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Mowing down the speed bumps....

Monday, February 24, 2014

I took a look back and can't believe that it's been just 3 weeks since I started - with small, manageable steps - to get back into the routine of regular fitness and healthy eating habits. By doing things gradually, the 'old habits' seem to have just clicked back into place without a whole lot of effort.....and it feels awfully good.

I am not 'seeing' any physical change (well, maybe a bit, but nothing transformative, by any stretch), but the NSV's are numerous and satisfying. My cardio workouts are already longer, more frequent and more intense than just a few weeks ago - noticeably so. And despite my chronic reluctance, I've successfully added some ST in the mix....it's light, but it's a good place to start as I've done nothing of the sort for more than 2 years....and I'm finding that I like that too.

All of that is good....BUT....I just found out this week that the nagging shoulder pain I've had since December is frozen shoulder. I'm attacking it head on, but the cortisone shot and the daily mega-doses of Advil are making me retain water making me look puffy....and the scale is definitely not reflecting reality emoticon

So I've decided to do what any sane person would do....ignore this temporary, uncontrollable situation and just keep getting on with it emoticon

I absolutely refuse to let this little speed bump get in the way. The cortisone has given me tremendous relief from the pain (which, if you've had this condition, can be pretty impressive emoticon ), and the orthopedic Dr. told me he wants me to do 'everything' sports-wise....I'm down with that! I still have to be a little careful as it's tender and my range of motion is not all there....but I start physio on Wednesday and have simply decided that this is going to go very well and the problem will be resolved quickly....

....and in the meantime, I will continue ramping up my fitness, getting my body ready for bigger and better things...I have been at or near my target weight for a little more than 3 years now, and it's always been a struggle for me to stay motivated without obsessing about weight, size and %BF...so I'm actually quite thankful for the opportunity to learn to wrap my mind around NSVs....this is a very good thing...

I am amazed to have come this far, to be honest.....where I am at today is a far, far cry from where I was in December....in the throes of PTSD and able to manage only a gentle walk and the restorative yoga classes offered at my local studio (as I described to DH, it's basically laying around, 7 different ways....beautiful!).

So - onward...this week the plan goes like this:

Exercise:

* 3-4 intense treadmill workouts, including HIIT work - 35-40 minutes / 250 cals burned (I'm small...I have to go really hard to burn 250 cals!!) emoticon
* Week #1 of Women's Health 21 Day plan (great entry point!)
* Physio exercises

Nutrition:

* 2 litres of water per day minimum
* No night-time snacking
* Weigh-in on Thursday
* AF
* Plan meals
* Eat clean at least 2 meals per day (BTW....this has been a BRILLIANT tactic....just expecting it at 2 meals a day made it doable...and it inevitably has spilled over to include almost all meals and snacks...sneaky me!)

Other:

* Continue to gradually add yoga and meditation

I'm off and running! emoticon
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  • IAMBIZI
    you sound so healthy to me. great work that you are doing, sorry about the ptsd...hope you are doing better on that. therapy helps alot withthat.
    bizi
    2352 days ago
  • JUST_BRENDA
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    Your attitude is amazing! You know what you want and it sounds like nothing is going to stop you!!!
    Oh, frozen shoulder can be so painful... I remember having it a few years back--- the cortisone shot took a while to work and the physio was so painful.... yet all is back to normal now. Good luck!!!
    2352 days ago
  • HEALTHY4LIFE360
    You are on fire MIMI!! emoticon

    Sorry about the shoulder issue, but even that you seem to be handling with grace. I love how you are not letting the bump in the road deter you! You GO GIRL!
    2352 days ago
  • DOOBRIE
    I'm pleased you're doing so well, Mimi. Sorry about the shoulder but that will get better soon, I'm sure.

    Have a great week!
    2353 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    "I absolutely refuse to let this little speed bump get in the way." What an inspiring statement! LOVE THAT!!! Thank you for sharing.
    2353 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1338628
    Great goals! You can do it!
    2353 days ago
  • JENNIJENN78
    That IS sneaky! emoticon
    2353 days ago
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