Hey there! Hump Day’s almost over, and I don’t know if I could be any more excited! I think I feel an after work cocktail calling my name 🙂
Lunch was the same as yesterday: a wheat thin, 2 cups fresh spinach wilted, a Laughing Cow cheese (spread on both sides), and 2 Morningstar black bean burgers.
The rest of the day just kind of flew by, and before I knew it my lunch hour was upon me! I took off on my hour-long walk and ended up going faster and further than usual! I don’t know if it was just me being that awesome (not likely) or the spring weather (much more likely), but it was a great walk today! When I got back to the office I made my new favorite snack:
Today I submitted my first proposal for freelance work (YIKES!) and am hoping to hear something back sometime tonight or tomorrow morning! I don’t really want to go into detail unless I get it because it might be something I just write about anyway, but I’ll definitely keep y’all up to date on what’s happening. My hope is that this is the start of something big, but even if it’s not I’m just glad I put myself out there 🙂
There have been several of you who have emailed me and asked me about my “training” on my HPJ page, and are wondering why I choose to walk and not run for my cardiovascular health. There are actually a lot of reasons for this, but first off I want to say that when I first started blogging I became very VERY self-conscious that I was not training for races. I felt very left out and decided at one point to run a marathon because hey, that’s just what you do when you’re a healthy living blogger right? WRONG. THIS healthy living blogger does not run unless the urge just overtakes me and I decide to intermittently run to supplement a walk.
I realize that running is a wonderful means of cardiovascualr exercise, and believe me, I wish I had the love for it that I used to. Unfortunately, when I was running before (I did about 7 miles a day, everyday, for 3 years) I loved it not as a release, but as a way to burn calories. It became all about the number on the treadmill, and I ceased running outdoors at all. When I graduated from college, I no longer had access to a free gym or rec center, so I started walking. Comparitively I was burning far fewer calories, and so I just kind of gave up. This is where the poundage started to creep on, and after I got married I basically stopped working out all together. When I was a personal trainer I did the stairclimber, arc trainer, and elliptical, but never running.
When we moved to Colorado, I started running again outside on a track by our townhome we rented. I started to love it again. But then, 2 months later, I got a desk job and stopped running. Ever since then I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not I like it enough to start up again. I’ve come to the conclusion (after many ankle and knee issues) that it’s simply better for ME to walk.
- I like it better.
- It’s MUCH easier on my joints.
- I’ve stuck with walking longer than I have any other endurance activity.
- It forces me to really pull my core in consciously (as does running, but it works better for me with walking).
- I know that walking is something I will do consistently even when I’m older.
- I have no desire to ever be in any kind of race; I did that twice in 8th grade, and that was enough thank you!
I hope that with your exercise routine you’re doing it because it’s what you love to do, and not because you feel like it’ll make you lose weight faster or fit into a group better (like I thought running would do with my blogging). Your workout is about increasing your health for your whole self (right Katie? :)) and not about fitting into a stereotype!
What do you do when you work out? Why? What drives you? My goal is weight loss, and yes it’s going to take a lot longer to get there just with walking, but I’m thankful to have found something that will not only increase the weight loss, but help me to maintain that for many MANY years to come!