DR8561   13,747
10,000-14,999 SparkPoints
DR8561's Recent Blog Entries

November Goals

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I didn't meet my fitness goals for October. I'm still recovering from a hip injury and that may take another month or two. For now, it is non-weight-bearing exercises with low resistance. The good news is that my weight is (slowly) moving in the right direction. I've completed the 2nd leg of my virtual trip, for a total of 386 miles pedaled to Metropolis, IL (Home of Superman)!

My goals for November are:

* Continue tracking my food and making healthier choices.

*500-600 fitness minutes, but with low resistance and no weight-bearing exercises to allow my problem joints to heal.

* Continue with my virtual bike trip to Hawaii. Next stop: Branson, MO (at mile 716 of my 4857 mile trip) - home of the world's largest ball of twine and a copy of Mt. Rushmore with fake celebrity heads. What's not to love?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DANCINCAJUN1 11/4/2012 6:04PM

    congrats on seeing superman .... Branson is beautiful ... I have faith you will complete your journey .... Roc

Report Inappropriate Comment

Running in my Dreams

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I had a dream last night that I was running in a marathon. This is on my bucket list, but I had a setback when I tried to get started as a runner. I was jogging short intervals and felt my hip go out when I stepped down on my right foot then go back in when I switched to my left. I tried too much, too soon. After 4 weeks, my hip is better but still feels stiff and a little unstable.

I'm not giving up on my dream. Athletes come back from injuries all the time. And that is what I want for myself - to be an athlete, a runner who finishes marathons. I don't have to be the fastest or the best. Just doing it will be a huge change from my couch potato past.

For now, I'm focusing on non-weight bearing exercise to give my hip time to heal completely. I gave in to depression - a recurring monkey (gorilla) on my back - for a while because I thought this dream wasn't going to happen. I had a couple of binge days, though not as bad as I would have done in the past.

My dream isn't dead, just delayed. Like my dream of becoming a counselor. I am one unpaid internship away from a Bachelor's degree, but can't quit my (paying) day job. My mom (who is living with us), my sons, and my husband need me right now and time is a big issue. I'm not giving up on this either.

So, for now, I'm going to do what I can, as I can. My dreams are alive and well.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MELTEAGUE 10/29/2012 2:05PM

    It will all happen in time!
One step at a time! You are doing awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MELLIE1030 10/14/2012 11:58AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

The 'P' Word

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This really spoke to me this morning:

" let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" - Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)

Patience is not my best thing, especially with myself. I've been struggling with a bout of depression since I weighed myself last week. The scale (which was at Kroger and may not have been calibrated recently) said I'd gained 20 pounds since the beginning of August. I've been eating better than I ever have and exercising more (and more consistently) than I ever have.

Couple the number on the scale with a slowly healing hip - dislocated doing an easy jog when I tried Couch-2-5k - and you have a recipe for a good wallow in self-pity, frustration, and comfort eating. I have managed to not let the eating get totally out of control, but it has been more than it should have.

This verse, one of a series of random verses I have set to pop up on my browser's Home page, was a reminder:

A reminder that it took me a lifetime to get unhealthy and will take more than a few months to get where I want to be.

A reminder that the journey to health is a marathon, not a sprint.

A reminder that I can't let my desire for change out-pace the slow, steady steps my body needs to get there.

A reminder to get a grip and work a little harder at being patient with the process and with myself.

And, finally, a reminder to stop defining myself by a number on a man-made machine. I wouldn't do that to another human being - why do I insist on doing it to myself?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LISBETHSALANDER 10/30/2012 11:01PM

    I keep a running list of non-scale benefits . . . and I number them. It is helpful to me when I am fighting with the scale. It always lifts my spirits when I work on it. Some are big and some are small. I try to add one a week. Hope things look up for you. Every day is a new chance to practice your new habits. Your kindness has inspired me so I hope you will be kind to yourself. Warmest regards to you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MELTEAGUE 10/29/2012 2:07PM

    Sorry about the scale, I was in that situation for 3 years and I know how frustrating it is.

Are you eating sugar and white carbs, try cut them out for a few weeks and see how your body reacts?

It worked for me.

Take care

and be encouraged, it will happen, keep up the hope!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEENY_BIKINI 10/14/2012 10:08PM

    So true. It is not a marathon. Sorry about the scale situation. Would you like me to bury your scale it in my backyard? I would be happy to do it.


Report Inappropriate Comment
SAINTBERNARD6 10/10/2012 12:17PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MILPAM3 10/10/2012 10:32AM

  I think I'd find another emoticon and check to see if you really ought not to be depressed.
Our pastor's mother often said, "As soon as I ask for patience, I know tribulation is around the corner." Hmmph!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Time to Re-Evaluate....Again

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I had stopped weighing myself because I was getting too obsessive about it and my mood went up & down with the numbers on the scale. I weighed myself for the first time since the beginning of August and it says I've GAINED 20 lbs. I'm working out harder and more consistently than I ever have before. I'm tracking everything I eat and I'm eating healthier than I ever have. My Spark reports showing calorie differential show that I'm burning more than I'm taking in. I feel better than I have in years. So what am I doing wrong?

I did some research on body types and I appear to be in the endo-meso category, which means I gain muscle easily, retain water, and am very efficient at holding onto fat (yay). I can think of about a million other things I'd rather be good at.

So, I bought the "Get-Fit Guy's Guide to Achieving Your Ideal Body: A Workout Plan for Your Unique Shape (Quick & Dirty Tips)" and looked into the dietary recommendations for my body type (basically lean meat, eggs, lots of low-glycemic veggies, & very limited whole grains). I'll give it a try and see if anything happens. I'm trying really hard not to let this derail me but I'm feeling really discouraged right now. Think I'll go work out & get an endorphin fix.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOUISIANALADY56 10/9/2012 5:02PM

    A couple of things to consider:

1) Maybe you need to do a fat/muscle mass analysis. You know muscle is denser and weighs more than fat. With all the working out you are doing, it may be that you have gained weight in muscle mass. Try checking measurements. Do your clothes fit better/looser?
2) Are you sure you are eating enough? Depressing as it sounds, our bodies have a nasty little survival mechanism for when it thinks we are in a time of famine and it begins to store fat. I went through this a few years ago. I got down to 800 calories a day and I was working out/walking like crazy - yet I kept gaining. The low calories were actually my problem!

Don't get discouraged! Sometimes our bodies just don't do what we think they ought to do, but there is a reason. Have you tried posting on the boards and asking for advise? I haven't been on here long, but everyone is really nice and helpful. I am also doing the trial on Spark Coach and noticed a place on there you can email for advice. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

October Goals

Monday, October 01, 2012

My goals for October are:

1. Repeat 1000 fitness minutes for this month.

2. Strength training twice per week (didn't meet this one in September).

3. Keep tracking my food and watch the carbs.

4. Walk the virtual 5K this month. I had signed up to run it, but can't risk hurting my hip again. It still lets me know when I'm over-doing it.

5. Spend more time outside and connecting with friends. This is my favorite time of the year!
Hope you all have a great October.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SWIMLOVER 10/6/2012 1:48PM

  You have GREAT GOALS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WINSLOWGIRLS3 10/3/2012 9:40AM

    Sounds like you have a great October planned!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Love your goals. Good idea taking it easy on the hip until your feeling better. I am committing to ST this month as well. Its tough if you enjoy cardio which I do. But I am gonna try. I love when people add in non spark related goals. I meant to do that and forgot to. I will have to think now.....thanks for the reminder and good luck this month!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Last Page