guest post by buzzTeen author Sandy Green
HOW A TWENTY-FIVE POUND BOX OF CAT LITTER HELPED ME LOSE WEIGHT AND GET IN SHAPE!
One lovely day in May 2012, I was lugging groceries from the car to the house, including a twenty-five pound (five pounds free!) box of kitty litter. The plastic handle dug into my palm as I switched hands, and a thought flitted through my mind. “If I lost twenty-five pounds, I’d be this much lighter!”
It had been my habit to walk for thirty minutes in the neighborhood five or six times a week for years. On my next walk a couple of days after the cat litter revelation, my college track and field daughter, home from college for the summer, urged me to add jogging, “Just to the next mailbox.” No. I couldn’t do that. No way! So I tried it and didn’t collapse at the bottom of someone’s driveway.
That was how I started my new exercise routine. I ran/walked for twenty minutes every day and counted calories. My goal was 1200 – 1500 calories a day and to run more than walk.
Hey, it worked! I’d lost about twenty pounds and kept it off as I turned into a fanatic by running in the rain, sleet, and snow. I scoffed at plummeting or skyrocketing temperatures. I bought lots of black stretchy running pants.
In November 2012, I experienced an Achilles tendon injury. Who knew you were supposed to take a day off? I used our stationary bike in the meantime and resumed run/walking alternating with indoor biking.
Last summer, I ran along the boardwalk in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey. What scenery! But my hip felt like it was grinding into its joint. Ow. Since then, I’ve been using the stationary bike five times a week, along with lifting weights, doing abdominal work, and stretching. For the other three days, I do yoga at a local community rec center or teach liturgical dance at my church. I also take a day off!
My husband gave me an iPod Nano for my birthday, which has radio capabilities. I’m gearing up to resume my run/walk routine in the spring. I’m not as strict with calorie counting, but I enjoy seeing how many different vegetables I can stuff into homemade soups and salads.
I’m pushing sixty and feel great! I’d like to chisel away a few more pounds, and I know I can do it with the help of a pencil and pad to keep track of calories. Remember, calories are like money. If you had a set amount of money to spend daily, how wisely would you spend it?
Sandy Green is the author of the new buzzTeen YA fantasy novella, KISS AND TELL. Get it here:
“Sandy Green has woven a brilliant tapestry of mythology and contemporary YA in her novella, Kiss and Tell. The essence of the story is cleverly disguised in the title, so subtle, and yet revealing.” – Gayle C. Krause, author of the SCBWI Golden Kite Nominee, Ratgirl: Song of the Viper