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Fitness Plans and Hopes

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The DailySpark has a good blog today about starting over to get in shape. The writer just delivered her third child. My five week cold definitely does not equate to even one pregnancy, but I feel a kindred spirit in trying to get motivated to get it back. Her first goal is consistency, and I think that is good for me, too. I'm not going to push speed or distance right now, but just make sure I do my scheduled workouts.

I changed my fitness program to 5 half-hour cardio sessions this week (instead of the 6 full hour sessions before illness) plus three strength training sessions. I had been doing just 2 strength sessions weekly as my emphasis was on running, but I feel like I need to work now to get some strength back.

Today I did 35 minutes on the treadmill, and I observed that I did just over 2 miles. I planned on doing 30 minutes but the cool down felt so good, I just kept going slowly for five extra minutes. It was beautiful outside and I would have walked there, but Gwen was napping and I needed to be reasonably close by. Actually I did take both girls in the double stroller for a three quarter mile walk that I didn't even put in my fitness tracker, come to think of it. Sunday I did a good strength training at the gym on machines. Today I did a workout from SparkPeople primarily with my exercise ball. Gwen "helped" me when I did my plank, by adding just a little extra weight!

I won't say I'm brimming with motivation, but I think I can stoke the fire enough to get back to where I was and, I hope, beyond.
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    I have had to "start over" with fitness many many times -- after various surgeries and other less serious illnesses, most recently a terrible chest cold -- and now I trust myself to do that. And I know you trust yourself to do it too: you are committed for life to exercise and healthy eating.
    2848 days ago
    Going back to basics always works
    2852 days ago
    5 weeks for a cold? are you sure it is a cold? have you been to the doctor?

    I hope you feel 100% again very soon.
    2852 days ago
    Good plan Marsha! I'm back to basics too!
    2852 days ago
    Good plan and I'm sure there are many things in your day with the girls that are giving you a workout you didn't used to have!
    2852 days ago
    Good plan
    2852 days ago
  • BLUESKY_321
    Pushing the girls in the stroller should count as cardio AND strength training!

    2852 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sounds like you are doing quite a bit already to me..That is hard work pushing a stroller full of kids. I have admired the young Moms I have seen doing that. I can easily visualize you outpacing them all when you are back in your former shape. I am guessing it won't take all that long with the determination we all know and admire you have..
    Keep up the fabulous work!!
    2852 days ago
  • IMNENA23
    You are definitely on track. Keep up the good work!
    2852 days ago
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