…The lazy way out? Impermanent? Hopeless?
I’ve never relied on exercise to lose weight before. I’m just too lazy. Dieting is passive. I have to eat anyway, so I can just make better choices when I do, right?
Not so sure anymore. If that were true, this wouldn’t be an almost 20-year-old problem for me.
It’s not like I’m a complete couch potato. There’s at least a mile of walking built in to even my laziest of days, the days where I don’t leave the house except to drop off and pick up at school. It’s not much, but it’s more than I would get living in the suburbs, waddling from house to SUV to building back to SUV. A more typical day involves lots of subway stairs and walking ten or twenty blocks to get somewhere.
Now that the weather is warmer, many days will also involve stalking celebrities by bicycle (finding parking is nearly impossible). But even though biking around Brooklyn is hard (and often terrifying), it’s not exactly aerobic exercise. There’s too much traffic, too much stop and start. The only time my heart rate really goes up is when a truck is parked in the bike lane or when a Chinese delivery guy is speeding towards me going the wrong way, and I’m boxed in on the side.
And occasionally, I lift weights. And by occasionally, I mean that you have to count the time between sessions in weeks, not days.
So, while I’m fairly active, I’m not doing much sustained exercise. I’ve tried. I had a membership to the YMCA for about six months. I went about six times. The Y had just gone through a huge renovation and was fabulous – clean new locker rooms, all new equipment, individual TVs on every single treadmill and elliptical trainer. But I still couldn’t make myself go.
I thought maybe an exercise DVD was the answer, and I did find a good one – a Pilates video from Gaiam. The exercises were great, but it was just too repetitive. I think I have some kind of adult ADD.
On the other hand, today was a good day with the food. I made it all the way to dinner effortlessly on only about 400 calories. Used up another 400 on dinner. Just had a snack. And I still have 200 more to go. I see Oreos in my future.
Originally posted on Selfish Mom