Tuesday, July 22, 2014
As I blogged the other day, I am determinedto increase and vary my exercise plan. But I do not feel that exercise is the only issue standing between weight loss and my bathroom scale numbers.
Many people who are 'mature' (meaning stage of life, not necessarily mental aptitude) get frustrated with the slowness of losing weight. I've known some who aren't losing because they still eat porly and many who eat properly, exercise daily... and lose very little. I'm one of the latter group... sorta. "Sorta" meaning: except that my exercise is limited to what I CAN do. That's definitely a big factor here.
To shed pounds, I know that I need to do what I cannot at present do: burn more calories. But is that all that is wrong? Periodically I dig into new areas, knowing that the way I eat and exercise should have by now resulted in reaching goal weight. What is the missing link to weight loss? Is it 'just' to move more... or is some internal roadblock in need of change?
For over 40 years I've had to take maintenance medications that all are known to cause weight gain, sluggishness of mind and body. The alternative to taking them is not good, so I cope. Fibromyalgia has pretty much controlled my life for about 22 years, and I've lost an adrenal gland. Adrenal functions are important, too; just how DOES the loss of one affect me?!? That's an answer I seek and WANT. And other factors combine with these to create some internal 'issues' that my doctor needs to address... or she should give me a referral to an endocrinologist.
Sometimes when we search for something, we find a site that is commercial but informative or leads to an area of thought worth pursuing further. I keep plowing through thoughts about the various physical, hormonal and other fact-of-life issues that create my roadblocks in this journey to a healthy lifestyle. And today one of those 30-minute videos was full of information that touched my issues. Ok, the topic refers to anti-aging, but this isn't about slopping on some fancy new cream. The subject is really "internal health" in this complex system (body) that houses a person. Yes, you could say quite rightfully that improving all these internals serves an anti-aging goal if you view 'aging' as deterioration of cellular function.
See if this video makes you think about possibilities... especially f you have an autoimmune illness or syndrome (like cfids, lyme, or fibromyaglia).
When one is doing her best, and is eating healthy foods in proper amounts and balances...but not getting enough results:
is it time to consult an endocrinologist to look into the underlying nonsense of how life has affected the inner functions of the bod? That's where I am today in my thoughts.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
This blog is just a statement of my July progresss...and... my plan for reaching a solid but diverse plan of exercise...
Now past the middle of July and about 1.5 weeks to its end,
I've been assessing my July progress. For me that's always "exercise".
In my Making Daily Choices Count team, we are doing a challenge to stay on track with some basics. Because of that challenge, I can summarize that I'm getting my exercise time in, and am definitely drinking my water requirements. But getting back to exercise. How I use that time is very important and I've been digging into its possibilities and potentials.
July is full of appointments and obligations, so I knew that the pool time was impossible for July. And while I sure do miss my pool time for so many reasons (it keeps the fibro and arthritis in check and... heck, I just love being in water!), I've enjoyed experimenting with other types of exercises! Among other things: exercising to videos more than I've ever done... and not the same videos, but an assortment of MANY videos!
Having the month 'off pool' and filling it with constantly changing activities made me consider more long-term options for changing what I do for exercise. I'm feeling more open to experiment.
Taking the stress of obligation out of exercise was important for July, and so far, so good on that count. Also, I've been more less demanding and critical of myself than ever, able to just do my best and feel comfortable even though I cannot move as well as those folks in the videos. This is big for me, because I usually compare myself to how I USED to be, before the accident in '92. Back Then, I was still in decent though not great-as-once-upon-a-time shape. But that was THEN, and... Heck, I'm now 64, so it's time to ease up on comparing myself to the person I was a few decades ago, or even the person I might have been if only...! Do you ever think that way? You know what I mean: "If only...such and such..., then..." Well, I dumped it in July. This is me. The Now Me. Not the Yesterday or CouldaBeen Me, but the Now Me. Somehow this month, that settled in ... and let me just be comfortable with my Now.
The Now Me is thinking of plans and goals. Rethinking them too.
Pool belongs in my long-term plan; this is unquestionable: I'm doing more of certain things, but over the past few weeks I've been feeling stiffer than usual because these fibro muscles NEED that warm water exercise. So
First of all:
The first part of my long-term plan is deciding WHEN to return to pool, but to retain it as my main exercise for as long as possible. During the next week I'll decide whether to return in August or wait until September.
When I return to pool, I want to have a plan that will let include use of treadmill and seated elliptical machine exercises. One or two days a week, committing to one, hoping for two. To do this, I just have to return to using the hospital's Wellness Center machines. This week I will resume using their machines.
The flexible variables:
My at-home exercise currently includes more walking and daily videos, in addition to the already-ingrained-habits of stretches, and exercises with weights and bands. These will be fill-in flexible activities that add change to the otherwise regimented schedule. Why? Because we all NEED diversification to keep things interesting, to keep US interestED.
By this October I want to have a basic schedule that varies only with unavoidable appointments. It is very likely that I will need to discontinue pool at some point this winter, but I am hopeful that getting a plan going now will prepare me should that be necessary (again). So. For now. Pool is priority, but the machines are necessary...at least 1x week:
.....EVERY DAY = stretch routine
.....M, W, F = pool exercise
.....Tu, and/or Thrs = Wellness Center machines.
And I now have a wonderful assortment of interchangeable 'fun to do' exercises that will have no schedule other than that I require I do some of them every day to remain flexible.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Many of us feel alone at times when some aspect of our journeys is difficul.
My own obstacles definitely leave me feeling alone, so I'm sure glad that I have kind SparkFriends who do stand by me.
Hope you'll find this song - in this incredible presentation! - as meaningful as I do!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Team leaders know that challenges are incredible tools to each of us, often in different ways. When team leaders create challenges, they do so after thinking about the needs and interests of the team members. When we team members enter those challenges, leaders feel pleased that the challenges have touched a need and that people will commit to some change, stretegy or other effort. When everything pulls together (or rather, we the participants ALLOW everything to pull together!)... participating in challenges is a win-win endeavor!
What COUNTS though is the follow-through.
We may do well... or poorly! But what counts is that we do our best... and stick with the commitment we make to ourselves. After all, no matter how a challenge is constructe, each of us competes with only one other person: the Self Who Once Was. We want to leave that Self back behind us in the dust as we zoom forward, right? Right!
If you commit to a challenge, do your best to stick with it!
Blog about progress if that helps.
Write about it in the team if that keeps you on track.
Do whatever it takes to give yourself the gift of meeting this promise you make to yourself when you commit to a challenge.
And if like me you commit to multiple concurrent challenges, be sure that you believe doing so is possible.
Be S.M.A.R.T. about challenges as with all other goals.
We may stick to the challenge even though we don't have time to post in it, so it's important to let leaders know by simply telling them! Put it in a post, just saying "I'm with you and doing it, but probably won't have a change to post about it!" If you have to quit, let the leader know. Why should you do that? Because when there is no feedback, leaders don't know the challenge is wanted, that people are benefiting from it. A challenge that gets no action probably won't be repeated... or may even poof while it's still ongoing. So do communicate your progress as you go along.
Do all challenges have clear-cut connection to SP's healthy lifestyle goals? Nope, not all of them. Some challenges are just plain fun without any noticeable benefit to improving your lifestyle. Guess what? THAT IS FINE!
Levity is nice in life!
We need humour; it's very very healthy!
"Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness
.....Health News Flash"
.............. By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
If your teams do not offer challenges that challenge YOU,
seek other teams that give you what you need. Many people chat in one team, but participate in challenges elsewhere. Do what works for you.
I've 'known' members who participated in challenges but were seen on no other threads in the team! To me, that means the person is focussed...which is great.
If we are serious about making changes to reach goals,
challenges are incredible tools that help us.
So my two-word advice about challenges is:
........... D O T H E M ! ............
If you haven't participated in challenges, or really put effort into them:
this is the perfect time to start.
Go for it!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
My exercise for July is taking a break from an important routine.
In addition to walking and at-home exercises, I usually exercise for 90 minutes 3 times a week in a physical therapy pool. I call it my lifeline to normalcy because this eases my fibromyalgia and knees to the point that I can do other things. It helps me with handling things but I've too much on my plate to go!
But this month is full of stressors and getting to that pool would add to th stress. Bizarre, huh? Basically, if you put the thoughts together: I'm apparently taking a break from normalcy for all of July! YIKES.
This break from an important part of my life is not without a back-up plan.
I'm planning to walk, stretch and follow gentle exercise videos that are online.
And take a lot of hot showers (yup, in the heat) to keep my muscles limber.
An important July goal? SURVIVE THE MONTH! Ok, more specifically, I'm doing all I can to make sure that my plan to skip pool therapy will not backfire! I have to keep exercising, and may occasonally post things I'm doing. They'll probably sound lame to most people here, but I've got limits and do push them. :) Unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia can only push gently, so I hope my friends will be cheering for me in July.
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