Just 4 Today, I’ll drink my fiber twice (done once!), drink 2 liters of water (about 1/2), walk 5 miles (yesterday — 2.22), NOT eat between meals & NOT take seconds.
An Unbalanced Life
I know I’ve told this story before but because of my experiences this week and catdog’s comment from yesterday, I’m going to mention it again:My first experience with obesity was in the mid 1980s. I’d been overweight for a long time, but until then I could always keep it at a “respectable” 10 or 15 pounds. But, in the mid-1980s something happened (stress, changes to my metabolism, who knows?) and my weight shot up dramatically — reaching close to 200 pounds.
Twenty years ago, I divorced my husband — walked away from that stress — and reshaped the priorities of my life.
I went on a sort of crash diet. I ate only prepared foods and popcorn, so I knew exactly how many calories I was eating and walked 7 miles a day. And not surprisingly, the extra pounds fell off like magic.
Well, it wasn’t magic — I’d been eating about 800 calories a day and burning about that many through walking so I had a calorie deficit of nearly 2000 calories a day during that period. Of course I lost weight quickly. I couldn’t keep that up forever though — who could? As soon as reached my weight loss goal, I was right back to my unrestricted portion sizes and office-candy.
And everything was still OK — because I was walking 7 miles a day. I remember walking around and around the Reference Room on rainy days because I couldn’t get outside to walk. I kept that weight off for 2 or 3 years. And I thought I could do it forever.
Then I got run over by a car — it knocked me down by hitting me right on my left knee. Thankfully, it didn’t break. But it was 5 years before I could do any distance walking again. And it just so happened, my life hit another high-stress patch at just the time, I could have used a good 7 mile walk each day.
So, I didn’t walk and I wasn’t controlling my diet.
I’m NOT going into detail about it, but over the next decade my weight shot up to above 200 pounds. Of course it did. And I couldn’t stand to think about going through the torture of intense weight-loss again.
But, we know it doesn’t have to be torture. THIS time the process is different for me and catdog and all of you — because we’re working on finding balance. And most days, we ARE pretty much in balance.
If some days we don’t exercise quite as much as we’d like, it’s OK — because we’re in control of what we’re eating. And if (on other days) we eat a bit more than we would on a regular day, that’s OK too — because we’re in the habit of getting regular exercise.
AND because we’re touching base here at Eat4Today & we’ve got the support of friends from around the world, we’ll hang onto that balance. Just 4 Today.
What are you going to do today?