thursday evening…

I got Sweetous’ car out of the shop today; only cost $600.00 so not too bad. Of course the real proof will be when it passes the emissions test. I went to my consult with the Psychologist today to discuss what changes I could make in my behavior that would result in my loosing weight. We decided that I would walk 40 minutes twice daily for 5 days a week. I also must maintain a food record so I know how many calories I had: I can eat up to 2,400 calories a day. So now I need to make sure I actually do it. Otherwise not only will I not loose weight, I will have to confess to the psychologist that I didn’t do what I said I would do. So there you have it.

4 thoughts on “thursday evening…

  1. Hey Dennis-sounds like you feel that you REALLY need to lose weight. 40 minutes of walking TWICE A DAY/ 5 days a week sounds unrealistic to me (IMO). I don’t think I could find the time nor have the dedication needed for that! But then I am not a psychologist. Let me tell you what I did and I lost about 30 lbs in 4 months. I did (and continue to do to this day) the Army PT test 2 days a week-pushups, situps, a 3 minute rest and a 3 mile run/walk (instead of the 2 mile run). I was told to NOT run so much at my age or I will need a hip and knee replacements! So, I mostly walk fast and do a couple of wind sprints, which probably aren’t good for the knees. The 3rd day I play basketball at the fitness center or use the floor type bicycle machine and get my heart rate up to a 32 year old and try to sustain it for 5 minutes at a time for a total of 45 minutes. I do agree that it’s important to WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING you eat during each day. I was surprised how much I was eating. It really made me aware and helped control my eating BINGES, which was my main problem. I do have relapses, especially around the holidays and now that I am totally retired-but I try not to gain any more than 5 lbs and then usually get it off quickly. So, I did this by exercising 3 days a week, keeping a DIARY of what I eat, and not eating after 6 p.m (no snacking while watching TV). I only eat at the kitchen/dining room table. I was really bad about eating in front of the TV!! I try to stay busy doing chores or other activities which sometimes make the day go by without thinking (or having the time) to EAT. Just my 2 cents worth!! Good luck-it will add years to your life and you will feel like a youngster with renewed energy. Don’t lose too much-your wife will be chasing you around the house if you get to looking too good. LOL. Take care, Smitty

  2. Oh, most importantly!!! stay away from fast food places. I treat myself to McDonalds or Wendy’s/ Kentucky Fried etc. maybe TWICE a YEAR! From what I have read on your blog-you eat WAY TOO MUCH at fast food restaurants. Forgive me if i sound a bit preachy-but we’re talking serious health issues!! Take care, Smitty

  3. Having the feeling of being accountable to the psychologist and to your word will be a big motivator. However you choose to do it, I am sure you will meet your goal with that kind of motivation behind you!

  4. Wow Smitty,

    That’s impressive doing the APFT twice a week ! I always had trouble with that, would just barely pass mostly because I was not a fast runner. Back in the day I could run slowly for an hour but to get the speed was hard for me. You are right about running being not so good for the knees though.

    I think I CAN do the 40 min twice a day, the trick is to ACTUALLY do it. As far as fast food, I do eat a lot of it. The Psych told me he didn’t care what I ate as long as I kept the calories to 2,400. I’ll keep working at it and see what adjustments I need to make.

    Nancy, You’re right about the accountability. When I was in the Army we had lots of that so I never got too far out of shape: they wouldn’t let you. Now, I have to be my own Drill Sergeant ! I’ll keep working on it.

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