I've been exercising 1 hour at least 4 times per week. The Silver Sneakers Class at my gym accounts for 2 of those hours. Twenty-two laps in the pool at the gym account for the other 2 hours. And sometimes I get an additional hour of swimming in, time and weather permitting.
It hasn't been a futile effort; I've now lost 50 pounds. This does present a problem, though, because my bathing suit no longer fits. I have been living in fear that I might swim out of it altogether and get arrested for streaking through the gym!
I ordered a new suit, which came, but unfortunately I haven't yet lost enough body mass to fit into it! I finally dug out one that was given to me a few years ago that didn't fit at the time, but does now, and it will have to do until I trim down some more.
I've been pleased with my progress and it seems to be getting easier. I'm learning to make good choices when eating out, or to bring home half my meal if it's too much. For example, this weekend we got take out from a sandwich shop called Big G's in Winslow, and after examining the menu, I chose a sandwich called the Gobling Gormet, which was advertised as low fat. I ordered the half sandwich without the bread, which turned out like this:
It was served in a plastic container and was chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with some cranberry sauce and cheese slices. Delicious!
I'm not feeling deprived, and with the help of the website "myfitnesspal.com,'" I'm able to make sure that I stay within the correct calorie intake while getting the proper amount of protein, carbs, etc. Here's hoping I continue on this path, as I'm only a third of the way to my goal. I will continue to keep you updated on my progress, and am open to suggestions you may have.