Thursday, January 24, 2008

a little light...

snowy branchesI like my job but I absolutely hate the commute. It usually takes me about an hour to get there, no matter what tricks I try. There are patches of heavy traffic and I find it pretty stressful, and I resent the two hours a day that I spend driving.

Since the excitement of having a new job wore off, I have been feeling sorry for myself about this and therefor totally unmotivated to work out, eat right, or do much of anything but watch TV when I get home. This probably explains my lackluster progress on Weight Watchers since rejoining before the first of the year. The thing is that this situation probably isn't going to change any time soon, so I'm going to have to find a way to make it work.

My solution? Better living through shopping, of course. I got an FM transmitter for my iPod that lets me listen to podcasts on my car radio. I was starting to go a little nuts from listening to nothing but NPR talk radio. After a few days of it, you start to wonder if it's on a loop: elections, the latest environmental disaster in China, the foreclosure crisis, another reason airport security is a total failure, and by the way, we're still spending billions of dollars in Iraq with no clear mission. I'd rather read my news online and listen to Jillian Michaels or Mugglecast.

I am starting to make time for some exercise, too. My husband and I have been doing the Gaiam "A.M. and P.M. Yoga for Beginners" DVD, either the morning or evening workout each day. I'm starting to do weight training a couple of evenings a week and to stick around for some cardio afterward. I've done a few runs here and there, and I try to get in at least a short walk on my lunch hour. I've felt better, slept better, and anxious chatter in my head seems to have quieted down a little. Recently, Frances sent me a link to an article that asks, "Does Exercise Really Make us Thinner?" I think it does, if only because it relaxes me and keeps me busy during a time that I might otherwise be snacking. But I'm starting to remember how worth it getting in that workout really is, even if it didn't make an iota of difference in my weight loss.

I noticed yesterday that it was light out for most of my drive home. The bare branches of the trees reached up into a rosy sunset light that stretched all around me. Even if I'm watching the world through my windshield too much of the time, things are starting to feel a little brighter.

2 comments:

  1. Long commutes are brutal! I’m not sure how flexible your work is, but when I had an hour commute, I use to exercise on the weekends and a few days during the workweek I would take an extra half hour for lunch than leave for home half an hour later, so that I can exercise before I eat lunch at my desk. What helped ease the stress of driving for me was books on tape that I use to borrow from the library.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07