I'm not sure it's really necessary to get all that technical. The basic rule I apply to myself is: do something active every day, above and beyond housework and other chores. So that might be walking, jogging, rowing machine, treadmill, golf, dancing, weights, etc. I do at least half an hour of work most days, and shoot for an hour.
I try to push myself just a little harder on the days I'm feeling good, to get fitter and fitter, but I back off a bit when I don't feel good. If I'm really sick, I crawl into bed and stay there until I feel well. I do not "push myself to failure" as I know from experience that that just injures me and sets me back. I am very prone to joint/ligament/tendon injuries, so I stay out of the "extreme" zone and I never, ever compete with anyone else.
I have some overall goals in mind, such as "size 10" (see below), and building up my upper body a bit. But I try not to get too tightly wound-up about my goals, and I'm prepared to modify them if I need or want to. I started in January 2002, so if it takes another year to get to goal, I can deal.
And I always make sure I'm having fun. If it's not fun, I don't do it. IMO, that's the most important thing, actually.
Age 48, 5'6" Living with PCOS.
Start: January 1, 2002, 220 lbs., size 24
Current: 163 lbs, size 10 - 12, 39"-31.5"-39.75"
Goal: size 10 in Levi's 515 jeans.
Last edited by SeekInnerThinChick; 03-22-2004 at 06:46 PM.