Study Proves Exercise Staves Off Bad Cholesterol

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I’ve been in an exercise black hole since January 29th – the day I hurt my elbow shoveling. Since I had tennis elbow surgery 10 years ago, I knew this time to immediately stop playing tennis and quit spin to let my elbow heal. Suddenly it was 4 months later and I’ve gained weight and am out of the regular exercise habit.

YES, I could have done some other exercise. YES, I have both a treadmill and an elliptical in my home. NO, I didn’t use them and instead wallowed in my sadness that I’d reinjured my elbow.

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A tiny glimmer of lo-co motivation

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The outpouring of support and ideas that flowed after my past 2 blog posts (and their woe-is-me theme) was inspiring and amazing.

Better watch out or I’ll whine more.

Seriously, though – I am very grateful to those who commented (check out some great ideas in the posted comments).  It was fantastic – can’t tell you how much it meant to me.  Didn’t get me all the way to motivated but it helped.  A lot.

Many thanks.

So I took the advice many of you gave, and decided to give the I-can’t-manage-to-eat-the-right-things-and-I-feel-like-I’m-failing routine a rest.

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Why are Good Test Results Demotivating?

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Two weeks have flown by since I got the great news that my lo-co lifestyle changes are working to drive my cholesterol down.  But instead of motivating me to stay on track, I’ve gone haywire.

Here’s what’s happened since I got the results:

  • I have only cooked ONE lo-co dinner.
  • We’ve eaten take-out Pizza, Chinese Food and Indian Food nearly every night.
  • I have not made (or even ordered out) a single salad for lunch or dinner.
  • Consuming Phish Food ice cream while prone on the sofa watching The Biggest Loser or some other TV show is still a nightly treat (though in truth,

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Downward Dog Bit Me

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I bit the yoga bullet this week, fully expecting to quickly feel the benefits of all that balancing and stretching on my over-tight achilles, calves and hamstrings.

Instead, downward dog bit me.

Let me start by saying how embarrassing it is to get hurt doing yoga.  Especially since I’m a good athlete…and I’ve done yoga before.  I mean, I’m no pro or anything and it’s been years since I’ve ‘graced’ any yoga studio with my presence, but I do know the basics.  And it’s not inherently dangerous like tennis (last week a friend got hit in the face with the ball.)  So while my legs felt great after the yoga class,

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The dog ate my exercise plan

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Even blogging about exercising hasn’t inspired the near-daily exercise I need to lower my cholesterol.

And we already know the goody-two-shoes example set by my husband isn’t doing the trick either.  I suspect my ‘goody-two-shoes’ choice of adjective might be part of the problem.

Actually, though, the problem for me with exercise this week was tennis.   With all the snow and ice-storms, the roof at the indoor courts I play at twice a week caved in on Tuesday, taking the entire structure down with it.  Thank goodness the club had been closed early due to the weather so no one was there when it happened.

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