I fell off the regular exercise
wagon this summer…HARD.There are
certainly reasons for my downfall: I tweaked my back and neuropathy issues, but
there aren’t really any good excuses.Yes, my sore back plagued me for several weeks and it made it difficult
to walk for very long before it started to hurt.However, it didn’t hurt so badly that I couldn’t
walk at all!My feet hurt on occasion
but they didn’t hurt enough to keep me from walking, and yet I let these
reasons keep me from doing what I knew I had to do.
I’ve gained weight this
summer.Not a bunch, but just enough
that I feel uncomfortable in my clothes; just enough to make me feel bad about
myself.I’m not a thin person, and
haven’t been since I was in my early 20s.I don’t need to be a thin person, nor is that my goal.But when you don’t feel good in your clothes
and it causes you to think too much about it, then it’s a problem.
I’ve been focusing on what I’m
eating and how much of it to see if I can’t do something about this additional
weight.I would love it if I could just
lose about 10 lbs!(Jeez, how many
millions of times have I said that in my lifetime?)Unfortunately, the weight is stubbornly staying
where it is.I do feel better now that
I’m back to eating more mindfully, but I still have this damn gut!
Now that I’ve written this down
it makes me feel like a dolt that I didn’t make the connection sooner: if I
would just get back to regular exercise, then I will probably drop a few
pounds.Duh.So, 3 days ago I climbed back on my treadmill
and walked for 30 minutes.Then I did it
again yesterday…and again this morning.3 days in a row!That may sound
like it’s not a big deal, but when I look back over my summer I can see that
this is a good thing.I’m back to
working up to regular exercise and it feels great.
I spent some time this summer
working in my yard, as my back would allow.While any movement is good for us, I fooled myself into believing that
just because I wasn’t planted in front of my computer or in my recliner reading
all day, I was getting regular exercise.I wasn’t.
Getting regular exercise means going above and beyond our
regular day.It means walking to and
from work instead of driving.It means
taking a walk after dinner.It means
climbing on a treadmill, or other machine, EVERY DAY and getting a
workout.It means turning on an exercise video and doing the best you can to
I know that I may not lose these
extra pounds just by exercising, but I’m betting I will.Regardless of whether or not I do lose the
weight, I know that the added exercise will give me more energy, help my blood
sugars and clear my brain. I’ll feel better about myself. Do I have to?Yes, I do.
Yet again, I’ve been faced with
the realization that my snacking is out of control.Not only snacking, but my breakfast and lunch
choices haven’t always been stellar.I
noticed that I was eating more and more in the afternoon “just because” and not
due to blood sugar issues or hunger.Sound familiar?
So many of us have gotten into
the habit of not paying attention to what we’re eating.We eat on the run or in front of the tv (we
are definitely guilty of this one).Personally, I’m not so worried about my dinners because I seem to have
that down pat, it’s the snacking that has captured me again.I decided that I wanted to do something about
it and mindful eating is what I came up with.
A week ago I began paying
attention to what and when I’m eating.I
didn’t log what I ate, but instead I planned ahead.Each day I would write down what to have for
breakfast, lunch and snacks.I would
list 3 or 4 healthy things I could munch on if I felt the need for something
during the afternoon.As I ate each
thing I would mark it off the list.If I
wanted to snack and there wasn’t anything left on my list, then I wouldn’t
eat.Period.Did it work?Yup.
It really helped to have a list
of things I could eat each day.It’s not
like my kitchen is stocked with “bad” things to eat but without some control I
was eating too much.Remember, too much
of a good thing isn’t good.There were
days when I didn’t eat all the snacks listed.Score!Knowing in advance what I was
going to have for lunch took the decision out of my hands.This was especially helpful when I was really
hungry.When I’m really hungry I usually
grab the quickest thing which would often lead to overeating.
After one week of following my
plan, I feel that it was a great success!Only one time did I eat too much, but it was because I chose to eat the
whole meal as opposed to mindlessly munching.I feel better; less stuffed.I
feel as if I’m back in control instead of letting the food control me. My blood
sugar has been happier. I lost 2
pounds.I’m going to continue following
this plan for a while until I feel like I’ve regained the ability to make good
choices.This doesn’t feel like a set
back or failure at all.It feels like I
was able to pinpoint an issue and fix it.Yup, I’m awesome like that.