We’re pleased to share how Beverly continues to do, seven weeks after her stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run. If you missed her first post post-Green Mountain, check it out here.
My life seems to be divided between ‘Before’ and ‘After’ my week at Green Mountain at Fox Run. Before, I would be on the digital scales every morning stripped naked and anxious to find out if the number had moved down by so much as one-tenth of a pound. My outlook on life would be controlled by that number. Today, I allow myself one weigh-in a week.
I am much more interested in those other measures of success they talk about at Green Mountain. Have I gotten in my cardio for the week? Have I thought about whether I’m actually hungry or using food to ease the loneliness, frustration, anger, anxiety that are part of every day life? Have I put down my fork or spoon between bites to actually enjoy the taste of the food? Pre-GMFR, I always had one bite ready before the other was finished. I was big on swallowing, not chewing.
This week, week #7 after leaving Ludlow, I have:
- Increased by one pound the weights I’m using for the upper body resistance training. Our muscles need to be challenged to get stronger and burn more calories.
- Yesterday, I went for a 35-minute fast walk and threw in seven separate one-minute jogs. First time in a long time for this person who once ran 10Ks.
- I clocked my 86,890th meter on my rowing machine since coming home. Before Green Mountain, it was a dust catcher in the basement. Now, I use it to do my cardio when the weather is frightful. And it is a great way to get my heart rate in my “training range.” My goal is to row one million meters before my 66th birthday.
- Checked in via email with LynnAnn Covell, Green Mountain’s fitness maven, about using a treadmill. For some weird reason I thought she didn’t like them. She does, both for low- and high-energy days. We all have both.
- Added Roasted Vegetable Lasagna from the GMFR cookbook and Jon’s rosemary lime vinaigrette to my cooking repertory. The food at GMFR is terrific and this is a good example of healthful eating. My husband – a man of decided tastes – liked both.
- Focused on putting down my fork or spoon between bites. Eating more slowly gives me a chance to enjoy my food and deciding if I want more or if I am satisfied.
- Realized that my good pair of trousers is not nearly so tight.
Compared to these measures of success, what is a number on the scale?