Monday, February 08, 2010
Yesterday, I spent roughly 3 hours over the course of the day shoveling 24 inches of snow. DH helped some. At the end of the day the muscles in my upper back felt worked to exhaustion, and my weak right knee (the one with but a token anterior ligament left) began to wobble.
However, this a.m. I awoke and felt fine. I'm in better shape now than I was in my thirties or forties!
Friday, February 05, 2010
This was one of those days that I totally flaked out. Anticipating the heavy snowfall, I did not travel in to work. I did work from home early this morning. Then I discovered Farmville and Cafe World. Apparently I "needed" to invest my time today on something that would not advance my health or my career.
Given the stress I have been under, doing nothing may have been the right thing.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
I enjoy shoveling snow. Because I hate ice challenges to my weak knee, I'm an overachiever.
But tomorrow the Baltimore area is expecting a blizzard, beginning Friday 10 a.m. and ending Saturday 10 p.m., 16-24 inches. For two days, DH and I won't leave the house. Sunday will be our day for Snow Shoveling Tag.
THE RULES FOR TWO-PERSON TAG:
1. Person A sets a timer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Person B shovels snow.
2. When the timer goes off, Person A resets the timer for 15 minutes, relieves Person B (who is required to go inside to rest and/or have hot cocoa or hot tea) and begins shoveling snow.
3. When the timer goes off again, Person B then tags Person A, etc.
On Sunday, December 20, after the blizzard of Dec. 19, DH agreed that he appreciated the rest after 15 minutes. Once we finished our shoveling, neither of us ached from overexertion. Our primary care physician was relieved.
VARIATION FOR ONE PERSON:
1. Shovel snow for 15 minutes.
2. Rest inside for 15 minutes.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
This morning, I decided to try a different pace on the treadmill. I walked 4.2 mph, and when it came time for the running minute, I did 6.7 mph. All went well until the last run. The treadmill said I reached a HR of 177 -- "only" 17 higher than my maximum HR is supposed to be. My HR came down quickly when I stopped running, but one look at my RED face in the locker room convinced me that I had gone too far.
Where did I put that HRM? It's time to learn how to use it!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Today I had several conversations with people who couldn't stick with their health and fitness program. I used to be one of them. I know how it can happen. And I am fighting a period of workload stress which could derail me if I don't choose well.
I lost weight before with Weight Watchers. I put it all back on due to extreme work stress (what, you want more than 5 minutes for lunch?) and distress over my parents' failing health. During MDM's last month, she repeated, as so many times before, "You would feel so much better if you lost the excess weight." And she was right!
When I was "stuck", knowing what I should be doing with nutrition and exercise, but not doing it, I felt guilty all the time. I labeled myself "perverse." But when I committed fully, by carefully planning and tracking my nutrition, and making the time for the exercise I required, I knew I was on my way. Since mid-December, when I reached a healthy weight, I have felt triumphant. I look better, and my health is better. Frequently, my SP status was "dancing, Dancing, DANCING!" Suddenly I have all sorts of plans to celebrate continued progress.
I can do it. I will do it. When I do less than I planned, it lengthens the process to my ideal weight and fitness. But my body will become a finely tuned exotic sportscar. My insides will be free of sludge -- just as synthetic oil makes a car run with less friction.
I will be having much more fun than my friend who just gave up. She chose her path, and I chose mine.
Which path do you choose?
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