Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Well yesterday was fun with mom in the pool. Felt really good & loose after the water aerobics/swim/stretch session.
Today has been rough for me. Have had a headache all day and it's getting worse. Doesn't feel like a migraine so it's probably a tension headache. And my pills are all at home. Haven't needed to take anything for a headache in several months.
Feeling kinda blah again today as well. Might have something to do with lack of sleep. Didn't get to bed until 11:30 last night. Hubby decided it was a good idea to watch a scary movie last night (Reincarnation). And it was scary! And very good. Had to read subtitles as it was in Japanese, but it was well done. The dvd was done a little after 10 PM. But... didn't wind down for about 1 1/2 hrs.
I will get my exercise in shortly. I hope that helps me feel better. Gonna try watching a dvd (not a scary movie) while walking & strength training today. Should be good.
Not much going on right now. Nothing planned for this evening, so it'll probably be a kick-back & relax kind of evening. Hopefully he won't want to watch another scary movie tonight.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Well, didn't do too badly over the weekend.. only up 2 lbs instead of 4. However I haven't been feeling real good for about a week and so haven't done much of anything. No exercise at all last week. I have managed to eat mostly within my calorie range except for the weekend of course. I did stay in calorie range on Saturday, I think, but Sunday I made one decision which put me over calories. I decided to have a chai smoothie with dinner. Needed the caffeine kick after about 5 hours of gaming.
Do I regret it or feel guilty about it... not in the least. It was delicious and I got some fruit in. Otherwise n fruit just the veggie tray and pretzels we had for snacking. So I feel pretty good about the weekend overall. Next week we are not having friends over for gaming and so no eating all day long. Just Easter. Which is going to be at my mom & dad's. So I already know the menu and can plan the day accordingly.
Today I made a choice at lunch I thought was healthy.. just not the best I could have made. Instead of the Cranberry Pecan Salad at Wendy's (They were out of the dressing) I had a baked potato & chili... with sour cream and buttery spread. Ah well, I'm still within my range for the day, just no snack before dinner as we are going out to Cold Stone Creamery tonight. Already decided what I'm having and allotted the calories for it. In the middle of the range if I can keep my hands busy until my husband comes home.
This is a lifetime journey not one that I can stop after the weight is gone & I get more active. So I may take the weight off slower than some, I don't care. I'm enjoying the journey. And when I make it I can then stay there.
Just got back from exercising with my mom. She's in better shape than I am. She is such an inspiration to me to keep on going. She became a qualified arthritis water aerobics and yoga instructor within the past year. She also became a licensed spritual director after retiring as an administrative assistant.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Well, I guess I'm just not as motivated to write anymore. Having trouble coming up with things to say as my days seem to be going about the same now. I go to work, go home walk & strength train or water aerobics for 30 - 60 min. Eat dinner, hang with hubby and maybe add in a load or 2 of laundry. Gee is my life exciting or what?
I've stayed withing calorie range since the weekend but just kinda feel a little blah. May have something to do with the weather. It's been overcast & damp since Sunday. Rained last night, but still colder and damp. Always feel less like moving in these conditions. Hard to concentrate.
But hey, this weekend is going to be another challenge. Birthday party for my husband's co-worker's 1 yr old. And having a house full of people to play games on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to the weekend, just not the food choices I'm likely to make. Maybe I can convince my husband to take a veggie tray to the B-day party. But, probably not. Gonna have one out on Sunday along with any other munchies people bring. Gotta watch that. The other goodies are usually chips & dips and other high-carb items which I just have a hard time resisting. We'll see how that goes.
Also my mother-in-law and her SO are coming for a visit in May. Now I have to clean the houses thoroughly. As she came out a couple years ago and painted/decorated the back house and helped us start organizing the front house. Neither my husband or I are neat people and so we have a lot of work ahead of us!!
Looking forward to the visit though. We are all going up to Yosemite for several days while they're here. That should be major fun as long as I'm able to walk the trails and such. Working on building my stamina.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Well, I'm glad the weekend is over & I can get back to normal. What a weekend.
Saturday I went to the event and waaayyy over did it. I was on my feet & moving for a good portion of the day. Felt good so didn't think about it. I ate more than my range plan... darn those good cooks at the event. We also ate out with friends after & I didn't make the best choices - wouldn't have been so bad except that I had miscalculated my calories before then, so I went over by more than expected. I was tired, but happy at the end of the day. And my joints were telling me I was too active by the time I got home about 9 pm. I took an anti-inflammatory when I got home. (Really hate having to take any extra med's at all!)
I also didn't go to my meeting on Sunday because I felt so bad. Took the anti-inflammatory again when I got up (much later than normal). Tried to make it to the meeting when I got up, but started feeling very tired and achy, so I stayed home - and in bed a good portion of the day. I ate out twice and didn't make good choices again calorie-wise. So I went way over plan on Sunday. I didn't get on the computer at all either day, so no tracking until this morning when I saw what I had done to myself. I also didn't do any exercise or walking to speak of.
The only bright spot is that when I stepped on the scale I was only at 159 (up 1 lb) and not higher. I'm not moving my tracker because I weigh in officially on Thursdays... just use the scale during the week to keep from going out of control and gaining during the week, so I can adjust my meal/ exercise plan accordingly.
I will do at least 30 min of light cardio (may be slower than normal, but I will get some exercise in) and my strength training today. It may not be as much as they recommend, but it's still progress.
What I learned over the weekend is that I need to pace myself better, even if I am feeling good. And that I should follow my instincts instead of my stomach... I "KNEW" that 3rd slice of pizza was a bad idea, but, it tasted soooo good that I ate it anyway.... even after I was comfortably full. But... I didn't have the 4th slice... gave that to a friend.
Today I am back logging everything and getting back into my exercise routine. One weekend will not break this. I am getting healthier.
PS I HATE this cool damp weather we're having right now!!!! I'm sure it's contributing to my overall soreness. Supposed to rain tomorrow. According to my joints it may be sooner.
Friday, March 16, 2007
So I saw the Dr yesterday. He upped the dosage on the infusion medication and continued with the added steroid for now. (Hope this won't cause more weight gain/no loss for the next several weeks. I am 1 lb from my Spring Challenge goal of 157 lbs.) Wish I could use his scale for my weigh in this week as it was 2 lbs lower than mine (in the afternoon, with clothes on).
He was pleased with my continued weight loss. (Down a total of 6 lbs in 6 weeks.) He is going to send me for an MRI on my hands to check the progression of the arthritis. This was last checked in 2005 so I guess it's due.
I am pleased with myself as I did get in my 30 minute walk yesterday. The Dr's office was not nearly as busy yesterday as it was the last several times I was in. I saw the Dr at the actual time scheduled and was up to have my treatment 15 minutes early. So I actually got home by 5:15 which may be a record.
We did go out to dinner as planned and I felt like I overate - soup, salad, 1/2 BSC California roll, teriyaki salmon and rice (less than 1/4 cup as I was sooooo full). But, I guess it wasn't as bad as I thought... I came in towards the middle of my range. YA ME!
Today I seem to be having less aches and my ankle doesn't seem to be swollen. I didn't sleep very well last night though, probably because of the steroid yesterday, but feel pretty good and aware for all of that.
I am on track for eating at the lower end of my range today, which is good because tomorrow will be a higher calorie day. My club is hosting an event so I will be sitting most of the day (won't get my 30 walking in all at once, but, with setting up & tearing down the site, probably a bit of light shopping (walking around) and such I'll get in way more than that over the day so it won't be too bad. We usually do dinner out with friends after, but, because it is ST Patrick's Day, we may have some problems finding a place to eat, or we may go to someone's house and order in pizza or something.
Sunday I'm supposed to go to a meeting which lasts most of the day and usually has lots of high calorie stuff there to eat. (CANDY! and sweet breads). I need to find a way to handle that better if I'm going to make my goals. Maybe I'll try making a snack bag that I can eat from and not eat the other food there. I can only snack on what I bring.... that might work.
Well, break over back to work.
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