Friday, November 13, 2009

Weight Loss Challenge - One step forward, two steps back...

Or at least, that's how it feels, as I continue to hover around 140, even though I've been walking, doing the treadmill, have given up the cola for nearly a whole week (Sat. to Thursday evening, cola-free) and yet, I'm not losing. Well, there was cake on Tuesday. And chocolate on the weekend.

It's clearly a lot easier for me now to put on the weight than it is to get rid of it. Now, this may not sound earth-shatteringly new in the world o' weight loss, but for the majority of my life so far, I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. OTOH, I was burning a lot of energy either swimming or performing or running around after the kiddies. But still...

I can so see why people throw in the towel and quit exercising. It's time consuming and, for me and I suspect a lot of other people, not exactly a laff riot. It's work. Or like another chore in the day. A must, not a wanna.

However, as Rome wasn't built in a day, so I shall keep with the exercising and limiting the cola intake, because I also know it works. Or I wouldn't have lost twenty pounds.

This week's exercise/treadmill tally:

Friday, Nov. 6 - I hr. on TM (but I also had two colas - a last hoorah)
Nov. 7 - 1/2 on the TM but spent an hour raking and putting leaves in bins
Nov. 8 - 16,029 steps
Nov. 9 - 13,038 steps
Nov. 10 - 1 hr. on TM
Nov. 11 - 1 hr. on TM
Nov. 12 - 12,787 steps

My goal for the next week is to try to exercise every day. I'm going out for lunch three days in a row, though, and I'm also trying to write every day, so that could be a challenge I cannot meet. I'm thinking less, but something, of both, may be the way to go.


Anonymous said...

Hi. I haven't lost any weight yet, but at least I haven't gained any either. I do seem to have more endurance, though. I'm trying to walk an hour each weekday morning, but I don't always succeed. Wednesday, I was too dizzy to do much of anything except lie down. I thought I was coming down with a sinus infection, but I feel better now.

Yesterday's walk was short (about 35 minutes) and late (hot). I had to call animal control for some loose dogs that came after us. Today's walk also resulted in a loose dog call to animal control, and there were more that I didn't call on. I am fed up with all these dogs running around and going after us. Even without his collar and three tags, Lucky still has more ID on him than a lot of people, let alone all these dogs with no collars.

As a way of trying to write and exercise at the same time, have you ever considered making you computer bicycle powered? That way, you could type and pedal at the same time. (Just kidding.)


deb roby said...

(found from the BlogHer link)

As we women get older the things that will successfully let us lose weight become more challenging.

I firmly believe (and learned through doing) that we need more. NOT more time -but more efficient work.

Walking on a treadmill? Unless your heartrate is up over 80% of max (220-minus your age)*.8 - you aren't working hard enough.

When I cut my cardio time down and added resistance training -working with body weight and heavy weight training- was the only way I lost weight.

While walking a treadmill will make you healthy-it isn't the best method of weight loss.