Thursday, April 17, 2014
My Spark Tracker came in the mail yesterday, and put it on this morning for the first time. I've cleaned my house and trimmed my bushes in the front yard for about 90 min. and only have 2838 steps in so far! It looks like the daily 10,000 steps a lot of people set as a goal will be a challenge for me. Supposedly the tracker is set for 6,000 when purchased, so I'll aim for that today, and gradually work toward the 10,000. I'm still going to mow the lawn so that will add a bunch. It's been interesting to see the hourly breakdown. It promises to be a motivating little tool!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
I'm considering getting a tracking device for my walking/other exercise and have been told the Fitbit Flex is the way to go. I'd like some feedback on what tracking devices you use and the pros and cons.
Commit and carry through,
Monday, March 17, 2014
I know I've not posted for a while but that's because I've been busy. I've had a few appointments, am participating in several Lenten activities per week at my church, been walking almost every day 1-2 miles, attending bible study, and running errands to get ready for an upcoming trip. My eating could be better, but I'm working on it. I did lose .8 according to my Monday morning weigh-in today. I'll take it.
I leave on Thursday for a trip to the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. Here's a list of some of the things we're going to do: Constitution Village, U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL
Festival of Flowers Show and Mobile Carnival Museum Tour in Mobile, AL
Bellingrath Gardens and Home tour and Shrimping boat tour in Biloxi with a shrimp boil dinner
Explore the "French Quarter" of New Orleans, Tour of Mardi Gras World where floats are made, City Tour of New Orleans with step-on-guide
Steamboat Natchez Riverboat dinner/jazz cruise
Southdown Plantation House Tour
Annie Miller's Son's Swamp and Marsh Tour, Enjoy Cajun cuisine and Cajun music
Oak Alley Plantation tour including lunch
...and more...Each day is activity packed, and involves a lot of walking!
Not sure if I'll be sparking when I'm on vacation but I'll be ready when I get back!
Hope you are all doing your best!
Commit and carry through!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Getting back on track. I tried walking at the mall the on Tuesday (due to cold weather) for the first time since my surgery. I had done laps inside my house, but nothing more. Shocking how worn out I got when I added more distance. It wasn't my breathing, but my body endurance was different. It got better on the second length (which I did after a little shopping:) I didn't buy anything, but it was fun to look at the beautiful spring colors and fashions. Maybe that was my motivation. LOL
I went back to my bible study/weight loss/exercise class last night after being away for a month. One week was cancelled due to icy weather, the other 3 were hernia related. I was anxious to get on their scale. Pleasant surprise: I weighed exactly the same ~ to the tenth of a pound! Since I've not been cleared to participate in aerobics yet, I asked the instructor if I could walk in the gym while they were doing their workout. Of course she said yes, and a cool thing happened. Another woman in the class had such a bad cold, she was just going to skip the workout. She told me she'd join me for a 15 minute walk. She left after 15 min. and I stayed for a bit longer. I got my 30 minutes of walking in for the day, and felt better than yesterday! I hope to actually walk outdoors today ~ still a bit chilly, but the sun is shining, and all the ice and snow has melted from the streets.
March Goals: (thanks babysox for motivating me to do this)
Walk 30 minutes 5 of 7 days per week and go up and down the stairs twice a day. (doc said not to over do the stairs so I think that will help keep my leg strength up)
Track all food and drinks 6 of 7 days per week.
Drink 8 or more cups of water daily.
Eat at least 5 fruits/veggies daily.
Have you set your March goals?
Commit and carry through!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Glad to report I'm still down 5 pounds since New Year's Day. I've not been eating the healthiest lately, and haven't been able to exercise since my hernia and surgery so I wasn't sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale this morning. I did gain half a pound since my last weight posting in February, but I'm okay with that. Time to get right back at it!
The POWER OF PRAYER is amazing! I had my post op appointment with my surgeon last Wednesday and her face showed total surprise when I told her I had some, but not much pain, since my surgery. She told me I was the first person that ever told her that after hernia repair involving mesh. I learned they actually tack the mesh in with plastic tacks, hence the expected pain! So THANK YOU to everyone who prayed for me to have a smooth recovery! Your prayers are working. A few more weeks of not over-doing it and I'll be good as new!
1. mesh is 11 cm (about 4.25 inches) in diameter
2. the plastic tacks holding on the mesh will dissolve in about 9
months and the mesh will be incorporated into the surrounding tissue
3. I can start lifting over 10 pounds again on March 10
4. I can begin strength training, aerobics, water aerobics, riding the
stationary bike again on March 18
5. recurrence of a hernia is 25% and generally occurs when the mesh pulls away
6. I have a strange 'dimple' in my belly now where the incision is, but can lessen it my massaging the surrounding tissue a few times daily
7. Besides a bit of my intestine protruding from the hernia, the doc said she also had to push some of the fascia back through. I do have to say my muffin top is noticeably smaller now. That's a good thing!
Hope to be down a few pounds by the beginning of April!
Commit and carry through,
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