Taking activity beyond the gym

Submitted by Hillary on Wed, 10/18/2006 - 12:15am.

Losing weight involves so many lifestyle changes.  You have to change your diet, but that can really mean changing a lot.  In my case, I had to completely make over my eating habits.  I am a vegetarian, so I ate a lot of carbs – pasta, potatoes, rice, and bread.  Oh how I love bread.   I didn’t know it, but I was eating almost as poorly as possible for a diabetic.  Ok, so I didn’t eat chocolate cake and donuts every day, but I drank plenty of soda, and regularly ate portions that were way too big. 

So now I count carbs and watch my portion sizes and sodas are a rare (and also potion controlled) treat.  The other big factor is exercise.  I work out almost every single day.  Every once in a while I’ll get tired and take a day off, but exercise really, really helps me control my blood sugar, so I do it most days.  Once I lose all the weight I want to lose, it should be easier to keep my blood sugar under control without having to work out so much.   

There’s one more change I’d like to make.  My husband and both tend to be fairly sedentary in our habits.  He likes video games and music and messing around on the Internet.  I lean towards reading and knitting and blogging and baking.  We need to develop more active habits – hiking, tennis, geocaching – something to get us out of the house and being healthy.  When we have kids, won’t it be important to set an active example for them?  Part of the problem is that we just aren’t joiners.  We tend to be fairly solitary, so I just can’t see us joining a softball team or…see, I don’t even know what active stuff people do!  Obviously, I have a lot to figure out still.