Terri’s View: This week it seems that I am finally back in control. I was able to get back into my old self by eating properly and not eating just for the sake of it. I have been eating with conscience and thought and trying to get the scale back down to a normal range where I feel comfortable. I have not gotten there yet and my size 10/12 jeans still do not fit. But I know just 1 week of doing the right thing is not going to cut it. But I feel so much better and not bloated just from just a week of doing the right thing. I am so mad at myself as I surpassed a number on the scale that I thought I would never in my life see again, but I can only halt the damage and get back on track in the right direction.
I changed up my routine this week and the change felt good. I was kind of pressed for time on Friday and knew that I wouldn’t be able to get to the gym until Monday if I did not go. I did not want to miss a workout. I know that sometimes the gym can be more time-consuming and I had other commitments to keep. What I decided to do instead was to take jog at a nearby park which has a trail. It was a sunny, brisk day and I dressed in layers and brought gloves, as I knew my hands would get cold.
There is also a fairly steep hill off the trail which I incorporated into my newfound cardio. It felt so nice to be running outside with the sun shining and without having to crank my mp3 loud enough to drown out the gym music, which is generally not my taste. I tend to prefer rock music from the 70s straight through today. The operative word is rock. Anyway, it did feel more difficult running on cement and my outer thighs felt it the next day. I asked a friend who I sometimes jogs in the park what the distance is around the trail, as I went 4 times around plus the hill. He said twice around the path is a mile. Not bad, I thought.
I decided last minute to go the gym on Sunday. Normally, I don’t go to the gym on weekends, but I knew Monday would be tough and our plans for the day were not until later in the afternoon. I did a quick cardio warm up and lifted weights at the gym, but it was a beautiful day here in New York, so I decided to skip the elliptical and go to the park again for my cardio. I was almost giddy as I was really looking forward to my jog again in the park. That is, until I saw every parking spot filled and the field filled with tiny football players. However, that has nothing to do with the trail. So I enjoyed my jog in the sun again and was glad I skipped the gym to come. If I ever go again on a Sunday, I will need to either be done well before noon or well after, as getting out of the parking jam was a nightmare!
The point is that this small change in my routine got me excited about doing it, and I am going to try to incorporate my outdoor cardio into my schedule more often. I just wish I would have thought of this before the end of October!
Ed’s View: Eureka! I am back in the workforce again! And it is time for change again. Being unemployed, I had the ability to go to the gym when I felt like it. While I was able to continue with my routine and maintain my weight during this stretch, it is time to change and adapt so I do not lose my focus. It is back to getting up in the morning and hitting the gym, or adjusting my schedule so that I can go at night. With a new job comes new challenges. One of the challenges is fitting the gym into my time, the second is not to give into the fast food which is all over the place in the city. The good news is for as many fast food places that are in the city, there are many healthy choices as well.
I am glad to be back to work. We all need to be open to change; in fact change is sometimes the only thing that is unchangeable. In order to gain muscle you need to change up your workout, sometime you need to change your diet in order to lose weight and in life, you may need to change your schedule to suit your needs. Yes, it seems that change is the only thing that doesn’t change!
With change you need to adapt. You can’t make it your excuse to get off the path you have taken. If you really have created new habits, your instinct now should be to automatically think of ways to make your schedule work without cutting corners. So for me, it’s back to the gym at 6 a.m. and watching the sun come up as I work out on the cross-trainer. I’m back to packing my gym bag and carrying it with me just in case I miss getting up at 6 a.m., (which could happen on a very cold morning.) I know that change is good and it can and will make me stronger.