Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Minutes

Please excuse any lack of editing. My internet service has been spotty today!

Some people are using their blogs to keep track of their weight loss/gains. Some people are using their blogs to track the steps they are taking to accomplish a goal. I need a place to track my exercise to help get me back in the habit of regular exercise; to make it a part of my daily routine.

I am one of those people that likes exercise once I start doing it. I don't mind sweating. I like keeping up an active pace and challenging myself to work harder. I enjoying walking outside, on a treadmill or along with a DVD. I like strength training and working muscle groups that I thought were extinct or at least on the endangered species list. I like working out at Curves too. Those ladies have some of the craziest conversations!

So what's my problem with making exercise a part of my regular routine? Life. You know... that crazy little thing called life. Someone gets sick. Something else in my schedule changes and throws me for a loop. I don't like change. (Oldest child syndrome. What can I say?) Holidays. Need I say more?

So, here it is. I am going to chart my progress here every Monday and keep track of it all week long. I looked for some kind of sidebar widget but couldn't find anything. Since I typically don't blog on Sunday, I am calling it Monday Minutes because it kind of feels like I am recording the minutes of my exercise meetings.

Sunday, February 8:
Treadmill ~ 1 hour

Monday, February 9:
Curves (30 minutes aerobic and resistance training)
walked for 2 hours at the zoo

Tuesday, February 10:
1 hour on the treadmill

Wednesday, February 11:

Thursday, February 12:
40 minutes treadmill
played games with kids

Friday, February 13:
played active games for an hour

Saturday, February 14:
Valentine's Day (we were out most of the day)

Even though this post was started before I read Danielle's thoughts on strength training over at Faith and Family, I was glad of the reminder not to neglect that important component to a healthy body before I hit publish. I have a very muscular build thanks to my Eastern European genes. I was always mistaken for a soccer player in high school but it was actually marching band that gave me calves of steel. According to what I have read so far, resistance training (like a Curves workout) does build muscle but I am going to explore some other ways of adding strength training into my exercise routine. And I also intend to count any extra curricular non-sedentary activity like walking around the zoo or raking all the leaves in the yard...anything that requires me to be considerably more active that I would normally be in the course of an ordinary day. Feel free to join in if you want to, or feel free to ignore these posts as the rantings of a crazy, sweaty lady. Your choice!

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  1. I love Curves as well. As a matter of fact, I'm headed out to one in about 10 minutes!

  2. Good idea, Charlotte. I have the same challenge ~ I may see if this is something I can try to incorporate and commit to doing. I like the strength training idea. But, as I don't live within an hour's drive of a gym, I may have to bench press toddlers...

  3. I have found tons of good exercise ideas at

  4. I love reading about other people's exercise habits and goals. It is definitely inspiration to keep moving. I will be checking in on your progress. :)


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