Time to start exercising again.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I started SP 6/19/07 and lost 75 pounds the first year using the site. I didn't start exercising until I had lost about 50 pounds because it was too hard on my knees. When I finally started exercising, I started by walking on my treadmill for 5 minutes 3 times a week. I have asthma and my lungs felt like they were going to explode even with only moving for 5 minutes. But I stuck to it and worked my way up to 30 minutes a day. I then went shopping for a stationary bike or a recumbent bike that would be gentler on my knees, but could not find one that I could use because I have decreased range of motion in my left knee because I fractured my patella years ago. That was a real disappointment so I looked around for something else I could get and ended up buying an elliptical because my orthopedic Dr told me that using this was easier on my joints.
I used the elliptical and my treadmill to do my 20 minutes a day exercise and started a streak which I did for 60 days in a row. I was so proud of myself. Because I used the treadmill more often because it was easier and more familiar to me, my knee really started to hurt. I got my first cortisone shot in my left knee and then I could exercise again. When the shot wore off a few months later, I again had tremendous pain when I did any weight bearing activities, so I stopped exercising. Then I got bronchitis and because of my asthma I could not even attempt to exercise. So the months started to add up when I was not exercising and the weight started to creep back on and my bad eating patterns started to come back with a vengeance.
I am a binge eater and I have a life pattern of dieting or binge eating. These are the only two ways that I live my life. But even though I started to binge again and did not exercise for about 3 months, I never stopped Sparking because I knew that I would eventually dust myself off and get back on the wagon. It was only 3 months this time, usually my binge is longer up to 1 or 2 years. But what I am learning on Spark tells me that I am not perfect and I do not have to use all or nothing behavior. If I eat bad things one day, it doesn't mean I'm finished and to give up. This is a lifestyle change and I know what I need to eat and now even when I am bingeing, I eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. I just consume way too many calories in the evening from the wrong types of foods.

Well, I am back on track. January 1st, I started back on staying within my calorie range and today I started back on exercising on my elliptical. I did 5 mins at two separate times. The first time my lungs again felt like they would explode. But when I did the second 5 minutes, it was easier on my lungs. I plan to start another streak and initially will shoot for 10 mins on my elliptical for however long I can do my streak.

My goals for 2009:

1. I will love and nurture myself with non-edibles.
2. I will lose 50 pounds by 01/01/10.
3. I will exercise 30 minutes 5 days a week. (going to work up to this one)
4. I will be binge free on most days of the week.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks for your kind comments. You have really done so well and made so many positive changes and good luck on losing 50 lbs this year! Definitely inspiring and its hard to change a life-time pattern so much kudos to you for what you have done and continue to do!
    3405 days ago
  • MAGA99
    Every journey starts with the 1st step & you've taken that. I pray that u have much luck & much success
    3422 days ago
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