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Sunday, November 22, 2009

I think I have the OMIGOSH winter is coming blues. I hate exercising indoors, always have. The only way I have been able to stay on track was walking everyday...either through the neighborhood or at the park.
Once my Dr. said I could exercise again, it had been so long since I had done anything that I have to start over again. For example, I could run up and down the stairs, could do a certain trail at the park in 40 minutes.. now I cannot run up the stairs and it takes me a lot longer to finish the trail.
The heart seems fine during exercise (as long as I remember to ease into it), but I just can't get past the whole starting over thing. And then there's this winter mindset. Winter is "cold, wear flannel jammies, snuggle under blankets by the fire, sipping hot cocoa, soups, stews chili Thanksgiving feasts, Holiday cookies, etc.."
Don't get me wrong. When I was on track, I had it all planned how I was going to walk even in winter time. I was only kidding myself. It's too freaking cold.snowy/icy here in winter.
So...I bought a walk at home video that was recomended by sparkpeople bloggers (Leslie Sansone). I will try that. Oh, by the way, did I mention that I have a gym membership and have for over a year? I think I was there maybe 3 times. It's a little drive away and again.. I hate exercising in the gym. It seems so monotonous to get on the treadmill. 10 minutes seems like an hour to me. BORiNG! They have classes there in the evening that I could join, but I don't.
See the problem? I cannot think about just today or this week or this month. I look at it in the long run...Having to start all over, hating exercise, dreading winter.. BLAH!
So now I am trying to maintain my weight loss, trying to NOT get the blues, trying to think positive, trying to find a way to make exercising more interesting and to get through this winter without gaining all my weight back.
Winter is depressing for a lot of people and I am trying to turn the winter blues into something positive. Wish me luck.

  
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PAPERDAR 11/22/2009 1:29PM

    Crikkit, have you ever tried mall walking? It's not just for seniors anymore, although it is mandatory to mall walk once you turn 60. emoticon Best time is the morning, it's a totally different place and I see people of all ages. They have a set of 40 stairs that leads to the theaters that is a good added bonus to flat walking. When it gets boring you can shop or window shop. It's fun to be the first to see anything new that comes into stores and the first to hit the clearance racks, I have gotten some unbelievable good deals.

I really believe you don't have to workout until you are ready to drop, I never have and I have lost 70lbs so far, but I do try to keep moving for at least a couple hours a day even if it is not all at once. I don't shortcut my steps either, I always take the longest path between two points. Exercise has never been my favorite way to spend time so I sneak it in. Another good motivator is to walk with someone, if you walk and talk you hardly notice the walk. Just don't give up and hope to see you at the mall sometime.

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BZYBOYSMOM 11/22/2009 9:06AM

    Hang in there!

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CRICKET412 11/22/2009 8:56AM

    I'm feeling the same way! Hang in there... emoticon

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Back on track

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Okay, to put it all into a condensed form, I have coronary artery disease. Two years ago, I had a stent put in. When I was walking about a month ago, I started getting chest pains.. nothing so bad that I felt the need to go to the ER, but I would slow down and if it didn't stop, would just go back. When I went in to see my cardiologist, he ordered a cath to be done and for me to stop the cardio until after.. just in case.
On Wednesday October 7th, I went in as an outpatient for my cath and ended up with 2 more stents in and staying overnight. Needless to say, it has been awhile since I have done any form of exercise and I have not been eating right. There were days during that week that I ate hardly anything (you have to fast before the surgery) and then after we went out to eat a few times and I ate things that I normally wouldn't because it was easier than cooking. I have discovered that it is all too easy to just say, "I'll get back on track tomorrow."
I decided that today would be my "start back up day", so weighed myself this morning and am ready to get back on track. Apparently, the non-eating days balanced the eating ones out a bit because I have not gained any weight. I am actually down 1/2 a pound. YIPPEEE!
It's cold out this morning! However, I hope to get a walk in sometime today, and am going to put the pedometer on so that I can make sure I at least get 10,000 steps in today.
Wish me luck!



Good luck to those reading this too! I hope it will be a good week for us all.

  
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CAROLJ35 10/18/2009 9:13PM

    Good for you! Back on track! You can do this and I know you will. Bundle up in this cold weather when you go for that walk.
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RIDLEYRIDER 10/18/2009 8:45AM

  Congrats on the loss! Glad you hear you are back on track!

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Totally off the program yesterday!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Yesterday I started off right, eating a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and banana. The whole cardio catherization issue coming up on Wednesday has kept me from doing any cardio (Dr.'s orders), and I was bored. I did a little shopping, buying a halloween costume and some things for the school I work at. When I got home, DH suggested we go see a movie. We shared a bag of popcorn, and that's when I decided to let it be an off day. I have not taken a day off in ages. We went to Elephant Bar for a late lunch later and I order fried food (gasp!), and a shot of Bailey's to go with my coffee and even though no way could I eat all of it, I ate a lot of what I shouldn't have.
Do I feel guilty?? NOPE! I have stuck to the program all this time and I think we all should take a day off now and then. What do you think???
My weigh-in this morning put me at down 1/2 a pound, but I know that what I ate yesterday would impact next week's weigh-in, not this one.
The cath is Wednesday...hopefully all will go well and life will get back to normal. And hey.. I have to fast for the test and usually you can't eat until much later in the day, so I am telling my brain that yesterday's calories can go toward Wednesday! LOLOL
Hope you all have a wonderful week!

  
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LMSW55 10/14/2009 8:35AM

    I was so thrilled that you did not feel any guilt! You are so right that you need to go with the flow which sometimes means making choices of pure indulgence. Good for you!
Mary


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KELRAJ 10/5/2009 10:19AM

    It is totally OK to have a snack or meal that would normally be considered a no-no on a day to day basis. I personally do this every week once or twice. Don't deprive yourself or you will go crazy! emoticon

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It's October! One down and one to go..

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Yesterday I had the upper ensocopy done. Dr. says everything looks great. This means I am officially cancer-free for 9 years now! WOOHOO!

Next week is the cardiac catherization. Hopefully that will go well also and I can get back to normal.

These are my goals for October:
1)What do you want to accomplish in October for YOU?
I would like to lose 5 pounds.

2)What challenges do you foresee that you will have to overcome in order to achieve these goals?
Health concerns. Cardiac cath is next Wed. so will have to see what happens. I need the Dr. to say it's ok to exercise again.
Also, managing my time i.e. Being busy, so less time to exercise, cook, plan meals, etc.

3)What will you do to make success in these goals easier?
Continue to use the tracker and once I get permission, establish an exercise routine and set aside time for walking every day.

I will be 50 on the 23rd! I have chosen to celebrate that I am a half a century old rather than dread it!

  
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DMICHA4583 10/1/2009 9:30AM

    Thanks for picking up the slack. I have had some things going on. I appreciate you being there!! I know your dr. appt will be great! You are exercising and doing things right.

Thanks again

Deb

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Grrr....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Two years ago, I had a cardiac stent put in. I quit smoking, gained about 30 pounds and then 9 weeks ago, I started on my journey to get healthy. I have lost 8.5 pounds. I HATED exercise, but discovered that I love to walk.. outdoors, especially at the park in the woods. As each day went by, I could walk longer and faster and started to actually look forward to it. In the past couple weeks.. a few times I have had chest pains and pain in my left arm, so I would slow down. Sometimes it goes away, sometimes it didn't. If it didn't go away, I simply went back to my car and home. If it did, I kept going.
Well, when I told my cardiologist yesterday, he immediately set up a catherization for October 21 (2 days before my 50th birthday) and said no walking/take it easy until after. I am upset because I finally started losing, I was into a routine and seeing results. I don't want to stop walking. I am so frustrated! My brain is saying, "Go ahead.. it only happens now & then. If you feel pain, just stop." Or maybe I could just do the weight training and that won't hurt anything.
:::sigh::: I am calling the Dr. on Monday I guess. Sooooo frustrated!

  
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GMACAMI 9/19/2009 10:52AM

    Congratulations on your first blog. Keep up the good work. The more you put into you program (blogging, huddling, tracking food and exercise minutes, posting on your team pages, earning spark points) the more you will get out of your program- besides weight loss, you will get emotional support, friends who understand exactly what you are going through, accountability, focus, dependability...and the list goes on...

Cami

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CRIKKIT1 9/19/2009 7:50AM

    Thanks! I think I will call him on Monday to see what else I can do. I appreciate your comments!

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MHINTZ0929 9/19/2009 7:48AM

    First, congratulations on your first blog! Second, congratulations for beginning on the road to health journey. Third, I understand your frustration! However, my mom has a cardiac history going back 20 years that includes 5 heart attacks, 2 open heart surgeries, and is now suffering with congestive heart failure, a broken valve and a irregular heartbeat. If you trust your cardiologist, listen to him/her and relax until after the heart cath so you're not putting yourself at risk! If you want a second opinion, call your primary care physician and see what they say or see another cardiologist. You are the driver when it comes to your health and your body... please take care of you!

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