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Getting back on the horse

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Not a real horse - but I sure would love that! This winter has been harder than usual. More snow, more cold weather, more wind. But I see a glimmer of spring trying to arrive. This weekend we might see our first 50 degree days - it's a bit late in the season but that's how this winter has been.

So I decided to sign up for the Lean + Tone at Lifetime Fitness, the gym I try and get to a few times a week. For three weeks on Monday Coach Anika sends out an email with a link to her weekly podcast - giving us encouragement and support and talking about what we should be seeing as far as progress goes.

We have a 3 week meal plan to follow with some interesting recipes. I am doing the best I can with the meal plan. We are suppose to be gluten, dairy and soy free - soy is easy, I don't like it. The other two I can reduce, but can't eliminate. I tried to be gluten free yesterday and my body rebelled big time. But she says it's okay to make the program work for us individually.

We also have to commit to 30 minutes of activity each day which is easier now because it's nice enough to take Daisy for a walk and the ice is nearly gone so it's not so scary. And there is a strength program for each week which we commit to 3 times a week.

We are to have a protein shake each day with something Lifetime calls Life Greens - some kind of powdered vegetables I guess. Mine is double chocolate and it's not bad.

I'm doing pretty well so far - tweaking the meals to fit with what I need and also so my husband will eat them. I started late - like yesterday. But so far so good. I needed this mini-push to get my mind set back to where it needs to be. Thank goodness the snow is melting and the promise of spring is in the air.

I hope everyone will soon feel the promise of spring, new life, new growth. I've decided to garden again since I now have full use of my knees. My seeds arrived today - I can't wait!
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  • no profile photo CD11945874
    Best to you with your new program and i always like "tweaking' to tailor to myself. Hopefully winter is done and you can have some enjoyable time outdoors and planting your seeds!! emoticon
    1235 days ago
    good luck with this
    1235 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan, and I hope it will serve you well! We traveled a couple of hours south of home yesterday and saw that the tulips are up about 4 inches high so spring is coming slowly but surely. It will be a welcome sight! emoticon
    1235 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Sometimes we need a push when it comes to jump starting another hopefully much better spring season.
    I imagine Miss Daisy is thrilled to be going for longer walks more that the ice is melting more and the weather is getting better. Hope you weekend will be mighty fine when that temp reaches at least 50 degrees, you can take some lovely walks then.

    1235 days ago
    Your plan sounds wonderful. I'm not big on protein shakes, but new recipes would be right up my alley.
    Seed catalogs started arriving a couple of weeks ago. I've got the fever. The weather is so insane! It was 80* here today. Highs tomorrow are predicted to be in the 40s again, as another cold front pushes through and the threat of strong storms is in the forecast, too. The predicted temps for the next several days are back to normal, whatever normal is.

    Good luck with the exercise and food plans.
    1235 days ago
    Success to you. This program may be a great jump start for you. Doesn't sound too bad.
    1236 days ago
    Yes...I know you are SO sick of this nasty winter. I really don't think I could ever endure them again. I don't like the hot sticky summers but you can always go into air conditioning.

    Speaking of which...our a/c at the house went out. A bad coil. It's just out of warranty...OF COURSE! emoticon Then they fixed that and the blower went out...what the??? emoticon

    When it rains it pours...and I don't like it one little bit!!

    We still have to cough up for the a/c at work since the stinky landlord won't fix a thing. After another goose egg day of sales today...I just don't know WHAT to think.

    Why is life so doggone hard sometimes dear Kathy? emoticon

    Tommorrow is another day...we begin again..hope again...it's the only thing to do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
    1236 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Best of luck to you with your program. I am so ready for this snow and cold to be gone. Our alley is a mess and big ruts of ice are everywhere. I was hoping for warmer temps today, yesterday was quite lovely, but let's hope the weekend will bring warmer temps and the snow all melted and the puddles gone.
    Have a great evening.
    1236 days ago
    You'll have to post pictures of your garden when those seeds bloom!

    Hope your new program goes well! I actually went gluten free and dairy free in solidarity with my son when we did it for his IBS. We started with gluten and you have to do it gradually. We both felt lousy at first. His issues got worse before they got better, but once he was off it for a few weeks-Massive change. Digestive issues vanished, his language took off (he was 3 or 4) and his tantrums pretty much stopped. He actually had many symptoms of celiac though the genetic test didn't indicate anything. Doctor assumes he is just intolerant. When we tried putting him back on a year later-digestive issues returned and he was back to tantrums, no more gluten ever! I felt more energetic off it and stayed off it too-give or take a little. He remains off dairy, but I keep going back because I love it. Gluten was definitely the biggest bang for our buck for him and me.

    So glad the weather is improving and you and Daisy can enjoy some walks!
    1236 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/15/2018 5:51:30 PM
    Good luck. One of my favorite sayings is, "If you aren't going to sprint the horse, get out of the saddle" I need to also to get in the saddle first before I try and sprint it. May a just soft lope at first. lol
    1236 days ago
    All the best!
    1236 days ago
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