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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 25: Exercise: Past & Future

Saturday, October 06, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge:

*Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?*

I had to give up plyometrics last year because it was just too hard on my knees. I stopped Pilates when my gym cancelled the classes. I also don't really do workout DVDs anymore because they don't raise my HR enough. (I still love Richard Simmons as much as ever!)
I stopped tap dance classes at 14 and want to restart SO BAD. My parents pulled me out if ballet at 11 due to a knee injury (the 1st), and I'd like to try that again as well.

I would LOVE to try a ton of new fitness activities:
tai chi
synchronized swimming
aerial fitness
ice skating
swing dance


30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 24: Fitness Goals on the Weight Loss Timeline

Saturday, October 06, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge:

*When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)*

Although I started exercising right off the bat, I don't recall setting any fitness goals until I was about 4 months into weight loss mode (Feb 2010), at which point I wanted to work my way up to running a 5K. I didn't actually start working on achieving fitness goals until May 2010.


30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 23: Current Fitness Goals

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge:

*What are your current fitness goals?

I'm not actively working toward any fitness goals at this time. I lost my umph a year ago, when my goal to run a 10K resulted in escalating an injury. I haven't set any new definitive goals...I don't know when and to what extent my body will cooperate with me.

My only real fitness goals are to do cardio (or sub-cardio, if I'm really hurting) at least 5 days a week and to ST each major body group 2x/week.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KONOHA-NIN 10/4/2012 12:01AM

    Sorry to hear about the running injuries. I've had some on and off and they are so frustrating!

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WATERMELLEN 10/3/2012 8:21PM

    I sure get that injury thing . . . have found that the elliptical cross trainer and the rowing machine more recently make it possible to get my cardio without aggravating the old running injuries . . .

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30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 22: Current Workout Routine

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge:

*What is your current workout/fitness routine?*

emoticon I aim for an hour or more of cardio 5-6 days a week. Depending on knee pain, I often do the elliptical or walk, either on the treadmill or outside. I prefer high intensity, high impact exercise (solo: running; group classes: Zumba, Body Combat, Body Step). When money allows, I'll throw in spin classes or swimming as low-impact alternatives to the monotony of the cardio machines. Also according to finances, I'll throw in horse riding lessons, but that's supplemental activity, not part of my cardio quota.

emoticon Stretching goal= 5 minute minimum post-cardio, concentrating on legs and, recently, lower back

emoticon I recently started taking Body Flow, a choreographed tai chi/yoga/Pilates class, on Thursdays, which presents an awesome novelty in its challenges. It also calms me down.

emoticon Strength-wise, I aim for 2 days/week each for upper body, lower body, and core.
Upper body= usually weight machines, sometimes resistance bands or dumbbells; lower= a mix of the goddawful knee rehab exercises, using ankle weights, I was assigned by orthopedic doctor #3 + floor exercises + stability ball or machines; core= floor exercises + slant board, or ab work in group exercise classes.
I slack a lot, though, because every single ST session hurts my neck, sometimes aggravates back pain, and because my PT exercises are downright hateful.


30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 21: Disordered Eating

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

from TANYAP71's Challenge:

*Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?*

Yes, all of the above.

I worked through 2 self help books and recently purchased another 2. I review DBT & CBT. I read through 5 dozen positive affirmations daily. I journal. I've learned to recognize when I'm becoming overly fixated on record keeping–and its relationship to my compulsions–at which times I take time away from using my heart rate monitor and will switch up my approach for addressing nutrition.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MIRAGE727 10/2/2012 8:44AM

    I like that. You did your homework, found a solution, and taking action! I always remind myself to think before I speak...not it's think before I eat! Stay strong, Warrior!

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KANOE10 10/2/2012 7:02AM

    You are doing a great job of helping yourself. I have recently begun doing affirmations each day. I think it helps.

You are strong and constantly seeking ways to learn to help yourself.

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