Hi friends! Hope you’re having a splendid day!
Another rather sluggish day over here since my pump was acting up again last night and I wasn’t getting any insulin. Not good! Hopefully the issue is fixed as I’m rather sick of feeling so lethargic.
I grabbed a Clif bar and an iced coffee for breakfast and packed a lunch for work…a huge salad that I got sick of eating before it was gone! Loaded with veggies…romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, ham, and croutons. I used some of the honey mustard that I left at the office.
Finding the Balance: Fitness
I thought I’d talk a little about how I started working exercise into my daily routine (well, almost daily :)). I was pretty active in high school, never really a runner but I played field hockey and was pretty active with school, extracurricular activities, and work.
(Source– Not me, just a random picture :))
After high school, though, my workouts were sporadic at best. It was around this time that I was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and taking charge of that aspect of my life took priority. Once my blood sugar levels were under control and I started using an insulin pump, I was able to meet with an exercise physiologist (who specialized in diabetes care) to put together a workout schedule. We decided that I would exercise 3-5 times a week. That lasted for a little while but I never made it a priority.
Some friends of mine had ran a half marathon and I was really impressed and considered it a major accomplishment. Running was not something I did very often nor particularly enjoyed so I never thought that it was something I would do. After looking up some races, I bought a pair of running shoes and started pounding the pavement. I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon plan, pretty strictly too. If it said to run 5 miles, I ran 5 miles.
Picking a half marathon as my first race was not the smartest choice, as I came to find out when I was sidelined a few weeks before the race with a stress injury in my tibia. It wasn’t quite a fracture but it was still too painful to run. I didn’t let it deter me, though, and after a few months off (rather sedentary months, I might add) I started training again. I took things a little easier and went on to run two half marathons (recaps here and here) and multiple 5ks.
After a while I started to burn out on running. I still loved it but just didn’t find it as enjoyable when it was my only form of exercise. I started adding in some strength training but didn’t really stick with it. I recently stopped running so much and started doing the P90X training program. I liked it a a lot, but as with running, I started to get sick of it after about 9 weeks.
I tell you these things
to bore you to tears to show how I came to find a balance with the fitness side of healthy living. While some people run, and only run (or swim, bike, etc.), I’ve found that I need to mix things up to keep up with this side of the equation. After too much of one thing, I get bored and stop. Your body also usually responds well to change in your exercise routine.
I’ve finally found what works for me, and that is: no strict training plans/programs, planned (and unplanned) rest days, and variety. The last point is key. I still love running but I also love strength training, walking, Zumba, kickboxing and spinning. Why pick just one? I still try to exercise 3-5 days a week but rather than having a specific plan, I do what I’m feeling each day. I’ve found it to be much less stressful and therefore, enjoyable! I look forward to my workout most days…most. 😀
Do you stick to one main form of exercise or do you switch it up?
Top Three Tuesday- What are the top three places you have visited?
- Hawaii (Our honeymoon)
- France/Spain (that counts as one, right?)
And in case you didn’t see it in the comments section of yesterday’s post, the answer to the Mad Gab riddle was Jack of all Trades. 🙂