Still thinking 154

Again just in case you forgot, that does not represent the weight that I would like to weigh.  Instead it involves something that will be very life changing or at least I hope it will be life changing to me.

So when I last left, my weight was 218.1 and my weight isn’t much better for a couple of reasons.  I have not been exercising every day as I was going to try and do.  However, in the first week I only missed one day but then I did something I sort of regret.  I decided to paint my mother’s front door.

I started on a Saturday afternoon thinking that I would just have to go over it a little bit with a sander and would be done half-way through the day but boy was I ever wrong.  I basically got no where with the sanding so I went to the local Home Depot and found paint stripper and then a wash to clean off the remaining stripper.

The stripper sort of worked but still there were under coatings of white paint still on the door and because I started mid afternoon, the light ran out on me and I had to stop so the next day I’m out and working by 9 in the morning.  Only there was still too much paint on the door from previous paintings so I went and got even more paint stripper and changed to an odorless mineral oil for a wash.  I did my best to remove the paint on the slats of the door which was the hard part, the rest came off pretty easy.  By nightfall I was quickly applying the wash so I could do a light sanding on Monday morning and be done with painting before work.

WRONG!  I was so tired of being wrong.  I brushed and then had to sand the door to still strip off some of the paint and finally I had it mostly down to the original wood.  I cleaned the dust from the sanding and then started to paint.  Unfortunately it took a whole lot longer so I took the day off.  Now you might think why not save it for later during the week, well it got cold the next night and we had our first snowfall in a very long time.

So by the end of the day as the light was fading, I put the last of the paint on the door.  I thought I did a good job but no, there was traces of the white paint from when I stripped the paint on the side panels of the front, there was paint all over the door handle and just today I could see the horrible brush strokes that I made.  However, I’m not going to repaint the door at this time.  Nope, not gonna do it.

On Monday night the door was painted and my hand and CTS was really bothering me.  It hurt to use my hand so I really messed up by stressing out my wrist with the sanding.  I don’t intend to repeat that mistake again.  I honestly don’t even remember what happened the rest of the week except that I had a massage appointment on Thursday and I finally took my mother grocery shopping on Friday and I can’t tell you what else I did the earlier part of the week.

However, I got out and went riding on my recumbent trike and only rode 5.9 miles.  This was the first real test for my new pedals and mid-sole cleated shoes.  I learned something about my riding on Saturday, I’m sitting more towards my left side and could see it and feel it as I pedaled.  So the next ride will be longer and I start readjusting myself in the seat so I sit more in the middle so I won’t stress and strain as much when pedaling.  I’ll probably also have put the front boom in some because of my new pedals and shoes.

Sunday I thought I could ride but I did something else which of course I can’t remember and then ran errands all day on Monday before going to work.  Today I had my color appointment and tomorrow will be grocery day.

I also went to the sporting goods store today to replace the 3 lb weight I lost when my vehicle was burglarized on my birthday this summer and it is pink.  Not my favorite color and it will look odd as I use the lime green and the brilliant pink dumbbells.  However, I will admit that I bought 2 lbs weights so try and give my arms some resistance when I do arm exercises.

So although I had a rough start, it doesn’t mean I can’t restart and do what I need to do to lose weight.  I have to remember the power of positive thinking in order to make this work.



Boot Camp Blunder

Would you believe that all I managed to do was make it through 2…yeah you read it right….2 classes is all I managed to do.  I did the typical boot camp blunder, I forgot to listen to my body which wasn’t telling me something it was yelling it loudly in my ears but still I persisted and now I’m paying the price.

So as you can imagine I was there doing all of these workouts with people who are young enough to an extremely younger person or young enough to be my kid.  I was inspired because I was working hard and although I had health issues that I was trying to pay attention to, I still didn’t pay close enough attention to what my body was screaming at me and telling me to stop doing burpees especially since I was carefully following them.  Boy was that a mistake.

By the end of the class my right knee had already began to swell and my left was feeling sore.  I was doing my best to stretch out after the workout thinking that my muscles were just tight but I should have looked down then I would have realized what a mess my knees really were.

Okay so the class was at 0600 hours and we were done by 0700 hours but it didn’t seem to help that much.  I showered and laid down with ice on my right knee although both knees really needed the ice pack.  By the end of the evening I was walking around work as if I was bow-legged and walking mighty slow at that time.

It didn’t occur to me that jumping up from the push up position on the burpee was damaging my knees and then trying to do the jumping jack at the end was another disaster.  But did I stop, no I was determined to show them that I could handle the workout which I really couldn’t so now it has been a week since I’ve been to class and my knees are still swollen though not as much as they had been previously.

So I paid for these classes but because I was trying to keep up with younger people my body decided to remind me that I’m 55 years old and not some spring chicken so now I’m paying the price and having to sit out and wait for things to get better.  I need to do more resting and trying to stay off of my knee because it shows to be getting better the less I use it but since I have to walk around just to move means that I will be using the knee and if I’m not careful I will aggravate the injury again.

Possibly I’m a bit wiser so when I do get the opportunity to return to boot camp I will be a bit more careful and remember what not to do to cause injury to me because it doesn’t do me any good to exercise in a way that causes injury to me thus defeating my workouts.  It is hell getting old and wanting to do things that I used to do but now discover that I can’t do them in my current condition.