20-Minutes-A-Day Exercise Streak
Monday, July 21, 2008
At the age of 53, it takes a lot of determination for me to lose even a little weight. Personally, I am committing to a 20-minutes-a-day exercise streak on two of my teams... and eating as healthily as possible. I try not to eat processed foods and try to make the healthiest choices at each given situation.
On my body, a calorie is not a calorie. I can eat within my calorie range but if I've had white potatoes, white flour, sugar or too much salt, I gain weight. I do my best to avoid those. The longer I avoid them, the more my taste buds change... and the cravings stop.
I plateaued for about 12 weeks this year and decided to increase the intensity of my exercise. I decided if I didn't have more time in my schedule, then I would give it all I've got in the amount of time I did have! This brought me off my plateau.
This weekend I just completed a Mountain Hike-- my first hike ever. I trained for it in the weeks previous. It was 5.5 miles up to the top and 5.5 miles down. For me it was 7.5 hours of medium to heavy cardio up and 6 hours of light to medium cardio down. I drank 3 liters of water each day (approx 12 cups).
Because I ate a lot of almonds and dried fruit for energy during the hike and I ate what they served for dinner on top: potato soup, mashed potatoes, roll, roast beef and gravy, green beans, cookie-- and pancakes, canadian bacon and eggs for breakfast... I still gained 2 lbs even after all that cardio. Of course I am hoping it was mostly muscle gain because my scale shows that I dropped in body fat%.
I will do my very best not to be frustrated at my results when I hear others losing at a much faster pace. I've got to learn to love this body I've been given-- or I'd live in constant frustration. I'll continue doing the things I know to be correct and healthy and my body eventually must reduce.