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Need a pick-me-up? Exercise

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fitness (Photo credit: The Survival Woman)

See, this is something I know…something I’ve known for a long time.  But I let my exercise time slip away until pretty much all of the exercise I was getting was at work.  Now my job involves a lot of walking so that’s a plus, but it’s still not the same as making an effort to get consistent, sustained exercise.

And then I got sick…really sick.  For a long time.  Going on four weeks now.  I had a bad cold, started recovering from that and came down with the flu.  With respiratory issues.  So not a lot of exercise going on during that time.  I did work for most of it until the flu hit me.  That’s when I found myself spending an awful lot of time in bed.  Wow!  That’s the way to really lose your level of conditioning quickly.

I could feel that today when I got out of the house to do a little shopping.  Pretty slow going, but it sure felt good to get out of the house for a while.  And I decided I felt well enough to get in a little exercise today too.  Not a lot.  About 20 minutes altogether, but I did do some slow walking.  It sure did lift my spirits to be able to move and breathe at the same time.

Now the key for me is to remind myself of how good it makes me feel to move…and then do it!

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Not weight related…

Minute Clinic

Minute Clinic (Photo credit: Chapendra)

…but definitely health related. I’ve been having difficulty breathing today…well, not actually difficulty breathing  most of the time, but it hurts to take a deep breath. And yes, this does have me concerned. I’ve had pneumonia multiple times and this is how it starts…every single time.   I’m trying to decide if I can make it to Monday when I have a doctor’s appointment or if I should go to the urgent care clinic or one of the Minute Clinics here in town.

Needless to say, no exercise or healthy eating for me today…one of these days though…

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I’m starting to Spark

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard S...

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard School of Public Health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…at SparkPeople.com, that is. I was on there back in 2008 and really lost the weight and got healthy and in shape…then, as I’ve done too many times to count, I let it slide and fell right back into my old unhealthy habits (yes, this is most definitely one of the things I’m going to have to figure out).

I don’t have the time to spend a lot of time on there every day, but I can make the time to check in, log my food and exercise, do a little reading, take part in some challenges, look at some recipes, and so on…So I’ve begun to re-establish my Spark habit and I’m seeing a change in how I’m thinking about how I’ve been living my life. I’m still not feeling well enough to eat all that much (mostly just a few bland things) and definitely not feeling well enough to exercise, altho I suppose I could do some stretching…hmm…I’m going to do that, at least that would be a start and something I can do right now. Wow, who knew that you could come up with some great ideas in the middle of writing a post for a blog???

I’m really starting to feel some excitement about this…looking forward to exercising…keep remembering how great I felt when I was walking long distances and running.  And I keep thinking about the healthy foods I can pack for my lunch for work…you know, whenever I’m finally able to make it back to work…I’ve seen some great ideas about putting your salad in canning jars for the whole week….supposedly it’ll keep it fresh all week.  That’s one thing I’m definitely going to try…I’ll do a post on it in the future.

So…while I’m still kind of sitting on the sidelines…I’m excited to be getting back in the game…and I haven’t felt that way in a long time.

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Journey delayed

Salad with chicken and boiled egg

Salad with chicken and boiled egg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I still have the flu…yippee!!  Home from work, running a fever, not able to keep anything down, exhausted, achy…all that jazz.  So, no exercise, no healthy eating…no unhealthy eating either, so there is that.  I’m actually looking forward to being able to eat a crisp salad with a boiled egg on it…just not gonna happen today.

The closest I’ve come to planning my menu for the rest of the week is pinning healthy recipes on Pinterest.  I’m like just about everyone else, I’ve pinned more recipes than I’ll ever be able to use…but it’s fun and does give me some good ideas for when I’m feeling a bit better.

I did check in at SparkPeople.com yesterday.  Visited a couple of teams that I like, reconnected with a couple of friends.  So I guess my journey hasn’t  really been delayed, it’s just not starting quite like I planned.  But that’s life, isn’t it?  Very rarely does it turn out exactly as we plan.  Being aware enough to enjoy the journey is what counts.

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The journey begins anew

SparkPeople.com Featured Motivator, December 2...

SparkPeople.com Featured Motivator, December 21, 2008 (Photo credit: zorbs)

Wow! Where do I begin? I guess I don’t need to tell anyone that the past year or two haven’t been especially successful for me in the weight-loss fitness-gained arena. Less than successful, if I’m going to be completely honest. Like so many of us have done time and time again, I started out with the best of intentions, then allowed life situations to derail my efforts. You know, stress from work, family issues, blah blah blah…you’ve heard it all before. Heck, you’ve probably used the same excuses yourself…am I right?

I’ve been home from work the past few days, sick with the flu after battling a severe cold for several weeks…so I’ve had more than a little time to think (in between naps). What occurred to me was that my not eating a healthy diet, not sticking to a consistent exercise program, not getting enough sleep, not dealing with stress in a positive manner, all of those things add up to how I’m feeling. How am I feeling? Glad you asked. I feel like crap. Flu and cold aside, I’m always tired, my body hurts, I have headaches almost every day, I’m often not in the best of moods, and I just don’t like myself like this.

So I made the decision to pick myself up and begin the journey toward better health and fitness again. I’m going to get back to utilizing the tools at SparkPeople.com every day (and yes, they have an app for that), I’m going to sit down today and plan my menu for the rest of the week. I’m going to plot a fitness routine for the next couple of weeks. I’m going to begin using music and nature to deal with my day-to-day stress. I’m going to work on getting enough sleep…for me, this is always one of the most difficult things…I don’t sleep well, I wake up in the middle of the night, wide awake and then struggle to go back to sleep. Not sure how to overcome that, but I’m going to do some research into herbal remedies…hopefully, with the increase in exercise and reduction in stress, my sleeping will improve.

I’ve restarted this journey often enough that I know it won’t always be easy. I know there will be times I will feel like I’ve failed. I think the key for me will be realizing that I haven’t failed as long as I don’t give up. I also know that support is a very important part of losing weight and getting healthier…I’ve always found that support at SparkPeople. Hopefully, now, I’ll have that support here too…join me?

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