Thursday, June 30, 2022

Positive Steps

​I know, two posts in a week when I’ve been quiet as of late!   I guess that means things are settling down!  Maybe.    I have started a new routine for my day  and I’m quite proud of myself for it!!!!  

Yard Work

The yard work continues.  During the week it’s a lighter work…usually.  But I do throw some extra tasks in there to up my activity level.    Most days my main task is watering.  It’s hot..and dry.   We have a lot of freshly planted trees…and plants.  Water water water.   Yesterday I added turning the compost pile and attacking a pile of brush that is beside the fire pit…cutting and stacking it into manageable pieces for a fire.   Movement on my body…it’s a good thing….right?

The mowing won’t happen again until this weekend.  (We we’re not expecting to get a place with property so I hadn’t budgeted for a riding lawn mower…which will make it a bit easier.  We have a possibility but it’s been delayed. Hopefully soon).  Weirdly enough, I’m looking forward to the 3-4 hour exercise.  Ok…on one hand I dread it…but I know it’s doing my body good…soooo I kinda look forward to it to see how my body handles it.  I can see it get easier each week!    Even after we get the riding mower I will probably still be push mowing….around trees and tight spots.    

Tracking my Food

I have actually started tracking my food.  I’m doing fairly well with tracking. Actually I am doing splendid with my tracking.   My calories haven’t been totally where I want them to be…but I’ve been relatively close so I’m good with that.  And by relatively close I mean that I have been about 1500 calories.  I know…that is still an awesome calorie count…but it for some reason doesn’t work for my body.  And true to form I haven’t seen any weight dropping from my body.  But that’s ok.  I’m doing good things for my body in the meantime.

The New Routine

So what is this new routine that I alluded to earlier?   Well, I have been getting back on the exercise bike…I missed one day because I was making phone calls during the break that I have set aside to ride.    So that is one routine I’m bringing back.  The other?   I have started to do Zumba again.  Not in a class setting.  (Weirdly enough I couldn’t find any in person classes in this town…I think covid is still affecting exercise classes).  I have looked at the Zumba classes that you can buy a spot in a stream and do live.  And I will probably try that at some point.   But what I have been doing is I went to YouTube.  Yup.  The first person I did a workout with did everything leading with her right foot…and no cues anywhere and that annoyed me. The leading with the right foot annoyed me most…it created and off balance workout.   The cues…I just got used to my most awesome Zumba instructor Anita (this lady is as awesome as I said in this post)!   She led her classes and directed us with hand motions so that we always had a wee cue of the next step to take.   I missed that.   So after that one day with the lopsided clueless instructor, I headed to a different Zumba channel and I struck gold.  This guy without saying a word makes me smile.  (Literally he reminds us to smile).  He exercises both sides of the body equally.  And he gives physical cues to help us through the workout.  Yay!

I’m having to stay on the basic level for some of the moves….I can’t amp everything up to high intensity yet.   I also am still learning his moves and cues so I look like a list exerciser sometimes.  But I have been rolling the Zumba exercise each morning at around 6:30-7AM (depends on when I get my housecleaning done!). I may arrive at my desk a little sweaty…but hey, I work from home…who cares.  Especially since I’ll get sweaty again on my first break when I do the yard walk through to pick up downed tree limbs and whatnot  (I carry a bucket and weed as I go)…and I’ll get sweaty again on my lunch when I ride the exercise bike….and that last break bike ride also.  And I’ll get sweaty again when I go out for yard work when I get off from work.   

Ahhh work from home is great.  Even more great…finally taking control of my fitness level…accepting the lowered fitness level and taking the steps to change it!    Next up getting my food totally in line…that will come.  I know I’m much more cognizant when I eat now because my thought is ‘did I just sweat for that Zumba class only to negate the calories with such and such’. 

The work in progress that I am  is starting to make steps in the right direction again!!! 


Amy said...

Sounds like you're doing awesome! I'd love to know the name of the channel or instructor, I love Zumba with some instructors. I really like some of Ricardo Rodriquez, especially his Bailando video. It makes you feel really great when you finally get the moves down!

Lynn said...

Sounds like things are going well.
I disabled my blog for now...just not a good time to write. But I'm still reading yours.

jen said...

Hey, this was just great to read, very positive.
Zumba….I must dig deep and find my dvd’s, I used to enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely check ricardo Rodriguez out!!! And you are right…once you get the moves down in a workout, it is awesome! The Zumba is ‘Zumba sulu’

Anonymous said...

I can definitely understand that! We have to do what is best for our mental health and sometimes writing in a public forum just isn’t it! Take care of yourself!!!

Anonymous said...

I also want to pull out my step aerobics videos!!!!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Riding mower is costly. But look at the suspension. Our riding mower doesn't have much and it hard on body.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Kerstin said...

Always nice to get an update! I am impressed with all the yard work you're doing and how you perserved through the soreness and aches. Would love to see some photos if you ever want to share any! And well done on getting back into a routine, I am learning that routine is #1 ingredient of successful weight loss. Ours is about to get disrupted, too, as we just went under contract on a house! We were not even househunting! I reckon I'll follow into your steps soon with regards to the yard work which is something I've never even done (I only ever had balconies). In any case, good to see your updates, keep up the great work! xo

Paula C said...

Yard work is a good work out. Sounds like you are doing well. I haven't been. Today is my do over. I have to pull it together & lose the weight once & for all.