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Dr’s appt: Good results. New suggestions.

2015 Health Update

Great news! My recent dr’s appointment in November went well. Now that I’m healthier, my doctor suggested moving forward with my fitness and health. What you see is a page from my fitness notebook. I try to scribble updates in bright colors so I can track my progress.

Doc recommended walking as a form of exercise: 30 minutes a day, at least 3-5 days a week. Ideal is to walk 3mph, 5 days a week. I mentioned that I wanted to try restorative yoga, since this martial arts place by my house was offering it. He encouraged it, and overall, he expressed that yoga is great exercise.

The note about minerals and muscle twitching meant that I expressed that I noticed my right calf muscles had a tendency to twitch. He mentioned that it could indicate a low magnesium level. I’ve started on supplements with calcium and magnesium. Nothing fancy. Just the tablets from Trader Joe’s. The twitching still occurs (which I’m convinced is actually neurological from an unrelated incident), but my hot flashes have significantly subsided. Again, I can’t scientifically say if this is related. Just a noticeable change.

BONUS: The anxiety I typically experience going to the clinic has subsided. I felt like a whole person, walking healthily to my appointment. I was reminded that I’m going to the follow-up because I’m WELL, not because I’m ill or diseased. That was a victory to praise God for.

The weight that I lost weight was gained back. I have nothing else to blame other than my inactivity. I work, do chores, eat and sleep. I wasn’t even walking around the block. Shame shame. Whatever!

If you’ve ever found yourself in a rut, then you’ll know what I mean. What got me moving again was…someone else’s blog! True story. I read a post on Maxed Out Muscles by Christian Boyles, a young man who is committed to fitness while managing Crohn’s disease. Through his posts, I witness commitment, positive persistence and a winning attitude.

I found myself in a seasonal slump and by admitting that, I found a way to start fresh and start over. This journey is indeed emotional, spiritual, mental and physical.

Now that I have a good report from my doctor, familiar suggestions and encouraging bloggers to follow, what will I do about my commitment to discovering the best version of myself?

Thank you for sticking with me through this journey! I hope you continue with me in the coming year!






I’d rather have the “before” and “after” picture, side-by-side. Instead, I have this.

I would love to say that I finally reached my goal in record time. But I am back at the weight that I started. So this is real life?

I’d rather have the “before” and “after” picture, side-by-side, and enjoy the drastic difference in appearance, and cut out the grit and work in between. Instead, I have another list of “what didn’t work.”

What did I learn?

  1. Getting in shape, making time for fitness and changing lifestyle habit gets harder as I get older.
  2. I can start today – small changes, small decisions.
  3. Failure is fuel. The only thing that didn’t work was….me! The plan to get fit was great. The food available was great. A little too great, if you know what I mean. My fitness instructors were great. My workout clothes were great. Then essentially, it’s “user error.” But that’s great, too!

I read about Mira Rai on BBC online – a world-class runner who competes in extreme races. She didn’t train with fancy equipment. She didn’t have a coach. She just had the drive.

In this journey, I discovered I have more self-imposed detours than I have external roadblocks to blame.

So, what’s the plan? Do what I can. Then, do more.

Here is a foto from September! 🙂 My scheduled workout is really just once a week: Zumba + Sculpt at a fitness studio. It includes 30 minutes of cardio/dance, immediately followed by 25 minutes of circuit training with weights. I’m using 3lbs as light weights and 5lbs as my medium weight. I have carpal tunnel so when I feel the numbness, I stay with the 3lbs or use no weights during circuit. I detest mountain climbers but I have grown to tolerate them. My favorite exercise: Bent over reverse fly.

My current mantra: It’s gonna be great!

At 142lbs.
At 142lbs.

Stay tuned for how my past failures will fuel the drive to discover new things in this fitness journey.

Be sure to share! What failure have you experienced? How did you turn it around?