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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Exercise: July 1 I left my previous job that was right down the street from my gym. My car broke down before that. My husband had to drive me and our 2 sons to all our jobs and anywhere else we went. After about 3 weeks of that I stopped going anywhere but work; it was impractical due to gasoline and time constraints. I continued to run-walk daily until I took 2 part-time retail jobs, sales floor and stocking. They were both fairly physical and I quit running due to aches and pains and fatigue from the jobs. I got at least 15,000 steps a day consistently. Now I have 1 full-time job. I still can't drive myself to the gym. I get less than 10,000 steps daily now. I have to fix this, especially since: Food: I was meeting my eating goals consistently while at my previous job. During my unemployment period groceries were scarce. Hunger was an issue. Most of my calories came from cheap refined carbs (ramen, mac & cheese, etc.), with little protein or fruits/veggies. I felt unwell, which also led to quitting exercise. I lost muscle. I quit tracking because it was discouraging, plus I had to eat what I could. Now we have some grocery money, but I'm still not eating all that well. Hopefully I can change that. Consequences: During this time I've lost 1.5" from my bust, 1" from my hips, and 1.5" from my thighs. However, I've gained 2" in my waist. I was a rectangle before, now I really am. I don't know if it's because I'm 50 and the weight naturally gravitates toward the middle, or if it's due to increased insulin production to process the high-carb diet. Either way, I have to deal with it. Plus, in tracking now, I've found I'm consuming athlete-level calories, which worked for the physical positions but not for my current one. Any thoughts you may have are welcome.
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  • LIZZIE138
    Sounds like you've been through a lot lately which is enough to throw anyone's routine into a tailspin. Now that is seems like things have relatively settled down into a new normal for you, it may be time to reassess your routine. Start making positive changes by taking baby steps. A little exercise, a little more fruits & veggies, a little more good protein. You've proven you are a survivor. I have nothing but admiration for you. You can do it. emoticon
    1644 days ago
  • SPICY23
    Judy,
    Sounds like you're developing new routines around your new full-time work situation, an excellent time to re-evaluate fitness and nutrition. Steady income should allow you to focus on better quality while the new job requires less calories, win-win for your budget and your health. It may take a while for you to trust that the stress and anxiety you were feeling is no longer needed. Try to relax and tell yourself All is Well. You are strong and smart, you will find your balance.

    Peace and Care
    1644 days ago
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