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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

175 and holding

My health and weight loss journal

It seems like I have a choice to make: start seriously exercising, keep doing what I'm doing or cut my calories even more. I've been 175 pounds for a few weeks now and my weight loss goal date is getting closer (September 20th = My 40th birthday!).

The first choice seems the best, but I just don't want to do it. It's a combination of being too busy, too lazy, too sore and too tired. I'm always too something. The second choice would leave me where I am, but then that would just be giving up on my goal. And I'm sure the third choice isn't healthy since I'm only eating 1,200 - 1,500 calories each day anyway.

So, at some point, I have to bite the bullet, put the pedal to the metal and get on the bandwagon (are those enough cliches for ya?). I have to jump on that exercise bike and pedal my way to my goal weight.


The good thing is that the teenager finally got the VCR working in the office so I can watch some old VHS tapes while exercising. Maybe that'll be a little motivation. I can say I'm going to exercise, but I will be watching a movie. I can think of it as relaxing.

Yea, uh, that's it.

So, that brings me to my point. You have to hold me accountable. Yes, you! Now this week I've rode 2.6 miles. I'd like to get in at least another 6 miles before Friday.

Okay, wish me luck.

Update on the health front:
I have an appointment late this month at the local Veteran's Hospital in the Women's Wellness Clinic! I am so excited. I used to receive care there about three years ago and also a year prior to that, but they don't care for pregnant patients so I kept having to stop and get other insurance and see an OB/GYN.

I remember the Women's Wellness being a great clinic and the good thing about the VA hospital is that all of the services, for the most part, are in one location. Although the wait time in other clinics is extreme -- or at least it was when I was going there -- at least I got thorough care, was able to see specialists and my medical conditions were pretty well monitored. I haven't been there since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia so we'll see how that goes.

The downside: Most of the patients are old, retired and male or dependents so I always get quite a few looks especially when I would show up alone and pushing a stroller. Hey, I don't mind ... more people should take advantage of their veteran's benefits, huh?
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