Friday, August 24, 2012
Things have been hectic here this week. I've been caring for my friend's son because their other son had heart surgery. Both boys are now back with their parents, and the one who had surgery seems to be doing well -yay!
I've been busting my butt this week to get better organized. We are working on our finances, keeping up with general paperwork, as well as the insane amount of school paperwork.
We are heading out of state to see my family one last time before school starts on Monday. So I really need to do my grocery shopping today and pack since we are leaving in the morning.
My son had kindergarten orientation today and he seems really excited for school to start. I have to say, I am so happy that he is excited and not scared. My daughter is absolutely crushed that she won't be going to school until next year. Breaks my heart for her, since she loves to learn.
My sister has moved pretty close to me and has needed some support and will continue to need support as she gets on her feet and healthy. I don't mind helping her out though, if it means she gets to not just live life, but to live life well. Her interest in getting healthy is something that I hope spreads to my mom, stepdad, and step brother as well.
I haven't been able to work out much this week. My ankle is recovering though it's not 100% yet. And I just haven't had the time. So I've been squeezing in 10 minutes one day, 15 minutes the next. I'm hoping that next week I can get back into a normal routine. The other thing is that I have not been sleeping well in this past week. I'm so exhuasted. I am really hoping my body sorts itself out soon.
I am going into week 3 of the sleep challenge here on spark. I've gotten some great ideas and have been implementing them as I can. I think once my life settles down a bit the things I've learned will be more effective.
Speaking of challenges, next week I am restarting the 100 push up challenge. I started it a while ago but had to stop in the first week due to bronchitis. I'm about 85% recovered from that, so I think it's safe to resume most of my normal workouts.
Next week I have to get really serious about watching what I eat. It's good to hit the target calorie range, but why bother if it's nothing but empty calories, ya know?
So to recap: more workouts, less junk food, more sleep.
Good times all around. Now to go pack!!
Monday, August 20, 2012
I know, everyone who works is thinking, "Happy Monday?? Is she CRAZY?" Well, yes. I am crazy. But I'm also a stay at home mom so EVERY DAY is like a Monday to me. Lol. Anywho, on to my story.
Most people join SP to lose weight. It's what the site is kinda geared to, so it makes sense. But when I first started SP, I was using the tracker as a way to make sure I was getting enough calories, and to see what areas I was lacking in nutrient wise. You see, I was suffering from chronic migraines. It was so bad I could hardly eat and I was laid up on the couch by 3pm almost daily. I was losing weight, and I was losing it incredibly fast. Last winter, when I got down to 103lbs, I started getting really scared and decided it was time to get some help.
So I met with my doctor, and we played around with medicine until we found the right dose of the right medicine to help me battle these migraines.Night and day difference! I still get the occassional migraine, but no where near the way I was before. Less migraines meant less nausea and puking. You'd think that meant I would be able to eat again, right?
Wrong. My body had gotten used to eating just a few bites at a time. So while I wasn't losing any more weight, I wasn't gaining any back either. My doctor encouraged me to get back to tracking my foods, and to pick one meal a day to eat just a little more than I had before. He also encouraged me to start working out again. I thought the guy was off his rocker. I asked him, "Wouldn't working out just burn more calories and make me lose more weight?" He said no. Apparently my chronic migraines had my body stuck in a sedentary lifestyle. My body didn't "need" more calories because I only burning the minimal calories to survive.
Well, I wanted to do more than survive. I wanted to thrive. So I put in the effort to start working out and to eat six small meals a day. At first I didn't care about the quality of the meal, just the quantity. But after I hit 108lbs, I was finding it easier to eat. So I started eating more at dinner, and attempting to make that meal just a little healthier. I hit 112lbs and started feeling my energy come back. People started to comment that I looked healthier. My clothes started to fit better.
At 117lbs I was over the moon. Not only did I look better, but I felt great. I met my workouts and meals with more enthusiasm than ever. I stuck with 6 small meals a day, because it made me feel balanced. When I hit 120lbs I had to buy new clothes. That's the first time in my life that I weighed that much while not being pregnant. Normally I hate shopping, but this time I actually had fun with it.
I'm currently at 124lbs. My goal is to hit 127lbs and maintain that weight. I have to start focusing on nutrition a little more, so I'm back to tracking on here. But my point is, I feel the healthiest I've ever felt in my life. Migraines had been sucking the life out of me since I was 8 years old. If you are suffering with something like that and it's making it hard to hit your goal weight or you don't have energy or you simply don't feel well, go see your doctor! You don't have to live that way.
I felt trapped for so many years. I felt unhealthy. But once I got help from my doctor and some encouragement from fellow sparksters, my life changed. It feels good to finally be me.
So go ahead, thrive. Don't just survive. Trust me. No matter what your goal is, it's worth it.
Friday, August 17, 2012
I haven't worked since February 2010, when I closed down my licensed daycare. Since then I have stayed at home with my 2 munchkins, waiting for at least one of them to start school so I could return to the workforce. Well, today I applied for an assistent teaching job near my house. The odds that I get it are slim, but there are a ton of other similiar opportunities around here, so I'm not giving up if this one doesn't pan out.
In other news...I've injured myself. Yeah. Go me. I stood up and felt/heard this loud, hard pop just behind my ankle. There is a tendon there and I'm pretty sure I've aggravated it. The pain isn't severe, but there is mild swelling and twinges of pain with certain activity. Giving it a little more time and then if I'm still hurting I'll call the doctor on Monday.
On the upside, I am feeling a lot better now. I still have tightness in the lungs but finally have my nebulizer meds and that has made a huge difference for me. Hoping to be close to a hundred percent better next week.
I've been slacking the past few days. Haven't worked out and I've been overloading on junk. Gotta get back on track. I think I need a good workout to get me going again. Guess I will see what I can do that won't bother the ankle.
Anywho...that's my little update. I think I'm gonna go play my piano now.
Monday, August 13, 2012
I am still sick (whine, pout, grumble) so I won't be getting back to cardio this week after all. I know my doctor said I'd be able to, but my body says otherwise. So the goals this week are basically rest, hydrate, and stretch daily. Keeping it simple because I am just so exhausted.
I'm really trying to stay positive, but honestly I'm kind of bummed. To cheer me up I'm recipe hunting for fall/winter recipes. I love September-December. It's my favorite time of year. Crock pot meals, extra time with family and harvest smells. I adore this time of year. And I love to cook, so this is a good pick me up. If anyone reads this post, please tell me what your favorite meal to cook is. It will keep me entertained.
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