Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I realized yesterday it's been one year since I rejoined Sparkpeople. Love it!!! I wish I kept my motivation stronger and injuries lower but hey, I'm stable!! I started at like 153 lbs and been holding stable at 145-144 since early spring. Spring is when I got myself hurt so I'm impressed with myself that I haven't gained. Will leave it at that before I say, but......
Ok, so now my plan of action is to stay on spark and stop pushing it aside as I have the last couple months, get my eating plan back in shape, and get in the pool. All this requires motivation which I get from spark so that's why I'm here and hope to start providing motivation once again.
My short goals: water aerobics 5x/week, 1 mile lap swimming 5x/week, physical therapy 2x/week in office, physical therapy 1x/week in pool, and track food. This will be easier now that physical therapy has started cause it's a 'have to' kind of thing. Motivation will drag along in time.
Long term: I want to add strength training for upper body and core. Start beginner pilates and bump lap swimming to 2 miles. This is all doable. I just need to do it!
To get me started I am scheduled with PT and met the water aerobics instructor who happens to live around the corner from me and is my daughter's friend's mother. She has lost 85 lbs since moving to Korea a year ago! My extra long term goal is to get certified to instruct water aerobics. I've been asked to in the past, didn't do it, and asked again by this one. She actually has a much better and doable plan so it should also work out.
Ok, lots of good on the horizon. All I need is the motivation to stick with it....and by the way, I'm soda free about 6-7 months now!!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I would love to say: Ok, this is what hurts ______, my foot is fragile, my ankle is weak. I have such and such equipment available and _____ is what I enjoy. Now, put a program together for me to get healthy, lose weight, and get stronger, without pain!!!
Until I find that ability I have to hit and miss. I have been doing a little yoga but have to be careful because of my foot and knee. Swimming is fun, but I've stayed away from it, mainly because I do not have the motivation to get from my house to the pool. If I ever did get there I know I would do what I want to do and that is to swim, not water jog, swim like a normal person but it puts pressure on my knee.
Well, enough complaining. I'm doing what I can while waiting for the medical results and attempting to be patient.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
We exchanged my XBox...yay!! So I set it up, got my avatar in a cute little exercise outfit and shoes then sent her over to The Biggest Loser. Got my profile set up there then did my workout test thing. Next was finishing my profile with measurements then the game sets up a workout routine appropriate for the person (me). The thing thought I was 4'5"!!! So not true!! I'm 5'1"....it did my measurements, amazingly accurate. (technology is really impressive yet freaky). Then I went into the first workout and did 20 minutes. So all together I did great, did 30 mins total and knew I did too much on my knee. Soon after I realized i did too much on my foot also!!
My foot has been aching the last couple of days but I brushed it off because it's been fine. Now it's up on pillows and being iced. I have a weird little knot where I fractured it but the pain seems to be a little more to the right of the original injury. This seriously bothers me!!
My daughter started physical therapy yesterday. Apparently she inherited my ability to be injured easily. The physical therapist said the same thing about her....she is too flexible. So we're doing exercises together and Monday will start swimming together. I'm working on my knee, she's working on shoulder and hip. Large goal here for both of us is to strengthen our muscles to support joints better and focus less on stretching. Also, strengthen our core. We'll also be strengthening upper body and quads while maintaining flexibility that is natural within us. She believes neither of us need yoga but toning yoga is fine. We just can't be stretching as much. Weird to hear since it's so important to stretch but it also makes sense cause I have to really put some effort into a stretch to feel it (usually) and we picked up on that for my daughter recently when our massage lady was trying to stretch her and said "you are as limber as your mother".
Looking forward to our new health goals. Also today I told my husband that I'll be using the sparkpeople meal planner. I've been into making recipes so decided I'll follow this now. Only thing is I am a picky person so certain things like onions and yogurt must be exchanged yet are everywhere!!! (I really have tried liking yogurt, only one I like is McDonald's which I haven't found here yet).
One final mention: I read chapter 1 and 2 of The Spark yesterday. Lots of personal story and motivating. It's interesting, I've said this before, that everything he says is related to cognitive behavior therapy. I'm sure if I looked at it harder or as I go along the book I'm going to see other 'mental health' theories but this is great cause CBT is my chosen method. I use it in professional work, school, and my personal life.
Mantra for today: I will be healthier
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