whew. I actually have a minute, so I'll do a quick post.
1) I've gained back to the "obese" category (197 is the line for me, and I'm at 198
2) I started working out this week. I'm using the 20 Second Fitness concept (not the videos, you kiddin me? I can't afford that!) The idea is, go your hardest for 20 sec then rest for 10, then go again as hard as possible for 20, then rest for 10, etc...Do eight sets, and when you're done, you've worked out for four minutes.
I've got it set up for a six day schedule. DAY ONE is cardio. DAY TWO is core. DAY THREE cardio again. DAY FOUR is upper body. DAY FIVE cardio. DAY SIX lower body. And on day seven, rest.
So today was day four on the schedule. I did wall pushups, free weights, and The Superman Pose (harder than you think) and then I felt so good, I went for a very brisk 20 minute walk! The first exercise I've done in absolute ages. My wonderful friend Bill died about a year ago, and I haven't taken care of myself as I should since then. But I feel good with the four days in a row, and the additional walk today was wonderful!
3) I'm recommitted to no added fats, no processed foods, and I've always remained good with no animal products. I have let the fats creep in, though.
I have two main things in mind here. Projects, if you will: improve my fitness, and make my home sweet and pleasant for all who come there (especially myself!
It has been a hellacious year so far, for personal/internal reasons, family stuff, and some physical stuff. I hacked my hand three weeks ago, but didn't do any permanent damage, but I will be having PT for it until I get my range of motion back (I can't clench my fist whatsoever, not even to grasp a handful of weeds and pull. My grip is gone, in my dominant hand! not good)
And that's all I'm gonna say about that. I've been through a lot, though not as much as some, and possibly worse than some others. May or may not explore the addiction aspect of emotional eating. I'm working on something more urgent than that, right now. But i'm so grateful that i was already in a good place, for eating this way for the past couple of years. Being well-nourished has contributed to my being able to maintain. I mean, I've gained back, sure, but it took a year, and my BP remains at the 110/60 level pretty much.
That is to say, I gained enough health eating this way since 2009, that the stresses I've been under weren't as damaging to me as they might have been.
The commitment to these "projects" of mine is producing some real changes in how I do things, and I'm happy to be where I am, even though some of it is extremely tough.