Yes, yes, I admit it.Â After not going for … oh … two or three years, I went to the gym yesterday.Â Â One of the perks of staying at the Extended StayAmerica is free access to the nearby Gold’s Gym.Â I need to get my heart back in shape as much as the rest of my body, so I mixed up some low impact/fat burning/cardio exercise.Â Â I did half an hour on the treadmill, and half an hour on the elliptical keeping my heart rate up around 135-140.Â Â Between the two I burned about 500 calories, and did about 4 miles,Â which isn’t a lot for a workout, but good solid consistent exercise.
I tried to use the bike machines, but my muscle tone and body aren’t ready for it yet.Â Â I won’t bother with a real bike until I can ride the stationary bike consistently for half an hour to an hour.
Still, it was heartening to see a solid mix of people there … from the very fit, to people like me, to people less fit than me.
… unfortunately, the TV closest to me was playing a report about Rush Limbaugh (*puke*) … fortunately, I had my mp3 player with me.Â Â For the record, afterwards, no banana for me… but I did enjoy a nice crisp apple later.
Well, it’s likely more in my head than anything else, but knowing I can’t have just anything I want for lunch is giving me a craving for things I know I shouldn’t have.Â Â *laugh*Â Go figure.
I have my mug of herbal tea, and a bottle of water at hand.Â Â There’s no reasonable way that the hunger pangs I’m having just this second are much in the way of ‘real’ hunger.Â That said .. Mmmmm .. banana will be good.
Well, as I said a few posts back … starting Monday I’ll be cutting down the calories and restricting what I eat.Â Only once before did I ever do anything strict about dieting, and I hope I have the strength of character and will to keep it up.Â Â I have a long way to go, to get back to a slim weight.
So, tonight I enjoyed a suprisingly low-calorie (but sumptuous) meal before I get started.Â Â I went to Red Lobster’s, and had the Ultimate lobster dish.Â Â It was delicious, and thanks to the special, not as expensive as I thought.Â ($20 w/ iced tea).Â Â Rock lobster tastes pretty good, quite succulent.
I’ve spent the last month looking carefully at various options for weight loss.Â I know my heart isn’t in the best shape (or the rest of me for that matter), and I want to lose weight carefully but also not at so slow a pace that I can’t see progress.Â Â Moderately, in other words.
So, here’s the plan:
Less wheat and rice, substitute quinoa/amaranth/millet which have more protein and less carbohydrates
Absolutely no fast food
I already drink diet sodas, juices, and water .. but I’m going to give up all caffeinated drinks (coffee/tea/coke/etc)
Regular, aerobic exercise.Â Either at the gym or just on my own, one hour a day at least.
Get a good bike, one that fits me and my needs.Â Possibly a recumbent, that I can substitute car driving with for short trips.
80/20 ratio of fresh natural food to processed foods.
Once a week, blog my weight.Â Keep track of it, and keep track of trends.
That’s it.Â Â Hopefully I can do it, and keep it up starting Monday.Â Â Let’s see how it goes.
I have forgotten little things, some things, and some big things.Â Â About three weeks ago I was looking through some old letters and papers of mine from Australia in 1994 … and I didn’t remember people, places, that I clearly wrote about.Â Â I couldn’t remember the people who even wrote me back.
It’s utterly disconcerting to know that a piece of my life, pieces really, simply vanished as if into a black pond .. leaving not even a ripple.
Some of that is in the last two entries that I’m not sharing with everyone.Â Â Still, it’s important to realize that bits did indeed go missing, and I’m not likely going to get it back.
Right now, I’m watching a program about Terry Pratchett and how he is living with Alzheimers.Â Â It’s oddly heartening to watch.