More exercise and less food – simples!

Oh yikes.  I have been so caught up with everything else, dieting and weight loss has been at the back of my mind.  Home renovations, friends visiting and Fringe nonsense got the better of me and now I need to make up for lost time.

So here’s where I’ve gone right.  I like to start with good news first: I’ve started going to Zumba classes 3 times a week.  The classes are at various venues, progressively increasing in intensity from Monday to Wednesday.  Tis a strange coincidence, but the Monday evening class is the most chilled out.  Most perfect to ease me into a week of jumping about!

I’ve found I actually really enjoy it.  I’m surprised, because I’m more of the ‘exercise needs to hurt, no pain no gain’ camp, as the old wives say.   I used to go to kettlebell training regularly and loved it, so Zumba was totally out of my comfort zone.  The music is supremely cheesy, and normally the idea of a room full of women would bring me out in hives, but somehow it works.  I’m not really a “girly girl”.  I love shopping, shoes and fashion mags, but I don’t have a Sex and the City mentality, and my friends and I are more likely to be sipping whiskey than frothy pink cocktails.  I am also the worst dancer in the world, with the coordination of a one-legged cat.  But Zumba is fun, and this feels like the kind of exercise I can actually get into.

I’ve been making the effort to walk everywhere, which has actually made my life easier manouevring the Festival crowds than my usual bus or taxi route.  It’s amazing how much easier dodging tourists can be when you are not crammed in a crowded bus like sardines.  Besides, the (sporadic) sunshine has done wonders for my mood.  I’m perkier, and hopefully, my thighs will be smaller.

Unfortunately, I have slacked off on my Callanetics classes the past couple weeks, mostly as I just couldn’t face it recovering from being ill with food poisoning (thanks, malfunctioning fridge from hell).  I’ve still got a few sessions left of my 10 classes, and I really do want to keep it up.  So either tonight or tomorrow, I’ll be back at the barre, inflicting all sorts of pain on myself but with the knowledge the inches will be falling away.  I’ve tried Callanetics before and I know it works, but I keep falling off the wagon.  I’m so undisciplined!

Well, now I have the good news and the bad news out of the way, the only other thing left to mention is I am going to try to ease myself into changing my weigh in day from Thursday to Tuesday.  This sounds silly out of context, but basically the Thursday WW weigh in at Meggetland is a bit of a pain in the butt to get to, and I’ve found a meeting at the Merlin in Morningside that is just more convenient.  I find it easier to stay motivated on WW when I stay for the meetings, but with the Meggetland meetings I’d have to rush back straight after, rather than a leisurely saunter from Morningside from the Merlin.

I joined WW a few years ago and found it really worked for me; my Leader was fabulous and really gave me the kick I needed to shift the poundage.  She was super-active and actually encouraged us WWers to get fit, rather than just cut our food intake alone.  My current WW Leader is a big advocate of tracking, but she doesn’t seem to promote much in the way of exercise.  A few girls at the meetings go to the gym, but a few weeks ago at meeting I’d gained half a pound, and I mentioned I’d been doing a lot more exercise (cardio to be precise) – I am well aware muscle is denser and weighs more than fat.  Her advice was just to track religiously, and that exercise Pro Points weren’t as important as reducing my food intake.  I’m not sure I am happy with that advice!

So I’ll stick with my Zumba classes and Callanetics, thankyouverymuch!

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