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Old 11-09-2009, 02:11 PM   #1
Alex Pankratz
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Husband suggested this...

I'm wondering if I can even do this, though...

My first worry is that I'm over 30, I've had 4 abdominal surgeries, and I've got cerebral palsy, scoliosis and arthritis. I know a lot of the daily pain I'm in is from the (at least) extra 40 pounds I'm carrying.

The second is that even at my most fit 20 years ago, (3-6 times a week in martial arts, walked everywhere, attended a high school with stairs) I've never been able to do a flat-footed squat because of my balance issues.

I really would like to lose 6 sizes (losing pounds, to my mind, isn't a realistic goal...). I wear 14's, and would like to get back down to at least an 8.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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Re: Husband suggested this...

First thing Alex, ... yes you can do this.. honestly, you can do what ever you choose to do, you just have to make sure your willing to do the journey.

First step, which is going to require a deal of self honesty. That is diet.
Alot of people are going to jump in and scream...do this diet or you need to eat as such. Well yes, diet changes are needed.. we all need them. But for you to UNDERSTAND why and what and the how.. the best step forward is a food journal. Journal what ever goes in your mouth and why it went in. Journaling gives a clear picture of what your eating, and why.. hunger vs comfort.. need vs behaviour. I suggest give it a good 2 week period go, and start it on a tuesday that way you capture 2 week ends and really see what is what on the fun days.
One thing that is a question... are you on steriods for your arthitis?

As for your other comments ..
abd surgeries... yes, you can do crossfit, if fact you should do crossfit , to strengthen those muscles, and break down the scar tissue and make every effort to recreate new muscle fibres.
-cerebral palsy, --- not a limiting factor for you.. maybe a challenge but its not a blocker in getting limber, healthier than you presently are. In fact , there is a young gentlemen who frequents the board here, and is a competitive cyclist. Aaron .. if your around.. step and offer some personal insight.
scoliosis -- Several people here have overcome their scoliosis issues.. takes some effort but one achieves their own optimal level that keeps them happy and progressing.

and arthritis... would you like to talk to skip chase... he recently underwent a total knee replacement but is still running his own crossfit gym without a hiccup. And since people will harp... " take fish oil" for this problem.. it may very well help. Spend some time reading the nutrition section of the board, make note of the fish oil threads... if its something you feel that you may or can benefit from and require guidance, post a question and you will have enough answers to help you figure out the "what next" issue.

Now, since your in vegas your kinda lucky, you have access to a good strong coaches Joe and zack. Consider spending some time with them..
http://www.crossfitlasvegas.comYOU MUST ENSURE YOU ANNOTATE ALL LINKS WHETHER WORK AND FAMILY SAFE.

Oh yes, dont be put off by the big weights or the handstands.. they are just tools for getting the job done. Liken it as such..Some carpenters use an air hammer, some steel , others use a wooden mallet.. it still bangs the nail same it just at a different speed.

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1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best I can.
2. If I can run, I run. If I can walk, I walk. If I must crawl, I crawl. And when I make it, I will rest. And live to fight another day.
3. I fear no man, but I fear my workout. If I don't fear my workout, it isn't hard enough.
4. I may puke. I may cry. But I will not quit. Ever.

Thanks to joe and zack for posting this on their sight... this should be a mantra for daily living
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:38 PM   #3
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Re: Husband suggested this...

Well said Frank. Alex, please keep a log of your journey. I would enjoy seeing your successes.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:31 PM   #4
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All the reasons you worry about doing this are reasons you should be doing this. You more than most people can't afford not to be strong and fit and balanced and so on. With that said- EASE INTO THIS STUFF SLOWLY AND BE CAREFUL AND SMART ABOUT IT! Pushing yourself is one thing, pushing yourself when you know you're risking injury is another.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:49 PM   #5
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+1 to what frank said.

if the folks at CF las vegas are as good of coaches as he believes (and I have no reason to believe otherwise), they can work with your limitations... in fact will welcome the challenge and cheer you on all the more. The community aspect will help.

I have seen videos posted on this site of grandmothers doing olympic lifts and a quad-amputee doing muscle-ups (I'm not kidding!). Nobody's going to talk down to you if you don't post the best time of the group, but they WILL congratulate you if you finish a minute faster than the last time you tackled it.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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Re: Husband suggested this...

Well done, Frank. Good on ya. Take that to heart and to the bank, Alex.

Welcome aboard. Fasten your seatbelt.

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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Re: Husband suggested this...

Al Does Christine, CF Effects...[wmv][mov

Just watch this! Sorry if the link does not work. This is in the exercises and demos section if not. Very inspiring!! You can do it too!
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:00 PM   #8
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Re: Husband suggested this...

Troy, I've been living with my limitations and trying to be careful for many many years, so easing in isn't the issue, it's keeping up with it when the toddlers are in my face

Jared, I would love to do the gym thing, but right now we're running 2 households on an enlisted pay grade - he's over-seas, and we're waiting to go. For the time being, I'm going to have to learn and use the videos, forums and atta-girls from the communitry.

Frank, I do my best to serve myself the the kids as balanced meals as I can - I'm not a Peggy Bundy, sitting on the couch eating truffles and watching soaps. We're in a 2nd floor walk up, so I do the stairs at least twice a day during the week, more on grocery day. I also bring up a 3 gallon container of water 2 times a week... Vegas water is, quite frankly, non-potable.

The food journal is a good idea... So it's what I eat and why? Should I put how much I eat, too?

I've had no pain management for my arthritis since I stopped taking meds in high school. My specialist at the time had me on 2 different ones and they were making me loopy in class.

Thanks to everyone else. Looks like I know what I'm doing after the 2 older kids get off to school tomorrow!
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:24 PM   #9
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Jared, I would love to do the gym thing, but right now we're running 2 households on an enlisted pay grade - he's over-seas, and we're waiting to go. For the time being, I'm going to have to learn and use the videos, forums and atta-girls from the communitry.
I can understand that. I've actually never had the resources to go to an affilliate either. if you've got the ambition, it's not necessary (though it would still be nice).

There's no reason you can't self-teach, it just means doing your research and realizing that it's going to take time if you want to avoid injury. This is true of any workout program though, not just CF.

Head over to the BrandX website for scaling and substitution advice, and be creative about substituting excercises. I'm assuming your husband has at least some experience with CF or he wouldn't be suggesting it, so hopefully he's a resource you can use while you're figuring out what works for you.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:17 PM   #10
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Al Does Christine, CF Effects...[wmv][mov

Just watch this! Sorry if the link does not work. This is in the exercises and demos section if not. Very inspiring!! You can do it too!
OMG!!! Totally awesome!
Did Cindy today, didn't do as well as I'd hoped, but it's a beginning. Only had a way to do the push ups and sit ups. Body started to 'shut down' after the 3rd rep of push-ups, but I'm going to do the work-out again tonight after the kiddos go to bed.
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