Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Plateaus stink. It's way more fun and interesting when the number on the scale goes down regularly and in a most spectacular fashion. Frankly, I'm not afraid to admit that I'm all about instant total gratification. Unfortunately, March was a scale-not-moving month.
Klean Kanteen bottles rock! After reading several articles about how polycarbonate (including my beloved Nalgene) bottles leech bisphenols into the water I carry with me every day, I couldn't bring myself to keep using those plastic/Lexan containers. Plus, I'm drinking so much more that I'd finish off that smaller bottle soon after lunch. After payday, I splurged and bought a 40oz stainless steel bottle – I love getting 5 cups of water out of the way during my workday. When added to the 2 cups I drink with breakfast, I'm down to needing only one cup before bed . . . so I don’t have to wake up 4 times a night to run to the loo.
Early in the month I noted improvement in my power walking. I could do approximately 2 miles in about 40 minutes, compared to the 60 or so minutes it took me in January. Heh - I guess this means I should start walking 3 miles in my 60-minute walks. Guess I have my challenge for April.
I'm also learning the SparkPeople habit of finding exercise opportunities as I go about my day. I stopped to have my tires rotated, and it turned out that I needed a set of new tires. Since I was already dressed for the gym, I figured I'd rather be walking than just hanging out in the waiting area. I walked through the strip mall, around Sam's Club and the movie theater, making several loops to kill more time and up my mileage. (My observations aren't as lyrical or profound as Lab-Lover’s description of urban sprawl in Florida, but I'll note here that among the vast acreage of cement and asphalt I discovered a penny, a small rubber ball, and a metal spoon on my walk. Seeing that the tire purchase wasn't in the budget, I was quite disappointed that I didn't find any paper money in the bank parking lot.)
Life threw me another curve ball this month, so I dropped out of sight for a couple of weeks and focused on other stuff. Enjoyed one too many meals out and have several pounds of penance to re-lose – oh, you pounds of calzone evil, how you mock me with your mushroom goodness! (Anyone here remember The Tick?) Surprisingly I'm OK with a slight gain – I needed to shake up my routine, work through my overall bad attitude, and find my center again. April is a new month, and I shall continue my journey with renewed energy and determination.