kept it off for a year and a half. (Why I gained it back is for another story.) I did that with moderate exercise on the treadmill, and with weights, and with a diet wherein I stopped eating snacks. I kept eating everything else though and that includes junk food meals. I ate Big Macs, pizza, gyros, and all that stuff to my heart's content. I also made sure to eat a large salad as a meal at least once or twice a week, and that will start again soon - maybe even today. I usually do not start two things at once such as working out for cardio, working out on weights, a diet and so forth. I try to start them one at a time, go with whatever I started with (such as cardio this time) for a few weeks before moving into weights also, and then doing both of them for a few weeks before staring a diet. That way I do not shock my system all that much at once. I find this helps get rid of some stress associated with a change in my daily regimen; and man oh man can exercise and diet add stress to a life. Yes I know they are supposed to reduce stress, and eventually they help to do so, but at first - when you have not been at it in a while, or ever - they add lots of stress to one's life as I see it.

So far I have been out walking the new dog, but not as often as I should. I have also been trying to get more regular sleep. I try to pass out by midnight at the latest, earlier is better. Then I try to wake up around the same time each day. This seems to have helped me to get a better nights sleep. Seems if I wake up at the same time each day, I am tired at the same time each night. makes sense I guess. I have also started working out on a treadmill. I did 4 miles two days ago, and 4.5 yesterday. In only one day I improved my pace markedly. I am not trying to do anything for speed, just to hit my desired distance of at least 3 miles per workout, with anything more being better; but I do keep track of the time it takes me to do it. I start with a run of 1.5 miles, then walk at least 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile, then run a 1/4 or half mile, then walk then run, until I hit the point at which I feel I need to stop. As time goes by, and as I become more fit, I'll increase the running portion of the workout. I figure getting to a straight 3 mile run with another mile or two of walking should be a decent workout at least three days per week once I am more fit. Right now I am shooting for 5 days per week with less running and more walking.

Amazingly, even with slightly high, but under control blood pressure, and a so-so diet, and a poor exercise regimen, I have been told my heart and cardio system are in great shape. I hope to keep them that way now that I am getting older. So wish me luck please! Not so much to lose weight at any astounding rate, but rather wish me luck in sticking with it. I realize I am the one who has to do that, to stick with it that is, but I can use all the support I can get. Who knows, maybe if I lose a few pounds the wife will go for walks with me again! One can hope.

All the best,
Glenn B


Jungle Mom said...

I think I have lost 50 lbs in the last 6 months...but I have gained 40lbs!!!
The key is the exercising. I have problems when my back is acting up, and the weight comes back when i do not exercise daily.
Good luck in your effort!!!! I am sure you can do it !

MightyMom said...

slow and steady wins the race...for the long haul!

worry not about speed or distance, rather about time spent moving. As long as you increase your heart rate for at least 20 min a day then you will see improvements.

Keep it simple. It doesn't matter WHAT you eat as much as HOW MUCH you eat. you can eat 1000 calories worth of raisins (easier than you'd think) or 1000 calories of chocolate creme pie. either way it's 1000 cals.

As much as I hate Rosie, she did have it right..."Eat less, move more" it's that simple.

Good luck!

We're on our own losing adventure over here at the Mightymom/Subvet household.

Pen of Jen said...

Glenn I am in New Mexico cheering you on. I am nearly 7 months into my lifestyle changing program.

I didn't even begin augmenting the foods going in for 3 months in...all I worked on was creating a regime of no food after 7 pm...more water...water first if I wanted food and the likes..with this I walk and do stationary aerobics(arms legs, squats etc)

OH and I threw the dang scale out...being 5 foot tall and seeing the scale made me i assess my daily success by the clothes...

And you know what? Your wife already loves don't work for the quick fix, to drop 20 lbs but go for the lifestyle change.

I really have altered my thoughts as to before and after...and I refuse to equate 150 to who I a year ago 150 devastated me...oh and my blood pressure and all else are incredible ...steady pace is my mantra.

Glenn Bartley said...

Looks like I have joined a club.