I just remembered a discussion I had with my doctor at the initial visit that resulted in me going on this diet and I wanted to share it with you.
What did I just hear my doctor say? Could I possibly be hearing her wrong? Do I need to get my hearing rechecked? She just told me not to exercise as hard as I have been doing. WHAT?!?! We had been talking about different ways to bring my blood pressure down and I said I currently exercise for about 30 minutes every other day on the elliptical machine at a very intense pace. She asked me if I get really sweaty and out of breath and I said “Of course!”. When a person is as heavy as I am and we go at any pace other than a shuffle for any period longer than 2 minutes, then we are going to out of breath and sweaty! She told me to slow it down. A nice slow walk would do nicely. The reason – I will be consuming a minimal amount of calories, not enough to fuel my body to do strenuous exercise.
So I slowed down. I am still doing the elliptical but not at the same pace and not for the same length of time. I still push beyond a slow walk but I only do it for 15 minutes every other day. I don’t mind doing it for that length of time so it doesn’t seem to be quite the chore it was before. And I know I sleep better when I get some exercise in.