In April of last year my life changed! Although the change was for the better, it totally changed my routines. I stopped exercising regularly; exercise was limited to walking a few times a week. My diet went to heck in a hand-basket. Consequently, I gained weight and my health deteriorated significantly.
Whereas last year in August I was able to spend ten days hiking in the mountains of California, a few weeks ago I barely survived walking through a few museums in Chicago. It’s amazing the difference that exercise and a healthy diet has on one’s health.
The up side is that recently we received a Wii Fit as a present and I’ve been getting on there for about an hour everyday for the last 11 days. It’s great! There’s yoga and strength exercises, aerobics and balance games. I’m doing about 30 minutes of yoga in the morning, about 15 to 30 minutes of strength and aerobics at lunchtime and another 15 to 30 minutes of aerobic and balance games in the evening. The last thing I do is a few yoga exercises to relax and I’m sleeping wonderfully well. Better than I have in years. And it’s fun, plus you compete with others in your household. Something for everyone.
...this goal from “exercise regularly” to “exercise daily”. Now that I’ve been exercising more, I find that my body misses it on the days when I cannot. Yea!
I did get much exercise in this week. My walking buddies were all away for spring break, and due to the long hours at work I got home exhausted. Those are all excuses, I know, but still it didn’t happen. My daughter was back on Thursday but it is raining a great deal so we didn’t walk. I have to find a place where we can go walking indoors. Maybe a large mall (I hate malls!).
I managed to exercise everyday last week except Monday, but I exercised twice on Tuesday so that is ok.
The difference in my weight loss was significant, so this is very important to my ongoing success.
1- On Friday my daughter and I went on a brisk one hour walk. The library is exactly 30 minutes away walking fast so that’s perfect. We can spend five minutes in the A/C and head out again.
2- On Saturday I spent 20 minutes on my elliptical machine and did some stretching and toning exercises.
3- and today I just did 20 minutes on the elliptical again. Traineo says that domestic chores is also considered exercise. So I’m counting that for today also (about an hour’s worth).
I have to start focusing on this goal. I gained weight this week and I don’t want to waste all the effort I’ve put into this by letting myself gain it back so soon!
Starting today, I’m scheduling 20 minutes on my elliptical daily. I may skip some days but if I say I’ll do it 3 times a week, it’s too easy to put it off until tomorrow.
And I’m going to start walking again during my morning break. I was doing that religiously for a couple of years and I need to start doing it again.
Week 6 was a total loss. I was exhausted and decided to sleep instead of exercising. Not a good long term solution but it was vital for me last week.
This morning my daughter and I went out and walked for an hour. We kept up a brisk pace and even managed to build up a sweat (women “glow” of course). We are going to try and do this every day.
I’ve been reading that 20 minutes 3 times a week is no longer consider “enough” exercise. I haven’t even been able to get to that point!
Now that the crunch at work is over, I’m going to focus on this goal and get exercise into my daily routine.
Went walking yesterday with a friend at work. We used to do this daily during the cool months but this year has been so hectic that it’s the first walk since the new year.
I’ve managed to do the stretching and toning exercises twice so far this week. I’d like to get to the point where I’m doing those daily and exercising three times a week, but for now, this will have to do.
Work is really taking a toll on the rest of my life right now. This current project is overwhelming everything else. So I haven’t exercised this week… again. And the scale shows it.
But I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Once March 11th comes along, life will be back to it’s normal insanity, and I can get back to exercising and all the other things I’m trying to do in my (currently non-existent) spare time.