time vs. exercise
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I've been consistently losing weight since mid-January. It feels good and if I do say so myself, it looks good on me. I've shed over 30 pounds and gone from a tight size 14 to a comfortable size 6. Really nothing to complain about. What I've noticed though is that it has been increasingly difficult to keep losing and I have another 10 pounds to go to meet my goal! I've done the aforementioned weight loss with 90% diet change and 10% increased exercise. Thus the title...
I need to get on the exercise wagon. In essence one would think that wouldn't be so hard to do but the one factor that keeps getting in my way is TIME! I know the wise people of the exercise world say, "There is always time, just give up this that or the other" but it is not that easy. In my little world I get up at 5am to head to the barn to milk the cows. While in the barn I do calisthenics, which I love and can't imagine my day without. It looks a little goofy as I'm waiting for the cows to each get done milking I'm running in place or doing squats or wall pushups or any other in-sundry types of movement that I can come up with without having to hit the floor (rather a grody thought if you remember that I'm in the barn). After milking for about a half-hour or so I head to the house and get ready for my nursing job. I leave the house before 7 drive for an hour, work until 6ish, head home (another hour drive) then, if the guys are still milking I head back to the barn to help them finish off. After that it's time to make the crew supper, eat, try to straighten up the house a bit and then head to bed by nine to start the whole day over again in the morning. Wow, sometimes it makes me tired just to look at the time line.
So you see, time is a factor.
I'm not going to let this get the best of me though. My two added exercise goals for the rest of this month are to start walking (as stated in a previous blog my knees are not about to let me jog) and to relearn tai chi. To do that I have a plan...
1. plan out my weekly suppers on the weekend and precook what I can.
2. utilize my crock pot and slow cooker as much as possible
3. plan what I'm wearing to work the night before so when I get into the house I can get ready in a jiffy... this will give me about 15 minutes to get in a brisk walk in the morning even if it is just up the hill and back to the house.
I really dislike the idea of planning every minute of the day to find 'time' for more activity so my ideal goal is not to cram more into my day just to rearrange and give up some things in leu of others. We'll see how it goes. I'll post my progress.