Something New

First, let me say that it was a better day today – much better.  I went into work early and spent some time rearranging my desk and new Acrobat system monitor.  I reinstalled ZoomText and it works.  By the time the first person entered the office, I felt prepared and accustomed to my space.  Phew.

Second, I have made a move toward being more healthy.  The Physical Therapy Department at Nazareth is doing a research study about the effects of exercise.  A few weeks ago, they sent out an email to the campus faculty and staff members to see who was interested in participating.  I responded and was screened to see whether I met the criteria for the study.  I did.  We went through some assessments to determine at what level each of us should begin.

Today was the first day of exercise.  They had me start with 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Then, I began a circuit of eight weight-lifting exercises (supervised by PT students).  I have never done any weight training in my life.  I enjoyed some of the exercises and there were some I did not like at all.  At my last station, I had to lift a barbell.  By the end of my third set, my muscles were quivering so hard that you could see them shaking.  But, I did it.  Three sets of ten reps at each station.  Hooray!

It is necessary for me to become more healthy because, as my retina specialist explained it, my extra weight is making my blood vessels work harder, which is not good for the vessels in my eyes.  I am not going to spend a lot of time in my blog discussing exercise and whether I succeed or fail.  I did want to share that I am beginning this part of my journey, because I feel like it is a big step toward making good choices and finding balance in my life.  And it was fun to try something new.

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8 thoughts on “Something New

  1. It might help you to know that I feel the same way after weight lifting! I can run 10 miles (or I could before my knee gave up on life), I ride my bike to work 6 miles each way, and we go hiking almost every weekend, but make me do sit ups or lift weights and I can’t move for a week! Your body will get used to whatever you do regularly, which for me is cardio. I rarely get sore after my cardio exercise now, but the minute I mix it up MAN can I tell!

    • That does help, Nikki. I have finally recovered and did some cardio today. Tomorrow it will be weight training again, but at least now I know what to expect. I just have to keep thinking about my body getting stronger and stronger and I know it will be worth it. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Good for you. I bet you will develop that same love/hate relationship I have with weight training. The routines that I hate the most are the ones I am most proud of when I improve. It is good to focus on healthy life style changes rather than weight loss. You are on your way and I hope you do keep us updated a little bit in the blog. Have Fun!!!

    • Thanks, Marge. I never realized how out of shape I am until I found out that it takes two entire days (so far) to recover from one day of weight training. Oh my goodness, I am so sore. I am glad I have several weeks with the PT students before I am on my own. That should help me stick with it, hopefully. Maybe one day I will be able to run a 5K, just like you.

  3. Belinda,

    I am very happy that you have decided to participate in the study. I know that it is not easy, but you have taken the hardest step…the first one 🙂 Five years ago, I looked in the mirror and wondered where those extra pounds came from. I bought a used treadmill for $25.00 and started doing 15 minutes a day! After a short time, I knew I had dropped a few pounds between the teadmill and change in the diet…that was all I needed to really motivate me to see that there really was some result. Today, 6 years later, I walk or treadmill 3-5 times a week and have been able to maintain a weight 30 pounds less !! I know that you can do this 🙂

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Becky. I really enjoyed the workout yesterday, especially the treadmill. I am committed to keeping on with this, even though today I can barely lift my arms. lol Luckily I have until Monday for the next weight-lifting part. Maybe I will be recovered by then.

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