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The Winter Exercise Dilemma

Monday, November 14, 2011

As winter looms darkly in the horizon, so does my fear of losing the progress I have made so far.
It gets cold during winter...and very snowy here. It's this time of year that forces me to question why I keep migrating north. I NEVER have to question this through spring and summer. This really is a wonderful community.
I don't do well with structured indoor excercises but I am game to give it a try. I have a four month old lab pup who needs seemingly endless exercise but an arthritic knee may complicate this when the snow gets deep.
I am considering snow shoes to resolve this. I haven't tried snowshoes for many years and I understand the new ones are much easier then the old wood and rawhide ones.
If anyone happens to read this, perhaps you might have a suggestion or know where to post this to get ideas.

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CERAVATARA 11/24/2011 6:29PM

    I agree completely. I hate getting cold and no matter how hard I try my hands and feet always seem to get cold. We have lots of snow and cold here and I am really worried about losing the progress I've made. I find it hard to find the motivation to go out in the cold. Last year I borrowed snow shoes from the community center- maybe there is somewhere in your community that you can borrow them to try? I found the newer snowshoes were much more like waking, however I still sunk pretty far into the deep snow with them. I am considering buying them this year or trying cross country skiing since I have a pair from a friend.
I have my snow pants and gear ready to go- just have to get up, get out and do it!
Best of luck!

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WINACHST 11/15/2011 8:30AM

    I know what you mean about keeping up with exercises in winter. I seem to be in a slump since it is getting darker earlier now. It is like where did the daylight go?

I have no idea about the snow shoes. I have been thinking about getting some myself but have not yet done any research on which is the best type to buy.

Good luck and hopefully that puppy will help you stay in fit this winter.

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About Doctors (and seemingly difficult people)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I hadn't had a physical in over three years. I avoided doctors as diligently as I have avoided healthy living. Really part of the same package, don't you think? Anyway, my son is in a very bitter custody battle for his son. Their family used my doctors office with great regularity which made it easier for me to avoid my own doctor.
I am now 50 years old. Fear of health problems that come with age and a desire to avoid conflict with said family has driven me to find a new doctor. Fortunately for me, I live in an area that doctors also like to live so I am easily able to find a new one.
As far as doctors go, I liked my old doctor. I was not looking forward to meeting a new doctor and going through the barrage of tests to establish an updated medical history.
I'm glad I did!
I had the most extensive physical I can ever remember having as well as the most extensive number of tests. We discovered a few minor health concerns, not the least of which is a thyroid problem that has likely been sabotaging weight loss efforts.
I have lost 10 pounds over the last three weeks with everything I am presently doing and my energy level has also increased. I can't wait to see how my health improves now that my body will be operating at an optimal level with the medication.
If this family had not presented so many challenges, I would not have changed doctors and would not have had a physical any time soon. So thanks to "difficult" people and thanks to a diligent doctor who has left no stone unturned I am on the right track.

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Q8PRINCESS 10/26/2011 7:18AM

    WOW what a difference a new doctor makes. Good thing you found out the things you did.

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Time For A New Experience

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I am a beautiful, fit, slender,healthy woman living a fat unhealthy experience. I am now choosing to experience something else!


It's a first for a blog!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ok, I've never done this before so bear with me.....I tried sparkpeople almost a year ago and after about 2 weeks gave up because I was too tired, too emotional, too fat, too stressed and whatever other excuse I could come up with. So I wallowed for a few months, then got a little bit of counselling, a little bit of self hypnosis and my best motivation to date, a chocolate lab puppy. I've been at it for 2 weeks and have hardly given cheating a thought..WOW...another first!
I'm pretty sure the weight I have started to lose is being transfered by osmosis or something to my lab, lol. There is nothing like the pitiful look of a dog that is denied his walk. It is definately not worth the guilt refusing him. So out I go, 3 times a day...actually it's more like 5 times a day because I have 2 older toy sized dogs that also expect a walk! The lab, however is far more demanding! Three, at least my three dogs is too many to walk at one time so I have to get out more, regardless of the weather.
It's been a couple of weeks since I have been back at it but I think I have finally given myself the tools I need to succeed!
Wish me luck!

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WINACHST 10/18/2011 9:49AM

    Congrats on the new addition - now there will be no excuses!

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THERESAPHILBY 10/16/2011 1:46PM

    Awesome post. I need to be motivated to walk more with my dogs. I always look for human walking buddies where here I have two built in walking buddies right in the family!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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