Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Working out, lately

I've worked out every day since February 25th, and am on quite a roll with consistency. What's contributing to this? Well, no international travel for work, no vacations, no commute to the office, no taking kids to sports, games, practices, etc.

Working out is also a critical component of my mental health right now, as I juggle the kids at home, my own work situation, and our "new life", that none of us were expecting.

I've been running more lately, and am almost to the point where I'm enjoying it again. Almost. :-) I keep thinking I'm making no progress on time or distance, but looking back over my runs since the beginning of the year, I most definitely am. Isn't it interesting how our minds try to tell us one story, but the data tells another? We can be our harshest critic, so I find tracking my workouts & calories to be really helpful - both to keep me in check when I'm telling a different story (oh, you're keeping your calories totally in check. Not so much with some extra snacking during the day), as well as to show me real progress when it happens.

So far, 1/3 of my yearly runs have happened in May. That means I wasn't running much the first part of the year, and I"m getting much more consistent in May. The data indicates both are true.

My current workout schedule/plan for each week is as follows:

  • 3-4 runs
  • 1 strength workout
  • 1 yoga/stretching workout
  • 1 hike/walk day
I am also going for a bonus walk most days (with the kids, M & the neighbor's dog) & doing quite a bit of yard work. It's a stretch to stick to my 12k step goal when I'm at home, but I'm hitting it almost every day, with some dedicated effort.

As for the weight loss, I made progress in March/April, but have slowed down a bit recently. I need to shave 150-200 calories/day off of my totals. It's doable, but less fun than I'm currently enjoying. :-)

I am working hard to appreciate one of the advantages of the "new normal", which means having the time to consistently work out. It's really helpful, and I know it's benefiting my physical & mental health tremendously. 

What about you? How are you doing with your well being during this time? Are you adapting your workouts or finding new time to squeeze in walks? 


  1. Color me impressed with your dedication. I have been doing nothing like that, but things have settled down now and I am ready to hope back on it (Plus I have the pool opened and in about a day or tow the water will be ready for swimming. I truly love to swim laps.

  2. Good for you. I know that during the times I could run it was important for me. I could not have kept up with the studio and the stress if I had not been a runner. Now it is just going on really long walks.

  3. Wow, good for you! I guess with a slightly less busier life it is easier to be healthy. I did several hours of yardwork yesterday burning far more calories than normal. Short walk today with the dog dodging raindrops but at least both he and I got some exercise. Not had much energy of late (fibro) so trying to manage that.

  4. I know your situation is not ideal for you but I do envy you your time to exercise. We love to get out and walk here, but our new location is not ideally located to a walking venue like we were before. Also, our daughter runs every day, and the length of time she does that determines how long we can walk (so we can get her to the running/walking path). For example, yesterday we agreed on 30 minutes but that meant we got in less than 1.5 when we are aiming for two miles. Sigh. Either we're going to have to go separately or lower our expectations for the time being.

    It sounds like you all are making the best of this less than ideal situation. We'd love things to open up here a bit, but at the same time want everyone to stay healthy. I am so grateful that everyone here seems to take mask-wearing, social distancing, etc. seriously.