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My Body is such a Trooper

Monday, July 06, 2009

I have put this poor body through the ringer. Up and down with the weigh; lose 50 gain 70, lose 65 gain 80. Exercise three times a day like a mad woman for 4 or 5 months, then no exercise at all. As you can see, not a whole lot of balance in my life.

This time last week I started seriously using Sparkpeople to track my weight, food, and exercise. I went for my first walk in a long time (I've been kinda desk bound studying for a Masters) and man was it devastating. I couldn't believe how out of shape I was, how each step was practically torture. No free and easy walking like I used to do. And my plan to go hiking in the mountains here? Forget it. Not to mention the fact that I could barely play golf with DH, even though we only played 9 holes.

I had an inkling I was that much out of shape before getting serious about returning, or I guess starting for once, a healthy lifestyle. I had tried walking a couple of times before without great results, but just kinda let it slide. I knew it was going to be horrible and maybe a part of me thought I wouldn't be able to get into shape this time.

But today was great. Have I been able to walk farther longer? Sure. But it wasn't torture, and my speed was vastly improved over Monday. My body came through like a champ once I started feeding it better and started getting some movement. There is hope for me after all emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ZORAHGAIL 7/6/2009 6:14PM

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VALERIEMAHA 7/6/2009 2:12PM

    Wow -- isn't it amazing how responsive, and resilient our bodies are! In just one week you're out of the "torture" phase. So glad to hear that. You'll soon be back on the golf course...with EASE.

I just got home from 20 minutes of cardio (after my tai chi class) and I was thinking that, even though I've been using the elliptical for over two months now, it's still a task I do NOT EVER look forward to. It's a matter of exercising my wisdom consciousness to get it done. Consistency and maintenance require that same wisdom.

In solidarity,
Maha

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Struggling Physically but not Mentally

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ah, day three and still hanging in there with the journaling and tracking my exercise. But I still feel like a big lumbering beast. I didn't even feel this out of shape when I weighed 12 pounds more. I know that with perseverance it will get better, but man oh man why do I keep losing the weight and getting in some kind of functioning shape only to slide down into the cravasse again.

This is absolutely my lowest moment. Right now I couldn't even do that trip to Barcelona, where I just walked around. It would be too hard. How in the world does this happen? I've got to realize that my age now has a lot to do with it. The recovery time is not there and it's taking longer to get back into shape. The bottom line, do I want to live an active life or not. I do believe I want that, but now my daily actions have to show that.

  
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VALERIEMAHA 7/5/2009 4:18PM

    I hadn't noticed that you've begun recording your journey. Good!

"I've got to realize that my age now has a lot to do with it. The recovery time is not there and it's taking longer to get back into shape." That's it...I'm here to testify! Even if I don't meet the exercise goals I set for myself, if I do SOME kind of exercise at least a couple times a week, it keeps me from major sliding.

You know the formula and you WILL persist. I just know it...becuase you DO want to live an active life. Have you and S been doing any outdoor stuff at all lately? How's his weight?

In solidarity!

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Day Two

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's the second day in a row that I have journaled and obtained my fitness and nutritional goals. The first week is always hard for me physically and mentally. I no longer have my favorite foods to go to in order to feel better or just "good". Especially not in the amounts normally needed! The physical part is the tiredness and fuzzy headedness, like I'm not quite sure what is going on. I've had bloodwork done and everything is good so not sure why. Unless I am just so addicted to excess sugar and fat that my body screams when it is gone emoticon.

But based on past experience I know it goes away and I'll feel much better if I just stick with it. The sun will be brighter, there will be a lightness in my step (which is SO not there right now, I feel a thud every time I step), and a song in my heart. I've just got to be patient and not give into the intense craving to make this temporary pain go away, and to find a new way to get comfort, other than food.

  


Finally Getting Started

Monday, June 29, 2009

I think I signed up for Sparkpeople at the beginning of June, but wasn't really ready to start. Well, now my pathetic self is ready. I went for a walk this morning, around a neighborhood I am used to, and have completely lost any fitness I'd gained over the last seven years. It's such a slap in the face to know I'm too embarrassed to call friends to go golf because I know there's now way I can walk 18 holes. And forget any decent hiking this summer. I just can't believe I've let myself slip back this far down.

But it's time to stop being afraid and time to do something about it. It's so easy to just think "what's the use, it's too hard and hurts to much". It's always so much easier to just sit around. But I'm missing out on way too much for that, missing out on so much that I wish I could be doing. Like camping in the back country, snowboarding in the winter, golfing with friends. I've made such a mess of things and I've got to change what I'm doing.

  


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