I thought once a week wouldn't be too obnoxious for updates on my fitter and lighter goals, and would also keep me honest and motivated. I have to say, all the supportive comments were tremendously helpful in propelling me back over the line that separates frustrated self-loathing from hopeful determination. I think the latter is a much more useful form of motivation, and certainly a nicer way to live.
Good thing too, because the total progress towards my weight goal is (drum roll) 1 lb. I'd really like that rate of loss to increase a bit, BUT... I already feel considerably healthier and more energetic as a result of the exercise, so the intangible improvement is definitely much greater. And as I regain fitness (and the kids go back to school, allowing me to get back to the gym), I will be able to burn calories with increasing efficiency. (I know... muscle weighs more than fat, but 20 lbs ago, I was in the best shape of my life and 2/3 of the way to bench pressing my own weight, so... it's fat. It wobbles, and it needs to go away.)
Changes to date:
- started on the 100 push-up challenge (thanks to Charity for the suggestion).
- resumed doing Pilates every morning, slowly increasing the number of repetitions
- restarted my running program - right back at the beginner level, so as to avoid my tendency to work out at the level I think I ought to be at, and then have to cheat to meet the milestones, thus negating the whole value of training. I would really like to run another marathon - maybe even next spring, but right now, I'm just taking it a week at a time.
Food: Food is one of our great pleasures and hobbies as a family, so I resolved not to go hungry, and not to give up culinary delights (or force my family to) but rather make liveable changes in portion size, and snack with mindfulness and intention rather than by default. I also get very moody and foggy when hypoglycemic, so hunger is just not an option.
So there you have it, and... I'm off for a run!