Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I'm a Gym Rat

I did it! My gym membership started on Tuesday and I completed a whopping 2 miles on the treadmill. I am so out of shape it is sickening. My knees hurt and since I was on the second floor of the gym I hobbled down the stairs to the car. But I will keep going because my biggest fear is not being able to do the things I love. I mentioned in a previous post how my DH climbed to the top of the dome at a church in London and I sat on the main floor waiting. I couldn't do that many stairs. But I will.

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.
Have a wonderful hump day because today, even the calendar said WTF.

15 comments:

Tina said...

Goo you :)..I am so with you on the traveling and then sitting at the bottom of the stairs while your husband climbed. I have done that so many times and never ever want to be that way again.

the no drinking while eating vow helped me with drinking calories big time. Even if you just work on that one and only drink wine before or an hour after food will put a huge dent in your drinking.

Goooo youu :)

Tina

tessierose said...

Oh, the wine. That's a problem for me, but one I'm afraid I'll have to work around. Good luck!
You've done great thus far!

Jess said...

Sounds like you have a good plan going! I have come up with my own as well. Hopefully it works out for both of us!!! And congrats on getting into the gym. You gotta start somewhere!

Gilly said...

I am there with you at the gym...pain and all! I'm sad about the no more McPuke's toys though :(

Andrew said...

Please note that you do not need to believe all you read...wine and beer are good for you...A pixie told me at the end of the garden :-)

Maree said...

Sounds like a good plan - sometimes we just need to refocus and cut out the small things which stop us losing. I figure that the "extras" can wait until I'm at goal.

Girl Bandit said...

Sounds like a great plan. I need to ease up on the wine. I am so proud of you for joining the gym...and who knows you may grow to love it???

Nella said...

An officialy gym rat! Wooohoo! Way to go sista!
Leaving for Toronto tomorrow! Family is in North York and Richmond Hill!

kagead said...

You've got a great grip on the situation and with your well-thought out plan on how to tackle it, you'll be on your way in no time. Great post!

Drazil said...

I bet you're the cutest gym rat anyone has ever seen!

Cindylew said...

You are absolutely on top of this situation.
Go gym rat go!!!

Bonnie said...

Wait a minute - I thought wine was a fruit. Getting a personal trainer is a great idea. If you find the right one, it can really help you get you to the next fitness leve. Good luck.

Girl Bandit said...

Hi sandy...thanks for the suprise me comment but I can;t get it on my blog...something to do with no Rs feed....do you know what that means???

Lonicera said...

That 7 p.m. one would be the worst for me - I don't even want to think about foo till 9.30, and I know that the later one eats the worse it is. On the positive side, not drinking alcohol of any description doesn't worry me... though I wish I felt the same about chilled milky coffees...
Would you find it difficult to cut out the sweets??
Caroline

Lonicera said...

Foo?? Food??????????? Dunno...
Caroline

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