Jul 19 2011
Okay, I need help so naturally I turn to you, the public. I have fallen off the exercise wagon and I MUST get back on. Earlier this year, I ran a half marathon. Then I “recovered” and “rewarded” myself for that for the next several months Now my body is in a state it hasn’t seen since I was last pregnant. Not pretty.
I will spare you the details of the actual weight number and the amount of huffing when climbing stairs. Let’s just say it’s all higher than it ever should be. At first I tried that supposedly motivating thing of “I’m not buying any new clothes at the bigger size to motivate me to drop some pounds to fit into what I have”. I caved. Bought the next size up. Then I tried that whole “It doesn’t matter what I weigh, people I know don’t judge me that way”. This is still true, but doesn’t mean I should be unhealthy. Then I did the whole “Life is too short to not enjoy each day” thing. I still believe that, but can’t enjoy life if I can’t keep up with the kids for all the huffing and gasping for breath as we play.
I can’t/don’t/won’t diet. (pick one) I enjoy food. I can watch portions some, but cannot seem to cut out types of food. Because of this, none of those diet type weight things work for me. I just can’t sustain long term a major change in what I eat. I have also learned that Mexican food and I should not be separated for over a week. It’s just a fact of life. I’ve accepted it and plan to work around it.
That leads me to the What To Do About It part of the post. I am totally ripping off/copying/modeling my friend Darryl’s 30 Days of Biking (#30DaysOfBiking on Twitter). H/T to his blog on all things cycling related Loving The Bike He is doing some really cool things there in the cycling world. My take on this is 30 Days of Moving (#30daysofmoving if you are on Twitter). I figure by my excellent calendar counting skills that we have about 30 days until the new school year starts. I will hopefully be greeting my new class of students then (I am nothing if not a positive thought leader) so I figure I need to get something started before then. My plan is to start this on July 22nd and go for 30 days in a row of moving. This means at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. You can do more if you are so motivated and it can be any form of exercise — biking, running, walking, swimming, spin class, rowing, weights, SUP, whatevs. Only rule is YOU MUST MOVE!!! And post your results, accomplishments, frustrations, bragging, etc. here on this blog or on Twitter (using #30daysofmoving) or on Google + circle or in Facebook group. Let me know if you want to be added to the G+ or the FB group. The main goal is to encourage each of us (including me) to keep moving. Once we have achieved our 30 days, we should be in the routine to keep it going. We can continue to keep each other on track and motivated beyond the 30 days, but this should be a good start.
What do you think? Are you in?
Disclaimer: Just in case you couldn’t tell by the above non-technical post, I am NOT a fitness expert or any kind of kinesiology major/degree-holder nor do I even know one well. So don’t join this thinking you are getting some sort real training or actual fitness advice. This is only for support for a lifestyle change or adjustment that I know I need.