Saturday, October 23, 2010
Now that my nutrition intake is under control, consistently remaining within my calorie limits and getting the cravings out of my day to day life, it's time to look at fitness. I am amazed that I can go to the store and not even look at the snacks and candy! It took a tremendous amount of jaw clenching at the beginning, but now the idea of ruining my efforts to get healthy by indulging horrifies me! However, getting through the holidays without falling off the wagon is going to take a great deal of planning ahead.
I already work out at least seven hours a week, most of it strength training with mild aerobics mixed in. The strength training is going well; I am regularly increasing the requirements so my body doesn't get used to the routine. Recently I added a few real pushups to the modified ones and increased the weights I'm using. I move though a weekly routine of upper, core, and lower body. I also walk a little, about five to seven miles a week, or do something different, but I do enjoy the focus and control of strength training. It's probably a hangover from my intense ballet training in my youth.
The next step is to add either 30 minutes a day of more walking or 20 minutes of more vigorous exercise three times a week. The vigorous exercise seems to be more interesting and should shake things up. Twenty minutes seems bearable - so that will be my November focus.
It's hard to believe less than two years ago I couldn't walk without pain and my muscles locking up! I started with ten minutes of Wii Fit and kept on going!