Mile 340 – June 11, 2009

June 11, 2009

Okay, this is going to take longer than a year.  But I don’t care.  I have started taking more days off but I’ve only gone 2 days in a row off once now, in almost 6 months!  So that’s something.  And the overall plan of becoming healthy is still on track.  What I’ve been learning is what to eat and how much I need to fuel my life.  Finally.  I’ve been reading up on what different respected people have to say about nutrition and am eating vegetables and lean meats, some fruit, some beans, seend and nuts, a little full-fat dairy and healthy fats like olive oil, avacado and fish.  No grains, or anything refined, no artificial sweetener (I switched to Stevia for my coffee and iced tea), no alcohol.

The no grains part has made a big difference in the last few weeks.  Last week I tried to go grainless but gave in to a few cravings with whole wheat tortillas and oatmeal.  This week I went totally grain free and have lost 3 pounds already.  Its the water weight that my body just holds onto like a sponge whenever I have grains or starches.  This is definately telling me I just can’t handle grains, whole or refined.


Day 123/ 277.70 Miles-Star Wars Day-May the 4th Be With You.

May 4, 2009

Well, I haven’t taken 2 days in a row off, but I have taken 3 or 4 days off altogether.  Friday I was just tired and depressed and took off because it was Friday.  And I cheated.  Bread, wine…cinnamon rolls.  And then I overdid it all weekend. Again.  But today I got back on track.  Weekdays usually do go better.  And there are 5 of them every week and only 2 weekend days.  Well, 3 if you count Fridays, but then that makes it 4 weekday days… I gotta get it back under control.  It was easier when I just could never cheat.  But I found a good webiste where I can keep track of everything I eat and it adds up all the calories and nutritional info.  Handy.

Day 104/233.50 Miles

April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009  Monday, Monday

766.50 to go.  I really didn’t want to walk tonight. Well, I did want to walk right after work, I changed into my walking clothes as soon as I was off but instead of going straight to the g-course to walk at least 3.25, I agreed to pick Julia up at Michael’s where she was buying yarn, I should have told her to take the bus, but she isn’t going to be even asking me to pick her up at all, so I’ll go for it when I get the chance.  And I had coupons. I saved her money and gave her a ride home, and by the time we dropped off E and got back home I went straight to prepping the chicken for dinner I was so tired and everything hurt, but I did a half mile on the treadmill. And ate chicken prepared without oil or breading.  I am really fighting to get/stay on the wagon with healthy eating.  I got to see Liz today! She and Mark had some meetings in the Valley and some things to do, landlords and tenants with which whom they had to meet, etc. I am going to read the book she gave me called “Nourishing Traditions” about eating whole, natural foods for health and well being.  That’s the goal, right?  I am struggling with eating poorly and not even knowing what to eat or not eat, I mean I know not to eat white flour, sugar, salt.  But I have it anyway, even if its just a bite, which is usually two, or just a  few bites, which is pretty much a serving of anything, really… But my weight fluctuates wildly from day to day.  Friday it says one thing, Saturday it says almost 10 pounds less!  I try to just weigh in once a week.  So far I’m doing that for the most part.  I have kept it at around 1500 calories for three days now.  I have been trying to figure out HOW I had that resolve thing down so well last year.  But then, I still have the resolve to walk everyday toward that thousand miles, so I know I still have it…I mean I am the one who lost 130 pounds, and I know that every diet works when you stay on it.  But right now I am struggling with which plan to follow completely?  I change the rules from week to week and that keeps me from losing the weight I want to lose still.  I cannot let it start to creep up, either.

Day 80/172.9 Miles

March 21, 2009

My knees hurt!  But I got over the ankle thing that I had at first… and I’m 80 days in, 80 straight days of walking, NO MATTER WHAT and 172.9 miles towards my One Thousand Miles goal.  I’m shooting for 200 by the end of March.

Having this goal is a wonderful way to keep focused on something positive.  Despite the problems in the world, at work and here at home, even, I have this goal to focus on for me, something I do everyday for myself toward my overall health and well-being.  My team at work took some budget cuts Friday.  I lost 10 hours a month, but a couple of others lost more.  Its tough but could be worse.  I am trying to stay positive.

My philosophy on “Positive Thinking” is that whatever is going to happen will happen regardless of my worrying and fretting about it, so why waste time and energy on worrying?  It’s better to save my strength for fighting the actual fight when it comes.  Well, that’s the idea.  Putting it into practice is what takes the effort.  I have to figure out a strategy, like with the hour/pay cut, that’s basically my car payment.  Where’s that going to come from? I just cut most of  the extras out of our budget a few months ago, anyway.  I’m behind on everything but rent and utilities.  My surgery last fall and the time I missed brought me to the brink financially anyway.  Not that I own anything of value, or have anything really, to “lose” – I can’t imagine my credit score is even in the triple digits anymore at all.  But we have somewhere to live, we have food in the fridge and clothes.  That’s where the positive thinking comes in, you start to remember what you have to be grateful for.  You start to remember that there are many, many people out there who are not as fortunate as you.  You remind yourself that it could be worse.  Much worse.  And for me, I remember that there have been times in my life when things were worse.  Way worse, and in ways money can’t fix.

Resolution Revised

February 21, 2009

Instead of  just walking every day this year, which I have done as of today with a cumulative total miles walked of 96.6 miles so far.  The other day I realized that if I step it up a little bit, (no pun intended, of course) I can walk a thousand miles by the end of the year, recalling of coure the Chinese Proverb, “Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.”  Which is my philosophy for accomplishing anything in life, successive approximation…gradual, incremental progress is best… Kaizen.

5 miles today will put me over a hundred for the year so far, and my treat for 5 miles today will be a glass or two of wine tonight… I am tightening up the daily diet as of today…no white flour, sugar…fat-free dairy only, whole grains only, but carbs under 100 g. per day…no alcohol, very low sodium (less than 500 g per day), low fat (3g or less per serving), 1200 calories per day, at least a gallon of water a day, nothing after 8 pm.

21 days/46.5 miles

January 21, 2009

January 16th was a Thursday, the kids and I had gone shopping for several hours after I got home from work and by the time we got home is was almost 9 and I hadn’t walked.  It was the first day I dreaded it.  I got on the treadmill as The Office was starting and thought, Cool, I’ll watch my favorite show and the time will go by quickly! But, no… for some odd reason the volume on that particular channel doesn’t go as high as the others and with the noise from the treadmill I couldn’t even hear the dialogue.  But I kept at it…and…I…did…a mile!  Woo hoo!

My foot started hurting last week, the right arch.  Once I get going with walking it doesn’t bother me so much, so I pushed through it this weekend, logging almost 11 miles over the 3-day Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend.  But its been hurting more and more…I got some Dr. Scholl’s arch supports that help some, especially during the day, at work.  But I just did 1.56 miles on the treadmill and its pretty sore.  Its not going to stop me, though!

I lost 5.4 pounds last week!  I am weighing in on Friday mornings now, and if I have a loss I get to “cheat” a little Friday.  Last week I had a half a bagel at work and then went out after work for Happy Hour at Sol y Luna and then on to El Torito for karaoke!  I sang “I Will Survive” with Azalea and then “Crocodile Rock” with Rolando!  It was fun…I had several margaritas and ate some chips and guacamole.  I continued on and “cheated” a little more over the weekend.  Betty and I walked the Golf Course Sunday and then had breakfast at the little restaurant there…I had toast and hash browns and cream in my coffee…but it was just a lovely Sunday morning and I pulled it in after that and have stuck to my plan since…I’ll see how it looks on Friday.  But if I do see a loss I will ONLY “cheat” one day over the weekend and not go crazy for the whole of it…and it there is no loss, then there will be NO “planned indulgences” for the weekend.

Its a wonderful time in America!  President Obama (!) is in office now and things are looking up for us all…Responsibility is the watchword and I am assuming full personal responsibility for my health and well being!

12 days…30 miles

January 12, 2009

I got in 5 miles on Saturday walking with Lisa then I hit the golf course early Sunday before working for a few hours and then meeting up with Betty for a stroll around the lovely Balboa Lake for another 4.5 miles for the day.