Sunday, March 03, 2013
I'm on Day 428 of my exercise streak. I started last year on New Year's Day, 2012. I'm following Sparkpeople's suggestion of doing at least 10 minutes of exercise a day, but usually I do more. A lot more.
February exercise minutes total was 1,175 minutes. That's an average of 41 minutes per day.
Yes, some days I only did 10 minutes. That's the beauty of it! Do SOMETHING every day and it gets to be a habit.
In January I had more energy and I averaged 51 minutes per day.
I'm starting to recover faster from my aikido classes, so I hope that means I'll be able to up my exercise on other days. Being tired from aikido has really slowed me down. In aikido, I work the muscles in different ways and I'm feeling it!
I hope everyone is having a great month and that we all enjoy March.
In other news, we booked our trip to Paris. Exciting! I haven't lost ANY weight though. This past year, for the first time, I really do find that hard exercise makes me hungry as does being tired. I am finding it near impossible to keep the calories down. LE SIGH. I've tried all my old tricks of vegetable soups, fruits and airpopped corn. To no avail. I really have felt more hungry! And so far I have not felt motivated to be more strict on myself, because I am enjoying my level of activity.
Someone close to me went snowboarding all day and then only ate one boiled egg and a salad for lunch. She is thin. I just can't do it! I'm not willing to do it, either. I was thinking I may just have to accept myself at the size I am because after 2 hours of hard aikido, I'm not eating a boiled egg. I'm eating a meal.
I was talking to my girlfriend about it, and she too has been thinking along the same lines. She said, "Thin is not as delicious as a full life." I love that.
Now, I do want to be healthy, and a healthy BMI. I do need to get some pounds off. But I don't think I will ever be buff or have chiseled abs like one of my other friends. It's just not going to happen.
Because I know that when I die, I'm not going to congratulate myself on having said NO all the time (although I do say no a lot). There has got to be a happy balance. It's just not worth it to me to feel deprived all the time. And I can't sustain myself after heavy exercise with an egg and a salad.
I do say YES to exercise! Regular exercise. So glad it's a habit now.
(Besides...everyone my age who I know who is very lean, their faces appear gaunt. We lose collagen as we age. I don't want to look like a razor. Not that there is any risk of that ever happening to ME.)