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New Goals and a Progress Update

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It’s been a week since the bridge walk, and I think I am back to myself again. The last couple of weeks leading up to the walk and the actual event itself took a lot out of me (or added to me). In hindsight, I can say that I really did not think I would make it, and I am so proud of myself that I did make it. I’m looking for my next physical challenge. I think that was very motivating and I would like to have another goal and accomplishment like that.

The arthritis pool class is 3 hours a week of stretching, strength and cardio – all very light and gentle. It turns out that I can stay in the pool and swim some laps after class if I want to. I think I’m going to try that this week and see how long I can go.

I feel like I need some new type of workout. I’m not sure what that will be. Along with the pool, I’m still walking, doing yoga a bit and strength training. I’m not sure what to add – I have a lot of DVD’s and I might be strong enough to start T-Tapping, so I’ll spend this week trying out some ideas.

I started taking Move Free Glucosamine Chondroitin this week to see if it would help on my joint pain. It seems to be helping! I took it years ago and it helped, but it gets expensive and I got into all the rheumatoid treatments, so I stopped. All my hip pain friends may want to consider trying it. It’s supposed to smooth out the lining on the outside of your bones and lead to less inflammation.

I didn’t mention that the door fell off my fridge about two weeks ago. It took my landlord until last night to replace it with a new fridge. In that two week period we ate out a lot because we had to jam the door back in every time it opened. It fell on my foot about 20 times, and it was very heavy for me to lift back into the opening.

So, I didn’t buy any food needing refrigeration and I tried to only go into the fridge when I really had to. This led to and increased my weight gain over the last two weeks. I posted my weight today, and I’m not too thrilled about it. My farmer’s market is Tuesday, and I can’t wait to get back to it.

May 15 was the end of a mini challenge I gave myself. I wanted to weigh 229. I did not come close, as today’s weight is 238.6. I’m resetting my weight loss goal for August 15. I want to be 227 by then which equals 5% of my current body weight gone. “Get me out of 230-ville” I tell myself.

Through my discouragement about my non-weight loss, I’m telling myself these things:

1. You are losing, not gaining.
2. You are in the 230’s, not at 275 where you started on Spark.
3. You are feeling better than you have for a long time, so just keep Sparking!
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    I bet you've built muscles too. As you say, you are making progress and that is marvelous. Chin up. I see great things in your future. I'm so happy for you.
    4090 days ago
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    Inspiring blog! You've come a long way already. You reminded me to look back at the bit I've accomplished since I joined and now I don't feel so discouraged by my puny two tenths of a pound loss this week. emoticon
    4091 days ago
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    I love your attitude! Keep Sparking and have a great week!
    4091 days ago
    Are you aware that the have foam weights (barbells and footweights) that you can use in a pool and can substitute for weight training. You might want to look into that. Out of the water they're very light. Let me know if you want more info
    4091 days ago
    Oh my, I have never heard of a fridge door falling off. Your poor foot! I was imagining your jamming the door back in every time you used it LOL It sounds like the pool class will be a real help with the extra laps, how far are you from the pool?
    4091 days ago
    Sorry you have been having a rough time emoticon That sucks that your landlord pretty much left you without a fridge for 2 weeks.

    If you swim laps after your class that would be great "extra" exercise you will be getting. I can't wait until our pool opens here, I'm going to take my son to a toddler swimming class. He has low muscle tone and the Dr. said that swimming
    would be a big help for that (it'll help mommy too!!).

    I love your mini-challenge and your goals...sounds like you've got a good plan!! Have fun at the farmer's market, ours doesn't open until June...damn WI...even though it's going to be 90+ degrees today and tomorrow!! I'll be sweating on my 5k walk tonight!

    I hope you have a great week!! emoticon
    4091 days ago

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    Great blog! I love the way you finish on such a positive note.
    4091 days ago
    Loved your bridge walk photo's. You inspired me! I'm looking for a 5K to try (walking only) in June - which is a million years ahead of schedule since it wasn't on the schedule at all :)

    I personally think you weren't as far from your goal as you seem to think - but you are entitled to your thoughts :)

    Eating out adds a ton of water packing sodium so you'll see losses again when you start cooking or that was my experience over the last month.

    Keep rockin' the journey!

    4092 days ago
    I am sorry you have had some troubles. Glad to see you are back on track. I like the sound of your goal. Just keep telling yourself the 3 things you wrote. Belive in yourself you can do this. Im here for you if you need anything. Once again congrts on the bridge walk.
    4092 days ago
    I did not make any progress this month either. :( Boo!
    Like you I am working on not being upset and just moving forward. Congrats on looking for new ways to challenge yourself. I am aso going to be doing more swimming. Do you have a reclined/recumbent bike? Not sure what your hips would think, but I think it might be ok.
    4092 days ago
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