the long road to healthy

June 17, 2009

I want that button!

Filed under: fitness, keeping it real, weigh in — karena @ 8:22 am

I’ve been at the Sisterhood for five weeks now. I’ve met some great women, been inspired, been encouraged, and been more focused on my health than I’ve been in a long time.

Unfortunately, I still haven’t been as focused as I ought to be. My big issue in recent weeks has been exercise. Making time for it, making it fun, making it not hurt, making it a habit. I haven’t done well here. Shredding and jogging have proven too much for my over-abused knees. Step aerobics bore me, exercise DVDs as well. And if you’re hurt by or bored with what you’re doing, you won’t keep at it.

Luckily, Thea came to my rescue. She posted here about how her pedometer helps her to stay on track. And also about an online tracking tool for logging your steps and following virtual trails. Hey! I’ve got a pedometer….somewhere. I’ve also got a state of the art jogging stroller — or at least it was top of the line back when we bought it almost six years ago. And I’ve got a five year old with boundless energy.

So now we’re walking, every day. I’m just getting started with counting the steps, as it took me four days to finally track down my pedometer. But we’ve been doing more walking and fewer car trips. We walk to the local market every other day for fresh fruit and veg. We’re beginning to explore the neighborhood and side streets and the towpaths along the canal. And it’s been nice. And I haven’t been feeling exasperated that because I’m in Mom-mode 24/7, I can’t fit in exercise.

Will I lose weight as quickly as I would if I was shredding, or running, or going to the gym? Most likely not. But this is something I can stick with, I can do with kids in tow, and I will enjoy. Progress may be slow, but progress it will be.

My starting weight at the sisterhood: 168.5
last week: 164.5
this week: 164.0

Only half a pound down this week. I’m not surprised. DH was gone, now we’re all sick with a head cold and don’t have much energy to move. But, aside from that, do you see the problem? I’ve lost 4.5 pounds. That’s great! But I so desperately wanted to hit 163.5 this week, so I could proudly display that #5 button! Next week it’s mine!



  1. you’ll get there!! 🙂 and some weeks to lose anything is amazing – sounds like you had one of those weeks.

    Comment by Brooke — June 17, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  2. You are almost there! It’s great that you have a plan for walking.

    You’ll have your button soon! 🙂

    Comment by scheherazade315 — June 17, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

  3. You’ll have that button next week, easy! Rock on!

    Comment by Heather Damron — June 17, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

  4. That’s AWESOME that you’ve discovered you enjoy walking! That’s by far my favourite exercise too. And the ONLY thing I’ve stuck with longer than about two weeks!

    Comment by ValleyGirl — June 17, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

  5. great job, I know how you feel about exercise, I am trying to love it or find something I love to do.

    Comment by Alesha — June 17, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

  6. Hey, you have to find what works for you! And whether it comes off quickly or slowly, the fact that it’s coming off is what is important! I KNOW you’re going to get that button soon!!

    Good luck this week!

    Comment by April — June 18, 2009 @ 12:09 am

  7. You go girl!! I’m working on my 20 pound button, next! I’m going to work really hard to get it this week, but if not this week then the week after! My goal is to be down to or below 200 by my b-day on the 27th of July! only 8.2 pounds to go! yeah!! Love the support of the sisters and the great “doable” ideas we get! Keep up the good work…walking is an awesome exercise that most everyone can do…even with the kiddos!

    Comment by Ann G — June 18, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

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