Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I came across some old exercise journals today and was curious to learn how much I knew way back when. I had 80 or so "rules for myself" that I had developed from self observation of my habits and exercise patterns. I focused on intensity and duration. I mixed handweights and cardio. Biking, jogging, and swimming. Jogging was my favorite form when younger by far. Walking I never saw as strenuous enough to make it feel like I had accomplished anything significant. I didn't count or pay too much attention to calories. I tried to limit alcohol however.
I was certainly aware that job stress played a major role in weight issues and exercise was an answer for both issues.
I undervalued or avoided keeping track of my weigh, although I had periodic measurements of my Cholesterol levels and BPs. They were OK so I figured weight was not a big issue i had to pay attention to? I think I knew what work it would be so I was content to "keep it manageable" even though I had slid into obesity range. I rarely mentioned or recorded it. Denial is more than a just a river, as Stuart Smiley used to say.
Retirement for me has really given me the opportunity to ramp up my focus on health issues and knock off significant weight compared to earlier in my life. I figure I am down to 1990 weight right now at 200ish pounds, having been as high as 235 several times in my life. 175 is only several months away. Slow but sure is the key!