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OCTOBER DAY 2 - INTERESTED OR COMMITTED

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Day 2 of 100 Days To Weightloss Challenge, we had to make a declaration on how committed we are. Here is my declaration:
"I hereby declare that from this day, I will make positive choices towards my lifestyle. I am not going to let others deter me fropm achieving my goals."

Part Two was to do at least one thing that demonstates I am trury committed, and then write it down.
I have always had a problem with drinking my water, opting to drink a cup of coffee instead. So, how I got around this, was, fill up my water bottle when I got to work....this wasn't hard....as I walk to work, and it is now summer.
So my water intake has got up to my 8 glasses per day, and my coffee intake has decreased from over 6 to under 4.
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I will admit that my journey this round hasnt been easy. More and more of my joints are becoming painful, and this is only because I am overweight. I think, where I am needing help, is what exercise do you suggest, except for walking (which I already do), that doesn't put pressure on my knees, and arms.
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ORCHIDLADY56 10/4/2013 10:25PM

    Swimming and the recumbent bike might be options for you.
Good luck and keep at it!

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ZANNACHAN 10/4/2013 12:54PM

    I found that having reusable water bottles was one of the best things that I ever did for getting that water consumption up--I think because it made it so portable. Way to go!!!

As far as low impact exercise...the best low impact exercise for people with joint issues is swimming and water aerobics, because you get a really good workout but the water supports your weight. It's no-impact exercise. When I started exercising, not only was my hip much worse, but I had lost a lot of muscle so I wasn't actually able to swim from one end of the (small) pool to the other--so I would swim as far as I could and then walk the pool from one end to the other, over and over again until I could swim again. And I just kept doing that.... now I can swim (slightly larger pool, too!) 10-12 laps before I have to go back to walking. So even if you are not up for actually swimming, walking in a pool really works your muscles because water has a higher resistance than air, but without jarring your joints. So if you have access to a pool, that's your best bet.

I find that with my hip issues, biking and rollerblading are also pretty low impact. I have a dvd--Misty Tripoli's Body Groove--which is also pretty low impact (and fun!). It's a series of dance choreographies, where you have a basic concept and then you play with it as you see fit--and to the level your body can handle. One of the routines has jumping, but most of them are pretty low impact. And personally, I like the fact that YOU set the limits-if you want to touch the floor--do it! But if that's not an option for you, then don't do it, and that's okay too!

Of course, walking is pretty good too, and as you build up muscle and lose the weight, you'll find that it gets easier on your joints.

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NEMETZC 10/3/2013 7:37PM

    Fantastic! With an attitude like that, you can achieve anything!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/3/2013 6:02PM

    Love your commitment statement.

I also agree with Para that water exercise is very easy on all the joints. If you don't have access to a pool, seated exercise or biking are also good options. There are many seated exercise routines out there if you want something formal. I "dance" or do punches in a chair when my joints are particularly painful. I sometimes use a stability ball instead of a chair. Uses the core more.

Good luck!

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PARASELENIC 10/3/2013 4:05PM

    Hey Bonny!

The best exercise that doesn't put pressure on knees and arms is any type of water exercise-- if you have access to a pool, water aerobics, deep water jogging, or just plain swimming are all very good options! I love to see the 100 days of weight loss Challenge in addition to BLC stuff-- whoa, busy woman!

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KITT52 10/3/2013 3:42PM

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