Need to Lose 100 LBS -Robins Thread !

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  • JNettie73
    JNettie73 Posts: 1,085 Member
    Hello everyone! I just caught up reading everything from December until now.

    I am so sorry to read of everyone's losses and struggles. I can relate as I have been having a rough time myself. In January my mother passed away from Covid. It was a shock to us. She went to the hospital and a week later she passed away. The hospital would not allow us to visit her aside from standing outside the hospital in the cold and peer in through her window. She had difficulty breathing so she was not able to speak on the phone. We never got to say goodbye. I took 2 weeks off from work between the hospital, funeral and cleaning out the house. The day after I returned I found out one of my student's had Covid. The week after that I was hit in the face by a student and was injured. I celebrated my birthday having x-rays done of my face. I felt like life was spinning completely out of control. During this time I lost about 10 lbs during this time just because I had zero appetite and was depressed. I had a few days where my glucose spiked much higher than it normally is but not as high as when I was in the hospital last year. Logging, making healthy choices and exercising had been non exsistent. I just could not handle it on top of everything else I was dealing with. Once I started eating again I regained some of those 10 lbs. I have been fluctuating between 210-214 since then. Mid February I decided to start exercising (cardio) again. I have been doing very well with that however my food choices/ portions could use some work. My goal for April was to start logging my food again. So far I have been doing okay-ish. I have missed a few meals here and there but I have been logging honestly. This week I decided to add back in strength training after my cardio. I am a bit achy but it is a good ache. Today was a rough day all around. It is the 4 year anniversary of my dad's passing. I struggled with my food choices and did a bit of binge eating. I tried creating recipes so I can log the foods I ate however the MFP app keeps giving me an error message. I logged into the website in hopes it was just the app but I continued to get error messages. :( However, while on the website I decided to pop in here and see what everyone is up to. I am going to try to pop in more frequently and say hi. I miss you all.


    @skinnyjeanzbound
    I am especially sorry to read about Gunner. He was so very blessed because of the life you and your husband gave him.


  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    JNettie73 wrote: »
    Hello everyone! I just caught up reading everything from December until now.

    I am so sorry to read of everyone's losses and struggles. I can relate as I have been having a rough time myself. In January my mother passed away from Covid. It was a shock to us. She went to the hospital and a week later she passed away. The hospital would not allow us to visit her aside from standing outside the hospital in the cold and peer in through her window. She had difficulty breathing so she was not able to speak on the phone. We never got to say goodbye. I took 2 weeks off from work between the hospital, funeral and cleaning out the house. The day after I returned I found out one of my student's had Covid. The week after that I was hit in the face by a student and was injured. I celebrated my birthday having x-rays done of my face. I felt like life was spinning completely out of control. During this time I lost about 10 lbs during this time just because I had zero appetite and was depressed. I had a few days where my glucose spiked much higher than it normally is but not as high as when I was in the hospital last year. Logging, making healthy choices and exercising had been non exsistent. I just could not handle it on top of everything else I was dealing with. Once I started eating again I regained some of those 10 lbs. I have been fluctuating between 210-214 since then. Mid February I decided to start exercising (cardio) again. I have been doing very well with that however my food choices/ portions could use some work. My goal for April was to start logging my food again. So far I have been doing okay-ish. I have missed a few meals here and there but I have been logging honestly. This week I decided to add back in strength training after my cardio. I am a bit achy but it is a good ache. Today was a rough day all around. It is the 4 year anniversary of my dad's passing. I struggled with my food choices and did a bit of binge eating. I tried creating recipes so I can log the foods I ate however the MFP app keeps giving me an error message. I logged into the website in hopes it was just the app but I continued to get error messages. :( However, while on the website I decided to pop in here and see what everyone is up to. I am going to try to pop in more frequently and say hi. I miss you all.


    @skinnyjeanzbound
    I am especially sorry to read about Gunner. He was so very blessed because of the life you and your husband gave him.


    I knew about your mom but I didn’t know you were dealing with all the other stuff on top of that. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. If you ever just want to vent feel free to reach out to me. Hugs to you as you go through the Anniversary your dad. Sometimes when I’m going through rough patches dealing with grief or loss I put in movies or watch TV shows like “This Is Us” that make me cry all the time it’s therapeutic I guess for me. Keep your head up.
  • JNettie73
    JNettie73 Posts: 1,085 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen
    Thank you. <3 It's been a rough few months but things are looking a bit better now. I just wanted to explain why I dropped off the face of the earth and have not been sticking to MFP like I used to.

    I love This is Us! I never got around to watching the last season, my bestie advised I avoid it for a while because it may touch too close to home for me. I usually watch a show when I bike. I am planning on watching it when I finish the show I just started. I started Vampire Diaries on Netflix. I've been trying to pick shows that have multiple seasons so it lasts me a while. Though This is Us is one of those shows that I will probably start watching again from the beginning then watch until the final season.

    My cherry blossom tree went into bloom. Today the sky is an amazing blue color. It is absolutely beautiful against the sky with the sun shinning through. I could sit and stare at it's beauty all day. I like to sit outside and look at it while focusig on breathing. I find it helps keep me grounded and refreshes me. I wish the tree would stay in bloom longer than it does.

    I bought a few new clothes for the warmer months. I am almost into a size large for pants!!! I can get them on but they do emphasize my belly a bit more than I would like. I am hoping in another month they will be perfect. I picked up 2 new bathing suits, 2 pairs of capris, a few bike shorts and a few pairs of knit shorts for workouts. Last week I swapped out my winter wardrobe for spring/summer. To my surprise I had a lot of shorts in smaller sizes so I didn't have to buy much. Today and tomorrow are in the mid 50s however starting this weekend we will see temps in the 60s. I am so excited that it is warming up. At the beginning of April I treated my daughter and I to new bikes. My old mountain bike had a flat tire and break issues, the frame was starting to rust. I decided it was time to say goodbye to her and invest in a new bike. I've had her for over 20 years. I am hoping to get some family bike rides in on the weekends along with lots of gardening! If you remember, I love to garden and grow my own fruits and veggies. I already have some plants started and waiting for it to be warm enough to plant outside.

    Hope everyone is having a great week!
  • nsk1951
    nsk1951 Posts: 244 Member
    Saturday Weigh In results ...
    Age: 77
    5'3" tall
    Highest weight: 278 lb
    Goal weight: 175 lb
    12/28/22: 234
    1/29/22: 230.8
    2/26.22: 224
    3/26/22: 223.4
    4/30/22: 219.6
    Well, another month is ending today and I did lose a tiny bit this last week of it, but not enough to have made my goal of 5 pounds this month. ... That's ok, I'll hit it in May and go beyond ...

    On another thread, there were some posters lamenting the weight shifts up and down and suggestions from others that ranged from weigh every day to not at all based on the way you personally react to what the scale says that day. ... What do you do?

    AFM .. I do tend to weigh myself daily, but I don't always record it, and on those day's I don't weigh myself it's usually because I forgot to do it. However I only record my Saturday morning weights here. Either way, what I am looking for is a downward trend. The daily weights simply meant to help me know if I need to take a particular medication or not that day. However I have found a correlation to the TYPE of food I have eaten within the last couple of days to what is showing on the scale, and it also seems to affect how active my digestive system is. Has anyone else made that kind of connection with their own tracking and looking back?

    Here is a MFP chart of my progress these 4 months I have been back using MFP ...2vhk2gbma0lj.jpg

    Here's looking to a GREAT MAY ... with warmer weather in our north of the equator hemisphere encouraging us come out of our winter shells I am going to start that program of walking my neighborhood. It's not only a way to get out into the fresh air (albeit full of downtown car fumes!) to get some Sunshine Vitamin D but also a way of getting me out of my "Ivory Tower" apartment and getting these legs and knees moving for as long as they still remain mobile.

    Have a great week everyone. May your troubles become more manageable, less disruptive to your lives. May you great each with hope and renewal. May you rest each night with peace of mind.
  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    @nsk1951- personally for myself the scale puts me in a negative mind thought.. If I don’t see it going down then I tend to get negative in my head and sabotage all the good things I’ve been doing. I weigh myself every Saturday morning right after I wake up no clothes on my doctor said that’s when you’re at your lowest weight is in the morning. Also um I’m not sure if this is the same for everybody but my doctor said it takes three days for your food and an exercise to adjust on the scale. So an example of myself is if I eat an entire pizza on a Saturday it’s not going to show up instantly on Sunday. I am glad to hear that you went down it’s OK that you didn’t meet your goal you still tried. I was hoping to end this month at 246 pounds but I ended at 248 which is less than my goal which is OK I’m still getting closer and I am learning more than I have in the past and being on here about myself.
    @JNettie73- sounds like you’ve had a lot of wins… Clothes that fit that are new and old, a new bike. I wish you could get warm enough in Minnesota for me to wear shorts I haven’t wore shorts in about 10 years. I haven’t been in a swimsuit or swimming since 2010 it’s just not warm enough for me. I do wear T-shirts in the summertime but it’s usually with yoga pants or a pair jeans. I have on occasion wore a couple of Capri pants. I realize I am a rare exception if it’s not 90+ degrees I’m not putting on shorts or a swimsuit and it rarely gets that around here. I do know the difference between heat and humidity most Minnesota people don’t 😆. Ironically my new neighbors asked me how I like my air conditioner and if it is big enough to cool off my whole house. I told them I’ve lived here since 2012 and I’ve never used it so I don’t know and he just looked at me like what the F I told him it’s never warm enough to turn an air conditioner on just opening up the windows is good enough for me. And he just shook his head and laughed.

    as for myself I ended the week with 18.2 miles walked intentionally for my Sesame Street challenge and another 6.5 miles just in the morning dog walks that I don’t count for my challenge. I am hoping with the amount of weight that I lost that my doctor will allow me to try to wean myself off my blood pressure medication being I’ve lost over 30 pounds and I have a decent exercise routine in place. I’m just waiting to hear back from her. I mean I could always just go off of it myself if I really wanted to I don’t like the swollen feet side effects. I also can’t take the one that makes you pee all the time because I’m always outside and in Covid times there’s not always a public restroom available. She tried me on one other medication and one of the side effects said to stay out of the sun well that’s counterproductive for me because when the sun is out I’m outside 90% of my day so I broke out in hives.
    Mother’s Day I’m gonna do race for the cure I think I’m going to do the 2.5 mile loop even though I really want to see what the inside of the US Bank Stadium looks like. I feel like 1.5 mile loop it’s just not that long… however it does depend on the weather because if it’s raining like it is today I will definitely be walking inside. I’ve never done a race like that before so I’m kind of excited.
    well the scale didn’t move this week same as last week. But I also know why I ate an entire pizza to myself and I ate chipotle a lot of chipotle. I guess what is good for me this time around is instead of getting depressed about that and eating even more I just know what caused it and going forward what to do about it. I guess I’m taking more accountability this time around which is maybe why I’ve actually gotten past the 30 pound mark. I’m not much past it but I’m past it. The last few times I tried this I hit 25 to 30 pounds and I give up and I gain it all plus some back and this time I’ve decided I am not going to give up mistakes are part of the process and learning from our mistakes is going to be helpful. I hope everybody has a good week!
  • skinnyjeanzbound
    skinnyjeanzbound Posts: 3,960 Member
    Hi everyone!!
    Wow, I blinked and another month flew by. I just finished catching up on posts since I was last here in March.

    @JNettie73 -- I am so sorry to hear about you mother--I can't imagine how difficult that must have been. I also hope you weren't injured too badly by your student--that's so scary! Thank you so much for your condolences about Gunner. He was a good boy, and I miss him, but it was definitely his time. I'm glad you are enjoying better weather than we have here in Chicago. Its cold and dreary and not at all spring-like right now which has put me in a bad mood. On the plus side, we are supposed to start warming up this weekend, so I just hope spring decides to stick around for more than a day or two.

    @holly-- I can't believe it's been 7 years since you lost your son--hugs to you, friend. I hope your weather is also getting better, but kudos to you for continuing your walking, even in the cold rain. I am a big baby and will not walk/run outside if it's not at least 50 degrees. LOL! Congrats on passing that 30 lb mark--that's a great accomplishment, and you're right about just letting go of the mistakes and continuing forward. We will never be perfect, and life will always include indulgences from time to time. Regarding your question about the 5 week prediction when you close out your diary. When I first started on MFP, I used to put a little note on the date 5 weeks out with the prediction to see if it was correct. At that time, I was VERY strict about eating 1200 net calories/day, and yes, the predictions were always spot on!

    @nsk1951 -- congrats on your move! I also tend to weigh in every day, but I only officially record my weight in MFP when the scale drops below my previous low. Even here in the thread, the Friday weight I post below is whatever was lowest for the week. By doing this, I've learned to ignore the day to day fluctuations and focus more on the general trend of my weight. Trending up means I need to make changes to my diet and exercise; trending up means I need to keep doing what I'm doing. Right now, I'm trending up, and I know this is because I haven't been active enough.

    AFM-- It's been so long that I will try to give the short version:
    California was wonderful! It was great spending time with old friends and just hanging out with them for a week. Weather was lovely--in the high 60s/low 70s the whole week--so we had a couple of pool days, a couple of days hiking, and a lot of time just relaxing. They asked me to come back in late July to dogsit for 2 weeks while they are on vacation. My husband is not ready to rescue another dog yet and wants to wait a year, so I can get my doggie time watching their adorable pups.

    I was consistently visiting the gym 5x/week before I left for Cali, but I've struggled to get back into that routine since returning. Partially this was due to being busy with work and union stuff, and then I was so run down and tired. I also was very sick Easter weekend--I slept for about 36 hours straight! I took a COVID test and it said negative, but it felt very much like the response I had to the vaccine--chills, fever, headache--and it took another week to get my full energy back,

    Anyway, I went to the gym yesterday, and I will go again tomorrow. I didn't keep track of my weigh-ins over the past month, but my weight has stayed in the low 190s. Four and a half weeks until I leave for Barcelona!!

    Karen
    52 years old
    5'7"
    SW = 247 (March 2011)
    Official 1/1/2022 weigh in = 193
    GW: 185 (my previous low)

    1/7/22 = 191
    2/4/22 = 192.6
    2/11/22 = 189
    2/18/22 = 191.2
    2/25/22 = 191
    3/4/22 = 191.2
    3/11/22 = 191.8
    3/18/22 = 190.6
    4/29/22 = 192.6
  • nsk1951
    nsk1951 Posts: 244 Member
    edited May 7
    Saturday Weigh In results ...
    Age: 77
    5'3" tall
    Highest weight: 278 lb
    Goal weight: 175 lb
    12/28/22: 234
    5/7/2022: 218.6
    My scale was acting hooey this morning and gave me 3 different readings! I chose the highest one as what my weight probably is, as it was the closest to the average for the week ... and GOOD NEWS ... this new weight has that 5 pound goal being reached. So now another 5 pound goal is the 'golden apple'. Plus, I had my new physician follow up and came in at the middle of my weight-range goal for that appointment. So it is a win-win week for me.
    Sadly, I injured my shoulder's during the move during the month of March ... most likely by lifting and moving boxes that were too heavy for me repeatedly. So now I am in physical therapy to see if I can improve my rotator cuffs and tendons/ligaments ... turns out to be specific types of movements that are isometric, to try to stretch the bunched up muscles and extend mobility. I like that PT doc ...

    @mnwalkingqueen ... I can relate to your feelings about the scale. I used to have similar reactions but have, fortunately, learned not to let the changes on it derail me.

    @skinnyjeanzbound ... You know what? As I think back on it, it was posting to this thread under my prior profiles in years past that helped me to get over the ups and downs in my moods when the scale didn't go the way I wanted it to. ... and one of the posters who was steady on here all the time was YOU. Thanks for that. ... I don't think I'd still be keeping at it without the motivation this thread has provided.

    @JNettie73. ... welcome back, come by anytime you can, or feel like it. We'll be here.

    PS ... Hope everyone has a good week ahead and that Mother's Day is a happy one for all of us.






  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    Hi everyone hope you’re all doing good! Summer weather has finally sprung here in Minnesota and as much as I hate the gnats and the bugs I’m going to enjoy the weather.

    @karen- I’m so glad to hear that you’re Cali trip was good. it is also awesome that you have the ability to dog sit for your friends in July. I hope you are feeling better.
    @nsk1951- I am sorry to hear that you injured your shoulder. I will keep you in my prayers for good healing. Good job on the weight loss.

    as for me I was looking back on my years here on my fitness pal and the last time I weighed in the 240s was 2014. So I think hitting the 240s is a huge accomplishment at this point. I also decided to try not to take my blood pressure medication and see how things changed or not. I definitely am not as tired anymore and my feet do not swell up all the time… However for the first week my blood pressure was pretty normal hi all readings. But this week it seems like they’re creeping back up to where they were when I was put on the medication… So I am assuming in the first week I still had built up medication in my system. I’m still gonna talk to my doctor about it because I really have enjoyed not being so tired and being able to wear all of my tennis shoes because my feet are not swelling. I have also been drinking about 80 to 120 ounces of water each day.

  • nsk1951
    nsk1951 Posts: 244 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen ... Be CAREFUL ... about that medication. I mean, about stopping/starting on your own even if you don't like the side affects ... best to make an appointment with your doctor and talk it over rather than flirt with whatever danger the high blood pressure could cause. ... Just saying ...

    However .. I do know what you mean about puffy feet from BP meds ... my doctor put me on a calcium channel blocker and I blew up with swelling in my feet and refused to take that med any longer so he switched me to something else that didn't have that effect on me but still got the job done to keep the numbers in a more acceptable range.

    Good Luck. ... And ... Congratulations of hitting a previous low.
  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    nsk1951 wrote: »
    @mnwalkingqueen ... Be CAREFUL ... about that medication. I mean, about stopping/starting on your own even if you don't like the side affects ... best to make an appointment with your doctor and talk it over rather than flirt with whatever danger the high blood pressure could cause. ... Just saying ...

    However .. I do know what you mean about puffy feet from BP meds ... my doctor put me on a calcium channel blocker and I blew up with swelling in my feet and refused to take that med any longer so he switched me to something else that didn't have that effect on me but still got the job done to keep the numbers in a more acceptable range.

    Good Luck. ... And ... Congratulations of hitting a previous low.
    that is what I am on is a calcium blocker because the other medication they tried me on gave me a rash because I’m out in the sun too much. And I don’t like the medication where I have to pee constantly but I would rather pee constantly then have these swollen feet all the time.

  • Girlfieri223
    Girlfieri223 Posts: 6 Member
    Hello to all the people here. I’m old and new to MFP. I used it a lot back in 2013 but had a move and gave up and the weight crept back on. My last weigh in was 274 lbs which is just so disheartening. To reach my goal weight I have to lose 130lbs. It’s astronomical. It’s almost half my body weight. I have struggled with my weight and with depression and anxiety my whole life. I’m tired of being so overweight. Previous weight loss attempts got me down into the 240s but I would get complacent and stop tracking and then something in my life would happen where I would gain again and I avoided thinking about it because I didn’t want to face it. Now I’m facing it and it’s hard. It is hard to go to the gym every day, even though it makes me feel better and sleep better. It is hard to keep pushing myself. It is hard to stop eating when all I want is to binge on comfort foods. But it will also be hard to keep up with foster children when my husband and I get them. It will be hard to walk 20k + steps a day in Europe when I visit my family this august…unless I start doing the hard things. I started using MFP a little over a month ago. I didn’t have the courage to weigh myself until 2 weeks ago. I worked out really hard twice the week after and lost 0.2 lbs. then I worked out harder the next week and gained 0.6 lbs. I’m not going over my calorie deficit- supposedly this is water weight from working out when I’ve been sedentary for years. It’s just so discouraging- is it too much to ask for a pound or two to start dropping?

    Could definitely use some support and encouragement if anyone wants to friend me. It’s going to be a long road.
  • nsk1951
    nsk1951 Posts: 244 Member
    Saturday Weigh In results ...
    Age: 77
    5'3" tall
    Highest weight: 278 lb
    Goal weight: 175 lb
    12/28/22: 234
    5/7/2022: 218.6
    5/14/2022: 220.4
    Well .. I ought not be surprised, and I'm not. The past week has been one of unrestricted eating. I started the week making 11 pork schnitzels, the original method of cooking .. and ate all 11 pieces. I also made a 2-pounds of potato scalloped potato dish, following the recipe exactly ... and that went along with the pork. And, I opened up a box of Granola snack bars ... which led to opening up a canister of raisins! And, ... where were the vegetables this week? I won't share more ... cause this is not a confessional thread .. it's a thread for motivation and support ... I know, realistically, that this is a minor setback, it's just that it's also a part of a regular pattern that I have been working on cleaning up. Old habits die hard.

    @Girlfieri223 ,... welcome. I do hope you find your way back here and become apart of this thread's posters. ... I wrote a long, heartfelt post for you, and then hit the wrong key resulting in my computer going somewhere I hadn't known it would go or how to get back out of it .. so I lost all those words I shared with you. But then, I got to thinking about it ... this is not your first go around (like most of us), and whatever 'words of wisdom' I shared are probably not new to you. And, don't you just hate it when people jump on helpfully telling you what you ought to do at the slightest drop of a pen? I know I do ,,, and karma-like, later that same day I got a taste of my own bad medicine! ... Ha, Ha on me. ... So ... welcome, welcome, welcome. No advice, just hoping to get to know you. Good luck on your journey.
  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    hey everyone just a quick stop in before fully getting emerged in my day. I have already weeded one flower bed and it’s only 8:40 in the morning. It’s supposed to be 70° here today and sunny so I’m going to spend as much time getting my yard prepped for summer as possible.
    awesome news I heard back from my doctor yesterday and she is so proud of the weight loss and the walking routine that she said to go off my medication and see how it goes. She wants me to have my blood pressure be under 135/85 at least two out of the three readings per week. If I can do that then I can probably stay off of my medication permanently. For me that’s motivation enough to keep going.
  • skinnyjeanzbound
    skinnyjeanzbound Posts: 3,960 Member
    @holly-- Congrats on getting back to the 240s and off the BP meds!! Both are huge accomplishments, and you should be so proud of yourself. I'm right there with you about trying to get the yard and garden beds in order. We went from 30-40 degrees and rain to high 80s-90s, literally overnight. This weekend is a bit better-mid 80s today and 70s tomorrow.

    @Girlfieri223 --welcome to the thread. It sounds like you have some great motivators, so I hope you will come back often and share your successes and get support when you aren't perfect.

    @nsk1951 -- I also haven't been monitoring my food carefully enough and the scale shows it. Despite my pledge to get back into the 180s before I leave for Spain, the scale hasn't budged due to consuming too many calories. At least I've increased my activity, so I haven't had any big gains, but I really should know better by now.

    AFM--Dealing with the usual end of school year chaos, and just trying not to gain a bunch of weight from the combination of stress and celebrations. Friday was the last day for my seniors, and as usual, it was bittersweet. Sad to see them go, but glad to have 2 less classes to worry about on a daily basis. Now I just have 2 more weeks with my 3 junior classes, and then, it's off to Barcelona!! I'm trying to get all of my ducks in a row. Went and got my 2nd covid booster yesterday, so I'm taking it easy today. Fortunately, I seemed to have dodged the previous side effects other than a sore arm and some slight fatigue

    As I mentioned to holly above, I have been working on my garden beds, but have been waiting to close on our HELOC in order to make some bigger purchases and schedule some contractors. We will finally close this Wednesday, and I took Thursday off to meet with a GC who will be removing a window and replacing it with a sliding door. After that work is done, we are adding a deck and also getting a bunch of drainage work done in our back yard. I was hoping to at least get it scheduled before I leave May 31st.

    This week I have a union dinner on Tuesday and a retirement party for a colleague on Friday. I know I will indulge at those events, so I'm going to try to be extra active the rest of the week and watch my calorie intake the other days.

    Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

    Karen
    52 years old
    5'7"
    SW = 247 (March 2011)
    Official 1/1/2022 weigh in = 193
    GW: 185 (my previous low)

    1/7/22 = 191
    2/11/22 = 189
    3/18/22 = 190.6
    4/29/22 = 192.6
    5/13/22 = 193.4
  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    @Girlfieri223 - welcome to the group. I think we all have our ups and downs and challenges. I found for me what Help this time around was holding myself more accountable. So for example if I said I was going to walk a mile every day. If the day was not marked off at the calendar at relaxed time then I went for a mile walk. Just a visual to see things and then choosing to do the positive or some days it is the negative but then owning that. I don’t know if that will help you but it’s helped me a lot.
    @nsk1951- I agree old habits are hard to break. And here making a confession for your thread of the day is no big deal. You’re being accountable.
    @karen- sounds like you have a lot going on in general. You know I love hearing about all the places you go and it makes me want to be able to travel more. The downside is I don’t live in a neighborhood where that is always feasible. Meeting that all my neighbors are trustworthy and if people knew that I was gone for long periods of time I might come home to nothing left in my house. And most people even my friends don’t want to housesit at my house because of where I live. However I was thinking for my 50th either going to Ireland or maybe grabbing my other gal pal who turns 50 and going somewhere tropical.

    as for me I am learning how much my food impacts my blood pressure. My blood pressure was really good Monday through Friday without being on my medication. I usually eat whatever I want on Saturdays and Sundays and don’t track anything I just let it be fun. However those two days my blood pressure was back to where it was before I went on medication. I’m sure I’m eating way more sodium on those two days then I need to eat in an entire month. Also you would think that working out in the sun and in my yard all day on Saturday I would be totally hydrated on water constantly but instead I drink a 2 L of soda which also the caffeine is not good for your blood pressure it makes it high. I guess the positive in this as I become more accountable for my choices versus saying oh well I don’t have time to eat good or I didn’t know that that would do that I’m learning as I go and I am being accountable. I also have learned that I love tilapia with just squeezed lemon over it and nothing else.
    well I ended another week with 14 miles of intentional walking… For me that means I’m not including my morning walks with my dog Monday through Friday only the evening walks and weekends. We normally walk 1 1/2 to 2 miles each morning before work so technically in total 21.5 miles.
    I did work out in my yard almost all day on Saturday my arms and shoulders hurt so bad eight hours of pulling weeds and I’m not even fully done. At some point I will hire someone to probably do this for me but for now long as I’m capable I will do it but it is rather annoying I would’ve rather been walking my dog around the lake or enjoying the weather in some other way.
  • JNettie73
    JNettie73 Posts: 1,085 Member
    It sounds like everyone is doing fairly well on their journey!

    Today was a whirlwind of a day. It started off as usual. After I got my daughter off to school I came back home and started my workout. I discovered a tick lodged on my butt cheeck when I went to use the bathroom. My husband pulled it off and I called my doctor and scheduled an appointment for the afternoon. A little while later I found a second tick on my behind my knee. I am always outside working in the gardens. In my 49 years I've never had a tick bite me. Today I found not one but two. ARGH!!!! I spent the rest of my time researching companies to spray for ticks and contacted the vet about getting my mom's dog on preventitive medication. My doctor was able to identify the tick, thankfully it is not one that transmits Lymes. However, I still have to look out for symptoms similar to Lymes.

    Yesterday I changed up my workout a bit. I did 30 minutes on my bike then 30 on my Bosu with a concentration of arm exercises without weights. Oh my goodness, today I feel it in my arms. I kept waking up all night long which I attribute to my achy muscles.

    I hope everyone is having a good week.
  • nsk1951
    nsk1951 Posts: 244 Member
    Saturday Weigh In results ...
    Age: 77
    5'3" tall
    Highest weight: 278 lb
    Goal weight: 175 lb
    12/28/22: 234
    5/7/2022: 218.6
    5/14/2022: 220.4
    5/21/2022: 222.4
    Hmmm ... still having the same pattern I've had all along ... up-down-up-down within a narrow range. This week saw a pretty significant up. Well, actually, so did last week as well! ... And I will get it under control ... I know I will. Still searching to hit that next level down.

    I 'm really tired lately, and sore from torn rotator cuffs from over-doing it during the moving period. I don't seem to realize that I am no longer a middle-aged woman but a geriatric one! ... Adjustments need to become habitual patterns of living so that I don't have to work as hard over every little detail; they all tie into one another. Settling into a new living space apparently is a lot more involved than simply moving your possessions and yourself and setting up the new space with your belongings. ... I 'll get it.

    Have a good week everyone. I hope to share better weight-loss results with you next week ... and I hope everyone enjoys the Memorial Day celebrations!
  • mnwalkingqueen
    mnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,260 Member
    @JNettie73 - Wow! Tick thing sounds scary! Hope no symptoms arise.
    @nsk1951- Sorry you are feeling so tired lately. Moving does take more energy mentally and physically than we know.
    As for me not much new cold weather is back. Had to wear winter coat on walk this AM it was 40 degrees.
  • KATRENAJ
    KATRENAJ Posts: 318 Member
    Hi I'm Katrena. I'd like to get back in this group. Just had my 2nd cancer surgery and they think they got it all but I'm not sure why it keeps coming back. I know sugar control and weight loss will benefit me but I
    Also in a flare of multiple auto immune disorders that keep me in co start pain and limit my activity (or at least should but I keep plugging on). Makes it difficult to stand to prepare meals. I am looking for support and challenges to help me stay motivated. Of course I want to encourage others but I need some sucesses
  • KATRENAJ
    KATRENAJ Posts: 318 Member
    Nsk. Seems we are similar in age and abilities. I've fallen several times due to extreme fatigue that makes it difficult to lift my foot, fell face forward, slipped and fell backward several times. Get pt till my benefit expires each year

    Sorry about the loss of your ex. No reason why you can't call yourself a widow. If ur not already drawing social security on his record check into that. My sister just applied and was delighted to learn she would draw more due to her ex. They have been divorced for years

    Mnwalkingqueen. I lost my son to suicide in 2007 and I just had a crying jag this week. They are not as frequent now but I miss him so much. It took be years to be able to function. I developed inflammatory arthritis throughout my body right after his death. Was in remission for years but has flared up this year with a vengeance. Wish I could remember the protocol I used b4 remission but I just recall I got off all meds and supplements and tried to eat clean. I've learned to cherish the memories of my son and try to be grateful for the time I had. Also I came to understand that he was in so much emotional/mental suffering that he is now In peace. Small consolation. I'm so proud that you are hanging in there and I celebrate your sucesses
    Katrena