Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 8

Tonight was Zumba night. Last winter I attended Zumba class on a very regular basis, but when I went back to the golf course, I just couldn't get there over the summer, then the accident and that pushed going back to class even further.  I tried a class in early December, but it was a little too early yet.  Thought I would try it out again.  I'm so glad I did.  What a work out!  What I like most is getting in a whole body workout and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.  By the time class was over my hair was even dripping with sweat.  It felt good.

One of the mini challenges this week presented by the Sisterhood was to write 3 nice things about ourselves every day this week..... Well, I'm going to have to give that some thought....
1.  I think I am a pretty darned good mom.
2.  I have overcome a couple of really big challenges over the last few months and still maintain a pretty positive outlook on life.
3.  I like how my legs look... in a skirt, in shorts or in long pants, I think they are well proportioned.

That's it for now.  Gotta get the push up/squat challenge completed for today.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4

These first 4 days have been much better and easier than I thought they would be.  I have been able to complete the squat/push-up challenge.  In fact, as the number of squats have increased, I've found them easier to do.'Push-ups are always a struggle because I lack the arm strength required, but I should be getting better at them too as the challenge goes on.  I try to do the first set prior to walking on the treadmill and then I do the 2nd set when I'm done.  This pattern is working for me.  I've also been tracking my food intake using MyFitnessPal.  So far, so good. I've been under the caloric goal each day.  Amazing!

I noticed today as I was walking that my leg wasn't bothering me as much as it has in the past.  Maybe this walking, along with the squats are helping my back as well as the pain in my leg. In fact, as I write this, almost 6 hours later, I don't fell the stiffness or weakness in my leg either.  I'll keep my fingers crossed that the exercise is not only burning calories, but may also be helping with the sciatica issues. I am sick and tired of leg pain.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

On joining The Sisterhood

Two days ago I stumbled upon a website called The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.  BINGO! I read thru a number of articles on the site. I felt at home.

I'd been trying (ok, not really) to get back into the exercise routine, but after the accident in August and the issues with my back and sciatica, well, the motivation just wasn't there.  I've lived with pain on a daily basis for so long, mentally it was tough to figure out how I was ever going to get back to an active life.  Well, I've come to the realization that I just have to, no excuses.  So, on Dec. 31, 2013, I decided to get started.  I took a 2 mile walk.  Outside. In 7 degree weather.  That was a little stupid, but it was a start. Yesterday I decided to start the squat and push up challenge posted by The Sisterhood.  I also included a 1/2 hour walk on the treadmill (it was a much warmer walk).  Today, the first thing I did when I got up was the challenge and another 30 minutes on the treadmill.  It has really felt good - I knew it would.

So, my goals for January:

Short term goals:
Do the squat & push-up challenge
Include a 30 minute or more walk along with the challenge
Use Myfitnesspal to track food intake and exercise

Long term goals:
Develop better eating habits
Drink more water
Like how I look in photos, especially the ones that will be taken at Micah's wedding in December. (this is the big one!)

My journey isn't about weight loss, I figure that will be an added bonus of making changes in my life. My journey is more about getting up, getting active and enjoying a healthy life. As my son so eloquently put it... "Remember Mom, it doesn't matter how fast you go, you are still running circles around people sitting on the couch."  Thanks for the advice, Michael!