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Do I need another new life style? Yikes!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jan 12 last year, I began a new job. The atmosphere is very good, and I still believe they are a very nurturing group of people. Unfortunately, their brand of nurturing is sweets. I have learned that I don't need donuts every time they appear, I skipped them yesterday. I need to skip them every time.

Jan 29 last year, I fell down steps, and I still can't walk for exercise.

Jan 2 this year, I returned from another fabulous trip to New Zealand; it was a cruise, so we all know what the food situation is there.

I quit weighing in about 4 months ago, it was too depressing. I broke down and looked this morning.

So, here's the assessment. If I don't do a workout of some type, and it used to be walking, I will gain about a pound per week. And, when I do my 2 miles per day workout, I lose about 1 pound per week.

Now, there's a testimonial to exercise! I have to do it, or else. Or else, I can't eat the way my new life style was.

Do I need another life style? I need to rethink it all. I feel like my whole life is a jig saw puzzle, and in the last two years, the bumps on the pieces got changed, and I nearly had it back together, the bumps changed, and I can't get it back together.

I know panic is not the solution, and I need to figure out what I can do.

Jan 11, this week, our building got a little cafeteria, and this week I added cottage cheese and pineapple to my breakfast (bagel and cream cheese). It makes me less voracious at lunch. And, now we have a fresh salad bar (and other evil things) at lunch time. That made me less crazy at dinner time. I can avoid the evil things.

Maybe, that is why I decided it was time to face the scales.

Here's to the next new life style. Thank you for the new cafeteria.

I will continue to walk to and from the bus, it is about 15 minutes of walking, but it is not aerobic like my walking was before. I pray for relief from icy sidewalks this winter. So far, so good. I have not fallen. We are expecting a winter blast this week.

I hope you are all coping with these struggles the best you can.

One more confession, I really wasn't prepared for how I really looked after I lost 50. All I saw was a sagging 66 year old body and 50 more pounds to go. I need to figure that out too.
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  • ALIHIKES
    Best wishes Karen in getting your health back! It sounds like you are making great strides. I faced a similar challenge last year: I injured my hip and pelvis in a fall on ice, then had surgery on my foot. It has taken a lot longer to recover than I anticipated. I am trying to gradually increase my distance walking. But I had to take off a significant amount of time from exercising (more than a year) and I gained weight while not exercising. I am losing weight again now, but it takes time.

    I am trying to vary my exercises more because I still can't hike at my former pace/distances. I am including water exercises at our community pool, and classes at the senior fitness center (yoga, strength, conditioning etc). Perhaps you might be able to do non-weight bearing exercise like water fitness or exercise bicycle more easily than walking.

    Best wishes to you! You are making some great decisions and great choices.
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    1718 days ago
  • ALICIALYNNE
    Great blog! Kudos in being honest with yourself about where you are now. It isn't an easy task!
    I have to admit that your last point was a punch to the gut. I have felt the same way - unprepared for how I look after getting halfway to goal - but couldn't figure out how to express it. I didn't expect model skin but I also didn't realize how significant the excess skin would be.
    1718 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Great blog.
    1718 days ago
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