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Re: Creating an exercise habit for the previously unfit
« Reply #300 on: September 14, 2017, 07:02:15 AM »
Thanks for the good wishes all. Puppy (who is actually now a senior dog) and I both seem to be recovering, and as for the wallet, well, this is what money is for.

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« Reply #301 on: September 14, 2017, 07:38:40 PM »
20 minute walk outside. It's finally cool enough today to walk outside, and I enjoyed it so much!

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« Reply #302 on: September 14, 2017, 08:45:34 PM »
Extra walk today
Kettlebells earlier this week, and yoga is getting more steady

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« Reply #303 on: September 14, 2017, 10:15:52 PM »
Walked this morning. Again, hoping for an afternoon walk as well.

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« Reply #304 on: September 15, 2017, 12:52:58 AM »
I was on my feet all day, but actual walking to/from places, 4.5km.  Then an hour of easy yoga.

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Re: Creating an exercise habit for the previously unfit
« Reply #305 on: September 16, 2017, 08:09:08 AM »
I finally made it back to zumba. Still so fun!

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« Reply #306 on: September 16, 2017, 09:25:11 PM »
25 minute walk

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« Reply #307 on: September 16, 2017, 09:26:06 PM »
Daily walks continue to happen. Go me!

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« Reply #308 on: September 16, 2017, 10:30:07 PM »
Walked 1km, but no junk food and no booze! 

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« Reply #309 on: September 17, 2017, 04:45:53 PM »
I'm doing something, most days. But all inclination to run has disappeared

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« Reply #310 on: September 17, 2017, 07:46:24 PM »
I'm doing something, most days. But all inclination to run has disappeared

I had that too, after I had that race in the spring.  <shrug>

Walked 3km today.  I'm thinking I'm likely to capitulate and fall into the arms of alcohol (and maybe junk food) tonight.  Except I was in a change room, today, and those mirrors are cruel, cruel truth tellers.

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« Reply #311 on: September 18, 2017, 09:51:59 AM »
3.6 mile walk yesterday.

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« Reply #312 on: September 19, 2017, 06:47:45 PM »
Go Jessa! And okits!

Today was rough. Social stuff and anxiety about everyone hating me, and then on my way home I almost called a number that was deleted from my phone. I tried to cover those feelings with poutine, and since it didn't work, I'll hop on a treadmill or something in the basement once my music downloads.

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« Reply #313 on: September 19, 2017, 06:50:51 PM »
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« Reply #314 on: September 19, 2017, 06:52:05 PM »
Today I made a grand effort. I took us both to the pool. It was terrible. Noise, screaming, echoes, chaos, motion, bumping, walls. But I did swim some lengths. Maybe just 14, per this thread. After, I looked up four things to try and make a pool feel more accessible and successful for me. But still, I did move my body!
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« Reply #315 on: September 19, 2017, 08:35:12 PM »
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You ARE a giant hug.

I'm glad you tried. Can you give your brain a mini vacation tomorrow since you coped so hard today?

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« Reply #316 on: September 19, 2017, 09:18:47 PM »
Two hikes today, 45 min and 1 hour. I should be in much better shape after all the hiking we do, but I still feel so pooped every friggin time I have to hike uphill.

Yesterday all I could muster was 20 min of Yoga, but it was a driving day, so that's ok.
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« Reply #317 on: September 19, 2017, 11:14:25 PM »
I'm glad you tried. Can you give your brain a mini vacation tomorrow since you coped so hard today?

:)    Well, my life is a mini vacation, so yes! But I will also do Step 14 of Buying a House. But no attempts at a pool, just a normal peaceful walk.
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« Reply #318 on: September 19, 2017, 11:37:15 PM »
Walked 2.5km, and tried to go to bed early but struggled to sleep and was so hungry, especially after baby woke to nurse.  So eating some leftover dinner (but other than a 100%-juice box, no junk food today, no drinking).

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« Reply #319 on: September 19, 2017, 11:58:37 PM »
^ Remember, okits: Folks with babies automatically get extra points! YOU WIN TODAY!!!
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« Reply #320 on: September 21, 2017, 08:39:15 PM »
Walked 2km yesterday, 4.65km today plus an hour of yoga.

Third day without alcohol or junk food. 

^ Remember, okits: Folks with babies automatically get extra points! YOU WIN TODAY!!!

Thank you, jooni.  :)

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« Reply #321 on: September 22, 2017, 12:29:43 PM »
Okay, everybody.  I've done practically nothing.  But, going for a brisk walk tonight.  I'm also going to challenge myself to exercise 31 days in October!

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« Reply #322 on: September 22, 2017, 02:00:05 PM »
Happy to read of everyone's progress!

My shoulder injury is acting up from a car accident earlier this summer, and I've been taught never to resistance-train through a joint pain. As a result, I've suspended my training and started going to physiotherapy and massage therapy with a focus on rehabilitating the shoulder. RIP my progress :(
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« Reply #323 on: September 23, 2017, 04:50:25 AM »
Last night:
30 minutes elliptical
Heavy weights
Yoga, including headstand

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« Reply #324 on: September 23, 2017, 06:38:42 AM »
Last night:
30 minutes elliptical
Heavy weights
Yoga, including headstand

So...my brain, for whatever reason, read that last one as "Yoga, including husband." and i was like, whoa, what kind of yoga can you do with your husband? Is it like karma sutra stuff? I got all excited for a second, then re-read and was like, ooooh. that thing where my head blows up, nevermind.

Maybe i've been reading MJ's posts too much...

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Re: Creating an exercise habit for the previously unfit
« Reply #325 on: September 23, 2017, 07:05:52 AM »
I have been walking more everyday.  Trying to get to 10k steps. Everyday is different but sometimes I go beyond it.

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« Reply #326 on: September 24, 2017, 06:05:03 AM »
Last night I went on the treadmill again. Ran and walked. More walking than usual, because I wasn't feeling very energetic, but enough running to be sweaty (that's how we know it's working, right?)
Then yoga
Taking care of myself is starting to be more of a habit, AND I'm noticing signs that I was probably stuck with some dysthymia and didn't notice (now sleeping deeper and waking naturally and alert, housekeeping and grooming are getting better). This is a combo of a tea I started drinking and the exercise working together, and I don't want to underestimate the journaling. Really important that I got out of it before winter or things could be even worse.

I have been walking more everyday.  Trying to get to 10k steps. Everyday is different but sometimes I go beyond it.
Yay! Making great changes
Last night:
30 minutes elliptical
Heavy weights
Yoga, including headstand

So...my brain, for whatever reason, read that last one as "Yoga, including husband." and i was like, whoa, what kind of yoga can you do with your husband? Is it like karma sutra stuff? I got all excited for a second, then re-read and was like, ooooh. that thing where my head blows up, nevermind.

Maybe i've been reading MJ's posts too much...
Lol, but I don't even have a husband. So it would have to be someone else's

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« Reply #327 on: September 24, 2017, 12:01:24 PM »
I have not been walking this week.  It's been 30C+ with high humidity, so nope, not doing it.  But I've been doing a lot of repairs in the house that require going up and down ladders, up and down stairs, etc.  I figure if I'm still working up a sweat when we have a/c (although only set to 25C, not frigid) it still counts.
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Re: Creating an exercise habit for the previously unfit
« Reply #328 on: September 24, 2017, 06:05:58 PM »
I walked 4.94 miles today. If I'd realized how close i was to 5, i would've wandered around the house a few times, but whatever, close enough.

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« Reply #329 on: September 24, 2017, 06:36:39 PM »
I joined the circus!
My whole body can feel it. Very cool.
Also: FUN.
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« Reply #330 on: September 25, 2017, 01:16:03 AM »
A couple of hours of heavy work in the garden.

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« Reply #331 on: September 25, 2017, 09:43:39 AM »
Saturday:  Mowed the lawn
Today:  Walked to court, then back to office (total 12 blocks).

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« Reply #332 on: September 25, 2017, 08:23:25 PM »
ElleFiji, what kind of  tea?

Joon, what circus?

I did 50 min of Yoga today and a short like 30 min hike.
Feel good today!
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« Reply #333 on: September 25, 2017, 08:40:01 PM »
ElleFiji, what kind of  tea?

Joon, what circus?

I did 50 min of Yoga today and a short like 30 min hike.
Feel good today!
It's called hoodia trim, made by Flora, and has garcinia camboga. Bought on impulse, but the tea does seem to be raising my serotonin levels.

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« Reply #334 on: September 25, 2017, 08:54:59 PM »
ElleFiji, what kind of  tea?

Joon, what circus?

I did 50 min of Yoga today and a short like 30 min hike.
Feel good today!
It's called hoodia trim, made by Flora, and has garcinia camboga. Bought on impulse, but the tea does seem to be raising my serotonin levels.

That name seriously makes me think of lady bits.  That's some exciting tea you got there, EF. ;)

Sat: chased kids around for hours
Sun: did 10 wimpy push-ups (my gut touched the floor, but didn't go so low as to touch my nose)
Today: walked a wimpy 1.5km

I'm going to have more free time, starting next week, to pursue more activity.  I actually slept seven hours on Sat night (only the second time in 16 months), and had more energy as a result.  More sleep, please!

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« Reply #335 on: September 26, 2017, 11:56:30 PM »
Already walked 7 or 8km today. Likely to get a third walk in before the day is done. My feet will be sore tonight...

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« Reply #336 on: September 27, 2017, 08:17:35 PM »
5 minutes of yoga yesterday, and trying so hard to talk myself into basement running. But also sleepy and crampy. But also sent texts last night (maybe because I didn't do my self torture or journal?)

Exercise habits are hard.

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« Reply #337 on: September 28, 2017, 11:30:25 AM »
Half hour walk around campus at lunchtime today.

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« Reply #338 on: September 28, 2017, 11:37:04 AM »
Joon, what circus?

They just have circus school (that's what they call it!) for adults now too. Kid used to go to one; now I get to also! Trampolines and silks and unicycles... LOL!!! Facing all the fears, being the worst at everything so far, and loving it!
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« Reply #339 on: September 28, 2017, 12:10:38 PM »
I took the stairs today and did not have a heart attack.

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« Reply #340 on: September 28, 2017, 01:49:12 PM »
Last night tiredness won. I did a 15 minute yoga video. Kind of.

Today I'm cycling.

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« Reply #341 on: September 30, 2017, 09:20:55 AM »
Still continuing to walk or exercise bike (the bike to nowhere per Jon Snow lol), but still seriously out of shape. I mean, I must be improving, but it is so slow I can't really notice. Anyway, I am stressing out a bit because I am going on vacation in a week with my very fit son, and he wants to do some hikes. I had to email him and say I might be able to do one very easy one, but that would be about it. My knees are not the greatest, and I afeared one might give out on me. Sucks to be so old, fat, and out of shape. (Having a pity party, in case you didn't notice.)

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« Reply #342 on: September 30, 2017, 10:52:50 AM »
Way to go, Prairie Gal!! Your starting point is way harder than that of many. Your internal strength and your commitment to movement is thus also more INSPIRING.

And, you're allowed to not injure a stressed knee via a hike :)
Maybe your very fit son would love some pool time?
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« Reply #343 on: September 30, 2017, 12:32:25 PM »
I had my usual week of walking and yoga.  Next week I'm going to pretty busy so I'll get in more yoga but actual gym time might wait another week.  Pretty sure there will be more walking, though. 

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« Reply #344 on: October 01, 2017, 07:50:15 AM »
I mean, I must be improving, but it is so slow I can't really notice.

Do you track your workouts in any way? I use the app "Map my Walk" when i go walking, to track both time and distance. I started out at 3 mile walks, and am now doing 5 mile walks. but it also tells me how fast i do them, so i was averaging about 18.5 minutes/mile at the beginning, and yesterday i did about 17.5 minutes/mile. So I'm getting better! But if i didn't have the app tracking me, i wouldn't know, because i still huff and puff and get sore.

Do you have any way to get to a pool? If you have bad knees, biking can be kind of hard on them, but swimming and water aerobics are supposed to be really good exercise with almost no pressure on your weight bearing joints.

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« Reply #345 on: October 01, 2017, 11:10:58 PM »
Yay Prairie Gal! I bet if you were somewhere with a specific memory of dificultness (wandering x trail or y mega store) you might notice it being a little less hard. But just like with money, sometimes we slog through

Yay okits! You have taken the routine part of this seriously. I can't believe your 2 will both be in daycare!

Jessa! You are a speedier sparkle.

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So I'm not seeing results of my exercise in the vain ways I want to, but I'm noticing a link to my mental state and sleep quality which is more important but maybe not as motivating? If I go 2 days without exercise or journalling, the bizarre thoughts worm in. So I've noticed that pattern, and now I can say to myself that there is a reason for these unwelcome thoughts, let's do the things that help.

The other noticeable effect is on my stamina. I hope speed improves, otherwise I may finish my goal triathlon after the course closes.

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« Reply #346 on: October 04, 2017, 10:41:47 PM »
Monday I cycled and did yoga.

Yesterday I slept 7pm to 9am with a water and journal break.

Today I made it to the dungeon - 15 min of running plus a few weights. Definitely more of a habit. And not burnt out from exercise. Just from adulting. My scale is broken, so tomorrow I'll weigh in at the clinic and compare to last week. I want those big, vain results.

PS, now that I'm exercising, what do I do about my hair? It Hayes daily washing. But exercise = grease pit. Do I just let it be a rat's nest of baby powder? Is this what Instagram girls do?

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« Reply #347 on: October 04, 2017, 11:01:20 PM »
If you stick to washing it every other day, will the greasiness eventually ease up?

Or, rinse and rub scalp with water-only?

I've been walking a fair bit, (easy) yoga once this week, already.  Boring, same-old, but I'm doing it.

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« Reply #348 on: October 05, 2017, 05:44:01 AM »
Prenatal yoga Monday, walk at lunch Tues & Weds, regular yoga Wednesday.

Getting pregnant is a good motivator to make myself move more. And moving is better than eating vegetables (although i try to do that, too.)