Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I've always been someone who was active, at least compared to most of my friends. I was the person who would walk to the grocery store (a mile and a half away) if I just needed teriyaki sauce for dinner that night.
I was the person who wanted to play catch in the back yard with my brother-in-law to pass some time. I never considered myself an athlete really but I dabbled at a lot of stuff.
As I got older things changed (sound familiar?) My work life became more involved and demanding. I became a better cook and realized I like cooking. I had more money and went out to dinner more, and cooked more (in college my best friend and I would often prepare macaroni & cheese out of a box and share that for two full meals - that was about the limit of my interest in cooking). I wasn't out dancing with friends until 2AM (boy, those were the days) any more. And I no longer weighed 110 pounds.
Yes, over the decades since I've been the classic "weight-creep" person. And when I look at how my activity and life-style has changed I realize that a lot of it has to do with being more sedentary than I used to be. I still walk a lot (compared to my friends) but I drive more than necessary. I have a gym membership & its really easy not to go. So when I read an article about "just keep moving" and thought "I can do this" I decided to try to add 40 minutes of extra movement to my day.
My plan was to set up my yoga mat behind my desk chair so I could stop & do some stretches for 5 minutes a couple of times during the work day. I planned on standing up and marching in place while swinging my arms or maybe doing standing lunges during commercial breaks while watching the tube. That was the plan.
My reality? I pulled out my yoga mat and spread it 3 feet behind my desk on Monday and I haven't used it once. Last night I remembered to stand up during a commercial once & marched in place. I just kept forgetting.
Boy I have years of concentrated sitting skills that I need to break. Think I'm going to do some yoga RIGHT NOW!