Friday, April 12, 2013
So yesterday was a R&R (rest and recovery) day Ė and I had a box of ginger snaps in my kitchen. That set things off and the rest of the day was just a downward spiral. R&R days alone are enough to make temptation irresistible, but add a little sugar and Iím out of control! Today I will have to be doubly diligent to make up for yesterdayís ďslipĒ so that Mondayís weigh in is good to me. I'm also still sore from Wednesday's workout(s), but not sore enough to skip working out today, so I'll just try to drink a LOT of water to make everything all better. (I wonder if it will get my caught up on my overdue bills!)
Oh, and the point of this post was that, for all my positive energy and motivation, I totally crashed and burned yesterday, grazing my way through approximately twice my calorie range. Water will fix that, right?
Just kidding, but this is merely another opportunity to prove my determination and perseverance to myself. I will rise above! (Ham it up much?)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Did you catch this DailySpark blog this morning? "Should You Maintain Your Weight before You Lose?" After I read it (oh, what the heck - WHILE I was reading it) I thought to myself (because that's who I usually think to if I'm thinking "to" someone) "Debbie, ('cause that's what I call myself when I'm thinking to myself, just in case I might get confused and think that I'm thinking to someone els...oh, never mind) this looks like the same thing you were doing during those times when you swore you were doing everything right, but you just weren't making any progress. Maybe you were, Debbie! Maybe you were just (inadvertently) doing the maintenance first trick!" Oh, how my...her heart soared! I/we (OK, enough of the voices inside my head stuff, it's just me) have already got that maintenance part done, and are now fully into the next phase - WEIGHT LOSS. Hurray! That means I have already met a huge goal, and I wasn't even trying!
I hope this next phase goes just as smoothly.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Wow, this really does work if you do it right! Thatís 11 lbs. lost now (but my official weigh-in day isn't until Monday, so keep this on the DL). Surely no record weight loss, but itís a little more than a pound per week since I climbed back on the wagon on January 27, so Iíll take it, considering my record as of the past few years. It looks like Iím finally officially post-menopausal, and my body has adjusted to the change. Well, that, and Iím putting everything Iíve got into my workouts again as well as tracking food honestly and diligently.
I received a lot of good tips regarding the hip and PF issues I wrote about in an earlier blog, and I think they are helping - SparkFriends helping me through the rough times again! I ordered Spenco insoles on the advice of MYUTMOST4HIM, and am taking 2 ibuprofen twice a day per VICKI-B- advice.
Motivation and determination rule the day these days, but I remain acutely aware of the fact that this is where I usually get into trouble. I start feeling stronger and seeing results, so want to forge ahead - often beyond my fitness level. I am currently at the point at which it is hard for me to differentiate between pushing myself to grow stronger and pushing myself into a wall, or worse. I believe that I really know what I need to be doing, but am so eager to excel that I'm overly afraid of accidentally exercising beneath my level, lol. Pretty ridiculous, isn't it? Blame it on OCD; once I make up my mind to get fit, I become obsessed with and compulsive about doing it.
Monday, April 08, 2013
So I'm thinking I may have waited a little too long to try to improve my health and fitness. Now it seems to be more a matter of keeping up with the deterioration than improving what I already had - once. For example, I am blessed with unexplained hip pain that has stayed with me for over a year. This means that many of the exercises I wish to do cause pain - bummer. For the most part, I am able to work through the pain and even loosen the joint a bit, so I feel better for the exercise. But lately there have been times in which it was just too painful for me to carry on. The good news is, IT IS SPRING! I can walk outside without causing as much pain, as the steady gait seems to be more agreeable than cardio exercises I've been doing inside. YAY to a nice long walk in the springtime!
Oh, but - galdangit! How could I have forgotten the plantar fasciitis?! I mean, after the painful corticosteroid injection (that only worked for a few weeks before I was worse than before), the months of taking so many anti-inflammatory drugs, the hobbling around my cook job all day, and then hobbling home...? OK, that was a long time ago, but this stuff keeps coming back, so I'm never more than a few months without it. Well, no matter, I didn't forget for long. First nice spring walk left me limping in the morning. So now I've got unexplained yet enduring hip pain as well as plantar fasciitis interfering with my plans. I'm pretty sure that if I could find a method of fighting inflammation, that would help - wouldn't it? Naturally, I headed straight to the Internet to find a solution.
Foods that Fight Inflammation (found on Care2.com)
2. Cayenne Pepper
4. Celery Seeds
6. Dark Green Veggies
8. Flax seeds and Flax Oil
10. Raspberries 11. Blackberries 12. Strawberries
I kept looking other places, and was able to add:
So, basically, all the stuff I've been eating anyway. I'm sure I could have found more to add to the list, but it's already too long for me to even consider worthwhile. These are all good foods that I am already trying to add to my diet in large amounts. Well, with the exception of turmeric, which I never replaced when I ran out of it. So much for turning to food to find an easy way out.
I guess I have to add foot and calf stretches back into my daily exercise regimen. Time to get out the cans, towels, and ice packs again!
I make my own ice packs by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 2 parts water in a zip lock bag. I then put that bag into another bag (and sometimes yet another one) and freeze. The alcohol will prevent the water from freezing solid, but will create a slushy which will remain cold for hours and is comparable to gel-packs.
If, perchance, you don't know what I'm referring to when I speak of cans and towels, AAFP.org has a web page devoted to Treatment of Plantar Fasciities.
Friday, April 05, 2013
I just spent a grueling, emotional hour writing a blog post...ALL in my own words, by the way, but when I clicked "Post Blog Entry" it would not post. Instead, I got a pop-up window that read "No HTML Please" and my post had vanished! It was important information to get out there, too, so I'll just have to do it again - soon. After I've had some more rest (as the post was in regard to the importance of rest / recovery days and the negative impact of not taking them).
EDIT: April 7
OK, so what I was attempting to say in this post in which I inadvertently angered the html police enough that they zapped all my words into cyber-space, where they will continue to float around without meaning 'til the end of time and beyond, was merely that I was experiencing an exhausting and painful reminder of the importance of taking rest days.
I was just getting really fired up about fitness, which was apt because one of the exercises I've been incorporating into my daily routine is SparkPeople Fit, Firm, and Fired Up (heh, heh). I have also been doing the Rise and Shine challenge as well as a 10 minute challenge, hoping that the streaks would provide me with further motivation, so decided to use the Fit, Firm and Fired Up 10 minute workouts to cover both of those challenges (2 birds, 1 stone). I had planned to make my fourth day a rest day, starting AFTER the 10 minute workout. But my muscles were a bit stiff, so I popped another video in with the intention of following it through the warm-up only, then fast forwarding to the cool-down and stretches (for future reference: it would probably have been better to just search SP for stretching exercises). I chose a Leslie Sansone video, "Walk Kick", which combines segments of walking with segements of kicking. It also happens to be my favorite Leslie Sansone video. Because it's my favorite, I decided to just go ahead and do the whole thing, which seemed to ignite something in me which spurred me on to more exercise.
I ended up challenging myself to conquer more flights of stairs without resting than I have ever managed (on purpose). I only managed 10 trips up and down the 14 steps, but that's more than I've been able to force myself to do for many years, so I felt inspired and motivated. My glutes, quads, and hamstrings were screaming about the stairs, so I decided to do some upper body work while I was on a roll, and felt like a superstar by the end of the day. Tired, but a superstar nonetheless.
The fifth day turned out much like the fourth day in regards to my intentions for a rest day. That is to say that it began in the same exact fashion, I ended up doing the 10 minute SP video as well as the Leslie Sansone Walk Kick video, after which time I seriously crashed and burned. You see, this is my first week back into "serious mode" after two or more years of just doing the bare minimum, if that. So when I was feeling the Spark, I felt I just HAD to act on it for fear of losing it again. But, as has happened too many times in the past, I pushed too hard, too fast, and pushed myself right into a wall. The back issues that I had hoped to improve with exercise became much worse due to overdoing that exercise and I found myself in too much pain to do anything at all, barely even able to walk. To make matters worse, I found myself with a ravenous appetite! Egads, I wasn't even exercising and here I was eating like a (insert the name of some animal with a huge appetite).
Pain, exhaustion, hunger that I would liken to starvation all add up to something I would not consider fitness. More like the opposite of fitness, and I worked so very hard to get it! Maybe this time I'll learn my lesson.
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