This week, besides walking on the treadmill, I tossed in some yoga and stair climbing.
I forgot how helpful yoga can be in easing my lower back pain (ah, sciatica, you lovely little creature!). All of that controlled stretching is just wonderful, so I will be adding more yoga to my future work out schedule.
As for the stair climbing, on Friday I got into work early and decided to walk and climb the stairs for 20 minutes. It's a really great work out - talk about burning butt and thigh muscles the next day!
Besides feeling stronger and healthier due to all of the above, it also added up to some weight loss. I have now lost a total of four pounds since January 1st. I truly cannot believe how well I am doing. I never lose weight this fast, but I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth.
I think I am doing well because I have amazing support at home, at work and here online. It is always easier to do something difficult if you have a cheering section! And in conjunction with this outside encouragement, I have instituted another form of motivation. If I stay on track, I get positive reinforcement in the form of cold, hard cash:
- For every hour I spend exercising (walking on the treadmill, taking a walk with Hartley, lifting weights, stretching, doing yoga, climbing stairs, etc), I earn $10.00.
- For every healthy meal I prepare at home, I earn $1.00.
- For every pound I lose and keep off, I earn $20.00.