Monday, March 19, 2007

It's Not Snowing, but

I got a treadmill. If you read my last post you know I need to get my cholesterol down before my next doctor visit. I never used a treadmill before. So the other night when I hauled one home and talked my husband into helping me put it together, I stepped aboard. I read somewhere you get a better workout if you don't hold onto the handrails. So I let go, began swinging my arms, then tapped the button on the console to increase the speed. If not for those handrails I grabbed, I would've done a nose dive into the floor. Ouch! Carpet burns on the face would be a bit difficult to explain, don't you think?

The only time I ever stepped onto scales to do a weight check was on my yearly visit to the doctor. Since I decided to exercise and watch my diet, I've been checking my weight. Tonight when I stepped on the scales I know shock radiated from every facial feature. I've now gained a total of six pounds. Wait a minute, I thought diet and exercise made you lose weight. The workouts, added fruits and vegetables to meals doesn't seem to be working. Must need some sweets. A hefty slice of leftover Milky Way cake from a family member's birthday is sitting on the counter waiting for someone do something with it. Need I say more?

Until Next Time...Debra

Saturday, March 17, 2007

More Snow

I'm not sure why I haven't posted since our last snow storm. Could it have something to do with the white stuff drifting across the land? I've swept off my front porch a dozen times today. Each time I put the dog out, I get a workout with the broom. I figure if I wait until the storm's over I'll have to do some pretty heavy shoveling. I don't think I'm in shape for that just yet. Although I did take several long walks this week, giving the legs a hefty workout. I couldn't resist the sixty and seventy degree temperatures we had here earlier this week. Then again, there's a good chance the walks had more to do with trying on my swimsuit from last year and taking a look in the mirror.

Here's the real truth behind the walks. I finally decided I was long overdue having my cholesterol checked since I never had. Come to find out it's higher than it should be. I'm not in the danger zone yet. A little exercise and watching what I eat should keep me from needing to go on meds. Okay, the day I get the news, I decide to start exercising and watching what I eat. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Yum. The exercise is a half hour of weight lifting or a long walk. Three weeks of the oatmeal and exercise and I gain three pounds. When I mention this to a neighbor, he says I'm bulking up from the weights. So that explains the clothes fitting tighter. Wonder what it's doing to my cholesterol numbers? The doctor gave me six months to get the number down. I'm checking into treadmills next.

Until Next Time...Debra