Wednesday, July 29, 2009


One of the common excuses for exercising is, "I don't have time." Let's put aside the fact that if people don't exercise, they could end up with even less time life-wise. I can understand the dilemma though, especially for writers who are on deadline -- especially those who have day jobs and children on top of everything else. I don't have a full-time outside job anymore and don't have kiddos, but my days are still jam packed. Therefore, I am a great fan of multitasking. When I exercise, I'm almost always doing something else at the same time. I get the exercise in without the silly guilt of time away from other tasks. Some examples:

~ When I ride the recumbent bike or walk on the treadmill, I read at the same time. This could be magazines I subscribe to, a book I'm reading, or manuscript pages.

~ When I do aerobics, I watch something on DVD or on the TiVo. This definitely makes aerobics more fun, and they go by more quickly. Lately, I've been doing step aerobics while watching episodes of the first season of True Blood. Someday I'll look like Sookie (aka Anna Paquin) in a pair of shorts. :)

~ When I go walking around the neighborhood, I listen to a podcast (usually PotterCast -- for Harry Potter fans) or a writing conference workshop. I did this tonight for 50 minutes before it got dark.

I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to read an article or part of a book about healthier living each day. While at the grocery store today, I bought an issue of Fitness magazine, an issue of WeightWatchers magazine, and a book called Walk Off Weight put out by Prevention magazine. Just on the opening page "From the Editors," they cited a University of Virginia study in which women who walked for shorter time periods but faster three times a week in combination with two longer, moderate-paced walks each week lost five times more abdominal weight than those who walked at a moderate speed five times a week. There were also benefits in decreasing waistlines, smaller thighs, and the loss of body fat and weight. Hmm, guess what I'm going to try. :)

Today's progress:

Oops, forgot to weigh again. I blame the lack of brain function when I get up in the mornings. I just wrote "Weigh before breakfast!" on the dry erase board on the front of the fridge.

Calorie intake: 1,334.5 -- Learned that one of my favorite lunch items, a Chick fil A sandwich with cheese has 512.5 calories! Good thing the rest of my day was pretty low-cal. Also tried the zero-calorie Coke Zero. Ugh. Not a fan. Hate the taste of aspartame. That's why I don't like diet drinks.

Exercise: 50 minutes walking (165.5 calories burned)

Steps: 10,225 -- About 6,000 of these steps came during my walk tonight. But the other 4,000+ steps burned some calories, just don't know how many. I just read online that 10,000 steps a day could possibly burn 300-400 calories, but that depends on the terrain -- whether you're hiking up hills or just walking around the house.


Lara on July 30, 2009 at 10:39 AM said...

Hey Trish...good going. I guess I should quicken my walks...anything to loose the budda belly! Here's a trick to diet soda. Fresh lemon or lime. It takes the after taste from aspartame away. Never tried it in Coke Zero. But it is fantastic in Diet Coke and Sprite Zero. I'm a huge fan of Crystal Light Pomegranate Lemonade with fresh lemon! Yum. Keep up the good work! You rock. (I aim to misbehave for the rest of the week and will get back on track Monday.)

Marilyn Brant on July 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM said...

Ooh, that U of VA study is fascinating! I'm a fan of walking, but hadn't really thought about doing it at varying speeds--I've always tried to just be consistent. But it sounds like doing it this way has great benefits. I'll give it a shot! :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on July 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM said...

LOL, Lara. Love the shout-out to Serenity in there. :) I hope to get to the point where I actually look good in my Browncoat T-shirt.

Let me know how it goes, Marilyn. I'll probably go walking again tonight after the sun goes down. Just too darn hot to do it in the middle of the day, and I don't get up early enough to go in the early morning.

Pat on July 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM said...

Hey hon,
We just got home from the hospital today and now I'm on a tear to keep dh's sugar down on top of everything else. I have a treadmill, but little time to use it. Guess I'll be making time ere my Ass-ets require a zip code!

Don't know where you find time to do all you do, but keep up the good work. Healthy bodies keep the mind moving, and as writers, where would we be with sluggish brains?


Theresa Ragan on July 30, 2009 at 6:03 PM said...

great suggestions, Trish. I do hate the amount of time that exercise takes...BUT overall it's one of the most important things I do for myself...mentally and physically and that makes it all worthwhile. I'm not a good multi-tasker. This will be fun tracking your progress and seeing what works and what doesn't work. Keep up the good work!

MaryC on July 31, 2009 at 12:45 AM said...

Funny anecdote - years ago I used to bring a little tape recorder with me when I did my walking because I'd always come up with great ideas while walking which I promptly forgot when I got home. So, I carried this little recorder to dictate into as I walked. The only problem was that when I went to transcribe all my notes, all I could hear was all my heavy breathing. Needless to say my husband found it endlessly amusing.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on July 31, 2009 at 12:46 AM said...

Pat, good luck keeping the dh's sugar where it needs to be. That's hard. I had to work with my mom to teach her how to do it. And good luck with your own exercise efforts. The ever-widening behind is the bane of the writer's existence. I speak from experience.

Thanks, Theresa. You're so right about exercise being beneficial mentally as well as physically.

Marie-Nicole Ryan on July 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM said...

Why oh why did my treadmill die just as I finally got serious about weight loss and health?

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