Tuesday, August 06, 2013
RB So what's the reward going to be?
LB How should I know - you know it doesn't count till we are both on board.
RB oh. well. yeah. so. What did you decide?
So what do you want?
RB I dunno
LB Me neither. It's always hard to do the reward thing, isn't it. and besides, a reward implies rules obeyed and ... well - that's not your strong point.
RB Oh so it's my fault, is it? I suppose you're talking about that second frozen yogurt bar I ate last night.
LB yep. I am.
RB so why didn't you stop me?
LB 'Cause I forgot about it.
RB Does that mean no reward? Are we out of the challenge now?
LB No it doesn't - to either question. The rules said if you stumble just get back up and keep going. I think that's part of what we're supposed to be experiencing - the Don't Give Up stuff. And I want to keep trying.
RB Oh. Good. So do I, then.
LB Really? I'm glad about that.
RB So what are the rules - what are our rules, that is? and what are the rewards? What's in it for us?
LB Hmmm. I think the rules should be that for 31 days we make the effort to perform those 3 tweaks - no sneaky bites at breakfast , a walk if it isn't raining (like it is today) , and only ONE dessert per night. And as long as we're still trying by August 31 ... and so long as we post something about it somewhere every day - then we get the reward. How does that sound to you?
RB Sounds fair. And the reward?
LB you greedy puss. I don't know. You didn't seem to really love the options I threw out -
RB Tell them to me again.
LB Okay - what about new sheets?
LB but we really need them.
RB then get them
LB okay - what about a facial?
RB well, that would be nice. yeah. I like them. but it's just ... well... nice
LB New clothes?
RB Ugh. We have too many clothes
LB Art supplies?
RB no. We have enough of them too, right now
LB Well for goodness sake! What do you want?
RB I don't know. But I want something. I want some kind of reward for all this effort. Just not something you ought to get us anyway.
LB well - what about just the pleasure of Improving ourselves?
RB I like myself already.
LB Ugh. It's not about liking ourself. it's about getting rid of bad habits.
RB We-ull. But everytime we do something that improves ourself you just think of More Things We Have To Do.
LB Of course I do - there's always room for improvement.
RB (hums a tune) www.youtube.com/watch?v=ounJsqomcv8
LB Very funny. So - eliminating bad habits isn't good enough for you?
RB nope. I want a reward.
LB (ponders a bit) Okay. How about a day off?
RB Oooo. yeah. Now THAT sounds like a reward. But ... well, but what about ... we're already taking off a long weekend in September and a week in October ... will this be an extra day off?
LB Yeah. That's going to be hard. and besides - how will this feel special if we're already taking off so many days already? Hmmmm. How about this? Suppose we take a half day off sometime in the middle of the week. We just don't go back to work after lunch one day.
RB Ooooo. yeah. I like that. When can we do it?
LB Well - we want it to feel sort of spontaneous and we don't want to screw up something important but I'd say ... early in September. Especially since we have to be out of the office so much at the end of the month for work stuff. So. Let's say within the first 2 weeks. How does that sound?
RB It sounds GREAT!
LB It means we have to work pretty hard on those other days so that we don't get behind in the job. There's no reward worth screwing up our work.
RB I'm good with that
LB Then it's a deal?
RB It's a deal. Uh ... there's something else though
RB well, we really do need another set of sheets. You ought to order some today.
LB oh. yeah. okay.
RB Love ya
LB Love ya back.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Truth? Though this didn't have the controls of a scientific experiment I think I really DID get more out of my cardio by paying attention to my body. I wear a monitor and it showed me that 50-100 more calories were burned yesterday than I expected.
Is it true? did really paying attention to how my thighs, my back, my abs and upper arms felt as I worked my 35 minutes on the elliptical really burn more calories than just flopping my way through? Or did I subconsciously spend more time exercising and moving than I realized.
Let's examine the day. I did get in a 1 mile walk with my funny little white dog. Here she is, checking things out in the bean field.
But that had been planned all along. It's a short walk, worth some 50 calories, but I'd like to add it to my daily routine.
At work I was at my desk only slightly less than usual. I had a program to prepare for and enough staff that I only worked the front desk for 30 minutes. No walk at lunch time since I had a WW meeting - where I was glad to find out that I'm still within my goal range - even after 2 weeks of rather profligate eating. and still below 150 - which was more than satisfying.
Hmm. I sat during the program in the afternoon - though there was a good bit of walking back and forth as I brought paraphernalia into the meeting room. Altogether, if I really want to push things I burned 50 calories more than I would have on a library day with no kiddie program in it. I guess. Pushing it a bit. Maybe.
Okay - then it was off to the gym - 35 minutes on the elliptical. Normally I'd expect to burn 150 +/- calories doing that while watching HGTV (my 5 o'clock TV poison). I use a programable elliptical that has the hand poles for working the upper body.
I decided to really pay attention to the body and what do you know - I found that to be impossibly boring to do for 35 minutes and MUCH harder too. It's true. I worked harder while I was paying attention. But I just didn't have the mental control to stay at it for 35 minutes. Within the first 5 minutes (maybe even instantly) I realized I had to take baby steps into this mindful body cardio, so I decided that I would concentrate for 2 minutes and then I could buzz off on the television for 8. I set the elliptical so that after 8 minutes it would tell you to start pedaling in the opposite direction. Those were the Pay Attention Minutes. So I did 3 sets of 2 minutes when I paid close attention - abs tucked? glutes taut? back straight? Thighs engaged? Arms pumping? Check.
Ordinarily - at this point I would have racked up about 150 calories burned and to make sure of it I did just a few strength exercises - 3 sets of 10 presses, 3 sets of tri exercises and 3 sets of the rowing lift ... or whatever it's called. 10 minutes in all? Honestly I'd be overestimating if I could claim 50 calories for that.
So at the very best I could claim 300 calories burned for yesterday. But when I plugged the monitor in it showed a 350 burn.
As I said - this was no scientifically controlled experiment but hey - I'll take a 350 calorie burn any day! In fact - I think I'll go take it today. I know my little dog wants me to take her out. I hear her scratching at the door.
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