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I have gotten so fat in the past two years that most of my clothes are too tight, and my back problem just never seems to get 100% better. The two might not necessarily be related to each other, but I went back to the chiropractor a few weeks ago after a long time away and my back getting worse, and he strongly emphasized that i need to get stronger. I confessed to him that I don't do the back strengthening exercises he gave me much, because I have so much trouble getting up and down off the floor with my creaky old joints.

I signed up for a place he told me about, called Fitness Together, which is all personal trainer, all the time. You have a regular time for your workout, and the space all to yourself and your trainer, and they work to keep you motivated, steadily increasing your fitness. I HATE exercising. I have never once achieved that high people supposedly get from it (I'm convinced they make that up to encourage themselves to keep going and it's all lies, wretched lies), and I don't feel energized or pleased afterward, only tired and achy. But this shit is so expensive that you kind of have to keep going, otherwise you're wasting your money and it's harder to just put it off as much as you can like with a recurring-fee gym membership. I can still go to the Y and swim, but they'll work with me on cardio, strength, endurance, and strength. We're emphasizing strength, you see.

I'm not looking forward to this in the least -- three days a week, plus nutrition counseling (which, fortunately, I can switch to sessions, because having edited a newspaper about nutrition, there's not a lot I don't know already, and the fact that I know all this stuff hasn't ever affected my ability to eat the things I know are wrong for me). I was very clear with them that the kind of thing many trainers do -- shouting "you can do it", pushing someone past their limit, expecting someone to remember routines -- are exactly the kinds of things that will make me walk right off. They spend a lot of time with you so they can find things that work for you and don't make you hate it. Well. They have an uphill battle with me, but... between my back troubles and my weight, I know I need something.

Man, between this, my mind-bendingly expensive chair, and the chiropractor and massage, this back thing is costing me a fortune. I guess it's a good thing I'm at a point where I have so much work I have to turn things away. And thank god I get to take it off my taxes. Yeesh. My first appointment left me sore everywhere, and that was just an assessment! Tomorrow I go to get a full workup -- heart rates, body mass, etc. So depressing.

This is my second go-round on the fitness bandwagon. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it sticks.

Today's Hawaii pic: an orchid at the McBryde Garden.
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trepkos
Jun. 25th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
Oooh! Pretty!
killabeez
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Heyyyy. So, it's 4:50 am, and I'm awake because of anxiety about what I have to do this morning—which is go to the spine clinic and probably get an MRI. I strongly suspect that the long and the short of it will be, exercise, get your back stronger, and lose weight. Maybe we could, you know, combine forces on this somehow? At least have a little support group of two? *hugs*

Edited at 2012-06-25 11:54 am (UTC)
gwyn_r
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
YES. I would love to have an "oh my aching back" shaping up and trimming down buddy, so, so much. I think that often has a lot to do with my desire to keep up, that I feel alone and isolated and have no one to talk to about it.
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gwyn_r
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Today they put me on a treadmill, which terrifies me. I wouldn't let go of the bars and when she said to take my hands of them, I went into a total panic. At least, if the weather's nice enough, I can walk up there (it's a little over a mile) and have that count to my cardio!
sdwolfpup
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
I hope the plan works for you. I have always been crap at keeping up an exercise regimen, for the same reason, so I'm curious to hear how it goes for you!
gwyn_r
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, I do too. I mean, I WANT to feel good about it, but it's just not really in my nature to enjoy this sort of thing.
anoel
Jun. 25th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I'm hoping when I have more money next month I can finally start playing tennis more and that'll help with a consistent fitness regimen. I hope it goes well for you :)
amnisias
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Some people post about their fitness regime and achievments as a way to keep it going. I'm happy to cheer, poke and pester as needed! With stuff like that you just have to keep going back to it until you've tackled it. Falling off the wagon does not mean you can't get back on it. Clearly there would be some positives for you if you could manage to build up strength and stamina, and maybe reduce weight as well. Best of luck!!!
gwyn_r
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm afraid of talking about just because I'll be even more boring than I normally am! But year, maybe keeping records will help.
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