Sunday, March 4, 2012
Parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin experienced a late winter storm over the past week with areas in the north receiving record amounts of snow (22-26 inches). In Minneapolis we had about 4 inches of the fluffy stuff. A warm up is on the way though with 50 (!!) degrees in the forecast for the week. The mix of weather meant for me a mix in the kind of exercise I undertake and or where I did it. I biked 19 miles indoors using my trainer and five miles (!!) outdoors on my steady Dutch bike. I snowshoed .4 miles, cross-country skied for a total of 3.66 miles, and walked a mere 2 miles. Here are a few tracks of my snowshoes in northern Wisconsin (22 inches fell) and biking along one of the bike paths in Minneapolis.
Speaking of exercise there was an interesting article today in the Star Tribune about the importance of stretching and form while doing exercise and the necessity of mixing up the kind of exercise you do. I admit I have not been good about stretching especially with cycling. I am glad that on my own I have found out that cross training with other exercise activities is important, not just to get through winter, but in terms of using different muscle groups and avoiding repetitive inquiry syndrome. “Injuries tend to occur when monotony sets in” which is something I would like to avoid.
Doable target: I steadily make progress in exercise and eating each and every week. Even with my efforts, I am not really losing anything. As a matter of fact the three to four pounds that I gained during my three-week break are still with me. Today, I am setting a target for myself to get below 170 pounds before my birthday (May 22). Right now that is about 7 pounds. I know that is a doable goal for me. I plan to step up my exercise, especially cycling, now that the weather is starting to transition to spring. I believe my eating is good (about 1500 cals a day). Ramping up my exercise and being even more conscious of my calories will make the difference for me, I believe.
One more thing: I think most of you know that I am a science and mathematics academic. This semester I am teaching a science course for non-science majors at my college for the second time. This time around I am teaching a unit on health and nutrition, including using one of Marion Nestle's books (What to eat) and a plethora of other materials from various credible resources. Part of my interest in this whole topic is my own journey to become healthier and I will even share my own story. But it is more than just about me. I have found that health and nutrition are sadly absent in most general science courses at the college level as well as absent in the guidelines that are established for many states across the country called standards. I will do my part to make these complex, interesting, political, and personal topics more visible from now on in my own teaching.
Have a great week everyone! Stay strong in your lifestyle commitment. Thanks for reading. TTFN, Michele