Thursday, April 07, 2011
I am LOVING this pool thing! I'm soooo thankful to have pool access now. Swimming is a sport that I have always wanted to do. When I lived in Maryland, I took a swimming class for adults to learn how to breathe properly while swimming. We always had summer vacations at the beach, but after getting caught up in a rip tide one year, I stopped going out in the ocean beyond the breakers. Since then, I've developed knee issues and can't support myself walking in the sand anymore. Ironically, I now live in Florida and can go to the beach often, but don't because of my knees. Thankfully, the pool gives me the opportunity to exercise without stress to my joints. I've found that swimming, water aerobics, playing with children and even just doing the "doggie paddle" exercises parts of me that have seemingly been dormant for far too long. So, now my motto is "splash, splash, splash" and just have fun! The more "fun" I have, the healthier I become!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
WOW! I signed up for my first challenge and already I am challenged at sticking to it! I find water aerobics to be the best exercise possible for me. Both of my knees are compromised with health problems, so conventional exercise is extremely painful. Exercise in the water is great... but now it RAINS! We really need the rain... many recent brush fires have burned acres of trees and have even damaged some homes, so I can't really complain. The rain is desperately needed.
Yesterday (plan number two... since it rained), I got out my Bob Harper walking video. To my surprise, my sister was right there with me! We did the first workout and she did great. Me?... well, I did keep up the movements but I couldn't put pressure on one leg, so only one side of me worked out. When Bob said to switch to the left, I stayed on the right. Regardless, I did get moving and built up a sweat. I suppose if I keep that up, I'll be a size smaller on the right one day! Hmm... an opportunity for a new product... a line a clothing for the "Dual-Sized Woman"!
Today (plan number three... since it's raining), walk around the mall. I can do that. Today, I'll have to get out with the old cane and make a go of it! Spring Break is over here, so there shouldn't be many kids hanging out there. And, it's the end of the month so I'm out of spending money and won't be distracted by sales and smells (mmm,,, I just love the smell of the Yankee Candle Shop). I'll try it!
Monday, March 28, 2011
AWESOME! I started doing aerobics in the pool this week. What a difference in exercise! When I walk in the water (not ON the water, LOL) I work a lot of muscles without a huge impact on my knees. I can feel the difference in all of my muscles. Treading water is quite a workout too! This week is warm, but there are supposed to be showers everyday... guess I'll have to dodge the storms. I'm determined to get at least 15 minutes in each day. My younger sister joined me yesterday. Hopefully, she will continue to workout with me. That would be great! Then, I have one more sister who REALLY needs to get in there with us, but she isn't convinced enough... YET. For now, my focus has to be on getting myself on track.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
This is my first entry in a long while. However, I am taking the advice of a new friend who suggests "start writing up your struggles". He's right... keeping frustrations in doesn't help anything. I've done pretty well not regaining weight I've lost. But now it's getting harder to lose weight by just dieting. Exercise is critical, and I know that. It seems that everything I try hurts way too much. I have a knee that needs to be replaced. I had one done, but lost my job and insurance before I could get the second one replaced. I've tried Wii exercise programs, Cardio workouts that are primarily walking videos and Biggest Loser workouts, but can do very little before shooting pains tear up my knee and nearly cripple me for the next 24 hours. I'm sooo looking forward to warmer weather when I can get back in the pool and do aquatic exercises! It's been a long, cold winter here in Florida... obviously nothing compared to places north of here, but still cold and gray. I'm continuing to walk as much as I can, but I know that will not be enough exercise to trigger more weight loss. It's really simple math... burn more calories than I eat. Okay... I suppose it's time to start recording what I eat each day and find areas to cut back even more. Well, there's no time like the present!
Friday, April 02, 2010
Well, I started slacking again. Fortunately, I didn't gain back any weight. I do however feel that my jeans are a bit tighter around the old hips, so I must have shifted some weight. Now it's time to get serious. This time, it's mostly for my knee. I have a hard time walking now, and need a knee replacement. Without health insurance, it just can't happen. The BEST solution is to lose weight. That won't heal the knee, but it will relieve some of the pressure. Today I have made my mind up to stick to it again for as long as I can.
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