Weighty Issues

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunday Feb 8-13

Well it seems as though winter is getting our attention!

I haven't been doing much except clearing off my car and moving it when the plows show up.

Although, I have been reading Dean Ornish and am trying to reduce fat as well as carbs.  My weight hasn't moved much this month, but I am hopeful for the March 1  weigh-in.

Hang in there!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Time is flying by!

I can't believe it is already Jan 21.   I got some good news this month.  My body fat percentage is the lowest it has been in a long time.   In 2000, my body fat was 49%,   This month it is 28.9%!
I am thrilled.

My trainer was happy too.  I had been complaining for a couple of months that nothing seemed to be happening either weight-wise or body-fat wise.

I don't think I mentioned this, but some bone fragments made moving very painful for a couple of weeks. Gradually over the past month I had been working up to my pre-injury exercise routine and last Thursday was the first day I was able to do my full workout.  It felt great.  I spend about 45 minutes in the gym - 12-16 minutes warm-up and then 30 minutes with weights/exercises.
The I do a round of exercises in a heated pool.   This helps my arthritis so much.  I would recommend it for everyone.  On the days I don't go to the gym I ride my stationary bike and walk 2-3 miles.  I've been light on the walking because of my knee and the ice.  I have Leslie Sansone's walking tape so I will try to do more in the house.

Although my gym routine is manageable, housework seems to tire me out more.  I can't seem to vacuum and wash floors for more than an hour at a time.  I will keep plugging away.

I am trying a new baked cauliflower recipe today.  I will let you know how it is.  Monday I made some sugar-free macaroons, but I like them too much so I gave them away.  Just because they don't have sugar it doesn't mean that they don't have calories!

Oh - my pet peeve is people sending mindless emails with false information.  Please if you are sending emails make sure you have the facts.  I usually check www.snopes.com  to get the facts, or some other reliable fact checking site.

I guess I have rested enough- back to work for me.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

January 1 A new Beginning

Happy New Year Everyone!

As of today, my weight is back to its pre-vacation/injury status.  So hopefully I will be moving forward again.

I slept in this morning - the 3 time in the past week that I have slept over 9 hours.  My normal is about 7, so I am not sure what is going on.  However, I actually feel okay except for my achy knees.  I spent over an hour in the heated therapy pool and I felt so good.
Also, it is nice to chat with the people who have the same issues that I do. -- Arthritis and old age!

Since I retired in June,  I have been trying to organize my house and decide what I want to do.  I have been carting bags and boxes of stuff to GoodWill almost every week, but my house doesn't seem much emptier yet.

Working full time is definitely not what I want.  I am working on a new website with my husband, but I don't know how much more of that I want to do.

I usually end up on facebook a little too much and sometimes I need to stop myself.   I do love games, but I need to take measured portions just like my food.

Well, this is about it for today -- I need to get back to some real work.


Switching from S&L to Stevia

I finally found a stevia substitute that I like - PureVia.  I just noticed that I never posted this.

Now I am using a new Stevia - called NuStevia that I use as well as Truvia.  It seems that a lot of companies have joined the Stevia bandwagon, but I wonder if the newer processed Stevia is just as good healthwise.

I am glad to see Stevia used in a lot of products, but no where near as many as I would like.

- Jeanne

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Florida is also fattening

Or at least when I eat out every day and get injured.   I injured my knees on the way to FL and could not do my normal walking every day.  However, since I have been home I have started exercising in the pool and was able to walk 1.75 miles yesterday and ride the stationary bike today.  Friday I see my doctor, but I am definitely on the mend.
No matter what, I always need to stick to my food plan.  My weight has stabilized again, and I hope to continue losing toward my next goal of 190.  (I am at 195 - down from a high of 280!)

I have an underactive thyroid (but I do take medication)  and weathered two cortisone injections, but I am still losing.  Eventually, I would like to be under 160, but I just focus on each 5 or 10 lbs.  That makes it more manageable for me.   Actually I really just focus on eating less, eating healthy and exercising and the weight does come off.

Well, my coffee is done and I am ready to walk.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Vacations are fun but fattening.  Eating a meal a day in restaurants always puts weight on no matter
how careful I am.  Also I walked less on most days and missed my gym workouts. I feel like I gained 5 lbs after 5 days in CA.   I will know on the first of Dec.

My job of sitting at a computer doesn't exactly help with weight loss either, but I am going to go for a walk now before it gets too cold again.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Well, I guess I haven't been here for a while!   I am currently at a new low weight.
I was working two jobs for so long that I had no time to do anything.   I retired in June from teaching and hope to have time.  However,  I spend 3 days at the gym and 1 hour walking on the rest of the days.
I also have 2 part-time jobs.
I stay away from refined flour, sugar and weigh and measure everything that I eat.  Coupled with moderate exercise, my weight loss is on target.
Good Luck to everyone trying to manage weight issues.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New book on dieting

I have been reading "The 4 Day Diet" by Ian K. Smith, MD and I really like his supportive approach. His meal plans are similar to what I have been doing, but with several variations to avoid boredom and break plateaus. I am hovering at a new low weight - but keep bouncing up a pound so I hope to focus on eating the right foods.
I became aware of Dr. Smith from watching Celebrity Fit Club - something I wouldn't do on my own, but my husband loves to record reality shows and we quickly run through them. I was curious to see what his diet is and so far I like it and have cleaned up my act a little. Although, I did take a break already - after about two weeks!
Nobody is perfect -- especially me. Working two jobs and trying to maintain several websites certainly keeps me a little too busy. Last week was my last day until fall for my teaching job at the community college. -- and 17 more days until summer vacation from teaching.