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
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 9.....it 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
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!
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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