2.04.2008

Feelin' Fat!

I'm just now starting to get back on the elliptical machine after recovering from the 2 foot surgeries I've had. I've found it harder than I thought it would be to recover -- and I guess that's because you have to walk on these feet. You can't baby them along like you could an appendectomy scar or something like that. After a very short while, they want you walking on these sore, swollen little feet.

I am proud to announce that I can now get my right foot [operated on in Oct. '07] back into pretty much every shoe in the closet. However, the left foot [operated on in late Dec. '07] will only go into a select few at this point. Mostly shoes that I can lace up very loosely to accomodate it. But I can get both feet into my exercise shoes and for the past 2 weeks, I've done about 40 minutes 3x a week on the elliptical. Which is pretty good, I think, since I had a hiatus of nearly 4 mo. But I'm feeling squished into my jeans and I don't like that.

The answer? Of course. Better food choices and more time on the dreaded elliptical. And that's the plan. [I'm making it public so that someone can ask me later on if I really did it or not]. This week the goal is to up the minutes to 45 and the frequency to 4x. And no more candy. That's my big downfall. [Mason comes by it honestly.]
Wish me luck! [or stamina -- or both!].

16 comments:

Tara Mason said...

I am of the firm opinion that you should be able to eat whatever you want if you exercise (in moderation, that is)! If you're on the elliptical machine, I say follow the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time, and inhale the candy the other 20% of the time! Life is meant to be enjoyed - don't deprive yourself! :)

Emily said...

Lovin' the cartoon. So true! Good luck with the ellpitical, it's hard to get back to where you were after not being on it. But atleast you can start again! Enjoy the candy a little bit, life would be dull with out it!

Jill said...

I agree with Tara--as long as you're exercising, then you deserve to give yourself a reward. And sometimes when you're having a bad day, you also need a reward. I'm trying to get back into working out after being sick for the past two weeks--let's do it together!

Rebecca said...

Hey Jan can you pass some of that motivation my way please???

Hacking it up said...

Jan...I would LOVE to be as "Fat" as you!...Good job exercising...but don't cut out ALL the sweets!

Jori said...

You always find the cutest cartoons! Your poor little feet they have been through alot. Glad you are able to work out again.

Wendy said...

I can't even imagine how you feel. My feet hurt from standing on them too long and i've never had surgery. Good luck exercising, but remember not to do too much on them. You cold always bike--that way you didn't have to put so much pressure on them!

Kristi said...

I love your motivation to be healthy and exercise--I need it! I'm so glad your feet are getting better--and hallelujah for no more foot surgeries.

PS--I think you look great, by the way :) Plus, you're just adorable no matter what!!

Darleen said...

Yay for getting back (almost) into shoes! I'm sure you look gorgeous eventhough you might not feel that way. Hang in there--you'll be back in no time.

Mia said...

Yeah for you getting back on your feet again. I am sure you will love it once you get back into the hang of it!

hoLLy said...

sorry you've had so many foot troubles, but glad to hear they are improving! that cartoon was funny:) and you are SOOO not fat girl!

Diane said...

I can relate with your foot issues 100%. It took me almost a solid year to get back to normal and even now the cold weather bothers my little toe joints. Take it slow, the elliptical is the best. :)

Tiburon said...

Jan you are doing amazing to be back at it this soon. Keep it up! :)

Mel said...

Funny cartoon. Hehe. Good luck with the exercising. Glad your one foot is getting back to normal.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

i wish i had a foot surgery to blame on my lack of exercise. hahahah just kidding. seriously you are one motivating woman jan! thanks for always and I do mean always, being so encouraging!! funny cartoon.

Natalie Scott said...

Um, should I be the only one here to mention that Jan is like a size 2 at best? You're probably more like a 0, but when people get as little as you I can't tell. The exercise is important (for health), so keep it up the best you can. But heavens, have a little candy...you NEED it :o)

p.s. you're BEAUTIFUL