Catching Up

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Things have been going pretty well here since starting my Spark break until January so I decided it was time for an update.

Rod’s hand surgery is scheduled for December 8, operating on both hands at the same time because he’s a type 1 diabetic and it’s better not to have to go under general anesthetic twice if it can be done once instead. I’ll feel better after it’s over but doing it that soon means we will be able to go to spend Christmas with my son and grandson in New Mexico as we had hoped.

Between bouts of rain I’ve been busy cutting back the perennials in our flower garden out front and trying not to kill anything. I’m not a gardener so am looking everything up - I’ve never been fond of the “learn by doing” method.

Yesterday I decided I should spend some of my time getting back into the habit of exercise so I started with a 15 minute “Core Workout for Beginners” (something “short and simple”)

I made a discovery.

15 minutes is NOT short and the workout was NOT simple

I think I finished about 5 minutes before giving up

Boy, am I out of shape!

So today I decided on trying Jessica Smith’s “No Nonsense Walking Workout in 30 minutes.”

I can walk outside for longer than 30 minutes but after about 5 minutes with Jessica I was done!

So I’ve discovered I’m much more out of shape than I thought I was.

And I’m apparently back at square 1 in workout stamina.

I’m planning on joining the “Y” in January

I have some Paul Eugene chair exercise video’s bookmarked on my computer so maybe I’ll try that tomorrow. His routines aren’t easy though

Is any of this?

It would be nice to not constantly feel like I’m taking one step forward and two steps back.

Forward is better.

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    Have you considered trying an exercise DVD or video with some humor in it and the encouragement to self pace your involvement?

    Something like Richard Simmons, maybe. I like some of the musical ones and the humor and the way you see people at all kinds of fitness level.
    I would recommend Leslie Sansone for her humor and stress on doing what you can do.

    There is no shame in starting out at beginners level - again! I have been humbled in having to do that. In fact having had almost a month off exercise since Christmas emoticon due to vacation schedule and illness emoticon I think this may need to be my focus, too!!

    2288 days ago
    Lot of time goes into your Blogs Carolyn. I don't think it is wasted. The Blogs are inspirational and motivational. I luv reading them. I wish you well on your 2015 Spark People Journey. MA
    2308 days ago
    Long time, no comment (I'm way behind on reading blogs!) Glad to see you checking in. I understand about the holidays being hard and hope you have joyful ones in spite of it all. Praying that Rod's surgery went well. Will be looking for an update from you, maybe in the New Year!?

    2309 days ago
    emoticon and I know I have to take every day as emoticon . Your post really do inspire me. emoticon
    2311 days ago
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    You write the best blogs! Sorry haven't been over to it before now-if it hasn't been one thing it has been another...crazy, busy times. I sure appreciate your stopping by and commenting on my blog and chatting with you via the mail.
    Exercise if not kept up with can put you back to square one after 2 weeks experts say. Been there many times...so I know how you feel! I love my walking, as you know and Paul Eugene when I have the energy emoticon --he is tough! Love the chair exercise, good break for my knees! Just do the best you can. I feel like any movement, is better than sitting around. Even vigorous housework burns calories!! emoticon emoticon
    Hope Rod is doing well with his recovery. Have a safe and wonderful trip to NM to visit your son. emoticon
    2312 days ago
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    Thanks for the inspiration!
    2327 days ago
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    I feel like that sometimes. I have yet to finish Jillian Michaels St DVD's.
    No giving up on ourselves though. Baby steps will eventually become adult ones.

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    2327 days ago
    Very cool blog Carolyn. I feel like I am pretty much in the same boat you are. I have been struggling for months and been in and out and on and off with Sparks. But, WE can do it. Thanks for not giving up!
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    I do believe that you'll make yourself a legend! Just take it easy! Small baby steps, so you don't get so discouraged! I know before long, you'll be back in the groove and this memory will fade into the back ground. With the baby steps, you won't be wasting the time taking one step forward and two back, as you'll be in an area that is comfortable for you, and as you work your way back, which will be faster than you think, as that's what happened to me, you'll have your confidence back and you'll get that never say never attitude back also. I've always seen you as a strong person and you still are, it's just on a different fitness level, for now! You've got this young lady, and I believe in YOU! By His Grace, it's already done!

    Oh, by the way would you please send me the link for the forms that you made for logging our miles for the virtual walk. We're into week 5 and I've been trying to recreate the forms on my computer, but it just isn't working. Help, Please!


    - Nancy Jean -
    2328 days ago
    Hahahahaha~ the "here's yer chance to become a legend" made my day! Hahahahaha~ Thanks, sweetie! *hugs* And don't ya ever give up. Just take baby steps and soon you will be soaring! *hugs* BB~
    2328 days ago
    great blog....

    i know that it doesn't take much of a time lapse for me to have to start from square one in the shape-it-up department. good news is, if you start moving forward again, it becomes easier over time -- and it doesn't seem to take me as long to get there =)

    wishing you well for your up and coming events and adventures.
    2328 days ago
    OMG, I bust out Laughing
    this was so cute, and I can totally relate.
    I did Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred...........omg..... I toughed it out because I was determined to get in 30 min. But my Jumping jacks were NOT pretty, sometimes I did the One Leg at a time. Lunges were not pretty either, I did best I could. Thanks for the good laugh.
    We can do this.
    My Y opens in June, but we can go to a hole in the wall one 4 miles away. When YOU start the Y, We will hit that gym, so count me in.
    Wishing Hubby a fast recovery, and good for you on traveling soon, I know that has to lift your spirits. Does mine

    2328 days ago
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    You now know where you stand. That is only the start point. Your are right that exercise is hard. But so is living in a body that doesn't do everything you want. You get to choose your hard. It seems trite and I used to *hate* hearing it. But it is true for me. Although for myself I've altered the saying a bit. I can be in pain in bed or in pain moving. I'll choose moving, thank you very much. I've also found that with consistent movement that I am in less pain.

    My friend, I believe you know my story. I started out where you are now. I could barely move (even being dosed with high levels of steroids). I started by walking 10 minutes (sometimes broken into 2 5-minute sessions) at a pace I could do (which wasn't very fast). I then each week added either time or intensity to my walks. I've now walked a 5K in under 50 minutes. I have been rock climbing. I have less pain today than I have had in years and it's been raining for the past day (and that normally brings higher pain and swelling).

    Don't beat yourself up for the ground you think you lost. You had other major things going on that took precedence. You have supported your husband through several major surgeries (hands included), diabetes, moving your home to a new state, home upkeep, etc. You have gained valuable experiences and knowledge along the way. Now is the time to start taking those small steps towards your healthy living goals.

    You CAN do this. You've proved it by doing it before. But most of all have fun!
    2328 days ago
    I love the "expectation" and the "reality"!!! That is so spot on!

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    2328 days ago
    Awesome, sweet lady - you can do it. Glad that things are looking up for you and hubby. Please take care, don't overdue.... and of course, do not be too shy to say 'yes' to dessert once in a while.

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    Well girl, it's so good that you found out what you could do and that helps build up your strength for your next fitness session! You can show yourself how much stronger you are!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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