Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Fit Writer

A couple of years ago, the Spousal Unit and I embarked on a fitness regimen. We were both determined to lose weight and get fit (which, surprisingly, aren't always the same thing). We were successful, to a point. Both of us dropped a significant amount of weight, though not everything we needed to, and we moved our bodies by working out or taking long walks several times a week.

Alas, that lost weight has started to creep back on our bodies — on mine, more than his (of course!). So. We've made a pact, the SU and I, to rid ourselves of the unwanted flab for good. We have a rather large carrot to inspire us — a special trip planned for later in the year for which we both want to be fit and healthy.

There's no getting around the fact that writing is a sedentary task. I spend a large chunk of my day either sitting in front of my computer or sitting on the couch editing my printed pages. It's been entirely too easy for me to become a slug and gain weight.

I know myself well enough to know that diets don't work for me. Telling myself I can't eat something is tantamount to waving a red flag in front of a bull. What does work is tracking what I eat on a daily basis and focusing on eating mostly whole foods. That is, eating very, very few processed or packaged foods. That also has the benefit of reducing the amount of added sodium in my diet to almost zero.

Doesn't mean I won't have the occasional treat. I will. But the emphasis will be on occasional, rather than treat.

That's the food side of the equation. I also plan to incorporate my favorite workout routines on a more regular basis than the sporadic times I've been managing lately. I've started this year doing daily Yoga and crunches. I plan to add walking on the treadmill at least three times per week (and no, I don't jog or run) — and when good weather returns, taking long walks with the SU. Eventually I'm thinking of adding in a step routine and light weight work with dumbbells.

2013 is the year I plan to add being fit to my daily routine, along with writing daily. I'll make regular updates on my progress here on the blog. How about you? Is fitness something that's been on the back burner lately? There's no time like the present to start getting fit!

Deborah Wright
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Paty Jager said...

Ugh! I know what you mean! I sit at the computer more than I get up and move around. I made a pact with myself that no matter what the deadline is I WILL get out and walk in the middle of the day. And once I finish off the bag of Dove Peppermint bark candy in my desk drawer I'll start eating carrots for a snack. ;0)

Christine Young said...

Everything you say is so true. I am constantly tracking but there are times when I fudge. Oh, dear, I don't mean real fudge. LOL. Actually it isn't chocolate that gets me, it's chips and salty things.