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Core Disk? Anybody have one of these?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I got one of these impossible inflatable torture devices about ten years ago, when I was gathering fitness equipment in an attempt to find a habit to replace smoking, which I had just given up. Kinda ironic, isn't it, since I just gave up smoking on the 17th of THIS month too! But we can come back to that, for now, I'd like to stick with the core disk. Or stick it.

I got my core disk at approximately the same time as I got an entire set of resistance bands, my stability ball, and a Thigh Master. With the possible exception of the thigh master, I would say that these were all very useful purchases. However, I've never really used the core disk much at all. It's just SO difficult for me! I can barely manage to stand on the thing, let alone move - AT ALL! I have to have something to hold onto for balance if I'm standing and trying to shift my weight in the least (which is what I had in mind), so I always feel like a failure when I try to do anything with "da disk"...so it has been sitting in a corner for nearly 10 years, barely used.

But...I am now ten years older than I was when I got the core disk, and I haven't gotten in much better shape over the years either. My balance remains poor to non-existent, and I am eagerly seeking ways to improve my core. Just this morning I realized that I have, in my possession, the very thing I need to really work my core. If only I could stand on it without feeling as though I'm falling off...of the floor!

There are other core exercises for which this can be used as well, many of the same things one would use a BOSU or stability ball for. I will definitely start implementing the core disk for some of those, but the real challenge is being able to balance in a vertical position while moving....I'm talking about merely shifting my weight from one foot to the other...it's one of the hardest things I've ever done, and I can REALLY feel my legs and butt tightening up when I'm on that thing. It's so amazing that I can't believe I've allowed the thing to just sit in a corner gathering dust for all these years. Imagine what great shape I could have been in by now, if only I'd used it! (Yeah - like everything else...shoulda, coulda, woulda.....didn't!)

P.S.: I know this is not where I left off when I stated that I'd be back to post "later", but my mind has drifted on to other things now, lol. I sincerely appreciate the comments that were left for me then, though, and will do my best to respond to them personally.

P.P.S.: 10 days smoke free! (Again)

UPDATE ON CORE DISK: 5/27 2:10pm
I am DEFINITELY going to incorporate this into my workouts! This thing is truly amazing - I could feel it working my muscles immediately. It works even better than a resistance ball for reducing or eliminating back pain when doing crunches, and even just sitting on the thing works the core! Yay to new (old) equipment!

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 5/27/2009 11:29AM

    I don't have these but I have seen them and have wanted one because my Drs. all want me to strengthen the core. My advice is use the back of a chair to help with balance until you are more comfortable and stronger to do it without. Build up to it. Babysteps type deal. I would also like to get the Gaiam ball chair. http://www.gaiam.com/product/fitnes
all-chair.do It is on sale for $20.00 off right now. Need to talk to Lyle about that one though. Let me know how you progress with the core discs.

Congrats on the 10 day, smoke free. emoticon emoticon

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50SGRANNY 5/27/2009 11:04AM

    DLK1231, I tried to reply on your spark page, but got an error message. Thanks for the comment though. I have done the T Tapp exercises, and a lot more. Never tried belly dancing...yet!

I've just decided that I need to give this core disk a try, since I have it, and there are so many uses for it (apparently)...and was actually just looking for someone who might be able to share or comment on their own experiences with one of these.

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DLK1231 5/27/2009 10:09AM

  I quit smoking 24 years go. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. You have to make up your mind and don't give in no matter what. I found on Fit TV an exercise that it belly dancing. It is interesting and fun to do. I really have had a hard time finding some exercise that I like, so this is different. I just heard about a program called TTAP that sounded interesting as it is supposed to easy to do with good results. I am looking into that.......... , maybe it is something you could do that would be easier.

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Alrightythen, time to get this trainwreck back on track!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

And I mean NOW!!

Really, I was planning on a lengthy blog post, but I need to get outside and git 'er' done!
I'll be back later with my post (maybe), in which I'll confess to my true feelings of jealous frustration whenever I read about someone's weight loss progress and overall success here...among other things...but right now I've got a derailed train to take care of!

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 5/25/2009 10:41AM

    My derailed train was filled with chocolate chip cookies. I love homemade cookies. I so wanted to be done at least another half pound this week, but instead I gained half pound. I am happy for other peoples successes, and am jealous of them. Why can't I have my cookie and eat it too? Why should I be jealous of someone else's loss? If they are doing the work and eating right, that was within their power. I want their power. Realizing that age and hormones will also play part in my loss, or slowness thereof, my mind has to think, I am doing this for my health, not just a number on the scale. and I am doing this at my own pace.
Hope you get through the day without to much anxiety of what someone else is or has done. You are doing what you have learned, and will keep learning and losing as time goes on.

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PMWALKER 5/25/2009 9:41AM

    I just read your blog...because I just left one that is very similar! I'm also frustrated, but determined to figure out what I'm doing wrong. So, right along with you, I'm headed outside to get the garden planted today. I wish you luck, and I'll keep checking up on you. Hugs!! emoticon

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Smoking cessation, weight GAIN, and ranting (eeyi eeyi o)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I have been meaning to get a post up here for quite some time now, but have been all caught up in my efforts to stop smoking - again. Fifth time's a charm, right? (J/K) We'll come back to that.

I was *planning* on posting nothing but encouraging words, positive thoughts, yadda yadda yadda. Thoughts about how wonderful it is that I have regained control of my life, and how empowering it is to know that I am capable of making so many changes. How good it is to know that I am improving my health in obvious ways - my knees have gotten much better, and my stamina is improving. Hikes that seemed tremendously intense a few weeks ago are little more than a walk in the park, literally, today. Although I am still not a jogger, and honestly have no plans of becoming one, I CAN jog for a minute or so to add to the intervals in my walks. So now I've got all the steep inclines AND a little jogging to keep things happening on my walks.

My balance is better, my blood pressure is at its optimum, I am becoming more flexible, and am ready to stop using the "I can't do those" card as an excuse to avoid exercises that are difficult for me. I CAN do them, just might have to do a modified version of some of them for awhile, until I strengthen the muscles involved enough to do them without modifying them.
I CAN do squats and lunges, just not quite as deeply as I'd like, and I have decided to really put some serious effort into learning pilates. I need serious work on my abs and core, and it seems pilates might be the answer.

That's some of what I was planning on posting about, among other things. But today I feel differently. Today I don't feel all that positive energy. Today I DO care what the scale does, because I had just ONE little, short term, weight loss goal. Just ONE. The date I set for that goal to be completed is June 1, just a week and a half away. As of Tuesday, I was less than a pound away from that goal, so I dared to become excited about the fact that I might actually meet a weight loss goal! WOW! That would be HUGE for me! I have been having such a hard time trying to lose weight that...well....it was just getting really exciting to think about possibly making a goal. That was on Tuesday. Today (Thursday) I am 3 pounds over that goal, or 2.5 pounds heavier than I was on Tuesday. Sigh

OK, back to the smoking thing then, since the weight loss goal turned into such a joke. I "officially" stopped smoking on Sunday. This was not really planned, circumstances just dictated that it was time to quit. Basically, I ran out of smokes and money simultaneously, so there really WAS no other option, lol. But it was time anyway. I mean, seriously, if I am going to make all these other changes to enable myself to become healthier, more in control, more powerful...how can I rationalize remaining a slave to a nicotine addiction? So it really did have to go. But I really did NOT need to see a weight gain on my scale while I'm already cranky from nicotine withdrawal!! And no, I did NOT "pig out" by reaching for food instead of a smoke. What I DID do was more exercise...lots of it. When I was going crazy because Chazz was in the kitchen cooking bacon, and smoking (!!!!!) so that I had to smell both bacon AND cigarette smoke, I just grabbed a bottle of water and headed out the door to take my frustrations out on the hiking trails. I walked and jogged and hiked with more intensity than ever...until I was back in control. Ended up a mile from home with blisters on my feet and a flare-up of my sciatica, but it was worth it. But the question of this weight gain still begs to be answered. THAT is just not fair!

Oh, I know, there are a couple million possible reasons for that weight gain...but it was really important to me that I make this ONE goal, ONE time :( I've got a week and a half, but my present rate of weight loss has been more like a pound a month, and I've only got a little over a week. DAMMITALLANYWAY!!!! I shoulda never quit smoking!!!

Or maybe I just need to go back to logging my food ;) I had stopped doing that because I felt I was spending too much time nitpicking my way along, and not enough time doing other things. But since I have put pounds ON, inexplicably, mind you, I guess I need to go back to logging everything. Maybe I'll be able to get this back on track in a week's time after all.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/24/2009 1:30AM

    emoticon Debbie! Its hard to quit, I told you I did a few years back. You taking the right steps and doing what you need to for you. Keep it up, someday it will be easier.

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FLASUN 5/22/2009 7:37AM

    Debbie, I want to Congratulate you on doing things the RIGHT way! You left the house when you smelled that bacon and smoke smells from the kitchen! emoticon

Then you are setting a plan to start logging your food again..... emoticon

So I would say you are back on track already, and those 3 lbs will come off by your goal date!

emoticon on the emoticon that is one step up! Baby steps.......keep going!!!

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50SGRANNY 5/22/2009 7:18AM

    I am going to comment on my own blog, again, just to clear Chazz's name. emoticon
He did also quit smoking, but didn't run out of smokes as soon as I did, so he was able to continue smoking a little bit longer. It was just a really bad day for me, and the aromas and odors were really triggering some tough reactions in me. Plus, I didn't realize he still had smokes...but do agree he could have at least been considerate enough to smoke them outside.

I really appreciate all your support, and will reply to each of you personally. I just wanted to explain the Chazz smoking situation on here.

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LUCYVLH1 5/22/2009 2:42AM

    I have gained three pounds also Debbie, but you know what? I am pretty proud of that. The first time I quit, gained 70. I am walking more and I am sure that helps. I think what we both should be doing is writing down every bite, keeping an accurate calorie check on ourselves. If we are eating the required number of calories to lose, exercising...then at least we won't be gaining.
I tell you one thing...I think you not smoking with someone in the house smoking is pretty phenomenal...but you know what, I think he should be more considerate and at least smoke outside. I am not sure I could quit if it were in my face all the time.

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BIGT_56 5/22/2009 12:58AM

    You need give yourself a great big (((hug))). Sit down, put your feet up, and rest your bones for a while. Your body is trying to tell you "Enough already!". I would say that given a couple of days to refresh itself, your body will let go of those extra lbs. But, if it doesn't, then you will still be ahead of the game...you won't be smoking. Now that is a biggie in the health catagory!


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GRAMMAOFFIVE 5/21/2009 5:21PM

    Hey hon, I can feel your emotional pain. I quit smoking 19 years ago. I gained weight but it was due to all the Werther's Original bags of candy I was sucking all day everyday. You said it. There could be a number of reasons why you had the gain. One being that you are not logging food like you need to. It is amazing when we don't do that,how we figure that one of bite of this or one bite of that doesn't matter. It does. And you mentioned you exercised more. Did you drink extra water keeping in line with that. If not, your muscles may just be retaining more.
As far as the short term goal. You have to remember. Those that don't set goals never achieve them. You may set your goal for a certain date and are working toward. You are that much further ahead of the person who says I want to lose x amount of pounds but never achieve it because they don't have goals and plans in place.
You are doing so well. And you are feeling so much better. Just think how much better you will feel when you have the smoking behind you. You don't know it yet, but your breathing will be so much easier on those hikes. And food. Well, it just plain tastes better. And some things that you thought you liked, you may not like at all.
Just keep going strong. It was good that you let this out. I am sure there are more people in the same situation as you.
A friend of mine quit smoking about 9 years ago. After she quit, her husband quit smoking in the house. That is the best thing that can happen for you, if you can talk hubby into taking it outdoors. Why breathe the second hand smoke? He quit smoking a year ago. (After heart surgery.)

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Facebook - look me up! Debbie Solum is my name :D

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thanks to SparkPeople, I have become active on Facebook. I've actually had a profile on there for quite some time, since my initial involvement through another fitness website, but I hadn't made that known to anyone in my "real" life. Until SparkPeople, that is.

Truthfully, I just wanted to get the SparkPoints for updating my status on Facebook. But then my daughter informed me that she has all my grandkids' pictures posted on her Facebook profile - AND that my whole family is on there as well, so I'd better stop hiding and make my presence known. I did, and ended up spending much of the morning exchanging messages with my daughter, my sister, my nephew, and various other people I'd been "hiding" from. It was a fun morning, and now I've got all the photos that everyone had posted on their profiles. Yea!!

Anyway, I just wanted to make note of the fact that SparkPeople has sparked me again! (Although I did remove the "before" pictures I had posted on my Facebook profile before going "family public" with it ;o)

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DALE0529 5/19/2009 1:01PM

    Face Book is how I keep up with my grown children lives. So I'll look you up on there.

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50SGRANNY 5/13/2009 8:06AM

    This is so cool! I'm looking you guys up, and going to see how many other SP teammates I can find there :)

Writeousness, I don't know yet, so far all I've done is become a fan of SP after clicking a link here (Find us on Facebook) that directed me to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spark

Comment edited on: 5/13/2009 8:22:39 AM

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WRITEOUSNESS 5/13/2009 12:03AM

    Is there a special place to go on Facebook? I'm far more active there than I am here, and I'm looking to reconnect and find an accountability partner.

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BIGT_56 5/12/2009 9:09PM

    I am on there too. I got active there due to SP also. You will find lots of us Sparkers on there. I am not on Facebook as much as I am Sparkpeople, but I will try and find you next time I am on there.

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BIGDRUNNER 5/12/2009 7:07PM

    Im On facebook too

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Build Muscle: Strength Train + Stretch!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Weight-training builds strength by causing tiny tears in the muscle, which then quickly repairs itself, ending up bigger and stronger. Fast-track your strength gains by adding static stretching-in which you hold a stretch for 10 to 30 seconds-to your routine. Three studies led by Prevention (magazine) advisor Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, found that adults who stretched either between or immediately after strength-training exercises developed about 20% more strength than those who only lifted weights.

*LIFT AND REACH: Rest at least a minute between sets and use that time to stretch the muscle you've just worked. For instance, if you just did leg extensions, stretch our quadriceps by pulling your right ankle toward your butt while standing on your left leg. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds.

*The preceding information was taken from Prevention Magazine article "Healthy Powerpairs" by Danielle Kosecki

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 5/12/2009 11:40AM

    Great information there. I like that you are taking control of what you are doing for your body and health and passing along the information that you are reading. This was useful information to read.

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    Great advice there! We do need to stretch after a workout. It not only does a body good, but it feels good.

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