I met with a Dietician today.

How did I get here? It took me a long time. I have been battling the bulge now for a long time. When I was growing up I was not overly athletic, pretty much a couch potato. I didn’t participate in sports other than horseback riding. I couldn’t run, jump, play ball, or swim. So to say I was not athletic is pretty much the understatement of my life. When I went to college I gained the “freshman 15” and then I went to live in Germany with friends of my parents and gained another several…I really don’t remember how much but I’m sure I did.

When I got married in 1982 I had to diet to get into my mom’s wedding dress. I would guess that by today’s size standards that dress is a size 8 but in those days I recall being a size 10. I probably weighed somewhere around 130 or 135 pounds then. I was 25 years old.

I started my bad eating habits when I entered the world of work. I ate what I wanted when I wanted and didn’t have any thought about portion or nutrition. I can still taste those bagels with “schmeer,” pizza slices, and the Friday morning office donuts. I lived that way with some periods of dieting here and there until I decided to have a baby. Between 1989 and 1992 I started to watch my nutrition and started on an exercise program that got my weight down to the 140’s. I think when I got pregnant with Amy I weighed 145 pounds, and I was walking 2 miles a day on the treadmill as well as weight training. I think my core strength was good.

Since Amy was born, my weight has gone between 150 and 190 in cycles ranging from 1 to 3 years. For the past 3 years it has hovered around 180-185. I have tried all forms of diets, Weight Watchers and low carb, low fat, low whatever.

So now it’s time to quit fooling around. I have taking some first baby steps towards getting my health back. Notice I didn’t say “lose weight.” I want my health back, and I want my energy back. I can’t stand not being able to touch my toes without bending my knees. I would like to sit down without my belly making a shelf. But I digress.

So the baby steps I have taken are:

  1. Started an exercise program. I really started regular workouts about 18 months ago. But now I have hired the trainer at the “Y” to give me personal training sessions. I am going to start managing my workouts a bit differently and making daily and weekly goals so that I can maximize calorie burn.
  2. Consulted a specialist physician, an endocrinologist. My test results are still out. Maybe my metabolism is bad or something. I doubt it. But it will be helpful to know.
  3. Met with a nutritionist to understand my eating and what I need to change about how I think about food.

Join me now on my journey back from obesity to health. I will share my process and what works and what doesn’t.

Factors I can control:

  1. What I eat
  2. How much I eat
  3. Exercise Routine
  4. Exercise Intensity

Goals I will set:

  1. Calories
  2. Nutrition
  3. Exercise

What my Nutritionist says:

  1. I am eating too few times per day, and most likely too much at two meals per day.
  2. My resting metabolism is normal.
  3. My exercise routine is good but not enough cardio intensity.

My Nutrition Plan:

  1. 3 350-calorie meals consisting of 2 Starch, 2 Fruit/Veg, 1 Protein
  2. 4 150-calorie snacks consisting of low glycemic food.
  3. Total 1650 calories per day

It sounds good…sounds pretty easy…at least it’s not a lot different than I’m doing now, the biggest difference is the snacks. I will have to measure and weigh my food.  I’ve done that before and will just have to get back into the habit.  The hardest part is going to be stepping up the exercise, but I know how good I feel when I’m exercising, so that will help and be a motivator.

My Exercise Plan:

Morning (Goal is 60 minutes 5 days per week)

  1. Cardio interval training (Treadmill or Elliptical)
    OR
  2. Weight Training (Personal Trainer or resistance bands or machines)

Evening (Goal is 60 minutes 4 days per week)

  1. Wii Fit
    OR
  2. Swimming
    OR
  3. Dancin’ With the Stars

Saturday (Goal is 3 times per month)

  1. Yoga
    OR
  2. Step Aerobics

So…that’s the plan.  Now on other pages I’ll keep you updated with my progress and the link to my PeerTrainer log is to the right so you can see what I’m eating.  I’ll let you know my ups and downs and my successes and failures.

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1 Response to “Waist Management”


  1. 1 Tara Gidus October 12, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Way to go, Pat! I am happy to be part of your journey towards health and wellness. I can’t wait for the day that you tell me that you can touch your toes (without bending knees), have more energy than you know what to do with, and love how you look and feel. You have such a great attitude and obvious commitment to changing so I know you will be successful losing weight, improving your health, and keeping the weight off in the future. Bravo on the beginning of your journey to “get your health back!”


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