The Great Exercise Debate

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Changing habits is difficult – and there are a lot of things to tackle when shifting to a Lo-Co lifestyle.  First you have to find and plan low cholesterol meals.  Then find time to shop for ingredients. Then rearrange your workday to start cooking, oh, before 6pm.  Then actually cook the planned meal & an alternate kid-friendly choice (I have already given up on 1 meal).  Oh, and on top of all that, the two I’m struggling with the most: exercise daily and magically developing the willpower to avoid – insert your vice here – Phish Food ice cream.

Again,

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Why Exercise Daily?

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The whole “It’s Important To Exercise Daily to Lower Cholesterol” thing is really bugging me.  (Possibly because I didn’t exercise yesterday or today.  No elliptical, no tennis, nada.)  But daily exercise as a goal feels unreasonable to me.  It seems like overkill — I mean why daily?  Why is daily so critically important?

And aren’t I exempt because I’m already in decent shape?

Searching for that exemption led me online, where I found the opposite.  Turns out, there is a concrete reason why exercising daily is important to lowering LDL, no matter what kind of shape you are in (there are probably many reasons,

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Exercise DAILY? Really?

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For me, food is the most interesting AND most difficult part of this Lo-Co quest.  I enjoy cooking, so searching my cookbooks (and buying new ones!) for recipes to jump-start this Lo-Co journey has been fun.  That said, I am starting to enjoy it less, as the pressure mounts to PLAN and then actually MAKE a healthy dinner every day…or at least most days. Or, more accurately right now, some of the time.

But there’s more to the Lo-C0 equation than just diet.

There is also exercise.  Now here’s the thing – I’m in decent shape. 

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