I have been wanting to do the Fit Life program at the fitness center most of the year. I was waiting till I saved some extra money to do this. Since getting a newer car, that has been harder to do. Just a few days after buying my newer car, I found out I was going to have hand surgery. I ended up being off work for 5 weeks which wasn't easy on the finances but I survived. I was glad that finally on September 7, I was able to start this program at the fitness center.
My goal was to get off this diuretic my doctor put me on in August. He told me that I was starting to develop venous insufficiency (occupational hazard?) and put me on a diuretic to help with the edema. I also have compression stockings to wear to help. I am actually officially off the medication as I started having dizziness with it from possibly pulling off to much fluid. The swelling of my legs have improved and hasn't gotten any worse since stopping the medication almost a month ago. :-)
Fit Life is a 12 week program which you meet with a nurse, trainer & dietician. The dietician said he wanted me to eat 1400 calories a day. He told me about an iPhone app, Nutrition Menu, and I started using it to track my calories. The first week I lost 5 lbs.! That gave me the motivation to keep up with the changes. So far, I have lost a total of 11 lbs.
I have a goal of doing 3 cardio workouts a week. I have been doing water aerobics as I feel like I get a full body workout. I love it!! Then I am also trying to do 3 weight training days as well. I love doing weight lifting and could see me being like the women on Muscle and Fitness Hers! I love that magazine! It reminds when I used to workout hardcore with a personal trainer 3 days a week. <3 I really want to be strong and fit as I was in 2003-2004. I need to find pictures of me when I went to Cancun. I do have a goal of being that fit in the next couple of years as I plan to go St. Lucia to hike and bike in the rainforest. :-)
I have found that my biggest struggle has been finding time to workout. Since I work the night shift, I am tired most of the time. I wasn't doing as well getting workouts in the beginning but then decided to do them after work. That is doing a little better but yet at the same time, I am tired when I am finished. I am doing better with getting 2-3 workouts in a week but want to make it 3 days at least. Then I might start increasing it to 5 days a week.
Till next time . . . . . .