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In the Box Week 34

By Mary Weaver

Mary Weaver

February 14, 2014 10:40 a.m.

I got to pondering about this week’s posting. I sure have appreciated all the support I have had from my friends and family. I feel very lucky because after all these weeks, if I was a TV show, I would have switched channels a long time ago, so thanks for hanging in there with me. By the way, this week I gained 1.2 pounds. I guess sometimes when you start eating food, which I did this week, the body has to adjust.

As I have lost weight, I have been medically managed by Kim Ohl, APN, and she has been just super. She said I was at a point that I can continue the program without her management. I have lost 25 percent of my body mass, my blood pressure is perfect, and blood sugar is under control so I am in good shape. She suggested another 10- to 12-pound loss because at my age, she thought I would be better able to maintain. So as I have written before, I love this program and I thank Kim for her good care of me.

Last week I started a training program at the Mattoon Y so I am going to keep you all update on that progress and ask for continued support AND a partner to run with me this May in Champaign at a Color Run. Once I started the program I told myself, 'no more elevator at work.' I can tell you the callus on my right index finger is going away as I don’t hit the elevator button multiple times, but the palms of my hands are toughing up because I have been pulling myself up and down four flights of stairs this week. At any rate, I have made three new friends who are also in the class, Dorena and her son Robert, and their friend, Sarah. It is a lot of fun to have some running partners. Training consists of a five-minute brisk walk, 90 seconds of running, then two minutes of walking alternated with the running. Each week we increase the running time. When the temperature gets to 50 and our endurance time has increased, we will start running outside. Everyone in the class is upbeat and friendly and I look forward to it every Tuesday and Thursday. Tonight my Fit Bit indicated I had taken 15,832 steps and walked 6.8 miles, so I am feeling pretty good about the session.

I told my 90-year-old father about my latest adventure. He told me he had an uncle (his father's brother) who always liked to walk and jog. He said one day his uncle was walking the track at the high school in Mt. Vernon when the track team started lining up for a race. His uncle got in line with the runners and ran with them. Dad said not only did he run with them, he beat them….and my dad’s uncle was 72. So I have a new goal….

Another new thing this week, is the new hearing aid in my left ear. It is a trial, and I think it is going well. Weird some of the things I can hear now. Did you know hearing aid batteries are color coded?

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I don’t know about you lovers out there, but I think cards, candy and flowers are over rated. Give me a man with a dish towel drying the dishes, making the bed or folding laundry, and you will have my body and heart. I think I would swing from the chandelier and give up my soul if I came home from work and there was a drawn hot bath, a warm towel and a foot rubbing session with lotion. I do love being married. It is so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

Back of joggers t-shirt: I bust mine so I can kick yours.

I am In The Box

Categories: Weight Loss


You look amazing, Mary! Congratulations on your successes. Tammie