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Day 76 - What I Learned from not Exercising!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today I took a break from walking my usual 4 miles because I had to work 10 hours.

What I learned from not exercising...

1. I got lazy - as the day wore on, I felt lazier and tired. Any type of energy felt like a chore, a struggle just to get my butt off the chair and do some sort of work

2. I was hungrier - that could be because I was bored, lazy, and tired. The tiredness was not due to a lack of sleep.... Luckily I did not bring much food to pig out on!

3. I felt cranky - could be due to being bored, lazy, tired, and now hungry because I was bored

4. I felt caged - I was still able to go sit out on the back patio at work, which I did, and go for a car ride, which I did too... But I just felt like a caged being ready to pounce energy. I longed for going on my brisk walks and I couldn't.

Now my fears...

Once I get a new 40 hour work schedule (once I get hired somewhere...soon!), how will I combat the above feelings? Those feelings got me fat, and fatter, and fatter. It's a vicious cycle. I enjoy walking outside in the mornings and I feel that this sets me up for an amazing day. I suppose I may have to walk so very early in the mornings and watch the sunrises. But then once it turns too cold, then what?

I may join the gym and walk their track...I don't mind the treadmill but I don't think I am getting the full benefit since the "sidewalk" is moving and I am not actually propelling myself forward. I got the DVD Walking Away the Pounds and it is good but I don't think I am "walking a mile" according to the instructor. It takes me 20 minutes to walk a mile outdoors and 12 or 15 minutes with the DVD. (sigh)

Well, the good news I that tomorrow, I will go on my walks and contemplate on how I will manage my walking time once I do land that dream job! And I will also think about my plans when it turns too cold outside!

Deborah, MSW
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    I think you nailed it! Mapping your feelings and thoughts like that is so helpful in solving the issue. So now you know the importance of taking time to walk/exercise somehow. How to get in 4 miles? Maybe that is not possible, but 2 is better than none. And I think working out in the morning is a great idea if you are able. Good luck!

    I feel so fortunate I am able to walk to my desk-job, reading this post. That and stretches makes my workdays workout-days. I have found walking outside in the freezing winter is no problem when I have good clothes. Windproof on the outside, and at least 2 isolating layers underneath.
    1735 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    you can totally work it in with a full time schedule! it will take some adjusting, but it is definitely doable (if it takes you 20 mins to walk a mile, you could walk 2 miles before work, and get 2 miles in on your lunch break!)

    glad you found an exercise that you enjoy!!!!
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  • AJB121299
    Good luck
    1737 days ago
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