Monday, January 07, 2013

Eating the elephant...

How are the resolutions going? I didn't actually make any, but a couple of days into the New Year I knew there was one thing I had to do. Lose some weight. My knees were begging me.

In the new house I have to walk up two flights of stairs to the office and about half way up the second flight my knees were complaining. Loudly. Actually, just lately they've been complaining when I put my feet to the floor in the morning and pain is the one thing that will make me pass on cake.

I was going to drag out the scales and make it a big deal. Since I have absolutely no faith that they'll have survived the move with any degree of accuracy, I decided not to worry about poundage, but about my knees. They'll keep me in line. And that jacket that won't quite button around the middle.

I'm not doing anything fancy. I've cut out bread, upped the level of protein to carbs and while I couldn't say I leapt out of bed this morning after just three days the knees took the move without complaint. And the stairs are already easier. And I've switched from Radio 4 (talk radio) to Radio 2 (pop music radio) and I'm jogging around the kitchen while I work to those oldies but goodies that were the soundtrack of my youth.

I've lost maybe two pounds (the first few days it always falls off) but the difference is already noticeable to me if no one else.

Exercise is the next step. I keep threatening to dig out the swimsuit and get to the pool. It's attached to the high school so they get first dibs on times and I have to figure out when I can fit it in.

I've made a start. That's the main thing. It feels a bit daunting at the moment, but it's like eating an elephant. You have to take it one bite at a time.


Vince said...

Hi Liz:

I’m not sure but the visual of how to eat an entire elephant does not seem all that appropriate for going on a diet. How about a trip of a thousands miles begins with just one step?

BTW: as you grow older, it is advisable to move to houses with fewer floors and fewer front door steps. (Yes, even the steps into the house can become an issue.) Been there, done that.


Lacey Devlin said...

Congratulations on losing weight, Liz!

I have to cut out sugar completely for a medical treatment soon and I like to think that will help me achieve my weight loss goals too :)

Here's to being more healthy!

Liz Fielding said...

Hi Vince! Happy New Year. I thought the journey thing was a bit of a cliche and the elephant is more fun. And eye-catching. :)

I hear you on the stairs. I vowed never to move into a house with more than one flight of stairs - I hate vacuuming the wretched things. The thing is, if I didn't have those stairs I'd have even more trouble with my weight. And when my mother moved to a bungalow she changed from a fit woman, who ran up stairs, to someone who was morbidly afraid of steps of any kind.

I'm already taking them a lot faster. :)

Liz Fielding said...

Hi Lacey, Happy New Year to you.

Tough of the medical problems. I'm sure you'll find cutting out sugar will give you a lot more energy.

Rosalie Ash said...

Hi Liz, good luck with the weight loss project. I'm facing the same challenge! I agree about the stairs, we have a three-storey house and it's almost as good as joining the gym! Happy New Year to you, Rosie

Romance Book Paradise said...

Liz, you can do it!

Vince said...

Hi Liz:

You’re exactly right about not using a cliché. I should have come up with something new and something that tied into writing and reading. ]

How about: reducing even the largest TBR pile begins with reading a single book. I am sure you would make a very good CP.


Liz Fielding said...

Here's hoping, Rosalie. When are you coming over to play?