Monday, July 13, 2015

10,000 steps

One more again, I am attempting to lose weight.  I have been overweight for as long as I can remember.  I came into this world just as the Summer of Love was kicking off, 9 pounds 6 ounces of bouncing baby girl, at 6:03 in the evening, just in time for supper.  Supper is still my favorite time of day.  :)  I've dieted, I've lost weight (lots of weight!) and I've gained weight.  Twenty years ago, I lost 60 pounds and gained back 80 and then most recently, I lost 50 and gained back 30.  Enough of this roller coaster.  I turned 48 last month and I really, really don't want all of the health problems that come with growing older AND being fat.  Growing older is bad enough.  I'm healthy as I can be right now but diabetes and heart disease run in my family.  I'd rather they not run all over me if I can help it, thank you very much.

So I'm under a doctor's care now and I'm losing weight, ever so slowly this time.  I've lost fourteen pounds since the end of May.  That's turtle-crawling-on-pancake-syrup slow for me.  I've lost 14 pounds in two weeks before.  But guess what?  Every one of 'em came back and brought friends with them.  Friends with cake.

I bought a pedometer in May (and let me tell you, this is the BEST pedometer out there.  This little thing has been washed in the washer, dried in the dryer, hung out on the line all day long in the hot sun, dropped a few hundred times out on the flight line, it's been sat on, had all kinds of stuff piled on it down in my tote bag, it's been LOST (twice) and it's been the best little companion I could have had in my journey to better health and a slimmer me.  I have no desire to be skinny.  I only want to lose 60 pounds total and I'm going to do it the right way this time.

My doctor suggested that I walk 10,000 steps a day.  That's five miles.  I have tried so hard to do that but always end up right around 8,000.  I did much better before it got so blasted hot, though.  My job gives me lots of opportunities to walk but ain't one thing funny about being fat and hot so my walking has slowed down, along with everything else in this sweltering Georgia summertime we're living in.

But today, tho.  Today I made it!!  Never mind that the last 60 steps were in our living room with Larry asleep already.  I made it.  :)

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