Whoa, snow. I don’t know how it is elsewhere, but we got a crapton of snow, and then it became Siberia.
So, I figured today was as good a day as any to talk about what to do when you legitimately can’t get to your usual workout. I’ve not gone on my walk for several days now-not so much because of the cold (I know how to layer, etc), but because of there being just so much snow, and even though I live right in town, the roads are still snow covered and I’m just the person who’d bust my ass in a pile of snow somewhere.
So, I am going to the ever handy stairs I have right in my house. Improvising is kind of a must, I think, because situations change. You can’t always get to the gym, or whatever your normal workout routine is, but I know that I am all too quick to say, “Welp. No help for it, I guess today’s an unscheduled rest day.” It’s something I’m working on, so I am assuming it’s something someone else is working on, too.
When I first started, back in March, I was still afraid of trying to walk a full mile. I mean, I literally had to “recover” the day after going grocery shopping because just the act of walking around the grocery store made my back hurt and my ankles hurt. So what I did was I would spend 20 minutes walking from my front door to my back door. I have an old house, so it’s pretty much a straight shot, but it’s doable in any house or apartment. Pick a length and a duration and do that. Wear a backpack full of books if you want a challenge (I have 2.5 lb ankle weights that I’ll wear like bracers, myself. *grin*).
Seriously, and this is more for me than it is for any of you, there really is no reason you (or I), can’t work 15 minutes of walking up and down the stairs, or back and forth through the house, or get in some quick squats.
I don’t know how it is for you folks, but for me, “I can’t.” almost always really means, “I don’t want to try.” And I’m working hard this year to change that attitude.
When I started blogging back in March, I honestly did not expect to keep it up. I’ve never been able to keep a journaling schedule, and I have tried many times. I’ll go good for a while, then I’ll start slacking off, then I’ll find that I haven’t written anything in three months. So, the fact that I’m still actively writing is fairly astonishing to me, and well worth celebrating. 🙂
To get ready for this post, I was looking at my first posts to see what’s different, what’s the same, that sort of thing. First off, I didn’t eat pizza when my gents ordered out. This is hilarious to me because I *did* eat a piece of pizza last night-we actually ordered out for the first time in probably 2 months. That’s one of the things that’s changed a lot since I started this blog-we eat out a lot less than we did, and generally when we do, I’m pretty mindful of what I order.
Another thing that’s changed, is in that same post, I note that I weighed 381 pounds-I weighed 352 on Monday. So there’s that. Something that came up consistently in the early posts is that I struggled to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I’m pretty proud to say that I have that done by noon usually, and my daily minimum now is 12 glasses of water. I very rarely don’t make that (and when I don’t, it’s always because I don’t plan ahead and take water with me when I know I’m going to be out. :p ) I think getting enough water makes a huge difference in how I feel physically. If I don’t get enough, I tend to feel heavy and slow and just kind of icky.
My 100th post came during the summer at a time that I know now was kind of filled with this crazy focus on the scale, therefore I got discouraged and frustrated all the time, and that post kinda showed it, I think.
I also posted a “before and after” kind of face pictures, using a photo from Christmas 2009, and one of the most recent of the million selfies I take on Instagram. (Haha) It kinda made me laugh, too, because things have changed for me in other ways. So, I took that comparison, added a photo I took of myself in March, when I started, and added the newest of my selfies. *grin* The thing about all the pictures I’m taking of my face is that I actually like my face now. I don’t cringe when I see pictures of myself anymore.
In another 100 posts-I would like to be farther along the path to the healthiest me, and still actively posting here. I’d like to have to gripe about needing to buy new clothes AGAIN. I’d like to blog about how awesome it feels to walk longer distances, and I’d like to blog about how content I continue to be with myself, my changes and my life. 😀
Have a great weekend, folks. We’re supposed to get something like 6 inches of snow this weekend, so maybe we’ll build a fort in the backyard. :p (Or at least, shovel the driveway. *grin*)
So, I noticed yesterday that my 200th post is coming up sometime in December (This is post 187, I think, or 186.). I don’t know what I’ll do for that, but it has gotten me thinking a bit and looking through some of my past posts. I went through a period of time where I would just get depressed once a month or so, and I chalked it up to hormones at the time, but I really think that it was part of feeling like I was on a diet and all of the emotional bullshit that goes with that.
I feel, lately, like I may have turned a corner on this path. I’ve weighed myself every morning this week. And it feels like a tool, rather than a judgement. I can feel my focus switch from watching the scale (and basing all my choices on what the number says), to watching my body change, watching myself get stronger, seeing all the ways in which my fairly new confidence (which is, interestingly, not the same as bravado, but can look the same from the outside. *grin*) adds to my quality of life.
On that fairly positive note, I’m gonna go eat breakfast, and then see what needs finished up jewelry-wise because we set up for the holiday bazaar at the gallery on Monday. 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
It looks like posting in the morning is going to be the routine now-it seems to work better. At least I’m less likely to forget to post. 😀
Saturday was kinda cool in that I spent the afternoon with some of my sisters-in-law, while they scrapbooked and I messed with the silly gift tags for the Gallery and the etsy shop. I am totally going to do something else next year. ha! 😀
Yesterday we drove a couple hours to see one of my nieces on her 10th birthday, and hang out at her party for a bit. She’s one of the friendliest, most kind hearted kids I know, I give amazing kudos to my brother and his wife for being remarkable parents. 😀
There was pizza and cake and ice cream and soda. I had a cup of soda (sprite, I think, because I thought it was water. lol), and some ice cream. I wasn’t sure if I was just being contrary by not having any cake, but then last night hubby pulled out some Gingerbread M&Ms, and I had some of those (Seriously, they’re tasty. I made him take the rest to work! *grin*), so I’ll just say that’s why I didn’t eat cake. 😀
We drove home, staying just ahead of what was a pretty terrible storm for much of the state, well midwest, I think. It was super windy-we were watching the semi trucks around us just swaying like crazy. I’m thankful, though, that our little town didn’t get hit very hard at all. I think there are a few folks who lost power (We never lost it, but it did flicker quite a bit), and maybe some trees down. Now, this morning, it’s cold (It was in the 60’s for much of yesterday), and I think I’m going to make some ham and beans for supper. 🙂
Oh, it’s also The Day of Scale! I lost a pound after last week’s gain, so Yay!
Now I’m off to get some work done, and have some coffee. Have a great day, folks!