Back in the swing of things
Saturday, July 07, 2012
After my last blog, we had a really intense few of weeks at work getting ready for a customer event to be held the last week of June. I'm happy to report that I kept tracking my food throughout, and even kept up with my exercising until the final week. Surprisingly, I even came in slightly under my calorie range about half of the days in the final week. (And the event went really well, which was nice:)).
I was really suprised that my back didn't hurt at all during the week, even without any walking or physical therapy exercises - I think it was because I was on my feet much of the time, and it's the SITTING that aggravates my back! I noticed this when we returned from our trip as well - I had no pain the entire weekend of being on my feet sightseeing and in the airports, and the day I went back to work the pain started up again. So, I'm trying to make sure that I get up from my desk and move around every hour or so.
The other thing that surprised me is that even with all of the adrenaline and lack of exercise, my neck and shoulders didn't seize up. I had my massage on Thursday, and it was the loosest that I've been since I started seeing her about 8 months ago - I almost fell asleep on the table, I was so relaxed!
There is another thing that I've noticed: I seem to be able to walk faster/longer outdoors than on the treadmill. Hubby and I have been taking after dinner walks a few days a week for several months now, and they've gone from about a mile to 2.5! When I plug the numbers into Sparky, it tells me that we're usually walking at 2.8 mph or sometimes faster. When in the gym, I haven't been able to maintain 2.5 mph on the treadmill without hurting. So, I'm wondering - is it the artificially constant speed of the treadmill that's the problem? When walking outdoors, we walk a little faster here, and a little slower there, and there are also some slight variations in the terrain - could it be that the variation makes it easier on the body? It sure is strange!
Well, that's all for now - I'm trying to keep to my early bedtime even on the weekends - not easy when the Internet is at hand!