What WOULD RE-MOTIVATE ME?
Monday, June 11, 2012
I was visiting Spark Pages, commenting on pages and blogs when I ran across the question, "Does changing gyms help remotivate?" As I started to respond to the blog I found that I was essentially writing a blog in response to the question. As a result, I decided to abbreviate my response to my Spark Friend and transfer over to my own blog! (Hey, it is worth 3 Spark Points!!!)
I am not sure if changing gyms would successfully remotivate me...I do know that I have maintained my weight for 6 months. It took me a while to allow my psyche to catch up with my new level of overweight. I deliberately chose to 'maintain' and not stress it. I worked out less, tracked less, stayed on Spark for continued accountability. I did not want to gain back any weight. The lifestyle changes I made after joining Spark were sufficient to keep me in a 5# flux. I have just recently decided it was time to take off the last 25-30 pounds. I am back to tracking and easing in to additional exercise.
Prior to the hiatus I had been doing Zumba and Yoga back to back and found that it seriously aggravated my foot so I stopped. This was a major factor contributing to my taking a hiatus. I had also been jogging and walking 15 miles a week and it got to the point that if I went 5K or more my foot would really hurt. I could not afford to go to a doctor so I tried all the things I would need to do for a sprain or stress injury. After 6 months of frustration I finally went to the hospital and had x-rays taken. The diagnosis was a calcaneal bone spur. The doctor indicated not much could be done for it, so I decided I would just have to 'suck it up' for the time being.
In going to a yoga class the last couple weeks I realize that my flexibility and balance suffered during my hiatus...they weren't that good when I started SP but they had improved. It made me realize that it was an area of exercise that I had neglected and that I don't want to make that mistake again.
The GREAT news was that I had labs done at the same time as I did the x-ray and almost all my labs were in normal range. Cholesterol was slightly elevated but blood sugar was back in a normal range and out of the 'diabetes danger zone.'
I don't want to pay for a full time gym membership at this time. But I have decided to participate in some group classes. Starting next week I will be participating in a Boot Camp fitness class at my church. I will also continue practicing yoga if the class is available. The Boot Camp will meet two nights a week and will involve a lot of healthy living and accountability.
As one SparkFriend so eloquently puts it, I just need to Get Off My Butt. In the spirit of that admonition I have decided to attend a total toning class tomorrow and Thursday morning.
Here's hoping I will successfully ease back into body movement and strength training this week.
I will keep you posted.