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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I need some advice folks:

I set a goal of keeping up an exercise regimen for 12 weeks. My reward for reaching this goal is a fancy Nikon camera I've been coveting.

Here's my program:

Sunday: Master Swim - 1.5 hours
Monday: off
Tuesday: Swim - 0.5 hours; Pilates - 1 hour
Wednesday: Master Swim - 1.5 hours
Thursday: Belly dance - 1-1.5 hours
Friday: off
Saturday: off

I've been doing really well so far... but Sunday I was doing swimming and felt really nauseated, so I went home after only about a half hour rather than barf in the pool. Today, my pilates teacher is on vacation and I ran out of fibromyalgia drugs, so my pain level is a bit higher than I would like it. I missed my morning workout entirely.

Next week, I'm going to spend some time with my in-laws, so I'll miss Sunday, Tuesday and maybe Wednesday workouts. The week after that, I have to be up in Poplar (on the Fort Peck Reservation) so I'll miss Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe Thursday workouts.

So what do I do? Can I count these weeks because I did as much as I could before health, family and work obligations got in the way? Or do I not count them and push back my goal three weeks? I'll never salvedge the calories burned, because I won't be able to swim, but I might be able to fit some walks in here and there. What do you all think?
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    I think you know what is best. I would try to fit in walks or something rather than not working out at all. You have a great plan and are headed in the right direction, good for you! It is so tough when life interferes with our best laid plans....
    3016 days ago
    If you have done all that you possibly can then of course count those weeks.
    Not every week is going to be ideal and life often gets in the way. If you can't workout as often as you like don't beat yourself up. I reccomend adding in baby workouts. For example do lunges while watching T.V. and do sit-ups when waiting for dinner to cook. The more you fit small exercises in the better you will feel getting that reward.

    3017 days ago
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