Did Something New Yesterday

June 17, 2009 · 9 comments

I did a couple of things yesterday at work that I rarely do individually, and probably have never done together.

I packed a lunch and took a walk at work over the lunch hour.

Monday night was my birthday and I made dinner of T-Bone steak (I had the 4oz fillet part), grilled asparagus, chopped garbage salad and gazpacho. I actually have my own gazpacho recipe but since I was reminded of making this wonderful cold soup by the Pioneer Woman recently I went ahead and tried her recipe, although I omitted the sour cream. Not because I was being health conscious but because I forgot to buy it! Not used to buying sour cream when I make gazpacho.

Anyway, the meal was great and we had plenty of leftovers. I put the rest of the chopped salad into a container, filled a small mason jar with gazpacho and included a piece of birthday cake my wife made – and then I’ll be darned if I didn’t bring that meal to work yesterday. I really should do that more often. The salad was worse for the wear the next day, mostly because of the avocado, but it will tasted great. Sipping gazpacho out of a mason jar was a fun way to have soup. Only downside to bringing a lunch is taking home the dishes, but that’s something I should be able to deal with.

I travel around to a number of different offices so I don’t have this opportunity every day, but outside of my main office we have a lake with a walking path and yesterday I explored it for the first time. I ended up not walking around the entire thing as I didn’t have enough time for that but I did end up getting a 30 minute walk in. Oh I forgot to mention, I actually brought running shoes to change into, so I was totally planning to do this. The problem is the shoes I grabbed were ones that have been sitting in my closet forever and there was something wrong with them that I didn’t rmember and once I got into my walk I realized what it was – they cause blisters on my heals. So after the walk I pitched the shoes in the trash and will be buying another pair of my current running shoes to keep at work.

I sure felt the burn of the walk and because of the humidity it made the sweat even worse. I’m not used to working up a sweat in my work clothes, and frankly that shouldn’t be happening in a 30 minute walk. But I can’t let that scare me off – more walking means less sweat eventually!

I don’t know that this is totally a new habit yet, but the fact I planned to walk by bringing shoes and then actually did it is a good sign. It will be an even better sign if I go through with buying the new shoes and keeping them at work.

Small incremental changes have helped me in the past and they will do so again.

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Kimberly June 17, 2009 at 7:57 am

Good for you, John! You’re absolutely right: It’s a lot of small steps that add up to a lot of progress. I’ve found that taking big steps is more difficult, and though you might get further at first, you’re more likely to stop, and the “small steppers” will blow past you. Go buy those shoes! And Happy Birthday 🙂

Thanks Kimberly!

Mike June 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

Good on you for trying something different. Probably just as important as taking small steps.

Good Luck to you.

Cammy@TippyToeDiet June 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

Happy belated, John! What a terrific way to celebrate–by doing something GOOD for you!

(Let me know if you need any help with that leftover cake. *G*)

Thanks Cammy – the cake is gone now but it did take a couple of days to disappear and I wasn’t the only culprit, so that’s good!

Fat Daddy June 17, 2009 at 10:14 am

John:
Good for you! I also do the packed lunch and lunchtime walk each day. I have to drive about five miles to a park, so I keep my lunch simple – a sandwich and some fruit which I eat on the way. At the park I walk about two miles in 40 minutes. It has really made a difference so far.

As for the sweating, I am right there with you. I change into shorts and a t-shirt before lunch. I bring a fresh pair of underwear for when I change back into work clothes. Not ideal, but workable. Keep it up.

Sounds like you have developed a good habit there!

julie June 17, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Good for you! I think packing lunch is key, even if it’s steak and cake it’s likely healthier than whatever you can grab and eat in an hour. My last job had no cafeteria, and it was a 10 minute drive to get anywhere to buy some, and I rarely had my car with me, so I just got into the habit of bringing. The dishes aren’t that bad to deal with, just rinse them so they’re not nasty and crusty, and put in a bag to take home. I even had this cutey padded insulated lunch box (had to last the bike ride) If I didn’t have much work to do, I’d go for a walk, but usually I’d just finish as quickly as I could so I could leave and go to gym. I’m glad you’re making these incremental changes, that’s the way to go, and it was making me cringe to see you spinning in circles and not progressing.

Well I’m not out of the spin cycle yet but I’m trying!

MamaBearJune June 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Happy belated birthday! What a good time to start new healthy habits. How nice to have a walking path nearby! Keep making healthy choices.

Thanks! And I’ve heard rumors we may actually have a small workout facility and locker room as well, although I have not yet confirmed that.

Mary :: A Merry Life June 20, 2009 at 7:24 pm

YES John. This is a good step in the right direction. 🙂

Mohamed June 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Hi John,

I’m in the same boat. I lost 100lbs and am trying for another 100lbs but it’s been difficult.

Provided I stick to regular exercise, I do well – but work keeps me very busy and as I sit all day… well, you know the rest.

You made a great comment – you started walking. When I lost my first 100lbs all I did was walk and ride my stationary cycle. I didn’t hit the gym — too embarassing to “work out” with all those super buffed guys/gals there.

My ideal weight should be around the 200lb mark but I’m struggling with diet and exercise.

I try and take my son out daily, but this year allergies have played havoc with him and he’s literally shut inside all day otherwise he gets eye infections and sinus problems.

We’ve tried stuff at home, like hide ‘n seek and we play bowling and tennis on the Nintendo Wii (yes, I know you can’t expect to loose a lot – but any activity is good) and do what I can to work around the house

I wish you the best of luck!

Regards,

Mohamed

Steve v4.8 July 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Hey, good for you! Movement is a good thing at every opportunity.

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