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Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'd Rather be Fat than Dead

That is a catchy title isn't it?

i actually said this to my husband yesterday. I was sharing with him about some information that I had learned about menopause. The information had discouraged me. I had learned that estrogen really helps with a persons metabolism, which means that ladies that are in menopause, whether naturally or surgically, will have a harder time losing weight. This was very discouraging to me because even before my hysterectomy I had a real hard time losing weight. After I learned this information I was very discouraged. And as it turns out I really did not have a choice as to have a hysterectomy or now. My uterus was trying to kill me. So as it turns out ~ if I had to choose between being fat or dead- I chose life.

So I have been pretty faithful at using my treadmill or exercising at least 3-5 times a week- sometimes more.  And although I have not lose any weight to this point- I choose to continue to put exercising and taking care of me a priority- and the time I have chosen is right after my quiet time. I try to be finished by 7:30am because there is a 30 minute exercise program that comes on then. I Am working out with her and then when the program is over- I go walk on my treadmill for a while. I also have some bands and I am trying to spend some time using them as well. The only ones I have are to work my arms- hoping to figure out ways to work my legs with them too. What I gave figured out is that I am able to spend more time in physical activity when I have several different things that I am doing. I might get bored trying to spend 30 minutes on the treadmill but I can workout with the program(or a walk away the pounds program) and then go to the treadmill and I can much easily spend about 45 minutes in exercise- or more- depends on how I feel and what is going on that day.
I am hoping by sharing this information that it might encourage some of you in your journey to better health.

I am also moving towards a more plant based diet. Realistically I don't think I can totally go vegetarian but I can choose to have many more fruits and veggies and grains and nuts and seeds- and have these first class foods as my primary diet.

A program that I watched today said that is was very good for us to get 40 grams if fiber a day- and how do we do that- by choosing first class foods! It's the best thing for you. Do what you can do to eat better- you will love the results- you will feel better and have more energy. And especially if you add exercise to your schedule.

I'd love to hear some pointers from you guys as what you do to be healthy? What steps have you taken to ensure that you end 2016 in better shape and feeling better?

2 comments:

  1. very proud of your efforts my friend

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  2. I don't think you should worry too much about the figures, because if muscle mass is replacing fat content the figures may not change much at the initial stage.

    So proud of you for sticking to your guns.

    In answer to your question: For me, diet - NOT 'a diet' but my food choices - is how I keep most of my weight off (genetics and hormone issues will take me where I don't want to go otherwise)... and that doesn't tell you much so I'll probably need to drop you a line. Moderate exercise - since I can't do the strenuous variety, for other reasons - picks up the slack, but I need to be more consistent.

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Hello~ I love getting your comments. I have made a few changes to make things a little easier for you and hoping a more enjoyable experience for both you and I. Have a blessed day! :o)