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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.
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  • BIGGIRL2082010
    Okay, it's been a couple of days since you posted this: hopefully it WAS muscle gain. But at least you got in what sounds like a fabulous hike!

    Oh, and I rolled about laughing at the image of you with TP on your pants - sap should be outlawed. :)

    20 minutes a day? Very cool! And definitely continue loving your body - it's the only one we get, right? Unless you're going to do something majorly invasive like lipo or surgery or something, then slow and steady is your best bet. But I agree it's awful watching others boogey to the finish line first! :) (Yeah, in MY case it's because I LOVE to eat and usually undo the exercise with the food - doesn't sound like that's your problem, though!)

    Take care of yourself, keep up the hard work, and keep your eyes focused on the goal - you'll be there soon, no matter how hard the journey!

    Cheers,
    Maya

    4717 days ago
  • ZIRCADIA
    Or it could also just be water weight -- either way, we know you did not gain 2lbs of solid fat. ;) Keep at it! You're doing great!
    4720 days ago
  • KYLIEMC8
    Remember..some of those foods, especially nuts take a couple of days to digest! YOU did great..and you probably gained all that in muscles..especially in those legs! Just stop fretting! You're doing great! Hugs, Kylie emoticon
    4720 days ago
  • MELISSAB401
    Congratulations!! What an awesome way to spend your weekend. Don't worry about those two pounds. I bet it's just muscle gain which is always good. I know if I exercise more than usual my body will swell up like a balloon from water retainage (retention?). I retain water like a sponge! You'll be back to normal by the end of the week! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    4720 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2008 2:42:38 PM
  • TELERIE
    Measure your success on other things as well as the numbers on the scale. You have changed your body fat%, you are strong enough to keep a 20-min a day streak of exercise, and you can do tremendous feats like hiking up and down that mountain. Keep up the great work!
    - Marit
    4721 days ago
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