Saturday, October 04, 2008
Not sure what I am feeling at the moment- my feet are bad today so I haven't walked to the gym for fear of making them worse. My knees are painful, the right one has new pains and keeps clicking which worries me as I may have got a new injury from slipping on a wet floor a couple of weeks ago, rather than just aggravating the existing problem. Plan to go to Dr as soon as I can get an appointment. In two minds whether to continue to use exercise bike- don't want to make it worse, but don't want to lose progress or motivation & momentum either. If I have done something, the likelihood is that the rehab advice would be the same as for the original injury.
I just started my exercise instructor course on tuesday- was feeling enthusiastic about that, a bit too enthusiastic as when I got home I attempted a chin up and hurt my arms & shoulder. When will I learn...
Anyway I am confident about learning the anatomy, physiology and exercise knowledge, but not so sure of myself with the practical element and the legal stuff. I read through the assessment criteria and got scared, but then I had to remind myself that I am not being assessed for at least a few months!
I was relieved to see I wasn't the largest or the oldest on the course, although most of the students are very young and fit. But I am almost certainly the least fit.
The course is 42 weeks, and I have 42lbs to lose, so wouldn't it be great if I could lose a pound a week throughout the course? But I know better than to set such goals for myself. It needs to be babysteps for me. Maybe I could lose 10lbs during the course- at least that should be a visible difference and beneficial amount of weight off my feet.
I have been using my exercise bike almost every day for over 3 months now!!! I think I will get myself a reward of some kind for that. Also I have been food tracking for more than a week, which I struggle with, so I think a reward for my first month of that would be a good idea, or maybe the first 2 weeks...
I need to put some good habits in place before I start the actual weight loss part as otherwise for me it is like building on sand.
I think 42 weeks (the length of my course) should be long enough to lay some strong foundations and get my weight moving in the right direction :o)
Goal setting is something I'm not very consistent or realistic on, generally, but I think I am getting better- with smaller goals such as just tracking my food without trying to modify it, and doing 30-45mins on my bike each day at a slow steady pace, in as many segments as I need to break it into.
For the big picture, I would like to lose 10lbs in the next 42 weeks, and 30-42 in the next 30 months before my 30th birthday. If I could celebrate my 30th being fit and in great shape, that would be awesome. So I will keep laying the foundations, and modify those goals if needed further down the line.