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Can you believe it!?! Justitia's 70! But don't worry -- I plan to return to being heavenly :-)

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Justitia, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Justitia

    Justitia Elite Member
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    Well, I know I need an updated picture for my avatar. The current on is ten years old. But i am not ready yet to get pictures taken. It has been a brutal two years and particularly the last few months, going through really invasive and altering back surgery.

    But to see old familiar faces responding to my resurrecting today a very old thread of mine -- was heart-warming.

    So maybe this time -- I will really be back. I got started on JSF after a heart-breaking break-up with a man I was living with in Belgium in 2004. Coming here really healed me.

    Now I am dealing with the grief of the passing of the man I had an incredible 10 year relationship with (PGC). It's been two years (or will be this May 17th) since he died with me right there with him as he took his last breathes. And I've been through a roller coaster of emotions as well as physical medical problems.

    This time I am facing a major recovery challenge. Not because of my age -- I still am incredibly strong - from a standing position, I can instantly squat down to my heels, feet are flat on the floor, and then pop right back up to a full standing position with zero assistance. And I can do that multiple times in rapid succession.

    I am still quite strong. still high energy but it has pulled back slightly from my full capacity.

    I am more scared about being out of aesthetic and physical shape. This last sojourn of back surgery has really taken it out of me; the stress and agonizing pain for 3 mos has caused my face to finally droop in places with folds from the bottom of my nose out to the jawline, passing the corners of my mouth.

    I have always viewed that staying young was largely matters of willpower. All my willpower went to caring fo rPGC in his final years and then two years of intense malady stricken mourning

    So this is different --- the question now is can i reverse the aging process to any extent. I've called up my willpower and we'll see.

    But what better place to start.... with friends who are like family to me.

    So see you... I am off to bed.
     
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  2. Jaer

    Jaer Well-Known Member

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    Welcome back! Sorry to hear about the roller coasters of emotion and stress, but you've come to the right place for support and healing.

    And recipe ideas if you dip into Seltzer's blog.

    Jaer
    loves seeing the return of the old school JSF crew.
     
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  3. Seltzer

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    Jaer, thanks for the shout out.

    Justitia, physically you're starting from a good base despite your recent medical issues. From experience I'll mention that starting slow-ish and giving your body time to acclimate is the way to go, no matter what your brain tells you. Why is it so much easier to give advice than follow it? :-)
     
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    that is amazing!!!!

    i have NO doubt!
     
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  5. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    I'm really looking forward to following along on this journey you are taking! I have no doubt that you can come back from this surgery, and we will all be here to provide support. Best wishes to you!
     
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  6. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Yeah... I'm here too.
     
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  7. Justitia

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    So, this past Thursday was May 17th - the 2-year anniversary of PGC's death. Something shifted in me during the 72 hours up to and including that day. I was dealing with a potentially unpleasant experience at work - but my prep for it not only defused the negative but actually created a very positive outcome in many fronts that had not been that way before. Probably because of the anti-climatic effect and the actual day of PGC's death following this success, I became pretty depressed. But that seems to have lasted only 48 hours as I feel determined today to wake up and start my day and life anew.

    So with that in mind -- I want to make my first fitness commitment - which is to do some form of fasted Cardio in the AM at least 3 times a week - preferably M-W-F - with the hopes of getting up to 7 times a week -- something I only achieved once, over a dozen years ago on these boards, and only for about a month if that long.

    So I have two versions of my cardio currently - one is on a Cybex Trainer - a form of elliptical cross-trainer but different from any I have ever been on.
    This is the model I think is currently in my gym 770AT Total Body Arc Trainer - Burn More Calories | Cybex - and it is amazing. It somehow magically puts zero pressure on one's joints yet gives one a strong a cardio workout as one wants.

    The other is to go out and do a high-speed walk in the sun - which I don't get enough of but is not as good a cardio workout for me, as I can't run given my back recovery, and frankly have not thought it best on joints and spine, etc anyway.

    I think I am going to do a combo. Go to the gym for my 45 min cardio on Cybex (alternating it, on different days, with treadmill 3mph walking on an incline) and then follow it up with a 1/2 mile walk down to a local Starbucks to get my favorite latte drink to drink on the way back. :-)

    So i am going to go out today in a bit to start. And I think I will start a fitness challenge thread. :-)

    I am not ready to get back on a food plan though I am sugar-free but hopefully will in a few weeks. And I have to plan my weight workout plan, carefully as i re-build my back strength.

    So I am about to post my fitness challenge thread -- and maybe others will join.
     
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  8. Justitia

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    Well I made it to the gym!!!!:claphigh: I checked my fitness log and the last time I worked out was Dec 26 2017. That was just about when my shooting leg pains from my herniated disc started to manifest themselves. After that, it was 3 1/2 mos in bed with a major back surgery on Feb 12. I was formerly released back to " work", though the semester was over and nothing much for me to do. So today Sunday May 20 I did my first cardio work out.

    It was on the Cybex arc trainer - I fatigued early but pushed myself through for 45 mins. After that I walk half a mile to a Starbucks shop to get my coffee drink. the guy made it incorrectly and I had to wait until he made other people's drinks. I gave up and walked the half-mile back which was all on increasing elevation.

    So that was a pretty good workout and a good start.

    I weighed myself expecting to find that I had put on weight since the last time I weighed myself about 10 days ago. But in fact, I lost 3 lbs!

    My food was OK. I am not watching macronutrients right now. I had about 1/4 of a lb of shrimp in a creamy seasoning. And then later I had organic sugar-free cereal with about 2/3 cup of grass-fed A2 2 % milk covered with about 1/3 cup strawberries, 1/3 cup blackberries and 1/3 cup blueberries.

    Only had 2 glasses of water today - but had 12 oz Tulsi herbal tea with a teaspoon of honey. I will probably get another glass of water in tonight.

    And that's my workout and food today/
     
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  9. Justitia

    Justitia Elite Member
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    Thank you, everyone, for your support!!
     
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    M@ Monster Maker 2017

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    Vitamin D + physical exercise + opportunity for deep thinking: Walking outside is awesome. Most of my distance runs through Baltimore included many stretches of this activity. :nod:

    My last MBA course covered ethics and the legal framework of business and the professor was a practicing business attorney. I found the legal parts of the course fascinating and thought of you often. :o

    Good to see you back! :spaz:
     
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  11. Justitia

    Justitia Elite Member
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    Thanks, Matt! I am curious who the business lawyer is. Would you be willing to send me a private message as to the name?
     
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    I think I PM'd you...first time trying it with this new layout. :confused:
     
  13. Justitia

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    Well, graduation for the school is today and I have to go. Plus a Skype meeting before that. No time for the gym today.

    Also, soon after to start checking on my food -- more measured macros etc. I was so surprised that I lost weight instead of gaining it when I refused to weigh myself for 10 days -- that now I am eating a little too wildly. I am so into eating carbs, I deprived myself so long. I never used to be into carbs -- even as a kid - I would only eat animal protein and green veggies - my mom's salads being my favorite.

    But soon I am going to have to stop this.

    Have a great day everyone!
     
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  14. Justitia

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    So made it to the Gym on Day 4 of the week

    As I've said in earlier posts -- right no I am just focussing on cardio -- need to figure out a weight plan compatible with my recovery from surgery.

    2018/05/23 Wednesday
    Did cardio on the treadmill
    Duration: 45 min (+ 5 min cooldown)
    Incline = 3 (<- I don't know what this number represents. I know I can set the incline from 0 to 10 at 0.5 increments.)
    Speed = 3 MPH
    Calories Burned: 246 (<- though this means nothing either -- as they didn't even ask my weight - or my height.)

    Couldn't do cardio yesterday b/c too busy. But today represents 3 times this week so far and we are only on Day 4 of the week.
     
  15. Justitia

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    So Dejavued -- I was looking for your fitness thread... Care to join me in a recovery bout? :nod:
     
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    Hi, everyone.... been AWOL. I have to admit -- I've gotten pretty depressed. I don't want ot tod all this work I have to do for PGC's estate -- I am the executor. It's a lot of work - and really tapping into my skills as a lawyer and as an economist. His family are lucky they are getting my services for free :-)

    I am not sure why the resistance -- part of it is pain associated with losing PGC - part of it is resentment as his daughter was extremely cruel to PGC and very threatening to me and PGC's Attny. Given all the trouble she caused and the heartbreak she caused to PGC in the final years of his life, while he was coping with such scary and frightening decline. I resent that she is going to benefit from my efforts which will result in a lot of money for her that would have been lost otherwise.

    But working on working out again on a regular basis is definitely helpful in combatting the depression and feelings of parallelization.

    So again -- I am not doing anything about food yet but my weight seems to stay steady though it is about 30 lbs higher than what would be my goal weight -- though that goal may be too little... not sure. We'll see...

    But since June 1, I am definitely on a good start. Definitely appreciating what it means to develop "good habits"... something I've really never done before and my life as an academic let me get away with it... :oo_O

    So below is a duplicate of what I just posted on my Fitness Challenge thread....

    Week 6/3:
    Tues - Cardio -My first Spin class since back surgery, 2nd ever, a version of my gym's called Brick Biking... right now I am just making myself last the 30 min to build up endurance - not always able to do the full high-Intensity parts.

    Week 6/10:
    Tues - Cardio - Brick Biking: 30 min not full hi intensity intervals but slightly better than last time
    Fri - Cardio - Cybex Arc Trainer 750 AT: 45 min, Resistance = 40, Dist: 0.96 mi, HRM: 130 bpm
    Sat - Cardio - Brick Biking: 30 min, not full hi intensity intervals but slightly better than last time

    Week 6/17:
    Mon - Cardio - Treadmill: 45 min + 5 min cool-down, Incline=3, Max Speed =3.0 mph, Dist: 2.3 mil, HRM:137 bpm
    Tues - Cardio - Brick Biking: 30 min not full hi intensity intervals but slightly better than last time
    Wed - Cardio - Cybex Arc Trainer 750 AT: 45 min, Resistance = 30, Dist: 1.10 mi, HRM: 129 bpm

    So I am increasing my frequency of cardio. I hope to get to doing it 6 times a week. Swolecat, if you remember him, advocated 7 days a week - but I think the best I can tolerate with consistency is 6 times a week. In my previous days - except for a short time in a challenge - I never made it over 3 days per week.
     
  17. Justitia

    Justitia Elite Member
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    And thank you - Jaer, Seltzer, Dejavued, IROC-Z, phillydude and M@ for your support... so great to see familiar faces - it makes me smile...
     
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    Justitia, sorry you're going through such a difficult time as the executor of PGC's estate. I was the executor for my father's and it was a lot of work even though everything was in order and there was no acrimony between me and my sister, the only two who were willed assets.

    Keep up the exercise, it's not only good for your body, but you mind and stress. Of course you already knew that. :-)
     
  19. Justitia

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    Well despite not wanting to.. I made it to the gym. I did another class of Brick Biking - a form of spin class not unlike sprint but its own version. I am getting better at it all the time -- being able to stay on the fast paced intervals longer -- moving more easily in doing them, etc. Now I have to return to my paperwork. I am having a hard time doing that.
     
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    Like the wise man above, I was the executor if my father's estate. I didn't realize how much work and how many phone calls would be involved. Stay Strong.

    Spinning is a tough workout. It'll get you into shape quickly.
     

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