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If there's a bustle in your hedgerow ...

Sunday, June 07, 2015

don't be alarmed now. It's just a spring clean for the May queen. Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on.

That of course is from Stairway To Heaven. I mainly wanted to use that last line but I started where I did because the words "bustle in your hedgerow" are so antiquated by American standards; those just aren't words we use here very much and I like the way they sound.

Anyway, in most cases, there IS still time to change the road you're on. I did it on April 23 of this year. I challenged myself to lose 10 lbs in 30 days or else I'd donate a painful chunk of money to a cause that I dislike. I won't say what it is here (since someone might read this and it's their very favorite cause. LOL) Let's just say that it would have liberal leanings and I, for the most part, am a conservative. Anyway, it didn't matter because I reached my goal. During that time, I learned that I really can lose weight in a practical, healthy way if I really want to. I basically exercised a little bit more (I was used to walking one Leslie Sansone mile a day plus all of the other activities I do that aren't that kind of focused fitness, so I increased it to basically 30 minutes of focused fitness 5 or 6 days a week) and ate a little bit less. I decreased my
carbs slightly and increased my protein slightly. The key words for me in all of this are practical, healthy, little more, little less, and slightly. They were all minor changes that I could live with for the rest of my life.

And then it happened! LOL (I wish I had a soundboard to go with this blog. I'd queue in some dramatic music there.) I finished my personal challenge on May 23 and then not long after that, I re-injured my LCL, the thin ligament that runs along the outside of my knee. I was able to still get enough exercise in to finish out another challenge that I was doing, but it was more quantity instead of quality. It wasn't as focused and cardio as I was doing. And then a couple of weeks ago, for some reason which I still haven't figured out, I was hit with a heavy fatigue. I stopped exercising regularly and when I did rouse myself enough to do something, it was half as much as I had been doing and it was half-hearted, at best. My motivation kind of flew out the window and I started
eating more and more. It was at its worst several days ago. This weekend I've done a lot of sleeping and I managed to get in a solid 15 minutes of exercise both Saturday and today, so I'm feeling a little more hopeful.

My leg is doing better but every now and then I'll step wrong or turn carelessly and my knee will "catch" or buckle. But mostly it's okay if I'm easy on it. I had been a part of a challenge team on here throughout the fall and winter of last year and the spring of this year and I was thinking of taking the summer off but after the way I've given in lately to less exercise and more eating, I panicked and signed up for the summer challenge. I'm a little scared to face the initial weigh in; I'm afraid that even in this short time, I've undone so much good that I did. I have a little bit of time until the challenge starts, I guess, so maybe I can get back on track; the start date is yet to be announced.

I'm hoping that I didn't get too much sleep this weekend and it actually makes me more fatigued because of it. But I really do feel pretty good after my walk that I just did (I
did a 15-minute mile). It may not sound like much but when I haven't been doing much of anything lately, believe me, I'm happy with it. It's funny when you think about it, no one is ever sorry they exercised. After you work out, you never say, "Oh I wish I hadn't worked up such a sweat. I should have laid on the couch with a bag of M&Ms." I'm hoping this motivation lasts.

Okay, well I'll leave off here and go do some stretches for my knee. Oh, and a little disclaimer for anyone who doesn't know me, I'm not very social on here because I have VERY little free time through the week and on the weekends I can be lazy. But I'll try to be more active on here during weekends.

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    Lots of great stuff in our blog. Glad your knee is doing better.
    1957 days ago
    Great to hear from you - glad you're ok. Good luck for the summer challenge. I think I saw something about that - it was running via facebook? (May be my brain made that up??) Anyhow, best of luck....and nice going regarding the 10lbs!
    1970 days ago
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    Fantastic blog Jenifer. Just go slow and steady and keep building your times up. You can do it!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1970 days ago
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