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A fat guy learns to like exercise in 301 days. ( days 7 - 10)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hey, I'm a fat guy trying to learn a love for exercise before Jan 1st, 2011. When I started this blog, there were 301 days left in 2010. Join me as I try to become a life long lover of heart pumpin, sweat dripping exercise. (or I die trying )

see my first blog entry here... www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Day 7,8,9 and 10 of 301. (March 12 - 15, 2010)

A fat guy gets lazy

Observation – “A distracted existence leads us to no goal.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I have been distracted these last few days. No Blog, no spark people, no diet – no exercise. The tendonitis in my foot really threw off my mental focus on dieting and exercise. It was like the universe snuck up from behind and sucker punched me while I was doing a good thing. Why is it that when I encounter a set back like tendonitis, instead of digging in and redoubling my efforts, I quit, and use the set back as an excuse to over indulge?

Time to ask some questions.

Hey Mike, do you want to be overweight? No.

Do you want to be out of shape? No.

Do like that you get out of breath when you walk up a flight of stairs? Not really.

Are you fond of that giggly section on your back? Yuck.

Were you making progress before your foot was injured? Yup.

What are you going to do now…?

Bottom line – It will be really hard to write a blog about finding a love for exercise if I don’t exercise.

Today’s exercise blog entry… no entry today.

Today’s motivation – Do something differently than I have done it before the blog. Where I would have stopped I would like to see new commitment.

Mike
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  • SUBVET688
    Push for exercise, but maybe not as hard or a change up in routine to accommodate your tendon problems. I know how I feel. I walk and I don't feel breathless so I push longer and harder, but after a few days my legs and knees start to hurt and old injuries make themselves known so I back down and almost fall into the same trap of not exercising. I think the key is I pushed too hard too fast. I will be able to walk 2 miles at a 3.5-4 mph pace all the time with no problems if I build the strength in my legs just a little slower, then I'll get to that pace with no problem for a bit and then I will push harder. Maybe this is not your problem, but you might give it some thought.
    3711 days ago
  • no profile photo JEDIBABE
    Mike, sounds like you might need to switch to a routine of brisk walking or biking while you build up your strength and get your weight down. Running can be hard on joints, especially when they aren't used to the pounding. Any activity can be helpful and walking is a great place to start, as you get more fit add in sprint intervals. Here is a helpful ankle page from a great site I've used for years: http://www.coreperformance.com/ankl
    e/. This guy really knows his stuff and I wouldn't be without him! His exercises and stretches will help you with rehab.

    You can still accomplish your goal, the process might just not look like you expected it to, but it may be better in the end!
    3727 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Mike, time to push yourself. Schedule in that exercise as if it were part of your job. I used to be a couch potato and almost died. Now I do 2 hours of cardio and 15 minutes of strength training a day. I'm 57. If I can do it anyone can. emoticon
    3727 days ago
  • FISHIE3
    this little break may not be all that bad from you. giving your injuries some time to rest is good, even if your diet wasn't perfect. it's good to come up for air once in a while.

    keep up the good work.
    3728 days ago
  • PACHAMAMA2
    Sorry to hear your foot is still bothering you. Time to do some searching and find out what exercises you CAN do with an injured foot. Certainly strength training, but as far as cardio, I am not sure. Search the articles on SP, there might be something. Make sure you listen to your body so you don't prevent healing or make it worse.
    When you can't exercise like you want to-- really focus in on your diet so you don't lose ground. You can do it! Let us know how it is going! emoticon
    3728 days ago
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