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Questions About Starting Workouts Again


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#61 NoodleUnit

 
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 11:51 PM

I've only done it once this week as well. I actually came down with a cold on Friday ( wondering if that was why I found day 1 so hard earlier in the week ). That's the first real cold I've had in months which is a great thing as I was catching one every week before my op. Looking after my 5 year old today but will probably go back to week 4 tomorrow and build up for a decent attempt at week 5 next week.

Greenling - I have a decent set of free weights at home so I may get them out and have an exploratory workout later this week.

Hope we all have a good week. :)
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:38 PM

Hi to both of you,

Hope you're doing well. Where are you in your c25k adventure? NoodleUnit, has your cold gone away?

I didn't get to work out at all last week. Work started for me again with orientation for our teaching assistants (whom I supervise). It was a shock to my body to go from working at home (mostly sitting and reading/writing) to 10-hour days at my office. I think I found out I'm not as recovered as I thought. :( I didn't feel bad, I just was tired at the end of every day and ready to sleep.

So, I'm determined to get back to the gym tomorrow. Am going to take it a bit easy since the first week of classes is always brutal. Don't know if I'll repeat Week 4 or have to go backwards a bit (I'm worried about 10 days off!). But I've decided not to stress about it--I'll do the best I can and see how work and exercise combine.

My nephew moved in on Saturday (he's a student where I teach), so my house is no longer 100% Gluten-free. I'm still cooking all of my food, but there will be some foods that he prepares for himself with gluten in them. Hopefully, no CC will occur. It's nice to have him around though.

Have a good week!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:57 AM


I'm determined to get back to the gym tomorrow. Am going to take it a bit easy since the first week of classes is always brutal.
Greenling


Wise idea of easing back into your work out schedule. Way too many people take time off (and that's natural due to crazy schedules and life's curve balls) and then go back to "where they left off". That's never a good idea.

Just listen to your body and start the basics from the start. This is also the most important point to spend pre-stretching before cardio or weights. You don't want a muscle strain putting you back on the bench.

Your determination is admired by all.
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#64 NoodleUnit

 
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 08:52 AM

Hi Greenling,

Definitely agree with Gluten Glad180r. I've gone back to Week 4 just now too. I did one run last week, on Friday. I though I'd beaten the cold but really felt very fatigued which I think was basically me still fighting the cold. The run was allright but I'm missing the spring in my step just now.

If I still have trouble jumping to Week 5 next week I'm going to break it down into chunks and run each day of "week" 5 for a week each. So Day 1 will be my three runs next week or until I get on top of it. I'm still faster than last year but I do feel like I've hit the wall a bit.

Will probably do some light free weights this week too.

Hope this week goes well for everyone.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:45 AM

I was only able to work out twice last week. Just basic workouts, not C25k. Been pretty tireed the last couple of weeks-- or, i should say, more tired than my normal...

hopefully I will be able to do more this week, esp since my husband started back to school today, which means he will be out of the house during the day at least a couple of days.

I agree with NoodleUnit & GlutenGladi8tor--- backing up a little bit is always a good idea when getting back to working out after having to take a little time off.

I will try re- starting week4, or maybe go back to Week3. i'll see where i'm at and go from there.
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#66 GlutenGladi8or

 
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:20 PM



I agree with NoodleUnit & GlutenGladi8tor--- backing up a little bit is always a good idea when getting back to working out after having to take a little time off.


Also, don't be shy to budget some time AFTER your work outs to stretch. My good friend is a pilates instructor and she recommended this years ago. I have had zero issues since.
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#67 NoodleUnit

 
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:37 AM

That's definitely something I have to improve on. Since all this happened I've had massive problems with lactic acid in my muscles for days after. I know I should stretch, but like you say, I need to budget the time.

I actually managed Week 5 Day 1 yesterday, again (I was feeling decent so thought I'd try it, if it didn't work then I'd revert to the previous week). This time a bit easier than previously and a little faster, although I did have to take a 10 second walk during my last half mile interval. To be fair though, the last mile of the run is all uphill, so I can still hold my head up imo.
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 12:54 PM

Hi all,

Thanks for the helpful suggestions and words of encouragement! I finally made it back to the gym today (first week of classes has been crazy!). Ran a 5-minute interval, and two 3-minutes at a good speed (better than before) and walked the rest. My running felt very relaxed, my breathing was good, and the heat intolerance was gone. But I didn't want to push my luck since it'd been two weeks off, so I walked the other 19 minutes. Did a reduced weight workout and had a good stretch. In a way, I think my body appreciated the time off as it was able to adjust to a stable dose of thyroid meds and going back to work, etc. So, I hope it continues. In the meantime, I've got to figure out a schedule that works.

Wheelez, hope you're feeling less tired and back to your normal self.

Gluten Gladi8tor, thanks for your input. Today, when I was stretching, I was the most flexible I've been in months, so consistency pays off.

NoodleUnit, congrats on running half-mile intervals and doing Week 5! Not to mention running uphill. I haven't been able to convince myself I want to do that yet. :)
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 02:08 PM

Gluten Gladi8tor, thanks for your input. Today, when I was stretching, I was the most flexible I've been in months, so consistency pays off.


It sure does. And the more that you stretch, the more you will amaze yourself. Keep with your current stretching plan for the next few weeks. After that, go online and discover new ones.

In weight lifting, you always want to switch up your weights/machines/work-outs. The same goes for stretching muscles, try new and different stretches as well.
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:17 PM

Just thought I'd drop in and report. I miss reading everyone's updates. :)

Work is going well, but very busy, and I'm tired by the end of every day. Because of my work schedule (very heavy on Monday, Wednesday, Friday), I've had to move my workouts to the other four days. So I run and lift weights on Tuesday and Thursday, run on Saturday, and lift weights on Sunday. No two days in a row for rest anymore. :( But I really wanted to get back to three days of weights/week (I need to be strong to help care for my mom and dad). So I may have to place running on the back burner for a bit.

In the meantime, I've been running 2.5 minutes intervals with 1.5 minutes walking. I'm finding I lost a bit of cardio stamina with my two weeks off + higher work demands. So I'm focusing on increasing the number of intervals before I work on building time. Today I did 5 (for a total of 20 minutes + warm-up/cool-down). Once I make my way to 2 miles worth (right now, I get about 1.4 miles), I'll start increasing the length of the runs.

One of the more frustrating aspects of recovery, I'm finding, is how up-and-down it is (I got glutened last week in a restaurant and it was my own careless fault!) and how slow it is. I told myself this morning on the treadmill, "You were very sick for 10 years (and who knows how many asymptomatic years before that), you can't expect to be at your peak in five months." So, I'm trying to be content with how good I feel in my daily life (how much happy energy I have now, and how many "good days"), and trying not to focus on my "snail-like progress" in my workouts. When I think in those terms, it's a lot easier to be patient with myself (and not want everything all at once). This week is 5 months Gluten-free for me!! :D

Hope you all are well! And that you feel like you're making the progress that you want to make.
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#71 wheeleezdryver

 
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:58 PM

I haven't done too well.
The last time I was able to go workout was last Wednesday. That day, i did a week 3 workout. and arm weights-- was able to up the weights on most of the exercises!

But since then, I've either had to much other stuff going and/ or not been feeling well/ energetic, so haven't been able to go. Hopefully I will be able to workout again in the next couple of days (after PMS is gone...)

But i have gotten some exercise by cleaning, and doing a good bit of shopping. And helping m hubsnad.... especially helping him in/ out of our van.

anywho, talk to you all later!
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Becky (me)-35yo; hypothyroid 8yrs (symptoms at least 1 yr prior); Plantar Fasciitis (PF) (tendonitis in foot) 4 yrs; ovary & softball size cyst removed Feb 2008; Sleep Apnea 3yrs; Dec 2008- realized wheat affects hormones-- went semi- gluten-free (aka, gluten lite!). Interstitial Cystitis (IC, aka painful bladder syndrome) (self dx. controlled by diet- can't have acidic foods/ drinks). July 2010-- realized there was more going on, was going to do the sensitivity/ Celiac testing, decided it wasn't worth it! Am now truely learning to live the gluten- free lifestyle!
My DH-38 yo; born w/ Spastic cerebral palsy. legally blind, uses wheelchair. back surgery Aug 2007, has continued back troubles.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 03:50 PM

Was finally, able to go to the gym today, after not having gone for 1 1/2 weeks.

Had a good workout-- just did about 20 mins on the elliptical. and the arm machine weights- had to go back to the lopwer weights, but that didn't surprise me.

even though I stretched well beforehand, and didn't push myself, my legs are sore-- can definately tell I hadn't been able to work out for a little while! Will keep stretching m legs this evening.

How are you guys doing?
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Becky (me)-35yo; hypothyroid 8yrs (symptoms at least 1 yr prior); Plantar Fasciitis (PF) (tendonitis in foot) 4 yrs; ovary & softball size cyst removed Feb 2008; Sleep Apnea 3yrs; Dec 2008- realized wheat affects hormones-- went semi- gluten-free (aka, gluten lite!). Interstitial Cystitis (IC, aka painful bladder syndrome) (self dx. controlled by diet- can't have acidic foods/ drinks). July 2010-- realized there was more going on, was going to do the sensitivity/ Celiac testing, decided it wasn't worth it! Am now truely learning to live the gluten- free lifestyle!
My DH-38 yo; born w/ Spastic cerebral palsy. legally blind, uses wheelchair. back surgery Aug 2007, has continued back troubles.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:09 AM

Now is the time to add some goals and give yourself a well "kneaded" reward. Set "X" amount of days in which you intend to exercise, if you hit that minimum amount of days schedule a 60 minute massage. If you exceed your goal make it a 90 minute massage.

If you "blow it out of the water" and absolutely exceed expectations.... add hot stones.

You deserve it if you worked for it.
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:58 AM

Hi everyone

Been a hard fortnight or so, so I've not really been online. Both myself and my partner, rachel are getting made redundant from separate companies at the same time. Her's was/is a long process, mine happened very suddenly. I'm now on garden leave just a week after my first letter telling me I was at risk. It's not all bad, the job was making me more ill than the celiac disease was in some ways. Things are looking more hopeful for Rachel as she has a lot of interest from other employers, but I'm a graphic designer and graphic design jobs aren't falling from trees round here right now, so it's looking like I'll be a home-dad for a while, possibly set up on my own a few months down the road.

Anyway the stress from all of that meant that I got quite ill again, from being lax with my diet, and simply just the stress seemed to trigger my immune system into attack mode again. The arthritis in my right hand is certainly much worse than normal. I've just about managed one run a week, which seems to have been enough to maintain Week 5 day 1. I did that run again today (in a storm no less :D ) and while I felt spent by the end, it has helped enormously with morale.

I'm going again on Thursday, depending on how I feel, I'll either do Day 1 again or take the leap to 2.

Hope everything is good with you all.
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 01:12 PM

Heh, I did some weights yesterday. BIG mistake, because I did squats. I managed to do Week 5 Day 2 today but man it was hard, I had nothing in my legs after yesterday. I'll be focussing on upper body until the end of the c25K :)

Another bit of good news too, Rachel landed a job. so we're all good. :)
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