Welcome to the 398th Metamorphosis Monday!
I guess you might call today’s Before and After a “Good Habit” metamorphosis or maybe a “healthy” Before and After.
I don’t have a lot of time for watching TV and truthfully, there aren’t very many shows on that interest me these days. I did come across two recently that I enjoy; I’ll share those toward the end of this post in case you’re not familiar with them.
Even though I don’t watch a lot of TV, one of my guilty pleasures is watching the occasional 10-15 minute YouTube video featuring the un-boxing of a dreamy handbag or perhaps a review of a fragrance or some other item that’s on my wish list. If you’re ever in the market for a new handbag, camera, makeup, jewelry or fragrance, do a search on YouTube and someone has probably shared and reviewed it. Seriously!
Since I sit way too much as it is, I’ve been thinking about how I might work in a bit of exercise throughout my day, other than what I get running up and down the steps. I don’t really enjoy exercising so I knew it needed to be something I could do in 10-15 minute increments, several times a day. Mentally, I can cope with the idea of exercising in 15 minute increments several times a day, as opposed to trying to schedule a 30-45 minute block of time, which I know will never happen. I’d rather clean bathrooms then exercise for the sake of exercising.
So, the deal I made with myself is I’m allowed to watch a short video by one of my fave YouTubers, as long as I’m using this little stepper while watching.
Before I purchased the stepper, I was reading one of the 200+ reviews online and one person mentioned that she keeps her stepper near her desk and uses it every hour throughout the day for 10 minutes at the time. She’s lost something like 60 pounds doing that! I wouldn’t mind taking off a few lbs before my winter hibernation and the inevitable holiday nosh fest sets in. Since I started using the stepper around two weeks ago, I’ve lost around 3 lbs and that was with no change in my diet.
The thing I really like about this stepper, is that I can do anything for 10 minutes, even something I don’t especially enjoy like exercise. I may not do it every hour like the reviewer I read does, but I can handle 3-5 times a day. And the good thing about doing it in spurts like that is it keeps my metabolism cranked up throughout the day–always a good thing!
This one is adjustable for three heights. I’ve been using the middle height because the first level up felt way too easy. If you’re interested in a stepper, you’ll find the one I’m using and enjoying here: Stepper
Timing My Workouts
When I purchased the stepper, I started thinking about how I would time my 10 minute workouts after it arrived. I knew I could use my phone, but I also knew that would get tedious very quickly, especially if I’m hopping onto my stepper 3-5 times a day or more. So I Googled to see if there was a timer out there that was mindless to use, something I could set/activate in one step.
I was delighted to find there was! This little cube will time anything in 1, 5, 10 or 15 minute increments. It’s super complicated and hi-tech to work. 😉 You pick it up, flip it to the number of minutes you want and set it down. That’s it! Seriously, that’s all you do. The timer starts automatically and let’s you know via an audible sound when your time is up. In case you’re curious, there’s a little window on one side where you can see how much time is left as it counts down.
These timers are available in various increments, so whatever increment of time you think you’ll use the most for an activity, there’s probably a timer for that. You’ll find the one I purchased that covers 1, 5, 10 and 15 minutes here: Timer. You’ll see the other increment timers at that link, as well.
So, I’ve made exercising as easy and doable as possible for myself. My stepper is right here beside my desk, I use it while doing something I enjoy (watching a video) and timing my workouts is easy and actually kinda fun with my little cube timer.
I think that’s the clue to exercising regularly, you have to find something you enjoy and is readily available. In a perfect world, I’d live near a biking trail like the Silver Comet Trail and would bike there daily. I absolutely loved biking on the trail for the full year that I did, but unfortunately it’s a 45 minute drive from my home and it simply isn’t safe to bike there alone. (Google “Attacks and murders on the Silver Comet Trail” for more info on that.)
Two Favorite TV Shows
One day while eating lunch, I flipped over to the Travel channel and discovered two shows I had never seen before. I was surprised how much I liked them since I don’t enjoy much of what’s on TV these days. So I thought I’d share them in this post in case you’ve never seen them and would find them interesting.
Mysteries at the Museum
One show I enjoy is Mysteries at the Museum. Have you watched it? Apparently, it’s been airing on the Travel Chanel since November 2010, but I just discovered it.
In Mysteries at the Museum, the host, Don Wildman, highlights an object that’s on display in a museum somewhere in the United States. Its physical appearance is described, then a fascinating tale unfolds leading to the explanation of how that object ended up playing some very important part in history, important enough that it ended up on display in a museum.
The stories are compelling and really draw you in. Besides being educational, I find the show really fascinating and exciting. Occasionally, some of the stories can be a bit morbid, but that’s pretty rare. I definitely recommend it if you love a bit of intrigue and enjoy learning new things.
The other show I discovered recently is Expedition Unknown. It appears to be a fairly new show with the first episode having aired in January 2015. I’ve only seen one show and few minutes of another so far, but basically the host, an Archaeologist named Josh Gates, is on a quest to determine if some of the stories and myths we’ve heard over the years are really true.
The Travel Channel describes it this way:
Expedition Unknown chronicles his global adventures as he investigates iconic unsolved events, lost cities, buried treasures and other puzzling stories. Armed with a degree in archaeology, a quick wit and a thirst for action, Gates investigates recent developments before embarking on a detailed exploration. Whether he’s trekking through Fiji in search of Amelia Earhart’s remains or diving the deep seas of Panama to locate Captain Morgan’s pirate ship, Gates’ roughshod expeditions lead him one step closer to the truth.
Anyone else enjoying these two shows?
Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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