Climbing Back in the Saddle

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back in June, when I went to my friend in LA to help him with his dying mother, I fell out of the exercise/eating right saddle. I still haven't had the courage to get back in.

My health has suffered as a result. My immune system is below where it's ever been before as evidenced by the infections I have gotten and cannot get rid of.

Last week, I got on the scale and almost cried. I have almost undone all the good work and progress I had made until then. I had gained 10 lbs back. I was devastated. God bless my friend who has been encouraging me to get back to our Monday/Wednesday spin class. I found reasons not to go last week. But on Friday, we finally went. I just about died. Back in June, I had gotten to the point where I could go almost 45 minutes on the eliptical without any problem. I would vary my intensity between 5mph and 9mph. Friday - I was dragging by minute 5, and could barely stay in the 4.-- mph range. But she was on the machine next to me, so I didn't dare get off. I made it 20 minutes. Then I did some strength training. I couldn't wait to leave.

We went again Saturday, and I did a bit better on the eliptical (probably helped that football was on the monitor above me!). I also increased my weights on the machines. I felt good. Exhausted & tight, but not sore, and definitely felt a sense of accomplishment.

Today I weighed myself (since I forgot yesterday morning) and I've gained another 2.2 lbs. I'm DEVASTATED!!!!

So I need to get back in the saddle. I need to get back on the bandwagon, and all those other cliches, but I need to get myself back into the habit of eating healthy, and making healthy lifestyle choices - including exercise.

So here's my goals for this week. Next week, I'll write my new goals and report on how I met my goals this week.

HEALTH: I will take all my pills every day this week. I won't "forget" or put them to the side, because they truly are 'out of sight, out of mind'.

EXERCISE: 3x/week. Monday & Wednesday spinning class. Strength training and eliptical on either Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

FOOD: All meals will be as close to 40:30:30 as possible. I will incorporate more fruits & vegetables into both lunch & dinner. Where possible, I'll try for a more alkeline diet, but I'm not cutting out all my meat protein! emoticon I will eliminate fast food & junk food completely (no real hardship, really). I will have 1 sweet per day; either mid-afternoon or after dinner. It will NOT be the whole 1/2 gallon of ice cream again (in all fairness, that did take 4 days to complete). Instead it will be the 40 calorie fudgesicles I've been neglecting in my freezer.

SPIRITUAL: I will make it to church at least once this week, but I will be prepared for both.

RELAXATION: I will take that bubble bath I meant to take yesterday sometime this week. Maybe Thursday..... I will get a mani/pedi this weekend (OK, economic times are hard, I'm giving it to myself, but I will get it done). Ruby Red Slippers on my toes, and clear (as always) for my fangas.

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    That's a lot of goals for one week but I know you can do it. Keep your courage strong. There's lots of us here who care about you and want to see you succeed.
    3165 days ago
    Sounds a good plan and you've already started on it - thanks goodness for friends!!

    Hope the scales start being a bit friendly too :-)
    3166 days ago
    Glad to hear that you are back! It's so frustrating how quickly we lose our strength if we don't keep exercising. I am also in not near as good of shape as I was over the summer. Unfortunately, it's a "use it or lose it thing."

    Be gentle with yourself. I agree with the other commenter, we all fall off the wagon at some point. Each tiny step you take in the right direction with help you get back to where you were. The good thing about Sparkpeople is that it can help us get remotivated as long as we stay active here.

    You CAN do it!
    3166 days ago
    It's okay, we all slip up sometimes. It sounds like you have a good plan to get things moving again though!
    You can do it.
    3166 days ago
  • SUNNYDAY9016
    First, that is so great of you for helping your friend with his mother, I'm sure it meant a lot to him!! You have such a great attitude, and this is a complete turning point, I know it! I know how hard it is to fall out of your routine and try and get back, but you can and will do it! Just ease into it every day, and try to accomplish the goals you set each week. I'm here for support whenever you need it! Let's both ROCK this week :)

    3167 days ago
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