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Biking in one place

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So i've been using the stationary bike at the gym. it sucks. i don't sweat as much as i'd like to, my upper body is turning to sludge and my butt is killing me.

So i started doing upper body weight lifting, which feels good, but it doesn't feel like it's actually helping my overall health. I just read that i should change up my activities in the gym every so often to trick my muscles. Ha! They've been tricking me all my life!

So it turns out, I've been using a 'recumbent' bike since i've been back to the gym, and yesterday i actually used the actual stationary bike. well, my butt still hurts, but the workout kicked it big time.

unfortunately, today my foot hurts, so i'm not sure what's going to happen at the gym today, but i'm going to be there, come hell or high water. just watch me.

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STIMKO2 1/27/2010 8:49AM

  I know exactly what you are talking about. The butt gets tougher as you keep at it and then the ability to add more weights it becomes a real motivator. Glad you are sticking with it. emoticon

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Going to the gym

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

So after having foot surgery Dec. 4, today is the first gym day for me. I get to do the stationery bike and lift some weights. I never thought i'd be nervous and excited about this!

Before the surgery, i lost 40 pounds. Eating right, exercising... i was doing it the right way. Since the surgery, the holidays hit, and i was in a wheelchair most of the time. I went back to the gym last week just to weight myself, to see where i was.

I had lost five more pounds. WHAT? Granted, it's probably mostly muscle, but still...

i am SO jazzed to be going back to the gym, even if it's on a limited basis. It grounds me, makes me feel good and helps me sleep at night.

Something clicked, and it's still clicking.


Good eatin'!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

So i've made a few recipes from Spark, and man, you guys are awesome cooks! I've eaten delicious, low-carb food and i LOVE it.

thanks for your inspiration!



Monday, January 04, 2010

My whole life, i've been pretty lax about having ambitions. Career, family life, whatever... I let life grab me by the hair and take me, well, where ever, whenever. That worked for me, it seems, for a long time. A passion for just about anything was pretty non-existent.

As i get older, i find i'm gettier pickier, and much more passionate, about my life.

I have three kids, 21, 20 and 11, and as they've grown into themselves, i am so jazzed about them. I love them, respect them and am awed by them more and more as they get older. My husband is one of the most interesting people i know, and i enjoy watching him grow each day. i'm determined to help with their continued growth.

I have decided that i accidentally made the right decisions along the way, career-wise, by remaining a peon. And i don't say that in jest; I mean it. Management, i believe, wouldn't have and still doesn't suit me. I like what i do, and i'm determined to keep doing it.

And then there's me. Even though i worked full time and had aforementioned children, I've always done whatever i wanted (to a degree), eaten whatever i wanted, lazed around whenever i wanted. i had no goals, very few dreams and therefore didn't have much hope about anything concerning me. I am determined to stop being so blase about me.

I'm eating better, exercising more, paying attention to what (and who) is good for me, and bad for me. I am seeking relaxation and fun just for me. And i REFUSE to feel guilty about it.

I'm determined to live.


The First Day

Saturday, January 02, 2010

As they say: Today is the first day of the rest of your life. I sit here in a transport chair (similar to a regular wheelchair, but without the giant back wheels) after foot surgery, I've wondered if I would gain back any of the 40 pounds I'd lost from August-November. New Year's Eve, and the outfit I planned for it, was the test.

Well, I passed the test. Even after not being able to walk for a month, I've managed to keep at least a good part of it off. But how? I don't know. Very little exercise, but still trying to not overdo (during the holidays, no less!), i suppose. I really don't know - which is why i decided to commit to SparkPeople. Even when good things are happening, I want to know why.

When i was still working at my building (i've been working from home for the last month), i exercised 4-5 times a week; i am lucky to have a gym 3 floors down. I cut my calories in half (i think), and said no to the things that would inhibit my progress. I'm proud of me.

And i can't WAIT to get back to the gym. i never, ever, ever thought i would think that way, but the benefits have been amazing. It all finally clicked in my head and heart. Yay!

if you made it to this point in this entry, congratulations! i promise to be more fun and less heavy (!). i can't wait to continue to my journey to good health with exercise, and i am jazzed to be doing this for me, myself and I.

It's gonna be a good year.

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STEPFANIER 1/2/2010 10:41AM

  You can do this, Steph! You're off to a great start, my dear. emoticon emoticon

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K_HECK 1/2/2010 10:12AM

    YAY for you! Keep up the great work! The sense of determination in your blog is very inspiring to me.

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BCVWDW 1/2/2010 10:10AM

    Ditto on 2010 is going to be a good year! Good luck on all your goals!!

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