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sorry, sorry shape

I've gotten into a pathetically bad physical shape over the past year, down from merely "bad". I need some exercise, to get up to the point where I feel capable of biking to or from work on a nice day. I also seem to be allowing myself to snack way too much at work, as a stopgap to fight the emotional doldrums from technical frustrations at infrastructure problems.

So starting now, I'm on a diet. No candy bars, no chips, no sweets from the vending machines at work. Drink more water, less Diet Coke - the Diet Coke increases appetite, I suspect, or maybe it just leaves a taste in the mouth that needs covering. Eat breakfast before leaving home (once I have gone shopping to make that possible) - something filling like a couple bowls of cereal (in skim milk) or a bagel. Or, walk to Davis Square in the morning and get something from a coffeeshop there (a muffin is allowable if I get such physical activity into my day at the start.)
  • Any friends I can call on to drag me outside for exercise-like things - hiking in the White Mountains, walking in the Fells or the Blue Hills, biking up the Minuteman or to Cambridge... Please drag me away from weekends like the last, where I spent a lot of it in front of the computer, playing various video games online. I did assemble some shelves, but I didn't really experience the beautiful weather. And that's a shame.
It's freaking time to take some action and turn this body of mine around. Stop feeling heavy, and sluggish, and generally unhealthy.

How did I learn to stop eating when I was no longer hungry a few years ago? As it is, I seem to have reverted to "eat until full", which is a very different, and much more destructive thing. If I can remember that trick, it would go a long way towards health, I think.

I also want to initiate some outdoors activities. Canoe trips, walks in the fells, etc. I can do this thing, I know it. I've gotten the groove before. Heck, in Minnesota, I was going to the gym twice a week.

Tomorrow, gym bag goes with me to work. I'll see if I can start there, with the diet, and the gym at work.


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May. 25th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Hey, kudos to you to making a plan and going for it! You can do it.
May. 25th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Email me for my phone number. I can drag you to your bike almost any weekend day. I need the same impetus.
May. 25th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
I find the eat until full vs eat until not hungry thing is very seasonal and also very linked to activity level -- which itself is seasonal. But during the winter I tend to overeat and not be active which makes me want to overeat. So maybe there's hope for this summer.
May. 25th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
It's weird, but I find I can do pretty well in the winter. In the spring, I get a little more active, but I want to eat even more to make up for it, and I seem to gain weight in the spring a lot.
May. 25th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
i've got a membership at Bally total fitness -- come help me figure out the elliptical machines?
May. 25th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Good for you for deciding to do this!

Let me make the following suggestion. Don't underestimate the value of small amounts of exercize. Don't only go for long trips on weekends, but make a point of going for a 15 minute walk before lunch every day, or something like that. Take the stairs. Get up to change the channel. Add little bits of activity whereever you can, it will make a difference.

Thinking supportive thoughts at you!
May. 25th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll keep my eyes open for such chances. Today I let myself fall into the "time is too tight" trap to just drive to the mall for lunch and not take a walk... but it's not too late to take a little walking break.

If only there was some reasonable destination nearby... this area is a desolation of office parkness. The new strip mall may help, once it opens. (Never thought I'd say that sentence!)

May. 25th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
A lot of us are in get-in-shape mode. We should form a walking club, or even a loose-knit walking network to get us all up and out there.
May. 25th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Could be cool. It's sounding like a lot of people could be interested in that; maybe it could be an LJ community, or just a mailing list...

I'll give it some thought in the evening if no one else grabs the idea first :)
May. 25th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
where is your place of work again? I work near kendall and need impetus to get walking during lunch. everyone else goes out to eat and I don't (yay for me!). But I end up at my desk and I don't need to be there.....
May. 25th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
I work in Burlington these days. Walking during lunch isn't that attractive up in the wastelands, but I should probably try it anyway. There are a couple nice sandwich shops within walking distance.

Kendall, unfortunately, is a bit far.
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May. 25th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
Good for you.

My only small pieces of advice is that weight loss seems to be much more heavily connected to what I eat then to how much I exercise. I often exercise more, but end up eating enough or more than enough to fail to lose weight. Alternately, if I'm good about eating, I can lose weight without really exercising.

Also, swing dancing is the wave of the future.
May. 25th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
hmm, I did have fun with that when I did it... what... 5 years ago? Whoa.

Not only that, but swing lessons would be scheduled and structured and something that I'd have to make room for. Interesting.
May. 25th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
Whee, getting outdoors and doing stuff! I'm up for that - i'd been thinking I want to go out walking and hiking some, especially in the gorgeous weather.

I bike too, but mostly to work, and I'm not sure I'm interested in bike rides other than as transportation. I want to do a "bike to Walden, go swimming, and bike back" thing sometime in the summer, but it's a little cold for that yet. :) Other similar trips would be cool too.

May. 25th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Good for you! I'd be up for walking locally or in the Fells or tripping to Monadnock if time allows. If you need physical activity this weekend, you're welcome to come lift heavy stuff with us Sunday. ;) *Shameless plub because we could use the help*

As far as breakfast, consider making protein a part of your morning routine. Different folks have different responses to the mix of fat, carbs, and protein in their diet, but I find that if I start the day with protein, I'm sated for much longer. Cereal or muffins may seem easier, but you may end up hungrier sooner. I incorporate low fat cottage cheese and vegetarian sausages (morningstar farms are the best IMHO) into my weekly breakfasts. If I have cereal, I try to pick up something low in sugar and high in fiber and/or protein and keep it to one bowl. Good luck! I'm hoping to join you in getting healthier!
May. 25th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
That was already my Sunday plan, though I may be bowing out of the Mary's trip...
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May. 25th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
More suggestions (because for me it's easier to add things that to take them away).

When you're frustrated at work can you take a five minute walking around break rather than a snack break?

Does thinking about how to add more vegetables help you focus on healthier eating?

What about a goal of biking to work some day in June?
May. 25th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'll have to train up for it, but biking to work before June is out sounds like a great goal. :) Thanks for the suggestions!
May. 25th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
best exercise ever!
I've recently discovered the most awesome exercise - patrol!!! I may even need to buy new clothing soon since my current clothes are getting baggy on me.

I usually go most every weekend. Wanna come along some time? :)
May. 28th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: best exercise ever!
It's been a while, but I do want to :)

I was thinking about just showing up last night for the game, after seeing this post, but this weekend I've been feeling pretty sick, so I skipped. I'll try for next week, scheduling permitting!
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May. 25th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
You might also enjoy orienteering -- there are local clubs, and it's geeky enough that you'd like it.
May. 25th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
good luck!
I'm up for walks and bike rides, and I would love to take the 'kitten trekking about the Fells. And, since I'll be carrying 25 pounds on my back, I'll be moving sloooowly at first. :)

On the snacks thing: if you are actually hungry, at least for me, it's often better to eat a healthy snack - carrots, an apple, a small salad, whatever - then hang around being hungry for a long time. Buy a big bag of apples or oranges at Shaws, and leave them at work.
May. 26th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm contemplating a visit to the Arnold Arboretum this weekend. Want to take a stroll?
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