Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The last couple of days I've noticed that my appetite seems to be increasing. I want more food.
Today is day 28 for me since joining Sparkpeople. So far, so good. I'm motivated to eat the right things. I'm motivated to workout. And using the site is fun.
Honestly I haven't been eating my minimum calories. Unless I have a meal out, I rarely make it to the minimums for my size/goals. I know that's not so good. Yesterday I was hungry way before dinner and had a protein bar. Today, lunch just didn't fill me up enough and I had another protein bar. But...my meals have been about the same for the last 4 weeks, so I have to wonder why I'm suddenly so hungry, unsatisfied.
I know there could be several reasons.
1) It could be that time of month - highly unlikely as I'm approaching 53.
2) I tend to eat the same things. That makes it so easy, but my body could be getting bored.
3) My workouts are doing what they're supposed to do. I've been trying to walk 2 miles a day. I'm on week 4 of C25K and on Sunday I started Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.
I really like the third one. Is it possible that my workout efforts are really paying off? Am I really building muscle which is starting to consume some of the excess Me I have here? Do these new-found muscles require more energy?
I weigh in tomorrow morning and I'm due to take my measurements next Tuesday. So the next few days may shed some light here.
If you're reading this and have gone through something similar, let me know.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
My husband has several medical issues all stemming from being diagnosed with Type I diabetes over 40 years ago. His endocrinologist considers him a model patient because he does everything he's supposed to do to keep his blood sugar where it's supposed to be. He sees his "battery" of physicians on a regular basis and although he's on several maintenance drugs, in addition to being insulin-dependent, we are both confident that everything is being monitored as it should.
My children, who are 18 and 15, get annual check-ups as they should as well.
Then there's me. I think the last time I saw my primary doctor was at least 3 years ago when I had an allergic reaction to bites from chiggers. Sadly it was misdiagnosed several times, but once I was put on an antihistamine, it cleared right up. My point here is that that was 3 years ago. Yikes. My husband is always nagging me about it. Each birthday he reminds me and each New Years, he makes a resolution for me. I should note here, that I do see my ob/gyn annually and have annual mammograms, so I'm not that awful. I just haven't had a full physical in a long time and haven't had any blood work either.
That is until recently. He got tired of nagging so instead decided it was time to buy life insurance on me with him and the girls as beneficiaries. So now I needed blood work, urinalysis, etc.
So a nurse shows up at my house, she weighs me and checks my height. Fortunately I'm in the normal range, BMI-wise. She checks my blood pressure in both arms. Then come the samples, including taking several vials of blood.
We got all the results back on Friday and I'm happy to report that all tests came back in the normal range. Honestly I couldn't imagine anything else, but perhaps that was just denial on my part. My husband was thrilled. I'm still not sure what he expected. I told him he's probably stuck with me for a while.
I know I should have done this a lot sooner, but now that it's over, I'm glad. My policy was approved. Oh and I'm not a coccaine user. Imagine that?
Saturday, June 26, 2010
So I've been working my way through C25K with a fair amount of success. By that I mean I'm getting through the workout, but my speed is relatively slow. For example, my week 3 runs are averaging 14 minute miles. Even when I just walk, I find I'm really struggling to walk a 15 minute mile. Honestly, I'm probably walking a 16 minute mile. It's frustrating because I know I used to walk a lot faster. But I'm 52, 53 in the fall, and I guess my body just isn't moving as fast as it used to. Yikes!
I'm not a fan of just working out with weights and so really haven't been doing much with my strength training. I was lured in by Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred. Tried it for the first time last night. Parts were pretty doable, others challenging, but I was glad to get through it. Afterwards I walked 2 miles, my additional cool down. No aches this morning which makes me question if I worked hard at all. My plan is to do day 2 later this evening. Between two days of the shred and my run, I truly question whether my feet will ever see the floor tomorrow morning.....
Friday, June 25, 2010
Some pretty fierce thunderstorms came through the mid-Atlantic yesterday afternoon. You may have heard about the hurricane force winds that tore up Bridgeport, CT. I'm not in CT, but we had some severe thunderstorm activity in South Jersey as well.
The skies opened up around 3:30 PM and the lights began flickering almost immediately. By 4:00 PM we were in darkness. Yes I say darkness because the storm clouds made it dark outside also. I came home to a house with a confused husband and 9 teenagers. One of the younger girls left soon after, but I was then faced with 3 18-year old boys, 4 18-year old girls and a 15-year old. And there was nothing to eat.
You see my sister was in town and I was planning to go to dinner with her and my parents so I hadn't planned dinner. Since I joined sparkpeople, by grocery shopping habits have been changed. About the only snack food I have in the house are Pure Protein bars, not exactly a teenage boy's favorite.
The kids decided they wanted pizza and now the challenge was to find a place whose power was not affected. We finally did, but the wait was almost an hour, and we were picking it up. Not being a mother of boys, I really had no idea how much they could eat. While the pizza didn't even tempt me, I'm happy to report the group devoured everything and there were no leftovers for me to even pine over.
The hours drug on and with it came the darkness. Almost everyone had left and my 18-year old daughter was going, too, escaping to a house with air conditioning. That left my 15-year old daughter, alone in the house with my husband and me, and miserable. Afterall, what could she do? No computers, no TV, etc, etc, etc. She did have her phone, but there was always the concern of needing to recharge the battery.
Then the guardian angel arrived in the form of her friend, inviting her to spend the night. I'm not sure who was happier, my daughter or me (the whining had ended). Arriving back home I was excited to be able to lay my head down and go to sleep. My husband took a chair and an ottoman and I collapsed on the sofa. My older daughter came home just before midnight and I found her this morning on the living room floor. I only woke up one other time during the night and that must have been right after our power was restored, around 3:00 AM. I got up, turned off all the lights, adjusted the thermostat and went back to sleep for a couple of hours. Alas all is back to normal.
When it's dark outside and there's no power, the only think I find myself doing is trying to relax and sleep. I was too tired to read, having gotten up at 4:30 that morning. I have some friends at work who were still without power this morning. Hopefully that will all be corrected by the time they get home.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I've been thinking about starting a blog for some time now and all I've done is think about it. Well, it's time to do more than think, so here I am, typing away. Let's see how this goes.
I thought I'd start with a bit about my last 24 hours and how it impacts what I have eaten and my exercise routines.
Yesterday, my oldest daughter graduated from high school. It was wonderful and actually the 1-1/2 hour ceremony wasn't that bad. Well - expect for the heat. We sat on bleachers from 2:30 - 4:30 in 95+ heat. (Yeah I know that's more than 1-1/2 hours, but we needed to get a good seat.
I tried to drink as much as I could but it was all leaving me in the form of sweat. Notice I said sweat, not perspiration. Perspiration is dainty. This was anything but. Every so often a breeze came through and that saved us all. It's important to note there were at least 6 ambulances standing by in case of emergencies.
For years, our high school has sponsored a "project graduation" for the graduates. Graduation begins at 3 so families can celebrate over dinner. At 9:30 PM the kids are back at school, boarding busses for a chaperoned all nighter. The cost is minimal; they fund-raise all year for this and the kids get to have a great evening/night with their friends. They are bussed and must take the bus back.
They arrived back at school at 4:30 AM and 10 minutes later I had 10 17- and 18-year olds tiptoeing up my stairs to my daughter's room. Yes, she cleared this with me in advance and I actually said yes.
Today is my run day and since the weather forcast was worse than yesterday, I decided to get up and run. By 5 AM I was dressed and out the door. Wow what a shock. I really didn't expect it to be that humid. I have a full front porch and the air was incredibly think under that overhang. Fortunately things eased up a bit once I got down the steps.
This morning I ran W3D2 of the Couch to 5K program. I tried this 3 years ago and got through the entire 8 weeks, but didn't do much afterwards. So I've started once again. Last time, I would estimate the time, using my watch. This time I've downloaded Robert Ellery's podcast as well as the Chubby Jones podcast.
I completed weeks 1 and 2 using the Ellery podcast. The benefit is I don't have to worry about the time. I'm not crazy about the music though. This week I switched to Chubby Jones. The music is a bit better and I like the fact that she talks to you during the various intervals. It's much better than counting. I found that by the time she stops talking you're about halfway through the interval.
Still working on the best time for me to run. I think now that school's finally out, I have more options. I can actually run in the morning since I don't have to prod my younger daughter 5 times to get out of bed. Wow, that wastes a lot of my time in the morning.
OK. This is long enough. Hope to keep this up daily. Sending skinny vibes to all who read this.
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