Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diet and Exercise

I have been trying to get back into shape and eat healthier these past few weeks. It is so easy to fall back into not exercising or eating right. When I was younger, I was an exercise fanatic. I used to jog every day, and I would go to the gym and work out for 2 hours 3 days a week. Plus I was a cheerleader, and was in volleyball, so I was always in shape. I still exercised a lot when I first got married, but slowly got to the point where I wasn't consistent at all. When Evie was born, exercise pretty much went out the window. All I wanted to do in my free time (like I had a lot of that!) was SLEEP. I knew I was in really bad shape when Jeff and I went for a leisurely walk around the block a few months ago, and I was super winded. I figured it was time for a change. Normally I am a pretty healthy eater, but I have lately started eating junk food again. I always feel gross when I eat junk food, but for some reason I started eating it. So I am trying now to resolve to eat healthy again. As for exercise, I know it is a stress reliever, and helps me with energy, so I know I need to do it! I started out with this walking program called Walk Away The Pounds. It is a video, and Leslie Sansone, the woman in the video does a 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile or 4 mile walk. I started with the 1 mile and thought it would be a complete breeze for me. Imagine my surprise when I was panting like a dog after I got done and was super tired! Boy, was I out of shape. I slowly worked my way up to the 2 mile. Then boredom set in. There is just something SO boring about watching the same woman smile and chipperly say, "Okay, knee lifts!" every single day. We have an elliptical machine in the basement, but our basement was under construction so the elliptical was under piles of stuff. Jeff decided he wanted to get into shape too, so a few weeks ago he finished the rest of the work down there and set up our exercise room. We have a tv and dvd player in there, so no excuses for boredom. I started on the elliptical this week, and did it for 25 minutes on both Monday and Tuesday. I was winded (and wobbly!), but I felt much stronger than when I first exercised. Now I just need to keep up with it!


Jules said...

I've never heard of an elliptical machine - sounds interesting. It's a challenge to keep in shape when you have children. Then there's the difficulty of finding something that's not too boring and that can be done day after day after day. You look great in your photos but I can understand the desire to stay fit. I'll be watching your blog to see how you go! Perhaps we can support each other?

SchnauzerMom said...

Exercising can be very boring. I hope you get into the hang of it again.