Life gets comfortable ... you dont even realize that you are eating and doing the same things. We all stay with what is comfortable to us. I for one dont like change at all. I take the same paths when traveling, buy the same foods , I stay in my comfort zone. This is good because I know what is coming however this is bad because I never feel like I experience and adventure. The following article refers to the same concept with working out.
One of the things I have learned is that if I dont change things up every now and then , nothing works. OH I know I like walking because I look good doing it , it is the safe thing for me , I do weigh 280 something and well if you put all this into a jog people look I promise. So no I dont jog or run for various reasons. but what I do is use resistant bands and weights along with different guides to put some varity into my exercise plan.
That is the basis of getting fit not just losing weight, training my muscles and body to endure all things not just the comfortable ones. This is what i miss now while recovering from surgery . The ability to do a lot of different things but I am doing some things everyday ... However I can tell you that doing this recovery is the best recovery I have ever had a surgery especially being on crutches. If I hadnt been mixing things up for the last year or so then this would be so much more difficult ... Have a great day everyone !!!
What is HIIT? HIIT is high intensity interval training and it is not for everyone. When I started out I weighed 366 pounds High intensity for me was walking from the couch to the bathroom . So I couldnt do this program then and to be honest 80 pounds lighter I still cant although I have tried. Look I sell myself every great bill of goods there is out there if it is supposedly healthy. So I read something like this before.. Oh I jumped on the ban wagon and well let me tell you when they say check with your doctor make sure to do that ... I am for all intents and purpose am healthy meaning I dont have high blood pressure, heart problems or cholesterol issues. What I am is a fat bodied person. And well when you take my high intensity level and fling it on my heart it feels like i am having a heart attack really. My heart is strong but it has to be to tote around 285 or so pounds everyday. It wasnt till I tried HIIT back a few months ago that I realized being healthy and being in shape are two very different things .
Inside the article in fitness today www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _articles.asp?id=621
it gives you a set of guidelines to go by I would suggest everyone read it before you jump in to HIIT it . If you can not already do I would say at least 25 minutes of more than moderate exercise DO NOT DO THIS PROGRAM . If you can but have reached a platue in your weight loss then this might be what you need to get back on track.
I had to go look up what a RPE was .. RPE is the rated perceived exertion scale .. and basically it is a 0 to 10 scale that measures how easy or difficult your exercise is ...
0 – Nothing at all
0.5 – Just noticeable
1 – Very light
2 – Light
3 – Moderate
4 – Somewhat heavy
5 – Heavy
7 – Very heavy
10 – Very, very heavy
Now this became very interesting to me because in a way I do HIIT just a different way .. My normal cardio when not recovering from my surgery is walking ... Well I walk about a half a mile at 0 to 3 ... then one mile at 4 to 6 ...a mile at probably 7 to 9 and then a half mile coming back down to from 9 to 0 ... I didnt realize that it was this but it works for me ... So even if you cant do the program prescribed inn the article you can use different intervals and intensity to shock the body a little just so it keeps working harder. Have a great day everyone ... now go HIIT it lol
I use swimming all the time in my exercise routine. As a fat bodied person I started out in the pool. But I have always loved swimming . I find that the water is very relaxing and comforting . This past spring I was able to attend a couple of water zumba classes they were very fun. The upside to swimming is that it is great on the joints ... the downside at least for me is that I am famished after swimming ...
However for all i did know about swimming I did not know it could strength my bones. So I am ahead in a race that i didnt even know I was in lol ... have a great evening everyone.
You know everyday I think write a blog. You must understand that my brain never shuts off. As a matter of fact if I could get my tush to work as much as my brain does I would have been a goal weight years ago. So Pardon this interruption as I clean out the attic per say .
I have entered the fifth week of recovery now. On Monday 10/15 I saw the doctor and he was pleased with where we are at. I am about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. So now I am waiting on the PT scheduler to set up the appointment to start that. Now I am not the most patient person in the world , I know that is shocking right lol. This would have already been done if they had just let me make the phone call. Just so you know for the record they have till Monday to schedule it or i will set it up. My mind works around lists and things must have checks on those lists or things just dont get better. The ankle itself is doing pretty good , I have been doing some range of motion exercises and I am allowed to put some weight on it . There are are a few things that are driving me loony during this process. Dehydration I have to constantly have something to drink. During the first few weeks I dehydrated 3 times. I have lost most of the oil in my skin which is very unusual for me. I have never had to use body moisturizers . Doctor T. says this my metabolism speeding up to fight the injury the fix for this , yep you guessed it DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Peeling skin on the surgical foot , I am not talking about just a little patch like you have been sunburned. I think there are something like 19 layers of skin protecting us and i would guess this is like 6 or 7 layers that come off. Dr. T says this just the foot healing as the it looses it swelling not to worry .. the fix well use lotion an it to keep it more hydrated than the rest of me . Now the last thing is outrageous it is evening hunger not the munchies. I have managed to control night time munchies for a while now. This is different and it is very hard to ward off. I have tried eating earlier and i have tried eating later. It really drives me out of mine that I seem not to be able to control this issue. and as per usual I asked the almighty Doc about it because well I have NO INTENTION IN GAINING WEIGHT WHILE DURING RECOVERY. Dr . T said this is what happens when you entire system is thrown into shock . The medicines cause issues on the inside that well we will not discuss lol but meanwhile my body is use to being active and burning off calories. Of course I expel a lot of calories doing just normal stuff that well doesnt usually burn them. He said Look Darlene it is this simple , You did an awesome unbelievable task in the past year losing all that weight. He said that now you are here and your body wants to move like it has been doing and well it can but not like it wants to. You are scared if you eat to much and not exercise then you will start back on a slippery slope and well your body wants fuel to fight this intrusion. So you must eat sensibly but yea you have to eat more than usual . I said alright but just know I dont like this at all ... He said I know and eat more fruit and raw veggies. He is truly a very good doctor. So all in all the recovery is going well for something that I cant control but only be a puppet to the process and fight to stay on track.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement during this process . It is all very much appreciated.
So I was looking for some motivating pictures this morning but I didnt see the pictures with the right words .. So I created my own ... they are some of my favorite pictures and quotes from friends that inspire me ...