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Monday, 24 April 2006

Time for my annual heath kick! Last year at this time, I decided to run a marathon. I finished it and feel as though I really accomplished something great. And yet, the exercise regimen didn’t take. Not only have I not run a step since crossing the finish line last October, I haven’t gone for a walk or hit the gym. Needless to say, the fat that I left back along that 26.2 mile course has finally caught up with me. Seems you can’t quite outrun your body’s natural proclivity without fierce diligence.

Attempted to stay on the right path with a healthy breakfast from a nearby heath restaurant. No more than two hours had passed when my hunger returned with a vengeance. Had a healthy snack. An hour later — ravenous. I’m not feeling so positive about this healthy stuff right now.

And trying to figure out how to squeeze in time for a walk or some other 30 minutes of cardio this week is giving me such a tension headache that I feel like chucking the whole thing.

Does anyone know if shlepping counts as exercise? I’ve got an entire library to pack up in the next four days and I’d really love to get exercise points for getting everything boxed up and into my car!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. annabel lee permalink
    Tuesday, 25 April 2006 3:36 pm

    Packing & shlepping definitely burns calories! Absolutely.

    Re: food – 2 things to focus on are protein and fiber. Fiber fills you up, and protein gives you energy (not a quick burst and let-down, but long-term energy that’ll last for several hours). My breakfast is usually Kashi Go Lean cereal, which has a ton of fiber and protein. If I have that at 8, I’m fine until 12 when it’s time for lunch. Hope that helps…

  2. Rivster permalink
    Wednesday, 26 April 2006 12:43 am

    Really? One bowl does it?? But how does it taste??

  3. PepGiraffe permalink
    Wednesday, 26 April 2006 5:24 am

    I *love* Kashi, especially their Heart to Heart. While it’s true that it is more expensive than your everyday cereal brands, they are very good for you and they are yummy. You have to compromise somewhere, but it doesn’t have to be your health. I decided that if there is something worth spending on, it’s food that’s good for you. Once I made that decision, I stopped feeling bad that I bought at Whole Foods or Organic. I never had to really stop and make the decision “Is it worth the extra dollar?” because the answer is always yes. My health is worth an extra dollar.

    AL is 100% correct about packing buring cals. Prepare to sweat. Be very prepared.

    By the way: is the first line a freudian slip? Hee hee.

    The food I eat during Passover is a lot better for me. Veggies, fruits, nuts, etc. What I found, though, is that I was really hungry all the time. Really hungry. I came to the conclusion that what I eat the rest of the time fills me up even if it less food. Empty calories, like carbonation, make you feel full. Is it possible that what we take as hunger isn’t hunger at all? Meanwhile, fiber sounds like a good suggestion and just have a lot of food on hand. You can eat a lot more of this stuff (I’ve heard).

  4. Sharone permalink
    Thursday, 27 April 2006 5:41 am

    You’re not alone- I started my health kick last week. Worked out 4 days (alternating cardio/lifting every other day) and lost it over the weekend!!!! Gotta get back into the health kick. After you get done shlepping and spring cleaning… you’ll have a kick-start to your health kick, I’m sure… Plus, working out will give you an excuse to feed yourself more calories (just choose more protein than carbs)…

  5. PepGiraffe permalink
    Thursday, 27 April 2006 4:53 pm

    Also, if it is too much, you could just do part one of a heath kick that consists of either excercising or eating very well. (Although I honestly don’t know what takes more time.)

    Another good breakfast idea is to make smoothies. Excellent source of veggies and you can put protein in it (although I don’t know how that tastes) and it kind of feels like you are having a dessert. The only realy downside is that you have to clean the blender.

  6. Rivster permalink
    Thursday, 27 April 2006 7:17 pm


    I haven’t found a way to fit breakfast into the morning routine since Poppyseed showed up. These are awesome ideas but until I become a morning person and can get everyone out the door on time…I just don’t see omelettes and smoothies in my future. I’ve bcome one of those moms I once saw on Oprah who had terrible eating habits. How I once scoffed at them…and now I’ve become one of them. Ah, the sad irony of it all!

    Great ideas, though. And I am definitely sweating. I’ve packed and schlepped 27 boxes and have at least another dozen to go 😉

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