Friday, April 02, 2010
After having a lousy night's sleep because BOTH of my 5 year olds have ear infections, I woke up this morning to a house that needed to be cleaned because my daughter was on her way over to my house with her two kids to spend the Easter weekend with us. I was arguing with my teenager who was being the usual ray of sunshine that all kids that age are. And there just didn't seem to be enough time to fit in my scheduled exercise. At first I tried to convince myself that the hurried housework would count as my exercise for the day. But, in the end...I decided to MAKE the time to work out. And when it was over, I was glad I did it. We have to remember how important it is to FIND the time to exercise as much as possible, even when it seems like our day doesn't have a spare minute in it. I know it isn't always do-able, but you can always get an "A" for effort, right?
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My husband and I have decided to start doing a 20 minute walk around our block every night after dinner for exercise. Our two 5 year olds usually ask to go with us, so it becomes a nice little family fitness thing. It's not hiking, or jogging, or even speed walking. It's really just a leisurely stroll around the block every evening. It bores my husband because the scenery never changes, but he decided to start going with me because someone was following me one night when I was doing my walk, and my husband got worried about me. So, now he comes too. I still get winded and sweat a bit doing the walking, but that just shows me that it's getting my heart rate up. And that's a good thing!
Monday, March 22, 2010
My newest food "goal" is to keep trigger foods out of the house. It came in handy the other day when I had one of my cravings for my favorite grilled cheese and bologna sandwiches. They are LOADED with fat and calories...very bad for me. Anyway, we didn't have any cheese, so I couldn't have it. Easy! It is at times like those when I am being weak that I am glad for the moments in the grocery store when I stand my ground and decide not to buy foods that I know I will binge on sooner or later.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
And don't let anyone tell you differently!
Ok. I know that my saying a person can be both fat AND fit is a contradiction. But I wholeheartedly believe that it is possible. I give credit to all of those spark people out there who have the will power to stick with their diets and lose weights. I am not one of those people. And neither are a lot of others. That is an unfortunate fact. But even the heaviest of people are usually capable of some form of exercise. And I think that it's important for those of us who have not succeeded with weight loss to STOP GAINING! Even if all a person like me can do is keep it from getting any worse...at least that is SOMETHING. My choices are limited. I can either give up all together because I can't "diet" long enough to lose weight, or I can exercise my little heart out and fight tooth and nail to maintain my current weight. Don't get me wrong. I suffer NO delusions about being able to run a marathon. But I walk 5 days a week. And I use my stationary bike 5 days a week. And I do my 20 minute Zumba tape at least 3 days a week. I exercise more at this point in my life than I ever have, even though I am only 20 pounds under my all time highest weight. I would like, however, to encourage people to make whatever healthy dietary changes that they can live with long term, like giving up sugary drinks and switching from white bread to wheat or whole grain. Weight Watchers and Vitalicious both make great tasting desserts for those of you with a sweet tooth. And if you are like me and can't lose weight, for whatever the reason...don't let that keep you from doing the things you enjoy. If you put off your life's "to do" list until you lose weight, it might never happen.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I started my second week of Zumba today. Last week, I did 3 days of the basics video, learning the steps (as best as I can handle them). Today, the goal is to do the 20 minute express workout at least 4 days after dinner. I can get through the tape (barely), and with a few minor modifications...but my legs are on fire! It is still a fun workout though. And I like the music. It really keeps you moving, even when you feel like sitting down.
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