Wednesday, June 03, 2009
taking care of my body in 2009: part 6 (or you have to be ready)
First of all, let's review the goals I set for myself last month:
1-Walk VIGOROUSLY for an average of one hour, five times per week (300 minutes a week).
This is a good place to start, since I did well, accomplishing this goal and exceeding it. Next month, I may think about doing something to ratchet up the intensity.
For now, I am also riding my bike around town. As a result, I have a sore rear end. I am sure this will get better.
2- Do either 10 minutes (at least) of strength training or yoga with the Wii Fit or abdominal exercises every day (chemo recovery days excluded).
I did this only 4 times. I also hurt my back this month, pulling my suitcase down from a shelf on the train. I was in a hurry and not paying attention. It was a bit of a wake-up call about the need to improve my core strength.
To that end, I saw my physiotherapist again on Monday. She surprised me by saying that, when it comes to my back, the stiffness in my hips is a bigger problem (she actually said, only half-joking that she is surprised that I can walk). She said it she hasn't seen anyone as stiff as I am in a long time.
So, I now have some stretches that I need to do regularly in addition to the core strengthening.
3-Go to yoga once every week.
I didn't go at all in May. And despite the fact that my physio says that she sees "a lot of yoga in my future" I think that I may not go again until the fall.
It's becoming harder to find a class I can attend regularly (and this will only get worse over the summer, with fewer classes and the kids around more). And I don't really want to go back to the class I have attended the most regularly (the timing is good but the teacher, always more impatient than most, actually yelled and swatted another student the last time we went. It was a bit of a turnoff).
Besides, I feel that I have a lot on my fitness plate right now.
4- Take my vitamin D and calcium supplements daily.
I didn't do this in May either but I am 2 for 3 in June. And going to take them with lunch, I promise.
Now for the big change. I have decided to start doing the Weight Watchers thing again. It's a program that has worked for me before (I lost almost 50 lbs after D. was born) and I feel ready to do it again.
I know I said this last year but this time I have a support group, comprised of two good friends who also would like to get down to their pre-breast cancer diagnosis weight. For four weeks now, we have been weighing in every Monday. They are both doing WW and I have just been reporting on exercise and my quest to eat more veggies.
Then, on the weekend, I admitted to myself that I have the best success when I write everything down that I put in my mouth. And I also realized that I am ready to do this. It wouldn't have done me any good to start earlier in the year. I am ready now. And it feels like the right thing to do.
I did check with my doctor. The conversation went like this:
Me: "I am thinking of making some changes to try and take off some of the weight I have been putting on since my diagnosis..."
Dr.: "Have you considered Weight Watchers?"
So, clearly I have the green light to do this now. And I don't have the discipline to do this any other way than really slowly.
This process will also help me reach these goals:
5-Cook dinner at least once a week.
Easier to count points if I know what went into dinner. Easier to stretch those points out if I prepare lower points options for all of us.
6-Cut down on refined sugar.
I really don't want to waste points on empty calories.
7-Eat seven servings of fruit and veggies a day.
Conversely, filling up on fruit and veggies makes those points go further.
As you can see, I have all the zeal of someone on the third day of a diet. And I'm hungry.
I need to make vegetable soup today.
What goals did you set for yourself this year? How are you doing?