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I’m not sure when it happened, but Greg and I have let ourselves go….
Well, that’s not exactly true. It’s been a progressive thing over the last 35 years. I look at pictures from when we were in our late 30’s and think, “Oh my goodness! Look how skinny we were!” And we thought that we were overweight then. We’re in our late 50’s now, and we know what it means to be overweight.
As we’re slowing down and Rehearsing RetirementTM, Greg and I want to lose some (a lot of) weight. It’s time to work on getting as healthy as we can so that we can feel good and enjoy the activities we have planned. It takes a lot of energy to chase around our two-year-old grandson!
Unfortunately, losing weight and getting healthy isn’t easy. Over the years, we’ve tried numerous diets and lifestyle changes with varying success, but they never lasted. And, while we haven’t been involved in any scientific studies, our results are the same as the many reports you can read – you can lose weight on a diet, but when you stop dieting, you will gain more weight back – lose 10 pounds, gain back 15.
I’ll never forget my shock reading a doctor’s report that said I was mildly obese.
“What?” I thought in anger. “I’m a little bit over-weight, but I’m not obese!” But then I looked up the medical definition – “A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20% over their ideal weight.” The same article on MedicineNet.com says that another common aspect of obesity is “a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above.” – and there it was.
You would think being labeled obese would have motivated me to lose weight, but I was in the middle of another health issue at the time. And that one took priority. So here I am, 3 years later and 20 pounds heavier.
Obesity and specifically abdominal obesity is related to several health issues that Greg and I already deal with.
- High blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Sleep apnea
And it puts us at a higher risk for several more.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Premature death from any cause
While I didn’t make any 2017 New Year’s resolutions, I recognize that it’s past time to take this seriously. So, I’ve set a goal to lose one pound per month in 2017. If this is an issue for you, please consider joining me. I won’t be telling you ‘how’ to do it, but I will let you know what I’m trying and how well it is working.
My current action plans are reducing simple carbs – bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, and sweets – and increasing my walking. January and February, I lost exactly 5.2 pounds, so I’m actually a little bit ahead of my goal. I love how easy it is to track my goal with my (Affiliate links included for your convenience.) Fitbit Zip and the Fitbit Aria Scale! If you haven’t tried these cool tools, you really should check them out.
Have you set a ‘getting healthy’ or weight loss goal?
What are you doing to achieve it? I invite you to hold me accountable for reaching my goal, and if you’d like, I’ll do the same for you.
And if you’ve been successful at losing weight and keeping it off, let me know how you did it! (I’m serious; I really want to know!)
Leave a comment below, and let’s get this conversation going!