Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Healthy For Life ~ Life Style Changes

Last July 1st, I did a post about getting back into shape.  You can read about it here.

Fast forward 8 months.  Did I follow through with my plan?  NOPE!


Then in December, you all know I tore my rotator cuff.  Now, I know that came from years of misuse and age.   But I have realized over the last two months that I don't want to let myself fall apart.

Spending two months of not being able to to normal every day things, like reach up into a cupboard, made me take stock and really think about my health.


So, this treadmill has found it's way into my studio.  A week ago, the doctor gave me the go ahead to start using it.  I walk on it 30 minutes a day.


I also bought this book, Healthy For Life.  I have changed my eating habits.  There is now a lot more fruits, veggies, beans and chicken in my diet and a lot less mashed potatoes and gravy.

The results so far?  I have lost 2-1/2 pounds.  I am also now using weights in my shoulder therapy and I am happy to say that my shoulder is healing.  Slowly, but healing.

My goal is to lose 14-1/2 pounds total.  (edited to add: I am only 5'1" tall and small framed.)  One "step on the treadmill" at a time.  I am posting weekly results on my sidebar.  I think going public might be just the thing to keep me motivated.  Maybe when I have lost all of the weight I will post a before and after picture.....maybe :-)

Welcome Home,
Penny

31 comments:

Pondside said...

Well, you've never looked like you could lose that many pounds, so take care! As long as you feel well and look good in your jeans.....

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, good for you for taking the plunge and doing something about it. I have been wanting to shed a few kgs or lbs for a while now, but I always seem to put it on the back burner. I think I will always start 'tomorrow'. But I never do. I know what I should be eating and doing but it doesn't seem to happen. I know 'I' have to make it happen. Hopefully your weekly progress reports will be my inspiration.. so I am depending on you(if that's not pressure for you now, I don't know what is!) .. take care, Maryann

Donnie said...

I'm sure you will do great Penny. Looks like a good eating plan.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

The secret is having a goal (or a series of goals)...which you already have. I have lost 40 lbs. since August 2009. Every time I reached one of my goals it was such a great feeling. Good luck...drink lots of water!

Kathleen Grace said...

Ok Penny, I've seen photos of you and you look great already, but kudos to you for following through. I need that book too. I think I'll see if I can get it through the library. I have already begun making some changes! I know you can do it:>)

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Dear Penny,
You are just adorable "as is!"
But I do understand wanting to get healthier.
Gary and I are going to "waddle" our way into WWW this weekend and do the big weight in....You will no doubt feel a huge earth quake that day, it would be me passing out in shame..LOL
Gary and I are always eating wrong, our commute just kicks our butts and when we get home its just as easy to drive though taco bell..(so bad) I know.
I know you will do it...and Gary and I will too! Here's to becoming more fit in 2011.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Comeca Jones said...

Good for you my walks start tomorrow!

April said...

Way to go, Penny...wishing you much success! Like I always tell my girls...you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to!

Blondie's Journal said...

You have such a nice set~up in your studio for walking...I saw that TV!! Do you know they make treadmills with built in TV's?!!! Needless to say, I need to stop making excuses and get on mine. I joined WW and I have only lost 7 pounds, I need 2000 more to lose! ;-D

I hope the book helps, I will look for it. And I wish you the best of luck!

XO,
Jane

Meggie said...

Good luck, Penny! I think most folks have that winter weight they want to lose.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are so cute..and tiny! But getting into shape and eating right is a good thing no matter how much you weigh! I wouldn't think you would need to lose, Penny! You look great! Walking builds muscle and makes you feel stronger...and eventually gives you more energy. When you start it makes you MORE tired! lol I love eating healthier, too...it makes me feel better! KUDOS to you, my friend! ♥

Brenda Kula said...

Penny, you may be four inches shorter than me. But I'd be ecstatic to weigh what you do. I weigh 30 pounds more than little old you!
Brenda

*Ulrike* said...

You certainly don't look like you need to lose. I agree though that it does help if you exercise which is why I have been doing it. I haven't seen that number on my scale since I was in my early 20's! Hope your arm is getting stronger every day.

Vee said...

Now the number I see on that scale would make me fall down and kiss it. LOL! All the best with whatever changes you are inspired to make. Yes, we do want to see the befores and afters. (Then we'll know if we need to sabotage your efforts.)

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

Go Penny! I know you can do it and I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress.

Sherri said...

Penny, I thought you looked perfect just the way you were but you know your body better than anyone. Good for you on the WL!!! It never hurts to eat more fruit, veggies, etc. though. Good for you!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I am 5'1" and I would love to see that number on the scale!!!! A year ago my sugar was high so I did the walking, and eating healthy really watched my carbs and lost 11 lbs. I have slipped a little over this past long snowy winter but I keep trying everyday....not easy but I am trying. It's an endless battle! Good luck with your new healthy lifestyle!~Hugs, Patti

Victoria said...

This is a great post very motivating. I will join you in your quest. I have a bit more to lose than you. I have been walking a couple times of week since the first of the year however I need to make it a daily habit. I always had great success with the treadmill. Of course no more brownies with hershey bars on top!!! At least for a while and then only semi annually. I loved "why french women don't get fat" advice for women as they age. Eat less move more.

Dawna said...

You can do it!! and maybe I will have to join you!! One step and one healthy eating choice at a time :) Take care!

Donna said...

Our health is so important. I know you can do anything you set your mind to, Penny. Good luck to you! Take care and hope you are heal fast.

Hugs,
Donna

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I nearly *lost my cookies*, when I saw that 129, about which you are obviously unhappy. 129!!! You are unhapppppy?!? Eeeeek!!!

But you are small boned and only 5'1" so... OK, It's *allowed*. -giggles-

I think it's just wonderful that you've taken these steps. Steps, for life. And I wish you all the luck in the world, with this! Good for you!

Yes, our Health is the most important part. And doing what we need to do, to improve it, is the best REASON. In my humble opinion anyway.

Go You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

So glad to hear that your shoulder is healing Penny. Good for you for walking 30 minutes on the treadmill. I do thirty minutes on the bike, but I had to "nibble" my way to the thirty minutes, staring a little at a time. I'm pleased that I've lost some weight. We all need to keep moving.
Sam

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Good for you Penny. Small weight gains that don't get turned back end up turning into big gains....I have some weight to lose myself and have been ice skating and walking on the treadmill at the gym with hubs. Hopefully when the weather turns warmer it will inspire more positive changes like eating lighter and working out more!

Tutti Chic said...

Being a petite person myself penny, I know what even 10 extra lbs can do on a small frame! good luck on your mission-I know you will accomplish it. I think you look great by the way but only you know what is right for you-xoxo chris

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Good for you Penny. That is wonderful! I know you can do it. If nothing else, you will feel so much better. I need to get back to my walking routine. I do love to walk, but have not walked in a while. Keep us posted on your progress! Best of luck! Love & blessings from NC!

Adrienne said...

Good for you! I have a new appreciation for healthy eating and good health. Now I need a treadmill - and a place to put it!
~Adrienne~

Pamela said...

You go Penny!! My hubby and I are getting ready to head into our third month of our life change and trust me we are rather fluffy people. Not something we have ever been proud of and it has taken until now to get him to decide he wanted to do it as well. It is always soooo hard to do it alone and thus my previous attempts have always failed. Our family togetherness always revolved around where we were going to eat next and now it is which way to go on our walks and how long!:) We rarely if ever eat out anymore, eat healthier foods, count calories, and watch portion size which we never have done in the past. Now don't get me wrong we still eat some of the foods we use to but in far more moderation because the truth is that we are never going to to completely give up eating some things. We are just teaching ourselves what we have to do if we do eat those things. The Hubster has lost almost 45 pounds and I 15. My goal is to have lost 58 pounds by November but I am not brave enough to post it on my sidebar! ;)
So I say to you Penny way to go and congrats thus far!!!! I know you will achieve your goal! Also since you love to cook check out The Hungry Girl Cookbooks. We love those!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Penny,
I am so glad that you shoulder is on the men. 129 lbs...in my dreams Penny. You are adorable just the way you are, but eating to be healthy is wonderful. Walking was always an easy way for me to get in shape, but I hurt my knees and now I cannot do that anymore. I have to get back into yoga again.

Well, I am so glad that you are mending. My doctor told me that muscle building is the best way to burn calories.

Karen

Sarah said...

Penny, good luck. I should join you on your weight loss quest. ~ Sarah

Mary said...

You little wisp of a gal...........I feel like a giant next to you (of course I'm 5'8" and big-boned as my mother always told me - perhaps to make me feel better!). The only time I was skinny was when I was in treatment for cancer - then I prayed that I'd never complain about my weight/shape/skin/hair etc. ever again if I could just survive! Of course I did, and here 20 years later I'm not really complaining that I gained back weight but do feel guilty that I'm not out there walking miles. I must try harder - it's really just a matter of taking the time. As for eating, I believe I'm a healthy eater being vegetarian, however I'm back into big salads (all those Calif. people looked so healthy last weekend!) and cutting out bread which I LOVE more than anything!

Good luck dear Penny - you are already very trim, but I know you have probably found being out of commission difficult and perhaps need the exercise for the feelings of wellbeing it brings.

Hugs - and continued good healing wishes coming at you!
Mary X

Marie~Window Designs Etc. said...

What a brave and very intelligent girl you are to go public with this Penny. I am pint sized too. How well I know what a difference a few extra pounds make.
Looking forward to cheering on your progress.
You can do it!