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Friday, May 20, 2011

Stepping Stone

It's Friday night. I haven't worked out all week. I am sitting in a recliner blogging. Shortly, my husband will turn on some TV, and I will fully recline and completely zone out.
By no means do I feel good about this. However, I also do not feel that all is lost. There are a few reasons:

  1. Goal setting mind set -- I initiated my goal to work out twice per week last week. I met the goal last week. This is progress, and I will keep working on it.
  2. I get LOTS of "passive exercise" -- 
    1. The parking lot at work is huge, possibly acres. I apparently arrive later than a good 75% of the other staff. This means I park really far away. Actually, if you clock it, it's only 6 or 7 minutes each way. But when you're running late, it seems farther!
    2. I always always always take the stairs. (It helps that the elevator makes me claustrophobic!) My office is on the first floor of the hospital, and the patients I see are mainly on the 3rd. I make 2 or 3 trips up & down each day. When I help out co-workers, I like to volunteer for floors higher up.
    3. I almost never sit while speaking with patients.
    4. I sometimes stand at computers on the floor to do my charting. I actually even do little calf raises sometimes. (Yes, co-workers - if you ever thought you saw that, you did!)
    5. I used to bring sodas to work, but now I walk to cafeteria to get one. I also get a coffee most days. The cafeteria is only a few minutes walk, but it adds up.
  3. I have managed to cut out around 400 calories from my daily intake. (Future blogs on that, I promise!)
So ... does this all sound sort of stupid? It really does add up. The scale has been stable & below my pre-pregnancy weight since I stopped breastfeeding last month. My body is not quite what I'd like, but I look almost as I did pre-pregancy ... some of the parts that don't are beyond my control, if you know what I mean (and other moms do!)
At a minimum, I walk 25 minutes and walk 6 flight of stairs every weekday. Oh, and then I come home and lift a 25 pound baby like 2 dozen times! :)

1 comment:

  1. Don't sweat it! I do all sorts of little things to get exercise into my day...I actually have a blog post drafted about it :) Have a great weekend!