I read an article in a magazine at the Dr. office the other day about a woman who lost over 80 pounds. She was older than me. She related how she would go to her "Silver Sneakers" workout class then go home and go to bed, but the next day she would get up and do it again. Well, sounds like me, other than not consistently getting up and doing it again.
Seems like I can't go more than a few days of exercising without getting sick, having a fibromyalgia flare, being "out of the mood", being "too busy" or some other excuse to not workout. This shouldn't be so! On all but the most terrible days, I should be able to take 2 ten-minute walks, at least.
I need to be doing weight training. I have a large collection of "The Firm" aerobics with weights videos that I think are really good, that I enjoy, and that I should be using. I have a YMCA membership, city-wide and if I'm not already beside a facility after dropping off kids at school, I have one only 2 or 3 miles away. The free child care makes it totally excuse-free.
Okay, number one....start exercising DAILY. Or 5 days minimum. Daily is better. I know that within 3 weeks, it will be habit and I'll feel weird if I don't get the exercise in. Today I will mow my front yard with my reel-type mower and I will finish weed-eating my back yard, and I will also do some resistance work. I need to be stretching and doing some ab work at minimum on the days I do yard work. Other than on days I do yard work, I don't think I ever get enough physical exercise in the normal course of the day.
Number two...I need to stop over-eating!
Number three...take a little care with my appearance. It takes about 15 minutes for me to shower, wash my hair, brush my teeth, put on sunblock, and put on eyebrow makeup, eyeliner and mascara. I can spend 30 or 45 minutes once a week giving myself a manicure and pedicure and a couple of minutes a day of touch-up, and it will make me VERY happy every time I look at my hands and feet! I give up on trying to dress nice until I have lost weight. Nothing looks cute on a 5'4", 200 lb. woman. But I should look in the mirror more and see myself as others see me and wonder what should be different. Now that warm weather is here, I'd best take care of my hair-removal more regularly. My favorite method for underarms is MIM (cold "wax"), and my favorite razor for legs is Intuition, but they are outrageously expensive!! I won't be buying them without coupons, sale, or both! MIM is probably best for my legs, too, but I haven't the patience to do a good job on my legs, I tend to do the worst spots and finish up with a razor. I think I'll leave my hair on my head alone for now, other than trying to keep it clean and neat. I will NOT be buying the cheap VO5 shampoo again. It may be $1 a bottle, but it's awful. The Herbal Essence "Long Term Relationship" shampoo and conditioner are my daughter's favorites, and I really like them, too. Used sparingly, I guess I can work it into my budget. I never spend money on salon cuts or treatments or even products such as home coloring, gel, hair spray, etc. I have toyed with the idea of using henna, but I think I'll put that off.
Number four...what about "cleanses"? I wonder if we have as many toxins as some people say. I HATE the idea of enemas, especially since if I eat plenty of whole grains and drink plenty of water, I have no "elimination problems" (DRINK AT LEAST 3 BOTTLES OF WATER A DAY!!!!) But the "dry brushing" and "colon cleanses" have lots of fans. May be worth exploring. I think a sauna/steam treatment would be bad for me, but maybe I could try at least a few minutes and work up??? http://www.drybrushing.net/ http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/HealingTechniques/Dry_Brushing_Technique.htm
Well, that is enough to get started with. Mother's Day is tomorrow and my birthday is next week, but I might as well get started today.