Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 23 ~ Busy!

Real life is imposing... creeping in! A very busy week, month and next few months! The key is planning... and my next mini goal is to be in bed, No Later than 10:30 pm every night (except Chorus Nights) and then up at 5 am.  And what, pray, am I going to do in my spare morning hours?

Every morning I have a goal to do 30 minutes of movement... walking the dog (15 minutes or so) and the JP Muller routine (15 - 20 minutes or so).  I'd like to incorporate these two things on a daily basis... no special equipment or special clothing required. 

After doing these two things consistently for 3 weeks, I'd like to add in toning with the elastic bands (I bought last year as a Christmas Gift to myself) 3 days a week, doing the Tai Chi DVD (that I bought a long time ago and haven't even opened yet), and 1 or 2 days a week doing an in-the-house "Walk Away The Pounds" DVD (which also has never been viewed).

So... 30 minutes a day starting TOMORROW (Thursday, January 27th!) until Friday, February 18th; which is the day I'll SLOWLY begin adding the bands, tai chi, and the walking video.  I think starting out with 2 days of additional movement per week for awhile, then upping it to 3 days a week for awhile, then adding in 4 days is smart for this easily-overwhelmed gal. A  s l o w   build-up of new activity hopefully won't shock me (meaning my challenging 3 year old) into resistance and rebellion.

In keeping with the concept of One Change/ New Habit every two months, I think staying focused on the weight loss (which has meant creating healthy meals) is still my main focus, and the addition of including some exercise every day is the "complete thought" of creating healthier body and lifestyle habits.

By March 1st, I'll be ready for another new Habit -- and I think it will be two months of making exercise the next priority to have in my life on a daily basis. I'm tired of my back aches!! Not being able to stand for 3 hours on chorus risers makes me a VERY UN-happy Bunny!!!

When I reach 250 lbs, we'll set up the elliptical (that has a weight limit of 250 lbs... which annoys me that I can only be "that fat" in order to use it... I can't be fatter, the fact that I need it MORE the fatter I am... can you see my point...? *sigh of disgust*) and I'll add 20 minutes of that into my variety... (I love the elliptical machine!!) and I bought a jump rope along with the bands, and when I'm under 200 lbs I'll add jumping rope as added aerobic exercise... not fun for knees to be jumping when I'm carrying this much weight right now.

In addition to the Exercise...
I think it'll be smarter to slowly (oh so slowly) add in more morning activities ONLY after the 3 weeks of consistent, daily, 30-minutes of movement by building it in one day a week, then two days a week, and so forth...

Eventually my plan will look like this: two mornings a week doing house chores for 30 - 45 minutes -- laundry, vacuuming, general pick up, emptying the garbage, etc... Two mornings a week pursuing my Musical Goals for an hour to hour and 1/2 -- going through the DCP (Director's Certification Program) for Sweet Adelines, being the first thing I want to spend time doing, along with doing tasks as the lead for my quartet, and tasks as section specialist for my chorus.  Then one morning filing and cleaning up the paper piles that surround me, for about 30 to 45 minutes until a habit is formed and the piles can be kept under control in 15 - 20 minutes a day.

It looks like now that the exercise habit will be PLENTY to keep me occupied for March and April... and I'll keep doing what I've been doing in the mornings after the exercise, then take it from there to see what May and June's habits will be.
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Had my Medifast Clinic Call #2 (counts as Session #3) with Lindsey this afternoon... all is well! I'm drinking my water - key for me is getting in my 32 oz in the morning... helps me from having to get up in the middle of the night to pee - really don't care for that!  I'm taking the vitamins... and she asked if I had any special challenges coming up this next week -- and I'm glad she did -- we have all day coaching on Saturday and socializing afterward at a local bar/restaurant.  Thinking about what I'll be eating to keep me going that day was a good thing to start thinking about today!

My scale showed a .4 loss from yesterday -- which I was quite pleased with as I know the rate of loss will be decreasing... I'm adjusting my pleasure to be just as pleased with small moves in the right direction!

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