A Long Talk with Myself about my Workout Routine

90b5a8d432b50dfee9226d879869bff7I had the ambition this morning to take my morning walk to another level. I set out to keep that faced paced walk to the time span of 30 minutes. The problem was that I have the treadmill plugged into a surge suppressor that shut me down at 25 minutes. I have no idea how many calories I burned or just how far I walked. This is the second time this happened and you would figure that after the first time I would make necessary changes like plugging it directly into the outlet. But Nooooo ooooh. I never made the switch hoping that it was just some freakish electrical act of the universe. I will make the change over the weekend.

With increasing time on the treadmill I am also decreasing the time spent working weights. I am reducing each exercise to just one set of reps to reach exhaustion. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am not trying to look like a 30 year old athlete but merely just trying to stay in good physical condition to ensure a healthy future.

So in essence I am increasing my cardio to speed up my metabolism and working small sets of heavy weight to maintain the muscle I have. Starting next week I will move my workout to a 6 day a week plan where I am doing cardio on Mon, Wed, and Fri, while doing strength training on Tue, Thu and Sat. This will keep in line with dedicating just 30 minutes per day to an exercise routine with of course Sunday off. It is not difficult to find just 30 minutes out of your day to commit to your health and there is certainly no excuse in the world for not doing it.

Now let’s talk food. It appears that I am still stuck on my winter diet where I am pretty much eating comfort foods a few times per week. I am still seeking out extra carbs especially in the morning to increase my level of energy. As I am becoming more conscience of these things I am slowly reducing the level of calories I am taking in each day. It is a slow process but will soon give way to being back on eating just the foods that keep me moving. I know that it won’t be long before I start to feel those hunger pangs once again and learn to embrace them knowing that my body is utilizing stored fat for fuel. It is then that I will start to see my body weight decreasing and my body moving closer to summer mode.

This is the way my body works at 55 years old. I understand it and know where my limitations are. The most important factor is that everything is a slow progression as to not shock the body in any way. It really doesn’t take much each day to stay in shape as long as we understand that it is through dedication to perform these small tasks each day. I find that it is much easier to set aside the same time each day in the morning to accomplish this rather than trying to fit it in during or at the end of the day. I get up, I exercise, end of story.

Blood Sugar- 111, Weight- 190.8

Treadmill- 25 minutes

Bowflex- CHEST
Bench Press- 220 lbs- 20
Incline Press- 220 lbs- 16
Decline Press- 220 lbs- 20
Fly’s- 80 lbs- 20

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to A Long Talk with Myself about my Workout Routine

  1. New Journey says:

    you are so inspirational…I can’t seem to get back in gear with a work out…I did go out and but some hand weights, 5#’s, they are sitting on my dresser looking at me each morning and night when I get up and go to bed….I have used them twice….my inner rebel has been terrible the last week….or more to be honest….I am still loosing weight, not has quickly as I would like but the umbers are going down…..your post are all so encouraging…thanks….its nice to know that we are all in this together…..fighting our inner beast…where they want us to eat another piece of bread or push the limits of your exercise…..your doing great Billy….kat

  2. I like the idea of spending 30 minutes per day. You are correct. No reason not to. Think I’ll lace up my running shoes today. It’s starting to feel like spring! Thanks for the inspiration! Lynn

  3. kkeevins says:

    Beautifully described. Clear, concise, perfect.

    Oh, and thanks for the SMACK RIGHT ACROSS THE FACE (BAM!), regarding no excuses pertaining exercise.
    Wow — good aim! Great reminder which, unfortunately, it seems I need every day.

    I got rid of my treadmill many years ago, as it turned into a drying rack for my clothes. Instead, I started walking; the streets or the track. It worked well until the winter struck. I started walking the mall. No big deal — but, it’s FREEZING here in the Northeast! I am improving, thanks to your posts.


    But then there are those cold days when I opt for “SCREW THAT!”
    Hey, I’m human…


  4. James says:

    I’ve recently changed from lifting four times a week to two, and using the “extra” time to do cardio, mobility, and core work more frequently (four days a week). I’ll spend Saturdays as a total rest day (apart from my wife’s “honey-do” list).

    A number of older guys I’ve been talking to through the web have told me that for people my age (I’ll be 62 this year), doing strength training four days a week isn’t giving my muscles and nervous system enough time to recover. So now, I’m experimenting with lifting just on Sunday and Thursday.

    I miss the squat rack already.

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