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Monday, April 2, 2012

One Day at a Time

Over a week since I last posted! So sorry. It's been so hectic. I really meant to post before now.  The first thing I want to say is thank you for the wonderful support during all these difficult times. Knowing you are all out there helps me so much. It helps me through the stressful times, but also keeps me motivated to get back to where I was. I still read all your blogs and they help so much also.

Alrighty......where I'm at now....

I am recovering from the emotional side of recent events. I feel like I'm getting past it. Of course grief is a funny thing and catches you at the oddest times. But things are so much better. The office is better albeit busy, but the atmosphere is so much better.There will always be stress. We just have to do the best we can with it.

On the healthy living front, I am getting back in the swing. I lost a pound last week. I wish it was more, but I'm just plain a slow loser. I'm tracking and drinking all my water. Last week I made 3 TKD classes. It was hard getting back into it, but I refuse to quit. No matter what. I just love it too much. On top of the classes I worked out on the stationary bike and with weights 3 other days. I got up in the morning early to workout and I remembered how much I love doing that.

Of course it wasn't enough to motivate me to get out of bed early this morning. But, on the fair side, I knew I was meeting with my trainer today. He kicked my butt. I can't do much before meeting with him. I did 35min on the elliptical before our session for cardio. This is the first time I've trained with him since the end of January, before my surgery. I remembered today how much I love being pushed. I love the feeling of accomplishment after completing one of those really hard workouts.

I also realized I've definitely lost some strength. I can't do as many pushups as before. I only did 40 traveling push ups today(2 sets of 20) and they were hard. HARD. I'll be sore tomorrow. I did 40 situps. I did 48 step ups on the big step. Lots of biceps curls and chest presses and shoulder presses, butterflies and other stuff. I also did 60 leg raises on the Roman Chair. Speaking of the Roman chair...I think sounds like something kinky. They should change the name to "Evil Torture Hang Yourself Chair". I worked hard and I burned almost 800calories. Here's the nasty sweaty pics as proof.

Food has been great during the week and the weekends still pose a problem although I did better than the last few weeks. I have a tendency not to track and I think it's because I'm always so busy I have a tendency to not workout. When I don't workout, I'm less focused on my diet. Less focus=bad.

Like I said I'm down a pound. I'm still up from where I was and I am determined to get back under 200. Maybe that's why I'm not blogging? I know I'm frustrated with my weight. But I know there's more to this than the scale. My physical fitness is still 100 times better than it was. The surgery helped and my regular exercise has kept it that way. Even with the hard workout today I was not winded even once. Sure it was hard and I pushed myself, but it was so nice to be able to breathe!

I still can't seem to get it together to run and it's something I want to do. Not because I can't run, but because I can't seem to get it in the schedule. My treadmill is on the fritz. I'm trying to convince my husband I need a new one. I cannot run outside because I have the kids in the mornings by myself. I'll figure it out. I really think it's something I like and want to do.

My daughter (the youngest) is hopefully testing for a blue belt this weekend so that will mean some extra practice for all of us.  I generally don't count practice as a workout, but the more I move the better. Fitbit says I've got 8327steps so far today.

I'm really trying not to focus on where I am and where I was and where I want to be. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the big picture. Right now I'm focusing on one good day at a time. Tracking, eating right, drinking water and exercise. String together a bunch of good days and I know I'll get my goals met. Do you have that trouble, too?  Here's hoping today is a good day for you also.  I'm going to plan to be back tomorrow. Blogging regularly makes those good days pile up faster, right?


  1. Welcome back! As always you amaze me with all you do. Your trainer scares me. :-). You're not the only one trying to get back to onederland. I am almost there, an even 200 at my last WI. I really thought I wouldn't run again after my surgery, but it seems maybe I will. Keep on doing what you do and we'll both reach our goals, one day at a time.

  2. I think your plan sounds like a good one. And if one day becomes daunting, just think about the next meal and the next workout:)

  3. So glad you're back and taking one day at a time. It takes longer than we think to recover from the things you have been dealing with--both physically and emotionally. Have a great week!

  4. You had a lot of things hit you at once. Of course you lost some ground physically and got mentally out of focus on your fitness. That is life, so they say. Your words sound as if you are ready to get rolling again, or are already doing it, and that is what it takes. Good job!

  5. You are so strong!! Even going through the roughest times you still come out strong.
    You will definitely be back in the game in no time!

  6. Through this whole post I see some great determination and an overall positive attitude. It is one day at a time. You'll see you will be back under 200 in no time. Glad you still at it with blogging. Have a good week!

  7. You've had a lot going on lately - I'm sure it feels good to get back into the swing of things. Your workouts sounds crazy intense! Keep it up; you'll get to your goal! :)

  8. I'm so glad you're back! You can totally get back under 200! You look so proud and determined in those photos. Such a great accomplishment. Keep it up!

  9. You are doing a fine job of working your way back into things - and I hope you do get a new treadmill, because I know you really liked the accomplishment of running.


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