Monday, April 07, 2014
Well, I didn't win the entire March Knit and Get Fit challenge, but I did pretty well, and I won a prize (a fancy hank of yarn)! Here's what I most liked about this challenge. First, getting points for workouts means I actually made an effort to get to the gym and work out. I started Masters swimming again, regularly attended the morning strength class at the Y, and even did some walking and strength circuits on my own.
It was kind of gratifying when Jason joined me in those circuits one day and after one set, when I announced "Only 3 more rounds!", he looked traumatized. But he did them all with me. He's doing really great, actually, and lost seven pounds in March!
Second, we got points for posting pictures of the healthy meals we were eating, which is incredible motivation for actually eating healthy meals. March wasn't perfect, food-wise, but it was pretty darn good.
By the end of the month, I hadn't lost any weight, but I had lost an inch on my waist and hips, and a couple of inches on my chest. I was hoping for more, but the challenge was a really good jumpstart for me.
Now here's the bad part - I'm having a really hard time with my shoulder. Push ups and shoulder exercises in strength training class are bad. Swimming is bad. I went swimming on Saturday with Rebecca and even though we did half of the workout kicking, we did enough with our arms that by Saturday night my shoulder and head were hurting. Yesterday I realized the right side of my neck hurt. It's the end of the work day on Monday and my shoulder and the right sides of my neck and head are still hurting.
So today I made an appointment with an orthopedist.
I know I can do the 1.25-mile St. John swim right this second, and snorkeling doesn't really involve the arms, so no matter what, our vacation at the end of May is intact. However, I've skipped the last 2 weeks of Master's swimming because I don't want to aggravate the shoulder anymore than I already have.
So I've been walking. A lot. Since I seem to be useless for much else right now, my goal is to walk 10,000 steps per day in April. Saturday I got 7000 steps, but I swam, so I called it good. Every other day in April so far, I've walked at least 10,000 steps.
I have a feeling I'll also be adding physical therapy to the routine in the near future.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Unlike all the other times I don't post for almost a week, I'm actually doing really well this time. The Knit & Get Fit group is off and running and so far (4 days in), I'm killing it!
Not to toot my own horn. But I did win a prize today for being in the top 3, so... Toot!
It's been interesting because the only person I know in the group is the organizer (and I only know her through Ravelry and Yarnbox) and everyone is at completely different levels with their fitness and nutrition knowledge. We're all encouraging each other and the fact that I get points and am accountable to a group makes it that much easier to get up early and go to the gym.
Since it's Facebook-based, a lot of the points hinge on photos. We get a point for taking a picture of each of our meals, for taking a sweaty picture of ourselves post-workout, for taking a picture of our latest knitting project. We also get a point for posting a motivational quote, and it's been fun to find them and to read everyone else's.
This morning the organizer announced a mini prize. The top 3 of us are going to get a copy of a knitting pattern on our Ravelry wishlist. Nice! She told us that she'll be doing mini prizes like this all month, so that's fun.
The grand prize will be a set of interchangeable knitting needles, yarn handspun by the organizer (I've seen her stuff; it's gorgeous), stitch markers and some buttons. I understand none of this has any appeal to someone who doesn't knit, but the idea of winning makes me clap my hands with glee.
And now the reason you're really here: how are those workouts going, Kelly?
Pretty well, actually.
Monday: strength training
Wednesday: Masters swimming
Thursday: rest (I need it. I did both of those swims still hurting from strength training. I'm not sure what exercise we did, but my calves have been killing me.)
Tomorrow I'll go to strength training again and Saturday I have another swim planned.
I need to get used to this schedule again. First of all, I'm sleepy by 8:30 or so and basically out cold by 10 lately. Second, swimming two days in a row this week made me HUNGRY. I've been doing pretty well with the low-carb/Paleo approach, I just need to eat a bit more until I get used to being so active again.
It's amazing how quickly I get back into this pattern. Last week I was a lump on the couch. This week I'm feeling guilty for not working out this morning. Just got to keep it up. As the Nike motivation I posted yesterday for motivation says: Just do it. Then do it again.
Friday, February 28, 2014
SparkPeople is kind of a pain with in-post links, so I'm just going to link to my latest blog post: kellyim10.blogspot.com/2014/02/more-
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I wrote a blog about some of my recent knitting projects: kellyim.blogspot.com/2014/02/knittin
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