Another New Habit- Exercise!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Now that I feel like my eating habits are under control, it's time to turn to my Achilles' heel of weight-loss: the dreaded exercise.
I think my key motivator when facing this task is that with my weight and metabolism, eating healthy just won't cut it. So exercise is what's standing between me and my weight-loss goal...except that I won't let anything stop me now!
I started on Tuesday by ignoring the whiny voice in my head telling me I was too tired to exercise at nine at night. I donned my work-out clothes and headed out the door. When I'm actually at the gym, (my gym is Planet Fitness) it's not so bad. My gym workout is simple, based on a few exercises a staff member showed me when I got my free consultation. I do the rear deltoid machine, about 30 push-ups, and about 40 squats. When I was done I paid for a coffee (you can get a coffee or tea for $1 in the gym!) to reward myself.
I decided to try exercising on Wednesday, but I screwed up the timing and didn't have time before my night class. On Thursday, I used my home treadmill and really worked up a sweat! :P Well, I guess that's a good thing. :) I walked for 30 minutes, and since I don't like the treadmill very much, I was proud of myself for sticking with it for a half hour. It really helped that I had my trusty iPod. For some strange reason, I really love working out to the song "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship.
On Friday, I was determined to keep exercising, so I went to the gym at nine again. It turns out that I went just in time- the gym closes at 10 on Friday! I did my typical squat/push-up/rear deltoid workout, and this time I also used a bicep machine. I rewarded myself with coffee again. Probably not a great idea for so late at night, but I managed to sleep like a baby anyway.
Today, Saturday, I knew I probably couldn't get to the gym, because I would want to exercise later in the day, and the gym closes at 7 on weekends. (Bummer!) It was such a nice day, I thought it would be nice to take a walk with my mom. We did, but we ended up going at night, right after dinner. There's a neighborhood by the beach that Mom likes to walk through, so we took that walk. (Later, I was able to map it on SparkPeople! That's a cool feature.)
It worked out well for both of us- I had company on my walk, and because of me, my mom got out and exercised today. My mom is pretty healthy, but lately she's been saying that she needs to exercise more. When we walk together, it's fun and it helps us both out.
I think I'm probably making a big deal out of it, but I can't help but be proud of myself. I have exercised so little in the past, I can't remember ever purposely exercising three days in a row. I've always hated exercise, but now I'm trying to do it every day to help me reach my goal. So far it's just a small step, but it still makes me really happy. I'm almost looking forward to what I can do for exercise tomorrow. :)