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Alright, Cardio. You win.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

(Very minor) Tragedy!!

I wrote a really long, juicy blog entry covering many topics--my bad relationship with running, my dread of returning to the gym, my determination to fit cardio into my weight loss plan--and unfortunately the entire blog entry is lost in the interweb ether.

Well, I did learn a few things as I was writing the entry, so I'm going to skip to the good parts and leave some of the history for another day.

I used to believe that exercise just wasn't right for me during my weight loss journey. Exercise stresses me out and makes me very hungry, and I've had more success from tracking my food alone.

However, the key realization I had while writing my lost blog entry this morning was that I've never really tried exercising as a weight loss tool before, I've only used it as a training tool. I have a hard time just showing up and doing a moderate workout, I've always felt that this is copping out. However, I think that the key for making exercise work for me as part of my weight loss plan is that I need to fit it into my plan. I need to make sure that, especially in the beginning, my workouts are not so intense that eating within my calorie range feels like deprivation.

One of the action items from yesterday's Spark Coach was to come up with 5 different options for cardio, both in and out of the gym, so that I'll always have an option of something to do. Here are the 5 ideas I came up with:

At the gym:
1) Machines: stationary bike, stair stepper, rower, elliptical, brisk walk on treadmill
2) Classes: spinning, aerobics
3) Swimming (I'm most looking forward to this! One New York Sports Club in midtown has a pool, and it's on the subway line that I take to get to and from work.)

At work:
4) Brisk walk around the neighborhood. (I did this today for 25 minutes during lunch.)

At home:
5) Walk up and down the stairs in my apartment building. (for a shorter workout)

Anyway, I just signed up for New York Sports Club through work but I haven't been yet. I ordered a really cute gym bag that should be coming in the mail on Friday--and my plan is to go to the gym first thing Saturday morning! I'm looking forward to it... I guess. Hahaha! I feel like I'm laying in bed awake, knowing the alarm is about to go off, and I really just want to stay in bed... Lazy bones!! :)
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GREGGWEISBROD 7/5/2013 12:01PM

    Such a fantastic revelation, eh? Walking and other lower-intensity cardio options are in fact great for us! :-D I used to tell myself that this was copping out too, but then I wouldn't do anything at all as a result. That's the real copp out, doing nothing. Being active is like a drug I'm finding, and once you start, doing whatever you're comfortable doing, it only leads to new challenges and desires. I'm with you on your journey, and hope you manage to put in any kind of cardio into your days that you can manage. You rock! :-D

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