Monday, January 16, 2012

The New Year

The whole cancer scare was quite a wake up call for me as you can imagine.  As I slowly healed plans formed in my head.  Plans of health, self care and fitness.  How was I going to do it?  Besides sheer will power what motivates me to exercise and eat right?  I don't know.  I suppose if I knew, I'd be healthy and fit.

This is what I've decided to try this year.  I've started back with my trainer, Christie.  She's wonderful and will adjust my work out routine based on any issues I have.  For example, when I first started with her my shoulder had a couple little tears in the rotator cuff and major inflammation in the AC joint.  She researched and got a routine going for me that eventually healed all of that, without surgery.  Now, after the hysterectomy I'm weak.  I'm trying not to be frustrated by that but it is hard.  I have to rebuild my entire core muscle group since they cut them right down the middle and I have to build up my stamina/heart health again.

I've bought myself a "fitbit".  This is a cool little gadget that tracks every step you take, calorie you burn and all the shut eye you get.  It didn't take long to figure out I wasn't getting enough sleep.  I had no idea I was only getting about 6 hours and 30 minutes a night.  For some reason I'm awake for 8 minutes in the middle of the night, every night.  Not at the same time each night but it's still 8 minutes. I wonder what I do in those 8 minutes?  Am I sleep walking?  I don't remember going to the bathroom.  Maybe I should put a nannie cam in my bedroom so I can figure it out.  Because of this little device I've made a concerted effort to get more sleep.  I can feel a stronger energy level the last few days.

All of these statistics are logged on a secure website that I can access anywhere, even from my phone with the app.  Everything has an app now.  I just got my 50 mile badge.  I've walked or ran 50 miles since January 3rd. Not bad, eh.  I'll expound on other things I'm doing to try to motivate myself in the next blog.


Irma said...

I've heard about the "fitbit", maybe
those 8 mins. are when you're not in
deep REM sleep. Congrats on the 50
miles!! Check Dr. Oz for an anti-cancer diet. Irma

Anonymous said...

check out crossfit gym near you, they are awesome and it will surely bring your strength back - take care dawn and glad that you are out of it!