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Monday, May 09, 2016

New Plan

So today is the first day of the rest of my life, right? Okay, new plan.

Six months of logging 70-80,000 steps a week has done little for the bottom line. I don't feel any more fit. I haven't gained strength. I've lost sleep to log steps. Net result: up another five pounds. Harumph.

Meanwhile, a friend had a diabetes diagnosis, went on a plan for diabetics, and promptly lost 25 pounds fairly effortlessly. I eat a lot of high quality veg and meat and some fish, but I've also let carbs creep in, probably too much. So, I'm cutting the sugar, the flour, the potatoes, the corn, the pasta, the rice, the fruity cocktails, the leftover bits of Athena's waffles, the PB&J sandwiches, and the Ben & Jerry's. Today I had a banana and almonds for breakfast and a big salad (there's a new salad bar at work) for lunch full of broccoli, asparagus, carrots, romaine, spinach, and pinto beans.

On Friday, I was on the eliptical earning my steps while there was a strength and conditioning class going on. There was someone there doing it who looked about as out of shape as me, so I got brave at the end of my workout and asked the trainer if there was room in the session as it looked about my speed. There wasn't in that group, but in a group at 11:30 on Monday and 12:15 on Thursdays. I went today for the first time and got super sweaty and didn't trust my legs to go down the stairs safely for the following hour. Of course my Fitbit said I'd earned a few hundred steps and had 0 active minutes in those 45 minutes. Methinks Fitbit may not be the most effective measure of fitness. Just a hunch.

I'm going to give that a few months to play out (probably through August) and see how it goes. I don't want to be thin. I want to be medium sized and happy. I want to eat food, not too much, mostly highly nutrient dense stuff. I want 8 hours of sleep and I'm going to go back to focusing on that over necessarily logging 10k a day.

That said, I don't necessarily expect to win. The research on this is some of the most depressing I have ever read. But I'm willing to try again. I don't like being achy. I don't like feeling slow and unwieldy and made of entirely too much flesh. I don't want to prematurely age my joints. I'll try this. I'll see what happens. We'll see.


  • Good for you for being sensible and listening to your own body and being willing to keep experimenting to find what works for you. And...if you want to go to FNW this week or Ceili next Tues., give a holler and I'll join you. I'm trying to get off the 10 that crept back on over the past year and get back to doing a bit more yoga/core/strength stuff as I've got more of the achy back and low energy than I want. I find I have to be active at least 5 days a week and minimize drinks to make any real dent.

    By Blogger Christy Baker, at 4:21 PM  

  • If you are going to FNW or Ceili , I may join you as well if you let me know.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 4:59 PM  

  • Sounds like a good game plan that covers the big three: healthy eats, aerobic exercise and good sleep.

    By Blogger Kim, at 5:04 PM  

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