When I decide to focus and stick with it, I have to start out changing everything. But I am an "all or nothing" type. I have to attack my diet and exercise at the same time.
What might work for you is a simple and slow change in diet and exercise.
Take Matilda out for a 10 minute brisk walk in the am and pm every day for a few days, then add 5 more minutes every few days. She'll run if you run. I just never ran as long as what she could have. But when we'd get back to my house, she'd show more energy than normal. Even though she's old, she loves to get that energy up and going, so you choosing to get out with her would do both of you a great deal of good. I'd rather you do that than racketball, just because it would benefit Matilda, too.
With your diet, I can give advice I use.
Stay away from your chips. Never are chips a good choice for you. It seems like you eat chips with anything.
Choose healthy foods.
Fish, fresh vegetables, lean meats.
Drink lots of water. 8 8ounce glasses a day is easy to remember. I started out getting used to drinking water by having 1 glass when I first got up. 1 with breakfast, 1 before lunch, 1 with lunch, 1 before dinner, 1 with dinner, 1 after dinner and 1 before going to bed. Now, it's just normal and I drink more than that without even thinking about it.
If you can stay away from carbonated drinks, that's best, but if you have to have one sometimes, choose Diet Rite or another that is NO or LOW sodium. Stay away from caffeine.
I stay away from white stuff- sugar, flour, rice, pasta, potatoes, bread. If you think that is too extreme, at least eat the brown stuff and whole grains. When you choose to eat the white stuff, it is so refined, all the good stuff is gone from it so you actually don't benefit healthwise from the white stuff. My mom was told when she was in her 60's that she had sugar diabetes and that just doesn't sound like anything worth having. When I took over my mom's care, she ended up not having to take her medications because I changed her diet dramatically. Mrs Drawbaugh had it for many, many years and had to lose a leg because of it.
When I eat fruit, I eat berries, blue, black, straw, rasp. fresh or frozen.
Buy only bacon that is not sugar cured. Wal-Mart sells Gwaltney's- not sugar cured.
Eat salmon at least once, but try twice each week. Choose wild salmon. Only eat tuna once a week, if you need to.
Don't eat a lot of processed meats or other processed foods.
Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Use butter instead of margarine. Which means stay away from TRANS fats.
You don't like peas, so it's good to stay away from them. But also, stay away from
Fruit juices aren't that great healthwise. Crackers and chips aren't either.
I eat healthy, I just eat too much of it.
I have a salad everyday for lunch.
What I need is someone to help me get more sleep!!