March 15, 2010

More Ass to Kick

I've been putting on weight.

You see, school keeps me really busy. And by "really busy" I mean silent-scream-wild-eyed-ripping-of-hair-and-gnashing-of-teeth-can't-stop-now-or-I'll-never-get-this-done BUSY. So I haven't had time to go the gym. I mean it. I really, really haven't had time.

On top of that, when I'm stressed I tend to self-medicate with food. So, to put it simply, I've been silent-scream-wild-eyed-riping-of-hair-and-gnashing-of-teeth-can't-stop-now-or-I'll-never-get-this-done STRESSED... and, honey, that makes for a bad case of the munchies.

This is a problem for 2 reasons:

1. We have big plans as a family.

We want to do one of the those walking vacations in England. The wonderful ones where you walk the countryside while your lovely tour company moves all your stuff from the hotel you stayed in last night, to the hotel you'll stay in tonight. Midday, you stop and have lunch and a pint in a nice British pub...

and then you meander on your way, enjoying the countryside and arriving at your next stop just in time for dinner.

Also, those biking vacations in Europe sound wonderful. Biking in the Netherlands or Germany or the north of France.

Check it out! It's us on bikes (years ago now).

I'd like to take the kids downhill skiing sometime.

I don't know when we'll have the money to do these things, but I want to be ready when and if we do. Also, there's the right now activities - walking, hiking, playing with the kids, swimming, skating, etc. I need to be fairly fit to enjoy them with my family and I don't want to be so out of shape that I can't do active stuff with my kids.

2. I don't want to get so fat I can't bend over.

I'm watching a show on (free live streaming in Canada - THANK YOU HGTV) about this newly married couple who are renovating a house. It's a great show. The husband is funny and charismatic but he's quite big and I couldn't help but notice on the latest show that, when he was babysitting a friend's toddler, he had trouble bending down to play trains with the little boy on the floor. His belly got in the way.

I really don't want that to happen to me.

So what I've decided I'm going to do is this:

The plan

1. Not renew my gym membership, because I'm not using it anyway. I might buy a summer membership, though, so we can use their outdoor pool (which is beautiful - they just converted to salt from chlorine). Paying for a gym membership is expensive and useless if I'm not using it. If I don't renew it, I can put that money towards something I will enjoy doing - like #6 or #7.

2. Get work-out videos from the library and (shhh, I don't think this is legal) copy them onto my computer.

3. Do the workout videos often... like everyday. Or, at least, on the days I'm at home all day working.

4. Take walks. duh.

5. Maybe take up running again. Maybe. I don't really enjoy running, you see. But you can't argue with the fact that it's good exercise.

6. Join the 'walk a marathon' class at the Running Room. I heard about this on CBC - the guy who reaches the class says that walking is better than running and he trains for and walks marathons. Sounds like good training for a walking vacation in England to me.

7. Think about signing up for those kick boxing classes, burn off that stress by kicking and punching.

And that's my plan.

Wish me luck!

PS: I did a work-out video this morning by the guy who choreographed the dancing for Madonna's latest tour:

It was fun, but HARD. I'm sure I looked ridiculous trying to keep up with the dance moves at full-speed. There's times I wish my curtains were more opaque.

But at least I was up and moving, right?




CaneWife said...

Best of luck! It's really great that you are taking control this way.

I have always struggled with my weight. Finally, in college I was tired of not feeling healthy. I started drinking a ton of water and going for several mile walks every day. I was able to lose over 100 pounds. I gained a little bit back, but I'm healthy and that's what counts.

I hope you guys get to go one one of those trips soon!

Kirara said...

Y'know this probably won't do anything for your weight if you're trying to off some pounds but when I was tearing my hair out busy/stressed at university, taking a brisk ten minute walk every hour really helped me THINK more clearly and thus get stuff done faster and better. You've got kids so that probably won't work so well, but hey I'm throwing it out there.

Julie said...

I want to go on vacation with you! Sounds like an awesome time (except I don't think my knees can take it). I'm trying to shed the pounds too. Eating a lot less and moving a little with the wii fit. Good luck to us!

Erin said...

Great job on making a plan and getting moving. I agree giving up the gym membership is best if you aren't using it. I like the idea of doing videos at home if that is easier---I would do it more, but my kids get in the way and don't really let me get through it. So for me for now (and I'm not in school, mind you), I have to work out elsewhere.

Go girl!

Velva said...

Your post made me smile!I think many of us can relate to you. Get out there and "kick ass" you have a walking tour to take soon!

btw, Our family agreed to do a bike tour in the Loire Valley, this summer. Same concept as your walking tour. I figure the worst that can happen is that I am sitting on the side of road laughing at myself.....My dilemma is how to carry a loaf of bread under one
arm, and a bottle of wine under the other, while riding a bicycle (smile).

Perfect Moments said...

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scrappysue said...

know how you feel mel! i'm going to try zumba classes next term! all the best with your plan