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The 100-day challenge, and more books

Two more books that I am using for reference but can’t really say I’ve read all the way through:

The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts, by Hanne Blank

BIg Yoga, by Meera Patricia Kerr

Somewhere on Making Light someone referred to this post on a 100 day challenge: http://www.hanneblank.com/blog/2013/01/11/spend-100-days-with-me/

The author suggests picking some physical activity or “body practice” and committing to doing it at least every other day for the next 100 days. You are not to look for any particular outcomes other than to experience what it is like to do this thing.

I had already started walking on the treadmill, and I was fairly goal-oriented on that anyway. But I was intrigued, and as I read through the list of things that other people were doing, yoga “sun salutations” caught my eye. Not having done yoga for a great many years, I looked it up and thought, no, I can’t do this. But searching for information on modified yoga poses led me to the book Big Yoga. I have, so far, done a modified sun salute at least every other day since February 1, and I like the sense of moving and stretching. And I no longer need the book to remember the sequence of moves.

And I liked Hanne Blank’s blog enough that I bought her book, too. I like the attitude: it’s about fitness, not necessrily about weight, and don’t let people give you grief about being fat and active.

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Fitness: Baseline

I’m starting, yet again, a plan for healthy eating and exercise. I don’t really expect this to interest anyone else, so feel free to skip it. It doesn’t interest me very much. People who talk about their diets are boring. And personally, I hate other people telling me about fitness or, worse, “wellness.”¬† Wellness means it’s all your fault and if you just tried harder you’d be … something. A better human being, maybe. And that perky young things who’ve never been five pounds overweight in their entire lives will tell you what you’re supposed to think and feel as well as what you’re supposed to eat. Bleah.

I started the eating plan yesterday (not calling it a diet). It’s one that worked for me before. Once I got going it wasn’t hard to stick to, and it improved my weight, blood sugar levels, etc. But I dropped off it a little over a year ago and need to climb back on. It’s straightforward: I avoid pretty much all refined carbs (sugar and flour). I love that stuff, but it is addictive to me, and it’s really much easier to give it up altogether than to limit it. I also avoid potatoes and white rice¬† when I can, but if they slip into an otherwise-healthy meal while I’m eating out, it’s okay. Lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nonfat dairy are all fine. Reasonable amounts of fats – salad dressing, nuts, oil to roast vegetables, etc. – are fine. Reasonable amounts of complex carbs like legumes and whole grains are okay.

Here are the baseline numbers. I hope to look back in some months and see improvement. Weight: 300.5 pounds.Resting heart rate 77. Blood pressure 151/83 (ugh). On the track at the high school walked 1 mile in 24 minutes 27 seconds.

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