Workout Frustrations

One of my goals this year is to be more consistent working out. I started this journey last year, lost some weight and then kind of hit a plateau. After I stopped losing weight, I kind of gave up pushing myself and just accepted it was the best I could do. My weight fluctuated around 5 pounds, nothing serious, all things considered.

Since deciding to get back to my workouts, I’ve been incredibly frustrated by my limitations. I’m constantly on Pinterest, scrolling the Health & Fitness board, for workouts, stretches, or inspiration in general. It always makes me incredibly motivated and ready to eat healthy and hit the gym. My frustration comes in the form of lack of mobility.

Obviously, because of my arthritis, my range of motion is incredibly poor; especially in my elbows, shoulders and ankle. This means that I’m limited to what stretches and workouts I can do correctly. I recently decided to get in touch with my physical therapist from my shoulder surgery and get some help regarding my ankle.

To say I was unsuccessful is an understatement. I wasn’t expecting to miraculously get a ton of range of motion back but I was hoping to strengthen my ankle and make it more stable in general. After three sessions, the physical therapist told me that we were wasting time and money. My ankle was what it was and while he didn’t think that surgery is the answer either, he didn’t believe that physical therapy would help because my ankle was just…stuck.

I’m grateful that he was honest without wasting my time and money because let’s face it, physical therapy can be incredibly expensive! However, now I’m left with an ankle that has 14 degrees of mobility. I have to be very careful not to do too much walking or sitting, both of which can cause swelling and pain.

This last month I decided to go back to the gym and work on cardio and some strength training that I can do correctly given my lack of mobility throughout my body. I mainly stick to the elliptical and some light free weights. It’s nothing crazy but I’m excited to be back at the gym.

I also have a workout buddy this time! My sister had a baby 9 weeks ago and has cleared to return to the gym so we are working out together. We set a schedule that works for both of us and are motivated to make a change. I also got some new shoes and a few new pairs of yoga pants and a couple tops. New workout clothing always makes me motivated to look good and show off my new gear.

I’m hoping that my lack of mobility won’t hold me back too much. I would love to know how you stay active and motivated with physical limitations. Leave a comment below!



Workin’ On My Fitness

dear fat

I’m headed back to the gym! At the beginning of the year I went to the gym three to four times a week for almost an hour and I was really seeing results and I had tons of energy. Then things got crazy, work got stressful and I stopped going…big mistake! While I hate the early mornings, I love having more energy throughout the day and sleeping better at night. And, I feel like my arthritis doesn’t flare up as much when I’m regularly working out (maybe true, maybe false but it’s my reality so don’t burst my bubble…please).

I have this tendency to get really excited about something, go overboard and then never actually accomplish the task, so I’m starting small. Here are my goals for July:

  • 20 to 30 minutes on the elliptical twice a week
  • A long walk with the puppies at least once a week
  • Use My Fitness Pal to track my food and exercise (seriously love this app; it keeps me accountable for my food choices)
  • Band and stretching exercise at home four times a week (help with my replaced joints to keep mobility)
  • Drink more water!

Doesn’t seem to overwhelming right? Seriously it’s not too much is it? Oh well, now that I’ve posted it out for the internet world to see, I kind of have to stay on track. Luckily, I’ve roped my older sister into doing this with me so I’ll have her to keep me accountable as well (and we all know older sisters will call you out for anything, right?). Healthy Tanya, here I come!

How do you get exercise? What works for you? Tell me in the comments.