I mentioned in one of my other posts that I started Weight Watchers (again) in March 2011. Something I started doing over the last few months, in conjunction with eating healthy, is drafting up a weekly activity/exercise plan. Exercise is half, if not more, of the equation when losing weight and maintaining weight loss, so I knew that a plan was something that would help me lose those last few pounds and maintain my weight goal.
I typically know my schedule one week ahead of time, so I knew a weekly plan was something I could commit to. Of course, we all have hiccups and unexpected things come up, but it’s important to be flexible and not give up just because something didn’t go according to plan. It’s important to really commit to doing something for 30 minutes each and every day, even if it’s just two short walks a day.
Even though I’ve drafted these plans for several weeks now, I vowed to really commit to my plan starting in February. I knew my schedule had to be reasonable – I just don’t have time or energy to exercise hardcore 5x a week – so I added some long walks or weights some days. My results so far are the following:
- Week ending 2/11: Five out of seven days of activity including 3 walks, 2 runs, 1 cardio-kickboxing session, and one strength training sessions
- Week ending 2/18: Five out of seven days of activity including 3 walks, 2 runs, and one strength training sessions
So far this week, I’m 3 for 3 which is a good sign of things to come. I have one run, one walk, one cardio-kickboxing session, and one strength training sessions under my belt so far. On my plan is 4-5 walks (weather permitting), 3 runs, and 2 strength training sessions. I tend to fall off with activity at the end of the week, so those are times when I really need to focus, focus, focus. My muscles are already a little sore from this week’s exercise, but it’s only making me more motivated to keep with it.
The only problem with being more active if you want to eat everything in sight, including crap you really shouldn’t be eating but really want to. It’s important to find the right balance and I’m still trying to find it.
What tools do you use to stay on track with your health? How are you balancing food and exercise? What can you do to make your lifestyle a little more active?