Exercise/fitness update

I’ve been a fitness loser lately.  Well, maybe not a complete loser. I have been getting out for a couple little sauntering walk/runs per week for a grand total of 4 or 5 miles a week.   But I’ve definitely lost the eye of the tiger. (Do people use that phrase outside of a Rockie movie?  I don’t even know.)    And even worse — it pains me greatly to say this–   I’ve gained back 7 pounds of the 20 I lost a couple years ago. This will not do, folks.  I worked way too hard to backslide any more.

So.  Line in the sand time.  No more gaining. I’m going back to exercise 4-5 days a week, and even more important, I’m going back to tracking what I eat.  That, really, was central to my success before, and I think a huge part of my backsliding lately.   I’ve got a spiffy new pair of  Merrell Running Shoes. And, since I’m a numbers girl, I’ve even made myself a  fitness chart.  You can click on it to see more details.  Feel free to print off a copy for yourself if you’re wanting a bit of a challenge yourself.  (Here’s a link to a blank chart too, in case you want to set different goals than I did.)

ShoesOn it I’ve listed various healthy habits I’m aiming to practice each day: tracking my food, having a a salad-meal a day, only having fruit for evening snacks, running or walking a mile (or two or three) a day, and lifting weights now and then.  Each item earns a point. My personal goal is to have 120 points by the end of the month.  Just a way to keep myself remembering to fit in the things that help my be successful fitness-wise, you know?

Today I did 3 miles on the elliptical, had a salad for lunch, ate strawberries for a bedtime snack, and lifted weights for 10 minutes.  So that’s a total of 6 points today. That’s better than I’ve done in awhile. How about you? Need some motivation toward fitness?  Does a challenge along these lines sound like fun?  If so, print off a copy of my fitness chart  and join me!  I’ll check back in at the end of the month and tell you how I’ve done, and if you want, you can tell me too!

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  1. Mary G says:

    I’ve been struggling a little since I’ve dropped off running. I had a knee injury in a knee I haven’t had surgery on yet and it scared me. I’ve run pretty steadily for about 16 years. My doctor seems that I can try running again with a brace, but I’m still thinking about it. I do walk 2-3 miles each day, but now that I’m about to turn 50 (next month), I seem to need to do an extra 20+ min. of additional exercise each day to keep things steady. I like the idea of tracking what I eat and will give your chart a try. I’ve never done that before with any consistency. Those shoes are brilliant BTW. 🙂

  2. I like this! I have 25 lbs, but 4 have crept back on and I need to lose 20 more, so I need t get back on track, too! Would you be able to post a chart that has blank spaces on the top as we would each have different daily goals? If not, I could still print this and change a few of them. Looks like a good motivator–thank you!

  3. Jennifer says:

    What an awesome idea! I’m going downstairs soon to format it for myself! I’m having a “dry” May, so putting that on the checklist will be a great motovator, as well as my Couch to 5K training! My husband and I went to a 70s party last night and I suggested he try on my jeans (they are boot cut). Much to his delight, they fit him and made the outfit look great. They were Limited brand size 6, but they are very snug on me and I was not pleased they fit him!

  4. christy says:

    I think you should set up another fitness challenge like you did awhile back with the giveawways and such. It was a great motivation and bathing suit season is almost here so I need all the motivation I can get!

  5. jennifer says:

    Loove the shoes. My weakness is eating at night after everyone goes to bed.

  6. Random thoughts + questions:

    1. How many points do I earn for eating Ben and Jerry’s at bedtime? 😉

    2. On the shoes: do you run primarily on dirt or pavement? Have you noticed any problems with pavement running (i.e. joint soreness, injury, etc.) when you’re wearing your Merrells? Though I haven’t been running for about 6 months (I’m pregnant and trying to avoid a repeat pre-term delivery), when I was running, it was mostly on pavement with my FiveFingers shoes. I had to be very conscious of my posture and bending my knees enough to avoid joint injury.

    3. The books are on their way to you! 🙂

    • I run on gravel as much as possible– partly on a farmer’s ditch bank and partly on the gravel edge of the road, alternating sides of the road so I don’t wear my joints unevenly. The Merrells def force me to focus on good form, but they seem to work really well for me.
      As for points for Ben and Jerry’s…I think the ice cream itself is the reward. 😉


  7. I love this! I’m a month behind….but better late than never! I’m printing now!! Thanks!


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