It’s 10 days into the DietBet Challenge and I have lost 4.3 lbs! Woo hoo!
I had a minor setback last Friday when I went to see the Podiatrist for nagging plantar fascitis and a heel spur. His advice: stop walking and bike or swim instead.
Well, as an addicted walker, that was not what I wanted to hear at all. I like walking. I have a regular walking buddy who counts on me week-day mornings. I enjoy getting out there in the fresh air each morning, surveying the domain, checking out the lawn projects and admiring my neighbors’ flowers.
Also, I don’t own a bike — never rode a bike as a kid, so I have no confidence in my ability to ride as an adult. And we don’t have a community pool. The Y, and neighboring gyms all require $$$ to join.
However, after some thought, I realized that I have seen improvement over the 3 months that I’ve been waiting to see the podiatrist and I have *walked* 2-3 miles each morning. AND, I could look into getting an exercise bike.
I checked out Craigslist and found a couple bikes for $100, then decided to check out Amazon.com… and found a new one for just shy of $100 that has a full warranty… so I ordered it.
It’s a Marcy Upright Mag Exercise Bicycle. It took less than an hour to put together and is super quiet. It lives in the living room right now in front of the TV and next to Miss Java’s favorite box. She doesn’t seem to mind having me pedal way just inches from her face — it’s THAT quiet.
So, now the plan is to reduce my morning walks to no more than 2 miles, then bike for a half hour while watching the morning news. I had originally planned to put the bike on the back porch and listen to the birds while biking… but it is SO boring an activity, that I really need to watch TV. However, it is a good workout — and I find it works different muscles than walking, so that is also a plus.
On the diet front, eating a salad for both lunch and dinner has helped tremendously — I don’t feel hungry, I’m getting my quotient of veggies and they have fewer calories than other foods. Counting calories on MyFitnessPal has kept me honest.
I’ve also stopped eating large breakfasts. No more huevos rancheros or even large bowls of yogurt. A 165 calorie breakfast shake has been doing the job for just over a week and it 1) keeps me full until lunch, and 2) has 2 servings of fruit or vegetables (if I throw in spinach or kale)
All these diet changes have been relatively easy because the Hubby has been out of town at conferences. When he returns, it will be more of a challenge to resist the call of the tortilla chips and to continue eating salads (he HATES salads).
It’s an ongoing adventure!