31 Days - Learn, learn, learn! - January 22
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Today, Spark advises:
Learn something new that inspires you. If you want to quit smoking, for example, read about
successful quitters whose lives have improved, or about how smoking affects your health. Find new,
specific tips for your current stage.
Sometimes I think I've been at this for so long that there is nothing more for me to learn, even though I haven't had success, I am a "student" of many things, and the weight loss/exercise/living healthy area is certainly one of the subjects I "study" regularly. But as much as I say it, in my heart of hearts I don't believe there is nothing more for me to learn, for as with anything, the more you learn the more you realize you don't know and have to learn. So once you've mastered the basics, you go back, peel that layer away, and dig deeper and learn the science behind the basics, or the psychology behind the tips, etc.
As an example, I have been thinking a lot lately about the fact that I have had many periods of steady exercise, 30 minutes a day, 5 to 6 days a week.. My rudimentary understanding of the way this calories in/calories expended process works says that even if I haven't cut my eating down as much as I want to, even if I eat the same number of calories that I have been, it seems that the additional exercise should help me to take off a few pounds, but that does not seem to be happening.
So..I dug a little deeper and learned that the stuff that worked for me in my 20s and 30s, even my early 40s, doesn't work for a 51 year old perimenopausal woman.. I likely need to do one of two things: up my exercise TIME or INTENSITY. Thus my decision to try to get in 45 minutes a day on the days I do cardio only (M, W, F and Sa) and to sneak in at least 15, if not 20 minutes on the days I do ST (Tu and Thurs). I also decided to make a goal for myself getting in good enough shape to, if I can work out the time factor, be able to play senior women softball next fall. I started doing some research, and I found this really neat website written by a man who plays senior softball extolling the virtues of, believe it or not, yoga, as great training for softball, because it does a lot of core and balance strengthening. So now, I've decided to try to do some yoga..perhaps on Sunday, my traditional DOR, because it can be restful..
I haven't quite figured out how it's all going to fit together, but it's a plan.. And constant tweaking of the plan is good, because it keeps things from getting boring or monotonous..
So I encourage you to continue to read and learn and tweak.. even to do some things that are a little out of your comfort zone. You never know what you are going to learn that is helpful to you...and you never know where you are going to learn it.
Have a Sparky day!