Back in September I blogged about trying to realign all the conflicting priorities in my life. I was very stressed out, and I knew a large part of it had to do with my mom's surgery and the need to provide daycare for Michael while she was recovering. I decided to focus on that issue first and then try to deal with the other issues.
One of my other issues was exercise. I really enjoy exercising. I also need to exercise for health reasons. So, exercise has remained on the top of my list. Unfortunately, I allowed my stress levels over my mom's surgery to effect my eating and exercise routine. Now, if I want to gain control of some major muffin top, I need to move exercise even higher up my list of priorities.
I really enjoyed running this summer and I wanted to continue running over the winter. However, due to the weather around here that would either require investing in a gym membership or investing in cold weather running clothes. I really needed to be honest with myself. Was I going to go to a gym and run on a treadmill in front of other people? No. Was I going to run in 30 degree weather? No.
Andy and I discussed buying a treadmill. We both want one and we would both use it. However, we just don't have space for it. So I decided to replace my existing recumbent exercise bike with a computerized Schwinn upright bike. I'm very happy with the purchase. I'm getting a much better workout on it than I was on the old bike. It has a cross training program that involves interval training that is just kicking my butt...in a good way. As a bonus, it takes up less room than the old bike so we have freed up some space in our basement.
I really did enjoy running and I will pick it back up in the spring. In the mean time, I've asked Santa to bring me a heart rate monitor and I'm going to work on increasing my endurance and recovery time so that I can get off to a good start in the spring. We'll see how that goes.
In the mean time, I've sworn off red wine until my pants are comfortable again. So, not only have I gotten back to my normal exercise routine, I also have that extra incentive to avoid eating too much. All I have to do is ask myself, "Do I want those pretzels or do I want a glass of red wine?"
Hmm...I'm not sure what that says about me.