Saturday, February 12, 2011

On the Road Again

I changed the way my blog looks this morning. Not sure it will stay like this with all the raindrops. But it's time for a change.

We bought a Wii yesterday that's going to be part of my exercise plan. I'll walk, but I can't walk fast enough to work up a sweat, much less a heart rate that will burn calories. But if I'm "playing" I might enjoy exercising, and I don't like doing anything that isn't enjoyable.

I've had two exercise bikes that ended up rusting from sitting in the garage unused. Too boring.

I bought a treadmill because it had a place to put a book. Read while walking on a treadmill? You've got to be kidding.

My next, and last, piece of equipment was an elliptical trainer. I watched 30 minutes of House Hunters while using that. After the knee surgery my PT told me that wasn't good for the piece of equipment they planted into my knee. Another PT said he thought -- get that "thought" it was all right. Talked out of that, I sold it and decided to walk.

Walking is so boring! If I walk with my husband, I get breathless (even walking as slow as I do) talking. How do you walk with someone and never speak?

The reason I decided on the Wii is because I watched Jennifer Hudson on Oprah. She has lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers. I don't need to lose 80 pounds--yet, but if I don't get busy soon, I'll be there. She plays basketball and jumps rope, things she did as a child, when she exercises. I love to bowl in Wii and haven't tried any of the other games. But, if husband can get it hooked up, I'll try them all--plus walking.

Which brought me to the eating part. How to manage that? For 17 years I lived on a no starch, no sugar diet. I had to. Last year I discovered white oak bark tea. I drank this tea twice a day and it did something miraculous to my body. After a few months I could eat sugar and starch again.

In the stressful months during the house to apartment to house move, walking on a cane with knee pain day and night, I ate to soothe my stress and added more pounds than I like to say. (I don't weigh unless I'm at the doctor's office, and they count it in grams. I won't let them tell me the truth and I refuse to weigh at home and face that truth for myself.) I've gone up two sizes from where I want to be. I have a stomach that looks like I may deliver any moment. Ugh! I feel awful.

I looked up Albuquerque Weight Watchers. None of the meetings are near my house. I mean they are far away. WW can be followed on line. I'll figure something out. I need a food plan.

Last summer I started asking God to show me what to do. Maybe I wasn't ready before now. I don't know any other reason for Him to wait to tell me this long. Could be He lets us wait long enough to be desperate. Well, I'm there.

This isn't the first time I've been desperate about my weight. Years ago I was overweight and again, I prayed. I found a book by Neva Coyle and began counting calories. I lost down to the size I wanted to be in four months. (I wasn't as overweight as I thought!) I can't count calories again. I know. I've tried. Doesn't work for me any more.

The Bible says anything is possible with God. I believe it and am on the road to live out those words.

1 comment:

  1. Counting calories,weighing and measuring can be daunting! I hear you and know exactly where you are. You want it, but you don't want it bad enough to give up what you know you need to give up. When does it become enough to push you where you need to go? Keep walking in whatever manner you can. Bowl your heart out and stay as active as your body allows. Remember anything is better than nothing. I find listening to my music on my MP3 player encourages me more than talking while walking or watching TV while biking. My MP3 is filled with inspirational music and it keeps me in touch with God as I workout every day. Good luck Barbara. God bless you!