Yesterday was just an off day. Mr. Prevention had to get up at 5am for work and while I normally get up with him at 6am-ish, I decided to set my alarm for 6:45 and see if I could sleep through his morning routine. If he woke me, my plan was to workout in the morning. Of course, I slept through his morning routine. And from there on out, I just felt off.
It took me ridiculously too long to get ready for work, and I went through the day feeling guilty for not getting in my morning workout. I rushed home from work, made pizza dough to rise, and hopped on the treadmill for a quick 3 1/4 miles while catching up with The Bachelor (for those that watch, are Michelle and Ashley H. total psychos or what?). I ran to pick-up Lily from daycare and started lesson planning for tonight while my pizza dough went through its second rise.
When I got home from Weight Watchers (down 2.2 pounds!!!!! :-D), I made individual pizzas! With my yummy $1 pineapples, I made Hawaiian pizza for me and turkey pepperoni for the hubs.
But before I go into the pizzas, I want to recap what the leader at Weight Watchers said last night. And if you’re a WW member, you may have heard a similar message this week. The topic was to move more, and the leader very clearly stated that every day tasks count as exercise: grocery shopping, running errands, etc. However, I tend to disagree with that claim. I don’t think living life and performing its demands is exercise.
I have always viewed exercise as going over and beyond daily activities… the action behind getting up and moving more. So if you make a concerted effort to park at the very back of the parking lot at the mall, or head out to walk around your neighborhood, or running on a treadmill — all of those activities take additional effort. Grocery shopping is a necessary evil (or pleasure!), and I (personally) would not consider it exercise. Unfit “non-exercisers” grocery shop all the time, and I imagine they don’t consider grocery shopping exercise. And people certainly won’t lose more weight this week if they reward their errand running with additional calories (or PointsPlus).
For what it’s worth, Wikipedia defines physical activity as any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
What I did appreciate from the leader’s message was starting small. While I sat through the meeting thinking, “I worked out 5 hours last week at high intensity!”…most people in that room did no physical activity. And I know that because they shared that with the group. Starting small is important — a walk around the block…to the end of the driveway. Something. A concerted effort. That’s what I consider exercise.
And what I consider a fabulous, (slightly) indulgent dinner…voila!
Hawaiian Personal Pizza
1/3 Thick Crust Pizza Dough
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup pineapple
2 pieces lean ham, sliced
1/2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Make dough according to directions. Cut the dough into 3 pieces and roll out to desired thickness.
Place pizza stone in the oven. Preheat oven to 375 F. Once at 375 F, remove the pizza stone and put your dough on the stone. Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove pizza dough and layer with toppings, starting with the sauce and cheese. Garnish with coconut after baking an additional 12-15 minutes. The pizza edges should be puffy and golden brown. Serves 1.
Nutrition Information (per pizza): 534 calories; 24 g. fat; 60 mg. cholesterol; 1624 mg. sodium (eek!); 48 g. carbohydrate; 7 g. fiber; 31 g. protein
Result: This hit the spot! I have been craving Hawaiian pizza since I spied those $1 pineapples. It was worth the wait, and the coconut was the perfect touch! I hate that the recipe is so high in sodium, but that is the nature of the pizza beast — pizza sauce, cheese, and pizza toppings are usually packed with salt. Luckily, my breakfast and lunch were very low in sodium (about 400 mg. total). Remember, anything (in moderation) can fit into a healthy diet, it may just take some maneuvering of other meals! Enjoy!
Question: What do YOU consider exercise? Daily chores/errands? Only breaking a sweat? Please share!
Workout, dialysis, teach…off I go!