Sunday, September 16, 2018

Falling into Fall!

I am continuing to chart out a healthy lifestyle.  I have exercised for the past 158 days for at least 30 minutes,  a record I am able to keep track of thanks to my Apple Watch. I do a combination of things lots of walking, hiking, cycling, and also rollerskiing. Now that I am spending quite a bit of time in Port Townsend Washington because I’m on sabbatical, I am able to do a lot of  hiking in hills and even some mountains and also cycling with hills as well.  I am certainly not a very fast walker nor a fast cyclist but I do believe every time I get out there I am getting slowly building my stamina and endurance.

My summer was plagued with some gut challenges and what I loosely call irritable bowel type syndrome. This has led to some weight loss just because I have had very little appetite to eat. My doctor recommended the FODMAP  diet.  It is fairly restrictive in terms of what I can eat with elimination of wheat and dairy products and many fruits and vegetables.  I also have given up my beloved yogurt.  Over my weight loss journey yogurt has been my go to  for mid morning or even an afternoon snack full of protein and lots of fruit. I am really good at making fruit smoothies that have a yogurt base. My favorite is Greek yogurt: nonfat.  I am on day two and so far doing OK,  but I am certainly craving my yogurt. Stay tuned for more as I figure out what’s aggravating my gut and digestive system.  

 For years I have waged battle with life and work balance.  Last week I read a really interesting blog post  that helped me to think about it’s not really life and work balance it’s carving out time to do the things that you really like to do,  and every day.  So that is my focus from now on for now so that is my focus for now.  Doing something I really enjoy every day. Every day.  For me right now that has been  placing a premium on reading books and going to the library.  I also am stepping up my exercise to at least two different kinds of exercise every day because I have the time and because I so adore being outside.  For is very mild here so far in the Pacific Northwest.  Temps have her in the 60s most days with lows in the 50s perfect temperatures to be outside most days with very little wind.

 Do something that you like every single day, Michele

Friday, August 31, 2018

Last August Day!

Hello blog world!
Already the last day of August. We are having wonderful early fall  weather:  mild and sunny days with a little bit of wind.  The summer  was a little bit different for me because I’ve been a bit off of my exercise regime because of  dejuvarex tenosintovitis: a  musical name for a sort of tendinitis that I have in my wrist.  That has made it a little difficult for me to keep up with my cycling and upper body strength conditioning.  A few times I rode my indoor bike when I felt my wrist needed the rest. I now am sporting a purple cast  to help stabilize the wrist and immobilize it somewhat.  I have not been able to do many miles of hiking and walking but except for the hiking walking does not get my heart rate up as high as when I am cycling. I remain reasonably fit but I’m still not getting thee cardiovascular aspect of it all.

I do plan to be a bit more active on this blog this year as I am on sabbatical. I am hoping to continue to work on that 20 to 25 pounds that I believe will really help ease my asthma and help me to continue my road to being fit and strong.

In the meantime, enjoy a few pictures of my summer.  Hope all is well with all of you in the blogging world. Michele

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Re-entering the blogging world!

Happy Summer!
It has been a while since I made some time for blogging, but, now that it is summer, I hope to do a bit more. Blogging has always been a way for me to process this journey toward continued good health with other readers. I have enjoyed good health and I continue to exercise regularly. Below are some recent pictures of camping with my grandbabies. I hiked over 25 miles with them and on my own over four days. Prior to my weight loss, I could never have managed that kind of a trip.

I have continued to keep the bulk of the weight that I lost over five years ago off however, I would like to shed another chunk of weight (20 or so pounds) for a number of reasons. I also want to make strides in keeping my monster of a sweet tooth at bay. I joined Weight Watchers over a year ago dropped 15 pounds and then gained back 10. My sweet tooth had a lot to do with the return of the ten. So, before, I relapse more, I thought I would give blogging another try.

More soon,


Monday, October 16, 2017

Catching up

I gave myself the summer of Weight Watchers. I tracked every day and exercised also on most days, but I went over on points. I did gain a few pounds that I am now working to release (as WW says). I enjoyed summer and having a good break. I never went crazy with eating. I took some time off of work for the whole month of August that led to different eating patterns, including more points. I know what I need to do and am working on it.

Back to the August thing: my blog is not just about weight loss and getting fit-it is also about well-being. Taking that month of august off of work was really important for my well-being. The work of an academic, like almost any profession, never stops-especially with email and research obligations. I was able to stay electronic free for most of the month, including reading a wonderful selection of books from the Bill Gates summer reading list and also some recommendations from one of my grandbabies. My favorites were Hill Billy Elegy by J. D. Vance City of Embers by Jeanne Du Prau. I began this academic year refreshed and ready to meet my new students. 

I also rediscovered my love of the mountains and hiking. My hubby and I spent almost two weeks in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Combined we hiked about 40 miles. Enjoy a few pictures!

More soon, Michele