This weekend I put my To Do list together. It’s rather comprehensive with 94 items on it. At the moment … The number could change up or down somewhat quickly (just thought of 2 more items while typing this sentence). I’d guess the urgent to dos are somewhere in the range of 20 or so.
One of the items I crossed off already was canceling the gym membership. I know, seems counter to what I’m trying to do here as the Reluctant Hubby. Admitting defeat? No, just no longer paying for something I haven’t used in close to forever. Without the gym, what do I need to do to lead a healthy life? Step one is to put together a fitness To Do list for the last three months of the year (then I’ll make a new one in January).
Here’s the checklist:
1. Start weekly Pilates sessions. Gee, I know someone who has their own Pilates studio where I could train for free. Time to take advantage of the marital bonus of having a fitness professional as a spouse.
2. Run at least once a week. I was much better in the spring and early summer getting out two to three times a week for a two or three mile run. If I get off the couch at least once this week, I can push for more often in the weeks ahead.
3. Run another 5K race. Fall is the best weather for these races in New England. I did one in June and then had to walk one in July when my knee tweaked (and curtailed my running in general). Time to register for a race … maybe this one?
4. Ride the exercise bike at least once a week. I’m not a big fan of the Spin bike we have in our TV room. But it’s stupid to not take advantage of such a resource. God knows I have plenty of shows recorded on the DVR that I can watch while I spin.
5. Walk every day. If I don’t run or ride I need to at least make sure I walk. Living in an urban environment provides tons of opportunities to use my two feet to go to the grocery store, get coffee, etc.
6. One healthy snack a day. I eat fairly well for my meals, it’s the snacks I need to be careful of. Time to “force” myself to choose a fruit or vegetable as one of my snack options as opposed to starches every time.
7. Limit myself to one “unhealthy” food choice a day. I’m fine with a treat. I’m not fine when all I’m eating are cheats. So if I have potato chips with lunch, that means no ice cream as dessert after dinner. And if I chow down Cheez-Its in the afternoon, that means no bottle of beer at night watching TV.
Those are the seven items I need to tackle this fall to continue towards my goals for healthy living. Do you have a fitness to do list? Think you should put one together? What items need to be on your list?
Previously on The Reluctant Hubby: “Can’t Spell Calorie Without Most of the Letters in Chore”
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