Move! The Coach Potato Gets Serious

Many of you know that I started my new year with a goal of doing more exercise. I have started slowly in an effort to simply get used to moving more. It doesn't matter how long I move, just as long as I am moving.  The key way I do this is through my new exercise bike.  But on those days when I have to go out, I count my walk as my cardio exercise instead of my stationary bike routine.

There are streets like this in my neighbourhood. I  love walking in a city which is full of green space.
I also try to incorporate some stretching and resistance training (weights) into my routine, but this needs  more effort on my part.  I am trying to take things slowly and not worry so much about doing it all right.  I am happy just as long as I keep up a steady effort to move.  What I'm trying to do is establish consistent routines that will be lasting.

There are days when I am simply too tired  because of my health conditions. On those days, I don't push myself to do much of anything.  So far, those days have been few and for that, I am grateful.

If you were reading here, you would perhaps remember that my diabetes group meeting members all received a nice surprise, a gift of a DVD "Move for Life!"

Front of the packaging.
Back of the packing.
I will have a chance this upcoming week to try out this DVD and I'm looking forward to it!

If you're like me (and dare I say at least 30% of the population) and are trying to exercise, you need a little encouragement from time to time. One of the  most off putting things for those of us who aren't naturally thin or athletic in any way, is being pushed by others to exercise far beyond our capabilities.  Especially when we are just starting out. I figure it is better not to bite off more than you can chew and simply take baby steps at the beginning.

I believe that it is far better to do something, rather than do nothing, even if it is only for a few minutes a day.  This way you can build up your strength and interest in doing more.  Just "move" . Once you have got the hang of things you can get more aggressive about things, adding more time and different parts to the program to incorporate cardio, flexibility/stretching and strengthening exercises.

So far in this new year, I can already feel my cardio endurance is much better than what it was in December.  Despite all my efforts though, I still haven't dropped any pounds. It is frustrating as I've been watching my diet since November and I really did not indulge over Christmas like so many people do. I've determined to make even more changes like eliminating coffee and cream or milk, stop baking sugury sweets and  do a cleanse. You can read about my whole body cleanse here.  In addition, I'm adding more antioxidant power to my diet through drinking rooibos (red bush) tea.  Those of my readers from South Africa will know all about rooibos. If you haven't heard about rooibos, you can read more here.

I'm not expecting quick results. I know my body and I know how slow it is to release toxins and weight. My first simple goals will be to feel better and I am encouraged so far. I will keep you posted from time to time on other progress on both the cleanse and the fitness/health regime.

6 comments:

  1. That is very encouraging that you are seeing results already, Penny.
    I know we need a good sleep too, and to improve our metabolism.
    Blessings that your health will steadily improve.
    Love,
    Jan

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  2. Funny..I mentioned my son (he's on the 5th day of the master cleanse)..but I've been staring at a big bag of lemons he brought over..so I'm thinking of doing one too again. Well, I picked up my weights (they look like yours) and I'm using my step for the extra cardio. My stationary bike needs batteries (hope that's all it is)..I'm like you about the times you get pretty tired, but I'm making an effort. I want some contour! But the discipline.. besides over all better sleep and strength (so your not as apt to injure yourself- is worth it.
    Well, keep up the good work! Wishing you a blessed weekend-

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  3. You're going about this all perfectly, Penny. Yes, just move and a bit every day is what will show results. Also wellness is paramount to weight-loss so you have the right idea there too. Well done on all you've achieved so far. Blessings and hugs. Jo

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  4. I'm the same as you - do not loose weight easily! Some body types, and some health conditions, just cause that, but I am sure that you are getting healthier and preventing weight gain (which is a HUGE dea!) You are so right to just be consistent and not push yourself too hard - eventually the weight will come off, and in the meantime you are getting healthier which is what really matters!

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  5. Glad to hear that you are on the move. I stared that last summer and I did not lose any weigh for the first 4 months. Now it's finally dropping. I've changed my diet to include walnuts and that has made a huge change. I feel less hungry and eat more of the healthy foods by choice. Didn't even gain while in Mexico for the wedding. I walked there too. But there are days when I just don't feel well and stay put. Keep at it and keep us posted. I'll cheer for you. Go to it .:)

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  6. I'm the same as you - do not loose weight easily! Some body types, and some health conditions, just cause that, but I am sure that you are getting healthier and preventing weight gain (which is a HUGE dea!) You are so right to just be consistent and not push yourself too hard - eventually the weight will come off, and in the meantime you are getting healthier which is what really matters!

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