Friday, December 20, 2013
Three months ago, after nine months of solid, enthusiastic lifestyle changes, I lost my motivation - or so I thought. Suddenly, my workouts, varied as they were, just overwhelmed me. My goals seemed so far into the distant future. Drinking my water, cooking my healthy meals suddenly seemed like so much WORK. I was always exhausted, but wasn't sleeping well. Even my new love, jogging, had lost its lustre. I wasn't depressed and my progress had been slow but steady, so what was the deal?
I had no idea.
I tried everything the experts suggest: I tried a new type of workout in a new place (my sister's awesome gym), I read tons of positive experiences to reactivate that Go-Get-'Em attitude I'd had all year... but to no avail. The truth was, I was tired. Extremely tired. Exhausted.
And I was tired every single day. I persevered though, until early November, when my body, desperate for me to do something, keeled over one day during a study session with a student. No, I didn't say fainted, I said KEELED. As in, fell over. After that embarrassing (and scary!) episode, I was finally diagnosed as iron deficient. It explained everything! The constant, unrelenting fatigue, the sudden lethargy when it came to my former enthusiasm, always feeling cold, my mood swings... and on and on. It made sense; I was diagnosed as anemic when I was 16 or so, and warned again about low iron in my early twenties... but I'd forgotten all about that.
As of this week, I'm back on track, 8 pounds heavier, but happier and ironically, healthier. Now I am eating TONS of dark green veggies, drinking 8oz of green smoothie every day, taking a supplement, and being patient with myself when I need to take frequent breaks.
So if you're tired, give yourself a break - literally sit down and take a break. If you're ALWAYS tired, though, take more than a break. Sit down and evaluate your health. Could it be more than just feeling tired? Regular exercise and a healthy diet should invigorate you and boost your energy, not leave you feeling next to dead. Don't ignore your body like I did. It may end up hurting you in the long run.
Thanks to all of my friends (virtual and IRL) and family for checking on me and encouraging me!!!
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I've lost 40lbs as of today.
If you wanna get all technical about it, I've actually lost 41 pounds.
...and I've lost 14 inches.
....and I can do more than double the number of pushups I could do 7 months ago in under a minute.
Even more exciting:
I can't remember the last time I called myself a loser. It used to be my daily mantra.
I'm painting again.
I need to create a new Vision Board/Goals Chart - I've nearly completed everything on the old one.
I need new walking shoes. I've worn out my current ones.
I'm pretty sure I could walk into a Krispy Kremes (the bane of my existence) and walk back out w/out indulging in anything. But I wouldn't even bother to go in to begin with. They don't serve anything I'd put into my body now.
I am proud of myself. Everyday.
Yeah - I'm totally enjoying this getting-healthy thing.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
A few days ago, I updated my status with the statement "My clothes have been falling off me lately..." Well, gee, I didn't mean LITERALLY.
Oh, if I only knew.
So today while walking around the grocery store with a friend, we were casually chatting about our volunteer work when suddenly - my underwear started to slide down my hips. I actually hadn't noticed that it had slipped from my waist and settled around my hips, I guess because we'd been running around all morning. But walking slowly in a store? Different story!
By the time I realized what was happening, it was almost too late. I managed to catch them (whew!) by casually (and weirdly) resting a hand kinda low on my hip and leaning to one side. If you're laughing by now, it's okay. I was laughing hysterically while my friend kept asking, "What? What is it? What's so funny? Why are you leaning like that?"
We eventually made it out of the store, me leaning and laughing the whole time. In the car, I confessed that I was actually happy about what my sliding-off-my-body panties meant. Smaller waist, right? Cool!
But now I need to buy some underwear.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6 months ago, if you had asked me what made me happy, sadly, I would've REALLY had to think about it. Other than my family and volunteer work, I probably wouldn't have had much to say. I might've MIGHT have admitted that food was all that truly made me feel good.
A jar full of jellybeans? Total bliss.
A box (yes, a box) of Krispy Kreme doughnuts? True joy.
Well not anymore!
Here are some things that make me instantly happy now...
Wearing a sweaty shirt for awhile after my workout.
Feeling a muscle buuuurn during Pilates.
Being out of breath during a Zumba routine.
Feeling antsy when stuck sitting at my desk.
Walking - anywhere! Everywhere!
Parking reeeeally far away from a store entrance, and getting weird looks when I get into my not-pristine-or-new Volvo.
Filling a shopping cart with fresh produce, oatmeal, whole wheat breads, and a new, exotic food I've never tried.
Perusing a Farmer's Market with the intention of eating what I buy right away.
Waking up hungry... for something healthy.
Dying of thirst - but only for water.
Getting super excited when someone says, "Hey, are you doing something different?"
...and it turns out, losing 30lbs pounds makes me feel pretty happy too.
Friday, May 17, 2013
As we all know, our beloved friend, SparkPeople, was offline for a few hours last night due to technical difficulties. Now that we're all back online, I thought it prudent to prepare for the next unexpected night without SP.
What to Do When SparkPeople Is Offline
1. Freak out. Seriously.
2. Sit in hungry fear, occasionally whispering, "What can I eat?"
3. Make your own Spark wheel. This will take up valuable time while serving as a distraction from the absence of the real wheel.
4. Imagine all of the witty things you were going to post on the message boards.
5. Keep working out until SP is back online - sort of a fitness "rain dance."
Seriously though, I was surprised at how well I coped without SP last night. 5 months ago, I would've freaked out, wondering what to eat, trying to remember my water intake... but last night, I was okay. I estimated my dinner calories (rotisserie chicken w/out skin, a huge salad, and some fruit salad) successfully because I know what 3oz of chicken looks like now. Thanks to SP's suggestions, I'm now an AM workout chick, so that was already done. Although I did miss my SparkCoach Woohoo! after my day was done, I went to bed feeling good.
Not to say that I don't NEED SP, though. I do. Desperately some days. But it's also nice to know that SparkPeople is training me to be just fine when I'm on my own.
Huge thanks to those who worked super hard to get the site back online - Thank You, Thank You!
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