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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Telling the truth Tuesday - puzzled
Many of you know I used to be 50 pounds overweight. I am 5' 3 1/2" and weighed 183 pounds in June of 2007. It took about 1 1/2 years to lose 40 pounds and the last 10 came off over the course of the next year. I've been cruising along at around 134 - till this past Christmas. I gained a few pounds, but unlike other times when I gained a few pounds, they didn't come off, even though I did all the same things I'd always done to get them off.
Now it's almost April, and I'm 4 pounds over my goal weight of 135. And I'm upset. Nothing I try is working. I was already doing as much exercise as possible for me, with all my various physical challenges. Except I wasn't. Yes, I was walking, but my heart rate wasn't increased much at all. So, this is the last resort. I am going to increase my walking pace and keep it up for 20 minutes, then bump it faster for two more minutes, then cool down for a few. If that doesn't work, I'll tear my hair out.
For those of you who have never had a weight issue, you probably won't understand this post. But two pounds can so easily become four pounds and four pounds can so easily become 10 pounds, and on and on. I am so unwilling to be overweight again. I just don't know what caused the change. If I'm eating the exact same way I was, has my metabolism slowed even more? Am I retaining more water? The doctors haven't helped - they just say it's a function of getting older. Yuck!
In the meantime, I'm watching my sodium intake - you'd be surprised at how much sodium is in packaged and processed foods and when you eat out. Even low sodium beef broth has 1/2 the amount of sodium I should eat in one day in one serving.
I do know that in the scheme of things, particularly with natural disasters like what happened in Japan and all the death and suffering that abounds, this is minor. But in my world, it's a big deal.
What things are puzzling you?