Turning The Wrong Way

Ridiculous story time.

Yesterday, I decided to run through the first kata (and yes, I know that’s what they’re called in karate, not in taekwando; I just don’t remember the Korean Word) I’ve been learning. It seemed like useful practice, and I needed to do something for exercise. So I take my stance and run through it. It goes well, and there’s enough room in my living room to do the whole thing. Bonus!

So I go through the whole thing three times. At the end, I’m feeling pretty good. And then it hits me. See, there’s two points in the form where you make a 270 degree turn, right? Well, both times in each run through – for a total of six times – I turn the wrong way. I went through the full 270 degrees, but stunned on the wrong leg and faced the opposite direction.

From an exercise perspective, it wasn’t wasted. But, from a getting it right perspective? Not so useful.

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All Aboard The Diet Train!

So, yeah. The holidays – and the massive load of sugary, carbohydrate-laden food that accompanies this – are fast approaching. Be warned! It’s not the easiest time to stay in a calorie budget. Particularly if, like me, you’ve been struggling with it anyway.

In my case, I think that the first and most important thing to remember is that I’m not on a diet. I’m changing my diet, with a goal of eating healthier so that I’ll be in better health to be active with my wife and son for decades to come. Framing it that way makes it a little easier – I don’t have to count calories and eat less because I’m a failure if I don’t. I’m choosing to count calories and eat less.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s still hard to resist the fudge and Christmas cookies. But it’s a little easier.

Lay Off The Soda, Already

I saw this on Facebook yesterday, and thought I’d share with everyone the awesome health benefits of giving up sodas.

In other news, I didn’t bother with the treadmill today. I got outside de, and it was such a nice (early) morning that I decided to just go for a walk. You know, enjoy the weather while I can. After all, any day now I’m expecting to wake up to frost and rain, and it’ll pretty much be treadmills from then on to spring.

I’d feel bad, but I did 1.75 miles on my walk. So I think I did all right.

Getting the Pulse Rate Up

Just about 6 weeks ago, I took the second level of the Certified Equity Professional examination – which I may have mentioned more than once because it crippled my exercise program and drove significant stress eating. I logged on to their website today to see if the scores were posted, since I coordinated it locally and several people asked.

I saw a 0 under "score".

Several seconds later, of course, it registered that it also showed a passing score of 0 and an outcome of "pending results", but still. That was a bad several seconds.

What does any if that have to do with exercise and weight loss? Pretty much nothing. But, hey! I hit my walking goals yesterday, and went swimming for an hour. Well, technically, I want wading while my son used me as an ambulatory pool toy, but it still amounted to some solid exercise. So I'm feeling pretty good.

Particularly now that my heart's restarted.

Maybe I Was A Touch Premature…

Remember how pleased I was with myself yesterday, for managing to hit a short streak in my walking and calorie budget goals?  Yeah, well, uhm.  See.  I didn’t hit either one.  Things came up at work, and then I had to run by the grocery store, and there were Cadbury Creme Eggs for sale.  And, well, I sort of ate some.  Three of them.

Well, maybe I do.  A little.  But I really do love those creme eggs.

Still, I’m not beaten!  One off day is not the end of the world, after all.  So today, I’ll just be back on task and back on track.  After all, I don’t have any reason to go to the grocery store today.