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    NICKEL1331   22,790
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Lessons from the Couch...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

They say that when it rains, it pours.... I have YEARS of anecdotal proof of that! emoticon

I have been limited in my exercise since I found Spark People nearly 3 years ago; it's ok, I learned to adapt and adjusted my pre-injury workout into the pool and made a lot of progress. I was able to returned to work which set SP on the back burner (I am ashamed to say) because I was soooo spent trying to deal with the day to day of my pain, being a mom and pushing myself beyond my limits at work.

Just when I realized that I had done it again...put MYSELF on the same burner with SP, I sat down, made a plan on how I was going to do it ALL just how I needed (and wanted) to! I even joined the Spark Coach program so that I would be more than just emotionally invested in my program! Anyway to keep myself accountable...I have decided to do it. This was not a whim, I mulled over why and how I would do it before I jumped back onto my Health Wagon! I came back and reconnected with my Spark Friends in December warming up to my Premiere in 2013 emoticon

As soon as the New Year hit....so did the flu! It was ok, I rested when I needed to...pushed the fluids and took walks as soon as my fever broke. I never quite hit my nutritional goals because I really didn't want to push my luck so just as I had gotten over it and planned my trip to the gym. My bag was packed, had the kids taken care of so that I could go straight from work to the gym (I even made it an appt. on my phone calendar!) and then B-O-O-M!!! I was on my way to my car for a break about halfway thru my workday and what happens....DOWN I go! My knee gave way and the next thing I knew I was on my way to the ER!

The best laid plans emoticon

Anyway, so I have been up all night and day since it is impossible to find a spot that is comfortable for any length of time and I have been thinking....and thinking....and SPARKING!

I have made notes of recipes that my teens can make in the crockpot, drinking LOTS of water so that I make sure that I get up and move at least once an hour emoticon and have been reading inspiring blogs all day.

I may not be able to work my program the way that I intended but I realized that I have to do what I can and not take the easy way out by doing NOTHING.

As much as I enjoy a good Party, I am tired of the Pity Parties...there is so much that I have to be grateful for and Spark People and my Sparked Friends are a large part of that!! emoticon

I may be down for the moment but I am not out (as the Theme from Rocky plays in my Head emoticon) SP is more than just diet and exercise, it is a FAMILY sharing a lifestyle, offering motivation and support and love. I knew this before but my time on the couch has not only reaffirmed that but has opened my eyes to a whole lot more!

Now, I can also say that I am also grateful for my emoticon on the couch....it was not wasted!

Thank you all emoticon
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CINDYHEN 1/10/2013 12:07AM

    I'm sorry that you hurt yourself again but it sounds like you are making good use of your time on the couch.

Your kids are definitely old enough to cook and/or make crockpot meals so let them. If they like oatmeal, have them make it in the crockpot at night to eat in the morning. Steelcut oats work well that way. I make mine plain and then we each add our own toppings individually in the morning.

Take care...learn a lot while you're off and you'll be able to use it when you can get going again.
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SDUNGAN 1/9/2013 10:24PM

    I appreciate your positive view towards resting and taking care of yourself. In American culture we do not seem to value taking the time to take care of ourselves (when sometimes that is what we really need). Just because we are resting does not mean we are doing nothing. Good for you for keeping a great perspective! :)

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