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Aqua Jogging Is A Great Workout

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've been aqua jogging this week and I've found it to be a great workout. It is rather boring but I've decided to let my mind relax and just wonder while I jog. I've also found that continuous jogging for an hour or two is quite challenging! It doesn't feel like anything initially because the pace isn't as brisk as regular jogging. However, the water adds resistance that you don't have when jogging on land. I felt great after my jog; energized and ready to go! I drove to the store to do some shopping but when I got back into the car, I could really feel the fatigue from my workout. Even at a slow, steady pace, the continuous exercise with the added resistance, added up to a big workout. One of the guards reminded me that 15 minutes of aqua jogging gives you the same workout that you would get in 30 minutes of regular jogging. That is why runners aqua jog to improve their pace and race times. No wonder I'm tired. I should sleep good tonight!

  
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CHOCSUNDAE 1/25/2013 11:48AM

    I have to keep that in mind. I do a water aerobics class regularly, but sometimes when there is no class, I can water jog instead and still get a workout. Thanks for sharing.

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ADELCASALE 1/25/2013 9:15AM

    Doesn't feel good when you find something new that sparks you?

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L*I*T*A* 1/24/2013 8:12PM

    i meditate while i jog in the pool....give that a try.....
time flies for me.......

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SLENDERELLA61 1/24/2013 7:40PM

    Sounds great! I should join you. Maybe we can make it happen - planned or spontaneous!! Keep up the great work. -Marsha

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/24/2013 7:27PM

    Awesome! Never heard of it before.

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Aqua Jogging Instead Of Water Aerobics For A While

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I had my follow up appointment with my orthopedist this past week. I'm still having a lot of pain between my elbow and shoulder. My regular orthopedist injected my elbow the last time I saw him because the pain was really bad. Nothing showed up on the humorous (upper arm) MRI so he was shooting in the dark, no pun intended. It took 3-4 weeks but all of the sudden, I had rotation of the elbow without pain! Yes!!! However, my upper arm still throbbed and now my shoulder ached. The humorous MRI showed shoulder inflammation and the edge of a tear in the left rotator cuff. The radiologist who read the MRI said that the shoulder was very inflamed but he couldn't tell much about the tear because the MRI didn't go up far enough. I immediately cut back on any weight training for fear of damaging myself. It made no difference in my pain level. Fast forward to this past week.

I arrived for my appointment feeling anxious because we hadn't yet found a solution to my problem. My doctor was called out of the office for a conference and another doctor was seeing his patients. I met with him and we discussed what had been happening since my last visit. I brought him up to date. He asked me if my arm hurt in a certain place and then leaned over and pressed on it. Yow! That hurt and I said as much to the doctor. He told me that I had a problem with my shoulder. I asked him how he knew where to press my arm. He smiled and told me that he was a shoulder specialist. How lucky was that? He said that I have really bad tendinitus as well as an undetermined rotator cuff problem. He injected the shoulder sent me to physical therapy for 6 weeks and made a follow up appointment for me at the end of February. If that doesn't help we will get a shoulder MRI and take it from there. Ahhh, at last we have an action plan!

I started physical therapy this past Friday morning. My physical therapist has worked with me for about 4 years now and he is very familiar with my arm problem. In fact, he helped me regain the use of my arm in the fall of 2011 after my vertebrae collapsed onto the spinal cord. The same area was bothering me after my surgery and recovery in 2011. We had hoped that the issue was nerve related and would heal over time. That just didn't happen. Of course the first thing that was taken out of my workout regimen was water aerobics, swimming and my new zumba class. (I just got my own water weights too!) Now my exercise of choice will be water jogging with a flotation belt and no arm movement. I feel like I've just taken a giant step backward even though it is only temporary. Sigh! Oh well, at least I have been blessed to be able to use my arm. I have to look at it that way. This is just another little bump in the road to health. There will be other roadblocks in my journey but I'm up to the challenge. I will prevail!

  
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L*I*T*A* 1/21/2013 11:47AM

    awesome......such wonderful news!!!
you will prevail that is for sure!!!
blessings and hugs.............lita

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ADELCASALE 1/21/2013 11:43AM

    It's funny how those who we need cross our paths! I hope you begin to feel better.

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ELSCO55 1/20/2013 10:46PM

    It is great that the new specialst was just who you needed.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/20/2013 8:43PM

    Sounds like you happened in to see the very specialist you needed. Sure hope that is the way it turns out. I'm very hopeful you will finally get the relief you need to live a pain-free life. Take care. Maybe I'll come water jogging with you one day. -Marsha

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Non Scale Victories!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I'm so excited! Today was my non workout day. This is the day that I don't go to the gym or do a strenuous workout. I decided to walk today as part of my take it easy plan. My first walk, .68 miles, was done with hubby and our two very sweet, old dogs. Hubby walked the 15 year old male who is still quite spry and can keep up with a brisk pace. I walked the 16 year old female who is slow and has several health problems. I told hubby that our female pup made it around the whole loop this past week but she was slow. When hubby walks her, she often sits down because he is impatient and she takes advantage of that fact. When she walks with hubby, she cons him into picking her up and carrying her the last block or two. Of the two of us, I would say that I'm much more patient. So today, I chose to walk her. True to form, we slowly walked around the whole loop. She was tired but seemed to enjoy her walk. I on the other hand, felt like I didn't get any exercise at all. Consequently, I decided to take a brisk walk by myself a little later in the afternoon. I walked two loops in 20minutes! That is about a mile and a third. The walk was a fairly brisk pace for someone who has two knee replacements!!! I could have walked another two loops but I promised myself that this would be a light day for exercise. I'm pleased as can be over my progress. I was all sweaty and allowed myself to walk around afterwards to cool down but I wasn't even winded. That was a big surprise for me! I'm loving these non scale victories!!!

  
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HSMOMX2 1/12/2013 11:25PM

  emoticon emoticon It's the non-scale victories that remind us of just how far we have came. You did great!

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ADELCASALE 1/7/2013 12:48PM

    Nic e going. I have an older female dog who is 11. Her hips really bother her but I find if I take things at her pace, she normally can get a mile in. She also loves being out.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/6/2013 7:34PM

    Good for you, Cyndi!! That is a brisk walk, after a great warm up walk with your dear old dog. Way to go!!!

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DIANNEMT 1/6/2013 6:09PM

    Fantastic! First--that you let your dog take her time and 2nd that YOU did so fast!! Great!!

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Setting Myself Up For Success

Thursday, January 03, 2013

This morning, I took the time to plan out my breakfast, lunch and two snacks. The snacks will go with me when I leave to go to water aerobics this morning. By doing all of this, I have kept several of my 2013 goals and set myself up to have a successful day. I will also carry two bottles of water with me in the car. One bottle I will take with me when I exercise. The other bottle will stay in the car and be available for me to drink after I'm finished with my morning workout. Both bottles are 20 ounces. By the time I get home I will have consumed 40+ ounces of water! That doesn't even include what I will drink before I leave the house in the morning. I know that by planning out 2/3 of my eating, that I have set myself up for a successful day!

  
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JOYFUL78 1/4/2013 10:41PM

    frantically begins packing my bag, careful not to forget my swim suit and plane tickets cause I am going swimming with Aqua Girl, yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol emoticon

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 1/4/2013 8:50AM

    Awesome! I really need to think about this everyday. Setting myself up for success! Thanks for the inpsiration!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/3/2013 7:20PM

    Very impressive!! More planning would help me do even better. Thanks for reminding me. It isn't always easy (at least for me) to be that organized. I so like to be spontaneous, but organized definitely is more conducive to success. Good for you!!!

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ADELCASALE 1/3/2013 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go!

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JUDITHANNIE 1/3/2013 8:52AM

    good for you

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CATHGREEN8 1/3/2013 8:44AM

    Good plan! When I cook, I plan on several meals and for me, lunch and dinner are pretty interchangeable. Just keeps me from lazily grabbing just anything.

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My Goals For 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I am setting my goals for 2013. By sharing these goals, I will be forced to be more accountable. So, here goes....................

1. I will lose 30 pounds or more in 2013 by continuing to use the Weight Watchers program
I will achieve this by losing .5 to 1.5 per week between now and December 31, 2013.

2. I will weigh in at Weight Watchers once a week and attend a meeting 3+ times per month
I will not let other people get me to do other things instead of staying with my Weight Watchers routine. I will weigh in the day before or the day after if I have to miss my regular day.

3. I will earn 25,000+ fitness minutes in 2013
I will achieve this by exercising 5- 6 days per week. If I choose to exercise on my rest day, I will do only an easy workout and force myself to rest my muscles and avoid injury.

4. I will continue to drink 64+ ounces of water per day
This has been helpful in 2012 because sometimes I'm just thirsty and not actually hungry. It is easy to confuse the two. This worked for me as a tool to fight overeating in 2012 and I will gladly use it again in 2013!

5. I will take a snack plus a fruit or veggie with me whenever I am away from home.
This is one of my Weight Watchers goals. The combination of eating a fruit or veggie with every snack actually gets rid of hunger between meals and makes me feel satisfied!

6. I will plan out what I am going to eat for breakfast and lunch every day.
This will help me monitor what I'm eating in the early part of the day. It will also keep me from skipping meals and overeating in the evening.

7. I will calculate the number of points in food before putting it in my mouth
This is a Weight Watchers strategy that I think will be a good goal for me. I'm already getting into the habit of doing this. I want to get so good at this that I will make healthier food choices in 2013!

8. I will pay attention to the pain/ fatigue signals that my body gives me
This goal needs a lot of work! Instead of pushing through pain and fatigue and/or ignoring it, I will pay attention to my body's signals. This means either following my current treatment plan, seeking new treatment or just resting to allow my body time to repair itself.

9. I will not treat chronic pain with food
I will seek appropriate treatment for pain instead of just living with it and trying to treat it alone by eating my way through it. This is a goal that I started in late 2012 and I think it is a good one to continue to use in 2013.

10. I will go to sleep when I'm tired - 7+ hours per night
Instead of pushing through fatigue to complete one more item on my "to do" list, I will stop and rest. If this means that I'm not active on the computer for a day or so, then that is what I need to do. I will use rest to combat fatigue instead of food. I will give up those late nights packed with activities that can wait until tomorrow!

These are my goals for 2013. I will post these goals where I can see them at home. I will review the goals every 3 months to see how I am doing, then analyze my behavior and post my progress.

  
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ADELCASALE 1/4/2013 6:12AM

    25,000 Fitness minutes!? Wow! You go girl! I like your sleep goal. I probably should add that one to mine as well.

Cheering you on!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2013 7:10PM

    Great goals!! They are challenging, but you can achieve them!!

I used to use food to treat pain, especially headaches, but even TMJ pain, which is just wrong. Chewing hurt and I'd just do it anyway because I wanted the food. Addressing the pain makes so much more sense. You can do it!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 1/2/2013 6:08PM

    great doable goals!!
blessings and hugs..........lita

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 1/2/2013 4:45PM

    These are great goals! emoticon emoticon

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