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Goals for March 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Another 5 % challenge has started and I am struggling to come up with attainable goals.

I am slowly recovering from my back injury. My physical therapist is pleased with my progress. I wish I was, as well.

Considering my limitations, the need to get stronger, to keep challenging myself and the need to find a way to curb this weight gain that's creeping up on me.

* 60 minutes of walking at least 5 days a week. ( I already do this)

* strength training 2-3 times a week. (already doing this)

* cycling 20 minutes 4 times a week. (increase from 2 times a week)

* challenge: try out my old workout DVDs to see which ones I can do without hurting my back.

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* stay within my calorie range.

* lay off the d@mn chocolate.

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Okay, there they are. My March goals. Let the good times begin.

  
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NUOVAELLE 3/8/2013 3:10AM

    Baby steps always add up to a giant leap. Do the best you can every day and don't forget that even slow progress is still progress!
Good luck with your goals!
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BILL60 3/3/2013 9:27AM

    Great goals. Now, go out there and do it.

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MORETA63 3/2/2013 10:33PM

    Minna, if your PT is pleased with your progress, DON'T ARGUE! it's been my experience that physical thereapists are very hard to please and if they're happy it's avery good thing. You don't want to rush your recovery. Let you back heal well, not fast. ;)

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MICKEYH 3/2/2013 10:11PM

    Good luck on your March goals. They are emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 3/2/2013 8:22PM

    Good goals! emoticon

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NUCLEARMUM 3/2/2013 7:05PM

    Sounds great Minna. You will get stronger with your back. I don't know if you can but if you can, try yoga. It truly helped me when I did something to my back. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 3/2/2013 6:17PM

    These sound like GREAT goals! emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 3/2/2013 5:20PM

    YAY. Minna!!! And YAY on blogging!! emoticon

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MHNGJR 3/2/2013 5:16PM

    emoticon You've set some attainable goals and you can make it happen. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/2/2013 5:08PM

    Great goals! You can do it!

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LTURSS 3/2/2013 5:08PM

    emoticon These are great goals & since you're already doing some of them, it'll be much more simple than you think.
I hope that your back agrees with the exercises! I had a low back injury a few years back and I've certainly learned my limitations. Sometimes now I forget and it reminds me pretty quickly what I can & can't do. You'll be fine! PT's don't mess around, they'll whip you into shape in no time emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 3/2/2013 5:06PM

    These sound like good (achievable) goals! Best of luck. You know the emoticon A team is behind you!

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PILLYWIGGIN 3/2/2013 4:55PM

    emoticon Minna! Great goals! They tie in very closely with mine and I am sure that being part of this Awesome team will be a great help to us both!
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LIVERIGHTNOW 3/2/2013 4:50PM

    I hope this is the month we see some progress, Minna. We certainly TRY!!

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HOLISTIC5 3/2/2013 4:26PM

    Best of luck -these sound like very reasonable goals. emoticon emoticon

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Week 1 - done

Monday, September 17, 2012

I thought I'd keep track of my progress (or lack thereof, but let's not think about that yet) in weekly updates.

I am not sure I can see improvements in any aspects after this week. I have had a couple really bad days, pain-wise, mostly because I have felt bad about not helping out with a kitchen renovation at home and I've tried to lift something, carry something or just wield a paint brush. Live and learn. Moving on.

Anyway, spent a considerable amount of time resting. In too much pain to do my physical therapy on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Forgot my breathing exercises on most days, I'm just too stressed (renovation, moving) to remember to relax and just breathe. Vicious circle, that.

Forgot my back pillow at work on several days and had to spend the train ride home (and to work the next day) standing up, because I still can't sit more than 10 minutes or so. Unless I take some of the good pills, which I prefer to not do in public, because it makes me feel like a junkie.

[Starting to feel like Dr House]

In conclusion: this has been a bad week. Much pain, much overdoing it with things I know better than to do, three skipped PT sessions, no reduction of pain medication (quite the contrary, I suppose).

Ok. Onwards. Today is Monday. I can do better.

I like this photo (not mine, unfortunately). It's a little moody, which is how I am feeling right now.

  
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LIVELAUFLUV 9/19/2012 5:45AM

    Thanks for sharing! I know it's hard to let your body heal, but you have to do that. Try not to do too much to fast, and GET TO PT NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/17/2012 4:01PM

    I'm glad you are blogging about it. I am positive that you WILL get better....it's just going to take some time. One day, this period in your life will be a dim bad memory. It's hard to see that when you are in the middle of things, but it's true. Trust me on that....I know.
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DOROTHYBERO 9/17/2012 3:45PM

    emoticon Take care of your self!

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TWNOMWE 9/17/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon about your back trouble. I hope that you emoticon .
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JENI-OH! 9/17/2012 10:42AM

    Sorry to hear about the pain, hang in there!

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MOMMY445 9/17/2012 9:55AM

    hope that you are feeling better soon,Minna. sending hugs your way!

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DDOORN 9/17/2012 9:21AM

    So sorry to hear about your pain...! Hope you can kick back, relax and find some mental trips to places you'd rather be...!

Don

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/17/2012 7:55AM

    You can do it! Hang in there!

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NUOVAELLE 9/17/2012 5:22AM

    Yes, indeed, it's a moody photo, but look at all the power the sun radiates behind the clouds! That's how it is. There's always light in the end of the tunnel, there's always spring after the winter and the sun always shines after a storm. Things will get better for you, I'm sure. Keep us posted on your progress and hang in there, my friend. I know pain is not an easy thing to accompany you through your everyday activities. I'm sending you lots of hugs and a big smile and I hope they make your day just a tiny bit brighter!
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REDELAINE1990 9/17/2012 4:13AM

    One step at a time Minna, you will get there. I know you will.
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On starting over (or fighting my way back to health)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Starting over.

Those two words are so loaded with all sorts of meanings. Some good, some less so.

For me, I think I need some distance from the past. Doesn't mean I will leave behind the knowledge and experience I've gleaned from the journey thus far. Just that there is a whole lot of disappointment, guilt, negativity, crushed hopes and expectations that are weighing me down.

Quite literally, as it were. And I need to not let it aymore.

I need a clean slate of sorts. I need to let go of these past 15 months, take a deep breath, forgive myself for some failures, and forgive the universe for its harshness. I need to find acceptance in who I am NOW, what my life looks like NOW, what my limitations are and what my future might look like, or might not.

The last 15 months have been all about injuries, a foot fracture, a hip inflammation and since April and terribly bad acute lumbago. It is slowly getting better, I can now walk and do some light PT. During this injured time I have gained back all the weight I lost since joining SP (about 20 pounds).

A new challenge is starting up and one of the tasks for this week is outlining 5 goals for the duration of the challenge and the way to achieve them. I'd like to do this a little differently, by outlining short and long term goals.

Short term goals:
I am hopful that there will come a day soon when I'll be able to

sit,

stand,

possibly even bend without too much pain.

These are feasible goals. Both my chiro and my physical therapist think so. That day is not here yet, though. I have my exercises, I have my schedule and my treatment appointments. I need to trust in this process and not let unreasonable expectations derail me.

Long term goals:
[This is where I start feeling a little depressed.]

* I love running. Right now five running steps sends me to bed, reaching for my pain pills. But maybe one day? Neither the PT or my chiro make any promises.

* I can't leave my house without a special back pillow to support my lower back in case I need to sit down. I'd like to be able to do without it in a pinch. Right now, if I don't have it I won't be able to sit more than maybe 5 minutes. I have one at work and that's okay. I have a few at home in strategic places and that's okay too. But having to carry one around? Not so much fun. We'll see.

* I'd like to reduce the amount of pain pills I need to take. I am now taking one prescription pill (tylenol with codeine 4) and two OTC pills on most days (much, MUCH improved over the past five months). I'd like to do without the prescription pills, especially.

* I'd like to be able to ride my road racing bike again. That means being able to bend, so that is step one (and a short term goal), but I also need to strengthen my back (which will involve harder strength training than I am cleared for at the moment. I need to be patient and wait.

[I am not good at waiting.]


My program looks like this per my physical therapist's orders:

- walking a minimum of 45 min/day
- gentle strength training (floor exercises) 15 min/day
- breathing exercises to learn to relax my torso (which is in constant tension, for some reason).


Back to the starting over bit.

I think giving myself permission to "start over" will help me adjust my expectations, help me be gentler and more forgiving to myself. I am my own harshest critic, and it is not doing anything good for me at the moment. At a time when I need patience and caring, antyhing that will push me harder is more likely to just set me back more.

So. Not back at square one (OMG, I am so far from square one that I can't even imagine where that square is! That person who was at square one a couple of years ago doesn't even exist anymore.), but trying to accept who I am now, what I can and cannot do right now, and what I want to achieve short term and long term.

That is all.

  
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MINNA72 10/20/2012 7:26PM

    @ HSMOM2four - yep, I've had a normal x-ray and MRI, the first showed nothing, the second showed some anomalies, but nothing that would explain the level of pain. My brand-spanking-new physical therapaist said the other day that based on my history he thinks that the original injury (I fell back in 2001 while paragliding) caused the ligaments between (or surrounding?) the discs to stretch too much and that has caused an inherent instability in the lower back. Whenever the back muscles are too weak (when I stop exercising due to other injuries) to pick up the slack from the injured tendons, I get these periods of pain and inability to function normally. I need to reach a level of painlessness that I can start working the muscles again so that they are strong enough to support the weakend tendons.

Thanks for your optimism, it means a lot!

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/20/2012 7:45AM

    Have you had any tests (i.e. MRI) done to find the cause of your lumbago? Sounds like a disk issue to me...

Hope you are pain free soon! I admire your perserverance - quitting is not an option!

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REDELAINE1990 9/13/2012 6:27AM

    Minna, you will get there but you'll have to be patient, I have to learn this with myself, so often i am disappointed that I'm not well yet. But as others have said its one step at a time.

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NPA4LOSS 9/12/2012 10:45PM

    emoticon I know that you will come through this. There are some things that I will never be able to do again but I have found many good substitutes as will you. I think you will Sparkle this challenge and with time and patience you find peace where you need to, acceptance and an even brighter journey than before. You are a fighter and you will win this challenge! emoticon emoticon

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DALI3519 9/12/2012 7:44PM

    It sounds like hard painful work, but each day makes you stronger and eventually, you'll be able to do so much more!

You're doing great!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/10/2012 6:46PM

    I'm glad your injuries are lessening enough for you to be able to walk 45 minutes. That is huge just to be able to do that. I bet with time, all of your abilities will come back, bit by bit. It's discouraging to have to start over, but the other possibility of not even trying is so much worse.

Walking is a great healer of all things. I wouldn't be surprised if you keep your walking up that you will be able to run and bike without pain next spring. "Easy does it" really works.

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ASPENHUGGER 9/10/2012 6:30PM

    Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery! Keep on focusing on your goals & taking baby steps toward them!
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DDOORN 9/10/2012 11:09AM

    You've learned SO MUCH that this is hardly starting over from scratch! I'm sure you will pull together a great deal of knowledge from these tough times that you can make even BETTER progress now! Kudos to YOU!

Don

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BELIEVING-N-ME 9/10/2012 9:08AM

    emoticon You can do it! Just take it one step at a time. We are here for you!

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BILL60 9/10/2012 9:03AM

    Hang tough and try to put more positives into your goals....want/try are limiters. I don't want to be skinny, but rather I will be skinny. I'm not gonna try to run, but rather I will run. Hang tough and the best to you.

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RUNNER12COM 9/10/2012 9:02AM

    You will run again. You and I have a date to run San Diego and Stockholm. :)

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DOROTHYBERO 9/10/2012 6:00AM

    emoticon One day at a time, one hour at a time, one step at a time - don' rush it too much and it will come! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 9/10/2012 5:31AM

    "With baby steps, we can achieve the biggest of our dreams..."
I know it's challenging and it requires every little bit of strength and patience you have inside you. I know you feel you're thrown so far back that you can't even see square one somewhere in the distance. But it's there. And so is your goal. Think about how good it felt to be able to ride your bike all the way to work. (I still remember your status update on this - I was so proud of you!) I know you'll get there one day. Just don't try to speed things up. Try to practice patience - you're a mom, you can do this!
I'll be right here to support you.
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LIVELAUFLUV 9/10/2012 5:31AM

    Set backs can be really tough, but they can also be a great learning experience! Use this time to learn about your body, don't focus on your limitations, focus on what you are lucky enough to be able to do! I was laid up last fall, and it was really difficult, but I learned alot from the experience.

We are here for you!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!!

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GHOSTFLAMES 9/10/2012 5:06AM

    ONE DAY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME WE WILL ALL DO THIS WE ARE WORTH IT.
HOPE ALL GETS BETTER FOR YOU REAL SOON AND YOU CAN MODIFY ANY EXERCISE YOU NEED TO THAT IS A GOOD THING AS LONG AS YOU KEEP MOVING YOU WILL GET THERE.
WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL JUST ASK GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SPARK JOURNEY AS WELL.

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Chalean extreme - Day 1

Monday, November 14, 2011

I feel like it should say "Take 2" in the title. 'Cause that is essentially what this is. This will be my second attempt at Chalean Extreme and for a few different reasons I expect it to go better this time around.

I tried the program in April 2010. This was a few weeks after I had finished my first round of Insanity. Now, everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE Insanity. And Shaun T.

And Chalean just didn't measure up. I was in really good shape after Insanity and I was a serious endorphin junkie to boot (how can you be anything else if you want to get through Insanity), so for me Chalean was s-l-o-w, wussy and kind of cheerleader-like perky. Ugh. I missed the gritty determination of Shaun T (not to mention that sexy voice, beautiful body and face and, well, GROWL .... emoticon ) and I missed being pushed, challenged, brought to the brink of exhaustion.

However, life has been an obstacle course in the past 5 months, starting with a foot fracture in June. 2.5 months of no exercise, bad diet (I am a recovering bulimic and exercise addict - so not a good combination with an injury), resulting in complete loss of stamina, strength and a 5 kilo weight gain. Jesus.

Getting back on track has been so very difficult. I started running again, but immediately the blasted bursitis (my nemesis from the winter of 2010) resurfaced and I had to revise my plans. I have been power walking a lot, bike riding and doing some strength training, but it's been too little to have any significant effect on either my fitness level or my weight.

Enter Chalean.

I figured that since my fitness level is deplorable compared to the last time I tried the program, that it would prove to be more of a challenge this time around. I have also purchased some heavier weights. I now have 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 kg dumbbells. (4.4/8.8/11/13.2/17.6 lbs) and will look into getting 10 kg (22 lbs) weights.

It's been some time since I did Insanity, so maybe I won't be comparing Chalene to Shaun T as much either. I will work on not letting her annoy me.

So.
Today was Day 1. And it was okay. I worked up a bit of a sweat, the set of weights I have seem to work for now and I didn't cuss at Chalene to shut up and get on with things every few minutes... emoticon I still don't think that she pushes enough. I still get annoyed when she says it's okay to stop anywhere between 10-12 reps, instead of encouraging to do more, to try harder.

This is definitely a program suitable for beginners, which I am NOT, regardless of my current level of fitness. I was a gym rat for years and years and feel very comfortable around weights, machines and testing my limits.

Still, what I need right now is a program I will follow, not get bored with and which will allow me to build up my fitness level at a safe pace. Hopefully this program will help me with all that.

Tomorrow is a rest day according to the Chalean program (no big surprise there - told ya; wussy... emoticon) so I will ride my bike. I got one of these recently, so now I can ride year round. www.tacx.com/producten/ergotrainers/
flow/index.dot
I am very happy with this product, it's silent, and very light weight so it's easy to move the bike and I like the display.

Updates will follow, so stay tuned!

  
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AMBERLEIGHM1 1/21/2012 9:36PM

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on Chalean Extreme. I have insanity but haven't been able to try it since I got it while injured but hopefully soon I can. You have done great recovering after your foot fracture, I hope you get to be where you want to be.

Thanks for your support and your comments on my blog. I'll be around more now that I'm starting to get healthy. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Peace & Blessings.

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FLYCHRISTI 1/14/2012 9:43AM

    IT SEEMS SO DIFFIVULT TO ME!
Good luck !

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MOSTMOM1 11/16/2011 7:44AM

    You make me laugh. I can hear you yelling at the screen now. Go get 'em!
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DDOORN 11/15/2011 9:39AM

    Kudos to pushing yourself, wussy or no! Great looking trainer there too!

Don

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BILL60 11/15/2011 8:14AM

    Hope that it all works for you.

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NUOVAELLE 11/15/2011 1:38AM

    I hope it works out well for you and gets you closer to something that matches your fitness level more. I was thinking about you the other day when I came across a new Insanity program called "The asylum"!!! - I wonder why! - Check it out. It could be your next attempt after Chalean extreme is over. Knowing how hard you train and having seen clips from the Insanity, I understand how you feel about Chalean. Try to see it as a transition period. I'm sure you'll do great!
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ZEESPARROW 11/14/2011 9:54PM

    I'll be following along to see how it goes for you. Still debating, here. But I'm not in the same place as you, so maybe it would be worthwhile...

Debating. lol

I hope you enjoy it this time around!!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 11/14/2011 9:29PM

    Nice to see your opinion on Chalean. I just finished P90X Lean program and was looking for more of a challenge. I'm also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do so I'm no stranger to hard workouts. I found the Bob Harper Inside Out Method videos that blew P90X away. So when you get back up to speed check those out. They rock! I was also thinking about doing Insanity but need to focus on black belt testing in a little over 3 weeks so I'll do something else after that. Good luck!

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/14/2011 6:53PM

    I'm glad to hear your review on Chalene because I was interested in getting it. I hope it gets better or you find something that you enjoy.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/14/2011 4:16PM

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Ups and downs

Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcoming the FALL!

The year so far has been full of ups and downs. Most recently a series of downs, but the only way is forward, so that is what I am going to do.

Pick myself up, dust myself off and MOVE.

I gained some of the weight back (okay, a lot of it) over the summer as I was letting my foot heal from a fracture. I lost all of my endurance and stamina.

Basically I am on square one. Familiar spot, this one.

The optimism I felt in the beginning of the year has turned into muted determination. I know how to lose weight, after all, I have done it many times. I also, apparently, know really well how to gain it back.

Time to change some patterns, me thinks. No time like the present.

Time to find other ways to boost and/or reflect my mood and general well-being than comfort foods.

Time to realize that, yes, I lost the level of fitness I worked so incredibly hard for, and, no, it's not fair. But I need to just let it go. Suck it up. Move on. I achieved it once, I can do it again.

The scale stands at 81 kilos. WHOA BOY. 178.2 pounds. That's a 10 pound weight gain since mid-June. Normally this is the point where I would start berating myself, wallowing in self-loathing and recrimination.

Not this time. So, I lost control. I can regain it.

I will get back to my running, I will be able to pass the Haagen Dazs shelf in the store and not crumble. I will start paying attention to what I eat and how much.

Starting right now. Isn't the first step admitting that there is a problem? Check. The second step to identify the way forward? Check. The third is to just do it, right? Ch... um, yeah, not quite there yet.

But I will get there. Just watch me. Or better yet -- join me!

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DDOORN 10/4/2011 12:55PM

    Been there, done this too...recently recommitting to my health also!

Check out some of my latest blogs...they may help to motivate you!

Don

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KRISTALD76 9/26/2011 12:04PM

    Always love your attitude! I have been doing poorly myself also from an injured foot. My fracture has healed but now I apparently have tissue damage so I am waiting to see the podiatrist Oct 31st....ugh....it hurts so flipping bad!! Worse though is losing that built up stamina. I didn't have a ton built up but I was proud of what I did have. Every time I think about self-pity though, I think about your motivation. You can and will get through this set back!!! I look forward to watching you kick butt again!!

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ASPENHUGGER 9/21/2011 12:48PM

    Your blog really resonates with me! I have a bad back that goes sideways pretty easily -- I get in the groove, everything going well, exercising most days. And blooey! There goes the back, so that I have to give it a rest, take it easy. Stamina goes away, weight starts to creep back on, & everything else in my life gets behind too.

You're right -- the only thing to do is to pick myself up, dust myself off, & start all over again. No matter how many times I have to do that, it's way better than just quitting!

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JENI-OH! 9/20/2011 12:37PM

    You can do it, Minna! You've done it before, and you can absolutely do it again. I'm in your corner for sure!

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ABRANDNEWME09 9/20/2011 8:04AM

    Great attitude Minna! You needed to take the time for your foot to heal. And you will get back to where you were. And the A Team is here for you! Good luck, you will do it! emoticon

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BILL60 9/19/2011 5:55PM

    Good plan. Now, let's execute.

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JENNA-P 9/19/2011 2:55PM

    Good luck!! YOu can do it! I hope for many more "ups" to come your way. I admire your strength, determination, and positive attitude!

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TWNOMWE 9/19/2011 2:45PM

    You have a great plan to get out of the runt so Let us move forward.
Though I did not gain I have learned how to stay stuck ( eat comfort foods and go and exercise), so the scale stayed staring at me. Here is to fall challenge where we are going to make these pounds fall by the wayside.
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W5VEOTX 9/19/2011 11:29AM

    You can and will do it !

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JONEIL513 9/19/2011 10:18AM

    You can do this!! You know how to do it, its just a matter of getting back to it!

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RUNNER12COM 9/19/2011 9:05AM

    Square one? Nope. Because you know so much more about yourself, your body, and how to take care of both.

I'm excited for you right now, because you are back and starting the next part of your amazing journey!

Join you? Pfft, I never left you. :)

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NPA4LOSS 9/19/2011 8:28AM

    I'm ready to get on the road to recovery from the summer too. Let's carry our enthusiasm all the way through our trip! Sneakers laced, water bottles full and recipe books close at hand! We are following your lead! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/19/2011 8:27AM

    I'm pretty much in the same boat as you but for different reasons...father's illness and my frozen shoulder. Dad's gone now and I'm getting treatment for my shoulder....it's time to get back on the wagon.

We can do this.

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SAMPSONPKA 9/19/2011 8:13AM

    It's ok, let's restart and rock it! Let's do it!

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BABYTUXXY 9/19/2011 8:11AM

    Count me in! I've been slipping too in the last month especially! Time to get back on track.

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NUOVAELLE 9/19/2011 8:04AM

    Let the "downs" be bygones. Time for the "ups". I love your attitude and I know you can do it. Remember the "before-and-after-insanity" picture? That's the one I want you to put up on your fridge - even better on the Haagen Dazs shelf in your super market but I know that's a bit difficult! Also, remember the three push-ups you once couldn't do even if your life depended on it? Now think about how many push-ups you could do at your highest fitness level... Remember? That's the Sparkfriend I met. Now bring her back. Go for it!
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APIRLRAIN888 9/19/2011 6:12AM

    me too, here month from break and making great progress...chk out my recent blogs! also have a watch me shrink challenge team now.
we just put on private mode for privacy, is you are interested msg me i'll invite
we are all on day 1 or wk 1 ;p most also in your shoe like me

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TENACIOUSTRISH 9/19/2011 4:46AM

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JEANIE07 9/19/2011 4:38AM

  i will join you, lol, i feel as though im on a roller coaster, i understand the highs and lows and how much it takes to dig deep and keep going. but im trying to see this as changing my life forever not for a few weeks, so its ok to have those moments where the weight goes up or something happens and i dont get to exercise because long term they dont matter.

we are building a new us, every choice we make, ever thought every deed or action is taking us there. im also learning to embrace the process and live for the now, its great to have a target but even better to enjoy the ride along the way.

take care karen

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