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Swine Flu= Me A Fat Pig

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It started in November, I got the 'official' flu for the first time in my life. For nearly two weeks it hurt to walk from my bedroom to the kitchen. Not exactly how I wanted to lose weight! And I stopped going to the gym, from there it kept snowballing and one thing after another was sabotaging my progress. I gained back all the weight I'd lost plus five pounds.

The gym I go to has a monthly pass that gives you access for 30 days so I rationalized by skipping a month I would have more money for Christmas. And besides, since my grandkids are 1300 miles away I'd be traveling for the holidays and probably wouldn't have time to go there anyway.

I returned home to the sobering news that my company was going through some rough economic times and several key customers canceled services because of the economy. My paychecks were headed for a hit and I couldn't justify the gym expense for one more month.

You see how the excuses keep compounding? I need a kick!

I know I hate being flabby and want to do something about it and more importantly, I know that I need to take control of my health. I just don't know why after two months I still feel so BLAH!

One more thing I know though- that my Sparkfriends will encourage me and support me and give me that kick (lovingly of course)!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AJDOVER1 1/13/2010 12:53PM

    You don't need a kick! emoticon You just need to go ice skating! emoticon

Be well!

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THE_JULES1 1/13/2010 10:00AM

    I am sorry you got the flu, but you were right to stay home and get well. Not only did you need it, but you didn't need to spread the flu. That was responsible.
I am sorry your company is going thru tough times. My hubby has been laid off for a year now. It is tough. You can do spark videos at home for no cost. Biggest Loser Videos at Wal-Mart are only $9 and some libraries will have them available for check out like books.
All good ways to get back in the swing on a budget.

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PITAKELLY13 1/13/2010 9:46AM

    Thank you for all your comments! I knew I could count on you!

I know I've been making excuses and for the last month I've been in good health, just a lingering malaise about it all. NOT a reason to give up on my wellness program!

Your ideas about changing things up and taking baby steps are just what I needed to hear!

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REINVENTLAURA 1/13/2010 9:11AM

    Good for you for taking care of yourself when you were sick! I had the swine flu around thanksgiving, and that was when I also joined a gym...and went. Even though I was sick. Needless to say I was also sick (fever, when I never ever get one) for over 2 weeks (at 2 weeks I stopped taking my temperature so I have no idea).

Anyway, after you get well, you can totally exercise without a gym! If you have an OnDemand thing on your TV, they have some awesome videos! Or you can buy some...most of them are fairly cheap.

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SUGARPUNK52 1/13/2010 1:05AM

  First get well.You'll feel more like exercising and be able to do it better too.Start small.Baby steps! I started walking for 10 minutes a day.I have arthritis in my spaine really bad so a lot of exercises I can't do.But,I CAN walk.Slower than I'd like to but I'm walking,every day.If the weather is real bad I walk in circles around in my house.When you get used to one thing,then add another.You'll make it.YES WE CAN!

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MUSIC66 1/13/2010 12:38AM

    sorry you got sick.

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AUBREYJO 1/12/2010 11:20PM

    I had a teacher who told me "Excuses are the nails to building your house of Failure."
Harsh, yes, but true.
There are PLENTY of ways to exercise for free. Walking, situps, etc. SparkPeople has FREE exercise videos
You can log them directly into your fitness tracker.

Start out with a 10 minute one a day, then go to 2, until you're doing 3.
Take a morning walk around your neighborhood for 30 minutes. (By far the easiest thing to do.. plus, you can meet your neighbors or get ideas for gardening your yard...)
Gardening counts as exercise...
If you have Netflix, you can borrow tons of different workouts.
My favorite workout gal is Jillian Michaels. You can get her 30 Day Shred for $8 @ Walmart.
Target is having big sales on workout vids. I saw some for $7.
The only equipment I have for exercising are some clearance exercise pants and top from Target, hand weights, and some workout shoes.
I am in the position of not really being able to splurge on things, and when I do, it is good, healthy food.
Study up on how to meet your caloric goals for the day, and stick to them.
I lost 98 pounds doing exactly that. I haven't stepped foot in a gym.
Stop building road blocks & you'll be dropping the weight, no problem.

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KALISWALKER 1/12/2010 11:16PM

    10 Ways To Get Out Of Your Winter Blues

Positive thinking
Breathing Exercises
Call a friend
Take a shower or a bath
Visit a pleasant memory
Be with nature

If you know you are getting enough sleep and eating well, you may need a bit of a shake up to get energized.



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STARKITTEN513 1/12/2010 11:14PM

    Try the videos here on sparkpeople! There are some great ones (I like the kickboxing one and the ab workout, personally). They're great for when you can't make it to the gym --or if you're like me and too lazy to go some days. Once you do one, you feel energized, and I end up doing two or three or more.

Go for walks, dance like crazy around the house, do old school calisthenics (jumping jacks! leg lifts! and bears! Oh my!).

The best thing, I think, that will make you feel better is the foods you're eating. Are you getting enough fruits and veggies? I always notice my mood dipping when I don't eat enough of them, or if I eat too many cookies or stuff with lots of salt.

I just got back into the gym this week, after like 2.5 months of not going. After a really nasty breakup, I lost my momentum and my will to keep going. I'm finally gaining ground on my self-esteem battle and realized just how much I missed exercising. Sure, it's exhausting, but even just getting it in the last four or five days has made a big difference in how I feel. I'm sleeping better and feel more energetic. If I can get up and keep going after the crud my ex put me through, you can find a way to make it through the challenge of no gym membership and still losing weight. I believe in you! Now get out there and DO IT! :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/12/2010 10:53PM

    There are so many ways to exercise without the gym. First, get well completely. Then, even in 10 minute increments, start the exercise program and ease into it. You'll do just fine.

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