My quest for health, strength and fitness.

I did lots of website work this past weekend, which resulted in not as much exercising or fun time as I would like.  And after my gain of 2 lbs this past week (as of weighing in on Sunday), I really need to get back in the exercise game because my body seems to feel better when I move it then when I just sit at a computer.  So…..I’m going to the gym tonight for Ball Zumba and either Strength Training or NuStep cardio machine.

I got lots of fruit yesterday at the store and last night I washed and cut it all up so it’s ready to eat.  My goal is for on plan eating all week.

I’m hoping we can convince John’s mom to go to Festa with us on the weekend of 23rd and 24th.  And Germanfest and Washington County Fair are the same weekend…hopefully we can go to both.  🙂

July 11th, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Physical therapy kicked butt yesterday! Sheesh, what a great workout! My PT does it like circuit training…moving from one exercise to the next with little or no break in between, with the goal being to rehab/strengthen my back and the supporting ab muscles. It feels so wonderful to finally be past the “pain relief” phase of PT and into the “strengthening” phase. I’ve got a long road to recovery as I still can’t walk or stand for more than 15 minutes at a time. And I still need to work on balancing on one foot to further engage my core muscles, but I am getting stronger and learning to use and maintain perfect form in terms of my back, abs and pelvis.

After PT, I wanted to mow the lawn, cut down the weeds along the fence, and also go to the pool for water aerobics…but once I got done the mowing and weeding, I didn’t have any energy left for the pool. Johnhas had a bad sinus infection and awful allergies, so I couldn’t leave the yard work for him. I don’t mind doing it anyway, and I burned a bunch of calories.

Tonight is Ball Zumba – it’s a regular Zumba class, but I do the moves sitting on an exercise ball (great core workout)!

I did A LOT of walking this past weekend…at least 10,000 steps on Saturday and another 5,000 steps or so on Sunday.  I used my cane/walker…and I got sore as hell, but I did it.  And after a bit of rest, the pain subsided, which is phenomenal!

Yesterday, my pain level hovered around a 3, until I started weed whacking…then it went up to a 7 or 8.  Admittedly, I probably was not fully engaging my core to support my back.  🙁

I’m beginning to really feel like I can succeed.  I’m feeling hopeful, empowered and so very optimistic! And I’m loving life!  🙂

July 7th, 2011 at 7:38 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink