Friday, 20 September 2013

Pain In The Feet

I recently decided to go back to making myself thinner and in better shape. I have my reasons. Other than of course a better quality of life. If I cared about that I'd be shaving and brushing my teeth more.

Anyway, rather than just jump straight back into the gym I decided to start it a little small. On Wednesday I dusted off my Kinect and did the calorie challenge on my Kinect Sports game. If you don't know what that is, it's where you set a time and calorie goal (well, you select a time and it gives you a calorie goal) and you play minigames for the set amount of time, hoping to burn off the amount of calories. Pretty simple stuff.

Back in my heyday I could do a full half hour session on that. It might not sound like much but that thing could actually really take it out of you. I decided to start a little smaller, as I said, and only did the fifteen minute challenge. Damn that thing took it out of me. I did manage to beat the goal though, so that's something.

Yesterday I also went on a proper walk for the first time in forever. The town centre is to the right of my door, and my walking path is down the left. I had to go to the town centre to mail a letter and decided I would walk up there and then walk past my house on the way back and continue walking. I have two different walking routes. Well it's a straight line either way, but I have two set distances. There's a petrol station a mile away from me, and my old school is two miles away. When I started walking before I would walk to the petrol station and back. Then I started venturing towards the school and back. This time though I did only go to the petrol station. I got some nasty stomach cramps and I'm surprised I managed to drag myself home. Still, I walked three miles and I'm going to walk at least a mile today, so it's not going too bad.

I have no problem starting exercise programs or anything, I find sticking to them to be my biggest obstacle. Most people can make something a habit pretty quickly but I just can't. I probably couldn't form a smoking addiction if I tried. Not that I really want to.

13 comments:

  1. I do wish you had woods nearby that you could walk to. You'd be surprised at how that can clear your head out, getting away from people, the noise of traffic and even the smells.

    You do have a habit. You have a habit of not forming a habit. Does that make sense?

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  2. Hmmm... I may disagree with you that most people have an easy time sticking to things. Though i'm not most people, I can just speak for myself. Usually the business of life, distractions, or just plain fatigue will throw me out of a routine. But the ironic thing is, getting yourself in better physical condition will help you feel better, so that maybe it will be easier to stick to things in the future.

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  3. That can be my problem too, good intentions but hard to stick to it with any enthusiasm for any length of time.

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  4. It seems you can walk just about to any place in England. I wish that were the same here. The only places in walking distance of me are a liquor store and an ice cream stand.

    But, I just do an intense workout for 20 minutes a day. I don't have much free time when I get home from work, so this exercise routine is ideal. It also seems to be working from what others are saying.

    Also, some of those Kinect games work really well. I have to take a shower after playing just one round of Wipeout.

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  5. Best of luck with the fitness thing Mark, as always you're trying so I don't think that's a fault at all, keep up with it man.

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  6. High five. Though my feet have been hurting for different reasons. They seem to cramp up, a lot, after work-outs.

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  7. It can be hard to form a positive habit like exercise. I need to walk more, and stop making excuses as to why I cant
    Good for you for making the resolution to get out and walk

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  8. That calorie challenge sounds intriguing. And there is nothing more refreshing than a good wakl - especially an evening walk.

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  9. set yourself a challenge and reward yourself along the way...maybe that will help you stick with it man...good on you!

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  10. Walking through the bush is bloody great sorry to hear you can't do it......

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  11. It's a great start!!! The kinect thing sounds fun but being an ol fashioned gal over 40, I say nothing beats a brisk walk! :-) Take care
    x

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  12. For most of my life, I've been concerned with keeping my weight down. As a teenager, I wanted to impress the girls. As a young sailor, I wanted to impress the girls in every port. As a man in my mid-20s, I wanted to impress the future Mrs. Penwasser. As a young middle-aged man, I wanted to impress the soccer moms (unbeknownst to Mrs. Penwasser) that I was still in shape to run around the field. As a late middle-aged man, I just don't want to have to buy new clothes.
    Once I hit 60, I'm just gonna say "Screw it," buy suspenders, and bid farewell to feet I'll never see again.

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  13. It's great that you started, keep it up!

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