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Limited Mobility Workout Ideas??

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Hello SP! I've been away for far too long. At least on the regular checking in and especially on the tracking. I've been pretty consistent with working out, though not as much running lately (I've kept up my streak and now stand at 103 weeks straight of 90+ minutes of cardio).

In that time, I haven't had any major illnesses or injuries that prevented me from working out, at least a little (even just a walk around the block). All was well.

Until this week.

I signed up to run on my company's team at a charity 5k on Saturday. I haven't been running as frequently, but I am still capable of running the distance. But then I didnít stretch afterward the way I know I should. (We had coordinated a place to meet up right by the finish line and it was very crowded so I was afraid to venture too far away, lest I lose everyone).

Last night, I was motivated to start my 10k training plan again. I hopped on the treadmill and I noticed my hip was bothering me. I was stubborn and didnít want to stop but eventually did. I tried stretching but I couldnít quite find the muscle that was bothering me Ė except unintentionally when I moved just right and then it hurt like no body's business.

My hip hurt so bad this morning that putting pressure on my leg was painful. In case youíre wondering, yes, that does make walking a challenge. Iíve had very minor hip problems before, but nothing like this (was solved with the stretching I didn't do... ). I don't think there's much I can do except wait it out.

But now I'm wondering -- how am I going to get my cardio in? I'm going to try a spin class at the gym tomorrow after work, but I'm dubious that I will be able to survive a whole class comfortably.

Any suggestions on what I can do over the next few weeks that doesnít involve running or jumping? Or standing really...

Thanks all!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERONE 3/6/2014 8:17AM

    Check out You Tube for chair exercises and limited mobility exercises. There are a lot of them there. Coach Nicole has some on SP videos too.

Hope your hip feels better soon. WTG on the fitness streak.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/6/2014 12:20AM

    how about riding a bike?

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When the Roof Caved In

Monday, December 09, 2013

I disappeared again from SP. And I learned (again) why I canít do that. The results have not been good. Iíve allowed myself to get distracted and to ďtake a break.Ē Thereís a great article on the SP home page today about why thatís a bad idea. And I concur!

Iíve allowed myself a break because thereís been so much going on. And I deserved it. Or so I said. I closed on my first house just before Thanksgiving. We had an unusual amount of rain during the week. One evening, I walked into the master bedroom and discovered a puddle on my hardwood floor. I had a leak in the roof and it was seeping through the sheetrock in the bedroom and dripping onto my floors. So Iím being dramatic when I say the roof caved in. But thereís nothing like being a week into home ownership and discovering you need a new roof!

Meanwhile, I didnít have a refrigerator that worked so my sister (who came down to help me settle in) and I went out to eat a lot for the first few days. Then my parents made a surprise trip for the holiday. (That was sweet if a little stressful. I was suddenly hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner ever when I couldnít even find all my utensils). I ate too much that week too.

Then suddenly itís the holiday season and the Christmas parties started. Why yes, I would love some bacon wrapped anything. And yes to the cookies and cupcakes! After all, itís Christmas!

This past weekend, I was at the mall doing some Christmas shopping and saw a great deal on pair of pants. I own ones just like them so didnít even bother trying them on. I put them on this morning only to discover that I have a new and not at all welcome roll spilling over the top. Iíve known that I was a little off track and was ignoring the signs. (My tell tale signs of being off track are not wanting to look in the mirror and avoiding the scale Ė like this makes the weight gain not real). This simply will not do. No more dilly dallying. Iíve got to get back on track.

So Iím back! And Iíve already done all my overindulging for the season so I am confident that it will be a strong finish to 2013!

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SANDYJEAN125 12/29/2013 5:23PM

    Nice to know I am not alone in this! Your blog post is helping motivate me!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 12/20/2013 10:44PM

    Good for you!! You deserve to make the rest of 2013 GREAT!

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WATERONE 12/10/2013 1:07PM

    emoticon It's great you recognized what was happening and are quickly putting a stop to it.

I read and loved that article too.

Ouch, about the roof. Not what you want or need as a brand new homeowner.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 12/9/2013 11:45PM

    Glad you discovered before Christmas that you have to pull in the reins. Sorry you had such a stressful move and the discovery of a leaking roof. What are you going to do? Any recourse with the seller of the house?
I wish you success from here on out. Maybe the pants will fit by Jan.1 emoticon

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 12/9/2013 2:21PM

    Yay for you - choosing to do what is good for you!
So sorry about the stress of moving/roof/holidays - it's a lot to handle. But you're back!! Make the next 3 weeks count! You can do it!!
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ROCKPORT9 12/9/2013 1:01PM

    Sometimes, we actually need a break. So glad you are back! Hugs, Laurel

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Apologies & Feeling Blue

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Apologies to the fall Starfish for going MIA and not contributing this week! Iíve had a hellacious week. I had a major deadline at work which was crazy stressful. And yesterday, I was in a do-loop with my boss. I was gathering information and every time I thought I had everything and had anticipated all the questions heíd ask, heíd come up with something I didnít expect or know the answer to and Iíd be scrambling to get the answer and get back to him. Which led to another round of questions, and invariably something new that I had to confirm. Around and around and around we went. I didnít have time to get to the bathroom all morning, I missed lunch, and I was at the office until super late. So yesterday was an unintentional ďfree dayĒ because I ate whatever I could as I ran around.

And on top of that Iíve been feeling really tired, rundown and generally a little blue. So itís been a major effort to get workouts in. I have done a couple but most nights, I donít feel like doing anything. So Iíve just sat on the couch. I think itís time to see the doc and make sure there isnít something medically wrong.

Anyway, Iím looking forward to things calming down over the next few weeks and a strong finish to my fall 5% challenge!

PS, did not mean for this to turn into a complaint about things not worth complaining about! #firstworldproblems!

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WHITNEYLD 11/12/2013 7:23AM

    Hope things turn around for you soon!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/10/2013 5:29PM

    One day at a time--we can do this. You are WORTH it.

I hope you get some rest and, like A_BIT_AT_A_TIME said, also a bubble bath or some other type of soothing self care. You deserve it.

Work struggles are one thing that are seriously stressful for me, too, when they happen. I relate, I relate.

Also, remember (although I HATE it when people tell ME this, but I'm going to do it anyway) that even ten minutes of exercise has benefits. Another thing I do is get dressed for exercise and tell myself, "I can quit after I do five minutes of working out." Inevitably I stick in there.

I am pulling for you.


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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 11/8/2013 8:42PM

    Wow - I'm sorry you had such a rough week - I hope you can find time for a bubble bath or something relaxing this weekend.

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MONAKIN314 11/8/2013 3:05PM

    I had a rough week too. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 11/8/2013 11:09AM

    STRESS! Yep, that should sum it up for you. I am soooo thankful that I don't work any more. I can't believe the stress you must be under at work! I don't think you need a doctor. I think you just need less stress. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERONE 11/8/2013 8:12AM


Hope next week is better. Definitely go to the doc and make sure there is nothing medically wrong.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/8/2013 12:07AM

    That sounds like a very hard day and now you need to find a way to relax from it. emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 11/7/2013 9:27PM

    Sorry you are having such a hard time right now!

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ROCKPORT9 11/7/2013 7:00PM

    It sounds like a lot of challenges at work. Try to work on getting in more water and pushing for more sleep. The stress could be getting you. Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 11/7/2013 4:58PM

    it does happen sometimes ,just get back to it!

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JAXMOMMY 11/7/2013 4:29PM

    I understand. "Tis the season for feeling blue it seems.... I've been experiencing it too, but know why. Probably nothing medically wrong, but it is worth it to be sure! Hopefully this deadline is behind you and you can get back into the groove! Wishing you well!

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A New Goal

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I have realized the last couple days that I am just as hard, if not harder, on myself now than I was 50 pounds ago. Lately Iíve been inclined to disparage myself and feel guilty, fat and inadequate. I have been trying to figure out why that is. And I think Iíve discovered the source.

Iím crazy. Ha. Iím kidding. Kinda.

I am an intense perfectionist and put a TON of pressure on myself. I am frequently motivated by fear, specifically fear of failure. I have had friends, bosses, and professional coaches tell me this over the years. Iíve agreed every time itís come up. Because I know this about myself. Iím also intensely goal driven and self-motivated. In short, I am my own worst enemy.

Iíve been stuck somewhere between 3.5 and 8 pounds from my goal for months. And recently, itís left me saying some not very nice things to myself.

Not losing a pound a week = failure. Not forsaking a personal life for weight loss = failure. Not resorting to extreme deprivation to achieve a goal = failure. Not wanting to work out after a long day at the office = failure.

After all, by now (over 18 months since I started), Iím supposed to be a hard core Olympic-level athlete who never eats her emotions or drinks too much wine on a Friday night. Iím supposed to be perfect. And I am so not perfect.

I blogged earlier that I had the fleeting thought of wanting to be normal. And I think that was my subconscious telling me, weíre tired. Weíre tired of obsessing and feeling bad and being negative all the time. Time for a rest.

SO, I am going to do as much as I can through the end of the Fall 5% Challenge and then Iím done focusing on losing weight. Wherever I end up at the end of that, I think thatís my new goal weight. Bonus - I will have already achieved it! After that, time to spend that energy on something else.

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HONEYCAT22000 11/3/2013 6:48AM

    You are NOT a failure at anything! It is a journey. There is not a finish line. There is a great maintenance/transition to maintenance SP group that is a wonderful community. It is so helpful to see that others have the same feelings you do, and fight the same thoughts. Please extend grace to yourself instead of the way you expressed your disappointment in yourself. You are a winner and a success story. Celebrate yourself where you are today, and the rest takes care of itself.

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NHES220 11/1/2013 11:27AM

    I think that makes perfect sense. I picked a goal weight and I am about 30 lbs away and figure by Spring I may be there. But reading your blog, I realize I'll adjust based on how I feel when I get there. The target may be too high or too low and I'll just have to see how it goes and be happy with what I can live with and celebrate that normal.

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MATTEROFHEART 11/1/2013 9:32AM

    I agree with Laurel! Time to celebrate your success! Maybe you are already at your body's happy weight! Enjoy it!!!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 10/31/2013 9:19PM

    Wow. I loved the way you expressed yourself in your blog post.

I think your plan is a great idea. Congratulations on all you've done!!


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MONAKIN314 10/31/2013 2:18PM

    For one crazy to another, WAY TO GO! GREAT JOB!

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FUNLOVEN 10/31/2013 11:09AM

    I know exactly what you are feeling. I think I made this same comment on your blog about wanting to feel normal.

I love SP, but if I dare, I must say that the constant focus on weight loss and exercise is a heavy burden. Even though SP tells us not to worry about being perfect I end up feeling that is exactly what they are pushing us to be. Many times I end up feeling like they expect me to be a "hard core Olympic-level athlete who never eats her emotions or drinks too much wine on a Friday night" just like you said.

It does become an obsession of sorts and if you need a rest from it all I can surely understand it. You are so close to goal and you have all of the tools you need. I know that even on your own (w/o SP) you will achieve your dream!


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WATERONE 10/31/2013 10:58AM

    That is an excellent plan. You are a huge success at this because you have not only lost the weight, you have maintained that loss.

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KIMPY225 10/30/2013 8:12PM

    Keep up the great work! We are all a little crazy sometimes!

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EVRLNGFOO 10/30/2013 7:18PM

    you've done awesome! that last 10 lbs is the hardest to lose. celebrate what you have achieved and work on maintaining. if that last 10 lbs wants to hang around for awhile, so be it. just don't let it overshadow what you have accomplished. that could end badly.

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ROCKPORT9 10/30/2013 6:44PM

    You have come a long way on your weight loss journey. Maybe, it is time to celebrate your success. Hugs, Laurel

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5% Challenge Struggles Ė I just want to be normal!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As part of the 5% challenge, I decided to go back to the basics of what worked for me at the beginning when I was losing weight, easily and consistently. For those who are familiar, itís basically the South Beach Diet. Lots of fresh veggies, lean protein and some low GI carbs. Beyond the fact that Iíve given my way of eating a fancy name, nothing has changed. Breakfast, lunch and my 2 snacks were the same as usual. I have dinner planned and itís healthy (if not terribly exciting).

Then I had that awful, verboten thought. The scourge of all dieters. The thought that says, I canít wait to go back to normal. (I know. I can hear you all gasping).

First of all, I donít even know what that means anymore. What Iíve been eating the last few days hasnít changed much. So this IS normal.

Now how much of it Iím eating has changed. Iím eating at the low end of my range (about 1300 calories), which I havenít done consistently in a while. But then I havenít lost weight in a while either.

So what gives? Why is this so much harder all the sudden? By giving my meal plan a name (that has the word diet in it), have I sabotaged myself? Maybe my body is just readjusting to eating the way Iím supposed to (and just havenít been) when Iím losing weight? Or maybe I'm just crazy!

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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NWILKER 10/18/2013 9:36AM

    I feel you! :)

Sometimes it just so easy to be, oh i can do without the extra helping i'm full, why can't i be like this all the time... other times it's like i could eat my hand i'm so hungry. It does seem to be how you focus on things, outside aspects and how those make you feel!

Good job on keeping on track, you can do this!

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FUNLOVEN 10/17/2013 10:04AM

    I don't follow any diet plan. I just eat what we have always eaten, but watch my portion sizes.

For me the word normal means to "eat healthy without having to think about it all of the time", to "have the occasional treat without feeling guilty or worrying that I won't lose that 1# this week", to "just go about my daily business without constantly having weight loss on my mind". The wish to be "normal" flits through my brain every once in awhile too. Then I let it go and tell my self to keep working at it and it will happen.

Our 5% Challenge for this week is to drink those 8 glasses of water. Geez, that is a lot of water! I feel like I'm drowning and I swear I spend have of my day in the bathroom. Drinking my normal 6 glasses of water and not having to worry that I am not meeting up to the Challenge is what "normal" will be to me.

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WATERONE 10/17/2013 9:30AM

    Yes, I've experienced it. Despite what research and the "experts" say, even after we have made and been consistent with new habits for more than 21 days, it seems that sometimes we feel the want or need to go back to what we were doing before.

I'm not sure if it is because that is still the more comfortable way or if emotions are kicking in and pushing us. The only thing to do is push past it and keep with your healthy changes.

You caught the "normal" eating thought, grabbed it and analyzed it. So you are changing your way of thinking. Good for you.

I find even thinking "diet" can make me want to rebel so why not rename your plan and drop that word right out of it. Give it an upbeat positive title stressing what you can have instead of diet which makes us think of things that are limited.

You can do this and I'm cheering you on.

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ROCKPORT9 10/16/2013 9:05PM

    Our body and taste buds do need to adjust to foods that are healthier, less sugar, less sodium. I am of an age that eating healthy...not dieting is what I am working towards. I like trying new tasty recipes. You will find your way. Hugs, Laurel

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BOPPY_ 10/16/2013 7:36PM

    Sounds like you're doing well, but I had to comment on one aspect of your post.

re: 'my meals are not terribly exciting'

Do you like fish?

Is there anything better than a fresh piece of fish simply baked (hi-temp, lo-time--max 15 minutes, depending on thickness) with a low-cal (homemade) marinade to avoid dry-out?

Salmon? Cod? Hake? Haddock? Ocean perch? Tuna? Swordfish? Shark (arthropod, not vertebrate, sorry)? Tilapia? Bluefish? Catfish? Sea bass? Etcetera?

And, oh yes, even the boneless, skinless chicken breast, turkey kielbasa. etc. all taste better -- suitably prepared.

I've lost 133 lbs, and I can honestly say that I enjoy food more now than ever before.

I get more joy out of a good nectarine , peach or apple than I used to get out of most cakes, cookies, and pies.

Did it take a while? Yes. But, not as long as you would think.

Sounds like you're on your way. Just wait, you'll enjoy it more. If not, get a better cookbook. emoticon | :-|

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