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"Know When To Fold 'Em"

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I got up this morning, trying to decide if I should rest or do another deep water workout. I have already done four very vigorous workouts this week, so I decided to rest and only do my physical therapy at home program.

This brings to mind the lyrics of the Kenny Rogers song, "The Gambler". To paraphrase part of the song, in order to be a success,

"You gotta know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em.
Know when to walk away,
And know when to run."

Good advice for me that's for sure. So for today, I will "fold 'em" !

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L*I*T*A* 7/20/2014 9:47PM

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DONNABRIGHT 7/19/2014 9:23PM

    Good choice!

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    Seems like a wise choice.

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VEG954 7/19/2014 3:19PM

  Balance in life is a good thing.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/19/2014 3:06PM

    Good idea :) rest is so important with the recovery from exercise.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/19/2014 2:22PM

    Happy Folding. Sounds like a good move. Enjoy!

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Awesome Endurance Deep Water Class

Friday, July 18, 2014

There were only three people who showed up for deep water class today and all of us were worker bees. Our instructor polled the class to see if we wanted to ramp things up since we have plenty of space to move around, whenever we have a small class. This morning we voted to do continuous aerobics with endurance training. In a word, it was awesome!!! All three of us pushed ourselves to perform to the best of our ability. We took off the flotation belts (since we could all swim) and stayed in continuous motion for the entire class. One of the moves is to tread water while holding a weight over you head. The Navy Seals who train at the Y, use a twenty five pound weight, which they retrieve from the bottom of the pool, and hold overhead while treading for two minutes. I don't think we will be able to go that far but our goal is to at least hold a five pound weight up in the air while treading for two minutes. Treading water is easy for me. I can tread with my hands in the air for over fifteen minutes but holding a weight up in the air is no easy feat!

I was surprised at the progress I have made in just six months. Even with all of my physical ailments, I have built up my stamina and endurance significantly. Our instructor has us fill out a personal sheet tracking our private goals and our progress achieving them. I was pleased when I looked back on what I wanted to do in January. I have progressed so much! Yay me!!!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/18/2014 11:19PM

    That's a great achievement! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/18/2014 11:00PM

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SLENDERELLA61 7/18/2014 7:23PM

    Fantastic, Cyndi! Gwen was in Jellyfish Camp today with a water performance at 11am, and I was on the elliptical for a half hour. I looked for you, but evidently at the wrong time. So glad that despite all the health challenges you've had, you are building stamina. Amazing! Good going!! -Marsha

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VEG954 7/18/2014 5:35PM

  Talk about being determined!
You really are goal orientated.
You are like the energizer bunny!

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Feeling Strong And Learning To Believe In The Program

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I ate a healthy breakfast this morning, followed by a very vigorous hour plus workout. I loved that I could move through the water so smoothly. I felt strong and beautiful. I had a healthy lunch after my workout. My weight was up after my workout, when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. Surprisingly, I still feel strong and beautiful! I am trying to focus on my positive non scale changes.

I treated myself to some new shoes this afternoon. I feel that I need to do whatever it takes to support the healing and strengthening of my Achilles and my spine. Next month, I will replace some of my special insoles with new ones. I wore one of the pairs home from the store. They felt great even without being completely broken in. I have a new spring in my step and my limp is reduced by the support that the shoes offer.

So what precipitated all this change? I read a blog yesterday, written by a Spark member. In her blog, she talked about believing that the program will work if you keep plugging away and stick with it! I realized that I have been going through the motions for the last 6-8 months without really believing that I can be successful. I have had health issue after health issue throwing a wrench into my plans. I have tried to keep plugging away despite all of these bumps in the road. My weight has been doing a ping pong and I could feel myself getting frustrated. I had to decide if I actually believe in my own program.

I have decided that I need to give myself a chance to succeed without self criticism. During my workout this morning, I moved the way I remembered being able to move before I packed on the pounds. The freedom that moving in the water afforded me was exhilarating! I loved the way that my body was able to slice through the water. I felt strong and I could feel the power that my muscles have found over the recent months. So while the scale was playing jump rope, inside my body, some wonderful changes were taking place. Today, I decided to embrace those positive changes and believe in my program.

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    That sounds wonderful!

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JLHODKINSON 7/17/2014 5:19PM

    YES! Awesome for you!

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MJRVIC2000 7/17/2014 4:38PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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LMGMILLER 7/17/2014 4:09PM

    Water is so freeing and therapeutic, emoticon Great job getting in the mind set. Keep it up and those inner changes will make there way out. emoticon emoticon

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VEG954 7/17/2014 3:57PM

  We need to be in charge of our own success and motivation.

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MARTHA2779 7/17/2014 3:52PM

    I love what you said about "giving yourself a chance to succeed without self criticism" well said!! I absolutely think there are a lot of us that need to do the same thing, myself included.

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My Fatitude Was Showing And Then.......

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This morning I felt down and disgusted with myself. It didn't help matters any that I was off my game when I woke up either. I got on the scale and wasn't happy with the number. As Coach Dean would say, my Fatitude was showing! I wasn't being kind to myself either. To work out or not to work out was my next question. I decided to just go ahead and do a light workout even though I just didn't feel like it. Before I left the house, I decided to track my breakfast. Suddenly I began to feel more in control.

I did 50 minutes of easy water jogging. The water was very chilly, I was late for class and could have said "forget it" but I didn't. The water temperature motivated me to move a little faster or freeze. emoticon Once I warmed up (it took about 30 minutes until I was comfortable) I started to feel better. When I got out of the water, I did a series of calf stretches. The stretches really helped my pain level and my mood improved even more.

After a nice warm shower, I went to physical therapy. I rode the stationary bike at a brisk pace for 5 minutes to warm up. My therapist put me through a series of new exercises which I also tolerated well. We discussed re-introducing the exercise that caused me problems. I discovered that the way I was doing it was a bit too advanced for my current condition and we corrected it. I was so relieved!

I went home after physical therapy. I ate a healthy lunch and again I tracked everything I put into my mouth. I was conscious of the fact that I suddenly felt in control. My fatitude toward myself had under gone a metamorphosis. Why, I asked myself? The answer was clear. I have taken back control of my eating and exercise. By tracking what I eat, I am controlling food, it isn't controlling me. By doing some exercise, even though I felt down, I took back control of my body and no longer allowed myself to remain static. I was being much kinder to myself too. The end result is that I like myself more today. I now feel motivated! I can do this!

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NELLJONES 7/17/2014 7:49AM

    The scale is a guide, not a judge. No one takes her temperature, sees a fever, and feels judged. You just know what to do next: take an aspirin or call the doctor. The scale is no different. It just tells you what to do next.

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HISTOGUY 7/17/2014 1:47AM

    emoticon good job fighting through the blahs and coming out on TOP!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/17/2014 12:16AM

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/16/2014 8:37PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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VEG954 7/16/2014 7:26PM

  I call the transformation as being motivated and focusing on the goal.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/16/2014 5:30PM

    Yes! You get it. Great example of how to turn the situation around. You made many good choices; keep it up! Now, give up the disgust. Disgust never helps. Either you make good choices or you learn from them. Either way, you are better off. You may know one more way that does not work! You no longer get disgusted, you just get feedback as you search for what feeds and satisfies you with the least amount of calories. You will figure it out! You are the detective, you are searching for an answer. You are not a judge. There is no blame, there is just lack of knowledge.

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JLHODKINSON 7/16/2014 5:08PM

    WooHoo! That's a non scale victory right there! Way to take control and be the boss!

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Frustration With Slow Healing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yesterday, when I woke up, my Achilles was very painful again. Sigh! Not again! I went to the Y and worked out. I could only do one set of physical therapy exercises afterward. I had a series of appointments so instead of being able to go home to rest after my workout, I had to plow forward. Thank goodness my last appointment was physical therapy!

My therapist stopped my at home therapy program for a few days to let me rest. I am fine with that. I had trouble sleeping last night because I couldn't stand to have anything touch my leg. I decided to go one step further today and didn't go to the pool to workout. Instead, I did some slow walking for an hour in Walmart. For the remainder of the day, I have been off my feet. Tomorrow, I will do a 45 minute workout in the deep water and go to physical therapy afterwards. I am hoping that this is just part of the healing process. This is getting real old, real fast!

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VEG954 7/15/2014 10:14PM

  It is important to listen to your body and not demand more from it that the body can handle.

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LINDA7668 7/15/2014 8:46PM

    I feel for you. I'm having problems with Achilles tendonitis right now. Wouldn't wish the pain on my worst enemy. Don't push yourself too hard.

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FANNYMANSON 7/15/2014 8:21PM

    Yep, it's frustrating, I have a trick knee so I know what you mean. Just be patient grasshopper.

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JAMBABY0 7/15/2014 8:13PM

    always listen to your body

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