Thursday, February 24, 2011

Week 4

Well my friends another week has passed.  By this point in our journey all of us have seen the good, bad and the ugly. This week was my bad. I knew going into bootcamp this week that I would not have results like I have had the last few weeks. Since I have been going to therapy 3 times a week after work. I have not been able to go to Water aerobics. And well my knee hurts so much when I leave PT that I just want to go home and ice it, not go sit on the bike for another hour. I am going to have to figure out a way to make this work for me. Maybe I need to do the water class in the morning before work. Even if it is not true aerobics, it is the arthritis class, it would still get me moving. I do ride the bike at PT, just not the 45 minutes like I used to at the plex.

I have found that I really enjoy exercising. (ok get back in your chair from laughing so hard) it is my only time of the day where someone doesn't need something from me. No phones to answer, no kids trying to get my attention, no dishes, cooking....well you get the point. I can put on my headphones and bike away or walk on the treadmill and watch a whole show. Speaking of who ever thought to put tv's in machines was pure genius!
It makes the time go by so fast when you are distracted and you don't have to watch one big tv that someone either has on CNN or the Food network. Which by the way I think should be against the law to show in gyms. I know some say it gives you something to work towards, ok maybe so. But if I watch Paula Dean with  her bacon and butter during the work out I think I gain 2 lbs.

Speaking of gaining. I gained back 1.6lbs this week. I resisted the urge to cry. I am not the only one who has gained weight in this process I know. And I have a few things not on my side, the knee lack of exercise thing, and mother nature. Don't you love water retention ladies? NOT  
However my clothes are all fitting better under and outer. That is a big plus. I feel like I have more energy. And just overall I feel better.

Last Friday I went with the church youth to Silver Ring Thing (, even though I didn't like the fact that they pressed the rings so much. The message behind it was great. It spoke of purity til marriage, second chances and Most of all accepting Christ as your Saviour. We had to park a few blocks away and walk up a hill to get to where it was being held. I did better then I thought I would. I was not huffing and puffing like I am many times walking around Kroger. I did not do all the stairs in side because the knee was tender, but felt great that I could do that walk and not feel like I was passing out.

This week's try a new workout was Tai Chi I got this from the Mayo Clinic's website  If you're looking for another way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-chee). Tai chi is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body.
And that about describes it. At first I thought well this isn't going to be much of a workout. We all see this style of movement in movies and it looks so simple just slow movements of your arms and legs. Yes it is that. But that is also part of the challenge. By the end of the half hour I was sweating and my arms and legs were burning. That whole control your movements in slow easy motions really makes your muscles work. I know we got a basic class today, but I think it is something I may look into. It is not jarring in anyway and even though it works you, it relaxes you too. I think that is one of the biggest perks that Patrick is giving us. Showing us all these different styles of exercise, because just like shoes we are not all going to wear the same size or style. If you liked the spinning class you have fallen off your rocker and lost your God given mind, but hey to each his own.  :-) 

My light bulb moment in "class" today was when Vicki was talking about fats, all the different kinds. Ones that are good and ones that are bad. I have known this fact for a while sure but until it clicks in your head what good is the knowledge?  My ahha is ... If a food has extra ingredients added to make it stay on the shelf longer, said extra ingredients will make it stay in your body longer. Not revolutionary to most I am sure, but it made sense to me today. There are a lot of "diet" foods that have extra stuff in them. I am trying to watch what I eat and I have noticed a difference in my portion size and how much it takes to make me full. I am enjoying the food more and slowing down. I still have some bad habits to break. But my soda a day or more habit is gone. I don't crave it any more. I am not drawn to chocolate like a moth to flame. Sure every now and again I get a craving, but I can eat one kiss versus the whole bag. I have learned that just the taste of something is satisfying sometimes. And if you cut the kiss in half you feel like you are getting two treats.

I am not quitting this program for this weeks setback. Too many times in my life have I given up on weight loss because something has come up and got me discouraged. This week my friends is the week I break that cycle. I will pull up my knee brace and get back on the bike. ok that was cheesy.But you laughed!!
Thanks to all who have had my back and given me encouragement. I had someone the other day I didn't know at daycare ask if that was me that was part of the meltdown cause they saw it on the news. She patted my back and told me good job and keep up the good work. How neat is that?


  1. This whole program has been a challenge, but I think you have faced some of the hardest things so far. You still press on and encourage others to do the same. I appreciate the transparency in your blog. I and many others are encouraged. You press on and know that I am praying for you this week. We will look forward to different results next week.

  2. Thank you Celeste. We all have our own struggles as you have pointed out in your blog. That is the greatest thing about this program is we are all doing it together and can encourage each other.