A walk in the park
Sunday, January 08, 2012
On Saturday, I went with my husband to a recently opened nature trail nearby. It's a great trail -- fairly wide and paved, so it would be great for riding a bike. (In fact, there were TONS of families out riding bikes!) The whole trail is a 12-mile round trip -- fine for bike riding, but a long walk. We stuck to a 4-mile round trip instead.
The weather was warm and gorgeous that day; it felt like spring even though the woods still looked like winter. My husband has started getting us in the habit of taking a walk together on Saturdays, weather permitting, and I love it. It's such a good way to spend an hour or two together just relaxing and chatting. Taking a walk outside also always puts me in a great mood.
I've decided to stick to walking for now and not try to run yet. I tried to start working towards a 5K again, but managed to really hurt my knees by trying to run too far at the beginning. So I'm backing off running for now. I realize I'm really out of shape, so I'm re-strengthening my bones and joints by walking a lot, and do strength training to strengthen up the muscles that support those bones and joints. That way, when I try running again, I won't hurt myself.
In other news, my husband is wanting to develop some healthier habits himself. Yay! We ordered pizza earlier in the week. While he didn't change his pizza order to be healthier, he decided -- completely out of the blue -- to start trying some portion control. He said "I'm going to put two pieces on my plate, then put the rest in the fridge, and give it a little while after I finish those two pieces. If I'm still hungry, then there's more pizza. But I'll see how it goes with two pieces." It turned out, two pieces was all he really wanted.
It's definitely easier for me to stick with healthier habits when he's doing the same thing. I did the same thing with my pizza (though I'd taken the extra step of ordering a thin-crust, no-cheese pizza topped with a bunch of veggies and some grilled chicken breast -- I honestly prefer thin-crust veggie pizza!)
Portion control has sometimes been hard, because he used to have the mentality that after I'd served myself, the rest was all his. After a couple of times I started worrying that there wouldn't be any more if I decided I was still hungry, so I started taking larger portions to make sure I'd get enough. Like most things in marriage, this got better with communication. I say out loud "I'm going to start with a little bit now, but leave me some in case I want more later." If he goes for seconds, he'll ask "Do you want any more of this?" Usually I say no, but sometimes I say yes, and it's nice to know I have the option.
Oddly enough, when I know I can have another helping if I'm still hungry, I'm actually more likely to be satisfied with a moderate portion! I guess it's that my un-evolved lizard brain panics if it thinks there might be a food shortage and says "Eat! Eat while you still can!!", but calms down when it feels like there's plenty of food and lets my higher brain functions make good choices. Psychology is a wonderful thing....