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Mix It Up or You WILL Burn out!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The same thing.
The same thing.
The same thing.

Does that describe your food choices?
Does that describe your exercise routine?

It DEFINITELY described MY food choices.
And it DEFINITELY described MY exercise routine.
In the past, that is.

I decided that THIS TIME and GOING FORWARD
I wouldn't let my diet
And my exercise


Recognize when I write the word "diet",
what I'm talking about here is "the food that I eat"
NOT some book diet.

EVERYONE has a diet.

I do.
You do.
The guy eating two boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese and a half gallon of Edy's does too.
Just not a particularly healthy one.

And just as eating a diet heavy on the boxed macaroni and cheese and ice cream isn't good.

Either is restricting WHAT you will eat to just a few things.
Even if those things are healthful.

Because eating the same thing.
The same thing.
The same thing.

Gets very boring.

And if you GET BORED with the food you eat.
You're likely to stop eating those things.
Those things that ARE healthful.
And start eating other things.
Other things that might not be so healthful.

So my approach to this is to mix it up a bit.
Different veggies.
Different fruits.
A varied lunch menu, meaning not always Subway subs.
Because I'm not Jared.
Nor do I want to be - not that I don't like Jared - because eating subs is expensive and, quite honestly, gets old.
So I still eat them.
Just not every day for lunch.

One constant is that I eat a lot of veggies.
And I encourage YOU to do the same.
Eat your veggies.
And to combat your sweet tooth...
Eat your fruit.

I like grapes, oranges, apples, bananas - standard stuff that you can generally find.
Plus berries - particularly blueberries and strawberries.
And kiwi - have you had kiwi?

Mix up your food choices folks.
Don't let it get old and boring.
And you know what?
You'll find that YOU like a lot more food than you probably thought you did.


At one point in my early twenties I rode my bike often.
It was easy for me to ride 60 - 120 miles in a week.
I was never a great cyclist.
But I did it often enough that I developed pretty good endurance on the bike.
For a not-so-great cyclist.

But I tired of the routes.
And eventually gave that up.

I had stayed between 92 and 95 kilograms without really worrying about what I ate.
Because I was burning a LOT of calories each week.
But then I got burned out.

In my thirties I walked a lot.
That was my primary exercise.
Walking the treadmill to nowhere.
And that can become very B-O-R-I-N-G.
I eventually got tired of that.

And guess what I did?

Yes, I gave that up too.

Now, in my mid-forties I'm ensuring I don't get tired of my workouts.

I DO walk on the treadmill but it isn't my ONLY exercise.
And having podcasts or TED videos or sometimes music helps
To take my mind off the fact that I'm
Walking on a belt
And going nowhere.

I've added the kettlebell to my exercise program.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the kettlebell.

And the medicine ball.
SMASHING the medicine ball into the ground is good fun.

And I've added the agility ladder to work on my footwork.
That gets the heart pumping.

Plus I walk the dogs when the weather isn't horrible.

And I've moved my weights out of storage and did dumbbell bench presses today.

And I'll probably add some other things along the way to keep it interesting.
And to work different muscles.

Folks, mix it up.
Don't let your diet or your exercise get boring and routine.
Because THAT is a recipe for backsliding into your old ways.
Try some new foods.
And try some foods you like in new ways.
Add some variety to your exercises.
And try something new that you've never done.

Do this and you might find some new exciting ideas for your menu and your workouts.

Keep it fresh and fun!

And hey...

Make it a great day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHERREE66 1/30/2013 10:41AM

    I love my Zumba DVD. I'm not the most graceful but its a lot of fun and really makes me sweat.

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STARSMEMBER267 1/29/2013 1:26PM

    I will keep that in mind. Thank you for the blog! emoticon

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FIRECOM 1/29/2013 10:58AM

    Great points. Now that I am in charge of our kitchen since DW had a stroke a few years ago, I am frustrated at coming up with different foods. I have gained a new, very positive, appreciation for all those moms who do this for years and years.

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HEYNOW22 1/28/2013 4:12PM

    I am lucky that I love love love to try new recipes - I just make sure the ones I try are healthier now - but the exercise I tend to get stuck thanks for the great post.

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INTHEGAP 1/28/2013 1:12PM

    Another great reminder, Matt, thank you! I, too, like most fruit EXCEPT Kiwi. ;) I can't say the same about veggies, though, but I am working on it. :) My city is building a very nice park SUPER close to me ~ so I can't wait until that happens. It will be so great to walk nice and close to home, for now I use my treadmill, as well as swim. Have a great day, Matt. emoticon emoticon

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MY1FAN 1/28/2013 12:16PM

    Great advice! I love changing things up.

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GINGERHAWK 1/28/2013 11:12AM

  This is a great reminder - it's so easy to fall into a rut, isn't it? I actually love a wide variety of foods and flavors so the diet part comes a little easier to me. The exercise, however, is a bit more tricky - I work on mixing things up but I'm not always as diligent about it as I should be. Your blog was just the reminder I needed to throw something new into my exercise routine this week. Thanks!

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SH9719 1/28/2013 10:20AM

    One thing I like about kbs over traditional weights is that you can vary what you do significantly and still exercise a lot of different muscles. Very few kb moves are muscle specific and you are usually doing great cardio along the way.

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 1/28/2013 10:04AM

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SUGAR0814 1/28/2013 9:47AM

    Totally agree with you on mixing it up! It keeps you motivated as well!

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LOSE2CRUIZE 1/28/2013 7:04AM

    Big fan of mixing it up!


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DEBRA0818 1/28/2013 7:03AM

    We do get tired of the same things -- that's what recipe books are for IMHO! I confess to being a little bit lazy about adding new dishes to our diet, but I'm always glad when I do. So, here's to a little adventuring in the kitchen!


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WRITEMANN1 1/28/2013 6:46AM

    RIGHT ON!!!

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MICKEYH 1/27/2013 11:58PM

    Great advice !! emoticon

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RUNNING-LIFE 1/27/2013 11:31PM

    Great advice- it's so true!

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DALID414 1/27/2013 11:30PM

    As an adult I've been giving food and veggies particularly a second chance. I'm not just saying I don't like blank. I'm saying I don't think I liked it as a kid, but I'll try it now. I learned I like cauliflower!

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DOVESEYES 1/27/2013 11:16PM

    It's good to see I'm not the only one who gets bored with exercise and food. That is how I found I love Kale, never had it before and pomegranate...mmm.. rockmelon is yum... but that green one...yuk.

With a couple of back problems I mostly walk and do zumba and weights, I try to do intervals of fast, slow, long, short to keep my body from getting the idea...

Thanks again Matt ----pearls of wisdom...

PS How are the bees? emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 1/27/2013 11:10PM

    I agree for the most part, however studies do show that when you are beginning a healthy lifestyle change that you should stick with healthy foods you know and like until you have formed a habit....if you go crazy by trying all sorts of new things too early in the game, chances are very good that you will get discouraged by always having to try new EASE your way into trying those new foods! Once you are used to it, then go hog wild! Lol

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BOOKAPHILE 1/27/2013 11:02PM

    So True!

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LOTUSBURGER 1/27/2013 10:52PM

    love it!!

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