Thursday, February 25, 2010

*le sigh*

The warm! no cold! no warm! weather has triggered a flare. That sucketh much because I -really- want to be out exercising. I managed to get in a 30 minute walk yesterday because walking in the cold is easier on me than simply standing in the cold and I had the option of standing and waiting on the bus or walking and being home in the same amount of time. So I chose to walk.

I've decided that my One-derland (i.e. getting under 200#) present to myself is skating lessons. I've not taken lessons since 1994 so I'll probably have to start back over. That's OK. I'm older and my center of gravity is likely different (even when I get back to my skating weight), so starting over is a good idea. I know that, in my mid-30s, I'm not likely to progress much beyond single jumps and I may never own an axel, but that's OK. So long as I'm still enjoying it and am still pushing myself, that's really all I need to get out of it. I do need to look into what having fibromyalgia might do to affect my skating, seeing as it's done on ice, and, therefore is cold.

Since I've put on a LOT of weight since I was last skating, my feet are a bit wider than they were. I don't know if losing the weight will help, but right now, my skates are quite tight. I'm thinking about going ahead and getting some new, not top-of-the-line (read less expensive) skates at first. Then I can decide, as I've lost weight, whether my old skates are useable by me or if I should save my pennies and get new, sturdier skates for when I pass out of Delta (I skate ISI, not USFS) and into Freestyle.

Though my lessons will wait until I'm under 200#, I'm planning to start attending a public session a couple times/month (maybe even 1X/week, budget permitting). At my current weight, an hour of ice skating can burn up nearly 1000 kCal. I'm not sure I can handle an hour at first, but I'll work up to that. :-) Because skating relies so much upon muscle memory, I want to get my new skates before I start skating, even at public sessions. Rentals are good, but having to re-accustom myself to a new pair of skates every time won't help my feet remember what they are supposed to be doing, especially if I get the nerve up to go into the center and see what I remember from my lessons.

My goal is to reach One-derland by the end of the year. That means losing about 10#/month, which is realistic, but will be difficult. I can do it. I just need to quit thinking about it and do it.