Back in the Saddle Again
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
. . .that's the song that comes to mind today. I'm home. I'm chronologically challenged (a jet lag of sorts), but today is mine for the taking or making or doing.
Over the holidays (which began with Thanksgiving) and my extended vacation into February, my goal was to stay under 200 pounds. Not a very lofty goal, but a goal just the same. I was on a very "relaxed" plan. I rarely tracked my food, but I was doing my best to make no grain and low carb choices. I did so with very few exceptions. When a birthday came along, I ate cake. A few Christmas "sugarplums" danced into my mouth. I got a bit too used to the dark chocolate that is so good for me. A sweet treat every night is not recommended! But in a way it kept me safe from indulging in other treats that would have not been as good for me. By my estimation, I made it out alive. It could have been so much worse!
So here I am at 197 pounds on my way to my next goal of 187. I have joined the KetoDiet 60 day Challenge, so I am working to be 187 by April 13.
On the blood sugar front, my average is up. I am experiencing higher blood sugars in the morning than at bedtime. I've done some research on this, but I have no clear answers as to why I am consistently higher after that 8 hour fasting period. More research to be done. (And most likely a very fatty liver to "drain"!)
Now for the real work. EXERCISE. I think I have sat on my butt for about 4 months now. (I got a lot of knitting and video gaming done, so my fingers are nimble) The last consistent exercise left when the pool got too chilly in October! I usually pick up the pool slack with a daily walk, but I just let that slide this year. So here I sit, feeling weak and lazy. Today I will take a walk around the bayou and I will get on the floor and stretch.
I will be tracking my exercise, because that keeps me honest. I will also be tracking my measurements and nutrition because I know that it helps me reach my goals. My sparking experience has shown me that when I track, I succeed. So that is the saddle I'm hopping into today. I've taken my measurements for the day. I'm ready to get back to work to get my healthier lifestyle taking me where I want to be.
So here I am. Reporting for duty. My job is to be my healthy best. Time to push a little harder!