Keeping Track of My Adventure

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    Keeping Track of My Adventure

    I walk up to 12 miles a day for my job, so I’m pretty good with cardio. My main focus is to round out my days with flexibility and strength training, since I kinda want to survive until retirement at this place and my knees are already sounding like rice krispies when I bend them. Other important factor is nutrition. Because, dude, you can’t eat entire pizzas and 2 pints of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner every night to make up for the calories you burn and not expect your pants to give out a work, (been there, done that, laughed with my coworkers while tying my sweater around my waist…).

    Phase I: Let’s get Stretchy!

    *Morning Stretches
    *Hamstring Stretches
    *Part II of Knee Savers

    Mainly done after my first cup of coffee in the morning. Takes about 7-8 1/2 minutes to complete as long as I remember to reset my timer.
    I have done my morning routine for 3 days straight and can now stand on my hands during the forward bends (I’m short to begin with). It’s helped a lot while at work since my quads and hammies don’t get as tight while walking anymore.
    Have already started to plan out my daily workouts for the next phase.

    Goal: Eventually do AM/PM stretching routine and add in Shark Week to the mix until I’m ready to add in strength training.


    #2
    I am 55 and walk lots at my job (although not as much as you do). I find flexibility training is so important. I do some yoga moves and even do hamstring stretches at work on my breaks.

    What kind of work do you do where you walk so much?

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      #3
      Hi Cowtownbaddy!

      I've been working as a mail carrier for the last 3 years, 4 in March. My route is what we call a "park and loop" (I drive to a set point on the route, gather the mail and parcels I need for that section and then deliver everything and wind up back at my vehicle), so that's how i get so many miles in a day.

      I loved doing yoga and flexibility exercise when I was younger, (I'm now 38), so when I decided to get back into working out I figured I better start with that first.

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        #4
        Oof! My start time at work is now 0630 and end time is anytime... Gotta love Christmas and the 12+ hour days.

        Now I've gone from walking up to 12 miles a day to 16 miles day, and my knee isn't too happy with that. But I get to see the sunrise AND sunset during my shift.

        Yesterday after I got home and took my shower I did all 3 stretching routines plus Shark Week. Then promptly fell asleep. I figure this workout schedule should be pretty good for the rest of December.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mightymite View Post
          Oof! My start time at work is now 0630 and end time is anytime... Gotta love Christmas and the 12+ hour days.

          Now I've gone from walking up to 12 miles a day to 16 miles day, and my knee isn't too happy with that. But I get to see the sunrise AND sunset during my shift.

          Yesterday after I got home and took my shower I did all 3 stretching routines plus Shark Week. Then promptly fell asleep. I figure this workout schedule should be pretty good for the rest of December.

          Mightymite...Did you ever try wearing a brace on your knee? They sell pretty good one's at drug stores that may provide some warmth and support that could help you get through the tough days ahead?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mightymite View Post
            But I get to see the sunrise AND sunset during my shift.
            There's something positive in every situation.

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              #7
              Cowtownbaldie Yeah, I have a couple knee braces somewhere around the house. I try not to wear them unless I absolutely have to because I found them to be kinda clunky when I'm moving around so much. I also have noticed that when my knees start to bother me going up steps its usually the mechanics of how I move up the stairs vs arthritis sneaking up on me (and trust me I know its getting close, my knees sound like rice krispies when I bend them).

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                #8
                Sooooo....trying to get back in shape when your working 70+ hours a week and getting maybe a max of 5 hours of sleep a night was poor planning on my part.
                My meltdowns were funny and it's truly amazing I haven't been written up for my antics when I was forced to work Sundays (walking around in my pajamas in front of not just the postmaster, but also the postmaster's boss, taking naps in my case, etc). I have maybe 1 more week of post-Christmas craziness, then my hours will truly go back to normal.

                Plus side of this Christmas: epic paychecks, respect from the veterans for not pussing out, training my body to work extra long hours which will help with getting back in shape
                Downside of Christmas: little sleep; surviving off of coffee, snacks that customers leave out for delivery folks, and spite; the house is a mess and my husband (who also has worked in the office) often wondering when he'll see me.


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                  #9
                  Ugh, hang in there!

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                    #10
                    Yay! The holidays are over and my hours are back to normal. Now I have a cold from all the stress from last month... but it is mild and I'm able to go to work and workout. I have been aggressively treating it with dayquil, vitamin c, and sleeping in abit in the morning when I need it.

                    Main Goals:

                    * Keep getting up around 0430-0530
                    * Complete my morning stretches
                    * Throw in a DD and maybe Shark Week in the AM
                    * Complete an additional workout in the evening

                    Boom! Already completing these goals since New Years. Though I've learned trying to count and do an exercise on most of the workouts doesn't work for me so I just set a timer and go.

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                      #11
                      I learned that keeping track of your weight loss journey is incredibly helpful, even if you've been doing it off and on for years. Finding those old photos and journals readjusted my perception on how much I've done over the years to get to this point.

                      An example:

                      In 2014 I weighed 196 lbs, now, as of today, I weigh 152 lbs.

                      In six years, I have bounced back and forth between working on my health and well being, and STILL managed to keep slowly working on a vague goal. I say vague because I never really had a clear plan for what I wanted to accomplish so it was always hard to keep myself motivated.

                      It's been easier since I actually stopped and figured out what I want to do now and a clearer path on how to get there. Like when nutritionists and doctors advise people to eat 6 small, healthy meals a day... that's some real muddy advice. When do you start eating? How much is considered a small meal? What the hell is even considered healthy anymore because researchers can't even agree from when study to the next what is supposedly good for the population?
                      For me, I learned if I sit and plan out my meals, begin eating about 6 am and eat approximately every 2 hours I see progress on the scale AND in the inches lost every week. But, on my days off I tend to be more lax on my nutrition and I'm fine with that, because I know that I'll see some progress again the next work week/day and that progress is always trending toward my goals. Pretty, freaking cool, right?

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                        #12
                        Woohoo! I started both Core Strength and 60 Days of Cardio at the beginning of March, and I'm doing pretty well at sticking to it. It helps that the moves are simple and easily modified.

                        Some of the other exercises that I'm enjoying are Upperbody Blast and Band It. I'm going to begin working on belly dancing soon... I found a pretty good set of youtube videos that are easy to follow and center on learning the proper techniques.

                        So far I'm down 12 lbs since the beginning of January, and I've lost quite a few inches. My overall goal is to get down to 125 lbs, but I'm cool with it if I gain more muscle and end up staying around 150.

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                          #13
                          I'd say you're doing great

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