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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So I am currently out of a job for about a month now, but the good news is that I have been focusing on getting back on track with my health, and I have to say I feel pretty darn good about it so far. I've always had a mentality that when I set my mind on doing something I go all in. Mostly that's a good thing but sometimes it keeps me from even making a small effort to get started. Thankfully with my Spark program I threw myself back in wholeheartedly with eating the right foods and getting my exercise in. It has paid off in the last few weeks because I feel so much better and I have more energy. Just one minor setback...I have a shin splint :( Ok I know it's not the worst thing in the world but my 'all or nothing mentality' is saying I HAVE to work out and my leg is saying 'please don't'. My compromise is to work out every other day this week and hopefully I will feel stronger next week but I realize it can take time. So my Spark friends....any alternative workout options ya'll can suggest for me? I know swimming might be an excellent substitute however I don't swim...drowning would not be a good thing for my overall health...LOL I'm feeling a bit helpless if I can't keep up my workout regiment so any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Aside from my little dilemma I am thankful that I can use this unemployment time to focus on myself and getting healthy again. My weight loss numbers are slow for sure but that doesn't really deter me because I know that it took a year to undo my good habits and it will take awhile to peel it off. Bottom line for me is that as long as my cholesterol is down, my blood pressure is good and I get off the borderline diabetes numbers, then I have much to be happy about. My goal is to look and feel a lot different by time Christmas rolls around and I travel back up to Wisconsin for the holidays. I have my eye on my goal now I just need to keep doing what I'm doing.

In closing I found a few motivational sayings that keep me going:

Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

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    It is nice to have the time off, but I go one of two ways. Either I get super motivated or I slip. Good luck!
    883 days ago
  • SANDYB223
    I didn't realize that you had become unemployed recently! I am sorry to hear that, but happy for you that you are able to use the time to get healthy!
    Sorry to hear about the shin splint. That's a bummer, but you could do lots of upper body strength training, stretching, and maybe there is some equipment at the gym that doesn't stress the shins. I am wondering about bike? Is there a trainer at the gym who could advise you? Also, when I got shin splints when running, changing to a different pair of shoes seemed to make sure you have really good shoes.
    You should be very proud for jumping in wholeheartedly to improve your overall health. So AWESOME!!
    Your Spark Sis

    2043 days ago
    You can also try the chair exercise work out on Sparks that would help too, I also agree it would be a good time to do strength training.
    2044 days ago
    There are blessing in everything ... sometimes just finding them is tricky! While you don't want to drown, you are probably on to something with the water thing! Lots of places have classes and the equipment that you can use that helps you float, not sink! I hear water running is a wonderful replacement exercise with NO impact. Stretching your boundaries might be a great idea. There's also the strength training aspect of the spectrum. You have an opportunity right now to be doing body weight strength training, resistance bands, dumb bells and stability ball stuff. All of these are fabulous for strengthening the core which gives us so much support!

    Good for you using this time to focus on YOU! You deserve it ... emoticon
    2044 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Great idea to take this time to focus on your health; and no, drowning would not be a very good idea. Hope your shin splint is better real soon.

    2044 days ago
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