Week 1

August 13 – August 19

Three days after deciding it was time to make a change to a healthy lifestyle, I sat down to make a plan.  I know me.  If I dive into the deep end making all kinds of changes, I’m not going to stay with it a week!  So I only made 3 changes… 10,000 steps/day, replace my biggest vice, Coca-Cola, with water (minimum 64 oz.) and to eat at home.  No more drive-thru suicide.  I have always heard it takes 21 days to make something a habit, so if I can make those three changes for 21 days straight, then I can add more changes after those 21 days.  Baby steps…

I started by asking my friends to join me in a workweek challenge.  They all came back and really pushed me!  I came in 3rd place but more importantly I hit my 10,000 step goal everyday!  My best day was Monday with 11,782 steps (4.69 miles).  Some days were a real struggle.  But it got easier everyday… and best of all, I wasn’t feeling tired like I was the week before!

Saturday and Sunday did not go as smoothly.  On Saturday, I was feeling pain in my left knee.  When I was in the Army, I had problems with that knee and was eventually medically boarded out (I’m a disabled Veteran).  I have had this problem for 28 years and knew I needed to stay off of it, but sometimes I can be stubborn.  I hit my goal (barely) on Saturday but by Sunday I learned my lesson. I spent most of the day on the couch.

As for my other two goals, I went the whole week only eating at home.  I only drank water and milk.  I did not always hit the 64 oz, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. Giving up Coca-Cola is a big change for me so I will take it!

All in all, the first week went really well!

1) 10,000 steps per day
2) Eat all meals at home
3) Drink water instead of sugary beverages.


Day 1: Beginning

Two weeks ago, on August 10, I woke up, rolled out of bed, and noticed how horribly lethargic I felt.  My arms were heavy as if weighted down and all I wanted to do was sit.  In that moment, I’d had enough.

I’m a big girl.  Obese.  Maybe even morbidly obese given that I need to lose 100+ pounds.  I am very lucky because outside of my weight, I am pretty much healthy. As a mid-century (50 year old) woman, I listen to a lot of friends my age talk about the meds they have to take and I am very grateful that Flonase is the only medicine sitting on my bathroom sink.  I want to keep it that way.

So as I stood in my kitchen feeling about as blah as a person can get, I decided it was time for a change.  I charged my Fitbit and started stepping.  It was a struggle to say the least!  I had just spent the last 3 years taking classes full-time and most of those 3 years was spent sitting in front of a computer.  Needless to say, my stepping was more like a slow stroll.  By the end of the day, I had walked 7634 steps (3.04 miles).  My goal was 10,000.  I quickly set up a weekend challenge on my Fitbit to keep me accountable.  Six friends joined me.  I told them what was going on and they pshed me. I hit my goal both days!  It was time to make a plan…