Weight Loss Again

Well, I seem to be back on track with losing weight since I rejoined Medical Weight Loss Clinic here in Michigan December 31, 2019. I weighed in at 419 pounds. So far I’ve lost just over 12 pounds. Today I weighed in at 406.8. I can’t say that I feel better as I am still using a cane and wobble when I first stand up because of the excess weight on my frame. My knees feel the brunt of those 406.8 pounds. I look forward to when I am under 399 pounds. Maybe then I’ll feel a little better.

2020

Happy New Year!!

I hope the new year has started off wonderful for you. It has for me, well, it should start well as I signed up to be a client at Medical Weight Loss Clinic. I told them I wanted to lose 60 pounds, which would aid me in getting rid of the cane with which I walk. I use a cane because I have arthritis in my knees and my knees have almost given out on me because of my weight. I also want my clothing to fit better. So that’s the physical me in 2020.

As for other goals in 2020, I want my book published this year. I know as long as I follow Ambassador International’s program (including edits from an editor) I should meet this goal. Even if it is 2021 when the book is published I will be thrilled. </p>

I want to write more in 2020. I stopped writing the inspirational, historical romance novel set in a Michigan lumber camp because I realized I needed to do more research into Michigan lumber camps. The books I read up to this point and my trip to the Michigan History Museum in Lansing didn’t offer enough fodder for my mind. I have two more books I bought on Amazon about Michigan lumber camps in the U.P. but my camp is set in the lower peninsula. Oh what to do! Get cracking and read those books. Maybe I need to take another trip to the history museum. </p>
Regardless of what I do this year, I wish you well and many blessings in this new year.

 

Still Need to Lose Weight

All I want for Christmas is to lose weight. Yeah right! I know the things I need to do in order to lose weight–eat less, eat protein as my main source of caloric intake and such–but am I doing it? No, well, somedays are better than others. Recently–September through November 18–I participated in a psoriasis study through the University of Michigan. It was a 12 week study where I cut out foods I am allergic to which included: cow’s milk and cow’s milk products, eggs and bananas. Cutting out bananas was easy as I don’t usually eat bananas anyway. Cutting out eggs and cow’s milk products was hard as I love cow’s milk products such as cheese, cottage cheese and the like. What I discovered was that since I had to write down everything I ate, I ate less and ate simple foods such as hot dogs and hot dog buns. Since I was eating whatever I wanted to just less of it, I lost weight around 28 pounds. Now that I am no longer writing down what I eat I’m back to the sweets full force and over eating regularly. Uh!! The frustration!!

So I need to get my 419 pound self back on track. Listen to my body and eat less. I know I can do it, but will I?

Love and all of that

As I sit here in my creative room thinking about this title and listening to the gentle patter of rain on the window outside, my first thought was “I ain’t got no love”. Yes, I’m a former English major and graduated top of my class–well, in the top 5% so I should know better than to write what I did, but I did for emphasis so I’m keeping it. That was my first thought. My second thought was “yeah, I’ve got love. I love myself and I know the Lord loves me so what else do I need?” I really am content with my single, “ain’t got no man” life (again, poor English to emphasis the comment).

Currently, I am also catless, which means my three cats have passed away and I haven’t gotten any more. I’ve been in a lot of pain because of my weight–419 at last weigh in in the doctor’s office in November. I walk with a cane and thinking of having to entertain a little cat or cat family and scoop their litter regularly just doesn’t appeal to me. I think I’m done with owning pets. They just take too much time and attention, so the cat business is closed. Since I am 55 and walk with a cane, the cat business may never open again. I’m not sad about that. Pets are a lot of work. I wish all the pet owners out there many blessings and happiness through their life with pets.

Time to Workout

It is Saturday morning. I’m up early. It’s time to go workout. Yeah or nay it doesn’t matter I’m going to do it.

I’ve been struggling with my weight for months now. I’m stuck in the 370s ugh!! Even so, I continue to workout. I think I must be overeating for what I’m doing at the gym. There is no other explanation for it.

Weight Loss–An Uphill Battle

“Just keep swimming.” That’s what someone told me today when they asked how it was going with the weight loss. I told them I was stalled. They told me to be patient and to just keep doing what I’m doing. What I’m doing is skipping workouts because of the heat or I don’t feel up to it or whatever the excuse at the moment is. Plus, I do really well with food choices during the day, but at night I find I’m over eating. I’m not eating bad stuff, just overeating too much of the good stuff. It is so easy to overeat when I log everything into Sparkpeople.com I find myself going overboard. I am allotted 2400 calories a day, which should be enough. It is enough, but not when I eat pork country style ribs with barbecue sauce on it.

Progress

I’m making progress in my battle with weight.

I workout almost every day with weights using a program I found on bodybuilding.com. I follow Lee Labrada’s Lean Body 12-week makeover as my guide and am seeing results. The weight is slowly coming off.

I log everything I eat on Sparkpeople.com and try to stay within my calorie range. Right now I weigh 373.8 as of this morning.  My goal is to hit 350. When I do I’ll take myself and my Terra Trike recumbent bike to Mackinac Island and make the five-mile trek around the island.

I ride my bike almost everyday. Now that the weather is hotter, I workout with weights indoors and ride the stationary bike. I can only ride the stationary bike for 15-25 minutes because I get bored. I watch TV as I ride, but there is nothing compared to riding outside.

How is everyone doing? Thank you for following me and reading my blog. How can I encourage you in your weight-loss journey?

One Mile in Flint today

Today, Aug. 25, 2016, I drove to Flint Michigan to participate in the 1 mile open race for walkers and runners. As I walked I kept thinking of the Dory song “Just keep swimming”, but changed it to “just keep walking”.

After completing the race in under 24 minutes, I now am the proud owner of a heavy “M” medal for 1 mile. I’m very proud of myself and what I can do when I set my mind to it.

Kayaking

I went kayaking at Argo Canoe Livery in Ann Arbor Michigan Friday night and then again Sunday afternoon at Hayes State Park in Onsted Michigan. It was a scary experience as I paddled and drifted on the water looking down at the rocks and weeds–thinking I would flip and because my neck and back hurt–I was using muscles I haven’t used in quite some time–I cut the paddling short. Even so, I did it and plan to go kayaking again–building my confidence each time. What have you done to build your bravery?