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    SHIRAZSOLLY   12,541
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Week one

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New weight: 163.2. I have lost 1.8 pounds.

I have dutifully tracked my food intake, but no exercise, since I have done nothing whatsoever unusual in that department. Four days a week I do a lot of CNA-type work (standing, bending, reaching to change client's Depends, bedsheets, shower them, etc, transfer them in and out of their wheel chairs and beds) and some cleaning. Because I work with the elderly, only the cleaning is done in a hurry. Everything else is done interminably slowly. Probably very few calories burned there.

Three days a week I spend mostly sitting. There are a lot of ten and fifteen minute stretches when I am just waiting for someone or a class so I ordered myself a pedometer. It should come in the mail soon.

Yesterday I found myself squatting and bending in unusual positions on a ladder to staple wire over holes in my barn at home to keep murderous raccoons out. I wondered why I refuse to do any of these same positions for exercise but will in the cold, in the rain, on a ladder (I know, sounds like Dr. Seuss) to save my remaining hens. Priorities.

I have thought about what other changes I can make. I am scheduled very, very tightly. BIG changes are difficult to even think about without dissolving into a puddle of tears or hysterical laughter. There will be no exercise videos, classes, classes at the YMCA, etc. I literally take a cooler in my car in the morning so when I leave one client and have a half an hour lunch time that is not taken up by travel between clients, I can go to the grocery store and not have food spoil. That is how I get my shopping done. I am typing this between checking the racoon trap and leaving for school.

However, in addition to the pedometer for 10 minutes jaunts between classes, I also can do laps around houses when clients are sleeping and I'm not cleaning. I can do exercises then, too. When I'm in a facility, frankly, I am too embarrassed to do that, but maybe I'll get over it. I remember working once with a guy who did squats at a sales counter between customers. I thought he was nuts... but he had the best legs I had ever seen, too.

I have never been an athlete. I have always had asthma, tachycardia and have been terribly uncoordinated - the kind of person picked last for teams throughout school sports. I've always been the tortoise that kept going, though, and so once I got past grade school, I've never been heavy until recently.

So that people can see what my individual challenge is, I posted a fairly recent before and after photo in my gallery. I don't have unrealistic hopes of being a teenage size zero in a prom dress. Funny thing is, when I looked like that thinnish woman holding a chicken, I thought I was unwomanly and wanted curves! Now I look at that picture and I think she looks hot. I want to be her again.

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MTHIESEN 2/12/2013 11:51AM

    I liked your post. Read your spark page. I too went back to school to become a nurse when I was 33 years old and my boys were in school all day. You're right, it's scary stuff! But we did it! Good luck to you!

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