I haven't done a “what's up with me” update.
I've been lacking motivation to walk/exercise. I still hung in and got three workouts a week in, but last week I slid down to two. So today, I got out for a 3 mile walk right after breakfast so there would be no excuses. I have to get back on the Wii but it just seems so hard.
I can feel the difference the less exercise has. My knee pain is back and I'm less flexible. I suppose it is inevitable in the winter, but I'm searching for a good motivator. I put on a pair of one of my new size 14 jeans and they still fit so at least I'm not gaining, but I'd prefer them to fit a little more comfortably and I have about 6 other size 14 articles of clothing that don't yet fit. I find that clothing helps beyond simply measuring how much weight I've lost. I haven't been on the scale in three weeks.
I've also been working on a very specific goal to increase my consumption of fruits & veggies. There are new federal guidelines that tailor consumption to your weight and activity level. I am recommended to eat 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies each day. Which is hard. Really hard. Check out this site for more details. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/
My walk this AM was pretty awesome. About 90% of the sidewalk was clear and there were snowflakes flurrying all around me. I had a few moments when I gasped at how cold the air had become, but I cut 5 minutes off my time so perhaps the briskness paid off for me. I also have an iPod that Laura gifted to me for Christmas. That makes the walk super bearable even when its cold.
What is getting old is my route. I try to stick to good sidewalks which eliminates half of the Northside. Sparkpeople.com has a great route tracker so I'm working to up my distance to 4 miles per walk and trying to figure out a route that makes sense. Or routes. I want to go down by the stadiums onto the trails but I quiver at how cold it might be. Maybe I'll venture down there this week and see what happens. If I don't blog all week, call Ledcat to go find me.
Blogging has picked back up. I'm on medical leave so I have more time and inspiration. Blogging is a stress reliever for me and I set some interesting goals for this year, including more contributions to national blogs. I'm trying to infuse a bit more of Sue the person into this blog that has really tilted too far to Sue the political lesbian in the past years.
The Society has a new project we'll be unveiling soon to demonstrate what a group of determined Pgh women can accomplish (or at least try to accomplish). We met yesterday and that was pretty exciting. Just the pre-project conversation was very stimulating. I love women with opinions.
I'm off to do a blogging interview. I'm not walking.