Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Not Lazy... but Tired!

After yesterday's post and all the interesting and thought provoking comments I received, I have come to a new awareness about myself.

I like to relax! I spent a decade of single motherhood with very little relaxation, and then my daughter's infancy was anything but relaxing, and now, yeah! I like to relax. I relish the freedom of NOT having to live by the clock (I stopped wearing a watch, in fact, as it had started to feel like some sort of jail chain to me). But I want to be more active, as Camevil put it in her comment, less sedentary. I do a lot in the day... laundry, mopping, cooking, errands, and playing, too. With five kids (one has moved out, I have a 20 year old, can you believe that?) I am always trying to get something done. But that doesn't sub for real exercise.

I don't think one has to go to a gym, run on a treadmill, or do aerobics classes to qualify as having exercised. You can get that in by playing a sport or dancing or swimming or whatever, but it has to get your heart rate up to be really beneficial. And none of those things will firm up those muscles like strength training will! I took two walks yesterday totalling 1.5 miles, which is great, but really I need to do more for my health and for the firmer body I desire.

So why not? Frankly, I am tired. I can get the housework done, which is more than I can say for myself when I was morbidly obese. I do more now at 41 than I did in my early 30's when I was more out of shape. I can even mop the entire house AND vacuum all in one morning. I can get out and take a walk. But throw in the option of biking for a half hour or lifting weights and suddenly I am like... ughhh, I don't wannaaaaaaaa!!! I am too tired.

It's a vicious cycle. If you don't exercise, your energy levels are lower, so you're too tired to exercise. But once you start biking or moving more... and especially lifting weights (even for 15 minutes 3x a week at home) you start feeling a lot more energized. So I am on it.

I always tell myself, "when I am a normal weight, THEN I will want to exercise more." Um, I am very close to a 'normal' weight. Time to get going. So, some of you old timers remember that, like, more than a year ago I was trying to create a fitness room/area with my weights all set up in an area the little kids in my home would not access and hurt themselves on? And I never quite got it done. Well, my youngest is old enough (5) to reliably not touch stuff she is told not to, and I moved one of my sons into a different bedroom last week. I now have a FREE ROOM that I can do anything with! It's small, but it is big enough to be an exercise room/office, with my bike, my weights, the desk and pc and filing cabinets in there. Maybe even a small TV so I am not bored while biking. I will have it all set up within 30 days, so that when bad weather strikes I will have NO excuse not to exercise. And I will be strength training again! I am excited. Nag me about it if I don't mention it in 2 weeks.

My tiredness will get better. I take B12 and D3 and fish oil, but there is no substitute for really working that heart and those muscles. Anyone with me on this? I challenge you to ramp up your activity by the end of 30 days! Make a plan, and get going. We will feel so much better!

Scale says: 186!

15 comments:

Debbie said...

Congrats on the room. I also turned our extra bedroom into my room. It has a TV, my wii and my treadmill in it. I love it. Enjoy...

MissyMcM said...

Our son got married in May and by July we turned that bedroom into an exercise room. I love it. I don't have to run outside in the pre-dawn hours nor stop by a too full exercise center in the afternoon. I can exercise early in the morning and again at night if I want to. Congrats on how far you have come

screwdestiny said...

That's great that you'll be able to set up a fitness room! Like you said, just remember that energy begets energy.

Cindy said...

you are definitely NOT lazy.

I like to relax too - but relaxing for me is playing a sport (tennis, volleyball), or fishing and walking the river, etc. It's being outside and doing something.

I'm too tired to work out at a gym (I will have no choice when winter hits), but ask me to play a game of tennis and I'm all for it. Because it is FUN and I feel great afterwards.

Findingfitme said...

my 2 cents - With the medifast, your total calories for the day are too low for heavier exercise, like resistance training or higher intensity cardio. 900 cal may also be contributing to your tiredness. I think if you want to increase your exercise intensity you will have to up your cals but it doesn't seem like the path you want to take. The Medifast has worked very weel for you.

seattlerunnergirl said...

I think this is great! And my $.02? Do your strength training FIRST thing in the morning, if you can. It will get it done, which is great, but it will also spike your metabolism for the rest of the day AND give you more energy for the rest of the stuff you have to tackle throughout the day.

spunkysuzi said...

I'm just waiting for my daughter to move all her "stuff" out so that i have a free room. Honestly i think she's got piles on every square inch.
I'll be with you doing the weights for sure :)

Lori said...

I was floundering in my weight loss efforts and felt like I'd plateaued. Then I realized that even though I was going through the motions of exercise, I was not really working out. So, I stepped it up.

It is amazing to me that in two days of really pushing myself, I've lost 1.4 lbs!

Learn your lesson from me - get that room together and use it.
Lori

200 said...

Dear Lyn,
I'm a 16 year old and I am suffering from binge eating.. You are truly an inspiration to me. I know that as you get older it becomes more difficult to lose weight, and to know that a woman who is older than me has lost 90 pounds already is so inspiring to me. If you can lose 90 pounds, why can't I? You're an inspiration, and God bless your journey!!
- Laura Elyse -

Polar's Mom said...

Wait-your 186? Doesn't that mean you have escaped from obesity??? As to your exercise challenge, I would LOVE to, but Medifast actually told me to cut my exercising in half, which bums me out. Kind of like slowing down a slow moving rock. It will be really hard for me to work back up to where I am now. But I am excited about your exercise room and look forward to updates! We keep our elliptical in the living room. LOL Not very stylish, but best for watching TV and forgetting we are sweating to death on that torture device. I TIVO all the thin/fat shows specifically for motivation when I am chugging away. But most importantly you are right, your heart will DEFINITELY thank you! Being a cardiovascular scientist, I have seen first hand the benefits of even a little exercise on increasing the positive form of heart enlargement, which allows it to pump stronger while expending less energy. Remember 220-your age, then multiply that number by 0.6-0.8 to get the optimal heart rate at which your heart and the rest of your body benefits from exercise. So go get it girl! I'm pulling for you!

Anonymous said...

I hear you on the 'time to relax'. I'm the same age with kids the same age. There is definitely something nice about not having to 'run around' all the time. I think it is time in life to enjoy life like trying new activities that weren't possible when the kiddos were young. Have fun exploring new options

Mrs. Thighs said...

Relaxing is just as important as exercise. You may not like "working out," but caring for your kids is a lot of work! You need the time to let your brain and body wind down. Have fun with the room!

Lyn said...

Polar's Mom~

I am 5'6, so at 185 pounds I will no longer be obese. I, uh, thought I was 5'7 when I started this blog, but accurate measurements showed otherwise!

Also, if no one has explained a 4 & 2 plan to you on Medifast, you may want to look into it or email me. It is recommended for those who want to do more than 45 minutes of vigorous exercise per day, and provides a lot more calories and nutrition for that activity. Not sure how long you've been on Medifast but they do recommend cutting back for the first 3 weeks to let your body get used to the new way of eating.

Polar's Mom said...

Sorry I got confused about the 187/185 number. Sorry to jump the gun-but you are almost there!!

I did read about the 4&2 plan (my counselor didn't tell me), but I think I'd rather stick with the 5 lower cal medi-meals for now rather than adding another L&G. Mainly because I feel like my best chance to lose alot is upfront in the beginning where I am now(week 2)...

It's weird, but part of me feels like my counselor/Medifast would rather I not have been exercising or even do any exercise at all(other than being active in daily life) throughout my weight-loss period...but to me that equals losing muscle rather than my chunky-ness since that is what has happened in the past on low cal-no exercise diets. But that is just IMHO...

Renee said...

Polar's Mom and Lyn -

Lyn, thank you for explaining the 4&2. Polar's Mom, while vigorous exercise is discouraged on the 5&1 just because of the lowered calories, it's certainly okay - and good! - to exercise. I'm sorry if you're getting mixed messages.

What was your workout plan and what are you doing now?

Thanks!
Renee
PR Coordinator
Medifast, Inc.