September 25th is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, what a great day to start putting my grand health plan into action. I have started waking up early, to get more done, but the one thing that I haven’t been able to add to my day is exercise. Like most of you, I am on my computer for work 8 hours a day, plus the time that I am working on the blog. Then it is family time, dinner and sports! I know you understand what I am talking about. We are all busy. We all have things to get done, but one of the things that I don’t prioritize is me. And I need to start doing that.
A little history
When I was younger, I was very active and athletic. I played Varsity Soccer and Volleyball in High School and even earned a Full-Ride athletic scholarship to Fresno State for Volleyball, where I was a 4-year starting setter. I practiced every day for 4 hours and we did weights 2-3 times a week plus other conditioning. In the off season there were more weights and conditioning, but not as much practice. My exercise regiment was dictated and I did it. I loved my team and the workouts. The problem was when it was all over. I still ate like I was working out every day. My hunger hadn’t caught up with the fact that wasn’t using all the energy I was consuming. So I started to gain a little weight.
I tried to get motivated to continue my workouts, but after just graduating college and getting married, I didn’t have the money to join a gym. Even worse, I didn’t know where to start. I had a whole workout regime that I had to follow before, but now my goals had changed and if I couldn’t afford a gym membership no-way would I be able to have that personal trainer that would focus on me and my needs and develop a training plan that I could stick to.
The one thing I had going for me was metabolism. It was still pretty high, so when I started to gain weight I dropped the diet sodas and extra-large meals and the weight just dropped off.
Back in the olden days…
You have to remember that this was before smartphones and apps for every activity and tracking. No You-Tube to look up videos on how to do exercises or video work-outs. You bought DVD’s of Tae-bo and watched them in your living room. I joined Weight-Watchers (before it was WW) and was able to get my weight in check, and then I had my lovely son. I went from 150 lbs to 190 and ended up with high blood pressure and a lot of water weight at the end. But as soon as he was born, I dropped 20 lbs. Still not back to my target weight, but I had just had a baby and I was happy with the results. I was able to get my weight down to 150 again prior to getting pregnant again 5 years later, but with this pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes. The worst part, it was insulin-dependent. I had to test my blood and inject insulin with every meal. I went from 150 to 200 lbs. However, the weight didn’t come off right away. This wasn’t water weight like before, this was truly weight gain from diabetes.
Progress is slow
I managed to lose most of the baby weight over the course of the next 3 years and was down to about 165. I was pretty happy with that. Again this was mainly due to changing eating habits. The big hurdle came when Rowan was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3. We had doctors’ appointments, hospital stays and a lot of stress. With that came stress eating. Our sleep schedule was interrupted, our life put on hold. For almost three years this was our life and over that time, my weight steadily went up and with that my fasting blood glucose. Additionally, I wasn’t getting any younger and metabolism was slowing down.
Here we are today
Because of having gestational diabetes, I had a greater risk for Type-2. 3-years ago the pre-diabetes ended up being full blown Type-2 which I had to start taking insulin and other medication. Now I am almost 45, and 40 lbs overweight. My slower metabolism has means I have to actually add exercise AND better eating (it isn’t going to fall away like it used to). But I have to start somewhere.
Where to begin?
I know I need to add exercise and eat better. One time I tried the jump right in strategy, and start with a 3-mile walk and weights (takes too long, have you done that too? And ended up so sore I couldn’t walk for a week). Even when I schedule it on my calendar, it still doesn’t happen. I have emptied the pantry of all the bad foods and bought only healthy items (blech!) So this time I am going to start small, starting slow. This first step is to find some easy items that I can do during a 5-15 minute break between meetings or while I am cooking something. These small steps will help get me moving not just for exercise but to move towards a better me.
I have come across 10 quick exercises that I can do while at my desk or on calls or while cooking.
- Seated leg raises
- March in place
- Standing ab workout
- Squat and box
- Standing leg curl
- Wall press
- Lunge and rotation
- Triceps Dip
- Straight Arm Kneeling Side Bridge
- Calf raises
Moving forward toward health
September 25th is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day what a great day to start taking charge of my health. My goal is that by implementing these exercises I will start to get the energy to add additional exercise. That this in addition to making changes to my diet will help simplify my health. I’m going to get healthy enough to reduce my insulin use. I am going to reach my goals. It may not happen as quickly as it used to but I am going stay focused and make this happen.
I know that this post is a little more serious, but I need to get this process started in order to be able to stay focused on the rest of my quest for simplification in the other areas of my life.
What are you going to do to jump-start your quest for better health and a simplified life? Does a special day on the calendar help you get motivated and stick to your plan? Do you plan to do something for National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. Comment below to let me know how you stay focused on your goals!