Saturday, August 18, 2012
My teammates on the Over 60++ Team know what Iím referring to, but for anyone else who might be reading this, you might be wondering. A little background: a year ago, I was pushing myself to be able to walk a mile at one time. It was one of my short-term goals and by Labor Day of 2011 I managed to get it done. Later, I got the distance up to 2 miles, stayed in that distance range for a long time, but by mid-summer of this year I finished the SP 5K Your Way Walking challenge.
Iím easily bored with exercise. Itís not one of those things I ďhaveĒ to do every day (before you start telling me all the reasons I should, I will tell you I do know all thatóI just donít really care for it, thatís all). A couple weeks ago I was out for one of my ďmust goĒ walks. You know what they are: you must go or you wonít shed any pounds this week, or your heart wonít be getting stronger, or your legs will fall off, etc.! Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could go faster Iíd get done sooner. Why not try a little slow jog from this electric pole to the next and see what happens. Wow! Did that ever feel strange! And, oddly enough, I did get to that pole a little faster! I tried it a couple more times on that 1.5 mile walkópole to pole alternating mostly walking with very, very slow ďjogging.Ē
The second week (just finished) I changed it up a bit and started counting pole-to-pole steps or jogs and did 250 jog/steps four times during my 1.6 mile walks. Next week I think Iíll keep the routine the same before increasing the jog steps. I typically walk every other day and bike for 20-30 minutes the opposite days. Fortunately, I live in a rural area and the paved road is a good route that doesnít get much traffic. Thatís the other thingóI donít want anyone to see me so I have to keep an eye out for any vehicles that may be in my line of vision!
What have I learned? Several things, of courseónothing we do is without learning something!
1. There is no word describing this exercise of mine, which is how I decided on SLOG (all caps) with the help of my teammates. It is a very slooow jog/walk and should probably be a Walk SLOG since I do more walking than SLOGGING, but SLOG Walk sounds better, I think. Look up the definition of the word slog and youíll see that it fits perfectly!
2. Lots of body parts jiggle and bounce when Iím SLOGGING. Who would have thought Iíd need a sports bra and spandex girdle thingie at my age (69 next birthday)? Both belly and boobs flop without some kind of restraint.
3. You really can get there faster! It isnít pretty, but it is faster.
4. I can still walk and talk after vigorous (for me) exercise.
5. My artificial hips are fine! Five years ago when I had them replaced the surgeon warned me against running. Like that was ever going to happen! LOL!!! But, he also told me that I could play tennis. Again, like that was ever going to happen. But, since I am now carrying around ľ less of me than I was before starting this job of getting slimmer and healthier, a little SLOGGING is not going to do any more damage than all that weight bearing was doing every day in every way. Everything feels just fine, nothing hurts and I might be a bit stronger. Hard to tell after just 2 weeks, though.
Iíd love some company on one of my SLOG Walks, but Iím sorry I wonít be able to talk. Iím too busy breathing! Have a great weekend, my dear SparkFriends!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Have you been thinking about your weight loss as being a ďdrop in the bucketĒ compared to what you still have to lose? As youíve been shedding a few pounds have you had doubts about whether it was making any difference to your body? I had an experience today that might help you to look at it in a little different way. Iíll get to that in a minute, but for right now I want to challenge you to find something around your house that is close to the number of pounds youíve shed so far. It doesnít matter if it is just a few or if itís quite a fewÖjust find something close to those pounds. For me, that is about 64 pounds (I hope itís a few more this Sunday when I weigh in). I bet you can figure something out. A gallon of milk or water is about 8 pounds; a bag of flour is 5 pounds unless you buy it in bulk. Maybe a laundry basket full of wet laundry is 25 or more pounds. Okay, now I want to pick up your item and carry it around the house with you for a little whileÖyou donít have to do it for long, but take it with you to the bathroom or around the kitchen for as long as youíre able. Is it heavy and awkward to hang onto? Hard to handle and makes your back or knees hurt?
In some cases, you might not be able to pick it up! Thatís what happened to me at the store today. Richard asked me to ďpick upĒ some salt for the water softener. Actually he didnít expect me to literally pick it up, but I tried. It was only 40 pounds, not the 64 Iíve shed, but I could NOT DO IT! I got it upright and almost had it up, but just couldnít manage and decided we didnít need it that badly yet. He can get it the next time weíre there, but a little light bulb went off for me. Before I ditched those 64 pounds I was hauling at least as much as 1 Ĺ bags of water softener salt around with me with every step I took. The same is true for you, wherever you are in your weight loss journey! Every ounce, every pound, every 10 pounds, whatever we have accomplished is so important to all of us. WowÖI could never hope to walk up the back steps to the house carrying that much weight, yet I was asking my body to do it with every step I took, not to mention what my heart still has to do each day. No wonder my back aches sometimes!
Our team has a great Sizzling Summer Challenge going on right now and itís not too late to join if you havenít already! But, even if you donít, remember that it doesnít matter if you arenít the biggest loser or even the littlest loser in or out of the team challenge. What matters is that we work on giving our bodies a rest by shedding what pounds we can. Letís all try to give our hearts and backs and muscles a gift of fewer pounds to haul around. Iím willing to keep working on it if you will all be there to help me along the way, and in turn, I promise to be there for you, too. Together we can do it, I just know we can!!
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