Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Morning exercise! This has been a bugbear for me since I started this crazy weight loss then maintenance journey... I really want to do morning exercise, it frees up the rest of my day. Mind you, I love working out, especially how I feel when I'm done... but it usually seems to take all day to ramp myself up to it... so I usually work out in the evenings after I get home from work and I've had dinner, leaving very little time for family activities. I even had it as a goal for a long time, but I was so lousy at getting my buns out of bed, I just took it off. So, starting today, I'm going to see if I can do it for a full 7 days, including the weekend.
Running/working out has become something that I physically NEED, I guess you could say it's my drug of choice... but to get my drug to fit in better with my family life, I'm going to have to structure it to better fit in with my family life.
My exercise/workout time is also my brain time, it's all mine... sometimes I choose to share it with my husband, sometimes I just prefer to have it all to myself. It's also part of my job, to stay in the Army, I have to stay fit... which is just added incentive to do what I have come to love.
My physical activity time is also my therapy. When things are going wrong, I go out for a run or walk or just pop in a video... no matter how bad things are going, they seem so much more manageable after I have worked it out physically.
I connect with some of my best girlfriends through physical activity... sometimes more low key, like shopping at the mall (it may be slower than my usual intentional pace, but it is up and moving around) or walking at a local park. Depends on which girlfriend I'm talking about. I'm really excited about doing the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K in November with two of my best girls in Chicago in November. Two of us are taking a road trip to visit a 3rd and then we are doing the run! How cool is that.
My observations of the world provide my mind plenty of playtime or wonder nearly everyday I am out on my usual route... lately it's been Stupid Human Tricks on the chunk of closed road near my house. (I love the chunk of road since it's flat and mostly quiet and it goes through a wooded area) The S.H.T. score high so far is 3. That is the number of cars who ignore the SIX "closed road" & "detour" signs and end up turning around at the barricades in any given run. Mind you, it's been closed since April. Other observations that interest me have mostly to do with the decay process of animals that have been hit by cars... hey! we all have our oddities!!
I have gained back a few pounds since reaching goal in Sept 2008... about 10 from my lowest weight... and so I have been half-heartedly fighting "the creep" for months. I am finally using the calorie deficit report and tracking my food & calorie burn religiously 6 days per week and am finally seeing some great results. I am pretty sure Spark will tell me I need to recalc my burn number but I want to see myself really hit that number for more than just a week here and there... or else it just really doesn't do me any good.
A lot is going on, but it's nothing I can't handle by taking care of myself and using my amazing support systems.
And I've gained a lot of great wisdom from people I have been blessed with meeting lately too! The one that is really resonating for me is from a fantastic fellow whose mother is 90... his mother's saying is, "I'd rather wear out than rust out." And there is a lot of truth to that. Thanks MJ, for helping me find my new motto!