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Mixing it up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Now that summer is here and have more time I am trying to really mix-up my workouts. If changing things up is what it takes to boost the metabolism then hopefully this will do it.

I have been doing lots of yard work every morning. Sometimes I do a walk/run in the park, other days it's a Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I am trying to get back into the Pilates routine as well so I did one of those videos today. I have also started using my Firm DVD's, the ones that use weights to get more strength training in. I wear my step counter everyday and aim for at least 15,000 steps or more (today I'm at 25,254 so far). I try to put as much activity into my day as possible. I'm thinking about getting a beginning yoga DVD too, Walk Away the Pounds sometimes incorporates a little yoga in the stretching part and I would like to try a little more of it.

I feel good anyway and I know I am healthy so I'm trying not to worry too much about the numbers on the scale, I'm beginning to think that I am at a good weight for me which is why I haven't lost any in so long. I weigh 145, give or take 3 pounds, but people tell me I look like I am 120 or so. I know I have quite a bit of muscle, especially in my legs, I guess I just build muscle easier than most women do. I wish I knew what my actual BMI is, I don't think the chart is accurate for me with this much muscle.

My goal right now is to improve the way my stomach looks. It will never be what it was when I was 21 I know, but I think it can be improved upon anyway. There is definitely a pad of fat covering my stomach that I am very slowly whittling away on.

I just realized the other day that I did not miss one day of work this past year because of sickness! This is the first time in 10 years this has happened. I had a couple of colds but nothing bad enough to keep me home. I know this is because of my improved health due to eating right, exercising and losing weight. I used to always get colds that would go to my throat then settle in my chest and I would end up with bronchitis or even pneumonia. Finding Sparkpeople has definately been one of the best things that has ever happened to me, even my family and my employer is benefiting from my improved health.

It's all good.
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  • KLONG8
    Somehow missed this while I was traveling so much. Enjoyed your assessment of where you are. Great news to see that all your hard work and focus on health is paying off. A full year of great health, what a gift but also a little pat on your back because we all know that part YOU played in that. And 25k steps a day? Nice....
    4007 days ago
    Wow, 25,000+ steps today. You're amazing. Yes, less colds are a result of being more healthy. A nice side benefit of SP, huh? Keep up the good work. Sounds like you have the right attitude!

    4020 days ago
    Your walking program is awesome. Keep up the good work. It's amazing how healthy eating and exercise can make such a difference.
    4021 days ago
    Yoga is great. emoticon
    I did it for years with an instructor. I hurt my back and gave up the classes but i still have my sticky mat and some VHS tapes Yoga for round bodies. I love to go through that once in a while. emoticon emoticon
    I have always had a great awareness of my breath and breathing. I do suffer from Asthma when i get in to triggers for it. Perfumes are especially problematic.
    I am finding a greater awareness of my belly this time around. I find the mind body connection to be fascinating now that I get it, emoticon emoticon
    I used to think it was just technical talk but I can actually lie down and Know I am relaxed never could do that before yoga, you might want to try the library for beginner books and tapes. Some of the more traditional poses are way out of most peoples leagues but there are some moves. Downward facing dog, cat, candle cobra, sphinx and dolphin come to mind that do my back and arms the world of good

    Pat in Maine. . emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4022 days ago
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