Monday, November 27, 2006

It's a "thin" day

First, wanna see my Christmas tree? I thought you might!

Now regarding today's title: You know what I mean. You wake up and your stomach is more concave than convex. You breathe deeply, fully. You walk taller, sit straighter.

You're not afraid to try on your smallest-sized jeans.

That's how I feel this morning, although I'm still in my jammies. Heh. It's pretty easy to feel thin in an oversized T-shirt and knit PJ pants.

It's a great feeling on this Monday, which I've designated as "Get Back on the Horse Day." I did well over the weekend, but I haven't stuck strictly to the food plan and I haven't pushed myself with the walking. And I haven't picked up a dumbbell in a very long time.

It's easier for me to be consistent with intentional activity when I do it every day. Therefore, taking a walk [or using the rowing machine, or doing a fitness DVD]
every morning eventually becomes a good habit, replacing the one where I sit on the couch knitting while watching "Clean Sweep."

"They" warn not to strength-train on a daily basis, but I think I'm going to throw caution to the wind. If I use lighter weights – five pound dumbbells instead of 10 – and stick to a few careful moves as part of a daily routine, I think I'll be able to make weight-training a habit. Knocking off every other day or, worse, telling myself I only have to do it three times a week, just isn't working for me.

It might work for you, but I have to figure this out for myself.

I think "they" are speaking more to firefighters doing killer routines in a gym, rather than chubby housewives who just wants to create a new good habit. Oh, and some muscle tone in their upper arms.

Time to saddle up.


MarilynB said...

I'm going to try to post today. We will see if it will let a Mac post.
I'm with you on the weights. When you have an injury and use Physical Therapy they have you do at least two sessions a day at home. Just don't use too much weight.

I have a calander from our hospital Health Zone with a comment on each day. Todays is, "Set realistic fitness goals for every family member. then have fun challenging yourself and each other."

Yesterday I liked, "Try a new vegetable you have never tried to eat before."

If this will let me post I'll try to pass on the comments on the calander each day.

Grumpy Chair said...

I have thought about doing light weight training everyday also, but never followed through because of the "your muscles need a day to recover" theory. As you said, it would be 'light' and not 'Olympic' training. I think I'm going to finally give it a little try everyday since 5 pounds is the heaviest I use right now.

Vickie said...

Absolutely do what works for you -
I think you are probably more fit than I am - so your level of work might be very different.

I started to tell you a few things that a PT told me last year, but a few ideas got way too long, and turned into my posting for today.

FoggyJPinSF said...


I'm no physiotherapist, but I think the "recovery day" is intended for people who are working specific muscles to exhaustion. Now I don't know about you, but every day I use my legs and arms to get around and do stuff, so I'm guessing its okay to use those muscles without a "rest day." When I go to the gym to lift weights several days in a row, I just try and work different areas. I think you're doing what's right for you!


dg said...

:) gotta love those days...

and your tree looks lovely!