- 35-40 minutes 3 times a week (15 minutes elliptical at home, 15-20 minutes mix of either abs, legs, arms or yoga).
- Some days, instead of the 35 minutes of exercise at home, I take a brisk 30-40 minute walk outside while pushing my daughter’s stroller.
- One day a week, 30 minutes of swimming (confession: I haven’t been to the pool in the last three weeks because I wanted to use those evenings to study for the MCAT. Will have to figure this one out though since swimming is great for uncooperative knees like mine.)
So the exercise situation is not terrible, but it could be better and I don’t feel that I exert myself enough (I definitely don’t get to the dripping in sweat stage) partly because of fear of weight-loss and partly because of trying to avoid re-injuring my knee.
To begin the 30-day challenge, I downloaded MyFitnessPal (a program that allows you to track calorie intake, exercise goals etc.) as recommended by my fellow blogger and I just put in my profile. Very revealing!! First and foremost, the program suggested a daily calorie intake of 1700 calories for me based on my height and weight but I think this is too low based on my having had to eat over 2000 calories in the past just to maintain my weight. When I input what I normally eat into MyFitnessPal, my calorie intake came to about 2150 calories. Interestingly, most of my calories seem to come from carbs and protein. I generally eat a healthy diet but have to confess my sweet-tooth and my recent partiality to chips (time to nip that in the bud!). I am a bit low on fat intake although I didn’t take into account cooking oil plus any dressings. I will have to look into some healthy fat options. Based on MyFitnessPal, it doesn’t look like I need any protein supplements. I seem to get enough protein from my diet.
I only just recently became fairly consistent with setting aside time in the morning to play piano, sing praise and worship, pray and read my bible. But this only happens Monday to Thursday. Come the weekend, things get very busy with family and social activities but I know that’s no excuse. I have to make God my first priority. I definitely see the impact on my mood and attitudes when I skip out on my devotional time. So as part of this challenge, my time with God happens daily.