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Monday, February 27, 2012

Hmmmm... Exercise

Being a novice to this blogging thing, I don't really understand all the nuances.  For example, on the side of this post, you can sign up to be a follower.  (And it is so nice if you are!) It seems that being a follower does not get you updates that there is a new post.  You have to sign up for emails to get a notice about a new post.  Apparently the email goes out about 8 hours after I have posted.

Also, I am sure that "the husband" was a follower but as of this morning, he isn't.  Either you can fall off this list or we had a bad morning....

See, I can even put off writing about exercise! 

Exercise has been the hardest part to incorporate into "our new life".  We really concentrated on the food aspect at first.  I think that the doctor thought that we should do everything at once but we respectfully took it a little slower.  We were making so many changes and had some mental adjustment issues to deal with so we have gone with the "slow and steady wins the race" mentality.  Silent Sam and our daughter started using the long dusty treadmill.  It has now broken.  Silent Sam diagnosed a problem, ordered a part, and installed that part.  Unfortunately, while doing the install of the new part some other parts broke and they have now been ordered.  The treadmill has been down for about 2 weeks.  So the last 2 weeks have not been quite as sweaty as they should have been. 

We do have a goal though.  We have all signed up for a 5K walk at the beginning of May.  Daughter and boyfriend are hoping to run the 5K while Silent Sam and I will be walking.  As usual, I am the one that really needs to get training.   In case you think I have not been doing anything, I do some exercising but not as much or the variety that I should.  This has to change because waking the 3.2 miles will not go well if I don't get going. 

Silent Sam could see from taking his blood sugar levels that working out really made a huge difference in his numbers.  This is the incentive to get on that treadmill.  Silent Sam goes to a web site once a week and reports his blood sugar numbers.  The doctor checks them every two weeks or so and can make adjustments to his medicine if she feels that an adjustment is necessary.  It is really great but also really telling if you are not behaving.  Those numbers don't lie. 

I will be the first one to say that I know that I feel much better when I exercise.  Everything works better when I exercise.  But it is so easy not to exercise.  It is so easy to be too busy to exercise.  To be too tired to exercise.   To feel too anything to exercise.  So I do the wrong thing and stop.  And then starting over feels like such a hurdle.  Well, today I am going to start again.  I am going to get that exercise feeling again. 

When I was in college, I had a friend who would occasionally decide that he needed to make some changes in his life.  He would tell me that he needed not to turn over a new leaf but to turn over the entire tree.  (okay, there may have been an expletive in there)  It seems to me that this usually involved not talking to me for awhile but  he would fall back into his old patterns.  I think that making too many changes at once lessens your chance of making the changes stick.  I think that making one change at a time and getting used to that change and then moving on to the next change is the way to go.  We are now pretty diligent about the changes to our eating habits: it is time to move into being more serious about  exercise. 

Looks like I am going for a walk today.

Thanks for reading!