Monday, October 14, 2013

Life in Intervals

   If you've ever heard of interval training well then you'll understand what I'm talking about.  I just became familiar with it myself this year when I finally met my weight loss goal after my last child turned 4.  It really helped me shed that last 5 or 10 pounds faster than I thought possible. I never had to watch my weight much as a teen or young adult.  That is, other than realizeing my jeans were getting too tight, so maybe I better quit eating icecream and apple turnovers for desert every night or quit eating out for lunch at work every day.

  Doing a blog has interested me for a long time but I new I couldn't stick to one topic like so many do.  Whatever I decide to do I tend do with a vengeance or so I have been told.  So why not put that to work for me?  My most recent interval (obsession) has been weight loss and exercise with the purpose of just getting healthy.  A lot of people have asked how I lost 65 pounds.  It truly was a process that went in spurts over the last 2 years or so.  Although I don't plan on this being another weight loss blog I thought that would be as good a place to start as any.  I've had a lot of other Jones-obsessions-passions-intervals over the years such as:

                    Fitness
                         Nutrition
                               Art and painting
                                       Butterfly Gardening
                                              Vegetable Gardening
                                                      Knitting
                                                           Scrapbooking
                                                                   Heirloom Sewing
                                                                           Crochet
                                                                                    Herbology
                                                                                            Herpetology    
                                                                                                      Homeschooling
                                                                                                               Learning Latin
                                                                                                                       
and enjoyed them all tremendously!  Some lasted longer than others and some I still indulge in  occasionally.   My oldest son hit the nail on the head when he said "Mom you have too many good ideas."  Maybe if I can share some here it will be an encouragement to others and help me with a little peace and balance.  Full on makes for total down time at intervals as well,  for my sanity not to mention the sanity of those around me.

   As for interval training it was one of those things I had heard about but didn't really know how to apply to my own exercise routine. Then I came across a good description in a fitness book and another in a popular magazine.  What it boiled down to for me was doing 8 one and a half minute sprints with the last couple being full on with 8 one and a half minute intervals of moderate to brisk walking in between.  It only took 20 to 30 minutes a day depending on how closely I clocked myself and it really worked for me.  With all the halloween goodies around I am back at it again.  Just because I love sweets!


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