over50feeling40: Lifestyle Changes…Baby Steps and Progress
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Jun 22, 2012

Lifestyle Changes…Baby Steps and Progress

It’s been 21 days since I began to once again make lifestyle changes to improve my health, and though the progress is slow….I am pleased.  Of those days, there have only been three that I did not exercise at all.  I have lost a few pounds, though I wish it was more…at least we are going in the right direction.  Clothes are fitting just a little better!
I am walking for my daily exercise.  Since I began teaching summer school, I have started to walk for twenty minutes in the mornings when it is cool.  On the weekends, I do a 45 minute walk.  I’m also doing some light weight work for my arms.
I am really, really attempting to watch the carbs I eat.  Unfortunately, everything I love involves carbs….but if I fall of the wagon, I just get up and get right back on again.  Even when I cheat, it is not really severe cheating like eating a half gallon of ice cream or a pan of macaroni and cheese!  Although the ice cream idea has entered my head!
I do feel much, much better.  When I began, I was exhausted and my bones just ached.  I was very concerned about the overall aching of my joints and bones.  But, since beginning the regular exercise and better eating habits, the pains have really gone away!  So, my advice to anyone with the same aches??  GET MOVING!!!  The more we move the better!!
Clothes are fitting slightly better!
Jacket: Stein Mart
Travelers Blouse: Chicos
Red denim: Lane Bryant
Thanks to all of you with the support and sweet comments on the last post!  You guys are the best.  I will be here with surprises for VISUAL MONDAY and with my hunt for summer trends at Goodwill!! 

I picked up these shoes brand new at Goodwill SA a couple of years ago for $1.99!

Necklace from a local consignment shop!
Have a fabulous weekend until then!


  1. Pam, you really LOOK GREAT! You look energized and refreshed. It IS hard to maintain those healthy habits. Baby steps is the way to go. Mornings have been getting harder for me, so I'm probably going to tweak my schedule again a bit to be sure I get my walk in every day. Fresh fruit and yogurt breakfast has now become a nice habit, and for DH too.

  2. I'm so glad to hear that you've got walking worked into your schedule.
    It's one of life's' ironies that getting up and out relieves aches and pains.

    Plus, when you're walking you aren't spending money or standing in the kitchen eating something!

  3. Wonderful, Pam! I think walking in the morning is so great. And here in Florida, like in Texas, mid-day walks are just not practical : > You look terrific in red jeans.

  4. Pam you look great and your journey to a better you is inspiring me.

  5. Pam, you are such an inspiration. Maybe I will start walking too! I can't do much about avoiding carbs, cause of other issues, but I can watch my sweets!

  6. Pam, walking is great exercise. I walked one entire summer for an hour a day and I never lost any weight. I did sleep better though. For myself, I think there is a danger in thinking of doing any form of exercise to lose weight. If I don't lose then I get to where I don't want to exercise. I have to think of exercise as something good for my health regardless of whether or not I lose weight.
    You do look great and I love that necklace!

  7. I'm so proud of you- you really are inspiring!

  8. You are looking radiant as you create new and healthy habits. I agree with the concept of movement as a key to feeling energized and strong.

  9. I've discovered that half of a perfectly ripe avocado can satisfy the craving for ice cream and you can eat it with a spoon right out of the shell. I've been pushing myself to be more active lately too.


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