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Re: [IP] Getting back into shape
On 12 Feb 2001, at 8:33, Laura Barnett wrote:
> pump and have gained about 15 pounds. I'm not happy but I'm intimidated about
> starting back because I'm SO out of shape at this point. Any advise on
> getting started, not getting discouraged, etc?
After my diagnosis last year, my husband and I started out by
simply walking. Around the block ONCE. Every night for a week.
Then twice around the block for a week. Then thrice. He's a
runner, so for him it was easy. For me though..... lordy. I'm the
quintessential couch potato.
Within 50 yards, I'd hit a "wall" of sorts. I'd have to walk like an old
lady for the next 50 yards. Then finally, my body would give up and
After about a month of this, I went and signed up at the local gym
with a personal trainer. Expensive yes. But they're vigilant about
not letting you get hurt in any way. If only to cover-their-hind-ends
legally. Which is to everyone's advantage.
It helped me *immensely* to work with a trainer. He always
pushed me a little bit past where I thought I could go, but never
more than would make me miserable. And this particular kid (he
was young enough to be son.... <whiimper>) was also very
responsive to my particular needs. I would tell him what my blood
sugars had done since the previous workout and we eventually
realized that large muscle group anaerobic work helped *my* BGs
the most, so he minimized my aerobic work. (YMMV, of course).
He chatted with me about any ol' thing all through the workout,
which was really good because I desperately needed the
entertainment and *distraction*.
Money wouldn't let me keep it up forever, but for those 2-3 months,
it was very helpful in getting me off my duff. :-)
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