Friday, May 11, 2012
In the last 3 weeks or so I have been closely watching the scale. It has been downright discouraging! I've been having a hard time making the numbers go down even though I have been walking a lot more now than 2 months ago, and logging every morsel I eat. I had been walking about 25 minutes in March, and have increased to about an hour per evening. It's amazing how on evenings when I think I'm too tired for cardio my energy level grows as I walk! I love that! I've been shooting for better lap times (I walk around our yard - 3 laps = 1 mile, all hills). It's a great work-out. The hills are a built-in interval training course. To build on the interval training idea, I gradually push harder each lap for 3 laps, ease off for one, then push for the next 2, and so on.
On Monday my massage therapist suggested I relax my thinking about the scale & focus instead on healthy habits. Today the scale was down a bit, so I'm thinking she's got a great point. When the scale is my focus I tend to feel deprived of bad-for-you foods, and indulge more than I should. My walks feel like the end in themselves rather than the means to improved health. When healthy is my focus I think more about how tasty healthy food is! And I enjoy my walks much more. Lesson learned: Focus on Healthy!