I took a Real Age quiz over at Dr. Oz’s site. It asks you a bunch of lifestyle and health questions and then calculates your “Real” age. My calendar age is 34.3 but my Real Age is 39.1 with a difference of 4.8 years. 😯 Eeek.
I say eek because when I’m in my sixties I want to look and, more importantly, feel like I’m in my fifties or something. I don’t want to be an old lady walking around with a walker. At the rate I’m going, though, I’ll be sixty before I’m fifty!
BUT! I’m glad I’m making some changes. Slowly but surely because I want these changes to last.
This week I started working out on my treadmill. Just for twenty minutes but it feels good to get moving. After I’ve done that consistently for awhile I intend on adding this Dr. Oz workout. It’s at a beginner level and it uses only your body weight as resistance. No expensive gyms or weights. There are also other levels that incorporate tubing etc. here under “Get Moving”.
I also picked up a book from the library called “Eating for Life“. Heather at My Eclectic Blog has recommended it several times. He’s got an interesting method for losing weight that doesn’t involve counting calories or anything. For now, however, since I’ve committed to Weight Watchers with Adrian (and I don’t want to switch back and forth) I’m just going to enjoy the MANY great recipes he’s got in the book. His writing is also very motivating. It feels like this journey I’m on is actually do-able.
One tip from him that I’ve started doing is with regards to water. Drink lots obviously, but for me, I tend to forget about the glass or bottle that I’m nursing. Especially if I have a busy day out of the house. Sometimes it’s the end of the day before I realize I’ve only drank or two cups.
So, now, when I go for a drink of water I guzzle it all down in one shot. First thing in the morning I drink a 16 oz cup of water. (it’s funny that we were just talking about this, Dawn) I use a straw and it’s gone within a minute. It makes me feel a bit full at first but that goes quickly. Then I drink the next 16 oz on the treadmill or (if I’m not walking) I drink it during breakfast. By nine o’clock I’ve already gotten 32 oz out of way! An hour or so later, I drink down another 16oz and on and on. No more sipping forever on a glass and than trying to remember later if I’ve gotten all of my water.
One of my challenges is to keep the changes that I make permanent. Like many women out there, I’ve been on other diets. I’ve lost weight before. I start out hoping for big results, and I get them, but they don’t stay the course.
It’s helping that Adrian and I are doing it together. I have a couple of other friends that are in Weight Watchers at the moment, too. My two closest friends are also trying to make healthy changes so it’s all around me. I have people to talk to when I’m feeling down.
Like last week when all I wanted to do was eat. My friend, G, really helped me through it. 🙂
Support • Encouragement • Good literature • Taking it slow • Feeling grateful for being healthy • Appreciating the blessings I have RIGHT NOW in my life • A WONDERFUL HUSBAND • GREAT FRIENDS (that includes you guys here in blogland!) • Remembering that it feels better to be healthy than it does to eat that Mc Chicken.
This will all get me through.