If I were to simply list the stats for the past two weeks, you might think I am a fairly avid athlete. I have run about 27 miles, walked close to 10 miles, biked 23 miles and participated in 3 sessions of water aerobics and lap swim. Impressive for a 52 year old woman who believes beaches are for lolling, not volleyball.
I began the whole run thing last September in an attempt to shore up my heart. My family heart history errs to the side of weak and I wanted to beat the odds. . .and drop some weight. I have been successful at both. My resting heart rate is in the mid 40s, I've lost a significant amount of weight and in the process have become addicted to running. Bravo.
So, here is the problem. My resting heart rate (which I already mentioned) is at the same level as a Lance Armstrong type. . .which would be great if I was in the same physical shape. I'm not and I've had that heart rate for several years, so really there has been no change. I still have high blood pressure and always will (thanks, Dad, Grandpa, etc.). I have high cholesterol (same family). I have made a concerted effort to accurately and honestly write down everything I eat and drink (and yes, that includes the 2-3 glasses of wine on Fridays with my friends). I literally cut most restaurant meals in half and take the other half home. That being said on MOST days (sometimes you have to live a little) I stay between 12-1500 calories a day. You would think I would be completely transformed. Yeah, you would think.
So, I look in the mirror and assess. What do I see? I don't cast as large a shadow (credit to Ralph for that phrase), but it's still the same body. Still round, still fat. This is where I will tell you that it's ok. I am happy with the achievement, accepting of a body that carries genetics beyond my control. I am at peace.
But, that would be a lie.
I can't leave on that sour note so I will let you in on a secret. It is my summer cocktail-- low calorie, yummy and effective.
Hole in One
If you enjoy an Arnold Palmer (lemonade and ice tea sweet). . .this will kick it up.
1 packet Crystal Light lemonade
2 oz Seagrams Sweet Tea Vodka
1 large tumbler
Mix the Crystal Light (I like mine stronger so I use about 2/3 C. water to mix) with water. Add ice. Pour vodka over the top, mix and enjoy. 132 calories.
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