Mixed bag...

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.
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    It sounds as if you are on the right track. Take baby steps one day at a time. You will make it. The class sounds interesting. Do what you can each day building the stepping stones of your foundation.

    4677 days ago
    I think it sounds like a great plan and realistic goals. Rewards along the way are always good incentives too.

    Reinjuring your knee stinks, but it sounds like you know what to do for it until you can see a doctor. I wouldn't! Take care of the knee and see the doc when you can get in.

    Don't compare yourself to the others in your class. Be proud you are pursuing this course. It is helping you to get your health on track and teaching you something that you can use to help others. That makes you special. Compare yourself now to yourself five years ago. Do you see the changes? I bet they are there.

    Keeping working on that positive you. It looks good on you!!


    4678 days ago
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