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Monday, 31 January 2011

It's a first...well kind of...

I have always made no secret of the fact that I'm not into exercise. It's not that I'm lazy, I just find exercise boring...and I hate that sweaty feeling that you get when you've been working out. Well, that and the fact that I'm stuck in a cycle of fat because I don't exercise and difficult to exercise because I'm fat. Anyway recently I decided to get out of my funk, quit whining and do something about my ever decreasing fitness levels.

Since getting sick in December I've lost 25 pounds, most of it through sickness originally, but then as my appetite came back i had to fight really hard to keep it off - before going for even more weight loss. 2 months later and I've lost 25 pounds now, so today I thought it was time that I embarked on an exercise plan. So, when I got home from work I went into the garage and dusted off my treadmill.

I'll be honest, my efforts were pathetic by most people's standards. But I did way better than I expected as I managed 15 minutes at a fair pace.  So this evening I'm pleased because I'm seeing some pretty good results from my lifestyle changes now. My weight is down, my fitness is better, I'm sleeping better and my blood pressure is lower (though it was also within normal limits before too...surprisingly!).

I've also been trying to work exercise into my daily life by doing more housework. I'm loving having a cleaner more organised house, and I get the benefit of FREE exercise too.

For those of you who are busy people, how do you squeeze in a little extra activity? I'm not necessarily looking for organised activities like the gym and classes, but ways to just generally be more active. There must be other improvements I can make.

Must dash, dinner is about to burn!


Jennifer said...

It's not what you're looking for, but I try to go to the gym every the ridiculous crack of dawn. It helps that I have friends there...who give me a hard time if I don't show up but they're also fun for chats and laughs while we're sweating.

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

Good for you! The kids and I have been going to the Y to work out. I've enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would!

Other than housekeeping, I don't ask anyone to do for me what I can do for myself. If the clothes need to go to the laundry room, I take them, etc. When we're shopping, I always park the furthest out in the parking lot. Not only because my van is a beast and can be a bit difficult to back up, but also because it gives me just a little bit more exercise. The kids and I also hike at least once a week. It's been a bit harder to fit in with the cooler weather, but necessary. When it comes to exercise, every little bit helps. Congratulations on the weight loss and I'm thrilled to hear that you're feeling better! Blessings! :)

Adori Graphics said...

LOL jen, no that is soooo not what I'm looking for, but kudos to you for managing to keep up with it!

Tonya, kudos to you to because it sounds like you make a real effort! I've decided to do the treadmill thing at the weekend and do vigorous housework for half an hour in the evening. At least that way I end up fit and with a tidy house LOL.

Amanda said...

Using the stairs instead of the lift whenever I can. Walking into town instead of driving (or rather being driven) and you save on parking too. Gardening.

Oh and the best thing you can do? Wear a pedometer and count your steps every day. Aiming for over a certain number of steps a day is a really great way to up your general fitness & exercise level and walking is meant to be one of the best forms of exercise plus it is free!

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