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?
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.
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?
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.
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