I’m sitting outside on this lovely evening in Cleveland. My dogs, Boo and Sophia, are playing with their toys while I relax and blog with the nice breeze 🙂 Ahh, this is the life!
The past few weeks I have not stepped foot in the gym. The main reason is that I am waiting to hear back from a job opportunity (and it would involve fitness so I would not need a membership else where). Until I have definite job plans, I am saving my money and doing no gym workouts.
These past few weeks have been odd, considering I have always worked out in a gym. It’s almost been challenging and in the past I would have felt like I am not doing enough physically. However, I know that doing other activities like walking and jogging are just as good for me and are quite honestly “enough”.
Here’s what a typical exercise schedule has looked like for me over the past few weeks:
- Sunday: walk the dogs, 40 minutes
- Monday: jog, 30 minutes
- Tuesday: walk the dogs, 40 minutes
- Wednesday: walk the dogs, 40 minutes
- Thursday: jog, 30 minutes
- Friday: walk the dogs, 40 minutes
- Saturday: walk the dogs, 40 minutes or jog 30 minutes
That’s it! No gym on top of my jogs or walks. Walking has become my new cardio. I am beginning to let go of those feelings of “not doing enough” and realizing that I am doing just enough.
In the past a typical day of working out could look like this:
- Lift heavy 40 minutes
- 30 minute high intensity cardio
- Teach a spin class in the evening
I no longer feel it necessary to workout like that. I still do teach (and enjoy it) but don’t feel obligated to do my own workout before teaching.
The one thing I’ve learned about weight loss (even though I’ve never lost a significant amount of weight) is that it’s more about what you eat vs how much you exercise. I could exercise for 2 hours a day, yet not lose a pound, which is fine by me because I am maintaining. However, because I am maintaining I don’t want to feel like I need to exercise for 2 hours a day to stay at the same weight. And I don’t. My weight is actually on the lower end of my comfy weight range (which is between 138-143lbs) now vs when I am exercising more. Imagine that! My weight stays the same and I don’t have to physically exhaust myself each day.
Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying don’t push yourselves. Even I like a challenging workout. But you don’t have to over exercise each week for fear that you’ll suddenly balloon up. The take home message is to be kind to yourself and to give yourself a break – YOU ARE DOING ENOUGH! 😉
This is what a quick 30 minute jog made me look like (granted it was almost 90 degrees, but I felt pretty good!)
Saturday I am staying the night in a haunted prison (crazy, I know!)….Andy’s mom and aunt are really into visiting haunted places. I also am interested, but actually really afraid! Good thing I’ll be in good company with Andy and his family.
Do you feel as though you push yourself too hard, just right, or not enough when it comes to your workouts?
Do you believe in ghosts?