Monday, March 7, 2011

Being Sick - Restriction Changes - Exercise

Being Sick
After two solid weeks of sickness I am finally feeling more normal! Talk about miserable. Coughing non-stop can really, really make the band difficult. I was really tight and it's hard to eat slow (or at all) when you have a clogged and/or runny nose. So, I was eating a lot of things that go down easily.

Restriction Changes
I feel like my restriction from my last fill has "kicked in" after I was sick? I got sick a week and a half after my last fill. At first I didn't really feel anything, but now I actually feel restriction again like I haven't had in a long time. Certain items like bread which I ate before in small portions, are becoming harder and harder to deal with and I've been avoiding them all-together. I think I'm at around 6cc in a 14cc band - my surgeon doesn't like to be specific about it because he says that he doesn't want us to get stuck on a number, it's not about the number, it's about how it's working. I totally agree, but it's annoying not knowing. LOL

Exercise/Personal Trainers
I really don't like the venue of a gym for exercise - I've been making expensive monthly donations for quite some time now and not going. I don't completely hate exercise,  I just need to find things that are both fun and easily scheduled into my life. For instance,  I really enjoy my wii fit because I can do it at home (which saves me time and wardrobe changes) and because I can watch my own TV while I step and the time just flies. I just bought a lift kit that makes the board higher and sometimes I add some 3 lb hand weights to tone my arms.

I don't hate the gym for normal reasons. I hate dumb things like the smell, the environment, the sound, the time it takes to get ready and go... I dread it. When I can just come home and exercise, I don't dread it. I thought about getting a treadmill, but my home is too small - there is NOwhere to put one!

But, I can't do wii step forever and I need to be doing more. I need to either use my gym membership or get rid of it and do my own thing. I'm not sure what I should do. I'm torn... I thought that maybe a personal trainer would give me some direction, accountability, and motivation. My husband would probably not like the idea simply because he'd be like "But, we can go together", but it's not the same thing. I need an outside party to be accountable to. I can't quite articulate why, but it's just not the same when you go with a spouse and I would just end up feeling inadequate to him and annoyed with myself, ya know? But, I don't know that a personal trainer would make me like it any better.

Now that the weather is getting better, I'm looking forward to going to the park and trying out a little slow jogging. The park here has a dirt trail where I can kind of drag my feet a little and do a sort of scuff-along jog that I can't do indoors. Does that make sense to anyone else but me? That method allows me to get more cardio and it doesn't hurt my knees so bad because it's not as much impact on them. Now that daylight savings time is almost back, it'll still be daylight after work and I can go out there while others are around.

Have any of you ever hired a personal trainer? What was your experience like?


Beth Ann said...

Do you have any interest in Jazzercise or Zumba? I know it isn't for everyone, but I LOVE Jazzercise. I became friends with other girls at the class and they helped me be accountable. If I wasn't there, they would check on me. Now I'm a class manager and THAT MAKES me go! :) I agree you have to find the right thing for you. Good luck!

Shannon said...

i love my trainer! he challenges me to do things I wouldnt think. i always feel like I got my butt kicked the day after. I usually do cardio on the eliptical and the treadmill. He kinda has shown me what I can do at home to and some good circuit training to do on my own time. I really recommend hiring one if you can.

Justawallflower said...

I know what you mean about being accountable to someone outside your home. With the husbands it is easy to make up reasons for not going, or taking it easy, they are there every day and know your schedule. They know you are busy. But if you have someone expecting to see you in the gym you tend to make a little more effort to work out your schedule. Plus the trainers can mix it up for you some so you don't get bored with your routine. I loved working with a trainer. Not the one I had in particular, but in general, I loved it. Get some weights and keep them in a basket beside your couch, that is what I do. Also look into a pull up bar that goes in a door frame. Every time you walk past the door, do a pull up. Every time you sit on the couch or get up from the couch, grab some 8 lbs'ers and so a set of something. Best of luck!