A Cardio Update

by HEAB on October 5, 2009

It’s been about 10 months since I quit running, and I wanted to share an exercise update with all of you. I still get emails asking me how I maintain my weight loss with little to no cardio. My answer: I still exercise, but my workouts might look very different from what you’re doing…and that’s okay. You need to do what makes you happy. For me, it’s yoga, a walk with my dogs, maybe some sprint intervals on the stationary bike, or whatever else I feel like doing when I wake up in the morning. I no longer plan out my workouts a week in advance. I dropped my gym membership, and I no longer schedule my day around exercise. However, like Maggie, I do try and incorporate activity into my day when I can, and workouts are much more fun now. :)

Below is what I did last week…If I can remember:

  • Monday: 30 minute walk with dogs + 60 minute Hot Power Fusion YogaDownload class.
  • Tuesday: 8 mile easy bike ride + Hour walk with dogs.
  • Wednesday: Hour walk with dogs + 40 minutes of Peanut Butter Flow Yoga.
  • Thursday: 6 mile hilly walk with the dogs.
  • Friday: 90 minute Vinyasa yoga class + Hour walk with dogs.
  • Saturday: I did something I’ve never done before. I went on a run with CD…and managed to keep up with him. He ran. I rode our bike. 13 miles. CD, I loved running with you. :)
  • Sunday: 90 minute hot Vinyasa yoga class.

I didn’t realize how much I walked last week, but it was so beautiful outside. Fall is my favorite season, and if the sun is out, I want to enjoy every minute of it. If it’s raining, I may ride our stationary bike, but otherwise, I’ll just do yoga. So, although I’m not spending hours in the gym, I do stay fairly active. Plus, my job (massage therapy) also has me on my feet a lot.

Here are some before/after photos. I can’t believe I’m posting these, but I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking…

HEAB in college.

Mug shot in college.

Living in London - that's me on the far right.

Living in London - that's me on the far right.

Before Photos

Post weight loss mug shot. Me and my mama. :)

Post weight loss mug shot. Me and my mama.

Post London HEAB.

Post London HEAB.

I lost most of weight with walking and simple at-home workouts, but 90% of the weight loss was due to changes in my diet. Walking eventually turned into running, and after my first 5K I was hooked. There were daily runs before work, anywhere from 3 to 10 miles, and Saturday mornings were reserved for long runs.

Back in my racing days. That's me 2nd from right.

Back in my racing days. That's me 2nd from right.

That's me on the right. First in my age group at a local 5K.

Me on the right again after winning first in my age group at a local 5K.

Looking back, I can’t believe how much my body has changed since I stopped running. Although all those hours out on the roads helped me to stay slim, I was in no way toned, even though I did strength training 2 to 3 days a week. Some like to call it Runner’s Puff, right Polly? 😉 Let’s just say I was eating a lot to fuel those runs.

Nothing has done more for my body than yoga…nothing.

IMG_2934Not sure what the point of this particular post actually is. To those of you that love running, I totally get it. I used to love running, and there was nothing like knocking out a 10 miler before 8 AM. However, after 8 years of almost daily runs, I wasn’t in love with the sport anymore, and when running became a chore, I knew it was time to make some changes. My mind and my body are much happier now, but that’s me.

I guess my point is to encourage all of you to stay active. Make your workouts fun, doing activities you enjoy, and remember, you don’t have to kill yourself for hours in the gym to stay in shape. Trust me, you don’t.

OK, I’m off to walk the pooches. Happy Monday!