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I'm so excited!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Yesterday I added a few leg exercises that I've avoided for a few weeks due to my knee(like leg press, hamstring curls and glute work)and then today I did the entire spin class for the first time in weeks...hooray, no pain!!!!! I'll give back to back days a go tomorrow morning and see how that feels. I went for a 4 mile run yesterday and I felt great! It reminded me of why I love being outdoors so much and I plan to incorporate a few runs each week. The smell of honeysuckle and the beauty of the park just raised my spirits beyond belief.

  
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LWINTER 6/5/2009 8:53AM

    Yay! You go, Di! Tickled pink . . . er . . .blue to see your health come back. I know you were worried about your knees.

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DEBBIEDAY 6/5/2009 8:12AM

    Great hearing you are back on track!!!! Fantastic! Another friend is also making a comeback after some backpain/ spasm issues.....good to hear from ya!!!....Hugs!
Debbie

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KALISWALKER 6/5/2009 1:02AM

    Great to hear you are back at it!

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MCAUDI 6/4/2009 9:45PM

    That is great news. Congratulations.

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MIA but still in the game

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I've been sporadic with my logging in and tracking of my exercise and nutrition, however, I'm still in the game. While I've dialed back my cardio, specifically, spinning, I'm still doing no less than 30 minutes of cardio daily, and often still doing softball in the evening (most days). I've seen a marked improvement in my knee but I've been cautious to go all out with the spin for fear it will impede the umpiring. I'm still lifting 3-4 days a week and always find that so uplifting and mood boosting. Although my on-line info doesn't reflect it, my streak is still going strong for exercise!

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble.

- William S. Halsey, WWII U.S. Admiral

Facing your worst fears

Your worst fears are usually the ones that never happen. Unfortunately, they're also the ones that keep you from trusting yourself and your abilities. Doesn't it seem silly to give up in the face of an anxiety that may be no more real than the fairy tale troll that lives under the bridge? If you approach a possible roadblock with hesitation, it might resist and break your resolve. But if you step forward with confidence, you can climb that wall, even one inch at a time, and pull yourself over the top. It's all about confidence, which you build by facing problems. Then you know that you can take on anything that comes along. The unknown monster under the bed is always scarier than the dust bunny reality.

For way too long, I wouldn't face those fears, but no more, I face them and take them head on. It's the only way to handle difficulties in life and it makes me wonder why I was always so fearful in the first place.

  
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KALISWALKER 6/4/2009 10:46AM

    You are doing so well. I read your page again for inspiration. I was thinking about 'I know that without this site, I would have been satisfied with those 88 pounds and gone back to my old ways', and I totally agree. My weight loss is slow but not over and SP keeps me focused and working on it. I am off to the gym. Have a great day!

Lynn

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MCAUDI 6/2/2009 11:14PM

    You got that right. Facing our fears is hard but it's necessary and certainly helpful in our journey. Glad to hear your knee is doing better.

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T2896TERRY 6/2/2009 8:43PM

    you're so right...facing our fears is so hard and usually, they are blown out of proportion....hang in there...keep strong...we are all in this together

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What You Can Do

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"It's not about what you weigh; it's about how you feel." Research confirms this. Weight loss is not a goal. Weight loss is a long-term outcome of changing old habits into new habits that make you feel better. Those are the goals that are short-term and achievable. when you floolow a diet that is sustainable, supports you nutritionally and energizes your body and your mind, then you have the motivation and energy to do all the other things in your life that help you feel even better: exercise; participate in cultural, spiritual, community service and creative activities; and focus on relationships; all things that make your lives happier and healthier.

When your life is full and you feel good, then you are no longer doing the things that made you gain weight and you are doing numerous things that can help you begin to lose weight. But if from the outset you focus only on weight loss then you will feel like a failure because you won't recognize all the positive changes that you have accomplished, from improving cholesterol levels and blood pressure to enhancing your mood and gaining a sense of personal satisfaction. These are lifelong changes that will truly change your life!

Today I was able to complete the entire spin class and right now, though I have no pain, it is a bit swollen. I have a game this afternoon, it's for Middle School age kids, and I'll have no partner, so that will be a workout in and of itself, but hopefully I'll stay pain free.

I also lifted again today as I'm not going to be there on Friday, so I based my workout on a 4 day lifting schedule and since I was a bit on the late side this morning, I switched Friday's workout with today's as today's was going to require about an hour.

I had a very good workout and I'm glad to be able to do what I want.

  
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LWINTER 5/21/2009 7:40PM

    Di,
Glad to hear that your knee is doing better. Enjoyed your thoughts, as always. Even though I'm not on as much as before, still sticking to my process, and doing a little gardening also.

I'm doing good on the weight machines, 3 days a week, 3 circuits of 9 machines, takes me about 30 minutes, also some bike warmup and cooldown. I figure with the transition times, maybe 22 minutes solid on the machines. I can see the results in my arms, legs & abs. Still alternate with the pool, & do my biking & stretches in the morning, so far, so good.

Have a great Memorial day weekend! I'll bet you have lots of games to umpire or is that done?

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HOCKEY47 5/13/2009 11:50PM

    love this blog, i always enjoy reading them

thanks again

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AGENTMNA 5/13/2009 3:03PM

    Love it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WANT2CHNG17 5/13/2009 2:42PM

    I love what you say in the first two paragraphs: what a great reminder! I think I needed to read this today. Your story is so inspirational; thank you for the motivation today!

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SHININGTHRU126 5/13/2009 2:36PM

    Great blog - you've inspired me!
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Cross Training....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

today I was reminded why I love spinning class. due to mild discomfort after spin yesterday, I decided to do the elliptical in it's place. I normally burn a minimum of 400 calories in spin so that was my goal today. I started on the elliptical but couldn't stand the boredom for more than 20 minutes. After that I moved to the recumbent bike (which is very hard to raise my heart rate on) and then finished with running on the upstairs track. All told it took 60 minutes to make almost 400 calories and to be honest, the knee feels about the same maybe even a little worse than after spin. So, I'm back in spin tomorrow and I'll see what Thursday brings.

  
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DREMARGRL 5/13/2009 7:36AM

    Good morning! Mary Ann here. I am so jealous! (just kidding) I'm really proud of all of you!!! I'm still laid up with the compression fracture in my Lumbar#1 and probably won't be released to exercise for a few more weeks. I'm just trying to keep my spirits up and not eat the "comfort foods" I am desiring right now. Watching my Sparkler friends progress really does make me feel better. At least someone is making progress!!!
Keep up the good work and have a little fun for me, too! XO Mary Ann (Dremargrl) emoticon

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New week

Monday, May 11, 2009

Today was my first day back in spin class. I made the full 60 minutes, but felt some pain after. It wasn't horrible though, certainly manageable though. Tomorrow, I think I'll try the elliptical machine instead of doing spin class and then try it again on Wednesday. I had an excellent workout this morning it's also good to be lifting lighter as my body was being pushed too hard for too long and this is still working hard, but less stress on my body.

It�s funny how all the time, energy and resources seem to be put into setting goals, while their actual achievement is just expected to take care of itself. Without a concrete plan and the right resources, it�s too easy to fall back into old habits. Real change takes time � and needs help. The key is to surround yourself with reminders that make your goals tough to ignore and impossible to forget. Finally, you need to actually do what you promised. You�re ultimately accountable to yourself and nobody else for your goals. You will find virtue and character in fulfilling that promise. After all, goal achievement is something you do year-round, not just in January.

  
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DEBBIEDAY 5/12/2009 10:57AM

    Di--Glad you are feeling better! perhaps with the addition of the games, the switch up in your routine is just what you needed!!!.....Be blessed! Debbie

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