End of Week 19 – Seasonal Adjustments

Report: Weigh-in date Friday September 28, 2012.  Weight 270.0.  Down 1.0.  Total loss at the end of 19 weeks, 30 pounds.  Hooray!  I hit another one of those round figures that gives me the feeling I’m accomplishing something!  Now, the next time I lose; whether it’s next week, the week after, or whenever; I’ll be able to change the “tens” digit in my weight as well.  I always like that.

 

Do you have to change your exercise plans if the weather gets cold, wet or frozen?  Some of us do.  Now is the time to make those arrangements.

I’m lucky.  I enjoy working out in a gym, mainly because I like the elliptical and I can’t afford one of my own.  Besides, I don’t want to be responsible for the machine maintenance.  Combine that with the fact that my membership costs me only $10 per month and you can see why I keep going to the gym.

I know people at my office who like to walk every lunch hour.  It doesn’t matter if it is rainy, windy or cold.  They walk anyway.  An ice storm might stop them, but short of that, they walk!  Of course the difference is what they wear.  If you are one of those people who just hates to exercise indoors, then you know you have to dress accordingly.  Now is the time to take stock of your exercise clothes.  Are they still usable?  Have you worn out anything?  Have you lost so much weight that you need to replace things with smaller sizes (a problem we’d all like to have!)?  Be sure you have good exercise shoes.  Too many people don’t think about how they wear out shoes.

If you are like me, and enjoy going to a gym, then the change of seasons doesn’t affect you as much, except for traveling to get there.  I go every weekday morning, rain or shine.  Again, I might not drive there in an ice storm or a blizzard, but short of that, I’m at the gym.  In the winter I’ll add a coat so I don’t freeze while walking across the parking lot.  I may put some long workout pants over my shorts for the same reason, but I’ll use my regular workout clothes right through the winter.

The change of seasons is a good time to consider changing your workout routine.  Not because you have to, but because change is good for the body.  I’ve been using the elliptical for a lot longer than I’ve been writing these posts, and I’ll keep on using it, but I may try to add a session on the treadmill (as an example) two or three times a week.  Perhaps I’ll increase the poundage on my hand weights a little and try some new moves with them.  Maybe I’ll brush up on my Tai Chi and review my karate more at home.

There are all kinds of ways to vary your workout.  As I’ve said before, I’m a creature of habit.  I have to force myself to try different things, and then I do them until they are also habits.  However, whether you have to force yourself, or look forward, to change, it is important to try different workouts so that you don’t ignore some muscles in favor of others.  And make sure your changes still balance cardio and resistance.

We’ve been losing together all spring and summer.  Now the real challenge starts.  Can we continue to lose at a reasonable pace during the cold months?  Can we defeat the urges to eat more heavy, carb-filled foods and to stay indoors and inactive rather than going outside and to the gym?  Can we continue to follow our cardinal rule, “Eat less + Move more = weight loss?”  YES, WE CAN!!!  We will get through the cold and come out the other side a year into this project and much improved for the effort, cheering each other on!

Until next week….

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