Saturday, January 4, 2014

Move it, move it!

I've made it to the gym twice since my last post :) 
Getting started is always hard after a long break, but it definitely feels good to be back.  I have not really felt much pain and I know that's because I'm not really able to do a lot right now.  However, I am managing to keep moving and doing a mix of strength/cardio for at least 45 mins each time.  The first day I did two miles on the bike as a warm-up. That was a surprise because I can usually only do five mins before I get worn out.  Today I wasn't able to do as much biking because I'm having trouble with my right foot.  It just doesn't like to sit the way it has to for the pedals on the bike...so it causes quite a bit of pain on the top of my foot.  Still, I pressed on and moved to other things.

Planet Fitness has a room that includes a 30-minute circuit workout, very similar to what you might find at Curves.  So I worked on that for a bit today. It was a little confusing because the machines are weight based, verses the hydraulic resistance used at Curves .  This actually makes it so that my workout is beyond 30 minutes because I must spend time adjusting each machine to the right sitting level, then making sure it is on the right weight. By the time I was finished with that part, the 60 seconds I was supposed to be working out are gone.  Of course it will get easier to adjust the machines in time, but I still think it will still add about 10 minutes to the workout if you include taking time to also wipe down each machine after use. 

For these last two visits , I have just done some basic stuff to get back in the habit of actually being at a gym.  Hubby and I have an appointment for Monday morning to meet with a trainer to have a workout plan designed for us.  I am excited to see what she has in store, and scared at the same time!

So...you've been reading all about my plans for this year, be sure to leave a comment and tell me about your new year/new you fitness plan!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Figuring Me Out

In my previous post, I made a resolution: to lose weight by exercising with only the videos/games I have at home for my Wii and Xbox Kinect systems.  Unfortunately, I have discovered that , through no fault of the videos, I lack the will power needed to maintain the regimen I need to pursue such an endeavor.  KUDOS to any of you that do have it !  Will power is a huge thing for me--if it were not, I would not be in this drastic situation where I need to lose 100+ lbs just to be healthy!

So...please never think of me as a quitter! That is NOT what I am, nor what I am doing.  I will continue to use my games to enhance my other activities, and besides, some of them, like Zumba are just downright fun. :)

In the end, however, my husband offered me a late Christmas present---a gym membership! I know, I know, I said that we couldn't afford it.  I made a mistake.  It completely slipped my mind that a brand new gym just recently opened here.  Planet Fitness is a Biggest Loser partner.  They have a "judgement free" policy that allows anyone of any shape, size, or fitness level to come workout with out fear of being judged by others.  They also offered unlimited fitness training and a plan that anyone can afford: only $10 per month ! 

How sad is it that many obese people will not go to a gym because they are so afraid of the opinions of others who are there watching them?  What's worse is the people who are watching them!!  They should not be forming negative opinions, but should instead be encouraging and motivating them to keep coming back to that gym!  What's better for a person who's 100+ lbs overweight--to be hitting the gym everyday and burning calories, or to be sitting at home in total fear that some skinny person at the gym will laugh at them and make them feel more worthless than they already do? I pray that none of my friends would be that mean-spirited.

I would just like to say that I am sorry I will be unable to do my initial program idea, but I will still continue to blog about my progress and how it affects my arthritis as I take the weight off for good.  I hope you will be faithful to walk by me and offer that encouragement and motivation, because I really need it.  I am not a quitter, I just have to find what works for me.

Love,
Carla