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May 2017:

Great news! I'm cleared to jog (intervals for now, which is about where I was at anyway as a jogger). Goal is to do a 5k in 2017! I am going to physical therapy faithfully, and I hope soon I will also be cleared to do other exercises I enjoy like yoga and zumba.

So far I have lost 6.3 lbs in the 5% weight loss challenge starting April 1. I have 3 lbs go to go reach my 5% goal.

In reviewing my goals, I have not been great about upper body weights, but have incorporated abs. Need to put in more upper body weights - being careful of my tennis elbow.

April 2017

Inspired by the Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge, I'm updating this to be more current:

The good news is, I mostly have healthy habits. I cook for myself and my family, using fresh produce I buy from the local farmer's market; I enjoy going to the gym, walking or biking on the beach, and doing yoga; and in general, I'm doing the right stuff. But I also love to bake, and to entertain, and to eat. So there isn't too much low-hanging fruit, which is hard -- I can't be one of those "I quit soda and lost 50 lbs" people because I haven't had a non-diet soda in years. I'm also having trouble in the exercise department these days because I'm recovering from ACL reconstruction -- doing well, but still not cleared to jog, do yoga, or do anything plyometric.

Other personal details -- I'm 38, married with a 5 year-old and an almost 3 year-old. I live in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA, where the climate is just about ideal, and everyone (except me) looks perfect in a bikini. I work as a user experience researcher, meaning that I work with companies building digital products to help them make sure that everyone can use their website or app. And of course, I have all the challenges that come with this lifestyle -- not enough time to work out (including a long commute a few days a week). But what else is new?

I'm excited to have joined the Spring 5% weight loss challenge, and I think this will be the kick in the pants I need!

Member Since: 9/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 80,296

My Goals:
For now, we're starting small. For the Spring 2017 5% Weight Loss Challenge, I'd like to lose 10 lbs and get from 187 to 177.

Ultimate goal would be around 155-160 lbs, which is lower than I have ever weighed in my adult life except for one short period after starting thyroid medication AND being on weight watchers. I was 165 at my high school graduation and 170 at my wedding.

My Program:
Here's what I commit to for Spring 2017:

Leg ACL rehab exercise set - 6 days/week (including days I go to physical therapy)
Exercise bike OR elliptical OR jog - 20+ minutes 4-5 days/week
Upper body and core strength training - 2-3x/week
Other exercise (walking, biking, etc.) 2-3 days/week
Hit 10,000 steps 4 days/week

I am not following a particular diet, but I generally eat, and will continue to eat, according to the following tenets:

- Journal all food
- Stick to calorie range, max 1700 calories (don't increase for exercise)
- Focus on protein, and some healthy fats. Lots of fruits and veggies.
- Limit packaged foods; focus on homemade foods.
- Focus on whole grains rather than grains. Limit or eliminate refined grain products (bread, pasta, cereal, etc.).
- Limit added sugars. Stick to honey or maple syrup over sugar when possible. 0-calorie sweeteners OK in moderation.
- Protein and fat with every meal and snack.
- L

Personal Information:
When I was 18 months old, the doctor told my mother to stop feeding me so much. At 8 years old, I had my first memory of being told to say no to cookies. I remember multiple battles with my mother over food and weight - she'd find candy or bags of dried fruit under my bed, I'd cry, she'd cry, etc. I've been on weight watchers at least two different times. I've been to three different private nutritionists. I've journaled, I've exercised, I've done this and that.

Thank god, a lot of the external pressure to lose weight is gone. Turns out my mother was mainly worried that I would never find love (untrue; this has never been a problem for me, and I've been happily married for the last 8 years); that I would have major health problems (so far my cholesterol and blood pressure are good); and even that I wouldn't find a job (I have a great career working for myself now, which is much better than the jobs I had had in the past). But I still see the scale slowly creeping up.

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    1 day ago
    How's it going today?

    What I've learned from all the PT I've had to do is that when an area gets inflamed it needs icing to reduce the inflammation. Even if it seems like it's not hurting, inflammation can be deep down inside. The repeated icing helps to really get into those areas.

    Tissues that are repeatedly inflamed will break down over time and tear. I would suggest that you have a heart to heart chat with your PT about the knee. It seems you have had knee issues many times over this past year. What can you do to prevent it from happening again? Are there strength exercises? Should you not be doing long runs? Can you do short runs of a mile or less and not bring on a recurrence? Is the problem coming from HOW you run? Are you just not built for running?

    I used to run 1 to 3 miles a day. I loved running but the infertility doctor thought it was in part responsible along with being too thin so this was taken away in hopes of becoming pregnant. Then 3 years later I saved my MIL from a bad fall and in doing so I damaged a disc. It was just healing when she took another fall and that area was damaged further. I have had back issues for a long time now and running was totally off the list forever more (that's if I want to be able to walk and not in constant pain). Swimming , for me, has been a solution for not giving those discs further issues while still getting exercise and cardio.

    So ask PT what is a good plan for your exercise and what do the recommend in lieu of running? If you are permitted to run again, do they suggest icing that knee every time after a run?

    I know your frustration and hope PT works out a good plan for you.
    Hugs and good luck!
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    2 days ago
    Hey Girl!
    I love to read your comments each day. You're funny and real.

    How is the knee coming along? I have some recurring back issues and have to be careful not to trigger major flair-ups. Swimming has been a great form of exercise that doesn't cause further injuries. I'm currently training for a swim competition in early May and am trying to build up to the 100 meters. I wasn't a swimmer until the back issues were in full blown pain symptoms I decided to give the pool exercise a try as it wouldn't put pressure on joints and would help with inflammation problems. I resisted that pool for so long but boy am I glad I finally went--amazing improvements.

    I decided since I was going 5 mornings a week for 2 different classes why not set a goal to make me work harder (reminds me of you---hahaha) and set the Senior Games as a goal. I have always been able to swim but never formally trained in the way to do the various strokes. It's been a real learning curve but I have learned enough to be able to do the games in 2 different strokes and now am working on speed and distance. Never have competed before so this should be interesting. I'm trying to learn how to dive in the pool from the side of the pool and not upset my goggles. I must look so funny trying to learn this.

    Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hi and that I'm thinking of you. Sure hope the knee heals up and stays that way.

    Happy Trails,
    PS: more pics of the kids! I love them. emoticon
    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
    I appreciate your comment on my blog. I'm glad you found it positive. I hope you had a Sparktacular Saturday.

    "There are no excuses. You are not a victim. You are unconditionally accountable for your life. You create goals and you succeed or you fail. Failure is an opportunity for learning. Once you recognize a mistake or acknowledge a failure, you learn and move on. You do not hold yourself hostage with guilt..."-William Diedrich
    5 days ago
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