In September, I am walking 60 miles in 3 days to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. This is a cause that is very near and dear to me for several reasons that I’m saving for another post.
Last night was the Get Started meeting for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure walk. It was a phone meeting, with about 70 people from all over the United States. It did get me a little more psyched about the walk and I learned new ideas for fund-raising.
As I was listening, I was still amazed that I will actually be doing this. And that I am actually taking steps now, 8 months before the walk, to get ready for it. The biggest thing I am working on now is loosing weight to make it easier for me to walk.
I have changed my diet and it is working unbelievably. For the first time in years, I am actually losing weight! For the most part, I am not missing the foods I’ve cut out, and I do have cravings, but I am not constantly giving in to them.
My diet change is using one of those products that offer you the meals and you supplement it with a lean meat and green veggie meal once a day. Very little of the food tastes good, but even dropping 10 pounds so far has eased the joint pain I get from walking long distances. That makes the food bearable.
Of course, long distances for me now are about a mile! I hate to exercise, absolutely hate it, and that probably has to do with my weight. I need to change, not just for the walk, but for the rest of my life.
Mr Scuba (aka my husband) is helping me. He is not only losing weight with me but he encourages me every day – especially when I start whining! I know that he won’t stick with the meal plan as long as I do, he has much less weight to lose, but I don’t think he’ll go back to his old way of eating anymore. At least I hope not.
We do splurge just a little. Last week, we had a pizza. The key word there is ‘a’. We usually order two and then have leftovers, which of course we eat! So, one pizza and I ate less of it than I usually do. And, the best part, it didn’t stop my weight loss. Tonight, we have a birthday party to go to where I know there will be lots of food and drink. I am not going to overeat and drinking is out of the question. Just plain water please!
I know I can’t keep up the quick weight loss using this diet plan, especially once I start the serious training in March. I’ll need to eat more calories as I burn more, but the increased exercise will help keep the weight loss going. If I can get some weight off before hand, I will already be ahead of the game by making it easier to walk in general.
I never want to go back to my old eating and not exercising habits. I am enjoying seeing the weight drop. I will keep it off. That’s all there is to it.
Is this my midlife crisis?