As most people know, the heat in the Northeast is beastly right now.
I lost 30 pounds over the course of the past year and a half, and I know I have gained back some of the weight. I can’t say how much because I won’t get on the scale, but I suspect it’s about five pounds.
Getting on the scale would be the wrong move for me, since then I would know for sure, and knowing might possibly result in a further downward spiral.
The weight gain is a result of slacking on my eating plan and becoming increasingly sedentary over the winter. No matter how many times I told myself to just go to the park and walk, I managed to make it there only sporadically.
And I usually took my camera with me, another mistake.
Though having the camera with me helped me progress in learning how to operate the Nikon I received as a combination birthday/Christmas gift, it hindered my staying in shape.
I should have power walked or run for at least 30-40 minutes, but I found myself snapping photos. And we had a cold spring, so more often than not I stayed inside anyway.
My photography skills are progressing slowly, and squatting to take photos of tiny spring wildflowers did help with my lower body… but the rest of me? Not good.
I found myself in a rut. I told myself every single day that I would get in some exercise, even if it was only jogging in place in the house, but somehow when evening arrived nothing had been accomplished.
Now it’s summer, making it necessary to wear shorts and short sleeves. I am not happy with what I see.
And it’s too hot to walk outdoors. Now what?
Well, I decided to look for new workout videos to do at home, leading me to Leslie Sansone’s You Tube channel.
What a terrific channel! I’ve always liked Leslie Sansone. Twenty years ago when I joined Weight Watchers for the first time, I bought a Walk Away the Pounds video and did the workout regularly before moving on to other workout videos and finally beginning to run.
But my running days may be over. I ran faithfully for ten years, and completed two half-marathons, but that was before I began taking care of grandkids on a weekly basis, plus trying to find time to write.
Leslie Sansone is my current solution. If you’re in a rut, or pressed for time, or find that you aren’t moving much for whatever reason, check out Leslie’s videos.
There are so many workouts to choose from! There’s something for everyone, from beginner to advanced, and Leslie is so inspiring and upbeat that I find myself looking forward to walking at home.
Here’s the workout I did on Tuesday.
I don’t have a fitness band, so I used an old ace bandage. It worked just fine. In addition to keeping my cardiovascular system healthy, I like to be as toned as possible.
Since I now have a TV in my bedroom, I do Leslie’s workouts in there, where I can see myself in the mirror.
This serves two purposes:
- I can make sure I’m doing the steps with the correct posture so the workout will be as effective as possible.
- I can see how out of shape I have become, which ensures that I won’t quit walking, and that I will stick to my eating plan.
I have vowed to work out 5 days each week. If the weather breaks I will go to the park and leave my camera at home, but until then, I’m walking with Leslie Sansone.
In four weeks I plan to step on the scale. Wish me luck.