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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Doris Trujillo 1929 - 2013



I haven't been around much lately because my mom passed away suddenly on August 7.  You can find a tribute to her that my sister put together here.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Slow and Steady

I have slowly incorporated walking into my daily life.  I've been trying to go around 7 in the evening.  Today was absolutely wonderful.  The temperature was about 80 and low, low humidity.  It's hard to believe it's August.  I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

Tonight was the first time I walked twice around the block.  That equals 1.25 or so miles.  Woot!  I am not out to win any races or see how fast I can go; I'm just starting out slowly and eventually working up to maybe an hour a day.

I bought some new sneakers and they have really helped with my walking.  My ankles are pretty weak but these give me good support.  They are called Addiction 10 by Brooks.  They're the only pair of sneakers that support my flat feet.  They're "running" shoes but also great for walking!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

A Good Start

On July 1st a good friend of mine, who had lost some weight, told me about My Fitness Pal.  It's a site where you keep track of your calories and your exercise.  And it's free!  I started using it the next day and in one month have lost 7 lbs!  When you first sign up, you put your goals in and it calculates how many calories you should have each day.  By keeping to that number, you will lose weight.

I also added exercise to my routine.  I joined our neighborhood pool and go when I can.  Although this summer it has really been rainy.  I do something called "water jogging".  Basically I am running and/or walking around the pool and, believe me, it is hard!  But my feet and ankles are really weak and this has been a way for me to exercise and not put a lot of pressure on my joints.  Plus it's a lot less sweatier!

Counting calories and watching portion sizes has really been great for me.  It was hard at first but now I'm used to it.  I knew that I needed something that was not a big change from what I've been doing but a slow, gradual change that I could incorporate into my daily routine.

I also purchased a Fit Bit Zip. It's a little device that I wear all day long that counts my steps.  When I first started wearing it, I only logged in 1000 steps.  Ugh; what a slug!  Now I am between 3000 and 4000 but am working on the goal of 5000 a day.  This little device has been a great motivation for me as I'm always trying to add a little more.  I park far away to add more steps, etc.  One of my friends has it and she has challenged me each day.  She does 10,000 steps each day.  I am nowhere near that but I hope to be someday.  Frankly, I'm not into a competition like that but is fun to see how much I do each day.  My competition is with myself.

Why after all this time am I getting in shape?  I guess I just got tired of being tired all the time.  I also have two events that I would like to look nice for.  One is my nephew's reception in September and the other is our church's ladies' retreat in October at the beach.  I want to be able to walk along the beach w/o huffing and puffing!!

Lord willing, I will keep up to date here with my progress.  There's a button on the right-hand side that lets you know how I'm doing!!