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Stepping Up My Game

Posted on 2013.08.28 at 00:00
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External circumstances have contributed to me gaining ~25lbs the last year. An informal self-audit identified the start of school as the watershed to get myself back on schedule; awkwardly, school started on a Friday. So I started the Sunday before the start of the first week of school. I started with Kenpo-X.

That might have been a bit aggressive. So I didn't run through but a handful of the starting workouts, but the warmups Tony Horton leads us through is a subset of his Yoga-X, so yeah. Every one needs a starting point, though I'm unsure why beginnings are referred to as, "baby steps" for in my experience, its a glaring misnomer. Like many new parents, I assumed my son - when he finally took that first step, would be hesitant and unsteady - and perhaps it was, but the subsequent step was not. He basically crawled until he stood up and started running - he's been running ever since.

So now, shall I.

Since school has started I've been getting up much earlier - three hours earlier to be precise. Which is an awesome opportunity to get my daily walk in. As the season migrates to Winter this will be less of an issue (or perhaps more of an issue as it will eventually turn frigid prior to the sun coming up) but right now with the temperature still in the 100s I appreciate the jump-start. Because that's exactly what I need - assistance in establishing routine.

I've been running through a different P-90X DVD each morning, followed by a walk after the school bus - just like I used to do - only without the intensity and length - I assume that will come in time. My pace currently averages at 3.5 mph (down about one mile per hour since last time) and I'm only getting in half an hour in the mornings. I'm working on slowly increasing that back up to a full hour each of both the P-90X and the walk.

But exercise is only half the story.

I already eat more fresh leafy vegetables than anyone I know, so what I've had to do is cut out some of the extraneous stuff. For breakfast I saute diced kale, cilantro, parsley, garlic chives, rosemary, thyme and onions in a couple of tablespoons of EVOO then add an egg. For lunch its the same ingredients (minus the egg) raw for a salad. This is due, in part, to suzanne1945 who grows most of that in her garden :)

Its a slow start, but it feels good to have a routine again, and to start working toward a goal again. For mental and physical health.


michelle1963 at 2013-08-29 03:42 (UTC) (Link)
Routine is an oft under-appreciated construct. I, too, am seeking routine. Thought moving to my condo and starting a new job would be my jumping off point. In regard to healthy eating these two changes helped. Confronted with the series 7 - and it's significance in regard to making a decent wage in my newly chosen career - my exercise has been more sporadic. But it does occur. And at least that is something.

Way to go - you!
ehowton at 2013-08-30 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
Concerning sporadic, doing anything is usually better than doing nothing at all.

At some point, however, great benefit is given to those who do it routinely. And we're back to your first couple of points.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-08-29 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
"It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish."

~J. R. R. Tolkien
ehowton at 2013-08-30 18:28 (UTC) (Link)
And that sir, can be applied across the board!
pcofwildthings at 2013-08-30 17:50 (UTC) (Link)
Breakfast: "add an egg"? Dude, you could probably do with a couple-three eggs in your a.m. green mix, and I hope you are putting some protein on your lunch salad as well...chicken breast, salmon, maybe a grass-fed burger sans bun? You're a big guy, right? (talking about frame, not weight) and need the protein support. Anyway, good luck on your fitness journey.
ehowton at 2013-08-30 18:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I have added a protein shake prior to to my morning routine (I wrote this a week ago) and yes, tuna in my lunch salad.

Starting out is usually a deficit of initial calories as I get accustomed to balancing intake and workout. I really do embrace this as a lifestyle - problem is I have migrated through so many of them, they each look different until I regain my footing. Especially from the perspective of those who live a more stable one.
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