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Dance, and the Zen of Weight Training

Monday, January 24, 2011

Well, Iíve learned something today, or come to a conclusion of sorts. While I thought dance/exercise DVDs would be ideal for me Ė I love music and dancing of all kinds Ė the set routines are probably one of the worst things for me at this point. Hmmm. The thing thatís happening is I try to do their routine, but can do so much less than I would normally just dancing around on my own. My biggest problem is that the early routine focuses on leg work, and my knees give out on me.

If Iím dancing around on my own, I just wave my arms around at that point and step it out, but if Iím trying to follow a routine... I just canít. Itís so much more enjoyable, more freeing to do it my way! How did I ever forget this? So itís away with the DVDs and on with my own music for the next while when it comes to cardio!

The other discovery is a kind of zen of weight training. I really enjoy the focus on form, the repetition of movement that weight training gives me.

So my Ďreportí for yesterday and today (days 93 to 92)

1. Drink 8X8 oz water/day Ė Iím good here

2. Exercise 10 min/day Ė ok here, although I think I might have to change up and do more ST before tackling cardio; my muscles just donít have the stamina!

3. Eat within my recommended calorie range Ė ok
4. Eat within my recommended low sodium range -- ok

5. Use my slow cooker or rice cooker at least once per day. Ė none Sunday or today; will be putting something in it tonight, though.

6. 15-min Zone work per day (inspired by flylady.com) Ė ok, in the bedrooms this week

7. My average weight will decrease weekly -- started week at avg 246.5 lbs. Also, DH has agreed that if my average weight does go down, we'll go out together for a cappucino. It's a real treat for me, and without sugar, etc. in it it's not all that unhealthy.

8. Daily reports to the mini-team!

  
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JUSTYNA7 1/28/2011 11:54AM

    I remember when I first tried yoga after my knee surgery. I cannot do the child's pose or anything like it. I found the instructor rather useless at helping to problem solve. I decided I could not do yoga. Then a spark guest was here who insisted we do yoga in the evenings. I grumbled that I would watch. But I found myself participating in bits. Then my kids got into the yoga tapes. I decided that I would spend some time instead of sitting there feeling sorry for myself during those poses figuring out what muscles they were trying to stretch. Then I got my exercise ball and whatever equipment was around and experimented until I could feel a stretch. I discovered I can do those poses standing up and leaning over the ball or my lifecycle. Hmmm. We are not limited by our disabilities. We are only limited by our perceptions of our disabilities. So don't give up on the dance routines if you love the idea of them... sit and watch them and decide what you CAN do for similar results. I have a video of "burlesquersize" OMG I cannot do the moves in front of the TV.... but I can do them in the pool! Keep that in mind when you are here and maybe we can try them together!!

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LISED58 1/24/2011 8:38PM

    It's great cardio. I have 2 Richard Simmons VHSs that are fun to move to. Keep swinging your arms and have fun! ChaChaCha!

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It's a New Day!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

This has been such an off week! No energy (literally awake for only about 6 hours a day for most days!), so not getting much done in any area of my life! To top it off, for some reason I had cravings for desserts this week like I havenít had in a very, very long time. DH went to get some three nights this week (including a dozen Tim Hortonís donuts last night!). Ate lots of donuts last night Ė maybe four? Iím not even sure - but surprisingly this morning I feel better than I have for some time. More energy, hopefully will stay more awake today(!), and I think my toenails are finally starting to normalize. Iíve been able to wear socks for the past couple of days without them getting worse. I know it doesnít sound like much, but you know after socks will come shoes! Then boots! Then I can get outside in the snow!!!!!

So my Ďreportí for Tuesday to Saturday (days 98 to 94)

1. Drink 8X8 oz water/day Ė Iím sure I drank less on a couple of days

2. Exercise 10 min/day Ė in total denial about exercise Thursday, Friday and Saturday

3. Eat within my recommended calorie range Ė ok, except Saturday
4. Eat within my recommended low sodium range -- ok

5. Use my slow cooker or rice cooker at least once per day. Ė missed some days here, but will input one recipe I made Ė Crockpot Pirate Stew

6. 15-min Zone work per day (inspired by flylady.com) -- ok

7. My average weight will decrease weekly -- yep Ė down from 248.8 lbs (which was not an average, just last Sundayís weight) to 246.5 lbs yesterday. Can I get a WooHoo???

8. Daily reports to the mini-team! Ė um... SeaWave, AKA SLACKER! Sorry team, promise to do better this week!

  
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SENATOR9 1/24/2011 5:12PM

    emoticoncan't be perfect all the time.Just do it one day at a time

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LISED58 1/23/2011 11:50AM

    You have my WOO HOO !!
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KELPIE57 1/23/2011 11:17AM

    emoticonyou certainly can...concentrate on the positive, the rest will follow!

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Wow Ė This is my back-to-work countdown!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Iím having a really tough time, I realized, giving myself permission to be in recovery. Iím always striving to do more, to get more done, to accomplish, and never satisfied with what I've accomplished (or not, as the case may be). In November, I thought Iíd be going back to work at least part time this month, but the doc gave me an abrupt change in reality in December when he said it would be in 6-9 months. But heís right, of course. There is no way I have the energy or mindset to be back at work. I sometimes have trouble putting two thoughts together, and even when I do I often wonder if I made sense. I wonít begrudge the time I spend napping during the day since I burned my favourite stock pot before Xmas, having fallen asleep while blinking and nearly set the house on fire!

So for me, this 100-Day Countdown I wrote about in my blog is going to benchmark how I'm improving through the chemo brain or tam oxifen adjustment or whatever this is. I checked dates, and by Day 1 (April 25th by my Excel sheet), I should be close to returning to work. Itís making it more real for me, and I get kind of giddy with excitement when I think of it in such concrete terms.

So my Ďreportí for Sunday and Monday (days 100 and 99)

1. Drink 8X8 oz water/day -- ok

2. Exercise 10 min/day -- I can only do 10 minutes of the DVD at this point, but Iím setting aside the full 40 minutes, and trying out the moves as I recover. Iím hoping to be able to increase my time by 5 minutes every week.

3. Eat within my recommended calorie range Ė ok
4. Eat within my recommended low sodium range -- ok

5. Use my slow cooker or rice cooker at least once per day. -- Iíve made two recipies: a rice pudding, which was good but too sweet; and a curried split pea soup. That one is odd, as it cooked for over 24 hours and the peas were still hard. Hphm! I was counting on that soup for my lunches this week!

6. 15-min Zone work per day (inspired by flylady.com) -- Iím in my washroom zone this week, which is probably my easiest. I swish and swipe on a daily basis, and we renovated last year so everything has its place.

7. My average weight will decrease weekly -- um... went down nearly 5 lbs from yesterday to today, so somethingís going on! My average, obviously, will be less than that, but that is the way my weight is going since tamoxifen. Thatís why Iím weighing every day and averaging the weight.

8. Daily reports to the mini-team!

Iím especially encouraged by #2, because Iíve always liked music and dance. This will be a great tool for me to get back into an active lifestyle!

  
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LISED58 1/20/2011 12:14PM

    Hi Seawave. You know you're one heck of a fighter. Don't loose sight of cherishing the fruits of accomplishing one challenge at a time. Give yourself permission to enjoy getting well. (Have you skated the canal yet? I would enjoy going on a sunny, no-wind day.)

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JUSTYNA7 1/19/2011 4:56PM

    Awesome. I really like how realistic this is. It is not a race, it is a journey. A way of living. Life happens and we have to adapt and this is a great way to figure out how things are affecting you and see your progress. I know how much going back to work is in your mind. It will come even if you don't work at it. What matters is you today.

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QUOOTIE 1/19/2011 1:01PM

    You have a full plate. Do what you can as you can. I am cheering for you! Really!

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KELPIE57 1/19/2011 3:14AM

    As you are doing the "zone' remember what FLY means, finally loving yourself, and do what you are doing for you. It must be really frustrating, however, tell yourself what you would tell your best friend, and go at the speed that is best for your body.
You might want to keep the 80/20 rule in mind, and if you manage 80% that is fine.
Oh, and dance as if no one is watching!!!!!!!!!! I'll join you on that one!

Comment edited on: 1/19/2011 3:19:20 AM

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GATOR12 1/18/2011 5:29PM

    This is a temporary time. You are improving. Right now is take care of you! Get your endurance and that chem brain, cleared up (as much as possible! It's always a good excuse for those "moments") You have a plan, you are doing what you can, as you can!!

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Displeased :-( ... then Pleased ;-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

100-Day Countdown Challenge - Day 100

I was going to start my 100-Day Challenge yesterday, but I've come down with some flu thing - yuck. I decided I'd start it today instead, but half my day is gone already. I have a lot of catching up to do! It has reminded me, though, that I shouldn't strive for perfection and then beat myself up when I don't get it. So I'm aiming for 80% success on each of my challenges.

I'm not sure what the best format for reporting back will be, but my plan for today is:

1. Drink 8X8 oz water/day
2. Exercise 10 min/day - trying "Latin Rythms", a DVD from the library
3. Eat within my recommended calorie range
4. Eat within my recommended low sodium range
5. Use my slow cooker or rice cooker at least once per day - I'll be making Curried Split Pea Soup, so it's ready for lunches this week.
6. 15-min Zone work per day (inspired by flylady.com) - I'm in my kitchen zone today, and am sorting herb and spice jars!
7. My average weight will decrease weekly
8. Daily reports to the mini-team!

  
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JUSTYNA7 1/17/2011 2:11PM

    Hang in there. Life happens and what really counts is how we deal with it. Do we give up and start from the beginning or just pick up where we left off or run away and think we have failed. I think you have done exactly the right thing. You'll be able to cheerlead the others when they face a challenge life tosses in their face. Reminds me of a song 10 green monsters hanging on the wall... and if one green monster should get hit in the face with a ball... my kids used to sing it after a long and weery road trip one summer. LOL Keep going!

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LISED58 1/16/2011 1:26PM

    Bonjour Seawave! I've started my 100-day challenge today, too. I 'practiced' the water-drinking first. The first day I tinkled all night. Not good. After 4 days, I've figured out that it's easy for me to drink the 8 glasses (62 oz) by 1 pm with the help of a few mixed nuts. Thanks for your blog - it's a great reminder for me not to beat myself up during the challenge. By the way Merci Beaucoup for your idea about Latin music ... that will get my butt moving for 10 minutes of cardio! Acoucarrrracha, cha cha cha!

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FIORENZA 1/16/2011 12:21PM

    Go for it - you are great!

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The stars are aligned!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January is half-way through, my motivation is back, and all sorts of elements are aligning to support my activities in this next phase.

It began when I joined the Winter 5% Challenge (Iím a Starfish!). Unfortunately, this coincided with starting Tamoxifen, and I will be no where near losing any weight. In fact, Iíll be lucky if I can finish at the same weight I began. Ugh.

However, thatís all just a hiccup in the road. With the New Year, Iím determined to aggressively attack any residual issues following 2010ís chemo/surgery/radiation, and Iíve lined up appointments as required. Iíve been to one appointment already with the chiropodist, and it has helped tremendously with the toes, although I still canít wear shoes :-(

The basics with regard to nutrition and exercise have been haphazard at best in 2010, so Iím starting with a clean slate, keeping to the basics. I began the year by joining the ďOfficial 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak ChallengeĒ. I know 10 minutes is minimal, but I am feeling a difference and it encourages me to work harder.

I also said I was going to rediscover my passions, and one thing Iíve rediscovered is the piano. I havenít played in 25 years, but my husband challenged me to play for 2 minutes (yep, only 2 minutes) one day. Once I started I couldnít stop. I played for about an hour! Muscle memory is a wonderous thing, and my fingering and the music is just coming back to me.

Two other groups are contributing to this synergy. Justyna7 over in the ďPeople in OttawaĒ group has started another 100-Day Countdown Challenge, which weíre starting on January 15th. Iíve made 8 commitments to the team.
1. Drink 8X8 oz water/day
2. Exercise 10 min/day
3. Eat within my recommended calorie range
4. Eat within my recommended low sodium range
5. Use my slow cooker or rice cooker at least once per day
6. 15-min Zone work per day (inspired by flylady.com)
7. My average weight will decrease weekly
8. Daily reports to the mini-team!

These marry well with the two other challenges, and Iím aiming to keep motivated by identifying mini-rewards.

Lastly, I began a ďLiving Well Beyond CancerĒ course last night with the Canadian Cancer Society. It lasts six weeks. They have asked that we establish a goal for the week and that we report back to the group next week. Weíll be doing this on a weekly basis. Well, Iíve already got my goals, so no problem there. But reporting back to that group, face-to-face, will be an accountability I havenít had before and gives added encouragement.

So, the stars are aligning for me to get on top of my health this year, and return to an active lifestyle. This is going to be MY YEAR!

  
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JUSTYNA7 1/16/2011 11:44AM

    Hurry for the burst of motivation! The first few weeks are the hardest. Can't wait for you to be here and exercising in the pool! The shoes must be such a challenge. When people have casts, I think there are braces they can wear as an alternative. Something that could be covered? I think a chiropadist is a good idea but does the Rehab hospital have a foot clinic too? Hmmm. I will pray that you find an answer because I think it would give you a leap forward.

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JMCADE 1/14/2011 6:28PM

    Good for you. I think it helps when we join teams that help us to specifically reach our goals. Looks like you have a couple of good ones there and even your outside group is an additional way to stay motivated. Keep moving forward. You can do it. Remember to keep posting your activity and exercise, even if it is only 10 minutes a day. It helps to see in print what you are accomplishing. GO STARFISH!!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/13/2011 9:12PM

    great plan! I haven't been doing too great in the challenge either, but I do think it's helped me stay accountable! Good luck in your new challenges! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 1/13/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon on getting your Motivation back..making plans and starting to play the piano again..no better Therapy then doing something you love. 2011 will be a great Year for you!!
By the way i belong to the Firecracker Team in the 5% Winter Challenge emoticon

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KELPIE57 1/13/2011 3:25PM

    Go for it!

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