50 And Losing It Blog

A journey for women over 50 who are looking for renewal and self discovery

Day 21: Three Weeks, Three New Habits, Three More Pounds August 25, 2010

Yeah! I lost a total of 9 pounds in three weeks. Granted I wanted to lose 10.5, but I’m well on my way to reaching my long-term goal of losing 50 pounds in 100 days. In fact, I lost 3 of those pounds this week. I’m pleased.

I’m continuing to drink more water, about 50 ounces a day. I’ve noticed that the circles under my eyes are less pronounced. In fact, I feel less “puffy” all over. I feel like my body is holding less water as it continues to flush toxins with each ounce I down. And while I’ve reduced the amount of carbohydrates in my diet and therefore the amount of fiber I eat, water is helping to keep me regulated which is very important in weight loss.

Other than the three days I took off to go to New York, I’ve biked 5-miles a day for a total of 90 miles since I started this journey. I actually look forward to jumping on my bike as I spend the 30 minutes thinking about my blog, my next step, or about things I need to remember for the day, the week. It’s great “me” time. I’ve noticed that my stamina is building as well. I now keep my 10 to 11 mile hour pace on inclines and have hit as high as 15 miles per hour on level roadway.

Choosing healthier foods is actually making me less hungry between meals. I’m eating a protein meal for breakfast and I’m not getting hungry two hours later. I eat a light lunch, like a BLT, low-calorie sub, or salad. And dinners are pretty much the way they’ve always been – a protein, a starch, and a veggie. The portions are smaller and the ingredients are fresh, organic when possible and leaner. For example, just this week I made Sloppy Joes with ground chicken, and last week, I tried ground turkey in my tacos. And while I’m still barbecuing steaks on the grill and making traditional Danish pork dishes, I’m now cooking with seafood more than once a week.

So drinking more water, exercising and eating healthier are all habits I can live with. It’s all good.

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Day 14: Back to Basics and Lots and Lots of Water August 17, 2010

Our adventure is over and our daughter is home for a few weeks to get caught up on some much-needed rest. I’m pleased with our trip, her dorm room looked great and it’s good to have her home. As for me, I jumped back on the bike for my 5-mile ride and by the time I got back, Stacey May was ready for her walk. So it’s good to be back to my routine and that includes getting back to drinking more water.

I realized I wasn’t drinking enough fluids on the trip when my urine was a bright yellow. It explains why I was so thirsty when I eventually stopped to eat. You know you’re drinking enough water when your urine is a pale yellow. To get this shade, you need to drink about 10 to 12 cups of water a day. With water you improve your breathing, digestion, elimination and perspiration. By flushing our systems with water, we help our organs work better, improve our skin tone, help regulate our body temperature and blood circulation, improve digestion and the absorption of foods, affect our metabolic levels and improve our bowel cycles. It’s also credited with preventing diseases such as colon, bladder and breast cancer. And in support of my mission, it helps accelerate weight loss. So what was I thinking? Next time I get busy, I’m going to set a water break alarm on my cell phone so I’ll stop and take a swig.

With that said, I’m not expecting good things tomorrow morning when I jump back on the scale. It will be the end of my second week of my journey. If I’m on track to lose 50 pounds in 100 days, I will have to have lost seven pounds since I started. If I didn’t, I’m not going to get depressed over it. I’m simply going to keep moving forward and try to make up the difference between now and next Wednesday. So until next week, let’s reach for our glass of water and let’s “skoal” to our good health. “Cheers!”