Looking back at January's exercise

Sunday, January 31, 2010

So, it's January 31 (already!) and I suppose it's time to check in to see how well I did for the SparkPeople's Official Spark Your Body Bootcamp challenge!

In total, there was supposed to be 500 fitness minutes for the month... and I'm not going to complain that I fell short, because at 435 minutes, 1) I'M NOT THAT FAR BEHIND and 2) I don't think I've exercised as much in the past year as I have done this past MONTH (and no, I'm not kidding about that).

I can feel it, in my body, that the exercise - 10 minutes a day, as many days as I can manage, and some days I even took a rest! - has been doing me good.

Before I started SparkPeople at the start of the month, walking around the kitchen for 5 minutes to prepare my lunch left my hip (always the left hip, never the right for some reason) and my back sore. Sometimes, if it was something that took longer to prepare, maybe bacon and sausage instead of a sandwich, my hip and spine sometimes WENT NUMB.

(When I told the doctor about this, he was concerned, but told me to try to lose weight and see if that worked. So far, it's working!)

Now, I can walk for an hour and a half around town - all downhill, I'll admit, but still! - or I can do almost 20 minutes of aerobic cardio, V-stepping and step-tapping and marching on the spot and things like that, and my hip hardly hurts at all.

My leg muscles, on the other hand, currently hate me. :) I keep quietly telling them to shut up and suck it up, this is good for me, and more than that, I'm ENJOYING IT.

I'm going to see about joining the gym down at the leisure centre, too, to use their treadmills and stationary bikes, but will have to wait and see, because being unemployed means lack of funds.

However, overall, I'm pleased with my exercise for the month of January! Hopefully, the number on the scale will reflect the effort I've put in, when I weigh myself on Thursday. :)

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  • CARLEY2010
    Congrats on your accomplishments! Ive been keeping one eye on your blogs for inspiration in the last month and am really proud of you for jumping back in with both feet and really pushing forward! you are doing fantastic! Keep it up!!
    3211 days ago
    Wow! You have made some AWESOME progress! Keep up the awesome work!
    3212 days ago
  • DIANE2868
    I am so happy for you, wtg!!!
    3214 days ago
    Congratulations on your accomplishments! Each step we take is another step closer.
    3214 days ago
    Congrats! I find the exercise bit WAY harder than the eating right bit, and you've definitely got me licked this month. Gyms... I still haven't joined one and I reached goal earlier this month, I went pay-as-you-go a few times but mostly lost it all just walking or doing DVDs at home. I found it cheaper, easier and more enjoyable- paying through the nose for a gym just piles on huge amounts of pressure for me, which makes me more likely to break :(

    Well done on your progress so far! Here's to Feb emoticon
    3214 days ago
    emoticon , little steps will lead into big steps ! Slowly but surely and in no time you'll be doing more & more. emoticon
    3214 days ago
    Well done. I read your comment about "only downhill" but for me downhill is worse than uphill. My knees hurt more on the downhill.
    But you are doing sooooo amazingly I'm absolutely proud of your accomplishments.
    3214 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    You can be really proud of yourself! Well done for keeping up with the Bootcamp amd as you say, it doesn't matter that you didn't quite make their target, when you made such an improvement on your own commitment to fitness!

    Keep up the good work and watch your body respond.
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    3214 days ago
    Wonderful! Congrats on all the progress you made this month. It took me months to get up to that level of exercise and I'm barely there now! So you're doing great. I guess it gets harder when you're an old gal like me!
    3215 days ago
    Way to go!
    3215 days ago
    You are doing great! Congrats on all you've accomplished!!
    I need to start with the exercise part myself. emoticon
    3215 days ago
    Congratulations!!! That's fabulous news. Great going.
    3215 days ago
  • JEANNE0724
    that is awesome, it is amazing how even a little bit of exercise can help, and 435 is not a little bit. another benefit is that I have been consistant on 2-4 times in the pool for 4 months now, and my doctors visit this time, she said that was the only reason I was not diabetic now is the exercise, so more power for the pool! Good luck on the job search, it is tough now, I know.
    3215 days ago
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