Tuesday, May 18, 2004

That Dreaded Four Letter Word... Exercise

Okay, so it's a wee bit more than four letters. 

Suzanne commented in my last entry that I had been putting None under my exercise for a little bit now, and she's right.  I hate to admit it but I was afraid to exercise.  I had hoped to break 280 by doing the extreme diet and no exercise, but it appears I've stalled.  The 1200 calorie diet was a good jump start, but won't work for the long run.

Bottom line, I need to work my body.  And the more I work my body the more I need to fuel it.  So it's time to go back up to 1800 calories and start my exercise routine again.  Not only to lose weight but to lose inches.  Way back in the winter I was working hard, doing my Pilates every other day, walking every day and doing the bike at least 6 times a week.  Ever since February I've fallen off the exercise wagon.

And it's really ridiculous that I've fallen away from it.  Way back when I was into it, I was lecturing my sister that she can't just wait around for motivation to come to begin her exercise regimen... she just had to do it.  Like Yoda says, There is no try, there is do or do not.  And I haven't being doing it. 

For some inexplicable reason it's hard for me to even make an exercise plan.  I know it's self sabotage, but it's almost painful to even think about getting back into the groove. 

But I gotta.  I just have to "do it". 

So here's the new agenda.  I'm going back up to 1800 calories a day, same fat and sodium requirements (no more than 30% and no more than 3000mg of sodium), maintaining that higher calcium requirement, and implementing the following exercise routine:

Pilates - Every other day 
Walking - Going to the park 5 times a week and walking at least 30 mins.
Stationary Bike - 5 times a week, starting off at 15 mins until I train myself back up to 30 mins.

All this begins tomorrow with the new calorie requirement.  I have a weigh in tomorrow, it's the 20th and so it's picture update day, and that will be the starting point. 

Gretchen brought up about not weighing so often, and I even mentioned that to Steven the last time I went to weigh in.  I told him maybe I should only do it once a month.  He doesn't seem to think I can hold out, and he's probably right.  One thing I think I can do is limiting the weigh ins just to my "update" dates - the 1st, the 11th and the 20th.   Hey, it's a start.  LOL  We'll see how long I can hold out.  Let the betting pool begin.  :)

My father in law also suggested maybe not buying that size 14 dress yet, but buying something that is in the next size smaller.  I like this idea.  I have to buy new clothes anyway, and it'll be a lot quicker gratification than waiting a year to wear something.  So I'm off to find something cool in a size 24.  So thanks, Dad :)

DAILY AFFIRMATION: I am changing my body into what I want it to be.

Calories: 1268 / 26% fat
Sodium: 2410mg
Calcium: 879mg
Water: 48oz
Exercise: None


grettysk said...

You are TOO funny!  I hate that FOUR letter word, too.  It's the hardest thing for me to do right now...my intentions are FANTASTIC...my follow through SUCKS!  I am thinking of you, SISTAH...and you continue to motivate ME...thank you so much.  I am starting to use FIT DAY now, and like you...I LOVE IT!  Also...a suggestion...and I am so FULL of them, huh?  (feel free to tell me to SHUT IT if you want...hee hee)  Your exercise goals sound so good...and probably doable...but since this is a difficult area...could you start out with something a bit less.....like your aerobic type exercise(bike) 3 times a week.  I THINK that is the minimum that will benefit your body...not sure...but you KNOW anything is good for us.  And if you can walk at least 3 times a week for SURE...and if you do more...GREAT!  And maybe Palates, the same.  Smaller goals to make sure you succeed and gradually change them by adding on.  Then you can keep motivated by your success.  Just like the size 24 dress!!  Love that idea.  You deserve those positive strokes, Gin!!!  Thanks for helping ME. :)  Gretchen xo

bolinbolincd said...

Hello it's Cathy,
I know where you are coming from, I just got back on the exercise wagon, I will say I'm doing well, and it really does feel good to do it again.  I have bought my clothing a size smaller, and I try them on ever two weeks to see how close I am to fitting into them.  I personally only want to be a size 10, size 8 is the lowest I want to go, but it will take me sometime to get to the at size.  You can do it, your an awesome person, have a great personality, and a terrific friend.  Get on the wagon, and walk it off, I know you can do it!!!!
Love & Hugs,

sjburgess51 said...

<<<Ginger said,"All this begins tomorrow with the new calorie requirement.  I have a weigh in tomorrow, it's the 20th and so it's picture update day, and that will be the starting point.">>>
Hi Gin!
 I think I hear a drum roll and a TA-DA about to happen!  I'm hoping for the best!  I love the photos best, they show us you loss more accurately than those scales do!  

Good luck!

rogueapbt said...

I'm stuck on the exercise thing, too, right now, so I'm feeling your frustration about how hard it is to get started again. I remember, though, you were losing steady back when you were doing the pilates and using your pedometer and riding the exercise bike. We need to get a kick-fat exercise program going again, so we can be buff godesses! ;)