Step forward or step back?

Monday, September 20, 2010

I didn't exercise today. At least, not in a traditional way. Instead, I spent 5 hours cleaning my boys' bedroom. I went through every toy and every book in their room, separated out the ones that the boys would keep from those that we would try to sell in a consignment sale from the ones that were broken and needed to be thrown away. Before I started the cleaning, you couldn't walk across their room without stepping on something. Now, you can walk, play, roll, lay down, exercise.... pretty much anything that you want to do on their floor without hitting anything.

The rest of my house is still looking really cluttered. But I know that some of that is because we're going through boxes and finding new homes for some things. I'm convinced, though, that by the end of the week when my in-laws arrive, I'll have an apartment that I'm not ashamed to show off. Vacuuming will be done of Friday morning while my boys are in PDO.

Part of me feels guilty because I didn 't do "official" exercise - no cardio program, no strength training, exercise of any kind. But I did eat decently (skipped breakfast, but between lunch, dinner and snacks I stayed at the low end of my calorie requirement) and I drank 8 cups of water so far (and I always bring some drink to bed - of late, that's been water).

I'm honestly not sure how much exercise I will get done this week. As much as I want to, getting my house in order is far more important at the moment. And, to be fair, I do work up quite a sweat when I do the housework that I've been doing. The work that I did today caused a lot of pain in my right hip and I had to actually nap with a flexeril to help the pain. I'm hoping that won't be the plan for the rest of the week, praying that the more work I do the more I'll get used to it. But I can't make promises.

So did I take a step forward or did I take a step back? I'm not sure yet. Forward in that I've done a LOT of work here in the apartment. I have something concrete that I can look at and say, "Yes, I DID do a good job, didn't I?" And forward in the sense that I'm still staying within my calories, plus I'm drinking my water. But the exercise... I don't know how to look at that yet. I guess it will depend on where and how I go from there.
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  • no profile photo DENISE.PG
    I think it counts! It may not fit the classic definition of exercise, but it's physical activity, which counts in my book :) Plus, you have something more to show for it than a slimmer body - the room is clean! :)

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    3102 days ago
    Sometimes life gets in the way and you just have to do your best! If you are too hard on yourself it will build on itself. Be proud that you did so well today and try to get your exercise in tomorrow! Good luck!
    3103 days ago
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