God’s Kick in the Pants

Last time mom had a stroke, I saw it as God’s way of reminding me that our lives and health are fleeting.  I’d gone to a health fair at work a week or so before her stroke and was told that I was very healthy, I just needed to lose weight and take calcium supplements.  Her last stroke in 2008 was the kick in the pants I needed to lose 43 pounds.

Mom had another stroke this week, and it’s pretty much the same thing.  God is reminding me to live as healthy a life as I can and lose the weight I’ve regained (apparently 12 lbs) while doing so.  That means that I need to limit my alcohol intake, limit my junk food, eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink more water, and exercise like I used to.

With that in mind, I’ve created some new goals for the rest of December:

  1. Exercise for an hour a day.  Each workout should include cardio and weights.
  2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  3. Limit coffee to 2 cups a day.  Do not add sugar or buy the high calorie drinks.
  4. Be mindful of what I’m eating.  Limit junk food (chocolates, candies, cakes, salty snacks) to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  It is OK to taste (ONE bite) the specialties that are brought in by staff for potlucks.
  5. Save the alcohol intake for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  There is no need to have beer/wine/cocktail/eggnog drink several times a week.

Current weight 160
Waist 33.5″
Hips 42″
Thigh 25.75″
Bust 36″

I’m gonna make all of these numbers smaller – well…  except for the bust (hopefully!)

Couch to 5K – Week 1 Day 1

For more information about Couch to 5K training, please visit http://www.c25k.com

Today was the first day of this training plan.  I think it’s 9 weeks long.  Three times a week, I’m supposed to train and work towards actually running a 5K.  FYI, 5k is about 3 miles.

Today’s workout was 20 minutes long.  It consisted of a 5 minute warm-up walk, then a cycle of 1 minute jogging followed by 90 seconds of walking.  It’s all done on my treadmill.  My neighborhood isn’t the safest in the world, and DH freaks out a bit if I go jogging by myself.

This workout wasn’t too bad.  The most annoying part had to do with my shoes untying mid run.  Oh well, I just need to make sure I double knot my laces.

By the time I started itching to finish the run, it was almost over.  Only about 5 minutes to go.  It worked out.

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