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.

5 comments:

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...

Debbi:

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!

-J

dg said...

:) gotta love those days...

and your tree looks lovely!