Choice, Decision, Commitment, Favor

A choice, a decision, a commitment, a FAVOR I do myself. 
Don't complicate it, friends! No regrets here.

Last March, I fell and broke my hip.  I got a new hip and began eating 3 meals a day while in the hospital.  I kept up the 3 meal a day habit in the weeks of rehab.  This was a change from the Fast-5 lifestyle I had been living for a couple of years.  Besides the change in meal patterns, I found myself eating more sweets and making silly food choices.  The pounds began to add up.

On September 23rd, I had a knee replaced.  While I ate meals in the hospital, I determined that when I got home, I would return to the Fast-5 lifestyle.  This means eating within a 5 hour "window" and "fasting" the other 19 hours of the day.

I am thankful for the decision I made and for the results that I've already achieved.  This morning, I wrote the words at the beginning of this post on the Fast-5 facebook page. 

Soon I expect to ADD more walking to my knee rehab exercises and will continue to SUBTRACT pounds until I am a healthy weight again.  (It should take about another month.)

Coming Up:  Lessons Learned


Walking, Walking, Walking

A couple of weeks ago, we parked our car next to this pickup truck.
I couldn't help but take a picture of these words!
My hip is healing from hip replacement surgery,
 but the knee on my opposite leg is NOT happy about it!
X-rays indicate a knee replacement is in my near future.
Meanwhile (after a cortisone shot), I am doubling my efforts
to get the hip strong and ready to do ITS part when the knee needs it.
Walking.  Walking.  Walking.
God help me Git er Done.

The Mostly No Sugar Plan

I'm back.  Kind of.  I'm not going to lie.  My mid-March fall and subsequent hip replacement did me no favors in the health department!  But last night, the evening of our 43rd anniversary, found us outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  Total relaxation.  And with it, a sense of health returning.

Oh.  I said I'm not going to lie.  Earlier in the day, I ate a piece of apple pie and and had later indulged in a homemade mocha latte.  Sugar enough for a week!  So when I read this morning's  How to be Chic, I was ripe and ready for "The Mostly No Sugar" idea.
 I am implementing it this minute.  Not a moment too soon.

Interrupted

 I've been out of commission since slipping on ice on March 15.
I now have new parts in my hip.
This means daily exercises - twice each day...
NOT the kind necessary to maintain weight  & cardio health, etc.
I'm doing well, but needless to say, the whole experience was NOT on my agenda.
Surgeon's sketch of my new hip apparatus.

Soon I'll be graduating from walker to cane.
(I tried using it a bit too much yesterday while spending 
a delightful afternoon with all my siblings and their spouses.  
I spent last night "paying", so will transition a bit more gradually.)
 Thoughtful friends from my Bible study group gifted us with
gift certificates from our local restaurant.  These, interspersed with
other gifts of food, make food choices and preparation simpler.
I look forward to being mobile enough to enjoy spring weather
which seems to be dragging ITS feet, too!

Dream and Do

 I'm sorry I can't remember on whose blog I found this description of her friend:

"I'm also incredibly inspired by her for she is a dreamer and a doer. 
Whether it's publishing her first novel, sewing a quilt, knitting a scarf
...throwing an annual Christmas party, or making me jam
...she dreams and she does."

My fingers sometimes get ahead of my brain.  After cutting and pasting, I hit SOMEthing that took me out of the blog.  (Hmmmmm.  As I type this, I think, "I guess I COULD use the history tab to figure it out...."  But that's complicated.)

All this to say that my goal is that someone would be able to say of me (accurately), "She is a dreamer and a doer".  In the area of weight management and healthy living, the combination of these two words is powerful.

a dreamer and a doer
she dreams and she does
dream and do

Dreamed and DID a bowl of mixed fruit.  Yum!

I Needed That!

Wow!  Did I NEED this! 
I hope if you have the time to read it 
that you'll find it as inspiring and useful as I did.
Check out Frugal Queen's post 
Especially the paragraph about "health"...

"We judiciously look after our health. Diet, exercise and plenty of sleep are non-negotiable. We eat healthily. We don't eat rubbish and we maintain a healthy level of calories. The answer to feeling bad about our personal appearance is never ever ever to reach to food as it can't love us, doesn't comfort us and never ever makes anything better. The same goes for exercise. Our bodies are not designed to be sedentary. I work hard to keep my serotonin levels up by exercising. We set a go to bed time and get up time which ensures we get plenty of quality sleep. We make sure the TV is off early and we never keep ourselves up late for any reason whatsoever. I run.............slowly but I'm always faster than the person who never gets off the couch. I work out...............as best I can but I'm fitter and leaner than the person who never does anything about it!"
 

True in My Own Experience

"We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it."
C.S. Lewis

I'm finding this true in my own experience.

WALK


Read today while sitting in Barnes and Noble.
Only when I got home did I wonder why I didn't take the time
to WALK around the mall!?!?
Too much snow and too cold to walk ANYwhere outside presently...

Year End Reflections

"The sin that is most destructive in your life right now
 is the one you are most defensive about."  (Tim Keller, twitter)


When I acknowledge that eating too much, eating thoughtlessly, and eating for reasons besides nourishment is sinful behavior, I experience the most health and "success" in my eating habits.

The statement applies to many other areas of my life as well...Thankfully there is a way to deal with the sin problem that puts my life and daily choices on a whole 'nother track!

Nothing to promote health and a good frame of mind like a trail-walk with grandkids on a sunny, winter afternoon.... (Why don't I do this more often?!?)

Photos - Past and Present

This photo is kind of weird.  I know!
But after reading the link in Myra's most recent post
I've been processing the subject.
I can't speak for the reactions of everyone else who looks at my "fat" photos.
Only for myself.  
And I will say, I will take this weird photo over the "fat" photos ANY day! 
 I AM a happier person when 
practicing healthy habits
and functioning at a healthy weight.
I am SO thankful I found a system that has (finally) worked 
to both GET me to this place
and keep me here.
The photo?
Taken over the Thanksgiving Holiday, poolside, 
by a young grandson who was waiting for his swim suit to arrive.
I handed him my phone/camera to help him occupy his time...

Blessings

Along the way, it's quotes like these that bring me face-to-face with myself.  
My past, my present, and my future.  
 “You know you're an addict when you're trying to deal with your distress 
with the very thing that caused your distress.”  (a Tim Keller tweet)

This Thanksgiving Season, I'm thankful that over the past (almost) 2 years
I've found a way to deal with the "very thing that caused my distress".
Fast-5 has put boundaries around at least ONE of my eating habits
that was problematic.
To be at a healthy weight is one of many blessings
that I'm counting this week.

Health-Beauty-Freedom

"As things are brought back under Christ's rule and authority,
they are restored to health, beauty, and freedom."  (Tim Keller, twitter)

limits ARE freeing

Saw this post in study in brown.  It's on a food-related topic but not my Fast-5 lifestyle per se.  I was intrigued by the ideas contained in it and will put some of them into practice.

Mostly though, I thought how true the concept "limits are freeing" is!  I'm quite sure it's why the Fast-5 lifestyle has worked for me both in losing the weight and maintaining a healthy one.

It really is a "yes-lifestyle" for me.