Playing Many Parts

Day Two – Ice Skating??

Well, I didn’t “technically” go ice skating yesterday as my movement of choice, but I did skate across the ice for what ended up being an interval workout.  Let me explain. Yesterday in my neck of the woods we had an icy snowy mix of weather. It went from super cold, to only moderately cold, and back to freezing again. So, my entire neighborhood was covered in ice by the time I got home from work yesterday. I needed to exercise (move) still and both dogs were looking at me just daring me to not take them out again.

I was concerned about the ice, but since my daughter bought me these amazing beauties bootsamazonpicfor Christmas, and they have GREAT traction. . .I figured I might as well walk the dogs for my movement.  So I went out with the intention of walking the dogs, but what actually happened is that I did some odd combination of skating and jogging and walking for 1.5 miles and accidentally got a pretty decent HIIT workout.  The skating and sliding and jogging was for a few 1 minute intervals and the walking slowly through the grass in some spots was also done in several 1 minute intervals.  Overall. . .I felt like I had done a pretty serious workout.  The dogs got a walk, my boots got broke in, and I got in a challenging workout!  Wins all the way around!

I’m Done Dieting (for now)

We will walk!

We will walk!

it didn’t work.  Here we are in the first week of March and in over 2 years of constant eating plans, I have lost no weight.  My son helped me remember that I also have not gained weight.  At my age, I guess that is a tiny baby step. . .to not have gained any weight in the past two years, but I need to loose.

It scares me to death to not have a plan, so while I refuse to diet right now anymore, I will at least eat as healthy as possible.  Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit and very little sugar, flour and processed foods.  What I am going to do differently now is focus on movement.  I want to walk my dog daily.  I want to dance daily for health and for fun and because that makes me happy.  I want to build some basic muscles that will help me stay fit and I want to do at least a couple of days of yoga a week.  3 days a week at work I will do my muscle building.  Every night after work while dinner cooks I will dance.  Every night I will walk the dog after dinner and on my days off (2 per week) I will do yoga.  I am committing to this plan for 2 months, like I did the No-Carb Diet and will see what those results are.

Exercise – A constant struggle

I guess if I loved exercise most of my posts wouldn’t be about all the weight I am always trying to loose.  But honestly, I think I am allergic to cardio.  It makes me feel sick, and don’t get me started on long distance running or jogging, it just isn’t for me.  Reading all over the web about people who love certain sports and find their way to a smaller waist through them is great too, but again, that isn’t for me.  So what is a woman to do?

I do like to dance, so maybe that could be something?  I am not a good dancer by any stretch, but most songs with a strong beat have me bopping along with them.  So, I am trying to turn this into exercise, and I am finding that I really enjoy it!  Lucky for me, there seems to be a ton of super talented folks on YouTube who are willing to share their videos.  I am not a big Zumba fan, but it seems that several instructors have choreographed some easy to do workouts to some of the top pop hits.

The best location for finding good video workout recommendations is Shawn Johnson over at The Body Department.  That is where I found The Fitness Marshall and his sort of awesome videos:

Discouraged and Can’t Loose Weight

I am 40, weigh about 180, and am only about 5’4″ so I am overweight.  I have struggled with weight and self image my entire life.  I wish I could say that I have reached some higher ground and accept who I am, but I know I need to be at a healthier weight.  I know I can get there, but I do seem very stuck where I am.

Currently, I am walking a bit, going to Zumba for 40 minutes once a week and doing some occasional weight lifting.  I have been doing a lower carb diet for about 4 weeks and am down a pound or two maybe.  Earlier this year, from September to December, I was jogging about 3 miles 5 times a week at a 15 minute mile pace, but haven’t got back into that and won’t until it is warm in the Mid West again.  My reason right now for wanting to get in the best shape I can is two-fold.  First, I would like to look my best at my daughters wedding this summer.  Second, my husband and son love to wakeboard and I wold very much like to join them this summer by participating as well.

I hope you all don’t mind, but I am going to use my blog to chart my progress.  My hope is that I will be more accountable if it is “out there” somewhere, and if I am successful, maybe someone else will benefit from what works for me.  If you are reading this and have tips or advice, please comment away!

My plan of attack is to begin this week with a 50 carbs a day or less diet for 2 weeks.  After that, I will slowly add more carbs, first with fruit and yogurt and watch how that goes.  For exercise, I will keep doing my Zumba class weekly, I also plan to add 2 more sessions of that a week since I enjoy it and will attempt to add a long walk in daily.  Here goes nothing. . .

12 Mile Walk – I Love Sundays

I couldn’t decide yesterday if I could really forgo my 60 minute run and instead walk with my daughter, but I am so glad I did.  I had my mind stuck on how many calories I would burn during my long run, until I looked up how many I could burn just walking with my kid.  I had no idea how amazing it would feel to not only walk for so long, but to spend so much time getting in touch with someone else and nature.

One amazing snapshot from our walk.

One amazing snapshot from our walk.

Our walk was along a long winding road in the middle of West Michigan.  With the leaves beginning to change color and the wind blowing just a tiny bit it was an amazing 3 hours.  My daughter and I started our walk just catching up on life and discussing upcoming events.  As we got further along the road though, we fell into a very comfortable silence and both just settled in to experience life.  It has been a long time since I have felt such a sense of peace and at the end accomplishment.  I walked 12 miles in three hours yesterday and it was one of the best 3 hours in a long time.

Want to clear your head and feel peace?  Take a walk, the longer the better!