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July accountability, August goal & anti-gravity treadmill

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Hello, my dear Spark Friends,

I have been MIA, but you have been on my mind and in my heart. I may not be checking in here daily, but I do think about all of you every day and hope that you are doing well.

So many things going on at work and with school that I just haven't had much computer time. In fact, I didn't have a computer at work for almost a week while my office was being moved. And, I'm training for my triathlon at the end of August, so any spare time is spent on the bike or in the pool. Most days, I come home exhausted and just go to bed without getting on the computer. I've been getting more sleep and usually making my 6-hour or more per night sleep goal!

A quick update on my July goal - I met my goal weight of 148 by the end of July! The fact that the library that I work at is in the process of moving, and I've been packing and lifting boxes for a couple of weeks certainly helped. My ultimate goal weight is 145, so I'm just 3 pounds away. The closer I get, the longer it takes to lose. So, for August, I'm going to aim for half of that weight - or 1.5 pounds. With my tri training, I may make it all the way to 145, but I don't want to be starving myself when I'm in training.

I've been doing well at my biking and swimming practices, but my orthopedic doctor said that training for the run will be bad for my knees. He said running on race day is OK, it's the training that will hurt me. So, I haven't been doing much running. I'm still in physical therapy for my knee. My physical therapist gave me the OK to participate in the triathlon.

A couple of weeks ago, the PT center that I go to got a new machine in - it's an anti-gravity treadmill. Totally cool - you wear these pants that are like a wet suit and then get zipped into a tent-like thing. Then they fill the tent with air and it lifts your body weight up while you run on the treadmill -- as much as 80% of your body weight can be taken off your legs. My therapist let me try the machine a couple of times at 65% of my body weight. My usual pace is about a 10 minute mile. On the anti-gravity machine, I can run an 8 minute mile - because there's very little stress or pressure on my knees.

Here's a photo - it's blury because I'm running so fast! Just kidding. The therapist didn't know how to use my cell camera.

See the "tent" around me. It is filled with air that holds me up. Talk about walking on air - that's what it's like.

I'm starting the cool-down here, so I'm at 75% of my body weight. The screen in front of me is a camera that is recording my run. Isn't technology amazing?

On Wednesday morning, I'm leaving for my Shaklee convention in Las Vegas. I'll be in workshops and meetings all day for the rest of the week, so probably won't be checking in. I may not be here daily, but I'm still thinking of you, my Spark Friends, and holding you in prayer as your journey to better health continues.
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    Nancy, that is just so cool. FINALLY, a way that even I could run! It is like the Gravitron to do pullups!

    LOVED your explanation about the blur. I needed the clarification!

    Hugs to you my friend!
    1888 days ago
    What an intriguing invention. I know you'll meet your goal and finish your race. Won't that be a wonderful day to remember? -- Lou
    1915 days ago
    I bet orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists wish they had more patients like you (ones they have to try to slow down a bit rather than get them moving!). That anti-gravity treadmill looks interesting. I am glad to hear you are nixing computer time for sleep time. Good luck with your training. Way to go!
    1931 days ago
    I'm glad you training and weight loss are going so well!!! Can't wait to read the blog about your tri!
    I love the new machine! My running coach told us about that last month. He tried it out and said it felt so good to be running so fast with so little effort! I hope you get to use it often!!!
    Have fun in LV!
    1931 days ago
    Hey Nancy...way to maintain your healthy living in the midst of mayhem!! You are doing fantastic girl!! That treadmill looks so great. I would love to try that one. Pleasant Prairie's bike portion is not too bad. There are a couple rolling hills. I remember riding past the Jelly Belly factory! It's very doable, but not completely flat. You will rock it! Have fun at the Shaklee convention. You will come back all motivated and ready for the school year to start. Enjoy!...Jane emoticon
    1931 days ago
    You are doing great! Living life and making it work for you too! Computer time is not a high priority; taking care of yourself and enjoying life is! Love this catch up blog! I've lost friends here that I fear have just given up---sometimes because the computer time takes over. Balance in all things. emoticon
    1931 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the pictures and information on the anti-gravity treadmill. I had never seen one before. I wish you well as you train for your tri-athalon.
    I am glad you are using the move to get more activity.
    Be safe and have fun at the convention is Las Vegas emoticon
    1932 days ago
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