Sunday, May 26, 2019
Walking, Watching, Weight Watchers
My walking life took a hit last week. All the Game of Thrones binge TV watching and all that knitting time resulted in low step counts (about 8,000 on average - so I guess not so low.) Yes, I could have watched TV and walked in place at the same time. But what doesn't work is walking in place and watching TV and knitting - all at the same time. Last week wasn't a total 'slug fest' as I did get out for a few walks, and I did my Leslie Sansone Walking Indoors DVD about 3 times (my grand dogs thought that was pretty funny to watch), but reaching 10,000 steps each day just didn't happen.
However, I am now off the couch!
Time to get back on that walking wagon - hmm - wagons are for sitting ... time to strap on those walking shoes and get stepping again.
And I am doing that - but carefully! My left knee (2017 surgery knee) has been complaining a bit. The answer to that problem is simple - continued walking and the return of the PT strengthening exercises Thankfully my knee seems to warm up to the exercise if I slowly push through and step carefully. It almost feels normal after 15 minutes so I know nothing serious is going on. For now ice packs after walking, Advil and a knee brace are 'my friends.' (And, let's not forget the PT leg exercises to strengthen.)
On the plus side - (a very BIG PLUS), I have discovered the many of my 'age related' complaints are minimized with all the extra movement. I can get up in the morning with little stiffness in my legs. Even my knee feels normal again. I don't seem to need that early morning 'adjustment' period of letting all my body parts 'wake up.' My leg cramping problems are much reduced. My energy levels are so much better. And when I feel down - going out and taking a walk fixes that problem.
I don't think I ever sat and watched so much back-to-back TV as I did this past week. Game of Thrones episodes is like eating potato chips - you can't watch just one! Although I did read the books years ago and saw most of the seasons when they first aired - that was a long ago - 8 years to be exact. I forgot a lot of the details. It is fun to catch up and watch them again. But all that sitting is just too much after a bit.
But I am not done with Game of Thrones. I am still watching the back seasons of Game of Thrones through the library loan system. Once that is finished I will be done. I will really really miss this series. Amazing production values, great story, total escapist type experience! It will be hard to replace that series with something else. After 8 years it is like saying goodbye to old friends (good guys and bad guys).
I started Weight Watchers in July 2018 and I went on a Weight Watcher break in December! I was within 3 pounds of my goal weight. That break was supposed to be a few weeks - ended up being a few months. I guess you don't really call it a 'break.' It is more of a stop! Thankfully I haven't regained more than 3 pounds. Guess my eating habits have changed for the better. Thank you Weight Watchers.
I have tried to get back on the Weight Watcher Wagon twice since December - getting on that wagon involves actually tracking what I eat and sticking to the program limitations. The limitations aren't the problem. I can't seem to consistently track any more - I never really enjoyed that part of it. But I know it is an important part of the plan for success.
Since I am paying a monthly fee - and not really using the program, I am sorting out if I want to just stop paying for now. To stop paying means that I will lose access to the online features that make tracking easy. But if I am not tracking ... *sigh* ... I guess those online features aren't as important right now.
Struggling with this idea.
In truth, I don't see myself tracking what I eat forever regardless of my decisions right now! But the diet is a healthy one and very user friendly - so it is hard to just let go. Except - I think I have already let go ... by default! *sigh*.
My enthusiasm now is walking. The positive feedback I get from that activity is massive. I think walking (and keeping generally to the Weight Watcher program without tracking) - if kept up will be the answer to holding my weight stable for now.
So ... I have talked myself out of this monthly charge and moving away from formal adherence to the program. We will see how it goes.
I can return at any time - the time is just not right now!