In Desperate Need of Motivation & Tips

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Greetings to my supportive SP Family & Friends.
First of all, let me apologize for taking so long to update you on what's been going on (and not to make excuses, but it's just been one thing after the other; or so it seems).
So where do I begin without turning this n2 my lifes story? Okay, I got it.
Last year around this time; I started having pains throughout the lower lumbar section of my back. After months of doctor visits; we were finally able to find out what the problem is. It was found that I have a bone degenerative disease (allegedly, a slight case). The cartilage in my L5 vertibrae has desentergrated. However, no matter how slight it is; it's still pretty painful @ times. Somedays, I can't even walk or stand too long without experiencing sharp spasms.

Nonetheless, they have me going to physical therapy a few days out of the week. On top of that, this weight hasn't budged much and that also plays a major role in this whole scenerio.

That being said, I'm trying to find a simple yet effective routine that I can do focusing on my core, back fat and thighs. Nothing too rigorous; like I said .... simple yet effective. The KEY here is to LOSE & TONE!

I've decided to set short term realistic goals for myself. Something like 10 lbs in 3 weeks. emoticon

Do you think that's realistic enough? This way I'm not putting too much pressure on myself and hopefully I can stick to it more. emoticon

Furthermore, I still haven't gotten a pc or laptop yet (keep your fingers crossed for this week). But once I do, I will be more diligent with blogs and video updates.

Please feel free to give me your insight on how you think I should tackle this; whether it be exercise tips, how many days, exercise equipment, work outs from home, realistic goals, the best time to exercise etc ....
I truly value your opinions and guidance and thank you in advance. emoticon emoticon
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    First and for most you need doctor clearance. Secondly, your going to physical thearpahy ask them for a exercise chart of what you can do. Third, I would suggest water aerobics and walking outside. I think your putting to much pressure on yourself with 10 pounds in 3 weeks with your back situation. Make healthy choices, plan, prepare, pack your meals to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon Take care of that back.
    2562 days ago
  • LPETRO119
    I agree with the above post about the walking and the yoga. I'm a yoga fanatic (I go three times a week)! Check with your doctor and make sure the yoga is OK - my instructors focus a lot on lower back strength moves (superman pose, shark, airplane, eagle) these do build strength, but if they are not done correctly and slowly, they can also hurt you (I can feel these the next morning). I find that the gentle stretching also provides some relief from stress and improves my overall outlook on life! I would find a qualified instructor and not rely on a video if you are new to yoga - they will be better able to show you how to adjust the poses for your skill level.

    I've also found that it's really important to measure, measure, measure everything you put in your mouth! Do not rely on your eye. Our portion sizes are so overblown do to marketing (supersize, anyone? it's only $0.39!), you can't trust yourself to guestimate! I don't think that trying to lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks is an unreasonable goal.

    You can do this! Believe in yourself!
    2563 days ago
  • MSKIZ69
    Maybe a walking video? I see a lot of people doing Leslie Sansone dvds so maybe those might be helpful for you-and if you can stand it, doing them before breakfast (aka fasted cardio)? Try doing them 3 mornings a week to start-if you have cable, Exercise TV will have lots of options. And yoga is good too!

    Good luck! emoticon
    2563 days ago
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