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A Sort of Green Light

Today, was my first day of physical therapy.  Not only did it make me feel a little better, but my therapist gave me permission to do some cardio.  She just told me to make sure that it doesn’t cause me any pain and to do short intervals at a time.  Woo-hoo.  I’ve been feeling sluggish, and I’m starting to get tics when I see or think about the gym.  That’s not a good thing, since I am still dealing with whiplash.  LOL.  Tomorrow, I have a date with the recumbent bike.  I never knew a bike could look so sexy (wink).  I wonder how people with more permanent or serious injuries find ways to stay fit.  Hmmm.  Feel free to let me know if you have any clues. That’s the big news for the day.  Tomorrow, will be my day to tackle an intriguing fitness infomercial.  You’ll have to come back to check it out.  Good luck on your journeys of health.

Much nub, health, and fitness,

Dr. Ericka

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Eating on the Road

Tomorrow, I head back on the road.  I live in hotels 5 days out of the week, so I continue to search for the best ways to eat healthy with just a mini-fridge and a microwave.   I realize the first step is having discipline to avoid junk.  I have to have willpower when there is pizza, fried chicken, and all types of goodies around.  I actually eat better away from home than when I’m back at home with my family.  There’s just always something around.  No excuses.  Some people have mentioned raw diets.  Hmm.  Not sure about that, yet. I just know it may take being more disciplined, since I’m not burning off more calories with exercise.  Wish me luck with Physical Therapy and discipline.  Do you have any tips for me?  I’m open to suggestions:)

Oops.  I need to get my beauty rest.

Much nub, fitness, and health,

Dr. Ericka

Measurements?

Ok.  Today, I did accomplish my goal of taking my measurements.  I realize that I didn’t do this at the beginning of my journey to become a lean, mean, analyzing machine, but this feels like a new beginning.  I’ve been out of the gym for over a month, but somehow I’ve managed not to gain a bunch of weight.  I’ll just give credit to God for that.  I’ve been reigning in my comfort food consumption.  The next step is to be more vigilant about what I eat.  The portion control appears to still be doing ok.  I’m hoping to find out some exercises that I can do when I go to physical therapy.  I miss working out.  Can you believe that I’m saying that?  Oh, back to the measurements.  I’m still getting up the nerve to share them, so y’all can hold me accountable.  I knew they were different than I was used to, but I must admit that I was taken aback to find out what they actually are.  Numbers don’t lie, but they do make great motivation.  This reminds me that  you have to face your fears to have a chance at conquering them.  Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to set your clock forward.

Much nub, fitness, and health (waving goodbye to that hour that I don’t feel that I can spare),

Dr. Ericka

I’m Back

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by.  I’m picking up my fitness journey with a back and neck injury, but I’m determined to get back on the “wagon.”  It’s time to quit making excuses about comfort food and how I’ll get started again tomorrow.  I need some help.  I need suggestions on good exercise alternatives with a gimpy back.  Thanks ahead a time.  I know what I need to do on the food side…quit shoveling crap in my mouth.  My body is revolting anyway.  It’s saying “Give us us low fat” (imagine Djimon Hounsou in Amistad).  LOL. I’ve definitely been indulging in more fried food and candy.  Well, I’m off to get myself together and work on this site.  Have a great day!

Much nub and health,

Dr. Ericka

Pardon the Interruption

I apologize for the delay.  No excuses.  I need to get back on the blogging and fitness wagon.  So much has happened.  I’ve had my email and Facebook accounts hacked.  I’ve gone on vacation, including a cruise.  I’ve gone through a break up and a car accident.  Whew, I got tired just typing all of that.  The vacation started off great with me attending spin classes in Atlanta that were beyond challenging.  The instructors managed to turn them into upper body workouts and had the entire class boogieing.  I even ate well on the cruise and was shocked at how many healthy options there were.  I did make it to the gym once, and it was beautiful to pedal to the tunes on my Ipod while looking out the window watching the ocean.

When the stress started, I initially lost my appetite.  As time passed, I’ve been fighting the urge to snack, and I’ve lost the battle some.  Comfort food was making a comeback, and I wasn’t in the gym.  That key lime cake was calling my name throughout it’s creation.  I licked beaters of batter, icing, then had nerve enough to eat some cake.  It was phenomenal, though.  Things got even more complicated when I was injured in a car accident.  My back and neck are injured, so the workouts are on hold.  I’ve got to be strong and turn away the delectable chocolate turtles (the undeniable best turtles in the world).  There are yummy munchies all over my mom’s house.  In my mind, I know that I have to be careful with what I’m eating, since I’m not working out.  The issue is getting my mind, my hands, and my mouth on the same page.  Hopefully, I’ll be back in the gym soon, but this is a test of willpower.  I’m determined to win.  I’m coming back to this daily blog, and I’m going to get myself together.  Feel free to keep me on my toes:)  Thanks for sticking with me!

-EG

60 Minute Spin

I rushed to the spin class, and anxiously looked around for a bike.  Unfortunately, the only one I saw was a bike right in the front by the instructor.  This bike seemed foreign…nothing like my now familiar bike in the Y.  I was too late to get it adjusted so, I kept hitting the seat even when I would stand.  That’s just a side note.  That class was a killer.  60 minutes of intensity.  That instructor kept saying that he didn’t want us to recover too much.  I must say I don’t think I could have taken another minute.  I am positive that I have never sweat that much in my life.  I did feel good at the end.  I faced my fears and went to a non-beginning 60 minute spin class at a new gym.  I survived my first workout day in Atlanta.  What was even more wild is my upper body was dying during that class.  We’ll see how I’m feeling tomorrow.  I have a strong suspicion there is some soreness waiting for me over the horizon.  One of my old trainers used to say, “pain is just weakness leaving the body.”  I need all of this weakness to go.
I hope you are having a great day, and thanks for all of the support.  20 days down.  1 day until it’s a habit.  Ok, I need to think of another way to do a countdown because I need more than 21 days 🙂
Much nub and fitness,
EG

Taking the Show on the Road

I’m sitting next to my baby who is munching on a Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and I’m not even tempted.  No, it’s not “hot doughnuts now.”  LOL.   I know I’ll probably splurge a few times while I’m on vacation.  If I’m going to suck up some extra calories, I want to eat things that will make me feel warm and fuzzy with each bite.  I’m totally psyched about working out, which will allow those splurges to not show on my hips and thighs.  I’ve already scouted out spin classes at L.A. Fitness.  I found one tomorrow morning, so I’m officially taking this show on the road.  Wish me luck!  This class is 20 minutes longer and certainly not a beginning class.  I hope my booty is ready:)
19 days down.  2 more until it’s a habit.
Much nub and fitness,
EG

There’s No Place Like Home

Today was a travel day, so I didn’t work out.  I’m excited about the progress I’ve made, but I realize that it takes more willpower for me to stick with my plan at home (the last 2 weeks I’ve been on the road).  It’s easy to munch or graze on the goodies that my family has around.  I ate more today than any other day since I’ve started my plan.  This just reinforces that I need to have discipline and plan a bit better.  I could have just said no to the half of a sandwich or extra crab rangoon.  No excuses!  On the up side, while playing with my 16 month old cousin I was reminded of another reason to be on this quest to get healthy.  I love children, and hope to have some of my own one day.  I need to be healthy to do that.  Don’t worry.  That won’t be any time soon.  LOL.  I am loving being Teetee Ricky and being able to always return to my grown up home and pass up on the stinky diapers.  Tomorrow is a new day.  Wish me luck.  I’m certainly sending positive thoughts your way.
18 days down, 3 more until it’s a habit.  I’m still not sure about that one…
Much nub and fitness,
EG

Leaving It All On the Bike

I was running late this morning, so I ran into spin class.  I hopped on that bike and did my own warm up.  Once the blood was pumping, I pedaled like my life depended on it.  I found something down deep that I had forgotten was there.  I can definitely say I left it all on that bike.  Sweat was dripping.  My eyes were burning, but at the end I was still standing.  This was just what I needed because I’ll be going to non-beginning spin classes when I start vacation this weekend.  I’m ready, so bring it on!  There’s nothing left but to do it.  Wish me luck.  My booty still needs it.  I hope your journey to health is going well, too.
17 days down, 4 days until it’s a habit.
Much nub and fitness,
EG

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