I had the ambition this morning to take my morning walk to another level. I set out to keep that faced paced walk to the time span of 30 minutes. The problem was that I have the treadmill plugged into a surge suppressor that shut me down at 25 minutes. I have no idea how many calories I burned or just how far I walked. This is the second time this happened and you would figure that after the first time I would make necessary changes like plugging it directly into the outlet. But Nooooo ooooh. I never made the switch hoping that it was just some freakish electrical act of the universe. I will make the change over the weekend.
With increasing time on the treadmill I am also decreasing the time spent working weights. I am reducing each exercise to just one set of reps to reach exhaustion. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am not trying to look like a 30 year old athlete but merely just trying to stay in good physical condition to ensure a healthy future.
So in essence I am increasing my cardio to speed up my metabolism and working small sets of heavy weight to maintain the muscle I have. Starting next week I will move my workout to a 6 day a week plan where I am doing cardio on Mon, Wed, and Fri, while doing strength training on Tue, Thu and Sat. This will keep in line with dedicating just 30 minutes per day to an exercise routine with of course Sunday off. It is not difficult to find just 30 minutes out of your day to commit to your health and there is certainly no excuse in the world for not doing it.
Now let’s talk food. It appears that I am still stuck on my winter diet where I am pretty much eating comfort foods a few times per week. I am still seeking out extra carbs especially in the morning to increase my level of energy. As I am becoming more conscience of these things I am slowly reducing the level of calories I am taking in each day. It is a slow process but will soon give way to being back on eating just the foods that keep me moving. I know that it won’t be long before I start to feel those hunger pangs once again and learn to embrace them knowing that my body is utilizing stored fat for fuel. It is then that I will start to see my body weight decreasing and my body moving closer to summer mode.
This is the way my body works at 55 years old. I understand it and know where my limitations are. The most important factor is that everything is a slow progression as to not shock the body in any way. It really doesn’t take much each day to stay in shape as long as we understand that it is through dedication to perform these small tasks each day. I find that it is much easier to set aside the same time each day in the morning to accomplish this rather than trying to fit it in during or at the end of the day. I get up, I exercise, end of story.
Blood Sugar- 111, Weight- 190.8
Treadmill- 25 minutes
Bench Press- 220 lbs- 20
Incline Press- 220 lbs- 16
Decline Press- 220 lbs- 20
Fly’s- 80 lbs- 20