Gettin’ Healthy Even If It Kills Me!

Posted: November 14, 2011 in General Musings, Health
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Today was Day 1 of my mission to get healthy and in shape. You may be asking, “But, Pipsqueak, Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks. After that is a whole month of holiday parties and socially acceptable bingeing. What reason could you possibly have for choosing now to start healthy habits?” Answer: “Clearly, I’m a masochist.”

Really, it shouldn’t take much to whip this cuerpo into shape. I’m 5’2″ and I weigh all of a buck 27. That puts my body mass index at a high-normal 23.2. But I don’t have a great deal of muscle mass, so all this extra fluff is just mucking up the works little by little, year by year. My diet’s not too bad—lied the lady in denial—so the problem is mostly getting enough exercise. Unfortunately, copyediting doesn’t demand a lot of movement and neither does writing in my personal time. My metabolism has been a good friend all these years, but now I’m going to have to make more of an effort. I should be able to eat whatever I want (within reason, of course) as long as I’m making sure to burn it off.

As for the timing, meh. There’s alway a reason not to start now. Birthdays, minor holidays, weekends, you name it. It’s time when you say it’s time. For me, it’s now.

So here’s the plan: I’m incorporating an hour of exercise into my daily writing schedule. Doing this will help me in two ways. It’ll put enough space between me and my workday to recharge my batteries, and it’ll facilitate establishing a new habit by making it part of an already existing one. Clever, eh?

Today, I did half an hour of intervals (that’s what you call running for five minutes and then walking off the cramps, right?) and half an hour of calisthenics. For the first time in my life, I had to do push-ups on my knees. That’s no bueno, folks! In addition to the goal of losing nine pounds over the course of the next five weeks, I’m going to do five nonsissy push-ups without collapsing. Start small, right? Let’s do this!

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