Thursday, January 26, 2017
Nothing changes if nothing changes
If you've followed the blog for any amount of time, you know that when we're home, we're very stringent about our workouts. Not working out isn't an option barring major illness that has us physically unable to stand. I have worked out with a migraine, with a cold and when my uterus felt like it weighed 500 lbs in the worst PMS of my life.
For as much as our dedication to exercise has served us in the past, it now only serves to maintain our current weight. When we face the facts, we both essentially work from home. The Mr does go into work two days per week but we noticed when his telework days went from once a week to twice and finally three days per week that his weight loss slowed and then reversed. The difference was when he goes in to work, he has a long walk ahead of him both to and from his car. In total, there was about 1/2 mile walking just to and from the car he was no longer getting. It doesn't seem like much but that's anywhere from 1-2 miles less per week or 4-8 miles per month.
When you get right down to it, doing anywhere from 30-60 minute workouts depending on the day still only qualifies us as sedentary. We spend the majority of the day on our asses, plain and simple and that small slot of time will not undo that. Now I've tried doing "two a days" where I workout twice while I curse my life and attempt to find a calorie range that will now fit the extra calories burned and I gained weight for a month doing that...not going there again.
But what we can do is when the Mr takes his lunch, we can get up and go outside, rain or shine, and do a lap and a half around the neighborhood for 30 minutes which equates to almost two miles. We just started this Tuesday so I won't be able to tell you if it will warrant any results for a couple of weeks but I can tell you that sitting on your butt all day isn't healthy. You've heard all of the studies saying how sitting is the new smoking and all that jazz. I'm not saying that 30 minutes of walking will make all of our weight loss dreams come true in addition to our normal workouts but it's a start.
How long are you active each day including your workouts and any other "normal" activity where you're not sitting on da bum?
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