It’s been over a year since I last blogged (not that I blogged a lot in the first place).
Sometimes life just gets in the way. You know what I mean.
I’m trying *emphasis on the word ‘trying’* to implement a lifestyle change.
I’m obese. I’m 75 lb. more than I need to be.
And with that comes dietary illnesses like high blood pressure and high cholesterol—all of which would disappear if I dropped the weight and ate smaller healthier portions.
A majority of the time, I do eat healthy. The main culprits are that I eat too much and live a sedentary life.
So 4 weeks ago, I started trying to stick to 1200 calorie meals.
I caught myself eating fast food (which can blow my whole 1200 calories in one sitting) when I’m too lazy to prepare something.
In order to keep as close to this goal, I have to make sure I prep as much ahead of time so I don’t cheat.
I’m eating more fresh vegetables to make me feel fuller. I’m trying.
Because sometimes, I open up the refrigerator, look insides, and go “Nah.”
A coworker of mine loaned me her Jillian Michaels 20 minutes workout DVD.
I thought, “20 minutes. I can do that.” So I tried it.
OH-MY-GAWD I thought I was going to keel over and die. My body has been basically sedentary for 20+ years with peaks every 5 years.
It was WTF?-ing me through the entire DVD. I only made it to 15 minutes.
I felt light-headed, nauseous, and was panting like rusty old steam pipes.
It was not pretty.
After 4 days of being in pain (it hurt to breathe), I tried it again.
I only made it to 10 minutes, but it didn’t hurt like the 1st time.
2 days later, I got through the whole 20 minutes and felt very accomplished.
In the meantime, I lost 6 pounds. Yay me.
Since those first two weeks, it’s been difficult—finding low-cal solutions at friend’s houses or restaurants and maintaining proper portions.
I also ended up tweaking my upper back and apparently now have something called Achilles Tendonitis.
So I’ve been surfing the Net to come up with lower impact cardio exercises (Sorry Jillian, you mean evil wench).
As soon as the tendonitis goes away, I found a really nice park to walk in.
I found a 20 minute workout you can do sitting in a chair that uses resistance bands and works the entire body.
Now, I just have to start doing it.
I noticed that some food is low-cal but highly processed (see Hungry Girl on the Food Channel).
I’d be skinny but glow in the dark. Some are fully vegetarian, but high in calories (do you know how fattening nuts are?).
And to make it even harder, I’m allergic to fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
Everything has to be cooked. This, however, is usually easy to accommodate.
What I’ve found out is that I can’t beat myself up when I mess up.
If I do, then I’m more likely to give up in the long run. I know it’s going to be difficult, but something in my head went “click” and wants to do this.
So, here’s to a fitter (hopefully leaner) me.