For those of you who haven’t followed the blog from the beginning, last winter was a very low period for me (weight-wise, it was very high); I was uncomfortable and unfit! In mid-March, I started following a diet I had found through Pinterest called the 3-day diet. Now, I know that to lose weight, give up smoking, start a fitness routine, you have to be ready. Well, I was ready!! Planning to retire and go on archaeological digs gave me a real focus and drive to lose weight and get fit.
So how am I doing? Great! and I feel great, too. I followed the diet assiduously from mid-March until mid-June and since then I’ve tried to eat sensibly, exercise, and continue tracking my progress. There’s one breakfast from the diet that I really like (half a grapefruit, 1 slice of rye bread with 1 tbs of peanut butter and a cup of tea) that I continue to have almost every morning. A lunch of crackers, cheese and fruit with tea that I also have quite often. At dinner, I almost always have the dessert from the diet: 1/4 cup of low-fat vanilla ice cream with fruit. For the rest, I try not to go overboard. It’s a long time since I’ve eaten any french fries.
In late May, I started walking for about 40 – 60 minutes a day. Soon, I was walking a lot further in an hour than I had been at first. I started using the swings during outdoor gym for about 20 min. a time. All summer, I’ve walked almost every day, sometimes 3 or 4 miles in about 60 – 75 minutes. Sometimes, I do a workout in my basement and I try to do 20 min. of T’ai Chi every night before bed. The results? I’ve lost 38 lbs! My original goal had been to lose 20 lbs but even now, I still have extra flab on my body that I’m not happy about. I’ve had to replace a lot of my clothing but that’s been kind of fun. I think I’m ready for my dig, to walk a few miles every day carrying a backpack and doing the work involved. I couldn’t have done a dig a year ago — I wouldn’t have had the energy and I wouldn’t have had the ability. Let’s face it, if you’re uncomfortable sitting at a desk, you’re going to be uncomfortable sitting on the ground digging or hiking over rough terrain. Getting into shape has been a very positive experience for me and I’m really ready to get on the road!