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At the gym on crutches!

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's been pretty cool going to the gym this week. I'm the only guy on crutches, but as I weave and dodge between the gym rats and stake out my spots, I've found great physical, mental, and spiritual pleasure in exerting my back, chest, and shoulders. 3 weeks after hip surgery, I can't do too much aerobics or cardio, but I can sit or lay down and do upper body work.

I've still got to keep the calorie intake to less than 2000 a day. I've fooled myself for years thinking that if I work out hard I can eat more without gaining weight.

It's time to fess up; I can't lose weight by working out harder and eating more.....I've got to moderate the food intake if I hope to lose weight, just that simple

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JUNEBUG1944 1/17/2011 7:34PM

    Yeah, you are right. The sad part is that we can work so hard at the gym and then mess ourselves up by filling our mouths!

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PUGRAD1995 1/16/2011 8:27PM

    Sounds good. I love the looks when I go in with my walker-I do the pool, but it definitely shakes a few people up that I'm in the gym. I hope to add some other things once back surgery is done-but that will be late summer before I can try that. Keep on working at it and you'll get there!

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Why does a 1 lb increase hurt

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So as I log daily calories and workouts, surf the Spark boards for inspiration, and look forward to ever diminishing lbs with every morning weigh in, today saw the scale reflect back to me a .8 lb increase.

SHOCKING! How dare my body rebel to the extreme discipline and meticulous care with which I log every morsel and choose ever so wisely amongst all the foods that tempt me every day?!?

How the hell should I know! Was it an extra few glasses of water I retained because I used some soy sauce on my rice yesterday? Was it the late night banana and peanut butter I saved a few 100 calories for after dinner that wedged itself in my gut.

I really don't know how or why, and in the end my brain tells me that I can make up for it over time. But the bad news makes me question future good a feeling as the decreasing scale readings gave me these past few days, they seem to have vanished in one uptick of the dial.

But consistency, long-term, and resiliency are skills I remind myself are what's really important for me to learn and consider. Keeping those at the forefront can make a 1 lb gain more manageable.

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ONESILLYME 1/13/2011 10:55PM

    Annoying, isn't it?

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LAVENDERLILY 1/13/2011 10:19PM

    It happens! Why? Who knows? Tomorrow may bring a two pound loss! It seems that our bodies' weight will vary. So long as we have a long term downward rate, we can achieve our goals. Just hang in there!

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Working and working out!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hello Spark People!

Well here I am, 20 days after hip resurfacing surgery. I joined SparkPeople on Monday, started back at work on Tuesday, and hit the gym tonight for 10 minutes on a stationary bike, then doing some upper body weightlifting with my trainer at the gym.

I feel amazingly good and realize, especially now that every little motion, from getting out of a chair to washing my hands, takes 5 or 6 extra steps and thoughts that I never had to think about; shift body weight forward, move left leg, place right leg on ground, put weight on right leg, engage core muscles and lift......

So even with the limitations on what I can do (no bending more than 90 degrees at the hip, no more than 50% body weight on left side) I feel amazingly good that I'm able to do anything moderately physical.

And tracking what I eat has become enjoyable (not quite fun yet). I like setting an upper limit on calories, planning ahead and tracking what goes in, then making conscious decisions on what else to eat and not eat.

I know it's cloud is just day 3 of the war, so I'd like to hear what some more experienced folks with more time doing this have to say about dangers and pitfall down the road

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/13/2011 9:11PM

    Thanks for the news. I've got the Birmingham joint too (had it installed in Tallahassee). It certainly feels OK....the old pain is gone. Every now and then I fell an odd click in there. Doc said that the muscles and ligaments need to tighten around the joint and that this will diminish over time.

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EFELL123 1/13/2011 3:48AM

    Great Job! I had the birmingham hip resurfacing done in 2008. I was in great shape going in but let myself gain weight. I'm trying to get it off now as I reread in my materials that gaining weight can cause failure of the device!

I think there was a part of me a little scaared about movement and I shouldn't have been. And also a part of me that was sad that at 49 I needed it done!!!

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ROCKYCPA 1/12/2011 10:22PM

    Welcome to SparkPeople - take it easy and build up to doing more. You will find a lot of support on this site.

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What makes the Spark fun?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

OK, so it's day 3 of my SparkPeople membership and I'm really quite enjoying it. It's like finding some secret club that immediately admits you and starts showering you with gifts and attention like you're the one they've all been waiting for.

The points system is kitchy, but at the same time it's like a computer game where you're on the hunt for more.

In the end, I've spent 3 days thinking hard about weight loss (portion control, food content, eating (not eating) late at night, etc) and have made what I eat a conscious choice and not an automatic habit over which I have no control. Not a bad way to start at all!

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ONESILLYME 1/11/2011 10:56PM

    I'm here 2 weeks and finding the same things. I've never found logging food helpful before, but I like doing it here since the math is done for me. (I'm a Social Worker, not an Accountant!)

Welcome from a fellow newbie emoticon

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Second day with the Spark People

Monday, January 10, 2011

Well, blogging, web support, on-line communities have never been high on my priority list.

But losing some weight, getting in shape, and gaining a sense of vitality back is a priority, so to hell with it, I'm all in!

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TEACHLDY4 1/11/2011 7:10PM

  I really find reading the articles,blogs,and comments very helpful..I spent enough time in the beginning here that I pretty much "brainwashed' myself into healthy habits...Good luck..I know you'll do great!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/11/2011 6:26PM

    Welcome...I think most of us felt that way when we first joined. You'll find so much help and support on SP! Be sure to explore the site...there is so much here!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/10/2011 10:25PM

    Thanks muchly! I figure the best way to break some old habits is to start some new ones.....even if they're outside my comfort zone emoticon

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CRAZYB79 1/10/2011 9:25PM

    I felt the same way when I first joined! But as I loose weight and feel better about myself, I find that blogging and supporting other members is very rewarding. So instead of getting support, I give it. Good luck and keep up the good work!


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