Tuesday, May 15, 2012
So...I've been exercising on average 200 minutes per week since the end of January. It adds up to 6 lbs. (I recorded it in the spark app, and looked at the monthly spread sheet to get my calories burned, and divided that by 3600 (1 lb). ).
So why bother doing all that exercise for 6 pounds? Well. Here's why. I have more tolerance now for activity, which means I have more stamina and energy, which has improved my outlook on life, which then really increased my quality of life. This has all helped improve my job performance. My doctor has now taken me off my glucophage, ( a diabetic medication ). In 3 months if my blood sugar numbers are still Within Normal Limits, she will take the diabetic diagnosis off my chart. That is huge! If I am not diabetic, I won't be suffering the long term complications associated with diabetes. So my quality of life goes up again.
If I can think of no other reason to exercise, those two reasons above will be enough. Who doesn't want a better quality to their life? I sure do! Treating the diet and exercise as two separate entities has helped me chose daily to keep up the exercise. It's not dependent on how I ate. If I get a traffic ticket, I don't go out and spend gobs of money (because well, life is already ruined). That sounds silly. I have found so is treating diet and exercise as one thing. They are both important.
For the next two weeks I am going to keep tally of just how many calories I would have eaten if I had not exercised portion control. I will then convert that into pounds. That may be an eye opener. I suspect that result will definitely put my eating into a better perspective. We'll see. I think that number will be important because I see myself slowly increasing my food intake. I need to put a check mate on that.