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New Quarter, New Plan

Monday, March 31, 2008

Yup, that's me up there... using the fat kid's trick- the oldest one in the book- BAGGY CLOTHING! I'm too ashamed to post the one of me scarfing the s'more! Hahaha!!!

So, my plantar fasciitis was officially diagnosed by a medical professional. It's been difficult in the healing process. The best way to heal is to stay off your feet. Yeah, right! Like THAT'S gonna happen! I have stayed off them as much as possible.

That means having to modify my routine. I haven't gotten any kind of "real" exercise since being injured (and school has been a tremendous struggle all quarter), so now I've come up with a few new ways to get moving without straining my poor patas.

First, and this is the one I'm really excited for, I'm taking a swim aerobics class. This one comes straight from a suggestion by a wonderful, gracious member that commented on my last blog. I think she's correct in that swimming and staying in the water will reduce the strain on my arches. Plus, I know I'll get a swell workout! I go twice a week, and I have 2 swimming pools in my apartment complex.

Second, using the resources here at Sparkpeople, I've favorited some exercises that are geared for people to do sitting at their desk. If I can't be standing, then I can at least workout while sitting, right? It's at least a start until the tootsies heal completely. I've got to do something!

Thirdly, I need to be more diligent when it comes to eating better. I'm a major emotional eater and when I stress, I grab anything in sight. I've made a list, printed it out, and hung it on the wall of my guidelines. They are as follows:

"No More Fat Ass"

1) Exercise 3-4 times a week
* 30-40 mins. Cardio [Treadmill, elliptical, stairs, bicycle, etc]
* 2-3 days of hammer strength [work each muscle group]
* 2-3 days of circuit weights [work each muscle group]
* 2-3 days of core training [choose 3 exercises per day]
* 10 mins. of Stretching [stretch each muscle group worked]
* Explore new exercises: boxing, aerobics classes, walking in the ‘hood, etc.

2) Eat healthier meals
* Add more fruits and vegetables
* Add more whole grain
* Add soy products
* Add lean meats [fish, chicken, etc.]
* Reduce fats, red meats, salts, carbs, calories, etc.
* Take vitamins daily!

3) Make better choices
* Split the meals
* Choose Chicken!
* No fried foods!
* Drink water
* Don’t be lazy!
* Take the stairs
* Get adequate sleep

So, those, in addition to academic goals, are what I'm focusing on for the next 11 weeks. Healing feet, losing weight, and getting healthy in addition to good grades and quality work... I have quite a quarter ahead. I'm looking forward to [most] of it!
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  • CLAUDIA1333
    Wow, sounds like you've got a lot going on, but congrats on taking these steps while in school. I know how stressful being a college student, esp a theatre one can be and never had the energy or motivation to do anything more than stress about it along with the rest of college! lol. Sorry to hear about plantar fascitis, my aunt's had it and i can understand it's a huge pain!! It's really awesome that you took it as an opportunity to look into alternative exercises instead of a reason to give up. Your goals for the rest of the quarter are looking good! Good luck!!!
    4756 days ago
  • LORENE1955
    You know - I'm prone to things like plantar fascitis, too. I'm also having a pretty strong flare up of my fibromyalgia symptoms right now. I try to do EVERYTHING intuitively - and I visualize what I want a lot. I find that sometimes just doing ANYTHING beats the heck out of doing nothing - so even though I might not be working myself really hard - I'll get out and just go for a stroll, maybe. Being out in the sun and moving around helps me to feel better and release some of my blues - and pumps me up emotionally and mentally enough for me to keep up with my program.

    I think you've set some real concrete, realistic goals for yourself.

    See you thinner!


    PS - I lived in San Diego for 26 years - I just love it there and miss it SOOOO much! Enjoy the beach! It's a wonderful place to keep yourself moving. I walked on it as much as I could when I lived there.
    4760 days ago
    Congrats on turning over a new leaf. Your goals are great and "do-able." I hope that this leads to success and once you get a taste of it, it is very motivational and you will want to keep going!!! Eating is EVERYTHING when you can't workout like you want to. Way to go!!
    4767 days ago
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