Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weak in the Knees

I recently joined a gym in an attempt to get more physically active. I went through their orientation last week, which included being shown how to use all the equipment by one of the personal trainers; and the manager had us go through a sample exercise class so we could experience a few minutes of each type of class. This past Monday I met with their dietitian/nutritionist, but I was disappointed at the meeting: I was told that as a new member I would get a free meeting with dietitian, who would help me plan a menu, etc. When I in fact met with the dietitian, she told me about their $299 12-week plan, which obviously right now I can't afford. I feel misled in that regard, to say the least.

In any case, today was the first day I went to the gym for an actual workout. I really just want access to the elliptical trainers. (I'll get to strength training in the future; right now I just want to start moving, and something low-impact.) I lasted about 10-15 non-consecutive minutes, which was pretty dismal, but I planned badly, too. I went without having eaten or drunk anything beforehand; I didn't bring water or a towel with me. I was going to try for 30 minutes but just didn't have it in me so I wobbled home. (This is the first time my knees actually wobbled; I didn't know that being "weak in the knees" was an actual thing that could happen. I hurt my left knee pretty badly a few years ago, and any hard exercise exacerbates it; today I definitely hurt that knee again, so I have to be careful.)

I've been tracking some of what I eat on SparkPeople. I like it; they have a lot of resources and a rather large community (and a free iPhone app). I'm not getting all my meals on there - hard to do if you go out for a meal - but I'm just looking for broad trends at the moment. One of the big problems I have is during the day I tend to eat well; I'm measuring food, watching portions and calories, and choosing healthy foods. At night, though, I just go overboard. I don't really know why this happens, and I don't quite know how to fix that pattern. It's worse with junk food and desserts. I may just have to cut out all chocolate and sweets for awhile.

1 comment:

  1. can you tell me more about SparkPeople? I think what you are doing for your heaith is a great thing. I know that I have a hard time with some of the things at the gym. I try and walk. Then i sit and do more leg stuff. Not anything big but it's all big to me. So keep going you will get to be feeling really good very soon.