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I've come a long way since I joined SparkPeople over a year ago. I reached my initial goal of losing 15 lbs. But I found a love of working out and realized I still have a ways to go to be fitter and healthier.

I recently completed physical therapy for my hips, which are slightly rotated. During my two and a half months of PT I was told I couldn't run, couldn't do any lower-body strength training, no high-impact cardio and not even any yoga. Basically, all the things I had recently discovered I loved doing. I had lost close to 19 lbs. when I started PT, but those instructions completely took the wind out of my sails.

Without being able to do the workouts I loved, I very quickly slipped into my old habits. I also started a new job where I no longer worked second-shift. My entire routine was thrown out of whack. I'd come home from work, too tired to workout (with very little I was even allowed to do) and make a big ol' dinner with the husband and have a cocktail too many.

Basically, I unlearned everything I had worked toward. But now I'm back. I'm done with physical therapy. But I see a huge decrease in my strength and endurance. I can barely get through Level One of the Shred! I was all the way through that. That's how quickly you can regress. A few months without regular training and you're back to square one.

Luckily, I didn't gain back all the weight, but enough to freak me out. Enough to remind me how much I don't want to go back.

Here are my new goals:
-- Track my food daily and stay within my calorie range of 1210-1560 calories.
-- Drink no more than 3 alcoholic beverages a week.
-- Exercise at least 4 days a week and ride my bike to work whenever possible.
-- Restart the C25K program.
-- Ultimately, I'd love to be under 120 lbs, but it's more about fitting into my old clothes. I've got a ways to go on that!

I really missed the way I felt when I was eating well and working out regularly. I had more energy and confidence. I missed Jillian's workouts and Turbo Jam SO MUCH. I'm so glad I can do them again!

Member Since: 6/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 12,936

My Goals:
GOAL MET: To lose 15 lbs. by the Jan. 1, 2009. I was a little late, but I got there!

NEW GOAL: Taking 2009 to get as fit as I can. I know I've got another 10 lbs I could lose, and I hope to get there by becoming more fit.

"Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger."

My Program:
Initially taking it slow.
Cardio 3x/week
Weights 3x/week

Get out and move more on weekends.

Stay within my calorie range set by Spark.

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I love irreverent, nonsensical music, especially electronica. I wish I had more time to read and play badminton. I spend most of my time behind a keyboard or camera.

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  • v NAXOS9
    Heh, I grew up in Manitoba so I know all about the impossibility of running in frigid winter. The treadmill will be great for avoiding the cold! As for our run last weekend, we did 4 x 3 minutes, 1 x 2 minutes, and then another3 minutes, walking for 1 min between, just an easy tuneup run. My boyfriend hasn't trained at all for months so as he started feeling worse I started feeling better - he's naturally fast so that equalized things a bit. It was fun! I have had very little time this week though to exercise at all, and for the next month I will just have to squeeze in what exercise I can.
    4170 days ago
    PR ... PB ... I can't keep up either!!!
    My acronym of the week has been HM ... what the hell is an HM ... and finally today it came to me ... doh! HALF MARATHON!!

    tee hee!! 'Night Lovely! xx
    4173 days ago
    Congrats on the run!!!! That's EXACTLY how it starts... first 1 mile. Then 2. Then 26.2 You are doing great!
    4178 days ago
    Just checking in to see if you can even move your arms today?!
    Well done chica!!

    emoticon ~ j. xx
    4179 days ago
    YAY for commercial break workouts during BL!!! :)
    4180 days ago
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