Eeeeeeeee!! Ok, that was a squeak or a squeal but it just needed to be said because today’s letter in the Blogging A to Z Challenge is the letter E.
It seems that my A to Z this year has heavy (you should excuse the expression) leanings toward Weight Watchers and all things involved with it. That was not my intention, but you know what…I’ve heard that in writing you should go with what you know. It makes sense for me to use WW as a framework but I certainly don’t want to bore anyone. During regular posts I talk a lot about WW but I don’t want to scare away any readers coming here for the first time from the Challenge. It really is an integral part of my life and I find it hard not to talk about it. That’s why I originally started to work for Weight Watchers, I figured that I talked about it all the time, I might as well get paid for doing it.
Maybe this is an indication that I should follow my instincts and start working for them again. We’ll see where that takes me.
Exercise is one of those things that I think you either love it or hate it. I think for most people, even when you’re doing it and telling yourself that you love it, you’re really hating it and when you’re telling yourself that you hate it, you’re secretly loving it.
Prior to WW, I was never an exerciser, but then I realized that exercise could enhance my weight loss and now helps me to maintain that loss. I’d say that my favorite exercise is plain old walking. I don’t do it as often as I’d like and I know I need to do it more often. Now that the weather is better on a regular basis, I’m going to try to head out in the mornings every few days. At the moment, with my other focuses, primarily sorting and packing, I can’t devote time to it every day, but even every other day will be a plus.
My most frequent exercise…my stationary bike. It’s old and battered and the wheel actually turns because of two very long shoelaces tied together, but it does what it’s supposed to do. It would be better if there was more resistance, that doesn’t work so well either, but I do it nearly every day.
While I’m on the bike I’m also doing upper body exercise. I have a 3 pound ball weight that I use. Over the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve been noticing that my upper body strength has improved. As a result I keep doing it.
Of course the biggest reason I get on the bike (and please don’t tell the Real Exercisers out there!) is so that I can read. Yes, I’m an exercise reader. I love reading on the bike, it makes the time go so much more quickly and I’ll also ride longer if I’m reading. The fun comes when I’m riding, reading and using my hand weight! There are times when I drop my book or drop the ball and it rolls away. Hey, I get more exercise chasing the ball!
It’s also pretty amusing when I decide I want to get some more exercise and I still want to read. I stand in my bedroom, marching in place, sometimes side to side and reading. I actually amaze myself with all of this both on the bike and off the bike because it requires a lot of coordination…not something I’m known for.
If I could figure out how to read while I walk outside, maybe I’d get out more! I’ve got to get something where I can download audio books from the library. Then I’ll be all set!
Happy Thursday! I’m off to Exercise!