The clothes that were hanging on the eliptical trainer don't fit anymore!
Sunday, September 07, 2008
This morning when I weighed myself, I was at 174 pounds. This means that when I go to the body mass index calculator and plug in my height and my weight, the words "healthy weight" pop up.
On January 6, 2008, I went to the doctor because my wrist was hurting. They weighed me and the scale read 210 pounds. That was the most I had ever weighed, to my knowledge. They took my blood pressure and it was too high.
I didn't own a scale, but could tell from my clothes that I had gained weight. The weight and the blood pressure scared me. I didn't want to go on medication, but as a single parent, I had to do something.
So, for the first time in my life, I counted calories. My daughter was home from college, so it wasn't easy. But I read the labels, I counted the number of pistachios in a serving. I figured out the lowest calorie, sodium, fat crackers and cheese. I measured out what serving was.
I added some exercise, I walked to work (.75 miles 3 times a week, most of those days walking home for lunch.) I ran in place when I let the dogs out in the back yard and waited for them to come in. I walked up stairs. I did squats every time I went to the bathroom. Really I did. I was just adding a little exercise to lots of different spots in my life.
When my daughter went back to college, I took down the Christmas tree, and dragged the eliptical trainer out of my bedroom. I had put it in there when my daughter graduated from high school, because we had her graduation party at our house and I didn't want it in the living room. It had sat in my bedroom, and was used only for hanging clothes.
I started at 5 minutes, and added one minute a day. It was about this time that I discovered Sparkpoints. Sparkpoints helped so much, because I always wanted to record some kind of exercise. I would talk myself into getting on the trainer "just for one minute." And then would remind myself that I needed 5 minutes to get a point. And once I'd done 5, I found I could keep on going. I could tell my clothes were fitting better, and bought the first scale I had owned in 15 years. I had lost 10 pounds!
I kept it up, working up to 40 and 50 minutes on the eliptical. And then it was spring. I started biking. I love biking. In mid-june I bought a new bike. I've logged 850 miles on the bike, with 62 miles being the longest.
I've done it. I don't know why it worked this time. I guess I had to hit a place where I couldn't ignore the health impact on my body. Sparkpoints gave me a place to record progress, to meet others, to hold myself accountable. Starting slow helped. Trying to lose just 10 pounds at first, then another 5, and another, and another, made each goal achievable. Until now I've lost more than 35 pounds. When I pick up a box of cat litter, I can't believe that was what I carried around every day.
I've lost over two sizes. And the clothes that were hanging on the eliptical trainer don't fit any more!