Day 1 – The beginning is the most important part of the work

November 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm 2 comments

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop. The King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

We’ve all heard many quotes about starting new projects;  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step;  The beginning is the most important part of the work; ….

Today is the beginning of my journey.   Today I stop just talking, and start walking.

However, I will disagree slightly with the King of Hearts.  My journey will not end when I reach my goal.  I intend to continue my healthy lifestyle each and every day that I am privileged to enjoy.

Ok, so here I am.  Day 1.  The day after Halloween.  I had forgotten that preparation is the key to changing to a healthy lifestyle.

So, the first thing that I saw this morning when I came downstairs was the leftover candy from the night before.  Oh, and the pumpkin carrot cupcakes with vanilla butter cream icing that I made yesterday.    Each step that I took towards my bowl of oatmeal,  I chanted “willpower Pat, willpower”

I was a good girl – oatmeal for breakfast, and a big glass of water.  No tea because I was going to work out.  Cutting back to one cup of tea a day will be a challenge, but I can do it.  I don’t want the insulin spikes and crashes that too much caffeine causes, which makes you hungry, which, well, makes you eat, and often the wrong things.   As I was packing my bag for the gym, I threw in a banana and an apple, so that I wouldn’t be tempted to grab something before I got home for lunch.  Success!  That banana saved me from getting a donut at Tim Horton’s on my way home for lunch.

So, as you read above, I packed my bag for the gym.  As part of my getting fit for fifty, I joined a local fitness club.  I had my fitness evaluation on Saturday, with James.  What a great guy, and what a great motivator.  He took my blood pressure, my resting heart rate, weighed me (yikes) and then took measurements (double yikes).

Here are the basic facts.  I don’t have the blood pressure and resting heart rate of an overweight person.  My blood pressure is perfect, and my resting heart rate is lower than average.  All good.  What isn’t great though, is my percentage of fat to body weight.  44%.  Almost half of my body is fat.  A statistic that makes me obese.  Yes, obese.  And with that fact, at great risk for many health problems.

After giving some thought as to why I never admitted to myself that I was overweight, I realized that my mindset is similar to that of an anorexic –  I look in the mirror and see a different image to that of reality.   I just didn’t see a fat person in my mirror.  My “aha moment” came after seeing a recent picture of me in a dress that I thought I looked sexy in.  Reality?  Not so sexy. When I first saw the picture, my first thought was “who is that fat woman wearing the same dress as me?”  My second thought?  “Oh my God, that fat woman is me!”

After weighing and measuring me, James and I talked about my strategy for getting fit.  He recommended cardio three times a week, and weight training. The cardio is to burn the fat, and the weight training is to create lean body muscle.  Things I know, but things I haven’t been doing.

When I left the gym on Saturday, I took the aerobics class schedule with me. I highlighted the classes I thought I’d like to do, and planned for my week.

Today’s schedule was a step and ball class, followed by yoga.  I’ve always enjoyed taking step classes, and because of my years of figure skating feel that I am fairly co-ordinated.  However, I need to remember that the last time I took a step class was 13 years ago.  Co-ordinated!  HA!  That particular skill has certainly lessened.  I felt like a baby giraffe.

One thing that I have never done before, is work with a stability ball.  Hmm, stability is an interesting choice of word.  Stable was probably the last thing I felt as I was laying across it, and the instructor then told us to lift our legs! Didn’t she realize that my legs on the floor were the only thing keeping me on the ball?  Definitely a  recipe for disaster.  Came close to falling off, but didn’t actually go splat.  One hour later, feeling a small measure of pride at having got through the class without passing out (or falling off of the stability ball), I settled in for what I thought would be a relaxing hour of yoga.  Not so much. Suffice it to say, that I certainly am not as flexible as I once was.

In spite of the challenges I faced in these two classes, I left knowing that today was just the first step in my journey, baby steps that they are. I need to realize that I am not there to measure myself against the other women in my class, but to live up to my expectations for myself, and that each time I go, I will be able to measure my progress back to this first day.

On my way home, I bypassed Starbucks and Tim Hortons, and made it home to eat my healthy lunch.  What did I see when I walked in the front door?  The friggin’ Halloween Candy.  Sheesh, I have to get rid of that immediately, and not by eating it. I put my iPod on, because the damn candy was calling to me. While listening to my music, I had a little laugh to myself , thinking that it would be my luck that the song playing on my iPod would be “The Candy Man”.  It’s garbage night tonight, so if my son doesn’t put the candy in his room (and hide it well), it’s going out in the bin.

Preparation for success has begun in my kitchen.  I have made 9 hard boiled eggs, and have chopped my vegetables.  I will be making fat free jello, so when I feel like snacking I will have that, or fruit and ready cut vegetables so that I can make a healthy choice.

The trainer at the fitness club called me today, and she is providing me with one free hour to plan my weight training.  We have our first session on Wednesday morning, and I can’t wait.  Seriously!

All in all, a pretty good day.  I feel energized, and don’t hurt from today’s exercise.  Yet.  As Scarlett O’Hara said, “tomorrow is another day”

Starting weightAs of Saturday, October 30 – 193.4 lbs.

Goal Weight – By July 23, 2011 – 135 lbs

I won’t be weighing myself everyday, but will post my success on a weekly basis.  My main measure will be how my clothes fit. Or don’t, as I lose weight and tone up!

Once I get a “before” picture taken, I will post.  Perhaps I should find that picture of me in my “sexy” dress that shocked me so much!

Food diary for Day 1

Breakfast – oatmeal, (instant, but better than the fruit loops in my cupboard) (Tomorrow I plan on having 3 hard boiled egg whites for breakfast.)

Snack – banana

Lunch – 120 g flaked light tuna with 1 tsp light mayonnaise, with celery, pepper and fresh dill, salad consisting of cucumber, red pepper and tomato.

Snack – apple, and the last pumpkin carrot cupcake.

Dinner – pulled pork, asparagus and salad.

Snack – 1 cup of fat free strawberry jello.

Workout diary for Day 1

One hour of step and stability ball, and one hour of yoga.

Funny fact – I had read that red peppers curb your appetite.  Hence the reason I ate red peppers in my salad today.  Obviously I didn’t read the article completely.

Truth – it’s red pepper, the spice that curbs your appetite.  Guess I will be going out to buy some red pepper.  Read more about it here

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Day 2 – Beginning Is Easy, Continuing Hard

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shelley  |  November 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Congrats on taking the first step!!! Support and accountibality are so key – I look forward to following you along this rocky journey and am here to support in any way that I can be of assistance.

    As for the tea – Have you ever had “The Republic of Tea” brand? There are some DELICIOUS varieties that are caffeine free – My favorite right now is the Caramel Apple Red Tea. No sugar, all natural. check ’em out online 🙂

    I can’t wait to get to know you better through your tweets and blog 🙂

    • 2. Patricia Eales  |  November 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Shelley for your encouragement! I haven’t heard of the tea you mentioned, but I will definitely look into it!


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Goals for 2011

* Participate in the 100 days of intentional movement
* Walk 2011 miles in 2011
* Continue my healthy eating and exercise program
* Lower my body weight by 10% by February 1st, 2011
* Lose the next 10% of body weight (17 lbs) by April 1, 2011
* Read at least one book per month that provides spiritual sustenance or enlightenment.

Scale Goals for 2011
02/01/11 - 174
04/01/11 - 156.6
06/01/11 - 141

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