I made it to the gym yesterday, my first day back in almost a year. It went surprisingly well. I did about 20 minutes of cardio and some weight lifting exercises for my back. My back is feeling it today in a way that is reassuringly painful, and the cardio goes by so much better when I load up the latest NPR “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” podcast on my iPod before heading down there.
Next workout will be tomorrow morning, as long as I can get out of bed at the same time I did this morning (so really, as long as I get to bed at a decent time this evening).
Another interesting web 2.0 experience I had this weekend was starting up an account at Spark People. This service reminds me a lot of Weight Watchers, except that instead of food being points, it tracks your calories and their breakdown (carbs, fat, protein) and, based on how you set things up at the start (who you are, your goals, etc.), it tells you what you should eat or avoid that day still. Further, it tracks many other health goals such as drinking enough water, exercise, etc. It’s easy, painless, and even fun – you get points for everything you accomplish, and then cash the points in for trophies of bigger and shinier quality. 🙂
I am living more and more of a sedentary lifestyle. I’m going to need to find a walking buddy at work and go out around the buildings a time or two during the workweek. I get enough exercise on the weekends, I think, usually – but not so much in cubeville.
My strides towards getting my physical health where I want it were decent in 2007, but it’s time to take the discipline I have in so many other areas of my life and apply it to my physical well being.
In 2008, I am going to take care of all preventative measures I’ve been putting off (get my teeth cleaned and a check-up, get a physical exam from my doctor, etc.).
I am going to drink three times as many ounces of water as I do any caffeinated beverages I have in my day.
I am going to exercise in a measurable, reportable, meaningful way three times a week.
I am going to stop eating dessert – it’s just stupid behavior. I don’t get a lot of satisfaction from it, and it certainly is not more of a priority to me than being healthy and feeling great about my body.
I am a somewhat squeezed size 36 waist right now, for the most part. I will be a comfortable size 36 by this time next year.
Tomorrow is another noon, another Weight Watcher’s meeting, another weigh in. Losing looks like a probability. I’m thinking at the end of this round of meetings, which ends in February, I’ll take the money I’m paying WW and experiment with a gym membership, maybe. Or buy a bicycle. Or something.
I need exercise.