Week 4: fitting in physical activity
As I am writing this post, it is Thursday evening. This evening I have had a great urge to continue eating past 7 pm. I am not quite sure why, but the important thing was to own my choices and stick to takin care of my health.
This week, I have incorporated an extra round of walking during my breaks and lunches.
Since deciding on accepting my own challenge of becoming 25 pounds lighter, tighter and brighter, I have been consistent with my “exercise” plan.
Because my time is limited, I do not have a long extended period of time dedicated to exercise so I fit it in where I can.
During breaks and lunches, I walk in a quick pace around the mall. At first I started off with two mall rounds per break/lunch. This week I have started to add one more round per break/lunch. Last week I recorded that I would complete two mall rounds in 5 minutes. This week I have times each round to be 2 minutes.
Today I got an extended break so I walked 6 rounds during my last break bringing my day’s total to 12 mall rounds!
In addition to the rounds, I also walk up 41 steps when I arrive at work as well as after every break and lunch. Let’s do the math: 41 steps x 4 = 164 steps a day. So during the course of one work week, that’s 820 steps up and 820 steps down.
Do you see how daily physical activity can add up?
Now while I speed walk through the mall, I also swing my arms, stretch, so punching bag with my arms and breathe. I love the movement! And I love people smiling and commenting “good exercise, eh?” Or “that’s the way to do it!”
Make sure your exercise is fun 🙂
In the blog entry I wrote about working out at gyms in Mexico. I exercised a lot on machines, joined aerobics classes as well as walked everywhere!
I did lose a lot of weight by the time I arrived back to Canada. It was wonderful! A dream realized! I was on my way to a lighter body. But I was still struggling with eating and nutrition. my life was not balanced.
Physical exercise without taking care of your other nutritional needs can only provide so much.
But we all have to start somewhere. I think it was Louise Hay who wrote that detoxifying (she may jot have used that exact word) your life is like cleaning your house. It doesn’t matter which room you clean first. Just start somewhere. As you start, you will gain momentum.
Ways of incorporating regular exercise
Walking is functional
When I was a student I would walk everywhere because it was cheaper than taking public transportation. I would walk long distances for hours at a time.
I would continue walking for extended periods of time aright into motherhood. I love walking! It is how I get from one place to another. It is a way of relaxing. It is functional exercise.
Okay, it is now Sunday, January 26th, and here’s the report for today’s weigh-in: 163 pounds.
If you have been keeping up with my progress, last week I was at 158.5… Four weeks ago in December 30, I started from 163 pounds.
What is going on here?
Join me again next week as I take a look into what happened. In the meantime, I want to hear from you. What do you think could have caused me to gain almost five pounds in the course of one week?
Thank you foe reading!
Love yourself today and treat yourself right 😉