So when I said in my last post that I wasn’t wanting to stop totally, backslide so much that I’d have to start over, that’s exactly what I did.
I’m back on the soda.
I’m back to no exercse.
I’m back to hating how I feel.
I’m back to sleeping poorly.
I’m back to feeling really low and a bit depressed.
It’s only a matter of time before the 10 pounds I managed to lose come creeping back.
I need to find different ways to keep working out. Here’s my problem: I don’t have the money for a gym membership. I have an injury that probably could benefit from the guidance of a personal trainer, but that’s also monetarily out of the question. Running isn’t in the cards for me as my foot cannot sustain the exercise for more than a few weeks at a time. I need to find other ways to get it done so that I can lose some weight and get back to feeling better physically and mentally.
I’m really kinda depressed about the whole thing right now. But here’s my idea. My husband has a bike. Perhaps I’ll borrow it a few times a week. When I can’t borrow it, I’ll take walks. I’ll put the girl in the stroller and have the boy ride his bike next to me. Maybe I’ll get out the old roller blades (if they still work, that is).
I have some hand weights. I have a balance ball, (shamefully never been blown up) and I can do push ups, sit ups, and leg lifts. I can go to the pool when it opens at the end of the month for a few bucks at a time.
But I’m open for suggestion for low-impact training of any kind. I’m sorta floundering in the wind here. Maybe I’ll take a walk tonight to that trail near my house I’ve been meaning to check out. Or get back on the bike. Yeah. No time like today to get going again.
When I was badly plagued with plantar fasciitis, I relied on my balance ball and hand weights. The pool is an excellent idea as well, and there’s also yoga, especially the sitting poses.
You’re right, there’s no time like today! 😀
I really like the bike and walking with the kids.
If you’re comfortable with ebay, I’ve bought a few DVD’s & tapes there (which I need to start doing again) ~sigh~
Ugh…hate that feeling. Been there, done that, suffered the tight pants – but even worse the crap spiralling feeling. Good for you for starting to turn it around. Sometimes just getting one feel-good workout in can change it all.
Sounds like you have all the equipment you need. Don’t know if you’re a fan but I recently tried Jillian Michael’s yoga dvd…had me sweating and was a nice quick and dirty workout.
First visit here to your blog. I had to backtrack so I could read some of your back story.
You aren’t alone. But, I think you could achieve your running goals with a little more time and preparation. Perhaps running right out the gate isn’t reasonable given your foot issues. I found that running right off was pretty much just crazy talk for myself too when I first started exercising again. However, there’s no reason you can’t be a runner, unless you hear otherwise from your own body or doctors.
However, maybe there are some things that will help ease you into it. I found the Couch-to-5k plan helpful when getting back into running. Here: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
More, I realized that I needed to spend more than the 9 weeks the program is supposed to take. I spent 2 weeks on each “level” and I hear it’s not unusual. Some people take longer, some don’t need as long.
Also, I read a great blog post called “Running While Chunky” and with the author’s permission, reprinted it on a blog I co-write. Here:
I’ve had some of my own setbacks in the last couple months. I’m not running right now, but I am walking. I know I’ll be running eventually. But for now, my first goal is to walk 5k in under 45 minutes. Once I do that, I’ll work on jogging a 5k.
It’s ok to start slow. The tortoise won the race after all.
You guys are so awesome.
These ideas are great. My sister gave me a whack of yoga videos that I totally forgot I had. What a great idea!
Luckily, we changed babysitters a few weeks ago, which enables me to adjust my schedule just enough that I can work out at the facility my workplace built for the staff. There is an elliptical machine there that I plan to get nice and comfortable with. My babysitter is awesome, and I think she may deserve another pair of handknit socks.
But I will be changing it up some, doing weights, and I think I might try the yoga tonight instead of taking a walk. Lower impact on my foot, which is still healing up some.
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Walking and biking are fabulous. i also love my balance ball. If you have an Ollie’s near you, they sell the “Stablity Ball for Dummies” book for buttcheap, and I picked one up awhile back, which has been helpful.