Onward and upwards to getting fit. I will be meeting with a personal trainer to set up a program using weights. I need to work on my core, flexibility and balance and also strengthen my knees and shoulders. I can't squat anymore. I also want to be able to kneel to garden but find it really hard getting back up. I look like an 85 year old. Age has caught up to me in the last couple of years as has inactivity and the weight.
In other news, work is getting better. I am moving to another team starting on Monday and am looking forward to actually having something challenging to do. It is still with Application Development and supervision and I need to work on my vocabulary to avoid that F* word I so love.
I have lost 1 measly pound in two weeks so booked another fill a week from today. I can feel some restriction and can still eat almost anything. I am nibbling on too many sweets which of course go down easy. I think just a small tweak of 0.1 cc will help me feel fuller longer. I am afraid of being overfilled. Today for breakfast I ate an egg, slice of cheese and ham slices. Over the last week I have also had pulled pork on a hamburger bun, a bunch of fresh or cooked vegetables and fruit and fish galore. I do not write down what I eat, never have, never will, although they say this can help me recognize any overeating. OK I admit I know that a chocolate bar is not the best choice but writing it down is not going to stop me from eating it! Here is what works for me:
- I make a pledge to myself not to eat anything after 7:00 p.m. (It really works)
- I need to lay off the wine. It is too easy to grab a glass and probably the reason I am not losing weight as fast as I could be.
- I must eat breakfast which includes protein and preferably something solid like eggs, ham slices, cheese slices to get me through the morning. If I have oatbran (like oatmeal but higher in protein) I try to drink a glass of milk before I eat it just to get in the extra protein.
- I don't drink with meals unless it is a glass of wine but this will be less frequent (see point above). I thought this would be hard but so far it isn't. I drink about 8 glasses of water each day.
- Going to the gym or finding some other activities to keep me off the couch watching TV (I can lie there for hours watching TV).
- I only eat 3 meals a day (B-L-D of about 1 to 1.5 cups) and sometimes a snack when I get home around 4:00 pm. I think I will need the snack as I plan to go to the gym after work and have to figure out what to eat. Maybe a protein bar, yogourt, nuts, a glass of milk and fruit.
- Not eating out. This is hard for me because I find it convenient to just pick up something. I have been able to cut out the McD Happy Meals (no more toys to give away!). If I do eat out I try to find a healthy appetizer or split my meal and take the other half home for my lunch.
- Plan and cook more meals at home and freeze more stuff to grab for lunch.