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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I'm back to Spark. Please kick me in the butt. I'm back up to 314 pounds. Not acceptable!

I am so embarrassingly out of shape. I was as high as 350 pounds and as low as 240. When I was 240 pounds a few years ago, I was fairly fit. I was doing yoga once or twice a week, Zumba two or three times a week, two water aerobics classes, and three days of strength training. I need to get back there.

I (can finally afford and) have a gym membership again. I am terrible at exercising at home. I really honestly don't have the environment for it. (No space and too many other people around.)

My fibro has been acting up so much lately. I'm always tired and I hurt all the darn time. I might as well exercise anyway, right? When I did 1 mile on the treadmill tonight my foot and hip/lower back were killing me. I even managed a big blister on the bottom of my left foot.

I was really pushing myself (was getting target heart rate done with trainer, so she was pushing me) and eeked out a mile in 21:22. I wasn't huffing and puffing, but I was in terrible pain with my hip/back and my feet starting around minute 8. That's so friggin sad. In all fairness, I tend to totally avoid the repetitive motion stuff for partly this reason, but that's just so ridiculous that I can't even do a mile without being in a lot of pain. :(

- Josie
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    Hope you are still working out and working through the pain!
    2733 days ago
  • KARENE10
    I'm a little late but emoticon back! I agree that if you can just start plain walking a little at a time and work up to more you'll be fine emoticon
    2940 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Welcome back. And I agree with your other SP friends. Treat yourself gently as you get back into this. It's frustrating and you want to make up for lost time but an injury on top of any other issues won't do! Take care and best of luck as you continue on your journey to health. emoticon
    2945 days ago
    Try just plain walking at the beginning. 15 to 30 mins. at a time, then build up. If you enjoy gardening, do that for 15 to 30 mins. Good to see you back!
    2966 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5233545
    emoticon WELCOME BACK dont try to do too much to quickly small steps are best emoticon
    2978 days ago
    Welcome back! if you need support just let us know!
    2978 days ago
    Welcome back, congrats on taking the first step -- being here.

    I'm sure you can do it, as you have done it before. You just have to remember why and how.

    Good job on running a mile, in any amount of time. I always think I am going to fall over.

    Find some activities that you really like or love or just consider fun or interesting. Even if they are not the top calorie burner, if you like it you will be more inclined to do it. And more time doing that will add up, whereas the time spent not doing and hating something considered better does not help!

    2978 days ago
    Try to remember that you should be taking baby steps as in the beginning of your Spark journey, especially since you are sore from the fibro. It might seem sad to you now that you can't do a mile in less than 21 minutes (personally I think that's it's a GREAT time!), but honestly over doing it will only make you NOT go to the gym the next day instead of adding the fuel to the fire that makes you want to get up and go to the gym. Take it slow, take it easy and remember that eating real foods in smaller portions will get you where you want to be faster than any treadmill.
    High Five Josie!!!
    2978 days ago
    I too have recently started on here again. Hwever this time I am trying not to make it a "big deal" like I HAVE to do it. For some reason thinking about it this way takes the pressure off a little. I find myself a little more excited.. I'm trying to celebrate ANY positive changes and minimize the negatives. I figure those negatives might be important later on but while I'm getting started I want to be gentle and kind to myself. As far as the gym goes...perhaps find an activity that is more enjoyable for you than the treadmill etc. Perhaps shooting baskets) lifting weights or swimming... I may be no expert but by changing your outlook on going and what you'll get out of the experience might help to get you motivated. When something is "awful" your less likely to stay motivated over a period of time. If you are looking at losing weight as a lifestyle change then you have time to make smaller more incremental changes...this allows your body and MIND to adjust.

    Glad you came back and are trying to work so hard.
    2978 days ago
    Nope. Not going to kick you in the butt. That's not what you need. What you need is to be KIND to yourself. You're in that condition because you've got a MUCH worse habit than not exercising. Your worse habit is beating yourself up. Realize that you are overeating because some part of you believes it would be worse to feel the pain of what is truly bothering you. The overeating and under-exercising you've been doing is because your mind is actually trying to protect you in its own distorted way. Acknowledge this and maybe slowly you can face what is really bothering you.

    Beyond this, here are a few basic suggestions:
    1) Recognize it's okay to adopt healthy habits slowly--you don't have to do it all at once.
    2) Remember that this is a DAILY practice for the rest of your life.
    3) This CAN be fun.
    4) At least 8 glasses of water per day.
    5) Always eat a high fiber and high protein breakfast.
    5) Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables.
    7) Eat lean meat.
    8) Make sure you actually like the taste of everything going in your mouth.
    9) Don't work out so hard that you injure yourself. That is the only body you have for the rest of your life.
    10) Losing weight and getting healthy is not a race. Again, it's a daily practice for the rest of your life so figure out how to enjoy it.

    I wish you the best!
    2978 days ago
    First of all, Welcome Back!!!! Start of SLOW. Walk for 10 minutes, and gradually increase the time. Then begin to intersperse Walking and jogging. There is a great program called Couch to 5K, that I started a week ago but came down with a cold after the first day so I will have to start again once I am better. emoticon
    2978 days ago
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