I just celebrated my 41st birthday this week. Thank you for all your well wishes - and I'll be looking for my gifts in the mail ;)
But seriously, I need to make some changes to my lifestyle in order to ensure good health for my next 40 years. I've been over 200 pounds since high school - that's over 20 years! Now, I'm not saying I'm too big, just that I could stand to lose some of this weight to make my joints last longer, my fitness levels higher and my breathing/allergy issues lessened.
This summer while on that 6 week road trip, I lost 20 pounds. That's right, 20 pounds. In the last 3.5 weeks, I've managed to lose another 5. I am now within single digits of being under 200 for the first time in over 2 decades!!
I call that a major accomplishment! (and Walkin Dude says he'll buy me whatever outfit I want when I reach that 200 mark :)
And I did that while eating whatever I wanted and drinking 2 alcoholic beverages each evening.
I still can't believe it. But the scales don't lie.
All I had to do was walk. OK, so I walked a LOT this summer. Most days in the 12km range which is over 15000 steps. And I drank water - a LOT of water.
By making one small change - drinking water from breakfast until after supper - I cut out a lot of calories. I used to drink a soda, maybe a hot chocolate or flavoured coffee, juice, milk - in short anything I craved. I decided if I can eliminate the sugary drinks every day - but still have access to any food I want, I'll be reducing calories.
We got new cell phones this summer, and mine came with an app called S Health. It has features to track your calorie intake, your exercise levels, pedometer, heart rate, sleeping habits - all the things those FitBits do...I don't care about any of the features but one: the pedometer. I've found that by walking at least 8000 steps every two days, I'm losing weight at about 2 pounds a week.
So today, I wanted to know how long it takes me to walk those 8000 steps if I do it all at once.
I downloaded some music onto the phone this morning, then tied up my shoes and grabbed the dog's leash. Here are 10 songs that played:
I'll admit, when Abba came on, I was happy cause I thought it would be a fun song to walk to - but I forgot that this dance remix is WAY FAST! Like I can barely move my feet that fast fast. The poor dog was jogging beside me, and he's Not a jogger. But I made it through the song, and was so relieved to hear Pink and the lower tempo song.
So, I walked for 58 minutes, did 6.84 km, and 8398 steps. I'm proud of myself :D
And I'm super excited for the fish and chips that Walkin' Dude is making for supper.....
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!