In 2019, I started to gain weight due to inactivity and the inability to exercise. The pain restricted my movement and continued to affect my weight goals.
Unfortunately, I gained 20 pounds after my husband died in 2019 then I gained another 10 pounds when the pandemic restricted my social life even more. I started Jazzercize with my handicap daughter and was able to increase my exercise level with some success before the Pandemic hit. I continued Jazzercize on demand as my back responded to treatment.
By 2/2021 I had lost the pandemic weight gain and stated on the weight gained after Bud died.
I watch my weight and eat less and less as my body becomes more and more efficient with age. I avoid sugar and other refined carbohydrates. I avoid over processed food and try to balance vegetables and protein with some dairy.
I drink water continually during the day to ensure adequate hydration. I avoid foods and drinks that might negatively affect the effectiveness of water absorption.
I exercise every day sometimes for an hour, sometimes for only 30 minutes. In winter and during bad weather, I continue to use Jazzercise On Demand. During the summer, spring, and fall, I jog or walk in the early morning hours.
I take daily vitamins insuring I get a wide range of vitamins including extra vitamin D in the winter when most exercise is indoors.
I am vaccinated against pneumonia, influenza (annually), shingles, and any other vaccinations that are recommended for adults over 65.
I am not perfect, but I am not tempted to eat cookies, cakes, and other baked food with high levels of sugar. Occasionally I eat candy, but for good or bad I hate dark chocolate. I can inhale a bowl of caramel popcorn in minutes. If I let myself, I could become easily addicted to ice cream. Instead, I keep food that I shouldn’t eat out of the cupboard and frig. I avoid having brown sugar and popcorn in the house. Somehow the popcorn pops itself and the caramel seems to magically appear.
I avoid fast food restaurants, in fact I avoid all restaurants. You do not know what is in the food that they prepare. I even avoid the amazing food at Church socials. Maybe it was ok when I was younger, but as I grow older I scrutinize all food I eat.
It is so much easier to lose weight when you are not in pain and not living on pain killers.
I feel younger and younger as they year goes by.