Putting action into wordsI’ll bet lots and lots of people made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get fit. Certainly a worthwhile goal, but I’m tweaking my New Years resolution this year after reading a blog by Diane Carbonell, author of 150 Pounds Gone Forever. She recently blogged about New Years Resolutions. She’s not a fan of them, and instead of making one, she suggests making your words match your actions. Last week I blogged that the Klutzy Athlete had lived up to her name by being klutzy and spraining her ankle. This week I’ve been struggling with a painful ankle and ice baths. I’m not sure which is worse, the injury or… Read More
My ankle The Klutzy Athlete has lived up to her name—again. Somehow I went from shooing the dog to twisting my ankle. Of course wearing snowshoes while doing so was not the most brilliant idea I’ve ever had. Experience speaking here, you either end up hurt or on the ground. I remained standing, but definitely hurt myself. Now I have a sprained ankle that looks like a black and purple grapefruit. Of course I’ve been advised to stay off of it, elevate and ice. Let me tell you if you think a sprained ankle hurts, try soaking it in ice water for 20 minutes three times a day! It reminds me of when we wet-waded (just wearing… Read More
Walnut trees turning color Tis the season when pounds start magically appearing. Exercising and maintaining my weight can be a challenge this time of year. My routine gets out of whack with guests to entertain and an abundance of food to eat. Suddenly, I’m not exercising regularly, overeating and not savoring my food or the holiday. Cattle grazing under Mt. Shasta
New TraditionsThis year in my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I am instituting some new traditions. Instead of vegging in front of the television the entire time, I will take a walk. If there’s snow, instead of cuddling up by the fire, I… Read More
New Exercise RoutineIt’s fall, and while I absolutely love this time of year, it messes with my exercise routine. This is mostly due to the change in weather. When it’s raining or the wind is howling I don’t ride my bicycle outside, so I have to adjust my routine and ride the indoor bicycle. And some of the mountain biking trails I love get shut down because of weather. It doesn’t mean I can’t ride in the winter, it just means I have go to more winter friendly trails.
Shaking It UpThis changeup isn’t bad, it just means I have to readjust. It takes time for me to get in the groove with these changes. Instead of assuming I will… Read More
I’ve talked a lot about setting weight loss goals, but I just realized my quest is not only about weight loss. It’s about developing a healthy lifestyle.
GoalsSo what are my goals for developing a healthy lifestyle?
- Look forward to exercising
- Exercise with joy in my heart
- Exercise because I love it
- Stop obsessing about food
- Eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full
- Love the foods I eat and savor every bite
Sticky NotesI’m looking at the list of sticky notes I wrote last week when… Read More
Weight Loss GoalsI’ve always been a goal setter—from work to exercise to weight loss. I recently read a post by Diane Carbonell on are you focused on the right thing when losing weight. Crash mountain biking in Bend, Oregon. Good news the bike survived! Her blog was about goal setting, and it made me realize that setting a goal to just lose a certain amount of weight wasn’t enough to be successful. For me, it also included an attitude change. I was no longer just losing weight, but changing my lifestyle by eating when I was hungry, stopping when full and getting plenty of exercise—not just a set amount of exercise, and even challenging myself… Read More
The Klutzy Athlete is out being her Klutzy self and rerunning a blog today. Will be back soon with more nutrition and exercise. We have an obesity epidemic on our hands, and no one seems to know how to stop it. If you have a loved one who is obese, you’ve probably tried anything and everything to get them to lose weight. Guilt, shame, bribery, badgering, coercion, but nothing works, does it? So what do you do? image courtesy of (c) Jason Stitt/123RF Having recently lost someone I loved to complications from obesity, I want to take on the obesity and knock it into outer space. It’s time we all start fighting. All out cage fighting. No more… Read More
Doing Push-ups I’ve been following Rebecca J. Clark's 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge on Facebook, and it is loaded with fabulous exercise tips. Did you know that after just two weeks of being a couch potato you could lose 25 percent of your strength? That made me sit up and take notice, especially with winter on the way.
Exercise TipsElbow Planks Rebecca said doing this circuit workout one to two times a week can maintain your strength.
- Sit and stand from chair—20x
- Jumping jacks—20-50x (if you can do 50, do 50)
- Push-ups against the wall/counter/floor—15x
- Step ups (up, up/down, down on step)—20 each leg
- Elbow planks—hold as long… Read More