Saturday, February 6, 2010

Kathy: Week 6 One Step at a Time

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Current Weight: 146
Last Week's Weight: 148
Starting Weight: 151
Total Weight Loss: 5 pounds

Today's BMI: 25.86 (still "overweight")

Yay! Two more pounds down the drain! I seem to be losing weight in stair steps, and I'm ok with that. Five pounds in five weeks = healthy weight loss. I've stepped up my exercising this week, and I feel great! 

So what's working well for me this week? I love eating healthy foods! Yesterday my husband and I went to Trader Joe's for the very first time. What can I say? We're a little slow on trends sometimes.
 We had a great time! We found some yummy foods to spice up our same-ol' same-ol' menus, while still staying within our calorie counts and criteria for healthy foods.

Speaking of calorie counts, I'm still eating four 400-calorie meals a day (3 meals plus snacks that total 400 calories). This week I picked up the Real Simple magazine at the grocery store - they have a feature article on 400-calorie meals. If you type "400-calorie meals" into their search window, you get a bunch of recipes.

I have noticed a couple of things about my body this week:
1. My clothes fit better. Yay!
2. I am stronger!! It is amazing to me to see how quickly my muscles have responded to the workouts. Muscles are designed to be active; they are designed to get stronger. Isn't that cool? I'm not a super-buff fitness model, I'm just a middle-aged grandma and school teacher, but my body still loves to get fit. It feels so good!

I've mentioned that my husband and I are taking a yoga class one night a week. Wow! We really really love this class. My balance is improving. My muscles get both stretched and strengthened from the yoga poses. I'm no yoga expert, but throughout the week I remember enough of the instructions to incorporate them into the moves I do throughout the day--sitting with better posture, standing taller, tweaking other exercise moves just a bit to improve my performance. If you've never taken a yoga class before, you might want to check it out! We are taking ours through a community education class, so it only costs about $6.00 per session. I know of a local gym (Nelson's Nautilus) that offers classes, which are available even to nonmembers. I'm sure you can find yoga classes in your area, too!

I also go to the Curves gym 3x a week for a 30-minute workout on their circuit. It's a good workout for me, with friendly women of all ages and fitness levels for companionship.

But aside from these workouts, I try to be more active every day! One of the gizmos that helps me is my little pedometer. I like to know how many steps I've walked every day. Super active people log 10,000 steps a day. Some days I get there, but most days are in the 5,000 step range. If I only have a couple thousand steps on my pedometer at the end of the day, I know I want to get up and move more tomorrow!

Wearing my pedometer reminds me that it's a good thing to take more steps: I don't mind if I don't get the closest parking space, I prefer the stairs to the elevator, etc. One evening last week, I noticed that the pedometer only had 4,000 steps logged, so I headed out for a quick walk. In the spirit of "walking in circles," I checked my pedometer after a few blocks, noticed that I was around 5,000, and headed home--it was getting dark, and I was glad to have logged over 6,000 steps that day, thanks to a 15-minute walk in my neighborhood. 

Are you interested in wearing a pedometer to help motivate your healthy living? I don't know much about brands or types. I bought a good quality, but fairly inexpensive one several years ago, and it still serves me well. I ordered it online from the New Lifestyles website. They sell all kinds of fancier ones, but I bought the basic "SW-401." Along with it--and this is key--I also bought a STRAP to clip it to my waistband. The strap is only $3.00, but it's the reason I still have my $20.00 pedometer. I highly recommend the strap! It's saved me from losing the pedometer many, many times.

(Note to Alex: You'll be glad to know that yesterday afternoon--after sitting for most of the afternoon, doing homework for my university class--I was motivated to move! I went to a nearby track and jogged/walked for 25 minutes! It felt so good. My knees didn't hurt, but I need to work on my cardiovascular capacity--it was hard to breathe enough to keep running.)

I know this is quirky, but I write my steps in my journal every night! Don't ask me why. Sometimes I tally up how may steps I walked in a week (last week: nearly 32,000). Sometimes I compare between the same date last this and this year. But mostly I just like to write them down. Something about keeping a record of my walk through life, maybe?

My little record reminds me that we accomplish our goals to be healthier and happier one day at a time, one step at a time. There's no other way to get from here to there.

If you leave a comment today (I hope you do!) I'd love to hear about what you are doing today for your life goals. I'm sending "atta-girls" and "atta-boys" out to you...we can do it!
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Dorothy said...

Hooray for 5 lbs gone!!! Hooray! I, too, am at the lb a week rate, and loving how it feels. :)

Glad you had fun at Trader Joe's! Haven't been there for a while myself, but it might be time to go again.

Hey, remember "Temple Trekkers"? Your comments about the pedometer reminded me of that. Good times.

Enjoy your play day!

Mike said...

I can understand about getting out and walking a bit. Yesterday, it as so nice that I took a 40 minute walk around work and the residential neighborhood.

I love Trader Joes! I especially like the dried mango slices they have there.

Katie said...

Great job Mom! Bryan and I are going for a walk today too. :)

bellivas said...

got inspired of you and start ed today my 1600 kcal per ay program!

Carou said...

Way to go! 5 pounds down and the time has flown by! You've re-inspired me. My husband and I took at great walk in Roger's Park in LO and my food choices have been on track. My question today was...OK, what's a good 400 calorie breakfast, then at lunch I asked it again and also at dinner! Thanks for getting me back on track. Here's to a great week of healthy choice and more exercise.

Leslee said...

Great job, Kathy. I'm reinspired also. I just joined Curves and am anxious to see what ti does for me. I'm also recommitted to get out and walk more. Still working on a good working diet for me. I also like the journal idea. That may help me be more accountable.

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