Thursday, June 6, 2013

Energy to Get to the Table

or Making It Easy to Get to the Table (Part 5)

Do you wish you had more energy?

Most people do.

Life takes energy and in our society the meal we can most often get together for is toward the end of the day after we've used most of that energy on other projects. 

How can we get the stamina to keep going, so we can get a meal on the table and have the pizzaz to have an interesting conversation?

One thing I do is exercise.

Dreaded word, I know. But it's as simple as taking a twenty minute walk.

That's my favorite kind of exercise, especially in spring and fall. I actually go for about thirty minutes. My dream is to have an hour to walk, but I'm not sure when I'll have time for that on a regular basis.

One website that encourages me in this is I can plot a map of where I walked, how much time it took, and other notes. They tell me how many calories I burned! They'll also let me know of progress I'm making, like if I have better time or more activities or longer walks.

It's just fun to have that extra information. And besides, if I ever need an alibi, this should help, right? 

In the winter or on rainy days I do exercise videos. My favorites are the Walk Away the Pounds series by Leslie Sansone.

This is the first one I got and the one I still use the most, The One and The Two Mile Walks . I try to do the two mile walk mostly, but some days I just run out of time and the one mile walk only takes about nineteen minutes. In it she combines a little bit of weight work.

This is my favorite one! Because she does strength training and aerobic exercise in three-minute intervals, the time seems to go by so quickly. Plus, I can feel the muscles working as I use the weights. I've worked up from tuna can "weights" to five pound weights and sometimes I even use eight pounders.

It seems like an enigma, using energy gives you energy. But I think I'm proof. I am 52 and have low blood sugar, low blood pressure (last count 90/61), asthma, and no thyroid, but I have energy to make dinner every night. 

Tonight the whole family is coming over--my in-laws, my son and his wife, and my daughter who lives in town. And thanks to the walk I took this morning, I'll have the energy to enjoy it!

To see other posts in the "Making It Easy" series, click here.
The Well-Stocked Kitchen (Part 1)
Food for the Soul (Part 2)
Contrasts Make the Meal (Part 3)
Ease Through the Grocery Store (Part 4)

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  1. Hey, I think you are so right about walking.

    Yesterday I went on a walk with a friend of mine in the fields and it was so refreshing and nice. In addition we were rewarded by a beautiful scenery and sunset.

    Stephan :)

    1. Sounds like a great walk! We miss seeing the mountains where we live now.

  2. I love walking & often take my camera for longer walks. But, I need to do it more often. Thanks for the tips on the website & videos. PS. Thanks for letting me know about link code. They updated their site & seems several weren't compatible. Thanks for dropping back by! Theresa

    1. No problem, Theresa. Taking your camera along is a great idea. It gets you looking at things in a different way.

  3. Yeah for walking!! I'll look into the DVD's you mentioned as well. Bob and I still try to walk at least three times a week, about two miles. Remember passing Jim and you while we walked around Maranta many days! :)

    1. It would be fun to be able to go for a walk with you again, Joy! I remember walks with you at Villa de Leyva and one in Ohio, too!

  4. I've always walked even before it was popular. Thanks for sharing. Linda

    1. Walking just makes sense--not hard on your joints, no extra equipment needed, no gym membership required!

  5. You go girl! I am another firm believer that a body in motion tends to stay in motion. I have a hula hoop and a 10 pound dumb bell that live in the front room! Whatever works!

  6. Hi Sharon, What a great post with practical, useful information. I'm curious, with the walking DVD's - do you walk in place? I love a good walk so I appreciate the information you've shared here.... and had to chuckle because sometimes I don't have the energy to make dinner. Three to five in the afternoon is the time of day I just feel depleted. It's like someone let the air out of me. Yikes. Stopping in today from Lisa's at Grand Social.

    1. Hi Barb,
      Yes, you walk in place, some backward and forward, and some side to side. It's all low impact and easy to do. I turn down the volume completely now and listen to my mp3.

      There are other ways to deal with that slump, too:
      - have a quick nap (I usually take a short rest after lunch sleeping 5-20 minutes and wake up feeling refreshed)
      - have a small protein snack around 2:30 or 3
      - have some caffeine (I like coffee)
      - do a 5 minute set of exercises that Leslie has at her website:
      She has a 15 minute, 10 minute and 5 minute. I find it gets my blood moving and perks me up.

  7. Here from the Grand social, and you're right- gotta start exercising. I'm thinking it's time to dust off my Sansone DVDs and follow your example. Thanks for the reminder. BB2U

  8. Walking really is great exercise. I enjoyed the tips you shared. I've heard good things about WATP, I'm thinking I need to check them out for next winter. I'm off to peek at the other posts in your series!

  9. I've been trying to walk a little more lately. My toddler is finally interested in riding in her stroller again, which helps me keep up a consistent pace! lol Thanks for linking up to Thrive @ Home! :)

  10. I'm downloading RunKeeper as of right now!



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