My Progress!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Workout yesterday and Yesterday's food log

Just in case any of you missed it. I did end up losing on my weigh in Monday. I won't say how much because of the competition, but It was in excess of that little gain I had over the weekend...whatever that was. I lost that, plus more :)

My eating and workouts have been a casulty of being sick earlier in the week. I didn't track on Monday and Tuesday, but trust me... I wasn't eating much. I also didn't workout on those days. I did manage to get to the pool yesterday and had a good workout. Sometimes I'm floundering around in the pool and I just feel like I'm not really doing anything. I guess because I'm not sweating or breathing extremely hard so I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere, but I know that any activity is good for me right now. It is all strength training too and I need that most.

Here is my workout in the pool so far. If any of you have any suggestions, let me know. I found a good water workout somewhere, I just need to find it again.

First 5 minutes I spend doing "steps" in the pool, basically stepping up and down off a fairly good sized step they have in the pool. I don't know if that is what it is there for, but that's what I use it for. Again, feels way too easy, but I have faith its doing *something* for me. I usually average about 30 steps for each leg. I may start doing some other combinations as I get more comfortable.

Once I'm warmed up, I grab the noodle and start paddling away. Lord the images that must be going through your minds right now. It's kind of like running in place underwater, but I don't let my feet touch the bottom of the pool (It's too hard on my joints). I actually started to cramp up a bit last night so maybe I better try to stretch a bit after the steps? I do this for about 20 minutes.

When I'm done doing my running in place/trying not to drown/holding onto the wet noodle for dear life phase of my routine, I move on to other strength training exercises. I do about 5 minutes training with dumbells on my arms and about 5 more doing leg lifts. Then the REAL workout starts.

I haul my dimple-ridden carc-ass out of the pool and head to the showers. Seriously, this last bit is the most difficult. Gravity is so unforgiving. By the time I walk out to my car, I'm completely and thoroughly exhausted. The kind of exhausted I feel when I have to give myself a few minutes to catch my breath before starting to drive. I HATE this part, I guess because it just reminds me of how limited I am right now. The good thing is, there is a deep satisfaction in knowing that despite the difficulty and humiliation of donning that sparkly black swimsuit, I did it!

I seriously did NOT want to go yesterday, but I talked my way out of the morning by saying I'd go in the afternoon and as I started to dream up excuses for why I couldn't go that afternoon, I just verbally slapped myself upside the head and reminded myself that reasoning like that is exactly how I got to 465 lbs to begin with. The deal I made with myself is that I can change my mind about WHEN I'm going to workout, but it HAS to be done that day. If it doesn't happen in the morning, then I WILL go in the afternoon, no other compromises.

With that said, I can't use the pool today and tomorrow and they aren't open on weekends. I was thinking that the pool being closed got me out of doing cardio until next week and then I remembered that I can use the hand bike there. Thank god most of the people there are seriously overweight as well because there is just NO way to use a handbike and look like anything other than a gigantic goofball. Haha! Maybe I'll have tanner take a picture so we can all have a good laugh. Oh shoot! I just remembered, Im getting that good rate just for using the pool...Oh well, maybe Tanner and I can dance around the living room or something....even goofier images of that come to mind. I WON'T be recording that for posterity, sorry guys.

Here's what I ate Yesterday

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Pam said...

Good for you for going to the pool in the afternoon! It can be difficult to get back into a routine when you've taken a break while sick. Too bad the pool will be closed for the next couple of days. Dancing with Tanner sounds like a good substitute, though.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Are you using SparkPeople to log your food?

I'm feeling your pain...when getting out of the pool, I almost feel as if I'm being pulled down by some super gravitational field.

I hope to be able to start some kind of exercise program in 4-6 weeks, once the doctor and Physical Therapist give me the okay!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Okay. I SWORE to myself (or at myself) that I would NOT follow any more blogs! I'm buried! But I just HAVE to follow someone who is doing such a hard, courageous thing as this because MAYBE it will rub off on me!

GOOD FOR YOU for putting it all out there and keeping yourself accountable. I don't want to miss seeing your success so, here I AM!

Drop on by my place anytime.

Heather said...

You go, girl!! It sounds like you're doing a fantastic job. Just keep on movin' and you'll be just fine!

fatfighter said...

Good for you for making yourself go workout even when you didn't want to - that's definitely something I have a hard time doing sometimes! Sounds like you made the right kind of "deal" with yourself.

wildfluffysheep said...

I think you're doing awesome with your pool exercises. You definitely don't want to over do it :D Kudos on the no exercise compromise.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Hey thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Hope you come back and you know I'll be droppin' in! :) Blessings to you.

IRJessica said...

I seriously love you. You are such a bad-ass to be working at this!

In my (super limited) experience, cramping is best treated with a multivitamin in the AM, along with milk (I guess I really mean calcium). The calcium is key, along with Vitamin C and the Bs. I swear by them. When its that time of the month, I take a pain killer day one, and take double my daily recommended calcium intake, and don't need a pain killer after that. No cramps, and that goes for exercise too.

Depending on the gym, they may not notice if you use a bike,or what kind of membership you have, especially if it's not over full in there. You can always claim forgetfulness if they call you out... ; )

My 3 Month Challenge said...

It sounds like you had a good workout! And great self-talk, motivating yourself to get to the gym :D

Tatersmama said...

You GO girl!
Good for you for talking yourself into doing the afternoon session. I just wish I had a bit more of your will-power!!
Lately, I've had a whole lot of "won't-power", but you inspired me to get out in the yard this afternoon and I just kept working until I got the work done!
If you can do it, there's no reason for me not to make more of an effort too!

Yep... you're an inspiration all right!

Wenny said...

I truly admire your self-motivation and determination. Keep it up coz I know you will definitely achieve your target.