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iowalindaiowalinda Member Posts: 341 Member Member Posts: 341 Member
Anybody else struggling a little to stay on track right now? How are you keeping your spirits and motivation up?

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  • iowalindaiowalinda Member Posts: 341 Member Member Posts: 341 Member
    Are you still able to use your regular exercise facilities? My regular gym is closed due to the virus. Other places I've gone to walk (inside) require a mask, which makes it hard to breathe while exerting yourself. Outside walking is dependent on the weather, which has turned cold and rainy here. I find myself feeling anxious and kind of depressed. The weight has been creeping back over the last 4 or so months. I am still in the normal range, but want to get it back under control before it gets out of hand. What are you doing during this trying time?
  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Member Posts: 2,806 Member Member Posts: 2,806 Member
    I tend to eat junk when I'm bored and stressed, and I am definitely both now. OTOH, I'm not eating out much and we aren't able to do the occasional donut stop at the mini-mart any more, so I am able to resist that sort of temptation a lot easier. Being home all the time means I have control over what we eat. Both DH and I have been very stable in our weights as a result. I may not enjoy resisting temptation, but I am the one in charge of shopping and cooking, so we mostly do. I may want a piece of cake, but I am not likely to go out to a restaurant to get one, and I don't make one very often since that means eating several pieces, not just one. I am running less since I have no races on the near horizon, so burn fewer calories, but we aren't traveling, so I am able to run on a regular schedule, which is good. Long road trips tend to mean days I am too tired to do much exercise and less quality in my meals.
  • 425Recess425Recess Member Posts: 69 Member Member Posts: 69 Member
    I gained 2 lb in the first couple of weeks which was very unusual for me. It woke me up. I lowered my calorie goal to get rid of those two lb and I increased my exercise. I was going to the gym for classes days a week: weights, yoga, zumba, and pilates. I do the same now but with youtube videos and go for walks on the other days (not now due to smoke :( ). I didn't raise my calorie goal once I lost the 2 lb but let myself have a treat now and then - a takeout meal, a beer on the deck, etc. Plus I have been keeping up on my social life and my volunteer life as best as possible through Zoom and email. So far so good. Just keeping the focus.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Member Posts: 5,795 Member Member Posts: 5,795 Member
    I found lots of YouTube videos. I also just walked or jogged in place while watching TV. Since I couldn't go to the gym, I started followed Sydney Cummings daily. I also do step with [email protected] I am able to go to the gym now and lift, but I still cardio at home or run outside.
  • CrazyMermaid1CrazyMermaid1 Member Posts: 213 Member Member Posts: 213 Member
    I normally walk an hour a day but the air quality is so bad we have to stay indoors. Also my gym is closed due to Covid. Struggling
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member Posts: 6,414 Member Member Posts: 6,414 Member
    I used to walk 10K per day in different forested areas, some of which burned.

    Now, as several have mentioned the air is unhealthy.

    So I’m doing hand weights, resistance bands, yoga YouTube, exercise bike & really active floor mopping 🤣

    Hoping our Blue skies will be back soon!

    Weight has dropped/maintained since I reduced calories in when I realized I wasn’t going to be able to walk in awhile.
  • briscogunbriscogun Member Posts: 929 Member Member Posts: 929 Member
    Sorry so many of you are affected by the fires. Hope you are all safe and sound!

    As far as the OP's question, I think the COVID shutdown stuff has actually helped me lose the weight. Not as many distractions, couldn't go out and eat/drink, had more time to work out at home and focus on my goals instead of other distractions. For me it was a blessing in disguise. It doesn't stress me out at all. Frustrates me sometimes, but it's given me time to focus on myself that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise!

    Life gives you lemons, time to make some lemonade! ;)
  • ahoy_m8ahoy_m8 Member Posts: 2,107 Member Member Posts: 2,107 Member
    I, too, am so so sorry to those of you dealing with fire and smoke. Sometimes when I feel wound up and angsty, a quick walk around my neighborhood helps me get into more of a self reflective mode vs. a reactionary mode in which reacting to stressors with despair only deepens the stress. I would definitely need some kind of physical exertion as a substitute if I could not go outside. But I know it is not the same as being in nature. You have all my sympathy on that. It's gotta be tough.

    Early in the pandemic, there were lots of adjustments as 3 college aged kids came home. I was also provisioning for 4 octogenarian parents (so shopping for 9 and cooking for 5), and some stuff that everyone wanted was just hard to get, e.g. eggs. I was giving my parents food from my pantry and freezer because it was what they wanted and it was just easier to give them ours than to find it for them. It seemed like they were getting by on so little food to start with, I didn't want them to go without or have a long conversation about substitutes or for them to shop behind my back. I ended up losing weight the first couple months because there just wasn't enough (especially protein). I padded meals with more grains but evidently not enough. Eventually I got the hang of buying/cooking more and stuff was easier to get so I returned to my maintenance weight.

    My exercise routine didn't change at all, but I've recently hit a setback in my right arm/shoulder. It first struck as a sharp pain when I extended my arm up & back in a couple yoga poses. SHARP pain. It only hurt when I was extending, though. I took a week off weights & yoga. At that point, it hurt when just sitting at rest, but lifting weights didn't hurt at all. Yoga still hurt like a *kitten*, and more poses were hurting, so I decided my time with yoga has come to an end. Now it's disrupting my sleep, and I feel like it's even impairing my ability to do some ADLs. It's SO discouraging to have pain. I feel kinda anxious about it, too. DH is urging me to go to Dr, and since it has worsened over the past month, I guess he's right. Such a bummer. :(
    edited September 14
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 6,984 Member Member Posts: 6,984 Member
    ahoy_m8 wrote: »
    I, too, am so so sorry to those of you dealing with fire and smoke. Sometimes when I feel wound up and angsty, a quick walk around my neighborhood helps me get into more of a self reflective mode vs. a reactionary mode in which reacting to stressors with despair only deepens the stress. I would definitely need some kind of physical exertion as a substitute if I could not go outside. But I know it is not the same as being in nature. You have all my sympathy on that. It's gotta be tough.

    Early in the pandemic, there were lots of adjustments as 3 college aged kids came home. I was also provisioning for 4 octogenarian parents (so shopping for 9 and cooking for 5), and some stuff that everyone wanted was just hard to get, e.g. eggs. I was giving my parents food from my pantry and freezer because it was what they wanted and it was just easier to give them ours than to find it for them. It seemed like they were getting by on so little food to start with, I didn't want them to go without or have a long conversation about substitutes or for them to shop behind my back. I ended up losing weight the first couple months because there just wasn't enough (especially protein). I padded meals with more grains but evidently not enough. Eventually I got the hang of buying/cooking more and stuff was easier to get so I returned to my maintenance weight.

    My exercise routine didn't change at all, but I've recently hit a setback in my right arm/shoulder. It first struck as a sharp pain when I extended my arm up & back in a couple yoga poses. SHARP pain. It only hurt when I was extending, though. I took a week off weights & yoga. At that point, it hurt when just sitting at rest, but lifting weights didn't hurt at all. Yoga still hurt like a *kitten*, and more poses were hurting, so I decided my time with yoga has come to an end. Now it's disrupting my sleep, and I feel like it's even impairing my ability to do some ADLs. It's SO discouraging to have pain. I feel kinda anxious about it, too. DH is urging me to go to Dr, and since it has worsened over the past month, I guess he's right. Such a bummer. :(

    Sorry to hear about your bad shoulder. It sounds like my hip pain and me and running. I'm off to the doctor tomorrow and will probably get an Xray.

    I like how the pandemic has let some of us improve our cooking/catering skills.
  • nxd10nxd10 Member, Premium Posts: 4,525 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,525 Member
    I lost 14 pounds or so during the pandemic. My son has lost 5. My husband’s gained.

    For me I’m exercising more - which I need for mental health as well s maintenance. Just walking 5 miles a day. My husband walking with me but has been snacking too much.

    It's changing habits.

    I eat my meals like clockwork and snack at 4. We got a subscription veg bad delivered to avoid grocery stores so have tons of fruit.
  • ahoy_m8ahoy_m8 Member Posts: 2,107 Member Member Posts: 2,107 Member
    Orphia wrote: »
    ahoy_m8 wrote: »
    I, too, am so so sorry to those of you dealing with fire and smoke. Sometimes when I feel wound up and angsty, a quick walk around my neighborhood helps me get into more of a self reflective mode vs. a reactionary mode in which reacting to stressors with despair only deepens the stress. I would definitely need some kind of physical exertion as a substitute if I could not go outside. But I know it is not the same as being in nature. You have all my sympathy on that. It's gotta be tough.

    Early in the pandemic, there were lots of adjustments as 3 college aged kids came home. I was also provisioning for 4 octogenarian parents (so shopping for 9 and cooking for 5), and some stuff that everyone wanted was just hard to get, e.g. eggs. I was giving my parents food from my pantry and freezer because it was what they wanted and it was just easier to give them ours than to find it for them. It seemed like they were getting by on so little food to start with, I didn't want them to go without or have a long conversation about substitutes or for them to shop behind my back. I ended up losing weight the first couple months because there just wasn't enough (especially protein). I padded meals with more grains but evidently not enough. Eventually I got the hang of buying/cooking more and stuff was easier to get so I returned to my maintenance weight.

    My exercise routine didn't change at all, but I've recently hit a setback in my right arm/shoulder. It first struck as a sharp pain when I extended my arm up & back in a couple yoga poses. SHARP pain. It only hurt when I was extending, though. I took a week off weights & yoga. At that point, it hurt when just sitting at rest, but lifting weights didn't hurt at all. Yoga still hurt like a *kitten*, and more poses were hurting, so I decided my time with yoga has come to an end. Now it's disrupting my sleep, and I feel like it's even impairing my ability to do some ADLs. It's SO discouraging to have pain. I feel kinda anxious about it, too. DH is urging me to go to Dr, and since it has worsened over the past month, I guess he's right. Such a bummer. :(

    Sorry to hear about your bad shoulder. It sounds like my hip pain and me and running. I'm off to the doctor tomorrow and will probably get an Xray.

    I like how the pandemic has let some of us improve our cooking/catering skills.

    How did things go at the Dr?
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