What do you do to stay on-track when you can't work out?

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I know that life is a journey - but why can't the bad parts go faster?It's frustrating to get knocked off your "routine" - especially right after the holidays when you feel like you're just getting started with a good rhythm again.

Without tiptoeing through the TMI tulips: I went see one of my doctors yesterday for a routine (for me, anyway) procedure which, while routine, always ends with being told to rest for 4 or 5 days afterwards. I won't be able to "move" outside of walking (and right now I don't even feel like doing that!) until my physical therapist appointment on Monday and it is killing me! 

I want to walk!

I want to go to yoga!

I want to keep up with my 30 minutes a day of WiiFit! I am going to log on Monday and that little white board is going to berate me for not being on since last Tuesday, and likely tell me I got heavier since the last time I was on. I am almost beginning to resent that little white board. I know he just wants to help, but that's another story for another day...

It is what it is, and I don't feel like ignoring doctor's orders to lose a pound or so this week when I know I could just lose that weight next week... but I have just finally hit the point where I love to work out and now here I am, sitting on my duff for the next few days.

I know that there are people who may have experienced this same sort of thing - likely not for the same reasons that I have, but life happens to all of us. Sometimes you end up going out of town to visit family and Aunt Mabel insists on you having 2nds... and maybe 3rds... of her oh-so-delicious but oh-so-unhealthy cheesecake. Maybe you're out of town for a business trip and there's not a gym at your hotel. 

So: What do you do when, for whatever reason, you can't be as active as you'd like? Do you change your eating plan until you can get moving again? Do you accept and move on, knowing that adding some steps to your journey isn't that much in the long haul? 

I don't need to "lose", but I need to stay motivated!


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Comments (2)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

What you mention is one of the hardest things to deal with when trying to lose weight.  If you have other health issues limiting your activity, that's the most important thing right now that you need to focus on..............not being able to exercise is the least of your worries right now.  Just cut down on your intake, drink lots of water and eat healthy..............the weight will come off later.

A little inspiration for you.  A dear friend of mine had over 100 pounds to lose.......her goal was by her daughters wedding.  She was having surgery and would be inactive for 8 weeks, that's when she decided to start dieting.  She knew that sitting around doing nothing, she would be tempted to eat MORE, so she picked the worst time to diet.  Long story short, she didn't reach her goal of losing 100 lbs. by her daughters wedding, but she did lose 80 lbs.  She looks marvelous, is much healthier and was a knockout at her daughters wedding with the 80 lb. weight loss.

You can do it...............hang in there.  Sorry I didn't see this post earlier, it's been a crazy weekend.

Jan 15, 2011 11:29 PM
Sarah Bennett
Seattle, WA

Thank you for the kind words and the inspiration! I think you're right - I know I've been trying to focus on getting healthy and losing weight at the same time because everything is connected, but I can't drive my health into the ground by dieting or working out when it's not what my body needs at the time.

I think it's time for me to take a good hard look at my goals and make sure I'm still within the bounds of reason! Just because I don't take it off as fast, doesn't mean I can't take it off...

Jan 17, 2011 11:09 AM