Just got back from the morning “Challenge Walk.” The challenge being, how long can I walk without having to pee LOL? Dang it. Am I the only one for whom this is a problem, especially with the morning walks? Anyway, the challenge was to go a bit farther today, which I did. And the walk still only took 1 1/2 hours–go me. The legs alternate between “oh something is loose in there,” to “dull ache, just keep going” to “glimmer of hope, feeling as strong as I did a month or so ago!”
Started the walk a little earlier than scheduled, since it was gray outside and showers were predicted. Around here, “showers predicted” can mean it stays gray all day, and then rains for about 10 minutes at 5pm. I was hopeful that we would miss the rain. No such luck. It started raining before we turned around, so half the walk was in the rain. It was fun. for a while.
Noah thought he deserved a treat after walking that far in the rain.
So now I am speeding things up a bit again, and heading out the door to the gym at 12:30 instead of at 2pm. Because today is a day you want to stay inside on the couch, with a nice fire in the woodstove. If I wait too long, I might not make it to the gym. But if I go early, there will be more couch time this afternoon.
I wanted to answer the question, “What’s the difference? between what I’m doing this week and my regular life. Because I’ve asked that question myself. Well, probably the biggest difference is time. I have an idea in my mind of how much time should be spent on exercise in real life. I am prepared to spend up to 1 hour a day, 6 days a week, because the NWCR says that most people that maintain their weight loss exercise an average of an hour a day. Okay. That’s more than I’d prefer to spend, but I’m willing to go for it. So that means that if I go for the long walk with Noah, I skip the gym. If I go to the gym, I limit the time there, because I still need to go for at least a short walk with Noah. If you look at the schedule I set out, I designated 4 hours for exercise. That’s just not gonna happen in real life, retired or not. I CHOOSE NOT to exercise that much. And yet, I wanted to challenge myself to be disciplined about exercise. To show myself that I indeed could take a long walk and go to the gym. And on a day that I did that much exercise, I could still eat a very reasonable amount of food, as long as I chose carefully, and made sure it was fuel (delicious fuel, but fuel nonetheless.) The other thing that’s a little different is “letting myself off the hook.” By preparing all the food ahead of time, and making the decision that there would be no additional cooking or baking during Spa Week, and also doing the house cleaning on Saturday, I freed up the time to concentrate on the exercise and the relaxing. Its just fun to be intentional sometimes.
Menu for the day:
- Breakfast: Katie’s Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl (sub’ing 1/4 cup of eggbeaters for 1/4 cup of almond milk.)
- After-walk snack: Cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and walnuts.
- Lunch: Red Lentil and rice salad by Vicky
- Afternoon snack with coffee (maybe at Starbuck’s?): apple with laughing cow cheese wedge and walnuts
- Dinner: Taco soup and honeydew melon
- Dessert: Gluten free Coconut cashew cookies by Vicky
Got the results of my mammogram. Most exciting words on the test results? “There is evidence of interval weight loss. “ Oh yeah, baby. Those words were music to my ears. And for those of you who are keeping track, yes, my last mammogram was November 2004. Oops. Oh, and the result of my mammogram was “normal.”
I’m off to the gym! Wish me luck. I might even get in the pool. Because the draw of those “tiny bubbles” afterwards is almost irresistible.