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Back Pain slowing the exercise plan...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I started a new jogging plan to train for a 5K... over the last mnth or so. A few days ago (Sunday), I noticed that my back was beginning to bother me. Dunno if its connected, but it is sure slowing me down. I haven't jogged or exercised since, and I'm BUMMED. Never thought I'd say that. Lol. I'm actually missing the exercise and wanting to get back to jogging. *sigh* Typical! I finally enjoy exercise and then I get hurt.

  
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LISA32989 9/18/2008 7:16PM

    I've overdone it before too. Too much of a good thing ain't so good...
I even SPRAINED my back one time but I didn't let it stop me...I think I had to swim for like 6 months before I could do much of anything else. It was when I lost the first 100. When we're determined, NOTHING will stand in our way.

Find something you can do while your back recovers and then take it more slowly and make sure you stretch!

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MARIADALE 9/18/2008 2:02PM

    I know what you mean about missing the runs. Look after the back.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/18/2008 12:53PM

    I have troubles with my back if I run, too. Do talk to your doctor. I see a chiropractor and she is MAGIC. Weight lifting helps me; I went very slow with it.

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LAURIE160IN2013 9/18/2008 10:57AM

    Me too! Same deal, too much enthusiasm and too much exercise too soon. If it's lower back pain, try rest (with legs up) and lower back stretches for a couple of days, then start back slowly, and remember to stretch lower back after every jog. If the pain is higher up on the back, maybe you need some expert jogging advice or medical advice. I am not a doctor and don't play one on TV. Good luck Tessa!

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Active streak this month.

Friday, August 15, 2008

I never quite know why these months happen, but for some reason they do. I go for weeks or months without exercising, and then suddenly, I'm going everyday.

Check out this month:
8/4 - 55 min aerobics/weight training video
8/6 - 20 min walk / jog mix (60 sec jog / 90 sec walk)
8/8 - 60 min aerobics/weight training video
8/10 - 75 min on the Wii fit (not much exercise really, but it should count as at least 10 min!)
8/10 - 30 min aerobics/weigth training video
8/12 - 55 min aerobic/weight training video
8/13 - 45 min elliptical
8/14 - 20 min light jogging on treadmill, 25 min weight lifting
8/15 - 30 min aerobics/weigth training video
8/16 - more Wii fit (the boxing is TOUGH!) about 45 min
8/17 - 4 hours of hiking another part of the AT
8/19 - more Wii fit about 35 min
8/21 - 60 min aerobics/weight training


Last month was a good month too, although most of my activity was in early July and then almost nothing in late July.

Another SP (Scolly) got me wondering.... why do I go through these periods of inactivity, (perhaps even exercise apathy) and then have weeks or months when I want to be active everyday. It seems that once I start, it gets contagious,... it truly is a streak that I want to continue,... but the same is true for exercise down time. Once I am there, I don't seem to want to start exercising.

The easy thing, of course, is to say... keep exercising! But of course life gets in the way, and I travel alot. I need to find a way of forcing myself to stay active when travelling.



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Side note:

I'm doing the Firm 10 video challenge. Here is my progress so far...

Workout #1 (8/4) Total Sculpt plus Abs
Workout #2 (8/8) Complete Aerobics and Weight Tr.
Workout #3 (8/10) Burn, Shape & Tone (30 min on the Cardio Sculpting Balls Series)
Workout #4 (8/12) Total Sculpt plus Abs
Workout #5 (8/15) Burn, Shape & Tone
Workout #6 (8/21) Complete Aerobics and Weight Tr.

  
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MARIADALE 8/16/2008 10:25AM

    Tessa that is a terrific streak, keep it up.

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SPARKNMOM 8/15/2008 11:51AM

    Wow...Tessa....you're doing awesome!! Way to go!! I'm still floundering w/ the exercise. School starts Monday...I keep saying new school year, new routine, EXERCISE!!! I'll have to tell you how it goes...and I forgot to tell you...thanks for the article and the encouragement...I really appreciate your support!!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/15/2008 10:30AM

    Looking on the positive side of this pattern -- I'm back on an exercise streak, myself, this week -- it keeps your metabolism guessing. You've changed things up all of a sudden. You may see a difference in your weight or how your clothes fit.

...Pam

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Wii Fit: Its Worth it!

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Wii fit is worth purchasing, mainly because its fun, but als because it will give you a little exercise if you are not already really physically active...

Yesterday I was playing around on the Wii Fit for over an hour, and I can report that I did in fact work up a sweat during the hula hooping, and the jog. I loved the balance work in some of the yoga positions and strength building exercises. Found that it was remarkably good at finding exercises that targeted the core. Very cool that it actually weighs you (and was amazingly accurate), figures out your BMI and gives you a Wii Age. (I'm happy to report that my Wii age is 32, even though I'm really 34!). My DH was unhappy that it initially had him at age 44 (even though he's only 33).

So the Wii Fit can help people have fun, get off the couch, and do something physical for fun. I'm never going to work up the same sorta sweat that I get from my aerobics videos, but then again, aerobics videos aren't as fun :-). This is something that my DH and I can actually get competitive with each other on, which can be quite motivating too. Once he discovered I had beaten his top hula hooping score, he had to go back and try and beat my new high score. You get the picture. Its a friendly sort of exercise competition, in a gaming sort of way.

All in all, definitely worth the $89, if it gets me off my a** for at least 30 minutes a day. Its a shame that I had to work so hard to get one!!

  
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LOWIEMAE 8/11/2008 10:53AM

    I love mine!!! It kicks my butt and I sweat like theres no tomorrow! I also did it for over an hour yesterday and felt great afterwards. I have beaten all of my teen boys score and I am 42. I am also very overweight!!

Good Luck to you!

Lori

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Wii Fit! :-) Finally!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I've been DYING to get a Wii Fit, and I finally picked one up at Best Buy this morning. Dragged the DH out of bed at 8am and waited in line until the store opened. Hoping that this will increase my days of 10 minutes of exercise! :-)

  
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MARIADALE 8/11/2008 9:40AM

    That sounds like a fun way to fitness... enjoy!

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JNORMAN1969 8/11/2008 7:45AM

    I agree Tess, we will need an update, I have been thinking of getting one as well, but all of them that i have seen were like 200 bucks, so just wasn't sure i wanted to spend that kind of money

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LISA32989 8/10/2008 6:13PM

    Hey! Getting one burned calories too!

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TESSA_NJ 8/10/2008 4:32PM

    So I've been playing around for over an hour, and I can report that I did in fact work up a sweat during the hula hooping, and the jog. Love the balance work in some of the yoga positions. Very cool that it actually weighs you (and was amazingly accurate), figures out your BMI and gives you a Wii Age. (I'm happy to report that my Wii age is 32, even though I'm really 34!).

So the exercises will help people have fun, get off the couch, and do something physical for fun. I'm never going to work up the same sorta sweat that I get from my aerobics videos, but then again, they aren't as fun :-). This is something that my DH and I can actually get competitive with each other on, which can be quite motivating too.

All in all, definitely worth the $89, if it gets me off my a** for at least 30 minutes a day. Its a shame that I had to work so hard to get one!!

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SPARKNMOM 8/10/2008 4:22PM

    How very cool!!! Update us on how it goes!!

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LISA32989 8/10/2008 1:32PM

    Lemme know how you like it

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Reconsidering my goal weight

Saturday, August 09, 2008

So I went to see my doc this week, and I got the results back from my most recent fasting blood glucose. MUCH BETTER (I had a 78, compared to a 101 from 6 months ago). This places me out of the danger zone for type 2 diabetes. She continued to recommend lo-carb and exercise.

We talked about a reasonable goal weight, and I told her of my current goal weight of 160. She recommended 155lb.

I'm sort of weirdly bummed. Weightloss is a weird mind game. I wanted to make it to 160 and then reconsider my goal, perhaps going into the 150s. But then to have her tell me that I should get to 155 makes it seem all the more daunting.

I was even more daunted since I weighed in at 172 (wearing clothes), so she said, only 20 more pounds to go!

I was thinking 20!?!?!? 20 more to go? A day or so ago, I was a mere 8 pounds from goal, and now you say 20?

Sigh.

I haven't quite accepted moving my goal weight to 155, and I can't decide if moving it would inspire me to be more motivated, or if it would depress me.

I'm open to suggestions. Its all about mindset, right? Should I leave my goal weight as 160 (so I feel like I only have 8lbs left) or move it to 155 (so I have 13 pounds left, and I feel less close...)?

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/9/2008 11:44PM

    Baby steps, Tessa. Go for your first goal and celebrate when you achieve it. You've earned it.

...Pam

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LISA32989 8/9/2008 10:09PM

    Leave it to a &@#^ doc to burst a wonderful weight loss bubble.

Did she give any reason for the 5 lb difference?

I'm with Scolly. Get to your first goal & then do your own reassessment. Take medical tests under advisement. Take BMI into consideration. You never know what'll happen when you start working on maintaining. Maybe you'll lose more without even trying

You're so close. We're ready for the goal party. We'll all party with ya when you get the last 8 off! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 8/9/2008 9:50PM

    Here's my 2-cents..go to your current goal and then see. If it feels right, then good. Remember, I hit goal and lost another 7 pounds while raising numbers for maintaining...so who knows. I think you're looking super fantastic and should celebrate BIG time when you hit your current goal...and YAY on your great test results!!!

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