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This weekend I attempted to give a boost to my exercise and healthy living routines through shopping.   I picked up a couple of pieces of workout clothing, a new gym ball and dvd, an interesting little heart health kit from Dr. Andrew Weil.  (Non-contributing things bought were two pairs of shoes and a cute sweater from Eddie Bauer – you can’t keep a girl down.)

I’m totally excited about the gym ball — I did the dvd routine this morning and it was surprisingly strenuous.  I’ve been using it as a chair at my desk, too, which requires me to balance and use my leg muscles rather than just sit here like a lump.  I’ve found that I need to switch out to my regular chair after about an hour, more for the need to lean back and rest my back than anything to do with my legs.

I’ve been walking an hour every other day for a few weeks now, but it’s not enough.   I’m trying to add things to my daily life so that just living causes me to exercise.  I have my standing desk, too, which I hope to get painted this week so I can put it to use.   Between the ball sitting and the desk standing, maybe I can turn being at the computer all day into something a bit less sluggish.

I picked up two shirts for walking/biking.  One is just a cute brown hoodie, but made of very lightweight cotton, so I won’t have to worry about getting too hot.  It has a cool kind of hippy-ish flower print on the front and back, too.  The shirt I’m most excited about has pockets!  Woohoo!   It turns out that I do not own one single pair of gym shorts, workout pants, or any t-shirts or biking shirts with pockets.  So when I walk, I have my keys in my hand, or tucked into my waistband, which is not ideal.  Sometimes I take my phone, too, in case a nice photo op presents itself (you know, like a really still squirrel or nice tree blossoms – important stuff that must be blogged).    Shirts with pockets rock!!

The Healthy Heart Kit by Andrew Weil is in a nice little box and has a 52-page workout, 2 audio CDs and 25 heart health cards.  I just got it for fun and because it was on deep sale, since it’s been for sale for a couple of years.  But, it’s also kind of cool.   The cards are made up of six diet/exercise cards with varying topics.   Other card categories are heart inspirations, mind body, and self care.   That will be something fun to play with and look at when I need a boost from boredom. 

Tonight when the temps cool down a bit (expected high of 94 today), I’ll go for my regular walk.   And I did the ball workout already, so I feel good about today’s bit of exercise.   I announced today on Facebook that I want to lose 10 pounds by July, which means dietary restrictions for me.   The plan is to eat only fruits and veggies, and my two eggs for breakfast.   Which leaves me with my usual coffee dilemma.  Coffee = sugar in my world.  We’ll see how it goes — I think my best option would be an “every third day” plan or something similar, where I have coffee every few days as a treat. 

Wish me luck!  I’ll keep you posted on the success or failure of my weight loss over the next month.

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Last night I did the pilates fat burning workout for 40 minutes.  It’s a good workout — but not that interesting.  It’s very reminiscent of 1980’s aerobics moves, in fact they are the SAME moves, with very slight variations.  But that’s not the point, is it?  It burns calories and for that I am grateful.  After the dvd, I also did 10 minutes of jogging on my rebounder.

Today I’ll switch it up and do the pilates circle exercises then walk for forty minutes.  I’m seriously considering walking in the mall, after a friend suggested it yesterday.  I won’t show up there as a real mall walker in a dorky sweatsuit. (I am NOT a mall walker, I am NOT a mall walker.)   But I will show up as a shopper in walking shoes and just go around and around the mall.  Hmmmm . . .  anyway.   All those pretty things to look at . . . I can’t see the downside to it.   It’s just so cold here, in the thirties still.   I’ll have to arrange my route to avoid the aromas of the Mexican restaurant or those walking shoes might take me right inside to get a table.  This is one of those days when I woke up feeling full and I’ve only had liquids so far (juice and coffee) — not good.  I must make myself stick to my eating schedule.  I’m getting used to not being so full all the time, so feeling empty feels ok too.  But I know I need the nutrients and energy and really need to break this no eating habit.

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While my tea steeps, let me tell you about my plans for exercising.  I sat down and had a good look at my Windsor Pilates dvds last night.  They came with a book on how to use the various dvds to make workout plans.   One plan is the “Win-in-10 Maximum Body Sculpting,”  on a ten day schedule.  Two dvds are alternated:  the Accelerated Fat Burning Workout and the 20-Minute Circle Workout.   (For those of you out of the pilates loop, the “circle” is pictured below.)  The pilates dvds are paired with a period of walking each day.   On the days I do the fat burning workout, I only walk for 10 minutes, alternating days I will walk for 40 minutes.

Unlike some people, I don’t exercise in just any kind of weather.  So as long as it’s 25 degrees outdoors, I’ll be using my rebounder and jogging on it instead of walking.     Mmmm . . . I smell my cinnamon tea.

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I’ve been so caught up in the acts of blogging and networking, that my attempts at working out have been rather lame.  For instance, today I only jogged on my rebounder for 15 minutes and then did dumbbell exercises for 15 minutes.   I have no excuse (aside from the aforementioned time online).   Starting today, each night before I go to bed I have to say what exercise I did that day, even if it was none.   So tonight I hang my head in shame, as I log off and slink to my couch, thinking about how lazy I’ve been today.   But hey, I still have tomorrow to turn my life around, right?

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Fitness Supplies

I know exercise is a necessary evil and I am determined to conquer this beast.  To get all warm and fuzzy about it, I went around the house this morning and gathered up any exercise equipment or supplies I have.   I found fewer items than I expected to, because I’d forgotten about throwing out all the aerobics video tapes, and I guess I must have given away the huge gray five pound dumbbells when I bought the cute little orange ones.  There also appears to be a missing Pilates body band.  I have the packaging for it, but don’t recall owning it or ever using the thing, but I guess I must have.  (shrug)

So the current workout collection is as follows:  one rebounder, one floor mat, a set of five-pound dumbbells, a round metal thing with handles that must be for pilates, a series of pilates DVDs, and two wrist weights of unknown weight and origin.   I also have a folder of exercise articles that I have removed from magazines.   In the garage is my excellent and trusty hybrid bicycle.  I also have new running shoes, which I will use for walking.  And to keep me happy and distract me from the tedium of walking, my phone is loaded with great tunes.

We are still iced in here, day 5?  6?  It’s all fuzzy now — I hope we will see the sun soon.   Today I’ll do some warm up stretches, then jump around on my rebounder for at least 30 minutes in front of the TV.  I plan to follow that up with some more extensive stretching.   I should be able to stumble the 20 feet down the hall afterward (with those nice sturdy walls to support me) and let you know how I fared.

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