Hi, everyone. Here’s the second of Mary’s columns:
Hello, everyone its me Mary. I’d like to start out and thank those who emailed me. Knowing I’m not the only one walking in my shoes is very helpful, so thank you for sharing your story with me.
I would like to share one thought that really helped me. Since everyone knows me as Mary, I should see myself as helping Mary. Do what I would suggest to Mary.
Mary is my buddy even though it’s me.
The past two weeks have been hard for me. Trying to keep up with my busy schedule and trying to stay focused. I wish I could say I am on the right track, but last Monday I was not at Boot Camp due to not feeling well. That day I was feeling less energized as I would have if I had gone. I should have just pushed myself and did the best I could. Oh well, lesson learned. Move on right?
I wish changes were easier than saying it. I guess if it was I would not be where I am today. But overall I would have to say “working out” has helped. I seem not to be as stiff and I have less back pain. I definitely have more energy. Another BIG change I am slowing working on is choosing what I eat. It’s one of my hardest challenges. Overall I am usually the one making dinner and buying the food we eat in the house. When I walk into the Safeway, as soon as I walk in I see all the bad stuff like donuts, cakes, cookies. All the comfort foods that I crave. If I were only able to take one bite it might be OK but I can’t, so I can’t buy it. To be honest I always put that stuff in the cart while I am walking and buying all the fruits, veggies and meat I need. About 85% of the time I put the cake back before I check out. While I’m walking around I think, “Do I really need it? Will I feel good after I’m done?” Most of the time my mind tells me NO.
Another problem I have when I eat starchy or heavy foods is I don’t sleep well. My stomach bothers me in my sleep and I end up having to sleep more upright. Last week I tried something new for lunch and dinner. I ate only 4-6 oz of protein and 6-8 oz of mixed veggies. If I have anything starchy like rice or pasta I would have it for lunch. It’s definitely helped.
I have not lost much weight yet but I have more energy I am also doing more, less sitting, less catching up on my shows recorded on the DVR. I guess that is a good sign. I am on the right track doing the best I can.
Mitch Rothbardt, CPT
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