Thursday, May 13, 2010

WW Wrap-up: Done a Little Differently

These last two weeks have not afforded me a lot of time to focus on my WW efforts. Naturally, that means that while I’ve perhaps thought about needing to update, I’ve not had the luxury of thinking much about the content of this update. So instead of a blow-by-blow recap approach, here’s what’s been on my mind:

I am in the worst shape of my entire life.

That’s saying a lot. I’ve always been on the athletic side, despite having been overweight for most of my life. And while my fitness level has never been stellar, I’ve been able to fake my way through sports and such.

Until now.

Saturday I took 4.0 with me across the street for a last minute appointment. He had refused to take an afternoon nap, so I thought a walk in the fresh air would be good for the both of us. And I was just going across the street, no big whoop.

Except that I found myself getting winded pushing the stroller up our street. A street that really isn’t up at all. Seriously. To say that it is has an incline is utterly preposterous.

And now I’m at my wit’s end.

So why don't you get off your @$$ and do something?! you might be saying to me through your computer screen.

I can’t hear you. Just sayin'.
[Sticks fingers in ears, scrunches eyes closed and shakes head side-to-side]

I guess my wit’s end may not be synonymous with hitting rock bottom.

Here’s my deal. I have no extra time right now. Seriously. Zip. Zilch. I’m multi-tasked to the hilt, at work and at home. Really. I won’t go into the gory details of my schedule, but take my word for it: I. Have. No. Time.


I’m not sure what this rant was supposed to accomplish exactly. Or what the point of it should be. I suppose it’s simply a therapeutic exercise (there’s that word again!) for me; venting my frustrations.

So I’ll put it to you, dear readers: how do you manage to fit exercise into your hectic life?

Week 7 Stats: +0.6
Total to date: -1.6

Week 8 Stats: -1.2
Total to date: -2.8


  1. Hey hon! So proud of you for doing WW again! And look at your stats! You're losing!! That's awesome!

    Fitting in exercise is tough. I have the same problem myself. I've had periods where I've PAID for a gym membership...only to go a few times and then not use it at all. So finally, I bit the bullet and hired a trainer. He keeps encouraging me to get in walks during lunchtime or after work on the days we don't meet. It's not hard core cardio, but something is better than nothing, right? It still hasn't happened yet (except for once or twice) but I'm hoping it will get there eventually. With 4.0, I am sure it is a WHOLE lot harder to find time. The other idea I've been mulling over is getting a bike and a bike stand that I can do while in front of the TV.

  2. I think walking with the baby is a great start. I know that I can't make myself go to the gym, but walking or running around the neighborhood seems like way less time and effort. In terms of time, going to the gym involves packing up your workout clothes, getting in the car, driving, parking & changing. In the time it takes you to get to the gym you can walk a mile in your neighborhood.

    And if you can walk the baby in the stroller at the same time, it'll be bonding time for the two of you, so you won't be taking anything away from your mom duties. What also works for me, is to focus on distance and not time. We hear all the time that we are supposed to work out so many hours every week, and if you're not already on a workout schedule, (and if you have a ton of other stuff going on), it can be really daunting. (Also, you can hurt yourself if you try to go from 0 to 60 all at once.) By focusing on the distance, and increasing your distance gradually, I feel like it puts the focus on what you've accomplished, and you feel proud without the feeling of forcing yourself to slog through longer than is comfortable. I think the important thing to remember that it only takes a little bit to make a difference. (This is Amanda Elizondo by the way, I don't think I identified myself the last time I commented...)