Baby It's COLD Outside
Friday, February 08, 2013
Well, we are in the midst of a big winter storm -- schools closed, snow deeper than the wheel wells of the car, the whole bit -- and all I can think about is that it means I can go snow shoeing again at least one more time before the snow disappears.
I used to be one to dislike winter intensely, although it was the grey days and icy sidewalks that fueled the aversion. (Back a few years ago when I needed a cane, I had a special attachment for it with little "cleats" that would dig into the ice when you were walking. Since having hip replacement surgery, I still have balance issues and I worry a little about falling, but thank goodness I am pain-free now -- and cane free!)
These days I like winter, especially when it snows -- but one thing I find with being 46 pounds thinner is that I really feel the COLD so much more than I used to.
All those extra layers of fat I was carrying around made for great insulation. I hardly ever felt uncomfortable if I was outside in the cold weather. Now, though, I really have to bundle up, even in the house, when it gets too far below freezing.
At the moment I am sitting in front of my computer with two pairs of socks on my feet, and I am wrapped in one of my warm, handknit shawls (a specialty of mine) despite also wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt under my heaviest hoodie. In the days when I topped 195 pounds, I never used to worry about wearing extra clothing to keep warm. (Summer was a different story. Maybe I will find the heat more tolerable this year than I have in the past. We shall see.)
Anyway, in spite of the weather, DH was kind enough to drive me to the gym that is five minutes away (not our regular location, but one that our membership entitles us to use) and pick me up again after I'd had a good workout -- a half hour doing lower body work on the weight machines, and a half hour of cardio on the treadmill.
Yesterday I did an upper body workout, including my 50-pound bench presses, and some cardio. However, on Wednesday I had a "rest day" and did no extra exercise at all. I don't usually take time off from my daily workouts, so I get little twinges of guilt sometimes when I do, even though I realize that taking a short break every now and then is nothing to feel bad about.
I have still met my calorie-burning goals for the week. Some of my cardio was on the recumbent bicycle, and I am using a tool other than SparkPeople to calculate how many calories I burn with weight training. (I do not feel that SP provides good or accurate information on that, so I looked for an alternate source.) Now I am adding in the extra calories burned that SP does not allow for.
Of course these are arbitrary decisions on my part, but this is the way I manage my diet and exercise. People have all kinds of ideas about what works, and I say thank goodness for that! We are all doing the best we can to be our healthiest selves, and that's a GOOD thing.
Keep on Sparking!