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The slow climb out of the hole

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some months back, I was in a car accident. Whiplash left me in a lot of pain so that just getting up out of bed some days was too much to manage. As time has marched on, I've gotten better, but it's been slow. I had to heal. I had to go through achingly slow physical therapy. I found that if I moved too quickly or strained all the pain would come right back again.

All of that equals a whole lot of sedentary living. It's astounding to me that just a few months of being inactive has shattered so much of my stamina. I've gained about fifteen pounds since the accident, but that doesn't bother me nearly as much as the physical limitations. Running--or even a long, brisk walk--is flat out. Jumping rope? Forget about it. Unable to do anything to add stress to my injured neck, my core has slowly been turning to jelly.

I finally seem to have the spasms under enough control that I can step things up a bit and decided to return to SparkPeople to help chart my progress. Even when it feels like everything is so slow and frustrating, I can see that there IS progress.

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REMEMBER2BME 8/20/2014 3:03PM

    WOW, and here I was whining. It sounds like you are one strong cookie! Glad to meet you.
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The magical expanding waist!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oh golly. I've gained a couple of inches around my waist since the last time I measured, which is somewhat disheartening. My weight didn't change, so I'm thinking I must have lost a lot of muscle mass and made up for it with fat.

As frustrating as that is to see, it's good to have a reminder that weight alone isn't the best measure of health. Even if my weight doesn't change as I keep working out, I can keep an eye on other measurements and get an idea of what's happening with my body.


Wasting Time!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I am absolutely awful about wasting my time on the computer. It's a kind of self-medication I do, when I'm feeling depressed or anxious. Even if nothing else is going right, I can play a game or read articles and sort of distance my head from my problems. It's very much the same impulse that leads me to snacking excessively.

And...that is a TOUGH habit to break!

I work from home, so I don't have a hard and fast schedule. What this tends to lead to is other people interrupting me, which then makes me feel anxious because my work-time isn't being respected, and then I feel so anxious I need to "self-medicate" with some ice cream and mindless internet surfing. And then, naturally, that makes me feel MORE anxious because I know I'm not being productive, and it just turns into an endless cycle.

So what can I do about that? Well, I'm going to be trying a little trick: I have a floor peddler under my desk and a yoga mat on my floor. When I start feeling that urge to try to escape from my worries through wasting time online or snacking, I'm going to peddle through a song on my playlist or do a little bit of yoga. That will (hopefully!) help burn through the anxious energy and then get me back on track again, while also eating up a few minutes I would have used later on working out. A few minutes I can turn back to work without worry.

We'll see if it works.

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Too much

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've been doing very well at moderating myself lately, but the birthday party was just too much for me. I ate more than I intended--way more--and came over my daily goal.

However, my weekly average hasn't taken much of a hit from that and it's the average that matters a lot more than these little day-to-day fluctuations. So if I just watch the rest of the week and manage to practice restraint (argh they left the cake here), I should be fine.

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KOFFEENUT 4/23/2013 1:16PM

    You are SO right - it's the week that counts. I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey we all hit bumps in the road (heck, I've wandered off the road ENTIRELY before!). The IMPORTANT thing is that we pick ourselves back up and continue to head in the right direction. It sounds like you're doing exactly that!

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Wow, it's been awhile, hasn't it?

Monday, April 22, 2013

I've decided to get back into SparkPeople again after I realized just how absolutely out of shape I've become. I've held fairly steady at the same weight over the past couple of years, but my strength and stamina are just shot to pieces.

I'm slowly building my stamina back up. The plan is for the week to be split up this way:

Day 1: Intense cardio, light resistance.
Day 2: Light cardio, heavy resistance.
Day 3: Intense cardio, light resistance.
Day 4: Rest.

And then reset back to Day 1. At the moment, my "heavy" resistance involves five pound dumbbells, because I'm really out of shape. Intense cardio is about 45 minutes, with twenty minutes of that on the stationary bike. I likely won't go over an hour of cardio at a time, though I'll eventually replace the bike with the occasional running day.

Depression--and the resultant inactivity--has done a number on my body, to the point where there were some days just washing the dishes would exhaust me. More than anything else, I want to recover my stamina again.


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