Introduction and hello! :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2001
Introduction and hello! :)
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Fri, 12-28-2012 - 12:44pm

Hi! I'm Angelle and I'm 'new' here. I used to use iVillage boards back around 2007, so technically I'm not 'new', I'm 'old but has been away', LOL. 

I'm 41, I live in Michigan, and I'm 50 lb overweight. I used to be much more active, but I've really let things go in the past 5 years or so. My former favorite forms of exercise were Tae Bo, aerobics (primarily Jane Fonda/Richard Simmons), yoga, pilates, and walking. I learned how to rollerskate 2 years ago by joining a roller derby league (quit laughing, please!), but I got busted my piriformis muscle and had to quit, and wasn't able to skate for months, and that's when things really declined as far as exercising. I still have some problems with flexibility in the muscles on that hip/leg, and balance issues, but if I work at it I know those will improve. I also have a spinal fusion at L5/S1 from a surgery 20 years ago. I am cleared to exercise and theoretically can still do anything I ever used to do before surgery - just not supposed to carry over 15 lb. Because I'm 50 lb. overweight, my back aches a bit from trying to haul all of me around, also. :p

I used to do the South Beach eating plan, and felt great on it, and had good sucess. I'm not sure if I want to go that route again - I'm pretty anti-diet in general - but I would like to incorporate a lot of the healthier types of meals that I used to prepare from SBD. I think it will help. That and cutting out the Christmas cookies! ;)

Right now my goal is to lose the 50 lb., feel better and stronger, and eliminate the back pain and leg/hip muscle/tendon pain.

My partner is also looking to get more fit, so I do have support at home, as well.

Hopefully this board will be a good source of inspiration and support! Looking forward to meeting all of you.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Fri, 12-28-2012 - 12:52pm

Hello and welcome!  :)  Please jump right in although the board is a little slow right now because of the holidays. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 12-28-2012 - 1:40pm

Hi Angelle and welcome back! I remember doing Jane Fonda and Richard Simons (Sweating to the oldies-lol). I'm not a diet person either and would focus more on healthier eating choices if I were you. I'm one of those people who just doesn't keep junk in the house because if it is here I eat it. 

Have you started back exercising yet? What kind of things are you doing? 

Karla
Community Leader
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EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 12-28-2012 - 3:49pm
Welcome to the board! The group here is friendly and lead interesting lives so it is fun to post...and I know it helps keep me accountable that I am going to 'report' on my exercise each day. feel free to join us in the daily journal thread down below...SJ
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 12-28-2012 - 4:20pm

Welcome to the board!  You've taken the first step just by joining us.  I agree "diets" aren't the way to go but there are some really good aspects of South Beach that you can incorporate to your every day eating that are good healthy changes.  It is good to get those Christmas cookies days behind us.  Feel free to join us in other threads--it's motivating to see what others are doing and it holds us accountable.






iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2001
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 9:45am

Hi, Karla. Thanks! I recently started roller skating (indoors) again - I was doing once a week Saturday mornings for 1-1.5 hours (taking many breaks - my aerobic status is for crap right now and I get breathless SO quickly). Right before Christmas my boyfriend and I both got hit with some kind of respiratory thing that for him turned into bronchitis and for me to walking pneumonia, so I'm mostly sitting on the couch right now. :(  The second trip to the urgent care (Thursday night) they switched me to better antibiotics and a steroid pill, which seems to be helping, but Eiric says he thinks it's a bad idea for me to skate until next week at the earliest. He's right. :(  The meds say they will reduce my resistance to other germs temporarily (yay, fun!) so I need to "avoid persons who are ill or who have recently been ill", which as far as I can tell means everyone, LOL. I'm hoping to be able to go for a short walk or something during the week this week, once I stop coughing every time I get up. 

Once my lungs recover, my current plan is skating 1-2 times per week (which really makes my injured muscle and tendon in my left leg feel better), and trying to do yoga in the mornings with Eiric a few times per week also. I'll start easing in some of my exercise DVDs (I have quite a library of them, back from when I used to be a bit of a nut about doing them!), like Tae Bo, more yoga, pilates, or low-impact aerobics. (The Tae Bo and the aerobics are beyond my level right now.)  I also have some friends with whom I used to do do belly dancing videos, so maybe I can get them to come over and do that once a week, too. 

I would like to work up to being able to start doing "Chi Running". I had just begun it when I ruptured that muscle in roller derby, and I was enjoying it, but when I tried it again for the first time in a year about 3 weeks ago, I couldn't run for more than about 45 seconds without getting winded. Big setback. :(  But if I can get my piriformis and the tendon in the back of my leg to work better, I would like to try this again.

That's probably a longer, more in-depth answer than you expected. Sorry. It's the meds! ;)

Angelle

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2001
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 9:46am

Thanks, everybody. :) I think I'm going to like this group.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2003
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 6:17pm

I'm new here too!  I have some goals in mind for this upcoming year and have already started but like to see what other folks are up to as well and a little support is good for everyone.

I am training for a Tough Mudder later this summer.  I have a long way to go but am really looking forward to the training.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 6:36pm

Oh ick on the lung thing Angelle. My sister, who is in great shape, got bronchitis earlier this and it eventually went to pnuemonia. After weeks of antibiotics and breathing treatments, she finally kicked it. She is back working out again in full force. 

I'm not a coordinated person so I don't think I could skate for exercise. I just know I would end up with a broken arm or leg. I used to rollerblade years ago but hurt my hip trying to "ramp" for my kids and I learned the hard way that I'm not a kid anymore. lol My hip has never been the same! 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 6:38pm

Hey Amazing-it's great to see another new face around here. Wow-good luck on the Tough Mudder. We'd love to hear about your training. :-)

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2003
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 7:40pm

Thank you Karla :-)  I look forward to the support we can give each other in this group.

I should have added that I have some weight to lose as well.  I am trying to balance the weight loss, training and getting back into running all at once. 

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