Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Finishing well for 2015

Sometimes it just takes the right moment, the right state of mind to get things back on track.
I'm there.

This has been a good week as far as getting my exercise time in. Yesterday I managed a brisk two-mile walk in light snow as well as a little bit of time with the dumbbells, some time on the indoor cycle and some really good stretching.

Today I dressed warmly and walked 3.7 miles in 28F (-2C) temps, did a short bit on the indoor cycle and some body weight exercises. I am noticing some shoulder pain and will have to find ways to work around it. I'm not really up for another shoulder surgery.

I'm back to logging my calorie intake and being more aware of spacing out some light exercise to keep the metabolism up. I do need to get my protein intake up and I am really watching the insulin triggering sugars. It's been a while since I've made protein smoothies a regular part of my diet. I've typically tried to be more natural by eating eggs, beans and meat. But in order to get my protein intake up to where I want it, I'm going to go back to at least one daily smoothie.
And I baked some protein cookies today.

I'm also back to drinking more water. I noticed that I really don't drink anywhere close to the amount of water I was drinking while working. I just need to make sure that I always have a glass or bottle handy.

There is no waiting until spring to get beach body ready. Cancun in less than 4 weeks!

Be well!

John <><

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Exercise: my new part-time job!

I've decided that the only way I'm really going to get into a regular habit of exercise (more than daily walking) is to schedule it as if it were a part-time job -- setting aside a couple of hours a day for exercise and walking.

I'm not too disciplined when it comes to getting after it in the morning, but that is where it is going to fit into my schedule. I think that revving the metabolism early in the day will pay daily benefits as well as long term health and weight benefits.

Five days per week -- here we go!