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September Goals

Monday, October 01, 2012

Below were my goals for September and how I did:

1. 1000 Fitness minutes.

- beat this one by 1 minute (yay me!)

2. Cardio 5-6 days per week for a minimum 30 minutes each time.
Work on my virtual exercise bike trip

* done (except for when I hurt my hip & had to rest)

and start Couch-2-5k (going gently with the running until I'm sure my knees can take it).

* this is where I hurt my hip, on Week1 Day1 on the 4th 60-second interval. I'm not there yet :(

3. Strength training 2-3 days per week for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. Focus on strengthening my core (my back went out last Sunday and is still sore), upper body, legs and ankles (OK, everything).

- better than last month, but I still didn't do better than once a week.

4. Continue tracking my nutrition and try to find that elusive balance between calories in and calories out.

* I think I'm doing OK here. The scale doesn't show it, but I've lost inches and have gone down a size.

5. Find excuses for fun! Do something enjoyable every week.

* still a work in progress.

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BERGBA7 10/1/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon you nearly reached all your goals! emoticon

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SHAZG321 10/1/2012 2:58PM


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Virtual Trip Destination #1 - Santa Claus, IN !!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I finally pedaled the 218 miles for the first stop on my virtual trip to Hawaii.

Actually, I passed it for a total of 223.73 miles so far! Needless to say, my hip is feeling better. I'm picking stops along the way that I want to visit in person when I can. It feels so good to complete a goal!

Below are some pictures of Santa Claus, IN:

Next stop: Metropolis, IL (168 more miles).


Struggling this week

Friday, September 21, 2012

I've been fighting a bout of depression this week. My hip is still sore and I haven't been able to exercise like I want. I've done some 30-minute sessions on the exercise bike, but had to keep the intensity low to keep from hurting myself again. Between a lack of good sweaty exercise, shorter days, rainy weather, and a more-stressful-than-usual work week, I'm feeling pretty down and irritable. I'm also bummed that I have to put Couch25K on hold.

The good news is I haven't turned to comfort food like I used to do. I know I'll feel a lot better when I can get back to my regular workouts (just saying this is progress). It just stinks in the meantime.

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DR8561 9/21/2012 6:24PM

    Thanks for the encouraging words. Patience truly is not my best thing.

I don't know if any of you have heard of Mark Lowry - he's a singer and Christian comedian. He once said that his favorite Bible verse is "and it came to pass". He said that meant that good or bad, what we're going through is going to pass on to something else - it didn't come to stay. I'll just have to ride this out and keep doing what I can (and what I need to do) for now. A lot of people have much bigger struggles than mine. This is just a dip in the road.

It helps a lot to know you are out there. I love my Sparkbuddies!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/21/2012 6:04PM

    It is hard but know that you still doing good. Most people will just take it easy and not doing anything at all. Give yourself emoticon emoticon be patience with yourself. Slowly but surely you will be back to good sweaty intense exercise!
Take Care emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 9/21/2012 6:03PM

  Wish you luck! Hopefully you will be back to your regular workouts soon!

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DIABETICLADY 9/21/2012 6:01PM

  When you wrote about feeling depressed, I thought to myself this person feels very LOW. But after reading your entire blog, I feel YOU SHOULD GIVE YOURSELF A TREMENDOUS PAT ON THE BACK. You rode your exercise bike for 30 minutes imho THAT'S A POSITIVE PLUS.

And most important of all, YOU DIDN'T SEEK COMFORT IN FEEDING YOUR FACE. So I think you should APPLAUD the positives. You didn't GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. So congrats for having achieved so many positive things.

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LANAHAUTH21 9/21/2012 5:53PM

  Keep at it. Thanks for sharing.

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Couch 2 5K Failure - suggestions needed

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Last week I did about 1/3 of D1W1 of Couch 2 5K as a test. I have a weak ankle from a bad sprain a few years ago and knees that have given me trouble for years. After my test, I had some sore muscles but no joint problems.

I tried the full D1W1 today. At my 4th running session, I felt a sharp pain as my hip went partially out of socket. It went back in, but I had to limp home and it is still sore. Joint issues aren't new for me. At various times, I've had issues with both knees, a shoulder, wrists, neck, and lower back. The hip is new.

The prudent (don't you just hate that word?) thing to do will be to stick to the exercise bike, find some exercises to strengthen the muscles around that hip, and lose some more weight before I try again. Anybody have suggestions for exercises to support the hip joint?

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DR8561 9/17/2012 3:05PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I knew I could count on my fellow Sparkers!

I'm definitely going to have to rest it for a while. It doesn't hurt when I'm sitting, so the recumbent bike and chair exercises will work, but walking hurts. As much as I hate going to the Dr., I'm going to have to suck it up and get checked out.

I guess my mind and heart were way ahead of my body this time. emoticon

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STESSEDOUT27 9/16/2012 10:54PM

    First of all you are going to let that hip joint heal and don't do much. You might check with your DR and explain that you what happened and that you need some PT for the Hip Joint. If it still hurts after a week you might need to get a cortisone injection to help with the swelling. I do pool therapy and right now am working with a PT on stengthening the pelvis and hip muscles. You need to look into doing some adductors and abductor exercises when it is NOT hurting anymore.

You are not a failure but having a set back. continue exercising but maybe do chair ones til you can put more weight on the hip joint. Water jogging is harder than land jogging due to the resistance of the water but half of your weight will be supported by water. Best of luck and see you a the pool maybe!

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DJ4HEALTH 9/16/2012 9:44PM

    Walking or biking are the two that comes to mind. You can work on strength training to see if that helps but stay away from running for awhile and work up. As for your ankle do the balance board (wii fit has some great balances for the ankles). I find it helps my ankle that has arthritis in and makes it stronger too. Just start slowly and work up to longer sessions for the ankle.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/16/2012 9:13PM

    Maybe start with walking, and when the walking fails to be a challenge, faster walking. Then when that isn't a challenge, light jogging...I donno. If it was me I would switch to bicycles or swimming or something that wasn't as hard on the joints.

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SADDYSPOT 9/16/2012 9:10PM

    I agree with OneKidsMom...you should probably walk yourself down to a goal weight before running. Also, you might try an elliptical, it would be gentler on your joints, or exercise in water. Like walking in a pool.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/16/2012 7:54PM

    Sigh. I don't know about you, but I set myself a certain weight goal before I would let myself go from walk to jog intervals. Not because of a hip, but knees and back in my case. I said I would let myself start jog training when I got to 150... but speed walking was OK prior to that.

'fraid I don't have hip exercise suggestions, hopefully someone else will have experience in that area. Good luck, and don't give up. Exercise bike may be what you live with for a while, but that's good cardio, too!

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DIANNEMT 9/16/2012 7:48PM

    Don't know about the exercise for the hip but--just keep walking it! Walk a little faster when you should maybe be running but you can walk it and still gain lots of benefits!! Good luck!!

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To My Fellow Bookworms

Monday, September 10, 2012

If you're looking for a little inspiration, I'd like to recommend the books below. Even if you aren't into the particular sport, there is a lot to be gained from their stories. They're all available on Amazon.com:

"The Competitor In Me" by Francie Van Wirkus - the story of a woman who juggles marriage, kids, and a job to become an Ironman athlete. She does a great job of describing the training and the events themselves.

"The Competitor In Me II: Conquer Fear" by Francie Van Wirkus - Francie's biggest challenge.

"Born to Run" by Christopher Mcdougall - amazing descriptions of ultra-marathon races, the people involved, and some interesting science thrown in.

"Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)" by Cheryl Strayed - a woman hurting from loss in her life walks alone through the wilderness from the Mojave Desert in Southern California to Washington state.


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