I Have Indeed Begun My Journey to Wellness

Ok—last week I posted about a watershed or re-directing moment. So I began. I sat down with one of those composition books that kids use in school. You know the type–some of that have a marbled black and white appearance, they are typically wide ruled and have about 100 sheets of paper in them. My particular one is not marbled, it is kelly green. Green for new beginnings.

I set it up like this: each page has a separate date. Each of those dates is used for my food log and exercise log. I began on a Wednesday—and recorded my weight and some key measurements. Then I set a target weight for each Wednesday. If I weigh myself more often, there is a high probability of self-sabotage! Every day so far I have recorded every bit of food and every beverage. It is already apparent I have not been consuming enough water.

My exercise so far has included going for walks of 30 to 60 minutes in the house. I could walk laps outdoors as I live on a circle. But I do find that when I get the sense it is taking me what feels like forever to make my way around the circle, I want to quit. But if I walk from my front door to the family room, around my coffee table, into my kitchen and back to the front door I don’t get discouraged. I just walk my laps over and over and over for a half hour to an hour at a shot. I have my TV on and I just go. This is a handy strategy for a BIG reason. It is 110 outside! Also handy for another reason. I can walk very quickly and use my cordless phone to talk to my mom at the same time. So I accomplish 2 things with a lengthy phone conversation! My speed right now is about a 13 minute mile. I am not breaking any records—but I am walking for a half hour to an hour a day.

So I am happy to report, that I have stuck to my plan from Wednesday on. That is too short a period of time to crown me Queen, but it is a start. Last week my local source of produce had all their organic produce on sale for CHEAP! I loaded up. We ate healthy and are continuing to do so. It is a beginning. I have found a pretty cool link. It lets you figure out calorie count and nutritional information. It also tells you how long you have to exercise to burn off that many calories. It lists how many minutes you have to walk, how many you have to run, or how many you have to cycle or even swim. It is pretty cool and pretty interesting.

I looked up some of my “downfall food and drink” faves and was shocked! Anyway—here is the link. As is typical with me, now that I have a strategy I am feeling optimistic. Will be back on tomorrow to respond to comments—I have veggies and fruit to prep tonight!! Hugs to you!

Here is the cool link. You can type in almost any food or beverage, get the nutritional information, and the exercise info too. http://www.calorieking.com/foods/search.php?keywords=chicken+breast

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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18 Responses to I Have Indeed Begun My Journey to Wellness

  1. Just a quick note to tell you how inspiring you are!
    I love your walking around the house idea…not one bit different than doing it on a treadmill…or in the mall! Plus, by the time your temps are back to livable outdoors, the stamina you’ve built up will have you zipping around the neighborhood!
    You go, girl! (figuratively AND literally!)

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks so much! The other advantage is that I can snap my morning news programs on and walk, walk, walk. It seems to jump start my brain~and feels less like work. It distracts me and makes me forget I am exercising…kind of like having music on when I iron. thanks so much for the affirmation and encouragement!

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    I rather like the walking laps in the house idea, Kate–so it’s not about distance, but time walked, right? This just might work for me–but I confess I am So Not motivated…and the food thing. I am currently addicted to cheese popcorn–but wait! It’s All Natural!! The problem is limiting it to one (1) serving, not 4 or 5 or 6….Sorry, this probably was not helpful info. You know I love you–God Bless you Healthy! sis Caddo

    • Kate Kresse says:

      For me it is SO not about distance. Knowing the distance IS my stumbling block! Now as I put in the time walking, the faster I walk, the more calories I burn….or if I were to reach the point where I run in place while watching something on TV (don’t know if THAT will happen anytime soon, though). As far as my food downfalls, now that I am logging what I eat and the calorie count—and my link says how long it takes to burn it off it helps some. My main point is to regain better health through wiser decisions—and to see it is a permanent change….a day at a time….love you back sis Caddo

  3. misswhiplash says:

    Did you read the post I wrote on Size 18 and Fat . I reposted it especially for you to give you encouragement… I can believe that you are doing you utmost to achieve your goal but do not let it become the soul focus of your mind..What you have to remember is that you are changing your way of life forever…not just losing weight for now…so you need to do it slowly , bit by bit until your new way of life is your normal way to live,…Do you get my drift!
    If I can help in anyway..just e mail me at patreciau@gmail.com

    • Kate Kresse says:

      My goal is one to two pounds a week. I am only weighing once a week on Wednesdays. BUT with m first weigh-in tomorrow, if that makes me self-sabotage, then the weigh-ins cease for awhile. I have a long term goal that will no doubt take close to a year to accomplish. BUT the true shift does need to come in my mind. I need to reach the point where it becomes automatic for me to make wise decisions about what I eat (and why I eat)—and about making myself exercise each day. I did see your wonderful post—and loved it thanks so very much.

  4. Here’s to new beginnings, Kate, and a healthier, still beautiful, you. I’m not sure what 110F is when converted to the celsius scale we use in Canada, but it sounds pretty darn hot!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      It is hot—but not humid. 43.33 degrees celsius would be the same as 110F. I would imagine it doesn’t get that hot there, right? Thanks for the encouragement. Closing in on my first week of changes, and feeling encouraged.

  5. Aww Kate, I am super jazzed for you. I get doing laps in the house by the way. Our home until last year was two – story. 14 steps between floors. I added those stairs to my laps around the house. I’m actually grateful that you are not walking out side. Heat stroke is never fun but at our age of substance it’s out right dangerous.

    I also eat a small snack every 2 to 3 hours between healthy meals. Our bodies are really designed to have nourishment more often. As women when we don’t our body thinks its starving and sets up that starvation mode and starts storing fat. In the stomach. The worst place for women. As long as I eat healthy, every 2 to 3 hours something, and if possible with protien, move my body, and eat really healthy meals I lose weight. My record loss: 28 pounds.Go slow.
    You can do this Kate, and if you happen to miss a meal a day, get back up, wipe off, and start right where you left off. For me accepting that it is not the end of my lifestyle change concerning food and weight, just a bump in the road, I was not as hard on myself. I forgive quickly and move on.
    Praying that you find the will everyday to see how this is honoring your body.

    Big squeeze today my friend, I am so proud of you!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks so much sweet Baroness! Indeed, laps in the house work for me. Especially, at least for now, if I have something on TV to distract me from the awareness that I am exercising, or if I am talking on the phone. We are in a two story also, and I may add stair climbing once I am certain that I an consistent in my exercising. I am going to take that snack suggestion and set up my (fruit and veggie snacks and maybe a bit of turkey or fish or something)for the day when I pack my husband’s daily lunch. My tendency in the past has been to run like heck AWAY from any weight loss and exercising success. So, as I succeed I need to be mindful of that tendency and see if I can get at what the underlying reason is for that tendency. Thanks so much. and I LOVE LOVE LOVE “Praying that you find the will everyday to see how this is honoring your body”

      • It pleases me more than I can say that you found my message for you helpful, and also encouraging. I know for a fact how helpful I find support from those who are there with me helps. I trust you’ll find this true as well and welcome aboard the lifestyle change boat.
        The eating healthy every 2 to 3 hours some how sounds like a misnomer to many, but I have read much about the metabolism of the body of women our age. I am really blessed that best friend’s daughter who is like my own, is a weight loss coach who does so by life style changes only. No wacky diets allowed she says. She has lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off for three years so far. She’s a wealth of info for me.

        You are going to be more successful with this Kate because you are seeing it and attacking it as a life style change. Realizing that is so and thaqt you cannot change life long habits over night helps, maybe? They say it takes two weeks of doing something that you want to change to become a new habit. You have to practice it everyday for that two weeks. The thing that this theory helped me with the most was with smoking. It’s been 14 yrs now.

        I’ll be your cheer leader captain girl. Hoor-ray and Praise God for today!!

        • Kate Kresse says:

          oh yeah—the smoking! that was hard to quit—i quit in 1984…..so hard! day at a time.thanks for the cheerleading and encouragement. I really do appreciate it.

  6. Strong start! Just keep going! And if you don’t do it perfectly, which is more than likely just because we aren’t perfect…just keep going! You’re going to do well! Planning is half of it! 🙂 Debra

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks, Debra—you are right, planning is part of it, and brutal honesty and accountability within myself, too. It is going to be fine. This time is different. thank you so very much. you are so encouraging, and i really appreciate it.

  7. Success will come – lots of encouragement to you. God bless….

  8. Gilly Gee says:

    Well done Kate a very inspiring post. Good luck you can do it with your wonderful positive attitude 🙂

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