Jumping Jacks. Just… Wow, They Suck

Overall, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of sticking with that “flat belly workout” I described recently. I missed one day last week, and I’ve done them yesterday and today. I’m still feeling it all in my legs and arms and gut – it’s not painful or aching, but there’s a definite awareness that I’ve been working this muscles. Also, not surprisingly, my belly isn’t particularly flattened yet. It’s only been a week and a half, after all.

Jumping jacks are terrible, though.

Seriously. By the time I get my 40 done, ‘m winded. I didn’t expect that part. I was prepared for my knees to hurt, or my legs. Not to be left breathing hard and contemplating the poor life decisions that brought me to that point. Which means, of course, that they’re probably good for me. But if I thought I could get away with it and still get the benefits, I’d ditch them in a heartbeat.

Ah, well. Enough whining. I’m going to keep at it, so I may as well get comfortable with them. Maybe they’ll get easier as time goes on?

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Changing Standards

It was, what, three weeks ago when I saw a 46 degree temperature and sad it was too cold to go walking outside? Four weeks, maybe? Whatever, the exact time isn’t important. What is important is that the temperature outside this morning was 35 degrees. I bundled up to walk to the gym, got outside, and said “eh. This isn’t bad. And then I walked 1.5 miles outside. Go figure, right?

It probably helped that the air was still and dry, though. If the wind had been blowing, or if it had been that clammy sort of wet damp, I’d have gone straight to the treadmill. The workout room has heat, after all. But the weather was good, particularly for 35 degree temperatures, and I really enjoyed the walk. Especially since I nearly didn’t go. It was all warm and comfy in bed, after all, and 3 am comes really early in the morning.

Oh, while I’m thinking about it, let’s check in on my Monster! Last time, on October 5, I was 81,662 steps from being eaten. And now?

It seems I’ve increased my lead. By just a little. So, I’m probably safe for now.

One Simple Trick For A Flat Belly

What’s this? Clickbait? No, not really – this is about getting back on my exercise regimen. See, a few weeks ago, I saw this on Twitter:

From the context, it was clearly a sarcastic rejoinder to the stupid “one simple trick” posts you see everywhere. The “simple trick” here s, clearly, exercise. A lot.

So naturally I looked at that and said “hey! That looks like a pretty good exercise program!” And then, yesterday, I did it.

Sort of.

See, I’m just not in the shape to do all that. Not yet, anyway. What I managed was 40 jumping jacks, 40 crunches, 20 squats, 20 leg lifts, 20 push-ups (on my knees), 10 sit-ups (that we’re more like aggressive crunches), and 24 seconds of planking. You add all that to walking 5.5 miles a day and 15 minutes of stretching exercises, and you get a pretty solid workout.

For the next two weeks I plan to do the same number I did yesterday. After that, I’m going to start slowly increasing the target number for each exercise. Currently I think I’ll do the increase weekly, but I’ll have to decide if that’s too ambitious once I start increasing things – I mean, right now I’m feeling them in my gut and thighs and chest and arms. So they’re clearly working, and stretching myself is good. I just don’t want to push too hard. After all, as the shirt says:

Not Too Bad

It turns out that, even when I’m not trying to walk a lot, I still walk a lot. According to my FitBit, I covered 4.77 miles while not making an effort to do anything special. Go figure, right?

Of course, according to my phone, I only walked 2.8 miles. Which is interesting, since I had it on me most of the day. I know that different pedometers have different sensitivities, but a two mile difference feels really strange.

Speaking of pedometers, I’ve found yet another walking game to liven up the day. It’s called The Walking Monster and doesn’t have a URL, but it looks like this:

Here’s how it works. You start with a 4,000 step lead, and you accrue steps as you walk. The monster slowly follows you, and if your lead ever drops to 0 it catches you. Also, I believe it starts getting faster over time.

That’s it, and I’ve had nightmares like this. But it adds an extra bit of fun to walking. Also, given that a movie got made about emojis recently, I figure it’ll be optioned for some sort of Dark App shared universe any time now.

5K Training: Week One, Complete!

My legs haven’t been this sore in years. I mean, they aren’t as bad as when I first started walking when I first started trying to lose weight, but… ouch. Stiff and aching, and I hobble a little when I stand up after sitting a while.

Is it ridiculous that I’m enjoying the sensation? Because I am – it feels like proof that I’m working hard. Well, that and all the sweat. I’m usually soaked by the time I finish.

It’s also nice because it’s helping me easily hit my walking goals. I’ve been averaging about 7 miles a day this week, and (thanks to a family walk) hit 8.49 miles last night. Yes, I kind of collapsed into bed at the end of the day. I rather think I earned it.

All of this goes a long way towards giving me a feeling of confidence that I’ll be seeing some positive results when I get on the scale tomorrow! Particularly since yesterday is the first day this week that I missed my calorie budget, and I only went over by about 40 calories!

So, I get the weekend to rest up. Then, come Monday, the 5K training gets harder. I’m looking forward to it!

Kind Of Hit And Miss

I didn’t get up and go walking this morning. Oh, I was awake at 3 am, but I’d had a late night (that I don’t regret), and just couldn’t muster the willpower to make myself get out and moving. The couch was so much more comfortable. I’m still planning on hitting my walking goal today, mind. It’ll just be a little harder without that 1.5 or so mile boost.

My weigh-on will be interesting, tomorrow. Why? Because I’ve had an awkward relationship with my calorie goals. I hit them most of the week, but when I missed them I missed them hard. So, we’ll see how things play out and then I’ll do what I need to do from there.

Despite that concern, I feel like I had a mostly successful week. Mostly. And regardless of what happens, I’ll keep working. Because, like I said way back in the hoary dawn of this blog, this isn’t a diet that I’m on. It’s an effort to change my life.

Moving Along

I forgot to weigh in this weekend. Not in a "I didn't want to deal with it" way, either. No, this was much more of a "I totally forgot" way. The weekend was busy, and I was tired, and Habitica didn't show up to remind me. So, it slipped my mind.

This should be an interesting week, though. Just like last week was all about getting my walking back on track, this week is going to be about the calorie budget. I'm going to hit it each day, without fail it excuse. Which feels tough, after the last several weeks, but it's doable. Because, really, when I checked my food logs its all been about they controlled snacking between meals If I cut that out, the rest of it follows naturally.

Well, except for my love of chocolate. I'll be grappling with that for a while yet.