Monday, July 16, 2012
Six months ago I wrote a blog about getting back at it, getting mad at setbacks, and then I proceeded to do virtually nothing all winter and spring. In fact, I did so much nothing, I gained 10 pounds.
To be fair, I did have some medical issues. I developed an allergy to corn, and I experienced a couple of anaphylactic shocks. Not fun. I also found that I am allergic to my migraine meds. Also not fun.
My elderly mother fell in April, and the princesses and I were able to drop everything and go take care of her for a couple of weeks. Teaching online took a lot more hours than I anticipated, because of the learning curve. I'm hoping this fall will be easier.
However, it wasn't totally wasted time. I did some research and found a fitness program that so far works well for me.
With the advent of the corn allergy, my asthma has been especially bad this hot, dry spring and summer. I live, quite literally, in the middle of miles and miles of corn and bean fields. My allergist has advised me to stay inside with filtered air as much as possible. I went outside once to pull weeds, and within 10 minutes I was wheezing and itching all over. Not gonna do that again!
So I've had to find something that would meet my needs:
1. Be gentle with my spine. The scoliosis and lingering headaches from whiplash last year are making me feel pretty old.
2. Would fit with my schedule. Between teaching at a community college, homeschooling the princesses, keeping up with Purple Princess's therapy schedule, leading a troop of 60 American Heritage Girls, and interpreting for the deaf at church, in addition to household duties - I'm busy! Oh yeah, my husband wants me to spend time with him once in a while, too. I simply cannot spend 2 hours a day walking and working out.
3. Be something I can do inside without a huge monetary investment or huge clunky equipment.
Enter T-Tapp. (www.t-tapp.com)
I spent a lot of time (hours, in fact) reading her web site, reading all the testimonials, lurking on the forum, and reading reviews online. I bought a video - the Basic Workout Plus. (BWO+)
I started doing it in June, taking it easy, every other day, until I could do the whole BWO. It's only 15 minutes long, but it's HARD! I thought I was in decent shape. I could easily walk a couple/three miles with a decent pace. However, the BWO focuses on CORE strength. My core is limp linguini, I guess. My back and legs were quivering and half-set jelly after just 5 minutes! I had to take a couple weeks to work up to the 15 minutes. Then we got super busy with 4-H crunch, and I got smacked with a raging case of bronchitis. (4-H was a sweet success, btw. 2 girls, 8 projects, all blue ribbons, 1 Reserve Champion, 4 Champions, 4 projects going to State Fair.)
However, I loved the workout so much, I ordered more of her videos - primarily Total Workout (TWO) and Step Away the Inches (SATI).
So I started doing it again on July 1. I again had to work up to the 15 minutes, but this time it only took me a week to get there. I'm now on week 3 of doing the BWO+ on MWF and SATI on TThS. I rest on Sunday.
My goal for July is to continue doing BWO+ on MWF, and to build up to doing the whole SATI by adding 5 minutes each week. It's a 25 minute, 2 mile walk. I don't know why, but walking in place is much harder for me than walking on our country roads.
Her web site testimonials tout lots of inches lost. So far, I've not lost much, but I can tell I'm getting stronger. My weight hasn't changed, but that may be because I'm building so much muscle. While I am not thrilled with what I weigh, Teresa Tapp is right - it's not the scale, it's the inches that really matter. I don't want to wear a 22-24W any more. I want to wear a 10, or even an 8.
I don't know if I'll start running at this point. I don't know if it's necessary. To be honest, it's probably not a wise goal. My mother has had both her hips replaced. My sister, who is but 11 years older than I, has already had one hip replaced. I think I'd rather be kind and gentle to my hips to make them last as long as possible.
I'll post once in a while about my T-Tapp successes. It will be slow, and not much to trumpet. But it will be solid and reasonable and realistic. I'm famous for going gung-ho, then crashing and burning. I'm really trying to be realistic and reasonable this time. Gung-ho and crash hasn't been working well for me, obviously.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I'm so glad 2011 is history. I feel like I am living that proverb that says something like, "It's not important that you fall down. What's important is that you get back up again."
In 2011, about all I managed to do was log into SP most days and track my food and exercise. No time to blog or chat. And some days, I didn't even have time to track my food.
My failures and roadblocks in 2011:
January: An emergency appendectomy.
February: recovery from said appendectomy, the beginning of 6 weeks with bronchitis.
March: continued bronchitis
April: Starting to get back up again
May: Car accident and whiplash, resulting in daily migraines
June: Daily migraines from whiplash
July: 2-3x/wk migraines from whiplast
August: hired as adjunct instructor at local community college
September - December:
*barely survive adjunct instructor job,
*teach 4 classes my first semester,
*take 2 online classes,
*assist my in-laws while my mother-in-law battled leukemia, (now in remission!)
*homeschool my daughters,
*and be the troop coordinator for the local troop of American Heritage Girls.
Unfortunately, in all that craziness, I let my weight creep back up again. Finding time to exercise was difficult. I still did it sometimes, but not enough to keep the weight off.
So I'm back up to 250. I started 2011 at 244.5. So I only gained 5.5 pounds for the year. Not bad, considering all I went through.
But it's 2012 now, and like everyone else, I'm facing the new year with determination. I've been here before, and I've learned so much.
I've become certified to teach online, so now, instead of being on campus 25 hours a week, I'm only there 2 hours a week for my one face-to-face class. The rest of the time, I'm online at home. That means I'll be able to take a walking break when I need to. I'll be able to oversee the Princesses homeschooling easier. I'll be able to meal plan better, and cook more healthfully.
Yep, I'm getting back up again. I've laid out weight goals for the year, and I hope to be in ONEderland by Christmas.
Just wanted folks to know I've not disappeared. I'm here, and I'm back.
Friday, May 13, 2011
God continues to give our family reasons to praise Him even when the situation is challenging.
Last Saturday, we were on the way to my mother's house when we were rear-ended at a stop light.
My husband and I, just a couple days prior, had managed to walk a 5K in exactly 60 minutes. And I had begun running telephone poles again. Quite the progress, considering where I came from this winter - emergency appendectomy in January and persistent bronchitis in February, March, and the first part of April.
During the crash, my head snapped forward and back, giving me whiplash.
I already have scoliosis, so even "mild" whiplash would give me extra problems. I've been to the chiropractor three times this week, and already have next week's appointments lined up.
In the mean time, I'm not allowed to lift anything. I'm not allowed to power walk. I'm only allowed to leisurely stroll, and at that, less than a mile. However, thus far, I've not felt well enough to walk much more than just daily walking around in the house.
BUT I AM NOT GIVING UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm heartily sick of set backs. But instead of it making me discouraged, it's making me MAD!
It's like the forces of the universe are joining to prevent me from losing weight and getting fit. And I refuse to accept it!
I know my back and neck will heal. I know that the more careful I am now, the sooner I will heal. I'm eating nice and nutritious foods to help the healing.
I told myself that I could have two weeks of not walking. Then I would begin AGAIN! If it takes me another 6 weeks to build back up to where I was last Friday, then so be it.
I WILL get in shape. I WILL lose weight. I WILL. And I WILL give God the glory through it all.
So take THAT, appendectomy.
Take THAT, bronchitis.
And take THAT, Mr. Man who can't drive sensibly in rain. (Yes, he got ticketed for unsafe driving in conditions.)
I'm going to walk.
I'm going to run.
And eventually, I'm going to walk a 5K in less than an hour again.
And then I'm going to walk and run a 5K.
And then I'm going to run and walk a 10K.
And then I'm going to run and walk a half marathon.
From hence forth, they are not setbacks. They are speed bumps. They are simply God's way of keeping me from going too fast, like I did last year. They are simply extra lessons God wants to make sure I've covered. What doesn't kill me only makes me stronger.
And through Christ, I can do anything.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I have been toying with the idea of signing up for a 5K. I've got my plans, and now I have to save my money for the entry fee. Our car died at the end of March, so we just got a new (to us) car, so finances are ...snug. I hope to have the money in the next couple of weeks.
But... I've got a much larger goal in mind. It's a big, over-reaching, you-gotta-be-kidding kind of goal. And it will take me a couple of years to get there. I don't know if I can do it, but I'm certainly going to try.
(Amaran looks around, to make sure the coast is clear...)
(whisper mode on)
I want to run the (mumbles) Disney Princess Half Marathon.
(Amaran ducks her head in embarrassment.)
The rules for the aforementioned race say that runners must maintain at least a 16 min per mile pace.
I've been walking for a while. I can easily knock out 2 miles right now, which is pretty good, considering I almost died in January. (appendicitis surgery) I have goals of working back up to 4-5 miles per day. I know I can do it. I did it last year.
Today, I ran a little during the walk. Just from one telephone pole to the next, before my legs and lungs gave out. Just one telephone pole, not much I know, but it's a start.
What I'm really stoked about, though, was the pace I kept the entire walk. When I got home and logged it in the SP fitness maps, I had to do it twice, because I thought I made a typo.
2 miles. 35 minutes. 3.4 mph = 17 minutes per mile!
That's only 1 minute away from the minimum for the race! (See, I can't even bring myself to type the whole name in regular voice mode.) And I did it for 2 miles!
I've got so far to go. More than 100 pounds I need to lose. A questionable hip. A questionable foot. Asthma.
But today, I almost felt like I could do it.
Friday, April 22, 2011
O Glorious Day,
by L. Wilbur Chapman
(recently recorded by Mercy Me)
One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
Dwelt among men, my example is He!
* Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming—O glorious day!
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected;
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He.
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
This is my favorite song lately! I remember singing it as a child, and I was delighted to hear it recently recorded and receiving airplay. It's theology is great!
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