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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Yes, I know I was gone for a very long time. A year to be precise...
I had back surgery in March 2011 and pretty much vanished afterwards. I missed my SP friends, but recovery kept me away from the computer and things slowly faded.

Fast-forward to this fall, 6 months post-op. I was told by a friend about a challenge after seeing her and barely recognising her (she had lost 60 pounds in just over 3 months!). I decided to give it a try, knowing that I was 150 pounds and that I couldn't exercise. I didn't change any of my habits actually, but did lose 15 pounds in 3 months (and have maintained the weight loss).

I have now returned to work 2 weeks ago (am still doing the progressive return to full-time hours) and am ready to challenge myself. I also have a casting call in two weeks and, although I know I probably won't be selected, it's giving me an extra incentive not to show up completely gross! (Yes, I used to model during my pre-injury glory days).

My physical challenge:
-Take my supplements daily
-Start the day with a large smoothie, every day. No exceptions.
-Eat balanced meals/snacks and try to log my food intake on most days
-Exercise every day for 20 minutes following my rehabilitation workout (low impact)
-Add in body weight exercises for another 20 minutes on days my back feels good
-Walk the dogs every day it's not raining or freezing (aim for 5 days/week)
-Pack my own lunches and snacks - no eating at work (except low-sod soup here and there)

My mind challenge:
-Follow my sleep schedule
-Enjoy a moment /do something for myself everyday
-Do something social at least 1-2x per week
-When dark thoughts take over, question their validity and the perspective I have. Look for a positive outlook or a more logical/reasonable response
-Smile often

My goals:
-Lose about 8 pounds = 125 pounds
-Get some definition/toning
-Feel better in my body
-Improve my sleep!
-Battle depression and learn to enjoy life again

I wanted this plan to involve many different facets for obvious reasons. I don't know if I can ever return to the life I had before my injury - and just admitting this to myself took a very long time. But I need to be able to find ways to enjoy my life again and one way to do this is to explore the things I loved to do and see what I can still do or what other things I can do to replace the many activities I cannot do anymore.

I am opened to your comments and suggestions my friends.
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    YOU can DO THIS!
    2254 days ago
  • NOMIS1
    So happy to have you back. You sound like you are in a great place. I'm looking forward to you being here again.
    2255 days ago
    Welcome back !! Love the mind challenge !!

    2255 days ago
    Sounds like a balanaced plan. I am glad that you have included the mental as well as the physical. emoticon
    2256 days ago
    Hey there,princesse.Welcome back. emoticon

    Sorry to hear that the recovery is taking such a toll on you,getting casting calls and getting back into the 'swing of things' should help too.
    Just glad you are here.

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    2256 days ago
    Welcome back....
    I wondered where you were and sorry tpo hear that your recovery took so long....
    Love the plan you have an ther weight you have lost as well....
    go can so do this....
    2256 days ago
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