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Working on working out

February 28, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
I recently read that if you must choose between getting up early and working out or getting enough sleep, that you should opt for the sleep.

I must have channeled that statement because my work out schedule has been erratic at best the past few weeks. I was on a three days a week schedule, but later than usual nights and hectic mornings have kept me from the gym on a regular basis. I still manage to get there two to three times a week, but if I had my choice, I would be there much more often.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was an exercise fanatic. I was at the aerobic studio five and six days a week and often twice a day even then. I couldn’t imagine not doing my favorite step aerobics or kick boxing routines.

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a “Greatest Loser” competition at the gym where I am a member. While I don’t expect to win any great prizes, it is fun to meet others who also are working toward a healthier lifestyle. We are beginning to get familiar with one another and are able to have fun with each other. Nothing is as much fun as working out with a friend or a group of people who can share the same experience. Not only that, but the work out itself is energizing and self-motivating.

I am looking forward to warmer weather, getting outside to walk and bicycle, as well as gardening and other outdoor activities that will get us out of the house more often and later in the evenings. The key is finding a workout that is right for each of us. Sometimes we need a group to bond with while we work to get healthy. Other times we need something fun to get us up and moving, whether it’s a dance class, a game of racquetball or a spinning class.

Just don’t lose sleep over it.

Wednesday morning I still hadn’t gotten to the store to get bananas for my favorite oatmeal recipe. Instead, I opted for the same breakfast as the day before, but I increased the amount of cereal by a half cup and took a cue from my hunger the day before and added a half ounce of chopped walnuts for protein and fat. It seemed to work as, unlike Tuesday, this time I was able to get through until lunch without feeling hungry.

At least one day a week I don’t take the time to pack a lunch, so instead I visited Subway for a club sandwich and a diet Coke.

By dinnertime I was ready to relax with a warm bowl of chili that my husband put together. I added a slice of whole grain bread instead of crackers and a glass of milk.


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Breakfast: 1 ½ ounces grains; 1 cup milk; ½ ounce meat; 1 tsp. oils; ½ cup fruit; 60 discretionary calories (two cups tea with sugar)