Friday, January 11, 2013
I don’t see it as a chore. Fitness never was my problem, eating was.
So much for all those ads – just walk and lose weight. When I decided to get serious about my weight, I was already RUNNING 20 miles a week and hauling around a bunch of extra pounds while doing it. I also had to confront the attitude of “you’re so fit, you don’t have to lose weight.” I really wanted to believe that. There was one problem. I was fit 25 pounds ago, so why did I need to drag those pounds around now?
I had been active since childhood except for a brief period in high school where I succumbed to peer pressure and gave up sweaty sports in favor of sitting around trying to look pretty. While raising a young family, I walked, biked, swam, did aerobics and circuit training. I wasn’t an elite athlete by any means, but I liked being in motion. I discovered running in middle age when my daughter joined her HS cross country team.
Sadly, as the saying goes, you can’t out-train a bad diet. I also learned that exercise can’t make up for consuming huge quantities of healthy food either.
I like the fitness tracker and use it every day for actual workouts. I don’t record steps or other activities of daily life. In my head I have another measure that’s equally helpful to me..
I have to run one 10 minute mile to burn off one chocolate chip cookie. It takes 3 of those miles for a cup of ice cream. If I walk at my 15 min/mile pace I need to put in more time.
Exactly how much more? That ice cream and cookie requires 40 min of running or 90 min of walking to balance it out.
Fortunately, even at age 65, I still like exercise, just about all kinds - outdoors or in the gym. Even the treadmill and stationary bikes are OK in bad weather up to an hour anyway.
However, I’m realistic about what it will do for me. As I wrote yesterday, I love nutrition tracking. It’s a good thing too because only by keeping the nutrition and exercise in balance will I keep moving in the right direction with my life.