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Time Off for Bad Behavior

I have not died.  I haven’t even been sick, except for a head cold.

I have, however, been away from my blog for a very long time.  A month and a half is like ten years in the blogosphere, I fear.

Since I last posted, way back in November, a few things have happened in my life.  First, I had a mild teacher meltdown.  As in, I can’t do this anymore.  I’ll never make it ’til retirement at this rate.  I work and sleep and work and sleep and migraine and sleep, and, and, and… WAAAAAHHHH!!

So my principal and dear friend Helen smacked me around one afternoon and told me to get a grip.  She also (and this is why I love her) told me that I don’t take care of myself, I have horrible eating habits, I don’t exercise, and I use my migraine as an excuse to not take better care of myself.  She doesn’t pull any punches, and she and I are so much alike with respect to our health, she basically was saying it for both of us.

Then I realized I was about to be a grandmother any day now.  An overweight, out of shape, 52-year-old grandmother.  My mother was 62 when she died.  She did not get to see any of her grandchildren grow up, nor did she even get to know my youngest, who was just a toddler when Mom died.  Of heart disease.  Like everyone else in her family.  She was overweight.  And out of shape.  And made excuses for why she didn’t eat better and exercise.

Another thing that happened is that I had dinner with my son, Nathan.  At 23, he was working as a security guard.  He actually gets to wave hello and goodbye to Jerry Springer quite often as he provides security where Mr. Springer lives.  Which is neither here nor there, but I got to drop a name, so whatever…  Anyway, between a bad ankle and a fairly sedentary job, along with horrible work hours, he had put on quite a bit of weight.  Over the past year, he has lost 45 pounds and has a little more to go.

At dinner, we had a great talk about politics, religion, our goals and plans, and he talked to me about how he lost the weight.  He uses an app on his phone called Myfitnessplan.  Without going into it in-depth, I will tell you he tracks his food and water intake, along with exercise each day.  He also started going to a local gym and noticed that his weight loss slowed, but his waist is getting smaller.  He joined up with a neighbor and long time friend of his, which keeps them both accountable.

I am quite proud of my son.  He is one of those no-nonsense people who aren’t big on excuses, at least not from others.  😉

So, I’m exhausted from work, about to have a new grandson, and I’m overweight and out of shape.  Gee, what should I do?

Suffice it to say, I’m not a total idiot.  I’ve been tracking my food intake for the past few weeks, and I’ve lost 11 pounds.  I also joined the same gym this week, and have started doing cardio.  Due to my arthritis and bad knees, I’m limited for now to the recumbent bike and the stationary bike, but I can get a good 30 minute workout on each.  I am also learning that I am WAY over my sugar limit each day, so I’m going to have to work on that, and that I get very little potassium in my diet, so I’ve started taking a supplement.

I am also on my Christmas break, so I’m catching up on some needed rest as I start to build some new routines in my life.

And by the way, my new grandson?  He’s exquisite.

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128 over 76

I went back to my doctor yesterday to see if my blood pressure had improved.  For some freakish reason, my normally lovely blood pressure spiked to 145 over 99 last time I was there.  The doctor was most unhappy and told me to stop using table salt, which I never use anyway, and put me on a diuretic with a deadline of one month to get my pressure down.

He also warned me that he would take me off my Imitrex if my blood pressure didn’t improve.  I left in a panic, wondering how I would function without it.  After I decided panicking was not good for my blood pressure, I relaxed a little.  Without really doing anything differently than eating out less and getting up more in the middle of the night to use the bathroom – damn diuretic – I waited for my appointment to roll around again.

Yesterday was my moment of truth.  Blood pressure – a fairly decent 128 over 76, and get this!  I lost ten pounds since my visit in mid-August.  I’m not sure where I put it, but it’s the first time in my life I’ve just misplaced ten pounds without any idea how it happened.

And I get to keep my Imitrex and function normally in society.  Sweet.

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