belfebe (belfebe) wrote,

Healthy Stuff

This morning I went to my oncologist for a routine visit. As usual, I was asked to step on the scale. That's when I noticed that there was a 3.5 lb difference between the weight recorded at my home scale, and my doctor's.

The doctor's was higher.

Normally, I would have felt a bit dismayed but, since last weekend I was able to stuff my bum into a size 6 pair of cropped pants, and since I have not accomplished a feat like that since the Reagan administration, I decided not to worry too much about it.

And you see, here is where the weird begins. According to me, I have lost 16 lbs since I started combining Weight Watchers to my exercise routine, back in January. However, when the doctor came over to see me, and looked at my chart, she said, "Wow! You have lost 20 lbs since you were last here!"

Heck, I'll take that.

The best part? I have never felt better in my life. Currently, I can accomplish things during my workouts that I never thought I would. In some cases, I can accomplish things that people half my age are having trouble completing.

That alone, is worth the effort.

My biggest problem has always been waking up early enough to exercise. Yes, I know, I could do it in the evening. In fact, I used to do it for a while. However, the fact is that if I can get it over with early in the morning, I will start my day with a sense of accomplishment that is hard to describe. Plus I don't have to worry if I am too tired to exercise in the evening. At that point, I can simply go home, kick my shoes off, have a light dinner and relax. After all, I've earned it.

Now, that doesn't mean that I don't miss the occasional day. Take yesterday for example. I had to be early at work, and my morning got complicated. Hence, I did not get a chance to do my morning workout. Nevertheless, I did make a point to have my walk at noon, and to take the stairs instead of the elevators at work several times.

Come to think of that, I can't remember when was the last time I took the elevator at work on purpose. After all, every little bit helps.

What I am trying to say is, one should never regret a workout. If you don't have time to do the full thing one day, do something. Get moving. A workout is a workout, and even if it is a brief one, or simply taking the stairs instead of an elevator, your body will thank you. And if you missed one day for any reason, get back on track tomorrow.

Believe me, it pays off.

(And you can bet that I was back at the gym this morning, working my butt out and sweating like the best.)

And speaking of workouts, dominyk has started a Google group called Pennsic Bootcamp. It is really good. And although it is originally aimed at rapier fighters, it is very good for anyone as it is the kind of thing that requires no more equipment than a pair of dumbells and a mat. For those folks who are just starting, it allows you go grow into it and work yourself up to that level. For those who are experienced, it is still quite challenging, but it allows you to spice it up if you so wish. I am currently having a blast with it while occasionally cursing Dom's name, which is also a lot of fun.

I have asked him if he would mind for me to mention it here, as I know that some of my readers are into getting in shape and might be interested into looking at it. Check it out as this may be something you may be interested in doing, whether you are a fighter or not.

It's verra nice.

And now, I shall return to my latest project at work, which promises to keep me entertained for a while.

More later.
Tags: fitness, health
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