Today is the start of a new lifestyle for me. I am going to really work on eating right and exercising more. I can't do a whole lot of exercising right now, but I can do a few minutes so that is what I will do. I will do what i can a bit everyday and then it has to add up eventually right? The doctor says to focus on exercise every other day so that the muscles have a chance to repair themselves with a day in between so that is what I am going to do. With the Fibro, exercise can get tricky. Yes, it is a vital part of learning to live with fibro, but over doing it would set me back so far that it would take so long to get back to what I can do. I can do better with food. That is one of my downfalls now. It really is. I like to get out of the house everyday so I find myself going to get lunch when I am out. Well, no more or at least not so much and it will be planned from now on. I use my planner for everything else, why not for this too? So tonight's dinner will be chicken, veggies, and yummy fresh blue berries for dessert! I love blue berries and am thrilled that it is finally in season for them (somewhat in season anyway) I also have yummy red potato for dinner too as I bought a bunch of them. I have a lovely George Foreman grill that I can use. I have a farbarware grill to but it needs a piece before I can use it. I love using that too. I have nice seasons that I can use to season the chicken with. For brunches I have yogurt and cereal so I won't need to go out. I actually don't go and get the food for the need of the food, it is to just get out of the house. From now on, when I need to get out of the house, I will take a book and go and get a pop. That really is all I want from the restaurants anyways, I just add the food for the convenience. Not a good habit I am in and it will take strength to get out of it. But with Kathy and my friend's help, I can do this. I did good today as I went to Tim Horton's to meet Robin for lunch and I didn't get a donut!!! nope, I got good soup and a healthy sandwich with a smaller than usual size pop. I did very well! I got a medium pop so that I won't overload on the caffeine like I often do. It is something that I will be working on day to day. I will lose the unwanted pounds that I have.
Yesterday, at the arthritis doctor she asked me if I had considered getting something drastic done for my weight. I had considered surgery but because of the blood disorder, I am not a good candidate for it. Part of me was relieved that I am not and part of me was not. Either way, with surgery or not, you have to eat sensibly, so I will just begin to eat sensibly! I have wonderful DVDs for exercise when I get to the point I can do them. Right now I will use the awesome Elliptical machine I have. It is the only exercise equipment I will keep in the family room, the rest will be sold or donated. I like the Elliptical machine so that is the one I will keep. After dinner, before bed I will go and do a few minutes of it. I also am hopeful that by using the machine before bed, I will tire myself out and it will help me sleep. That is my goal. Maybe by exercising before bed will help me sleep better. I can only try! I have not set an actual pound amount I want to lose by a certain date, I feel that will set me up for failure if I don't lose as fast as I think I should. I have a lot of weight to lose so I am just going to be happy with any amount at any time that I lose. For me, I feel this would be less stress and help me stay on track better. I have done the other way with so many diets before, that they have completely failed making me feel like a failure and depressing me so I am not going to be weighing myself continuously like before. I am going to take my time and just work on eating sensibly and adding in the exercise. This is day 1. I am feeling very positive about this!