Saturday, March 29, 2014
I haven’t Sparked for a while. I have been having some major issues with my knees, especially my left knee. It’s been pretty bad, I actually had to stay home from work and I am a secretary.
It started just before my last blog post (February 16). I tried to see my doctor, but he was on vacation and wouldn't be back until March 10. I figured I would just wait, as it wasn't that bad. I stopped my walk/jog and stuck with just walking and the bike. I finished out the week of over-time, and the knee started getting worse. Monday I went to the beach and collected sea-glass. While I was there I found a dead cowrie shell in a small pocket and squatted down to get it. I thought I was going to start crying, it hurt so bad, and for a moment I wasn't sure I would be able to stand back up. Then on Wednesday I had to do something in town, pay bills, I think, so I decided to walk to each place, maybe a total of 3 miles. I was at a pace of about 19-20 minutes per mile, so that is more of a stroll for me. Thursday, I was very stiff, and walking was uncomfortable. Getting up and down from a seated position was torture. Friday, the left knee was 2 inches bigger than the right one, and even walking was very painful. I was taking prescription doses of Advil and not getting a whole lot of relief. My mom borrowed a car on Saturday and took me to an Urgent Care clinic. They took X-rays, and recommended R.I.C.E. and told me to stay off it as much as possible for the next week. I was also told not to do any lower body exercises, especially squats and lunges, for at least two weeks or until I can follow up with my PCP and he okays it. I managed to get an appointment with My PCP on the 13th. I told him what had happened and he said “Well, you’re getting old.” For the most part, I really like my PCP, but I really wanted to smack him for that comment. He told me to keep doing what I was doing and not to over work it. I have been frustrated and upset because I haven’t been able to exercise; I have been eating more because I am upset; I have been gaining weight because I am eating more; I am upset because I am gaining weight. It’s a nasty down-ward cycle. Because I have been on this cycle, I haven’t been Sparking. I have gained back all the weight I lost plus a pound.
My employer has a “Wellness at Work” program and at the beginning of the year, they announced a Fitbit steps challenge. You order the Fitbit model of your choice at a 30% discount, the cost is deducted in two payments directly from your paycheck, and if you are one of the first 400 people to sign up, you could get an addition 50% off if you complete the challenge (50,000 steps a week x4 weeks). I ordered a Flex and picked it up on Tuesday. I have been using it since then, and I am rather surprised in the number of steps I actually take in an average day. I should have no problem completing the Challenge, if my knee doesn't give out on me. I went for a “power” walk after work yesterday, and I don’t think my knee is going to tolerate that yet. TANJAT88 has shared some really great chair exercise videos on YouTube, I need to go and bookmark them. I need to modify as necessary, and not let what I CAN’T do be the focus of my attention.
So I am going to make a big effort to stop feeling sorry for myself. I know there are people who are dealing with worse pain issues who manage. If ~INDYGIRL can lose over 200 lbs, I can lose 51 lbs; I just have to be patient and consistent.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Well I have completed the first 5 weeks for 2014, and I have had some success. I am down 5.6 pounds, so about 1 pound per week. I am happy with that. I did have some problems sticking with my work-out calendar, and my GI issues reappeared for about a week and a half, so my eating wasn’t so great, not necessarily going over calories, but definitely not the healthiest food choices.
I have set up my calendar for the next 5 weeks (2/2/14-3/8/14)
Monday-Core and Lower Body
Tuesday-Cardio and Upper Body
Wednesday- Core and Lower Body
Thursday- Cardio and Upper Body
I need to mix up my cardio. Between the weather and The Rice Crispy Guys taking a vacation in my left knee, doing the 5k your way wasn’t working. I dusted off my bike two weeks ago, and I could tell it’s been quite a while since I have ridden. I plan to either Walk/Jog for 40 minutes, Bike for at least 50 minutes, or, if the weather won’t let me do either, Leslie Sansone’s WAP 3 mile walk.
Oh, another bit of progress; last Saturday, I managed to jog for 4 straight minutes. Pretty awesome, for me.
I have kinda messed up the first week. Had some things come up that put me in a funk. I didn’t eat very well and didn’t track what I did eat, plus no exercise except for Sunday. I am working on getting back to it.
I downloaded the free RunKeeper app when the SP site went down for awhile last month. I like using GSP to keep track of my miles. I am really loving it. I can access my playlists without switching back and forth between apps, I can choose the type of workout from running to biking to crossfit, and there are audio cues. This is especially helpful when I walk/jog.
This is a kind of babbling blog, but just wanted to share and check in.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I am an avid reader. I have been known to go through a book a day, and my Kindle is my best friend. Have you ever read a sentence or phrase that just sticks with you? “Don’t fail until you fail.” is one for me. I read it in a fantasy novel. The main female character has made a decision that could lead to war if her opposition chooses to not honor it. She is afraid she will fail the people who have put their faith and trust in her. One of her male court members and friend passes on the advice given to him by his mentor before a battle, “Don’t fail until you fail.” I have always interpreted that phrase this way; until you decide you have failed, you haven’t.
I did not follow my work out program most of the week, did not work out at all for the most part. I could look at that as a fail, get all disgusted with myself and continue with a downward spiral. Instead, I choose to look back at what kept me from working out and strategize ways to keep it from happening again. I didn't fail because I am still moving forward and learning what really works for me.
Just like I need to drink my entire daily water intake before I drink other liquids, I need to stay off the computer, even for Sparkpeople, until I have finished my daily “to do” list (other than Laundry, I can go on the computer while waiting) and exercising is on that list. Once I get on the computer, I tend to lose all track of time, not good at all. So, that is my goal for this week.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year for those not from Hawaii)
What a Year it has been, especially the last quarter. The good news is I didn’t gain back every pound I had lost in 2013, the bad news is I nearly did. I know it is mainly due to my own inconsistency with exercise and not tracking my food. I tend to be a very visual person, and actually seeing what I am eating and how it adds up through the day, will always help me make better choices. Something has to give, because I can almost wear my mom’s clothes, and she needs to lose about 70lbs.
I started to do the Dec. #SparkTheSeason challenge on Instagram, but between getting sick, holiday stress, and two family members in the hospital, I did not complete it. I did find it motivating, though, so I am doing something similar for #RockYourResolution. I know this one isn’t an Instagram photo challenge, but putting together pictures of how I am working towards my goals is pretty uplifting, and since I share on FB, a lot of my friends have been giving me encouragement.
(If you have an Instagram account and want to check them out, my user name is Marnums and you can search #rockyourresolution.)
I have set up a 5 week calendar with my daily workout schedule, and I just finished week 1. I have combined the 5K your way walk/jog program with Coach Nicole’s beginner work out from the Total Body Sculpting DVD. I alternate between them with 1 rest day. Let me tell you, it is kicking my butt! I have been so inconsistent with any exercise the last 3 months that I have not been able to keep up with the DVD. Oatmeal has more tone than I do! I am determined to stick it out, I know it will get better, and with persistence and luck, I just may be able to advance to the intermediate at the end of five weeks (groan)! My goal to do each day’s workout as scheduled, but to be flexible as needed. I actually switched my rest day and one of my WO days because of some repairs that took me a lot longer than anticipated.
I am not so much focused on staying in my calorie goal as I am on being HONEST and recording EVERYTHING! I go through phases where I’m hungry, so I eat something that is not really appropriate (ie white bread toast with grape jelly) and it tastes soooo good, I have another, and another. I usually stop after the third, but depending on what it is, the calories can really add up, and I have had a “head in the sand” mentality; if I don’t record it, I can pretend I didn’t really eat it. Gee, any wonder how I managed to put back on 20 lbs.
Water!!!! I am usually good, but lately I had been drinking way too much soda and not enough water. I know better! So I count the water used to make my Nurtiblast and any unsweetened herbal (caffeine free) tea towards my goal. I can have my morning coffee, but nothing else caffeinated until after my water goal is met.
So that is my plan for the next 4 weeks. Hopefully I will see results in areas other than the scale. Keep Sparking.
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