Sunday, November 28, 2010
I suppose this is really a reminder to myself that although I need a healthier diet, it's not my only goal, or even my most important one. That distinction belongs to overall health, and regular exercise is perhaps its most important component.
For me, it may also be the most difficult. I really don't like exercise unless it's a team sport or group activity. Other than kayaking, I'm not involved with team sports, mostly (I tell myself, anyway) because group members are always much more athletic (and younger) than me. What I need is something like a city "Mediocre Volleyball Players" group, or mediocre softball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, etc. Unfortunately, the city has yet to implement my "Exercise Your Mediocrity!" campaign.
Today, however, my planned 20-25 minute walk turned into 45-minutes. No doubt, listening to Muddy Waters and James Brown helped, along with the loyal company of my somewhat geriatric Golden Retriever, who gamely accompanied me the whole way, only stopping a few times when she had over done.
I suppose the perseverance of animals and people inspires me. Some of the veterans I visit at the local VA cannot walk now, and some may never walk again. However, I see the silent determination, and I sense that they ask for nothing, certainly not sympathy. They gave of themselves in service, and they continue to give as veterans.
Why do I walk? For my health, for my family, and because I can. That's reason enough.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
The beat goes on...
I did 4 walks in 4 days, but skipped yesterday as my still recovering broken toe began hurting. Initially I felt bad about yesterday, but I'm putting things in perspective: Today my toe feels better, and I'll be putting in another 10-20 minutes, even with the rain.
It's important for me to not get too perfectionistic about the walking, as this tends to eventually become self-defeating. That's why I gave myself the goal of 5 days a week of walking 10+ minutes. It sure beats zero days a week!
Also, I'm not sure if I mentioned this elsewhere, but my new walking shoes make quite a difference...
Just last week I took off the soft cast that my (new) doctor had recommended a month ago. It's a rocker heel, but not as bulky as Sketchers. They're protecting the toe I broke over 6 months ago (and the surrounding damaged tissue), and wearing new athletic shoes almost always puts a bigger bounce in my step!
So there's two things that help this non-walker to walk: The weight and health benefits, not being perfectionistic, and new shoes. Wait, that's three things.
A total of three things help motivate this former-person-who-hated-to-walk: The weight and health benefits, joining this team, new shoes, and listening to the great James Brown and other favorites on my Ipod while walking.
A total of four things...
[Acknowledgements~ Thank you Monty Python : ) ]
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Stayed late at work, so that I could go straight to a movie with friends. I didn't budget my time properly, and had no time to buy a dinner. After watching the fist movie, I was so hungry, I had to eat something, and a movie theater is one of the worst places for a vulnerable tummy. Result....3 serving equivalent of chocolate truffles, and over 69 grams of fat with 25 minutes. No, not good at all, and feeling sugared out. Another lesson learned.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I work in front of a computer all day (hey, it beats the meetings and some of the presentations I go to as well). I feel pretty fortunate: Since it's my own office I can listen to music (except when I really need to concentrate, which is most of the time), I can be as cluttered as I want (I know, bad habit), and I have sanctioned times for lunch and breaks.
So what do I do? I keep things too disorganized (even for me). and--worst of all--
I work through breaks AND lunch. In fact, until I joined the program here, I very often just skipped lunch. I also don't take advantage of break or lunch to walk around the work campus, which, aside from seemingly never-ending construction, is a pleasant place. I mean, we have wild SQUIRRELS here (never saw those where I grew up) and feral cats, and pretty trees. It all goes back to my biggest problem: An intense aversion to walking beyond getting to and from the parking lot. (I know that I could find the most remot parking space available, and have a leaisurely 15-minute walk to the office, but believe me, if I don't have to, I'm not going to. Besides, I pride myself (I get my ego-boosters where I can, or maybe it's one of those notorious "guy things") on my exceptional ability to find a good parking space on a crowded day.
At any rate (slowly, so far), I'm going to find a solution to my medically unrecognized "walking allergy."
However, I must remind myself that I'm consistently eating lunch (and even a quick breakfast now), that I bought a few vitamins that I'll keep at work, and I'm drinking about 4-5 glasses of water while I'm at work.
Just between you and me, I'm also writing this at work. We'll keep that as our little secret.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Not big news here, but a nice new behavior: I went to the store today to get some ingredients just for a recipe I saw here. Bought some brussel sprouts (yeah, I used to hate them too, but began liking them a few years ago) and some walnuts, each of which has some excellent nutritional benefits. A gallon of non-fat milk to mix with my morning EZ protein drink, and that was it!.
Yes, it did help that I was doing something which placed me one street over from the store! But, I saw an opportunity, did not procrastinate, and am now more likely to make the new recipe. As I said, a little step, but a healthy one.
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