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October Challenge Reflection

Monday, November 03, 2008

As I think about my part in the October Challenge, I'm pleased with my overall progress. I can now do 3 lunges/squats on land. I still need to work on using moderation in my exercise but I did ramp up my intensity a bit on weekends. I am really pleased that my abs are much stronger. I was very successful with that. I do need to modify some of my exercises to keep from arching my back and beware of anything that stresses my spine.

I'm really pumped about doing the November Challenge! Look out November, I'm re-dedicated to healthy eating, fitness and taking care of myself. I can't wait to get started!!!


October Challenge Week 4

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This week I did lots and lots of exercise and I'm sore. It's time to change to easier exercises for a few days and listen to my body. I'm only going to do walking on Saturday and Sunday along with lighter hand weights. (They will probably think something is wrong when I don't go in to the gym. I've only missed 3 days in the past 3 months.) I think by Monday, I'll be okay to do water aerobics again but I need to watch those exercises where I arch my back. It aggravates my spinal problem, which may be part of the reason my back is so sore.

I think I haven't eaten enough calories this week because I seem to be on a plateau. As of Saturday I'm only .2 pounds down. Last week my weight didn't drop until Tuesday so we'll see. That's okay, a loss is a loss no matter how small. I am getting healthier and that is more important than the numbers on the scale. My BMI has dropped 2 and my % of body fat by 1. YEA!!!

I also need to elevate my legs more to get rid of the residual swelling from my surgery in the spring. Working out so strenuously without elevating only compounds the swelling. This week I will try not to be so compulsive about my exercise and focus on recovery time. I know it will be hard because I love the feeling I get from exercising but I must take care of my body. I think ice packs will help too. I will get a therapeutic massage on Tuesday to help with the soreness in my back. I will also do more stretches for my spine, hips and neck.

I want to avoid the pitfalls of over training. I think that was where I was headed before I decided to step back and take a look at the big picture.

October Starting Weight 255
Current Weight 248.4
Waist 39
Hips 49
Neck 14.5
Arm 16
Calf 17
Thigh 27
Chest under bra area 38

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CINNIEMAY 10/28/2008 7:14PM

    Slow and steady wins the race!

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1AVERY 10/25/2008 4:51PM

    You are right to take it easy you really don't want to over do it and end up not being able to do anything. Sometimes the weigh scales are not all they are cracked up to me either so don't rely on it. How are your clothes fitting etc. If you had surgery your body is not back up to 100% for 1 year that is what my doctors are telling me. Your energy level and body need time to recover. You are doing wonderful just remember that. You are on a good track and a break every once in awhile won't hurt but help your body mend. Take care and keep up the good work. Teri.

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October 2008 Challenge Week 3

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week three of the October Challenge is drawing to a close now. This week I think I have hit a plateau but for some reason, I'm not real worried. I'm just going to keep on with my Spark People program of eating and exercising. I think I'll try a few days of eating at the lower end of my calorie range before Tuesday's weigh in. I have faithfully been targeting my abs (one of my October goals) and I'm working on doing squats (another of my October goals). I have pumped up my aerobic exercise quite a bit too. In fact on Friday of this week I did 200 minutes and was ultra stiff on Saturday and Sunday. I'm noticing that I do tend to get carried away because the exercise feels good at the time but later I'm a hurting puppy! Moderation, moderation, moderation, moderation, moderation!!!

Starting Weight October 255
Current Weight October 250.2
Goal Weight October 248
Waist 39
Hips 49
Neck 14.5
Arm 16
Calf 18
Thigh 27

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CINNIEMAY 10/19/2008 6:08PM

    Just don't over do it You can hurt something but you have a good plan.

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SJOHN914 10/19/2008 11:04AM

    200 minutes is amazing! emoticon I'm sure you'll bust through your plateau in no time. I find that switching up on your calories from day to day does seem to help. On the days I don't work out, I try to eat at the lower end of my range.

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October Challenge Week 2

Monday, October 13, 2008

During my second week of the October challenge, I worked out somewhere between 60 and 185 minutes every day,7 days a week, including the weekends. I stayed within my calorie range each day too. I've been able to do lunges in the water at the pool. Yea! I'm going to try to do some at home this week to see if I can do them on land. I do need to watch my sodium a little more closely because I gained about .3 of a pound and I'm sure that it's fluid. Eating things in a more "natural" state will help with this. I've been reading more labels this week too. (It's frightening what they put in our food!!!) I also need to rest my legs more after working out so hard. I've been going from exercise to run errands etc. and I know that I'm supposed to elevate my legs every day or they swell. This next week, I need to remember to do that and take better care of myself. Overall, I'm pleased with the increase in my stamina - not pleased with the plateau but I'll just ride it out because it won't last for ever. I'm going to weigh in tomorrow and see if any of the fluid has come off.

Neck: 14.5
Waist: 39
Hips: 49
Under the bust: 38
Thigh: 27
Calf: 19
Upper arm: 16

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L*I*T*A* 10/14/2008 11:17PM

ngs and hugs.................lita

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Another First!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I think I'm making progress with my exercise. It has been at least 13 years since both of my legs felt well enough to do any real challenging exercise. Now I'm able to participate fully in water aerobics (quite vigorous) and ride the stationery bike. Today I rode the bike for 45 minutes (16.2 miles) , mainly on levels 3 and 4 and then (this is the big part for me) I walked on the treadmill and got up to 4.0 mph!!!! I briefly tried to walk that fast in 2002 when I was rehabbing after my first knee replacement but my other knee really couldn't handle it. I know that they told me not to go above 4.2-4.6 on the treadmill because of the replacements but I never dreamed 6 months ago that I'd be able to achieve this! (I had the other knee replacement done in April 2008). I could only manage about 4 minutes at this speed but I was really psyched about it. I'll keep working at it on days when I don't have water aerobics and now I know that I will be able to increase my endurance and time over the next few months.
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CINNIEMAY 10/12/2008 4:03PM


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BONMACK 10/11/2008 10:57PM

    YOU GO GIRL! You're the true bionic woman! emoticon

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LADYTRANCE 10/11/2008 8:20PM

    Right FRIGGIN ON.......that is amazing! I love hearing things like that! emoticon emoticon

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GRANDBOBB 10/11/2008 7:04PM

    WOW, Fluterbugce! You have reason to celebrate! That is a fantastic improvement! I just bought a recumbent bike. I can only do 5 minutes before I need to rest!! At least I know there is hope that I will build up some endurance over time! Keep up the good work!! Keep Sparking!! emoticon

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