Starting to try and reclaim my body

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-14-2014
Starting to try and reclaim my body
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Tue, 01-14-2014 - 2:38pm

Hello, I am looking for a little supportive community because I am really struggling with my body lately.  I am going through menopause (I am 47) and I also have a knee injury, and after the holidays binging, guess what? can't really fit into my pants anymore!  Sometimes i feel really like I don't have the energy and in the past I have joined a gym, but now, with money tight, what I would really like to do is get back to my knee exercises and also start doing some of my yoga and pilates tapes.  I just feel so discouraged and kinda down and can't seem to start back up.  I feel like if I don't get working on my body now, I am going to have to buy bigger clothes!  Anyway, have a great day, anybody who reads this, and thanks.   

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 2:50pm

HI and welcome to the our little supportive community! You are definitely in the right place. :-) I am sure we will be able to help you work off a pants size or two. For starters I would recommend you get rid of holiday type treats and snacks and start to work on a healthier diet right away. I splurged on sodas over the holidays and now that I am finally finished with the last one, I don't plan on buying soda again until Easter. lol

Are you planning on Yoga and Pilates DVDs or classes somewhere? What kind of knee exercises will you being doing? I would go ahead and start today on something. Even if you only get a couple of minutes in, at least you'll have the satisfaction of having done something. 

I am looking forward to getting to know you better. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-14-2014
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 4:01pm

Hi and thank you, Karla.  I have been to my PT for patellofemoral problems.  She advised me to stop using my older treadmill which may have been to hard on the joint, and to walk or bike instead and gave me a specific regime of exercises.  I did them for a while, and then stopped.  When I rested the knee it seemed to get better, and then after a while, it got progressively worse.  Now I am back to sqaure one.  I think I was too vigorous with the stationary bike.  I am back to just plain walking and doing those exercises.   I started a couple of days ago with them.  I have a bunch of dvds for yoga and pilates, I thought I would get back to them also, in ther mornings.  It  is so hard, though, to work them back into my routine.   Thanks for caring.  I am happy to be here.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 4:18pm

Oh yikes, I know so many people with knee problems. Thankfully that is one thing I don't have! Currently I am dealing with Achilles tendinitis so I have returned to walking and weight lifting until I can get it cleared up. I had my eyes set on running a half-marathon in April but am going to have to push that back to some time in the fall until I can start training again. 

I will say that I have been able to keep my weight under control for a good while now (I will be 50 this year) with regular walking so walking is definitely a good plan. Do you have a smart phone? You may want to download some kind of mileage or minute tracking app to help motivate you. There is something about seeing those days, minutes and miles pile up that really keeps you going. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 6:42pm
Hi and welcome. This is a very supportive board, with several interesting 'regulars' all at the not so young in years stage of life, but very diverse and inspiring. We have a daily journal further down, and I find reading and writing in it each day keeps me motivated and makes me realize tht day to day life is not easy for anyone. I think the key to a workout routine s to realistically assess where it can fit in your schedule, and then treat it like an important appointment. I find that when I think I will 'fit it in' it is easy to give it up...but if I plan for it, I usually do it. This year, I have. Calendar where I am writing down my weight and my exercise each day. I don't want to leave any days 'blank' so I will walk or do some floor abs to have something to write. Best wishes
Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 9:47pm

Welcome to Gymrats.  I can totally relate to you, as I broke my foot two (or three?) years ago, and gained weight and body fat during my recovery.  Since then, I have had to completely change my workouts to accomodate the perpetual pain/uncomfort I have.  :(  It is not easy, but, then, nothing with great returns is easy!  First, remember small steps towards the ultimate goal!  You CAN do it, and it is best/healthiest to go "slow and steady."  SJ mentioned the daily journal, and I would highly recommend that, as it has been isnpirational to me in my fitness efforts.  Remember, this is a lifestyle change and not an easy fix with just a short time period of diet and exercise.  I hope you joing us below.  I find that daily journals keep me more honest, and make me feel more accountable to my plans.  :D  Welcome to the board!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-14-2014
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 10:55pm

Hi and thanks, where do I find daily journal? 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 7:23am
It is two sections down on this board....someone starts anew thread each day, and usually the day of the week is in the title of the thread.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 7:51am

I just wanted to say welcome! You've gotten good advice from the others already.  I love this board!  Keep up the pt exercises to keep that area strong.  As diet and exercise goes, it's really about feeling good. And,if you lose inches along the way, an added benefit!






iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2014
Thu, 03-06-2014 - 1:26pm

Yoga is all about connecting your body with your inner self; it's about exploration of endless possibilities that exist within us and experiencing them. It is more about living active, inspired, and healthy while connecting with those around you in a better and more meaningful way.