Optimize my exercise!
Thursday, June 09, 2016
I'm doing this 30-day Plateau Busting Challenge even though I wasn't really stuck on a plateau, but I figured what the heck let's take a look at this. So I'm a little over half through the challenge and today's thing to do is to write a blog about exercise...
I think I've been overdoing it the last couple of days. I really worked hard on Tuesday and yesterday getting ready to shampoo a carpet. I vacuumed and did spot cleaning, carried the shampooer up a few steps, and then yesterday I actually shampooed the carpet. I also had to find the big fan. I took it apart and cleaned it from the inside out so it wouldn't blow grease and grime back onto the clean carpet as it dried. I had planned to repeat this process today. Of course I don't need to clean the fan again, but the heavy vacuum and shampooer need to be moved around to do the carpet in another upstairs bedroom. I'm not up to it this afternoon... My back is yelling at me!
I think I need to look at today as a rest day! Rest days are important and I already spent a couple of hours outside in the garage standing on my aching feet and knees pointing out to a young man the things we are getting rid of out there. He packed the back of his pick up truck with stuff!!! That's a non-scale victory for me! Decluttering is something I decided to do and it's helping me clean the cobwebs from my mind and clearing up space in our packed and crowded garage and house! I think we have one more load of household items to go!
As to my other exercise... I've been doing more videos since the Spark People format changed because the names of the coaches and more videos of different kinds seem easier for me to find. I think this part of the change is more streamlined and I like the way we can save videos to our own workouts and get points there as well. I still do chair exercises and use some of the YouTube videos from the Chair Exercise Team, and I've started doing Pre-op Knee Exercises as suggested by the Knee/Hip Replacement Team. I also belong to The Knees Team and they have good suggestions as well and lots of camaraderie for those of us in chronic pain. I walk some with a cane and some without my cane if I'm in the house and feeling up to it. I always take my cane when I leave home to help with steps and uneven ground. It also helps with balance when my glasses and eyes can't keep up with my quick moves. ; o ) lol
So today will be a slower day for me, but I will EXERCISE MY MIND and rest by back, knees, and feet by READING THIS INTERESTING BOOK on learning new skills: The Practicing Mind, Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner. I've nearly finished the book and it has been very enlightening. If we as Spark People want to make changes in our lives we need to be open-minded and aware of where we are on our wellness journey and where we want to be. Then we need to make changes and practice daily! One of the book reviewers, Michael, J. Gelb, who is also an author said. "As you embrace the process-oriented approach described in The Practicing Mind, you'll achieve better results in any endeavor." Isn't that what we want? We want to see a change in ourselves. We want to weigh less, feel better, and be healthier people. When we learn what to do and practice doing it we get results if we stick with it and help ourselves and one another.