Friday, June 1, 2012
Fitness Friday ~ thank you Staci
The lovely Staci of Life in the Thumb has inspired me to take stock of my health, she reviving her Fitness Friday meme. I've realized for a long while that I needed to get serious about losing weight. It seems like once I hit my 40's, I just struggled with weight loss. I have had issues with weight since childhood, but could always lose weight more easily when I was younger. In the last (15) years I've gained (40) lbs and although I am still healthy, I know it's a matter of time before the extra weight causes issues. Every year when I go for my physical the doctor says I've gained a few more pounds and that I'm going in the wrong direction.
I'm one of those people who have also used food as a source of comfort. As a child when I was sad, my mother would give me treats, make a cake etc. I also suffer from depression, and when I'm sad, I eat
Although, I won't post my current weight, I'll just say I'd love to lose (50)lbs --even if it takes me a few years to do it. I want to change my eating habits. For me, it's portion control, too many carbs and not enough exercise, but I have free access to a full service gym, coworkers who walk for 30 minutes each morning, while I make excuses not to. My husband lost 35lbs over the past year by walking 5 miles a day and eating a lot less. (All while I continued to sit on my butt and eat -- I just wasn't ready and feeling sorry for myself).
So beginning today, I hope to begin to change my ways. I'm hoping that by the time I hit 60 at the end of this year, I'll have some successes to celebrate, and actually look forward to get on the scale at the doctor's office.
There is a great website, free, that even has a FREE APP for your phone for people trying to loss weight -- similar to Weight Watchers, but FREE. It's called SPARK PEOPLE.
To lose weight, I'll be counting calories, eating healthier foods, watching portion size and moving my butt more. On Fridays, I'll keep a little tracking diary of progress and share any healthy websites, recipes and other info for those of you struggling with some extra weight.
June 1st - (the journey begins).
June 8 - Hope to lose (3) lbs first week
Anyone care to join Staci and I ?