Krissie: I am going to move, dammit

Photo on 7-1-14 at 8.51 AM #2 You can probably even see from my pictures I’m feeling happier.
But I digress. Not, I don’t mean moving from Vermont, though I want to do that. I mean I need to move my body. We need Barb Samuel here again to give us some inspiration. There have been enough reputable studies that have shown exercises is as effective, and sometimes more effective, than anti-depressants. I have lots of friends who can’t take the meds (including my husband and son) and exercise really helps. One reason Richie got so down this winter was because he didn’t have a treadmill (I found a used one for his birthday in March – he got me a used but fabulous dishwasher for mine. So romantic!) And Tim’s working on David’s organic vegetable farm, hauling ass and veggies and even getting to drive the tractor. He’s just realized that he used anger to control his anxiety, which makes a lot of sense. He’s got massive social anxiety, and when he gets pissed it makes the anxiety disappear. So he spends his life getting pissed. He’s gotta find a therapist.

But I digress. I love going swimming, but for July I’m going to be too damned busy to go. I have my own pool but it’s too shallow, I’ve got yoga tapes that I’ve been determined to do for … maybe six weeks.

So here’s my plan. I need to do what I can to up my stamina for the play.
1. Look up exercises I can do in a shallow pool (too shallow for water walking)
2. Look up exercises I can do with the 2 lb. weights I bought (Richie said reps).
3. Go to the pool when I have a free day, even though I’ll have a thousand other things to catch up on.
4. Run the dvd
a. find the remote control or program a replacement one (which I have on hand)
b. clear a space on the bedroom floor and put the yoga mat down.
c. Watch the dvd
d. Move to the dvd.

Maybe I should watch before I clear the space and put the mat down. I also have a Richard Simmons sitting to the oldies that I’ve never done, and that would be fun. I need to do this. I need more energy. And it’ll help keep depression away.
I wish to god I could go for walks. Maybe I can do short ones to begin with. After all, I’m not bone on bone yet and they say exercise improves pain with arthritis.

So that’s my exercise plan. Sounds like surfing on the computer and watching DVDs — about my style. But I’m determined to do more, move it up a notch. I’ll report back.

The weight is being stubborn but then I get tired and stuff. I need to make sure there are only good things in the house.

Hmmm .. I think I’ll go make a smoothie.

25 thoughts on “Krissie: I am going to move, dammit

  1. pamb says:

    I hear you.

    I keep buying produce for the drinks I make (and love) from my Vitamix.

    To make room in the produce drawers, I toss the produce I bought on my last trip to the store so I could make the drinks (which I enjoy) in my Vitamix.

    Must break this cycle. (g) Think I’ll go do one now. 🙂

    Krissie, I’ll mention that exercise bands can be a big help. Cheap and can be used sitting down, even while watching movies & TV shows. My daughter, the PT, says they can be as helpful as weights but much easier & safer. FWIW.

  2. JenniferNennifer says:

    Moving is so important. Just listen to your body and don’t do things that feel wrong.

    I read a book by some expert once who said she had to keep her yoga mat in her bedroom closet, because once she left the bedroom in the morning, her life took over and she would never exercise. I actually do better in the afternoon, but it is interesting to pay attention to what actually supports one’s intention to exercise, and what sabotages it.

  3. I can’t ever seem to get into any kind of exercise that’s exercise for its own sake. It just feels so wasteful. I like ACCOMPLISHING something tangible or at least visible. So, for me, what’s really worked was what Barbara got me to commit to last summer: I spend 15 minutes (minimum; it’s usually closer to an hour now) puttering in my garden every single day. It’s not aerobic, but I’m moving more than I would otherwise, and it’s helping with the weight loss and all sorts of positive things. And anyone — even me — can do fifteen minutes. Once I’m started, I generally keep going much longer than that. It’s that inertia that gets me, otherwise.

    As to the emotional benefits of exercise: Way back in my early days as a lawyer, I did pro bono work as appointed counsel for patients in a mental institution. There was a legal procedure for regularly reviewing the antipsychotic meds for the patients. These were SERIOUSLY troubled folks, who were often completely non-communicative, and, well, like the meds were for, psychotic. I had one client who was both self-injurious and violent toward others. But what the records showed was that it happened mostly whenever he was cooped up too long. If he got to take a brisk walk around the campus (it was huge and looked like a pretty college from the outside), he was calm and no one got hurt. Everyone agreed he needed those walks, but they just didn’t happen. I got the judge to order a twice-daily walk as part of his treatment plan, in lieu of increasing his drugs. And it worked. It started out as a temporary order, and then became permanent because it worked so well.

    We really were designed to move more, sit less.

  4. Lola says:

    Slow and steady and consistent wins the race and works for me. Just remember that results don’t happen the next day, which is when I want it. I’m too impatient. I love to walk and it helped me to lose weight. I’ve stopped because of the heat but I’m getting back into it. Any time I stop it’s like square one again. I was going 2-4 miles a day. Now it’s back to one mile and working back up the miles.

    Good Luck. It’s a challenge to stay healthy these days. I don’t know how slender people manage to keep weight gain at bay. If anyone knows that secret please share with us. 😉

  5. Moving. Yes, I know I have to do it. And as I’ve decided to commit to better health for myself, I’m going to. In the months before I moved from Houston last year I was doing some simple exercises right after I got out of bed and had gotten up to some pretty impressive repetitions. Then I moved, changed my routine, and haven’t done them since. So part of being able to do them involves my going to bed earlier (a LOT earlier) and getting up earlier (a LOT earlier).

    I also need to walk. The weather has been very nice here, mostly. It was cool and rainy this weekend and it will be cold on the 4th of July (it always is. I’ve had years here where I had to wear a winter coat on the 4th). But it’s supposed to hit 88 today (we don’t have much AC in Seattle) and most folks here will stay indoors. I, however, am a sun worshipper and don’t mind heat, so I think I’ll take a couple of laps around the block (there are serious HILLS here, people!) after I finish the remaining work I have today.

    I also want to do the other kind of moving. I desperately want to live in my own place again, surrounded by my own stuff — especially the stuff that’s been in Oregon in storage for the past several years. But I need a long-term job for that. I think I’d like to work for the utility I’m doing this contract at, so that’s what I’m sending energy toward.

  6. Lynda says:

    Good for you, Krissie. I really need to make myself start moving, and it ain’t happening. Must Not Give Up.

    By the way, your hair looks really beautiful!

  7. Cindy says:

    The thing that works for me is short spurts of exercise. That’s what gets me going on days when I don’t have the energy for a “full workout” or I just don’t feel like exercising. I will do a 15-20 minute session. It’s so easy to squeeze that in. I go on YouTube and I find the exercise I want to do. I LOVE She has 2 or 3 chair exercise videos that are about 15 minutes long.

    Doing shorter workouts got me motivated. I’ve been doing 2 20 minute workouts a day. Recently I started incorporating walks in the evening. But I only do exercise I enjoy. I find that if I try to run or I try to do high intensity cardio, I immediately start finding excuses to skip my workout. If I’m in the mood for pilates, I do pilates. If I’m not in the mood for yoga, I do something else…pilates, floor toning or walking. It’s whatever I look forward to doing.

  8. I was so excited when I saw the headline. Then I realized you meant exercise.

    My plan:
    1. Clear off the path to the lake and then start working on the gazebo down there. Just going up and down that sucker is exercise, so if I do one small task a day down there, I’ll be getting good solid exercise.
    2. Start walking Milton to the Couch to 5K app. Milton would love it and we’d both get exercise. Then I could do short cool down walks with the three compromised dogs (age, short legs, no back knee-caps).

    Possibly start doing weight training again, albeit modified. I used to be a weight addict, hitting Nautilus three times a week, and I have a suspicion that’s why I can still lift heavy things and walk a long way now. My muscles may have atrophied, but there’s still muscle there that I built in my thirties. Even crunches and tricep push-ups would help. The only problem there is that when I lie down on my back on the floor, dogs come up and lick my face.

  9. Sharon S. says:

    I found out that you can buy Nutrisystems food at Walmart. I found it in the Diabetic section. You get 5 days of food, with snacks and you supliment it with fruits and veggies for $45. I bought a box and so far so good. I heard the food is terrible and I’m a really picky eater, but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried so far. I, too, have issues with moving. By the time I get home from work (40 minute drive), I’m too tired to do anything but have dinner and veg on the couch until bedtime, which these days is 8:00. I hate getting older but I don’t like the alternatives!

  10. Moving is so important when you have arthritis–I moved a lot with Grandboy last week, but I didn’t wear my good sturdy trainers and now my foot is killing me. Ugh! I have them on now and the foot is somewhat better–leaving tomorrow for NY and some fun times, so I hope the foot cooperates.

  11. I wrote a blog post a few weeks back and titled it Move It, Move It! and included the youtube video of the same name. It’s the final song in the soundtrack for Madascar (#2 I think) anyway, there all of these crazy animals dancing to reggae style music (the lyrics are bizarre) and it makes me laugh and stand up and dance. I think I’m the sexy hippopotamus. Everytime I’m over at my blog I play it and dance. It’s addictive. : )

  12. Maybe try short walks. Maybe to the end of the driveway and back, two or three times a day. Then do it twice, down the to end and back, down to the end and back, and do it two or three times a day. The movement gets fluids moving in your joints, and if you go slowly, you’ll start to build muscle to support you.

    Maybe you can’t but it might be worth trying.

  13. toni says:

    I’ve been getting up at 5:30 two mornings a week and walking with a friend. That got me motivated to get back on the treadmill the other days (I can read while I walk) and add in the weights (small weights, reps), and some crunches. I’ve really gotten so into the habit of waking up early, I do it without an alarm, and I’m such a night owl normally, I’d usually just be going to be at 4 a.m.

    But… it’s working. I feel better, healthier. Am eating better. Some (small) weight loss). Mostly, I’m just happy that I’m being consistent with it right now. The rest will come.

  14. ChelSierra Remly says:

    I just had a thought. (I had once mentioned an electric bicycle that would make it easier on your feet/legs.) What about a hand pedaled bicycle/tricycle? Or a bicycle/tricycle with both foot & hand pedals? *shrugs*

  15. Micki says:

    I have to preface this comment with this: even though I don’t have bad PMS, my PMS includes something that tends to make my entire body ache, and my tendons go wobbly.

    So, I’ve been derailed by my ankle from my ambitious (for me) exercise program of mowing the lawn — but I’m very relieved to find that it was part of the PMS thing. (And I’ll be even more relieved for menopause to actually start . . . any day now!)

    I don’t think there’s one magic bullet, but there’s a hundred ways I can support myself in order to make exercise a better option. Right now, it’s going to have to be Ankle Alphabets and leg lifts and maybe a lot of armwaving. And I know I have to break it up — not 30 minutes all at once, but three minutes every hour (which adds up to 54 minutes, if I do it). And of course, eat things that are good for me.

    My MIL’s garden is bursting with good stuff, and I just read an article about how good cukes are for you. Cukes? I thought they were just delightful packages of water, but it turns out they have a lot of antioxidants and make you pee. So, cabbage and cukes and pickled cukes and broccoli . . . all in my lunchbox today with a little fried chicken.

    Health check tomorrow. I wasn’t as “good” as I meant to be, but maybe I’ll have been good enough . . . .

  16. Kieran says:

    It’s critical that you move! I like the mat thing for muscle toning and flexibility, but I hope you start taking baby steps outdoors. Consider literally counting your steps. I have five basic pedometers my insurance company sent me and can send you one if you want it. Pedometers are FUN. They’ll count your steps in the house and wherever you go all day long. Use it for a week and gauge your average number of steps per day. Getting 10,000 is optimal, but let’s say you’re getting only 600. Fine. You just start adding. Find a number that challenges you but still excites you! Maybe you’ll try for 700 a day for a while. The point is, it’s a lifelong thing. There’s no need to feel like a failure at it. Anything is better than nothing!!

  17. I’I’d love a pedometer if you have extra, Kieran. I’m at PO Box 89, Greensboro, VT 05841 if it’s not too much trouble. My BFF wants to get herself (and eventually me) either a Fitbit or an UP24 so we can do it together. But I need to be working now.

  18. Jane F says:

    “I don’t think there’s one magic bullet, but there’s a hundred ways I can support myself in order to make exercise a better option.”

    I love that! It feels so inspiring to me this morning. I too want to try to move more- a few days ago someone mentioned as an aside that exercise is a wonder drug (for so many things). I’ve heard it before but it really hit home. I’d like to incorporate exercise into my daily routines.

    I’d also like daily routines but thats another story

  19. Kieran says:

    I’ll send you all of them, Krissie. Yay!!! I’ve tried the fancy ones that attach to your computer, but I like the simple ones. XOXO

  20. Kelly S says:

    I too am looking forward to menopause, really, looking forward to it having come & be done. Someday…

  21. Kelly S says:

    I like endomondo app. It is free, has a variety of exercises – walking, biking, … And as far as I know, doesn’t share your data.

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