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Build Your Ideal Program

Friday, October 26, 2012

Let me start this with the disclaimer that I'm not a professional in any of the aspects of a lifestyle change. I built my program by reading, thoughtfully reading, Sparkpeople articles and choosing those things that I thought would work for me. However, I read other people's blogs and posts and realize that my program won't work for the person in a wheelchair. My program won't work for the person that feels that tracking their nutrition and fitness is oppressive. What should they do? Quit? Why? They can develop their own program using the information available here on Sparkpeople and asking questions on message boards. Perhaps the person in the wheelchair can use a recumbent bike or upper body exercises for some cardio. Perhaps the person who feels that tracking is oppressive can achieve calorie control through food choices and portion control. Thinking about solutions instead of dwelling on the problem is how we move past those things.

In deciding on foods I had to choose what would work for me and my family. I know that I'm the adventurous eater in my house so, while there are foods I would like to try, I know that I'm the only one in the house that will even taste them. I dabbled with vegetarian and juicing but soon saw that I was on the wrong track. It took time and I had many bad days but eventually I found my groove. Your situation is probably different than mine but you can figure out what works for you.

I've been active my whole life but 70 years of wear and tear and three reconstructive joint surgeries led to a few challenges when it came to developing a physical fitness program. Fortunately for me I can walk, so I started with that but knew I had to do strength training to better take care of my family and slow the muscle loss that comes with age. I spent time looking through the Sparkpeople exercises to find which ones I can do and built a strength training program. I settled on a mix of floor exercises and dumbbell exercises because, since I had dumbbells, it would cost me nothing. Did I mention that I'm cheap? emoticon I started with a few exercises and added more on as I became accustomed to the work. At the beginning three of the dumbbell exercises were done with only the weight of my hands in order to protect my shoulder's rotator cuffs. I settled on three days a week for strength training and it took months to get up to doing a full body workout on each of those days. My overriding approach to strength and cardio training was to DO SOMETHING. That approach isn't the perfect one but it was good enough. emoticon

I will grant you that this isn't a magic bullet. It takes time. emoticon The way I look at it is that I have the rest of my life to do it. You may look at it differently. The thing I really like about this approach is that it's my program. I built it. You can too and then one day you can say you did it your way. emoticon

Enjoy the ride,

Lew
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FLGIRL1234 11/29/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon ~ You are a wise man. I learn alot from your blogs.

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REXTINE1 11/4/2012 7:35PM

    Believe it or not, I'm cheap too. I was also in worse shape than you, and have used a variety of methods to drop about 150 pounds. There is a library full of books about weight loss and exercise - with a variety of conflicting approaches to almost any problem. I'm still walking on both my own knees and haven't had back surgery, so I dodged some of the bullets. I was big on the Schwinn Aerdyne until my left knee got too tender to ride a bike, so I'm down to walking. I was also messing with dumbbells until I read the book "Body by Science" which caused me to rejoin the Y. The attraction is that you only work out with weights (I chose machines so I can't drop something on myself) for a few minutes once a week. By setting a particular time and day, I can manage to hit the weight room every week, and I have been making progress.

I suspect that most people work out their own routines, and I think you have to pick something that satisfies you in order to keep it up. Every other routine I tried lasted only for a few weeks, but this has been going on for months now. I walk the dogs in the morning a couple of miles, and hit the Y once a week. Simple, and it works for me.

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TEXASFILLY 11/4/2012 6:04AM

    emoticon Another wonderful blog filled with wisdom that comes from your experience. Thanks for sharing, Lew~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MDBUTTERFLY 10/28/2012 10:40AM

    BINGO! We all need to build, tweak and fine tune what works for us individually. Glad you found your way dear Lew! emoticon

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 10/26/2012 11:20PM

    YOU ARE A WISE MAN!!!! emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 10/26/2012 10:57PM

    emoticon the blog! You are correct, we all have to find the means and ways to correct our lifestyles.

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MARCIAC10 10/26/2012 8:37PM

    I so agree with you! Each of us has to make our own program so it will work for us and our lifestyle and abilities/disabilities.

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DIDMIS 10/26/2012 7:16PM

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BOILHAM 10/26/2012 3:53PM

    Good blog. There is so much exercise information available on the internet, that a reasonably well informed person can indeed design his or her own program.
Like you did, research and do what suits you. But, do something.

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