Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feel the burn

I did much better on my water today and got all 183 ounces in.  It's a lot, obviously.  I'm still working on the water challenge, which has been a great thing for me.  I'm not perfect at it by any means, but I especially do a happy dance when I get my daily goal in.  I feel like it's a homework assignment I have to finish before I can post on my blog.  I was reading in the Options class materials about what eating and drinking will be like after the gastric bypass surgery and it's nowhere near what I'm getting now.  However, for the little pouch I will be having for a stomach, a few ounces is a lot let alone eight glasses of water.  

I got up so refreshed this morning.  Being able to sleep with the CPAP machine now has been heavenly.  I always knew it was going to help me get good quality sleep, it was just a matter of figuring out how to sleep on it.  After I got up, I had a great breakfast, read a few blogs and then decided it was time to get my exercise on.  I've been trying to make sure I'm stretching and doing the exercises that my physical therapist gave me for my legs.  In my bedroom I spotted resistance bands and thought that would be an awesome way to stretch.  

Oh man, I forgot how much those lovely bands really work my muscles.  Right now as I type this, my biceps are screaming at me to stop moving.  That's just with typing this post ... can you imagine what real movement feels like?  I also have one of those weighted balls, six pounds, and exercised with that, too.  I have a feeling my arms are gonna be none-too-pleased with me tomorrow.  After all of that, I put on shoes and decided to go out for a walk to get in some cardio.

Where I live in Southern California, we haven't been having much of a winter.  Usually it gets down to the 30's and 40's overnight and heats up a little during the day.  Right now it's in the 80's during the day.  Yuck.  I'm not complaining since I know people are experiencing much worse, but it would be nice to have cool weather while walking outdoors.  I had intended on going three miles today but my legs were having no part of that.  With the knee and leg pain I have, I definitely have to listen when my body tells me not to push it.  When I try to ignore it, I have to pay painful consequences.  I ended up walking 2.2 miles.  The MapMyWalk app told me I burned 755 calories so I'll take that for sure.

Sometimes I get really frustrated with my limitations.  I just want to get out the door and run like I see so many people doing.  Even when I'm walking, I'd love to do it with no pain or at least a minimal amount of pain.  It sometimes makes it very difficult for me to want to exercise because even though I really want to do it internally, my body feels the results of years of being obese.  Oh how I pray that someday I will be free from the pain.  Many of us have challenges in our lives, that's for sure.  I'm extremely grateful that I have the ability to walk on my legs and that my heart lets me get this exercise in.  It's just hard when I'm in pain all the time.  This is another reason I have chosen to do the right thing for myself in pursuing weight loss surgery.  My health and a long life are so important.

Water Challenge Day 37:  Drank 183 of 183 ounces


Beth Ann said...

Keeping your eye on these positive goals is great!

happyinca said...

Way to burn it Kathy! I completely understand the feelings of frustration when you want to do more than your body will allow. I have a very painful achilles tendon that has plagued me for a couple of years. Even walking was impossible for me, but then I found swimming and that started me on my healthy path. Now with 30 pounds down, my heel feels much better and I can do more. I'm glad you're sleeping better - you should feel very proud of yourself for tackling these obsticles!

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