For Lack of a Better Title, I'll Call This #1
Thursday, February 23, 2012
So I just read an article in the Daily Spark by a member whose name I already forget (sorry!!) about how blogging has helped her lose 50 lbs (see, I remember that much!!). And I have been a bit of a prolific blogger at times in my now FOUR!! years here on Spark, but that weight loss still eludes me.
But I find myself with tons of stuff that seems to be trying to crawl out of my brain, so here I am trying to figure it all out, again!!
I've been on a kick where I've exercised for most all of February every day except Sundays (my insisted upon day of rest). I did miss this past Monday, because, as I've always said, if I don't do it first thing in the morning, I am very unlikely to do it, and I was unable to do it first thing on Monday and never got back to it.
I've squeezed 10 minutes in on days when I was completely out of time, and yesterday I got in 25 minutes, which is more than I've done in a long time. This time I am concentrating more on the quality of my workout than the quantity. I am feeling more accomplished for a really HARD 10 minute (or 15, or 20) workout than 30 minutes at less intensity. Of course, I do have the knee issue which for now has kept me only on the bike, but I do feel the need to try to branch out a bit, just haven't figured out all the heretos and what fors..
But I did see a spark article dealing with strengthening the knees, so I can say I think I have a little plan brewing. I'm going to keep up my time on the bike as I've been doing, as the streak has reached a pretty good point for me (mentally, I know I've missed some days, but I am more committed than I've been in a long time). I'm also going to try to put in this knee strengthening routine, and also try just a little bit of strength training soon. I'm going to spend some time making a plan I think I can live with, and then go for it.
Time is my issue, much more than a willingness to do the work. It might be hard to believe, but I have always enjoyed working out, but my schedule is jam packed. I know all the "put it on your schedule and stick to it!" advice, I hear it, but still, when you work full time and have a kid with a slate full of activities and a spouse that works about an hour plus from home, there are many days when that unfolded load of laundry seems more important than that 10 minutes on the bike. Might not be the best use of the time, but that is my reality. Anyway, I am not here to quibble with the sentiment, I agree with it, it is just not always my reality.
So my plan is to make my plan, and to try to use the next 4 days to implement it, even though we will be away at a hockey tournament, staying in a hotel that has a workout facility and undoubetedly, where I will be able to find some time.
Oh, and the eating. I have to say, for the last few days, it's been pretty good. I did slip a little last night, but as usual, it was because I should have gone to bed and not stayed up too late. That is not an issue much these days, because I have been so tired that I have been turning in early and I do love the sleep. But my pattern has always been that if I get into a good workout groove, much of the food takes care of itself. I have been thinking about joining Weight Watchers, but I'm still on the fence about that. I so know what I need to do, what I really need is the accountability of meeting the scale. So I'm still ruminating about all that. Will definitely publish my decision.
I'm going to try to make this a daily blog. Perhaps it will keep me focused more than I've been. As they say, we'll see..
Okay, #1 is in the books. I hope everyone has a day full of spark!