Friday, October 07, 2011
So everyone I know is likely sick of me whining about my fear that winter's onset here in Minnesota will make it hard for me to get my daily walking in, but last night as I was reveling the absolute glory of all the beauty that is fall in the Midwest it did sort of hit me where it hurts; my dogs! No, not my feet euphemistically, but my literal canine walking pals. They've turned off the water fountain in the park I walk to--NOooooo! It's not even NEAR freezing yet! It's still 70-80 degrees out there, ALL week! (I carry a folding water bowl for them and fill it at water fountains.) Oh well, there's also a creek and this time when I led them there they both forged in to drink and lie in the cool water. I was about ready to join them too. Lovely, but yet another sign; winter's coming. I may have to break down and carry a water bottle for them.
My fear of course is that I'll somehow let it sidetrack my progress, and I'm feeling more vulnerable just now because I haven't lost any weight in a couple weeks. I'm really struggling to get my calories down too, which is why the scale isn't budging I'd bet. I did however lose an inch from my hips and thighs, and an inch and a half from my waist--Hooray! I've also gone into my local YMCA and met with a trainer to get rolling on adding strength training to my exercise, and get a better sense of classes that might help keep me from bailing from boredom on treadmill walking. I also talked to a friend who runs marathons, and he says he just runs n the ice and snow anyway. Another one told me about a good path nearby of 2.5 miles that they keep well plowed and salted. Concrete, but then beggars can't be choosy!
My biggest thrill of late has been trying to add in ssllooooowwwwww jogging to my treks. By that I mean that I may actually walk faster than I jog! But it really gets my heart rate up, and I can now jog half a block at a time, or the short end of a whole block. Doesn't sound like much, but that's up from 20 steps last month, so I'll take it. My pedometer says my actual number of steps are about the same, but the number of aerobic steps is way up. The next 'step' is to get a heart rate monitor I guess.
Until I took my measurements today, it felt like instead of getting anywhere with my weight loss, I was walking the opposite way on one of those moving sidewalks and I couldn't get any forward progress. (Scale-wise it still does) BUT-- as I feel inside how hard it is not to get negative about it and eat, I recognize that breaking THAT cycle in itself is progress for me. Being proactive about alternative exercise is progress. Losing inches if not pounds is progress. Any jogging at all is progress. And sticking with connecting with great support like on Sparkpages rather than bailing out is also progress. Thanks to all of you who have great motivating stories, pictures and insights - I'm SO grateful!