Monday, April 16, 2012
So, I am dealing with ways of coping with some foot surgery (scheduled for June 11) that will keep me away from my beloved treadmill for about two months. Yikes!
I did some research on special chairs, and pedaling machines, but there is the high cost for a limited period of time, and, guess what, most of these devices either don't ship to Canada or ship at exorbitant rates.
So back to SP where I found under wellness and lifestyles a "Limited Mobility" tab. With lots of exercise videos that you can do sitting down. With maybe buying a resistance band, if I want to.
And there it is.
Thank you, SP!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Well, I am scheduled for some pretty intrusive foot surgery for June 11, 2012.
It involves fixing a bunion, straightening a hammer toe, and removing a deformed toenail (yuck!). Has to be done, even comfortable shoes hurt at this point.
So after getting really worried about loss of fitness and weight gain, and having gained over Passover, I have set myself some new goals!
First is weight loss, to lose as much as possible and ideally 8 pounds in two months.
Second, to continue to increase fitness as much as possible; I am increasing the speed of my treadmill intervals gradually to 3.6 miles an hour.
Third, to learn about exercise when you can't treadmill, or even walk very well for a number of weeks. I am looking at two months for minimal recovery, and 6 months for "getting completely back to normal."
I am pretty sure that SP must have some helpful hints about how to recover from surgery; I will look this up. Hopefully it will include cardio workouts when you can't walk!
Here I go,!
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Not the most original blog title, I know, but it is descriptive of what I want to say.
Well, where to start.
I have been on vacation from work for a week, which I spent cleaning (for Spring and for Passover), preparing for the Seders, and walking an enormous amount (especially yesterday; we were guests at a Seder and it ended after midnight) and we walked home for about three miles!
So, my legs are sore, my hands are sore, my carpal tunnel syndrome has worsened, and my stomach is upset as Passover food is not the easiest to handle. I have wrecked myself up a bit, but it will heal. Also, I have gained a couple of pounds (yes, I weighed myself), which I have to remove from my life. This holiday is unusual because there is prescribed eating of certain foods....
And, last week, I saw a plastic surgeon about my right hand ring finger. It has an arthritic node and a locking tendon. The Doctor drained the node, and I will have surgery (minor) for the tendon in mid July. Again, Canada....you wait for specialized care for non-life threatening conditions, but you do not pay a penny. So, guitar continues every day, but only for 15 minutes.
And, tomorrow I go to see an orthopedic surgeon...enough already. My right foot has a bunion and a really bad hammer toe (and I never wore high heels) and it needs to be fixed. Now, this one scares me. I have already had this surgery on my other foot, you are pretty much barred from treadmill etc. for six weeks, and I am 1) concerned about losing fitness levels and 2) gaining weight. But I have to do it, I cannot even wear comfortable shoes with any degree of comfort anymore.
So, while I am thankful that my real health is fine, I am having lots of mechanical problems with my body, so to speak, brought on from decades of living and working, and playing....
I will cope.
About weighing myself...I got a really good idea from Oohlala53 (hope I spelled that right, credit is definitely due to you).
She weighs herself for a week straight at the beginning of every new season, takes an average, and then does it again 3 months later.
For me, it will be the fiscal quarters, I guess I have been in management too long :-).
So, no complaints, just an update.
Hope all are well and have enjoyed Passover/Easter/Spring Break! Here in Ontario, where I am a quasi-governmental employee, we have Easter Monday as a holiday, so one more day and then back to work!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Not forever, of course, because everything changes, but I have taken the leap!
I kid you not that I am one of those unfortunate people who has an unhealthy relationship with her scale. You know the type, the number is down, she is walking two feet off the ground; the number is up, she is walking to the cupboards and fridge planning a 4,000 calorie day. yuck!
I have said it before, the scale is a trickster. I do love to measure things, but I am sending the scale out the door because it does not accurately reflect what I eat, what activiities I do, and my sense of well-being.
So, I did some editing today, set my current weight as my goal weight and do not want to think about it for a good long while. Like all of us in Level 4, I do get the check-ups from Sparkpeople about how I am doing, which asks for my weight. I will see about that one when I get the next notice to check in.
And the scale? A lovely electronic model, by the way, that measures one tenth of a pound increments.... it has been relegated to my guest bathroom. Under the counter.
Wish me luck, Sparkfriends, this feels like the right thing to do!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Boy, how is that for a definite title?
Kidding aside, I have been on an interesting journey for the past couple of weeks, and while I have been at all my usual places on Spark, I have not blogged.
I did want to share what I have learned....
This list is working for me, maybe some sparks will resonate with you...
The SCALE is not important. It is a trickster, ridiculously sensitive to all kinds of matters that have nothing to do with wellness, including, er, your system's regularity. I still weigh weekly, but am working towards stopping.
How your clothing fits is important....
And, how your body looks is important.... these two measures will let you know what you need to know.
How you give your body NUTRITION is important....if you eat on plan, you will reach your goals!
Especially if you include FITNESS. And I don't mean crazy exercise! Cardio and weights are important and should be done if you are able. But the most important thing is MOVING. And not to a new home, ha-ha. Keeping active, using a pedometer to measure steps (if you are of the numbers persuasion).
Now, ACCOUNTABILITY IS REALLY IMPORTANT.
To yourself the most. To your loved ones who rely on you, you are accountable to work towards wellness. Let's add your city, or town, your country, the planet. Do something good for someone each day. Love the planet!
And be accountable on Sparkpeople. Find a way that works for you, heaven knows there are a wonderful lot of choices, and use it!
Now, here is a not-so-secret. ACT POSITIVELY, AND YOU WILL BE POSITIVE! This works, would you believe it!
So there it is.
Now, an update on my guitar/iPad story.
Sometimes things just have a synchronicity that lets you know they were meant to happen.
About a week ago, I was able to significantly increase the gigs on my mobile data plan for a very small increase in price.
And, a few days ago, after the new iPad model was introduced (it gets to Canada next week) the older stock went on sale at the stores for 25% off. Would you believe it? On an Apple product? To make a long story short, I am now the proud owner of an iPad 2, and have enough data to use it even at home (we are hard-wired for computer, no wireless).
This is my 18 month maintenance present to myself, I do believe I have a decent chance of making it!
2 year anniversary, new guitar!
Thanks for reading this, Sparkpages. Thanks for your continuing support, your humor, and your darn good advice!
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