Monday, September 12, 2011
I've been thinking a lot lately about progress and all of the wonderful "progress reports" that I see people posting. It got me wanting to post my own list of successes.
Now, I don't yet have a list of all the changes and good things that have happened to me fitness and health-wise. Despite, just passing my 4th Sparkversary, I've barely made any progress. That is due to inconsistency, lack of motivation, and not believing in myself.
It's not a list yet, as there is only one thing to go on it, but the first thing I would have to list is THINKING. SP has changed my thinking. All of the inspiring people and stories have helped change my thinking.
I know that I have what it takes. AND I WILL GET THERE.
But you know, I still wanted to post that darned list. SO.... I decided to post a list off all the progress I've made since my car accident in April. This is my motivation list. This is the list of things I DID that lets me know that I can do SO MUCH MORE.
I can bend over to pick something up off the ground, from standing and sitting, both without falling over or groaning from pain.
In fact, I no longer have rib pain.
I can stand from the couch without using my arms at all. I used to need a person to lift me, and then later, required my chair raised and a walker just to struggle to my feet.
My lower back pain is practically gone... I only rarely notice it, and even then it's more of a tightness than an actual pain.
My shoulder no longer pops out of socket. Although it does still hurt frequently, is very tight, and the majority of my back near my shoulder blade is numb to the touch. I doubt I will regain complete feeling in this area.
My knee is similar to my shoulder. MUCH better, less tender, but still numb.
I am fully able to cook, clean, bathe (still with a stupid shower chair though) and dress, completely unassisted. I couldn't do that 3 months ago
I can lower myself from my wheelchair to the floor.
can pull myself from the floor to the couch. I discovered these two hooking up the Kinect.
Discovering the two previous, enabled me to get into, and out of, the pool. I can FINALLY swim!
I can now sleep without my boot on.
I can hobble across the kitchen without use of the wheelchair or the walker. Though I do grasp the counters like I'm falling off a cliff.
I can "walk" with my crutches.
I took my dog for a walk for the first time 4 days ago.
Since then, I've taken her twice more.
At first my good foot hurt so bad (since it hasn't been used in 4 months) so quickly.
My foot still hurts, but it's getting better.
I've signed up for the 1mile walking virtual race. I be walking that mile, with or without my crutches. I am GOING to do a mile.
So, that's my progress so far! I can't wait to see what I will be able to put on the next list!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Yep, it's been four years! And while over the last four years, I gained more than I lost (due to inconsistency), I seriously have to credit SP for a MASSIVE change in my thinking!
I've finally gotten my head where it needs to be. Now, I'm just waiting for my healing body to catch up!
So, thanks SP.
PS. Down 1lb!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
So, I was determined to get in some darned exercise today! Normally, my goal is to wake, eat, workout. But lately, I haven't felt motivated to work out in the morning, which then leads to forgetting and never working out at all.
But today! Today, I was going to work out, first thing in the morning just like I'm supposed to.
But I didn't.
I got sidetracked with job hunting, insurance crap, and well, I'll be honest, video games.
However, I refused to let one more day go without doing something! So, inspired by the 10 minute challenge and by indygirls dailyspark post ( www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=cle
ver_cardio_for_those_with_mobility_issues ). I decided I would try her idea of "pillow tossing" for ten minutes. Except, I decided to kick it up a notch! Instead of a pillow, I laid down on the couch and tossed a 2lb sand ball. AND, to make it even more interesting, I raised my legs in the air (only managed 3 of the 10 with my legs up, but whatev!) Let me just say, It's a lot more work that one might think! My arms are FEELING it!
Tomorrows goal: 11 mins, 4 with my legs up!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Just a few things I've noticed over the last two weeks:
*Tighter budget = more carbs.
*More carbs = full fast, but hungrier sooner.
*Hungrier = snacking
*snacking = return of bad food cravings... like chips.
*Giving in to cravings = Headed wrong direction from my goals (!!)
Although not sure if completely related.... I've also noticed these changes over the last two weeks:
*Less motivation to work out... or spark, even.
*More interrupted sleep from pains (probably a combo of not working out and lingering problems from my accident)
So, yeah. I've got to get my rear end moving again! Seriously.
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