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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.

Comments

elsinoreblue
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!
crs
May. 25th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
That was already my Sunday plan, though I may be bowing out of the Mary's trip...
(Anonymous)
May. 25th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks! As far as Mary's goes, if you're bowing out due to wanting to eat better, there are options there. We could split a steamed entree and still eat Suan! What do you say?
elsinoreblue
May. 25th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
That last one was from me, too. :) I've started a new game at work: when I go to lunch I take the stairs down to the lobby (8 floors); when I come back from lunch, I take the elevator, but I get off at whatever floor my other riders do and take the stairs the rest of the way. :) It works pretty well and gives me variety.
crs
May. 25th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
It's not about the food, it's about the previous committment in a certain online game, that is basically the only time I put into the game anymore, and is a whole lot of fun.

I figure hey, if I'm going to see y'all all day long, then I can bow out of dinner reasonably, maybe... maybe? Maybe not, if all day long is full of stress and no real hanging out, which it will be.

I'm still on the fence. I'll almost certainly end up punting the raid but I hate to do it.
pekmez
May. 25th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
what she said works for me, at breakfast. I love lowfat cottage cheese, I love soy protein powder added to oatmeal, I even love kashi golean crunch.

We are also up for strolls around the (home) neighborhood, anytime I'm on IM and don't turn
out to be idle for example. And walks in the
Fells on limited notice, and the like. Sadly, no bike rides without babysitting.

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