By no means do I feel good about this. However, I also do not feel that all is lost. There are a few reasons:
- 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.
- I get LOTS of "passive exercise" --
- 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!
- 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.
- I almost never sit while speaking with patients.
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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! :)