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Sparking Through Virus-Challenged Times!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

After a mysterious fall off my bicycle this past April (see my blog here: www.sparkpeople.
com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6676203
)

I've been both skittish and lazy about getting back on the bike.

The easiest way to deflect from any physical activity is my flight into work. As a therapist contracting out to an Employee Assistance company, I have been very busy engaging with clients via telehealth throughout these virus-challenged times. I enjoy my work, but I realize I'm misusing it to avoid exercise and haven't taken the reigns up as yet to do something about this.

On the other hand, I've upped my willpower considerably to manage the scale through both regular and intermittent fasting. My weekly fasts are at least 40 hours, sometimes as long as 60 hours. During my intermittent days I only eat from noon to 8 pm. When I eat I stick pretty closely to my basic food rule of keeping flour and sugar to a bare minimum.

The amazing thing about this is that despite all these restrictions, I'm not losing weight. But I AM successfully maintaining and not gaining weight. With so many things that are BEYOND my control, zipping the lip is one area in which I can take charge! My typical spread in weight has been mostly between 215-220 with occasional drops near my record lows of 210...yesterday was 211.6. I can live with this. Occasional blips up to 220 brings the cavalry out in me...lol!

I've done okay avoiding much emotional fallout from these virus-challenged times, however, I admit to feeling daunted by the upcoming long, dark months of winter. I'm concerned that we may not be able to make our usual holiday mid-West sweep for the holidays in November due to virus concerns.

I no longer have the fitness center outlets. One thing I have instigated has been a small group of 4 of us local guitar players get together at my home every 2 weeks to play music together. I cancelled the last one when the virus upsurge caused me to worry. However, I since felt it was too much to cut that out and as before, I just said, "hey, let's mask up, wash up and PLAY!" So that has been a helpful reprieve.

Take care everyone! Let's SPARK our way to the other side of this virus!

Don
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  • LUVLYLORELEI
    It's truly understandable how a fall can cause the reaction you've had, especially if it is unexplainable. I am encouraged to see that after all these years of me being away from SparkPeople that I come back and see you are still on here plugging away. It's encouraging, and helps me to know, it is possible to stay the course.
    31 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    You’re an inspiration to me, Don. Wish I could exercise a little more self-control around eating. I’m doing better, but improvements are still needed.

    Right now my bike is my salvation. It’s about the only active movement that I’m engaged in. I’m concerned about the winter weather ahead and how I will deal with that.

    Keep up the good work, my friend!
    35 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    36 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    The adjustments you've made are working for you!
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    36 days ago
  • MT-MOONCHASER
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    36 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Glad you've got your music to help you through these times . . . I too am using intermittent fasting, typically from 6 pm till noon, and it's helpful in managing my weight. No longer have a gym membership but my routine of 40 pushups, 40 situps, 40 mountaineers and 40 squats plus yoga stretch/balance and lots of walking (with my dog Henry) is keeping me quite fit.
    36 days ago
  • JPPERSELL
    I am going to cancel my gym membership to Planet Fitness. We just haven't gone because of covid. I have been doing home exercising. It feels good to do that. I have found all kinds of exercises to do on youtube. Especially ones for women over fifty but men can do that too. I hope that you hop on your bike soon. I fell too but I got back on it and I have been doing pretty good even though I am not riding lately but doing walking.
    37 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    OUCH! Falling off your bike is no fun and hope you'll get the spirit to get back on one day soon.

    EAP's are so important! As a retired HR executive that was one benefit employees really used and appreciated.

    The pandemic is challenging for sure. Our gym is open and I feel very safe there and so happy to be back on a regular (but not frequent basis).

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    37 days ago
  • STEPHLOKI
    Thanks for sharing
    37 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    Thank you sooooo much for being emotional support for those who acknowledge that they need it.

    You are handling your maintenance with success.

    I miss my out-of-state kids and g-kids terribly. But let's fight the good fight and mask up, wash up and keep some distance.
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    37 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Yes, so many challenges and decisions to make to stay healthy and safe. Day by day, we do it.

    Glad you're doing all right. Maintaining in these times is not bad. That's where I'm @ too. Perfetly happy w/that.

    Good luck, stay well, stay safe.
    37 days ago
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