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Some observations about the whole exercising thingy. |
I've noticed that if I walk regularly, thereby getting the cardio exercise I need, I seem to crave sweets a little less. This is really important for me because I have a huge sweet tooth and usually just crave sweets and hence I ingest a lot of calories that way. Maybe if your body is functioning better, you crave less of the unhealthier stuff.
Another observation, closely tied to the first one, is that I noticed that making myself walk almost every day has meant that I think more about maximizing the effect of the exercise by maybe eating less sweets. Or to put it another way, "Aw, man! I'm walking even though my ankles and lower back hurts. Do I really want to cancel out this hell I'm putting myself through by ingesting more calories?"
The first two observations leads me to the idea that it was probably a good idea to start exercising rather than worrying about restricting calories right away.
I'm hoping that I start hurting less soon. It seems to be happening in even a week's time. The first couple of days, my ankles and lower back just totally ached as I walked, which wasn't exactly pleasant. Also, I think the extra weight I've been carrying around has put stress on my body, especially the two areas I mentioned aching while walking. I'm hoping that getting it off will make me feel better that way. There was that simulation they did in Celebrity Fit Club where at the end of the season, they would make contestants wear weights of the same amount they lost to show them how much weight they had been carrying around and how it felt to suddenly have to lug that weight around again.
I'm currently trying to curb my sugar intake. However, I have found that as I have gotten older my sweet tooth has diminished.
That finally happened to my uncle, who had a huge sweet tooth. It still hasn't happened to me. :-D
Walking is fantastic exercise. You are doing great!
I love to walk, and am waiting impatiently for walking weather to return. The treadmill is just not the same.
As for your pain areas, I'd strongly suggest either inserts or an investment in shoes with the proper support for walking long distances. It really does make a difference.I have some Nike ones with gel cushioning in the insole that I love. They are really great at curbing low back, hip and knee pain.
Also, if you havean iPod or a smart phone there are apps you can use to trace our route, speed, distance, etc. I really enjoy using them, because they porvide a great gauge of my progress in general fitness.
Keep up the great work!
Thank you for the words of encouragement!
Yeah, I've never liked stationary exercise machines. They make me feel claustrophobic.
Those apps sound great. I have a classic iPod. So far I've just been using my watch to monitor how long I've been walking.
I'm really excited because I've seen a lot of improvement in a very short time.
we're both doing terrific! :D
Yay! Do you have a lot of places around you that are bike-riding friendly?
not really - but there are four huge parks nearby :)