Summary Week 39: Operation Get Fit No Excuses
This week has gone by lightning quick! Welcome to Week 39 of my fitness journey.
While I don't have a lot of new things to report, I do have some news. I have been lazy this past week. I have not exercised everyday like I have been. See, now that I have reached and surpassed my original weight goal, I thought that I would change my exercise regimen to every other day versus 6 days a week. Why would I do that? Simply because I was looking for an excuse to slack off. See, even now that diet and exercise have become a daily routine, even a way of life for me, I sometimes look for excuses to give myself permission to slack off on my diet or my exercise. I can't do that.
Today was one of those days. I have had a bad couple of days dealing with the emotional upheaval that Epilepsy sometimes brings out. Between that and all the pressure I put on myself to try to fit everything I need and want to do into my schedule, along with sleeping and exercising, I was thinking that the exercise could just be put off. I laid in bed watching TV after working on some of my internet stuff and told Padrone that I thought I would change my exercise to every other day. He asked me my reasons, listened and then told my why I should not. Basically, he kept me from reverting back to the lazier me.
I exercised yesterday but hadn't the day before so my muscles were sore. I remembered that my body literally feels better even if I do a light yoga routine. Exercise doesn't have to mean that you go hard for an hour every day. It should be a kind of exercise that you enjoy. I do enjoy my exercising and my walks both. They help me relax, feel physically and mentally better, and as well as keep me healthy.
I wanted to tell you this because I know the struggle. There are many of you that read my blog and find comfort and inspiration from my own journey. Even though I've lost a lot of weight, feel much better physically and mentally, I still get those days where I just want to literally revert back to my old couch potato ways. I can't if I want to live the best life I can for as long as I can.
I hope that my words give you that push that Padrone gave me to keep going on your own path to a healthier lifestyle. Push past all the mental and emotional strains you put on yourself and do something. Even if you only do a 10 or 15 minute slow walk. It's better than sitting there on the computer and doing nothing at all.
Now, on to food. I've lost more weight (not intentionally it just keeps coming off) and I've actually started eating a little more. I think that my vegetarian diet and exercise routine have completely changed my body's metabolism and that's why I'm feeling hungrier than before. So, I eat one extra meal or have an extra snack when I need.
You have to remember that you can't starve your body because then it will go into shutdown and preserve your fat stores because it thinks you aren't getting enough food to sustain you. You have to be full without taking in too many calories in order to lose weight while being active.
My Padrone has been trying to get used to eating a vegetarian diet like I do over the past week and he has already lost an extra 2 kilos (4.4 lbs) just by making the switch. I admit that he isn't eating as much as he normally did in the past, but changing the quality of the food has helped him maintain his blood sugar levels and his blood pressure better than he did when he was eating the way he was before.
I will post more about Padrone's journey to a healthier lifestyle next week along with my own weekly summary. It's never too late to start!
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