I decided to take a short walk after work today. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I live in a fairly hilly area, but that is no excuse for the pitiful shape I find myself. It’s quite possible I’m in the worst shape of my life (That includes when I was over 400lbs).
It’s only been a couple months since I was either walking or cycling several times a week; I mostly stopped because of the heat. The walk I took today should have taken no more than 8 minutes for the average person. With my short step and feet, it would probably take me an average of 10 minutes. It took me 14 minutes to walk about a half a mile.
Yes, you read that right.
But hey, I’m not a generally negative person. Every journey starts somewhere and this is the starter for me.
My stats will be updated tomorrow and my first attempt on the Total Gym will be Saturday and another walk most likely Sunday.
Lower temperatures will likely help but overall I just need to be in better physical shape.
Woo! So, I had planned to start the exercising last weekend but the room still isn’t quite ready yet and that is really my only space indoors for exercise; plus, I want to be using my Total Gym Machine that I got a few weeks back.
I got it second hand for a great deal (As long it does actually work, Fingers crossed)
I had to clean out a room we were using for storage and this will be my space for exercise and more. Once it’s ready I will share pictures and that’s where most exercise related videos will be from.
Everything should be ready for starting steady exercise by this weekend as all the major supplies has come in and everything major is out of the way.
What all do I have for exercise? Well, to start I will do a combination of what I call Dancercize (Which is just me semi dancing and doing aerobics to music) and using the Total Gym system. I’m sure in the awful shape I’m in both will be pitiful the first week or two. I’m persistent and will keep going and that is a trait we all can use.
I will be posting my current stats Friday or Saturday on here. that will include my weight, measurements and hopefully my BMI (As long as my tester still works) and my V02 Max score.
So look for all those updates coming soon and also watch for pictures of me and my space as well.
So, I have several goals in this pursuit. I categorize these in a few ways. Today, I will talk about my shorter term goals. How do I define short term? I state short term as a goal I can achieve in 1 to 3 months.
What are my short term goals? Lets set five of these.
Well, the first one is to get regular exercise back in my every day routine. Lack of regular physical activity is a major issue for many these days, but I am a natural couch potato. I’ve always been a very cerebral person, even as a child. Sure, I liked to walk in the woods and go play with my siblings, but most of my hobbies involved reading, writing or playing games. That hasn’t changed much. There are few physical activities that I enjoy. Most exercise is tolerated at best. So, I find making it a challenge of an exercise streak gives me a needed motivation on any given day.” Come on, Lazybones. Don’t break your streak.
My second short term goal is to be in good enough shape to walk several miles October 2nd at a huge swap meet we’re going to.
My third short term goal is to be at least 20lbs lighter by Nov 29th. I want more than that in three months if possible but that’s a minimum for my goal.
My fourth short term goal is being able to go at least 1 mile straight on my trike before Halloween. It’s harder than you think. We have oodles of hills here.
My final current short term goal is being 100% accountable and honest with myself and all of you with my dietary choices and fitness routine. If I have a bad day where all I get are peanut butter cups, I’m going to face that, accept it and move on forward. I will not just “forget” to do my food diary that day or mark half of what I ate.
Well, this is a good start. I also will make posts about Micro Goals and Long Term Goals. Feel free to check those out.
So, what are your shorter term goals?
Do you set time limits similar to mine?
Are you more lax or more severe?