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The State of My Body Address

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Well since our President is preparing the state of the Union address. I decided to give the "state of my body address." The purpose of which, I will outline the current state of my body, which really is only of interest to me, but since you chose to read this blog, now you must suffer through like all of us did back in the 80's when the State fo the Union address would come on TV, and we were forced to watch because it was on all 3 of our channels! emoticon

To start off, though I have made progress, my body is still a mess! I have fibromyalgia and arthritis. Which causes all over body aches and pain in my joints.

For starters, I have an injured elbow. It only hurts when I am doing bicep or tricep work with weights. My bad knee, which I injured in 2 car wrecks several years ago is still "wonky."
(I swear, I do not believe I have ever used the word "Wonky" before in either daily conversation or in a blog entry. Though I believe it does fit here.) Though it functions fine, I always have the feeling it may blow out at any time. My "good" knee has now become my bad knee. Last week while doing The Biggest Loser Cardio Max workout, I hurt it. To be honest it began hurting after the workout stopped. I took 3 days off from exercise to nurse my wounds, and have started again, but it still is hurting off and on. So now I am attempting to workout as hard as I can without further injuring either knee. So when a workout calls for jumping jacks, I attempt to do as many as I can until I feel it is getting rough on my lower extremities, and then I will do the "modified version" of jumping jacks. I started Couch to 5K, a running program for beginners, on Sunday. I am not really a beginner, but I did sit on my arse the last 6 months of 2011, so I decided with my injuries that I would start at the very beginning. Cardiovascular-wise, it is too easy for me, however taking into the account the number of injuries I have, I must remember that slow and steady won the race! However, I have not figured out what modification there is in place of running if it is too hard on my knees. Walking I guess, but that gets boring.... Anyway...I digress...

I also have an injured foot. Though I have not seen a doctor, as I have no health insurance, since I can not find a full time teaching job, (Address that problem Mr. President), I have self-diagnosed myself thanks to Webmd, and believe I have plantar fasiitis, that is an inflammation of the tendon running from the arch of my foot back to my heel. I read online that one should massage and ice the foot...which I do, and buy certain inserts for your shoes. I went to Dr. Scholl's for that and was delighted to see they made an insert specifically for plantar fasiitis! It has helped. Most days I am pain-free in my foot.

Now for more of the bad...

My arms are too fat, my stomach is still flabby, too large, cellulite-y, and unattractive. My thighs are cellulite-y, and they touch. Eww. My back is flabby with one roll on each side, and I generally resemble the shape of Mike Wizowski, but with a head on top of his head. (See past blogs to view Mike Wizowski, if you don't have children, and thus have no clue what the Monsters are named from the movie Monsters Inc.)

However, in less than a month there have been slight, tiny, almost unnoticable, changes....

My face appears smaller, my double chin has shrunk. My arms are less jiggly and are smaller. My belly....the part of my body I hate the most, is smaller, less cellulite-y than before, and I am starting to see the beginning of my waist. My breasts look firmer, my back looks firmer and not as flabby, and my legs look more toned and are starting to come closer to their former shapeliness.

In short, despite the fact that I have only lost a miserable 4 pounds thus far, I am better than I was 3 and a half weeks ago.

I have more energy. I don't get the afternoon drowsiness anymore, exercise has become a source of pleasure- though I do admit to cursing Jillian Micheals out last night while doing TBL last chance workout- overall, I am finding the former athlete that used to be me. I actually enjoying counting calories! I don't feel depressed much anymore. I am excited about becoming the new me.

However, the biggest improvement within my body these last three weeks have been within my mind.

I stopped doubting myself. I stopped telling myself "I can't do it" and believing that I can. I have accepted that with fibromyalgia and arthritis, and my injuries, I have limitations, but they don't and won't stop me.

I am always looking for sources on inspiration. I am becoming an encyclopedia of weight loss knowledge.

I am learning to take my time, and not overwhelm myself with too many goals at once, while also learning that if I don't push myself to my limits I will never see change.

From the outside I know that many people look at me and see an overweight, out of shape, Mom. However, it's what they don't see that makes me who I truly am.

They don't see me running down my road or busting out 50 squats in my livingroom and not even getting sore from it! They don't know that I have set a goal to lose a total of 82 pounds and that in March I am going to run a 3K and later this year a 5K. That sometime in my life I am going to run a marathon.

I can run, jump, play basketball with my kids, do 3 boys push-ups, and get my heels flat on the floor in downward dog. I can grab the bottom of my foot when stretching out my hamstrings. I am flexible!!

Though I have allowed myself to become fat. Fat is not who I am. It does not define what I can do. It does not define who I am or what I will be.

I am a Mother, a girlfriend, a daughter, a teacher, a nurturer, a gardener, a crafter, a genealogist, a runner, an athlete, and an achiever.

Fat? Yeah, that I am not. At least not for much longer.

So in closing, my Body, like our nation, has many problems, but overall, it's still pretty great. I have a long way to go, but look how far I have come!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANDK156 1/24/2012 9:33PM

    If your knee hurts, stop running and definitely stop doing jumping jacks! Period. Let it heal up before you run more. Got a bicycle? Exercise bike? Can you join a pool? There are workouts you can do seated that won't stress your knee as well. I'm waiting on free passes to the local community college pool in the mail and will get an annual membership if I like it. Swimming is no stress on your joints.

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ALPHASENIOR 1/24/2012 2:55PM

    Your blog is so much better than the speech we'll be hearing tonight. Thank you for not blaming others. Your analysis was very honest and very thorough and as a reasonably healthy member, but lazy, you are an isnpiration to me. I will try to be more aggressive in my exercising with your example. Thanks for writing that wonderful blog.

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ELLFIN3 1/24/2012 1:14PM

    Thanks for sharing! Your blog is very inspiring! Enjoy a wonderful day!!! (((HUGS)))

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/24/2012 12:16PM

    emoticon Keep it up! Sounds like you're doing a really good job knowing your limitations and how to work around them.

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An injured foot, then injured my knee, and now a head cold! Bring it on! Nothing is gonna stop me!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Well if you read my blog title, then you know the gist of what I am about to tell you.

AS I have complained about in past blogs I have plantar fascitiis, an inflammation of the tendon that runs from the arch of my foot down to my heel. I have had that for over a month now. Well I took some time off to heal that and when it began to look like it was going to take longer than I thought for it to heal, I went about my business. I bought new inserts for my shoes- which helped immensely, and got back on the proverbial workout wheel. I was doing well. Working out and starting to push myself harder to achieve more faster. Then three days ago I injured my knee. Not sure what I did to it. I was doing The Biggest Loser Workout DVD Cardio Max and after I was done it started hurting. I took 2 days off from working out and it feels fine today. I am still a little squimish about working out though. Regardless, I am going to get back to it, and pray that the knee will hold up. However, as fate would have it, now I have a head cold! I felt awful last night and went to bed early. However, tonight I am going to workout and I don't care what else tries to stop me.

I am suppose to start running on Sunday. emoticon

Really praying the knee holds up. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARVEEME 1/21/2012 7:05AM

    Listen carefully to the signals your body gives you, and most importantly, DO WHAT IT TELLS YOU. You can do damage that no one can help you repair if you don't. Gel inserts are my best friend, as a fellow sufferer of plantar fascitiis, but some inserts can throw off your gait so much that it can also cause damage to knees, hips and even your back. Tread carefully, my friend, and remember that there are OTHER exercises you can do until the knee is more cooperative.

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    Don't overdo it!!! Hugs and feel better quickly!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/20/2012 3:23PM

    Be very careful and start slowly. When I started to TRY to run, I injured myself and have been dealing with the repercussions for a long time. Go for it but carefully!

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JANDK156 1/20/2012 1:53PM

    I just had a nice rant about how medical issues keep springing up for me LOL! Must be something in the air... Hope you feel better soon. I just got my PF under control (since late July!) about a month ago with a series of cortisone and novocaine injections both into the tarsal nerve and straight, deep into the heel, and 2 weeks ago, my Achilles decided to challenge me.

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SEAJESS 1/20/2012 1:20PM

    I admire your determination!

Please be gentle with yourself. Maybe some strength training to stabilize that knee.

Also, have you read Jeff Galloway's "Running to 100"? A great book that tells how to run for a lifetime, injury free.

Have a joyful, gentle run on Sunday.

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Popped my exercise ball!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My last exercise ball that I had had for about a year, got a slow leak in it last week and I went to Wal-mart and purchsed a new one on Friday night. I just popped it. I also use it as my computer chair and it rolled against a basket I had sitting in the floor beside my bookshelf and that put a hole in it! I knew the ball I had bought didn't feel as "sturdy" as the one before, but I thought it would be ok. I can't even take it back to the store because I have already thrown out the box! Grr!

Food was much better today, I stayed within my calorie budget. I worked out, doing taebo for 45 mins and stretching for another 10.

Hoping to see some pounds vanish this week.

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MARVEEME 1/17/2012 8:21AM

    A casualty of epic proportion, for sure! May you find one that can live in harmony with your other furnishings, and they live together happily ever after, Amen.

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JANDK156 1/16/2012 6:39PM

    On the bright side, you weren't sitting on it! LOL! It could have been worse emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 1/16/2012 1:04AM

    Mine disappeared in a move, and I never got around to getting another... I don't know what my furbabies would make of it now, they've never seen one--the ball "died" before they were born! LOL

Good luck getting another one going...
Kathy emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEBO 1/15/2012 11:32PM

    Friday the 13th strikes again.....

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FITWITHIN 1/15/2012 11:23PM

    I hope you didn't get hurt when your ball pop.

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How Friday went...

Friday, January 06, 2012

End of the day update...I did much better today! I went over my calories but by less than 100 so that is a win! Fruits and veggies were good! I put a huge bowl of apples, bananas, and clementines on my kitchen table to remind me to snack on healthy treats instead of junk! It worked today! I got all the Christmas decorations down today on the inside of the house. I still have a few string of lights to take down tomorrow on the outside, but it's going to be warm...in the fifties...so I should be able to get it done, no problem!

I weigh myself daily...or almost daily. It helps me keep myself on track. (I don't obsess about the scale at all). It is just motivating for me to see a number everyday. My weight has been slightly up the last 2 days, but so has my calorie intake, so after todays success of eating on plan and nearly sticking to my calorie budget I hope to see that number fall a little tomorrow...but if not I am not going to sweat it! I know that If I keep fighting the number will keep falling. I'm not giving up this time.

I bought a "Fitbook" off amazon.com. It is an amazing little tool. It breaks down everything you need to stick to your plan, and since I LOVE to write in cute, little, journals, it is right up my alley. You make your 3 month goals (That's how long the book lasts), then each week you make your weekly goals. You track your food there and also your workouts. Love, love, love it! Especially since I can't get online all the time to track my food. I just keep my fitbook and my "calorie king" book with me at all times and it makes it easy.

Workout today was upper body strength training. I did 10 minutes TBL 30 day jump start 10 min upper body workout, and then I did 10 Minute solution Ball workouts; core- 10 mins; upperbody- 10 mins, and the flexibility- 10 mins...for a grand total of 40 mins. I used 8 pound weights. By the second upper body workout I had to set them down a few times and do the exercises without them. That shows how BAD of shape I have allowed myself to get into. I am never going to quit working out again....ever.

Have a great weekend...I will check in tomorrow!

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MARVEEME 1/7/2012 9:06PM

    Nice work! Put as many tools in your toolbox as you will need to properly complete the maintenance before you.


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NELLIEC 1/7/2012 2:40PM

    It does sound like you are making progress and you also know what to work on! emoticon

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    emoticonKeep up the good work! emoticon

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Week 1 in review Down 4 pounds!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Well it's been a good first week.

I lost 4 pounds!

I wrote out a plan for the week for exercise, but had to modify it a great deal since I am suffering from plantar fasiitis. The good news is I did workout as much as I possibly could and this week I am upping my walking time and beginning strength training. Also, on my good days I would like to start Zumba-ing again.

Food was good. I went over my calorie budget a few days. I had a real problem with desserts and treats. I also did not eat enough fruits and veggies. I am going to take Dr. Oz's advice and "Automate" my breakfasts, snacks, and my lunches this week. Breakfasts are going to be 2 hardboiled eggs, a probiotic yogurt, and 3 clementines. Snacks are going to be: #1: 10 pistachios or 2 walnuts, #2: Apple; Lunch is going to be a salad or a turkey sandwich on wheat with baked chips and fruit.

I realize that if I am ever going to do this that I have to get serious about it. I can't be a much slimmer hottie on the beach this summer if I don't do the work. Workouts this week will look something like this... Walking or other cardio 30 mins/5 times a week if my foot will allow it, strength training 4 times- upper body, lower body, core, total.

Small steps forward...

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HPLANDER 1/6/2012 9:13AM

    4 pounds is great. Keep with the momentum. The weight comes off with hard work and dedication.

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NELLIEC 1/5/2012 3:37PM

    Congrats on losing the 4 lbs.

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    Hope you are settling in to a healthier 2012... +Mark

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VICTOREA 1/5/2012 3:12PM

    You can do it! emoticon

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