With the first long weekend of summer just ending, I’m thinking about my weekend health habits – or maybe the inconsistency in what my weekends look like – and wonder what the end of summer will look like. There will be two more long weekends and two glorious weeks of vacation that will be as unstructured as my usual weekends. And this worries me a bit. (A lot.)
I don’t think that anyone plans to become unhealthy. There was that woman who fantasized about weighing 1,000 pounds but I think we can file her under “results not typical”. There is a big difference between not planning to be be unhealthy and planning to be healthy. I need to think about what plans I need to put in place to continue to be healthy in the midst of outdoor festivals, visits with friends and families and on the hard-to-imagine days when I have no place I have to be.
It’s been almost a year since I joined Losing it in Ottawa and there have been many changes in my life. I’ve lost weight and inches. I developed a series of habits that have enabled these changes but for most of the time, I’ve been in a well-structured life. Remember that we lauched Losing it just after BlogHer so that we wouldn’t have to contend with a conference (and parties!) at the same time we were trying to turn our lives around. BlogHer 2011 is just around the corner and I’m wondering if I have the motivation and tools to get through.
No, that’s not accurate. I know that I can get through. I’m an adult who decides what to eat and whether to exercise. I can’t allow myself to create a story in which the helpless damsel (that’s me) is the victim of an unscrupulous step-mother/Queen (that’s the treats and leisurely lifestyle). I’ve always said that running is my anchor and I’ll honour that truth. Even when it’s hot and humid – which I hate – and even when I have guests or am with friends. I’ll continue going to Curves three times a week because muscle burns calories, even at rest. I’ll make more of an effort to try classes out at Goodlife because they might be my new passion.
In terms of food, I am going to eat a good breakfast and make either lunch or dinner a meal of which to be proud. Sometimes, I’ll eat a decadent breakfast, though, because I love breakfast but it will be with intention. I will have treats but not every day and I’ll eat only the part of each that makes me think “Wow!”
I’m also going to listen to the wise women who share their ideas right here. I will love my body as it is now, just like Vicky said I should. I’m going to look to unorthdox fitness tips that Coreen offered up and I’m most definitely going to follow Sara’s social media diet and, like Sasha, trust that success begets success. And in the heat and easy living, I’m probably going to have to fight the weight loss apathy that Lara mentioned and find the attitude that Jenn talked about.
It’s going to be a long, hot, lazy summer. I’m looking to the rest of you for some help, too. Do you have plans to stay healthy that you are willing to share?
Tale of the scale
In my last post, I wrote about being impatient with floating around my goal weight. I cut back my calories for two days, lost 1.5 pounds, was grouchy to one and all and felt dizzy when I attempted to exercise. It wasn’t a success. At all. I’m not hungry enough for the weight loss to toss my family’s feelings and my exercise plans aside to achieve it. But I kind of like knowing that I could hit that magic number if I wanted to badly enough.
I’ve been hitting my step target (yes, I’m still pedometer-obsessed) but not getting in as many visits to Curves as I planned. I’m going to work on that. I joined Goodlife with the intention of trying some classes and running on the treadmill when it’s crazy hot. I’ve been more successful in the latter. I’ll have to decide by October which of the gym memberships I’ll keep. Two is kind of crazy but the price for 5 months seemed do-able as a trial.
I ran seven times in the last two weeks, including a long run that was 2km longer than intended when my group missed a turn. I’ve started running non-stop on shorter runs. I love that I can do 5km non-stop. My time to complete this distance is dropping and I know have a “longest-ever” continuous run distance to aim for each week. I’m easily amused and so these new records motivate me.