I’m One Month Into My Exercise Break, and I’m Ready For A Change

Check out my new kicks!

I purchased the sneakers as part of a celebratory day. Remember, in my most recent weigh-in post, when I showed how I had reached 4,000 Cardio Miles? At that point in time, I hadn’t decided on a reward for that milestone. But then I did. And the shoes were part of it.

Last weekend, I drove down to Orange County, stopping at the outlet mall on the way, where I picked up the Nikes. They were on clearance, and clearance items were on sale, which meant I paid $32 for them. (I bought a second pair, for $45, that I’ll start wearing in a couple months.)

They’re very comfortable, and they take the sting out of the fact that the most recent new pair of shoes that I purchased busted open after I wore them five times.

I’ve worn and loved many pairs of Under Armour shoes and never had a problem with them before, so this was disappointing. (I had bought those on sale at an outlet for $35, so maybe I got what I paid for.)

But the big reason I went to Orange County was… to see “Hamilton.” I love theater and missed “Hamilton” when the tour came through Los Angeles last fall. Now it’s in Costa Mesa, and it was the perfect way to celebrate a 4,000-mile accomplishment that’s been five years in the making.

It was wonderful. I get all the hype. Great music and performances, and I especially appreciated the lighting design, which was brilliantly synced to the choreography, the beats in the songs, and the rotation of the two giant turntables on stage.

The main topic of this post, though, is my exercise break. This Friday marks the one-month anniversary of me taking a well-earned break from rigorous exercise and, instead, just walking. One month! The time has flown by.

I’ve stuck to my plan diligently, and have really enjoyed the change of pace. I’ve only done things other than walking twice during the past four weeks:

  1. When I did the Lemon Climb Denver stair race, but that lasted only 9 minutes and 8 seconds.
  2. When I took my friend Anne’s aerobics class. Anne knew I was on a break, and made sure I wasn’t working too hard. Plus, we went straight from this class to a birthday party, where I saw my friend Gerry for the last time before she passed, so I regret absolutely nothing about this evening whatsoever.

I even reached a little milestone, without even realizing it! I use the Runkeeper app whenever I’m running, walking, hiking, or biking (on the rare occasions when I borrow someone’s bike). It measures my distance and assembles some other fun stats like elevation gain, pace, and calorie burn. A few days ago, when I got home after a workout, I was playing around on the app, and got to a page where it said I had completed 400 workouts! It’s a figure I had never paid attention to before, but hey! A milestone is a milestone!

The break has been going really well, but I’m starting to get antsy. My neighborhood walks are getting a little boring and repetitive. I’ve started rectifying that by driving 5-10 minutes to other neighborhoods, and walking around there. One day I went to my gym and did my walk on the treadmill, so I could justify the membership fee I was paying this month – although I prefer walking outside.

I’m committed to this break, but I think I’m ready to start easing back into more involved workouts. So this is the plan moving forward:

  • Continue on the walks through this weekend.
  • Monday starts a new week. During that week, I’m going to replace two walks with more challenging workouts. One of them will be weight lifting, because I’m jonesing for it, but I haven’t figured the other one out yet. Oh no wait, yes I have, it’ll be stairs, because I have a stair race that weekend that I signed up for long before I realized I needed a break.
  • The week after that (starting Monday, June 4), I’m going to do the same thing: two more challenging workouts, and walks the rest of the time.
  • After those two weeks, I’ll see how I’m feeling.

I think I will find the more challenging workouts to be a welcome change, but I know I’ll have to remind myself, again and again, to not set crazy expectations. The goal is to ease back into exercise, not jump into the deep end.

How does all this sound?

Keep it up, David!


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5 Responses to I’m One Month Into My Exercise Break, and I’m Ready For A Change

  1. Jeff Dinkin says:

    This sounds like a good plan.

  2. I think weight-based strength training is smart. What about pilates?

    • David says:

      Thanks! I know lots of people swear by pilates but I’m gonna stick with stuff I’ve been missing lately, at least to begin with.

  3. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a GREAT plan!

  4. lunchmuffin says:

    Yes, I very good plan. Putting too much pressure on yourself can take the fun out of an activity. I did that last summer and I’m glad I did but I’m not going through another summer like that this year. Enjoy the walks!

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