Monday, July 25, 2011
I havenít been Sparking very much lately. Iím afraid all my energy has been dedicated to my return to work, which continues to go well, and recovering from my workouts with my personal trainer.
Pain! Iíve been in so much pain! It wasnít unexpected, given that I havenít even moved for a couple of years. But I sure didnít expect it to be so constant or severe. It does go away after a few days, and heís switching around which muscles we target so weíre really waking them up. But, you know... Ouch!
Iíve been walking funny from lower body workouts; Iíve had a hard time typing or writing from my upper body workouts. My forearm was killing me all day Saturday, then the pain disappeared. My calves, on the other hand, are still hurting from last Friday. My trainer assures me that this is a temporary thing, and once I get over the next couple of weeks things will be easier.
Boy, I canít wait! Meanwhile, tonight is my 4th session. Iím crossing my fingers that I can type ok tomorrow, because unlike other sessions Iím actually working the day after!
Monday, July 18, 2011
First session with personal trainer! This may be the best money Iíve ever spent!
My trainer came to our session with a plan, was able to explain the exercises really well, and especially when an exercise to target a particular muscle didnít work for me, was able to switch it up to a different exercise, or even a machine, so that I could work that muscle. I did much, much more than I ever would have on my own, and am so encouraged that the energy Iím putting towards my recovery will be so much better applied.
We did lower body work almost exclusively, with a bit of core, so we can get my metabolism and my stamina built up more quickly. Weíll also work arms, but those are very weak following the mastectomy and we want to build up some stamina before challenging the arms too much. I love that he thought all that out.
Many, many WooHoos!
On another note, my throat still hurts when I swallow -- no better, no worse, so I guess that's a good thing?
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Well, this is not going the way I want it to. My throat is very sore and feeling raw, I'm having trouble swallowing. Not good.
Today will be a day of sipping herbal teas with honey, and generally trying to get rid of this. I will have to get groceries done in there somehow as well (or maybe I'll just send DH on his own...)
Friday, July 15, 2011
Yikes! I thought I had posted this yesterday, but here it is sitting on my PC. Iím catching up on my pre-challenge assignments; the challenge starts tomorrow!
My exercise clothing is mostly organized and ready to go in my sports bag. I still need to put a couple of things away to make space in the closet so that I have easier access to the rest of my exercise clothing. Whatever equipment I have is dusted off and ready to go, except I canít find my pedometer!!! Pantry and fridge are semi-stocked with healthy foods (I do groceries this week-end!) and I have stocked up on healthy snacks at work too. There are no bad foods in either place at this point.
Iíve just joined a gym, and booked a personal trainer 3X per week. We met Wednesday night for an assessment, and Iíll be doing whatever he says insofar as exercise and nutrition is concerned. That makes it easy on me! We discussed that I usually aim to eat six small meals per day to keep my sugars level (Iím hypoglycemic), and he thinks thatís a good approach. Depending on how I react to this new activity, he may suggest some adjustments to what Iím eating. The gym has a nutrition tracker that I have to check out. Iíll have to decide which one I use Ė Spark or the gymís!
Iím looking forward to re-connecting with old Starfish and meeting new ones!
I updated my SparkPage a bit, but Iím still not happy with it. When I have time, Iíll likely change it again.
This one is a bit off for me, as my real goal isnít to lose weight. I want to get back my strength, flexibility and stamina after having had breast cancer treatments and recover over the past year and a half. The weight loss is a positive side effect of that, but itís not my focus...
I donít have many trigger foods, but I seem to have a couple of trigger situations. One is when Iím bored: I have to make sure I donít have handy dandy snacks because Iíll just go through them without noticing. That includes otherwise healthy stuff like almonds, that arenít so healthy if you eat too many of them. Everything in moderation!
The other thing Iíve realized is when I get migraines ice cream helps (itís the same process that gives you brain freeze), but then it's like a free for all once my migraine is past. Ugh.
Current Weight: 250 lbs
5% Weight Loss: 12.5 lbs
(although with my meds, my personal trainer says that 1 lb per week is more likely)
Target Weight: 237.5 lbs
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