Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 100: Revving Up to Move

Planning is bringing the future
into the present so that you
can do something about it now.
Alan Lakein
Inspirational Song
Long as I Can See the Light
Ted Hawkins

Preparing to Plan

Do you know the stages of change made famous by Prochaska? They are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. He says that the reason a lot of people fail when they try to change is because they jump into action too quickly without giving themselves time to plan.

So instead of feeling like I am procrastinating with what I'm going to say next, I am looking at this as taking a few days to plan and get ready. I did that years ago when I successfully lost 60 lbs on WW. I talked about joining with Hubby but delayed it for a few weeks I think as we got our minds around it.

So what am I planning for now you wonder? Exercise.

I haven't been exercising. For 6 years while I maintained my 60 lb weight loss I was a regular exerciser. I walked alot. I swam. I worked with a trainer and strength trained. I biked a little. I wasn't thin; I wasn't fit, but I was a heck of a lot more fit than I am now. AND it felt great.

I see people coming back from a walk at the park a few blocks away from our office and coming out of the gym and I feel a bit envious like they are doing something I can't do. . . but the only thing really stopping me is me.

Yes, I have a really busy work schedule and it is very hard to get away. But no one is going to come to my desk and say, OK, now, Sandy, go exercise. Take an hour. I have to figure this out. And if I can't figure it out during the day then I need to before the day starts or after. . . I need to weed through each and every tiny obstacle and come up with a plan I can deliver on.

I want to feel like I can count on myself again.

What to Work Through
So I need to
A. Figure out a time to exercise
B. Figure out how to remove obstacles
C. Create motivation
D. plan for the need to punt

Obviously walking is a good first start. When I did this before--starting from 0--I started with a 20 minute walk and added several minutes every few days. Eventually, I picked up speed and more time. Later I added inclines but that was never my strong suit.

I want to do all these things again--walk regularly, bike, swim, strength train. And I want to dance with hubby in the living room, on the front porch. . . I want to dance as I cook in the kitchen and feel free swaying my body.

The other thing I want to do is come up with a list of personal successes I want to accomplish. When I broke my wrist, I created a timeline of recovery--showing how long it took to get certain movements back. I'd like to create a similar list now, recovering from inactivity and obesity. . .
There will be more but here is a taste of my list. . .

Squat on floor to work on something
Get in bathtub without dropping the last foot
Get out of bathtub without getting on all fours
Clasp hands across the middle of my back again (one hand over your head)
Not feel like I want to avoid the stairs

Thinking About a Year from Now
By this time next year, I would like to be in Acadia Maine with hubby and be able to comfortably bike on some of their trails and also canoe. Fall in Maine is amazing. A bigger bonus would be to feel comfortable to try kayaking. Maybe even ride horses. To be able to do this, I need to increase my aerobic capacity, get more skilled on a bike (I don't even feel able to ride right now), increase my upper body strength, be able to ascend and arise without difficulty, hike someand lose enough weight to fit into the boats! My plan is to come up with a plan of attack that will get me where I need to be.

I've made plans before and plenty of llofty ists. Not so much a year out goal. I feel excited and skeptical. I feel like there isn't really anything to stop me. . . I'm not feeling depressed, I like my job, I am gaining more authority at work--it's time to move forward. I hope you'll help me with ideas and inspiration and support. . .


  1. You know, I think you're going to accomplish what you're planning because you have the will to do it this time around. I love the idea of making a list of accomplishments.

    In order to walk, you have to put one foot in front of the other and you've done that already.

  2. Just my two pennies worth, but I believe planning is more important with the eating portion of this journey. Making certain you have the right foods on hand, planning to build healthy meals and snacks, putting yourself in the best position to succeed.

    On the other hand, exercise is about doing. It matters very little what exactly you're doing, at this point, other than you're actually doing something. Do, do, do.

    Get moving. You can figure it all out on the run.

  3. I know you will get moving now - I think working on a plan is the key. Like we all hear and read all over the place, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail" - so having that list in front of you will help motivate you.

    Because I too have a fairly busy life, I find waking up that hour earlier in the morning the best time to get exercising in, that way I have no excuses to work through later in the day. I've already done it....

    and p.s., Cleansing isn't all THAT bad :)

  4. Excited AND skeptical? That's a tough combo! Not sure I could pull that off--can you also be bored and optimistic? Joyous and cynical?

    Have you heard about treadmill workstations? You can see one at Maybe work would let you have one if you ponied up the dough?


  5. know, I *will* come over and say, "Sandy, it's time to walk NOW." If you promise not to fire me ;-)


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