Monday, January 12, 2015

First weigh-in of 2015

January 12th already?  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was relaxing over the holidays with my eighteen days away from the office.  While I enjoy and look forward to the long break at the end of year, I do not want this year to rush by.  I need to make my time count this year and make progress on the weight-loss front and towards better health.  Here are the stats from my weigh-in this weekend.

Starting weight:  399.8 lbs
Current weight:  393 lbs
+ / - since last:   -7 lbs lost

This loss is a fair representation of the effort put towards it and I am happy.  I haven't spent a lot of time yet deep thinking about my plan or actions needed for the year.  I want to do this and need to this, I just haven't done so yet.  What I have been doing though is trying to make  more conscious decisions about what I eat and don't eat.  This means that I don't always follow through with the first impulse I have, which is a very smart thing since I think about food often.  Trying to slow down the process and not allow the quick fix which is usually not the healthier option is helping me to eat smaller portions and from home rather than take-out.  My eating hasn't been perfect.  I've had some high-carb meals and way more fat and sugar than I need, but all-in-all have consumed less than if I wasn't trying.

One of my goals for 2015 is to be more active/less sedentary than past years.  In an effort towards this goal, I have been pushing myself to get up and do stuff.  I'm talking small things, a quick chore here and there.  Last year, I was the laziest I've ever been.  My body and house show for it.  I may not be able to exercise for 30 minutes yet, but I can do things in short bursts and every little movement is more than I did before.  The more time on my feet means the less time on my butt.   It's a start and I hope it continues.

Other than the small steps I've been trying to make with the food choices and movement, life is back to normal after the break.  Work, more work, and trying to avoid all the sickness at the office.  It seems a lot of people are coughing and sneezing, including my husband.  He's on the tail end of his cold, and knock on wood I believe I dodged it this time.   The sun is shining and the Seahawks are still in the race, so life here is looking good.  Hope you're doing well too. 

Tammy (for Biz)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Better Health in 2015

Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful 2015.  This year will be a success for me if I am able to lose a significant amount of weight and manage my diabetes better.  With over 250 pounds to lose, even losing fifty pounds would let me know that progress in the right direction has occurred. My main goal for 2015 is to end the year healthier than I am now.

2014 was another bust as far as weight loss goes. In fact, I gained a few pounds.  When I weighed in this past Sunday, the scale read 399.8 pounds.  Yikes!  Double Yikes!  This is the most I have ever weighed and I want to keep it that way.  I can feel the recent weight gain too.  I feel it in my knees and lower back.  Not a great feeling, so I need to make a change. 

2014 has to be my most inactive year ever.  Since January 2008, I have been wearing a pedometer daily.  Each year thereafter my steps have decreased with this year's tally being the lowest ever.  Looking at the numbers remind me of what I already know.  I have been sitting on my butt the majority of my time and not out and about living life to the fullest.  My husband made a comment  recently telling me that I don't go anywhere. He's right. Besides going to work, stopping by a restaurant on the way home or to appointments, I hardly go anywhere.  I stopped going to the movies, grocery or other shopping and turn down invitations if they will put me in public places or require too much exertion on my part.  I've always wondered how people became so large that they were home-bound or bedridden.  Maybe this is how it starts.  Slowly but surely deciding to stay home rather than getting out of the lazy boy and going places.  Since I don't want that kind of life and I am not fully enjoying the way I live now,  I need to take action and start moving and going out more, no matter how uncomfortable it is at first.  

Knowing what I need to do and doing it are two completely different things.  Here's to taking action in 2015!  Best wishes to all.