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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wednesday Challenge 012220

This week is a new hobby.

My new hobby is working out.

I've belonged to a work-out gym that only had exercise equipment. It was cheap, but after a few months it got boring and I'd stop. Stuck with paying for a membership for year.
Recently a fancier one opened up close by. There are a number of these places in town (I'm not advertising for them). The problem is you can't find a parking space. 
I've reached a weight that I'm not comfortable with and it is affecting my health. So wife and I joined this one, it has plenty of parking as it's new and not part of shopping center.
It has a wider range of equipment in newer models, free trainers,  and group sessions. It has the one requirement that makes it worth the money. A pool. Wife and I enjoy the aqua workouts every Tuesday and Thursday. Those noodles and swim bar bells really give you a workout without stressing out my back.
After a week I've lost five pounds, and went out to buy a Fitbit to sync up with the gym's machines. Damn this is getting expensive and complicated.
I'm counting on a healthier me being able to get my diabetes under control without insulin as that is what's made me gain so much weight the last two years.
I really enjoy when working out on the bicycle and other machines listening to books on tape. Kind of killing two birds with one stone.

Another part of this is portion control. Wife has been nagging me for some time about this. With working out I know the appetite usually defeats any progress. It's not easy trying to eat half of what I'd normally consume and it's really hard to fight the munchies in the evening. I'm hoping my willpower will hold up. but damn every time I pass by a donut shop does my mouth water. 


Lydia said...

Good answer!

Congratulations on your success so far. And, yeah, changing your diet is hard. I struggle with that, too.

My post.

Judy said...

Congratulations on your new workout habit. I want to start doing that as well (but I'm cheap...I'm waiting until my Silver Sneakers membership kicks in...lol). Fortunately I have a pool here (now just if it will warm up again). Good luck with your portion control. I do Weight Watchers, because if I want a donut, I can have one (8 points, in case you wondered). My post is here: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2020/01/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-new.html

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for your support, Lydia.

P M Prescott said...

Nice to know someone who understands, Judy. Thanks for your support.

Aymee said...

Good for you on getting healthy! And that's really the key - finding something that you enjoy or has enough variety so that you don't get bored. Good luck!

Marianne Arkins said...

Good for you on exercising! It's a hard habit to create, honestly, but you're seeing results, so hopefully that helps.

I'm actually on Weight Watchers, too, and it's remarkably easy. Nothing is forbidden, but portions really are the key. I wish you well. Diabetes is a tough thing to live with, so I hope you're able to find the key to controlling it.

Cathryn Hein said...

That's a great new hobby to have. I hope it works out (pun intended) for you.
Portion control is the harder thing, I think. Exercise gives you those lovely endorphin rushes that makes you keep coming back. Unlike food, where you don't want to be coming back for more.
Good luck!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Portion control is hard, but keep with it. It does happen eventually. I promise. :-)

Berthold Gambrel said...

Good for you! Stay strong; the cravings will gradually get less bad over time as you get accustomed to eating less.

Dixie Jackson said...

Go you! Congratulations on your wins so far. I wish we had an indoor pool closer to us. Hubby and I love to lap swim.

Heather Boyd said...

Stick with it and have fun in the pool. For help with portion control, try using smaller plates. Everything you do get healthier will help in the end. Good luck!

P M Prescott said...

Aymee, Marianne, Cathryn, Megan, Berthold, Dixie, and Heather I thank you for your encouragement and good wishes. I'd do individual responses, but I'm off to the gym.

Unknown said...

It really is hard not to be starving once you start more physical exercise. I always find eating extra non-starchy vegetables keeps me on the straight and narrow. Sometimes it's a LOT of extra veggies, though! Hahaha!

Stick with it - it'll totally be worth it and you'll get to listen to loads of books!

P M Prescott said...

Thank you for your advice and for coming by.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Kudos to you. Keep on doing working out and it will become a habit.

As you have found out you have to find something you like. I still run and ride my bike but I can't do it like i used to so I put in more walking and hiking. Last year I started yoga because I am very inflexible. I found out that it is a good strength workout as well. I also worked in a bunch of aquatic classes. My wife teaches them and so I often take her class on Saturday morning and then we go to breakfast, and I take another one of her classes on Wednesday after work and we go to have dinner somewhere.

Portion control is important as well. Go ahead and have a donut but cut back somewhere else later on. Diets have to work for you as well.

P M Prescott said...

Thank you for your kind words, Yogi. Nice to have a wife that can keep you fit.