Eat Well, Move More











{July 2, 2012}   Jillian kicked my arse

Oh. My. Goodness.

I’ve spent the past few months trying to work back up my stamina. I’ve progressed from a few minutes of walking a day to nearly an hour a day, at least 5 days a week.  I’ve only had one episode of debilitating pain and fatigue that kicked me down.  I thought I was ready to step it up to the next level of exercise, so I picked out a workout DVD from my collection of DVD’s.

My choice today: Jillian Michael’s Biggest Winner series.

I chose it for its combination of large and small muscle group exercises, and for the simplicity of basic exercises. The last thing I wanted was fancy footwork or complicated combinations. I am so uncoordinated these days.

Jillian kicked my arse. I only made it half-way through the first DVD this morning.  I stopped a couple of times, pausing to catch my breath, then rejoined. I had to stop at the point that I was dizzy.

I’m not  sure if I was pushing myself too hard or if my asthma was to blame.  Nevertheless, I got more of a workout than if I had not done it at all. I will try it again this evening after work.  And I’ll continue to try, over and over.

Something to keep in mind about workout DVD’s: You can pause. You can take a bit of a break (while still moving around, walking to keep your heart rate up) and rejoin it. It is also OK to stop when it gets to be too much, cool down, stretch, and go back to it another day.  Just don’t give up easily.

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{June 10, 2012}   Bloggity Blog Blog

Tonight’s stir fry dinner with chicken, bok choy, celery, carrots, orange bell pepper, green onion, snap peas, water chestnuts over jasmine rice. Sauce was a simple citrus ginger-soy sauce.

I hadn’t intended to let days, or even weeks, go by without posting to this blog.  The past couple of weeks have been stressful, full of busy-ness and interruptions. The desire to write has been buried under a mountain of comfort food. There has been pizza, macaroni and cheese, lattes, and ice cream. That in itself is not a bad thing,  if in moderation. I’ll admit moderation has not been my strong suit lately. The walking, however, has been consistent, increasing in both time and distance.  I’ll give myself a pat on the back for that, as I get the eating well part back on track. Tonight’s dinner, for example, was far more satisfying than the pepperoni pizza I had consumed several days ago.

Life does get in the way, but I think I need to make myself a commitment to regularly update this blog. I’ve decided that twice a week should be the minimum.  So this week, I’ll resume with the photographs meals, slip in a few recipes, and share my workouts.

I also owe myself, and whatever handful of passerby’s, a few “before” photos and measurements. Tracking my progress is necessary, so that I don’t lose my motivation.  I don’t like photographs of myself, and my body image issues are creeping up again.  I have a couple of creative ideas for posting my “before” photos, and I hope they turn out well.  I should have those up later this week, as well as my “starting point” measurements.

Now, how often to update the “progress”?  Weekly seems to frequent. Monthly perhaps?



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