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When Going to the Doctor Becomes Fun!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Okay, well I didn't really get to see my doctor today. I was really just there for a Depo shot, so the nurse worked with me. I asked her if I could get my BP and weight while I was there and she said sure. (I would've never thought to have ASKED for this before! *lol*)

BP - 114/80
Please note - she took my BP right after shooting me in the arm and I'm sure I was still a little upset from that. Take it as you will.

Weight on 6/24 - 384
Weight today - 362

That means I lost 22 pounds in roughly 2 months! Incredible! (And the nurse agreed! *lol*) (All while taking my first round of Depo! Take that statistics!!)

She also took my height because, well, I've never been totally sure what it is. I usually say about 5'8 and they call it good. 5'7 and a half is where I measured, so I wasn't that far off.

FYI - That means in 2 months I've taken my BMI from 59.2 to 55.9! WOOT! Go me!

FYI 2 - We went to the grocery store and got a ton of stuff for meals this week. Taco salad, Pan Chicken Parmesan (SparkRecipe), Sesame Chicken (SparkRecipe), Slow Cooker Beef & Root Vegetables, Slow Cooker Jambalaya, and Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps with Curried Couscous are all on the list for this week. Should be fun! Trying a bunch of new things this week.

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/29/2010 10:13PM

    Terrific progress!

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RAVENSONG37 8/29/2010 12:21AM

    My heart just exploded with beaming pride. I love you!

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DRAGONFLYGIRL11 8/28/2010 8:03PM

    WOW! Way yo go! You BP is great! Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

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FLWRCHLD97 8/28/2010 3:20PM

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you are doing great! thank you for sharing your journey with the members of SP

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PELESJEWEL 8/28/2010 2:41PM

    emoticon Congrats on the 22 lb lost in 2 months! That is incredible. Also pretty incredible is you menu for the week! I love to cook too, so now I'm inspired to come up with a menu for the week. Have a great weekend!

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_AIYANNA_ 8/28/2010 2:43AM

    You rock!!! That's amazing progress!!! Your meals sound mouth-watering...

Have a great weekend xxx

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/28/2010 12:27AM

    You are doing just AMAZING!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 8/28/2010 12:19AM

    Way to go!!

I want to come over to your house for dinner this week...

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BAYBELIEVER 8/27/2010 11:27PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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LINOVER 8/27/2010 9:48PM

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CHICAT63 8/27/2010 8:51PM

    Wow, you have lost 22 pounds in 2 months AWESOME. Your BP is great, your planning & menus sound delish ! You are all set to rock this week. You have reason to celebrate you are doing excellent. emoticon emoticon

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HEATHERALENE 8/27/2010 7:12PM

    Awesome!! You're doing great! I'm so impressed to see you're still losing while on Depo! emoticon

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LIVINGMYLIFE 8/27/2010 6:27PM

    You're awesome! Congrats on the loss and lowering your numbers. Keep it up, lady!

Those meals sound delicious! I've been having fun with SparkRecipes over the past week, and have tried a few things. So far so good.

Have a great weekend! emoticon

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MEREDIE02 8/27/2010 4:55PM

    Awesome job!

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SMOOCHIEFACE 8/27/2010 4:33PM

    Good job!!!! Way to go on the weight loss AND the good BP.


BTW that Pan Chicken Parmesan is awesome - we make it nearly once a week.


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CYNDER 8/27/2010 4:01PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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COLD_GOLD 8/27/2010 3:27PM

    wow! good job! how's the depo going? My friend gained a lot of weight on it and it took her a really long time to normalize once she got off (she was on for 6 years or something) emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/27/2010 3:23PM

    awesome job! Way to go!!!

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BECKYB73 8/27/2010 3:21PM

    Awesome! I almost can't wait for my next appointment!

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X_NITSIRK 8/27/2010 3:15PM

    Congrats!! That is awesome.

And your menu plan sounds great. I'm going to have to go look up that chicken parm recipe....YUM.

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_DASH_ 8/27/2010 2:56PM

    way to go!!! perfect victory to start the weekend!!! and those dinners sound DELISH!!!! ah! celebration!

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MEGSFITNESS 8/27/2010 2:53PM

    that's freakin awesome :D Great job!

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Battle 1 - Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Plan

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quote of the Day
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could…”

Day 1 Recap of Battle 1
Battle 1 = Seeing 359.9

Weigh in Day 1 -- 360.0
Hubs told me to go pee again. *lol* That rarely works for me, so I'll just take it and hope it doesn't go back up

Now see, I've already eaten my breakfast and forgot to take a picture. *lol* I'm not very awake in the mornings. *lol*

Breakfast:
Lender's Wheat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese
Coffee (about 4oz.) with 1 Tbsp. of creamer
Calories = 276

Snack:
Watermelon, about 2 cups, diced
Calories = 97

Lunch:
Grilled Chicken Breast, about 4 oz.
Baked Potato, with skin, reduced-fat sour cream and Smart Balance light
Calories = 418

Snack:
Dannon Greek Yogurt - Strawberry (post workout)
Calories = 120

Dinner:
Ham Sandwich with light mayo and lettuce on whole grain bread
Grapes - 1 cup
Calories = 350

Dinner 2:
Taco Bell Beef Chalupa Supreme
Calories = 380

Dessert/Snack:
1 slice Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Calories = 109

Total Calories = 1,750
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Water for the Day: 64/64 ounces
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Gym - I did the Cross Training 1 program on the elliptical for 20 minutes. It was super difficult and included back peddling. EEP! This my be the cause of my knee popping out. Did rowing anyways and completed my 2000m in 12:14.1! That's 2 minutes off my past time. I left before I really finished my full stretching routine because I needed to ice and rest my knee.
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Day 2
Weigh in = 359.3
(it's not quite official yet, so we're going to keep going to see if we can keep it for the official weigh in on Sunday)

Goals for the next 2 days:
emoticon Healthy and healthful lunches.
emoticon No less than 64oz. of water daily.
emoticon Use healthy snacks - like watermelon.
emoticon Keep calories between 1600-1800 per day.
emoticon Keep training for next week's 10k.
emoticon At least 120 crunches.
emoticon Box for no less than 20 minutes.
emoticon Get outside and play some!
emoticon Be your own cheerleader!

Plan for the day:
- Healthy food; stay on task!
- Doctor's appointment 1:30pm; discuss knee and other issues.
- Gym today; weight training after light cardio (protect the knee).
- Get crunches in today; love your core!
- Box for 20 minutes as an added bonus to cardio and ST.
- Check the garden; one eggplant survived and started blooming!!
- Make a meal plan for the week; use for grocery shopping trip.
- Take the dog for a walk; he misses his time out!
- Running practice with Ethan.

Now let me explain that last one. I'm not a runner...I can't because of my knee. (Sad. :( ) But my youngest runs like a big dork. He leans forward and flings his arms all around. It's ridiculous and he doesn't understand that it's bad form that makes him slow. So tonight I plan on working with him again on his running. Any pointers from the runners out there? I think this will really improve his football skills.

He's doing excellent in football, actually (other than the silly running). Yesterday at practice the coach needed to sub one of the kids out on the 1st string offense and who was his first thought? That's right, my boy! Now he's a first year kid, so the fact that he's getting the respect from the coaches is huge. I'm pretty sure they see something in him (and so do I! He's a great blocker and every day he gets better at understanding the game. He's so much different than my oldest, Logan, who saw it more as a social event. Ethan's dead serious about it. He watches football on TV whenever he can, and football movies too.) because they've decided to put him as first alternate. My theory is that he's good, and they see that, but the first year status doesn't bode well for the trusting him part. They have to make sure he'll know what to do in the heart of the moment to make the plays that count. So far so good!

So tonight there's no official practice, but there will be running practice! *lol* His game is Sunday and I'm really hoping he gets more than 30 seconds of play time! With his status as first alternate, though, he should be in much more!

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/29/2010 10:12PM

    Yay for out of 360s!!! And Hurray to Ethan as well!! No advice on running here.. Sorry, just never did any myself..


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RAVENSONG37 8/29/2010 12:22AM

    Uh, did you say 359? Like...out of the 360s??? YYYYYYYYYYYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPP
PPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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KITHKINCAID 8/27/2010 2:14PM

    Way to go Ethan - and way to go YOU :)

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MEGSFITNESS 8/27/2010 12:48PM

    Lol, I loved running and flailing about as a kid. It was so much fun.. otherwise running is boring =P

I run 5ks and from what I've read, just run with your arms bent at the elbow, don't clench your fists, and have fun =P

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FLWRCHLD97 8/27/2010 11:32AM

    best of luck to ethan on his game.

great job on your accomplishments so far, you are worth it!

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DLEE27 8/27/2010 11:20AM

    Awesome day yesterday!

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REBECCAW84 8/27/2010 9:52AM

    Great goals, doing good!

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MAGPIE17 8/27/2010 9:16AM

    Woohoo! Good first battle, Esther, keep it up! Good luck to Ethan on his game!

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Battle 1 - Day 1

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Battle 1 = Seeing 359.9

Goals for the next 3 days:
emoticon Healthy and healthful lunches.
emoticon No less than 64oz. of water daily.
emoticon Use healthy snacks - like watermelon.
emoticon Keep calories between 1600-1800 per day.
emoticon Keep training for next week's 10k.
emoticon At least 120 crunches.
emoticon Box for no less than 20 minutes.
emoticon Get outside and play some!
emoticon Be your own cheerleader!

Weigh in This Morning -- 360.0
Hubs told me to go pee again. *lol* That rarely works for me, so I'll just take it and hope it doesn't go back up

Now see, I've already eaten my breakfast and forgot to take a picture. *lol* I'm not very awake in the mornings. *lol*

Breakfast:
Lender's Wheat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese
Coffee (about 4oz.) with 1 Tbsp. of creamer
Calories -- 276

Lunch:

Snack:

Dinner:

Water for the Day: 0/64 ounces


I stayed home again today. My stomach felt HORRIBLE this morning. Not sure what's up...maybe TOM again? Didn't I already go through that this month? *sigh* This adjustment to Depo is a bit annoying. So I slept in til about 10am. Tummy is still a bit upset so I'm just sitting here watching The Back-Up Plan.

I've got an itch to clean a bit today. As far as my gym workout today, I'm half tempted not to go. But I may change my mind in a bit. I won't be going to Zumba because Ethan's football practice is from 6-8pm (Zumba is at 7pm). So if I get out of here by like 1pm I'll get some elliptical in, maybe rowing and/or boxing today...depending on how I feel.

I did some study the other day on what happens to the body when you work out. I found a great sciency article on Discovery Health and it talked about how the body uses ATP for energy (I remembered some of this from my college Biology 101 course). It's a very interesting read, but what I really learned is that, according to the science of it all, you should not only start your ST workouts with some cardio, but you should end it with some as well. See, the body first uses stored ATP (like 3 seconds), then it starts using the lactic acid (the waste product from your muscles when you strength train and what causes muscle soreness) to make more energy (about 90 seconds). So logically, if you follow your strength training with a 2.5 minute cool down of some cardio, the theory is that you'll use up some of that lactic acid and experience less soreness.

health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/di
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So that's what I tried yesterday. Cardio - ST - cardio cool down - stretching. I felt pretty darn good yesterday so maybe it worked. We'll see what happens if we keep doing this for the next few weeks.

I'll be back to fill in the holes later...

  
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ATROTTIER 8/27/2010 2:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the tips on ST and the quick cardio before and after - I never really thought about it before! Keep going girl - your plan is awesome!!! have a great weekend!! emoticon

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_AIYANNA_ 8/27/2010 8:28AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing the article, too. Look forward to reading it. I admire you for taking Zumba classes. I've got the dvds but with my two left feet I'm hopeless... believe me!!! I think your goals are great.

Good luck and take care xxx

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SUGIRL06 8/27/2010 8:08AM

    Thank you for the article! Very interesting! Feel better girlie. Love your plan too!
~Ang

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HEATHERALENE 8/26/2010 2:01PM

    emoticon sorry your tummy is still feeling bad...I remember trying to adjust to Deop when I was on it a few years back....*whew*! Hopefully everything will balance out soon though (it was such a pain in the butt randomly starting TOM until it did!) and you'll feel better.
Thanks for sharing the article! Definitley some good, interesting info! Keep up the great work...aside from being you're own cheerleader, you have plenty of them out here too!

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CHICAT63 8/26/2010 1:18PM

    I hope you are feeling better soon, take care ! Oh, it's great to have the gym all to yourself at times especially during the day if you can make the most out of it. Interesting article.

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-JENSSPARK- 8/26/2010 12:57PM

    Feel better soon! I have no idea what's on my workout agenda for today either! I want to do something but just haven't decided what. Totally feel ya!

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SASXONTHEMOVE 8/26/2010 12:33PM

    Will read the article when I get back from the school. am loading it now so I don't forget.

((HUGS)) on the bad tummy, that sucks bug time, but may be the reason you're numbers on the scale went back up.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Now since you can't do Zumba today, can you walk around the field during Ethan's football practice? instead? Put some funky music in your ears and just have fun?

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DLEE27 8/26/2010 12:32PM

    This is me reading the sciency bit - emoticon
This is me reading the upset tummy bit - emoticon
This is me reading all the rest (aka the Esther rocks bit) - emoticon

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MAGPIE17 8/26/2010 11:56AM

    I hope you feel better soon! Tummy aches suck. Can't wait to read the article!

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LISAALLGIER 8/26/2010 11:37AM

  I hope you get to feeling better, and can get your workout in for the day. Sounds like you have a great plan. You can do it!!!

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BECKYB73 8/26/2010 11:10AM

    Here's how my trainer wrote up my ST plan:
10-12 cardio to start (treadmill usually)
first set of reps, either upper body or lower and always, always core
10-12 more minutes of cardio
second set of reps (depends on the day for what sets I'm doing)
cool down with cardio, I always shoot for another 10-12 minutes.



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This is WAR!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My head has been a mess lately - a serious, screwed up mess. But as I forced myself to leave today to head to the gym I thought about how my workout clothes often make me feel like a warrior. I'm on a mission whenever I go to the gym. Whatever the mission is for the day, I'm there to get it done. And suddenly one single thought popped into my head -- THIS IS WAR!

I'm so sick of the 360s. I hate them with a passion. Don't get me wrong, I like them more than every number I've seen before, but I just hate the 360s right now with a passion. And I'm ready to fight them. I'm ready to get this done and finally see the 350s!

Starting first thing tomorrow morning, I'll begin logging my food and exercise...writing out and then reflecting upon my battle plan for the day. I'll still listen to my body (like I did today when my body said no after 1.6 miles).

I'm ready to fight, and this 10 by 10/10/10 challenge is an excellent focal point from me. This morning I weighed in at 362.something so I'm getting close...if I can just keep the momentum and stop setting myself up for failure, I CAN do this.

Goals for the next 3 days:
emoticon Healthy and healthful lunches.
emoticon No less than 64oz. of water daily.
emoticon Use healthy snacks - like watermelon.
emoticon Keep calories between 1600-1800 per day.
emoticon Keep training for next week's 10k.
emoticon At least 120 crunches.
emoticon Box for no less than 20 minutes.
emoticon Get outside and play some!
emoticon Be your own cheerleader!

I may try to do photo blogs if I can remember. Maybe this will keep me on task. On Sunday I'll reassess and set goals for the next week. I'm taking it a day at a time, a week at a time. For each battle I win I get closer to winning the war. The ultimate victory? Beating the 360s and get UNDER that 350 mark. I'd like to get this done by Halloween. And I can. Slowly, but surely. One step at a time. One meal at a time.

It's on like Donkey Kong!!

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(Okay, this looks like a general, but I really don't much care for the mustache.)

FYI: On another note - I just registered myself and my 8 year old son, Ethan, for a 10k walk on September 4th. Charleston Distance Run -- Here we come!!

Photos of the Day (from Yesterday):

Came home early for a nap and Tiggy decided to join me. She was right next to my head like this.

  
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BEATLES34 8/27/2010 5:21PM

    later, 360s.. CALLIKAS kicking you outttta town :)

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CBARRETT10 8/27/2010 1:38PM

  You are seriously sooo close to getting to the 350s!! Stay on track!

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ERIN4771 8/27/2010 12:06PM

    you are such an ass kicker, i love it!!!!
erin

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SEXYSLIM78 8/27/2010 11:57AM

    girl you can do it! Take it one day at a time, one meal at a time, and im sure you will be well on your way to getting under 350. Stay focused! emoticon im here to root u on

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DRAGONFLYGIRL11 8/26/2010 3:18PM

    You can do it, say goodbye to the 360 and say hello to the 350s. I love your goal od 10 lbs by 10/10/10, makes sence. You can win this war!!

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DLEE27 8/26/2010 2:03PM

    I'm so glad that you joined the 10/10/10 team because you totally motivate and inspire me. Plus you're just plain old AWESOME! We can do this!!!

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FLWRCHLD97 8/26/2010 10:59AM

    you are emoticon

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MAGPIE17 8/26/2010 10:43AM

    Work it! Beat the 360s into the ground!

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KITHKINCAID 8/26/2010 12:03AM

    I hear ya girl - I'm DONE with these dang 270s - I need to see 260-something and SOON. I might join that 10 by 10/10/10 challenge as well. Let's do this!

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KMCK117 8/25/2010 11:22PM

    you will whip those 360's so hard they will spin..literally..WOOT WOOT 350's here you come..so close
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RAVENSONG37 8/25/2010 11:16PM

    You can totally do this and I'm SO happy you joined us!!!!!!

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HEATHERALENE 8/25/2010 10:10PM

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You've got a great attitude and it looks like you're on the right track...keep it up, keep setting those goals and keep on fighting for what makes you happy with you and you'll get there!
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GRACEISENUF 8/25/2010 10:09PM

    Hello new fellow teammate! I saw your blog post on the 10/10/10 team page and decided to pop on over.

Great goals and blog, very inspiring!

WE CAN DO THIS!

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THREEE 8/25/2010 8:49PM

    hey---good thought--the 9/4 walk is 10 (count it, ten) days away--keeping with the 10 by 10/10 theme emoticon

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A Deflated Balloon

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I have a coworker who is a secretary of one of our in-house administrative law judges. She's a sweet lady, and a bit eccentric. When Administrative Professionals' Day (we used to just call this Secretary's Day but we've gotten so PC nowadays) came along she received a nice card and a balloon. It was one of those mylar helium dealies - you know the type. She was thrilled by the gesture and she deserved it for some of the crap she deals with on a daily basis, and always with a smile. For weeks she kept that balloon in her office. It held up quite nicely, actually. But one day we came to work and noticed it had started to droop. Instead of tossing the thing, she left it there in all it's droopy glory, and each day I watched it fall more and more, looking more sad, nearly to the floor. (Who knows, it may still be in there on the floor somewhere...I stopped looking.)

Today I'm feeling a bit like that deflated balloon.

I had a great, exciting blog for all of you. It was a gym blog, and the story is a good one so I'm going to attempt to tell it...but I doubt I'll do the feeling I had in that moment any justice considering the moments that followed.

Yesterday I arrive at the gym tired. I had a really healthy lunch - a grilled chicken salad that was amazing! Problem? No real carb-load to speak of. I try to balance my meals and I'm not sure why I didn't think of this before, but that salad was not going to hold me over through my workout 6+ hours later. I tried to rectify by eating a Luna Bar, but I felt ravishingly hungry still most of the afternoon. But I went to the gym anyhow. Sure I could make it through with that protein bar -- because I've done it before with just a protein bar an hour or so before, many times I've done this.

I hurry onto my favorite treadmill (after a few stretches of course) and start my 2 mile training walk. It's hard. I'm at a 2.6 speed to start when I usually jump right up to 3.0...but I felt I needed the warm-up. After 5 minutes I increase to 3.3, a speed I had perfected (so I thought) last week. It was even harder! I promised myself I could do 5 minutes, so I did. And the rest of my 40 minutes went along with 5 minute intervals of 3.3 and 2.6. All the while I'm looking around...people watching. I had brought a book but I just didn't feel like reading. I was missing my tunes like crazy and the mix of music from three different areas in the gym made it difficult for me to focus. Still, I promised myself those 2 miles and I was going to do it no matter what...even if I had to do the entire thing at a 2.0 pace I was going to do it.

I look down upon the lower gym area and spy a woman who seems to be the gym trainer. Not sure I've ever seen her before, let alone met her. I've wanted a training session badly but I'm still waiting for my insurance company to improve my application for the Weight Management Program to have some "free" sessions. Anyhow, I see that she's with a client. She's working through the proper way to do crunches (don't come up too far!) and then takes her around the weight machines to test her lifting levels. It was fun to watch, and I had nothing else to do -- who knows, I might overhear or see something and learn from it for free!

Next she brings the girl upstairs. Nice lady, probably mid-30s. Overweight, yes, but a smile on her face - ready for the challenge! I like that! She seemed like the kind of person I could get along with. She was much nicer than watching the woman in the aerobics class who stated very clearly that she just "CAN'T" do that, "I just know I can't" (and she wouldn't even try). Next thing I notice the trainer is taking a pulse and BP reading and then asks the girl to walk around the indoor track a few times. After she makes about 5 laps, she takes the pulse and BP again. And then she takes her around and starts showing her the different machines.

They attempt an elliptical first, but one 20ish year old is standing over/near the machine and blocking their path. Oh, she's not working out...she has no intention to. I already watched her give up on the bike after about 5 minutes and head into the boxing room for some "peace and quiet" (read: so she could talk on her cell phone, which she did the ENTIRE TIME she was there). So the trainer abandons the idea and takes her over to the treadmill next to me. I hear them behind me and then I hear, "Hang on a minute, I want to tell her something."

Oh crap! I'm doing something wrong and she just HAS to correct me. GRRR! I hate messing up!

The trainer walks over and says, "Hey! I just wanted to say that your form on that thing is excellent!" She smiles and I can't tell if she's just trying to placate the fat girl or what. "Oh really? This is right?" I ask, stupidly. (WTF is my problem?) "Yes!" she replies. And then she turns to her client and says "See how she's got her arms like that? That's the way to work the machine. You'll get a lot more out of it if you aren't constantly holding on." (Phew! Glad she didn't see me during my last 'recovery' interval where I was hanging on for dear life so I could get a drink of water! (Later she tells the girl that it's alright to hang on now and again to get your balance or when you're starting out, but that it's best if you put your arms in the 90 degree position -- I always tell myself "assume the position!" *lol*)

So the trainer hops her girl onto the machine (I didn't know there were people who had never used a treadmill before...another misconception!) and starts explaining the buttons. And then she starts telling her to take long strides, and if you can believe it she turns around to me, points and says, "Like she's doing!" The girl was on the machine a total of about 2 minutes (and she seemed deathly afraid of it, too) but for those 2 minutes I was the example. I felt like that girl in the workout DVD that is the example of the "advanced" version of the exercise. It made me smile. She also complimented me about my time (I was nearing the end and was almost at 40 minutes) and I confessed I was training for a 10k and she seemed genuinely impressed (they both did actually).

So those were my 2 minutes of fame. These two minutes were followed by confusion and, finally -- hell!

After my two miles and my 5 minute cool down I went to this little corner next to the aerobics room. I grabbed a mat and a 6-lb medicine ball and settled in to do my crunches. But before I started I figured I'd try my plank again, now that I know I can do them. It wasn't my 30-second plank from the other day. This was a 15-second plank...so I waited a bit and followed it with a second 15-second plank. I felt good about that. It was super hard, but I had done it. I settle in for my crunches, taking a slight breather before I start (when some random dude walking the track says, "You can do it girl! You're doing great!" and I swear I heard some of my Spark Friends speaking through him).

I think it was around crunch 60 or 80 or so that my head starts hurting a bit. I'm getting a headache and I'm confused as to why. I check my posture - spot on. My breathing is good. I've already downed about 80 ounces of water, so it can't be dehydration. I have no clue what it is...maybe it's the way my bun is laying on the floor or something stupid. Whatever. I push through the last 20 without much trouble and the headache has subsided. And then I head down for the weight machines to continue my ST workout. The headache comes and goes on certain machines, but I mostly feel pretty strong. I'm joking with the receptionist and trying to have fun as I finish what I came to do. By the time I leave there is no headache.

The rest of the night was fine...that is until about 3am this morning when I woke up cold and sore all through my head, neck and back. I swear I must've pulled something. I have no clue how I did it but I'm blaming those planks...it's the only new thing I've added and I've NEVER felt like this before. In fact, last night was pretty mellow compared to regular workouts. I was in such extreme pain that even a long massage from the Hubs did nothing to make me feel like I could sleep. I was in agony and my attempt at getting a good night's rest was ruined. (Doesn't help I didn't get to bed until like 11:30pm because we were watching a movie.)

So I've been up since 3am. My back and neck still hurt, though not quite as bad as what I woke up with this morning. Stretching isn't helping much, but I'll keep trying. The hot shower Hubs suggested did nothing. I'm sore and cranky and somehow gained 2 pounds since Sunday (go figure! I HATE THAT NUMBER 366...HATE HATE HATE, WANT TO KILL!). Right now I'm trying to survive the day. I doubt I'll get a full work day in. I need rest badly! (Nearly crashed a few times on the way in this morning...I shouldn't have been driving and I would've stayed home if this one project didn't have to be finished TODAY. GRRRR!)

I'm that little deflated balloon. I'm hoping my helium can last through at least a few hours so I can take as little time off as possible, but I need a nap like WOAH! I also need a masseuse, a chiropractor, and a team of doctors...but I don't have the resources for any of that right now. The headache was most likely an exertion headache, if I can believe the medical stuff from John's Hopkins' website (and other sources) and I don't know when I'll ever attempt a plank again! If it happens again without the plank, I'll know it's something else.

There it is. The really good, the bad, and the super duper wake me up out of a dead sleep and interesting dream ugly!

  
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SHELLY_DO 8/26/2010 11:07PM

    Do you think your blood sugar could have dipped to low? That could have caused the headache.

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THREEE 8/25/2010 9:11PM

    do you ever have high blood pressure concerns? because(if you're talking about doing the plank with your head in the lower position) head lower can be a problem...
after SUCH a proud moment at the gym(example), could you have done a little more than normal? might you have pushed yourself too much?

i think YOU have found a GOOD trainer...especially since she makes a point of not just 'atta girl'ing you...but pointing out the SPECIFICS of WHAT is good...it makes me smile thinking that there ARE well-qualified trainers out there who know how to be supportive and POSITIVE, REAL encouragement to her 'charges'...heal quickly and keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 8/25/2010 11:50AM

    great workout....about the planks...don't rule them out...just try them again at a later time...they are a great exercise!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/25/2010 11:42AM

    I am so sorry for the headache because as you said, what an exciting day to be made an example of--a good example!!! How exciting! Just shows you how hard you are working it and how well! Don't get hung up on the scale...I know, it's hard. I did it yesterday. But after my walk this morning I realized (again) that I can't let it get me down because I feel to good "getting physical"!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 8/25/2010 12:28AM

    You are doing an AMAZING job! I commend you for doing planks! I gave up on them for now because I also had problems after I tried them. Since then, I've decided to stick to what I know that works: WALKING/Slogging! haha

Once I get 'more fit' I will try new things but until then, I'm not taking the risk of injury anymore!!

Good luck and keep up the GREAT work!!

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CBARRETT10 8/25/2010 12:03AM

  Sorry for your headache, but overall you kicked butt! Great workout!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYBUG1061 8/24/2010 11:43PM

  loved your blog and your doing great ...just remeber one day at a time..have a great day

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X_NITSIRK 8/24/2010 9:37PM

    You are doing awesome!! I had to look up what a plank was - way to go on being able to do one.

Having the trainer use you as an example had to feel awesome and validate everything you are doing. Hopefully your body is feeling better and you can get a goodnight's rest.

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FLWRCHLD97 8/24/2010 2:02PM

    i hope you can get some rest soon (and start to feel better too).

one step back now, two steps forward later, when your body is ready...

congrats on being the example in the gym, that is something to be proud of! emoticon

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SMPO79 8/24/2010 1:33PM

    Deflated balloon or not, you are still an amazing inspiration! I hope you heal quickly and get right back to it! emoticon

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ATROTTIER 8/24/2010 1:13PM

    Yep you had a rough night for sure, but following that incredible day at the gym yesterday - YOU ROCK! Taking it easy a bit might be the key to that killer pain you are experiencing today and then just get back on the horse when you are ready to go! Your helium will be back - I KNOW THIS!!

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KNOWMOREBBK 8/24/2010 12:19PM

    Well Chickie... all I can say is that you must be gaining a whole lot of muscle. How could you be gaining ANYTHING BUT MUSCLE! You must seriously be burning major calories with all your working out.

Your body needs rest today and you should listen to it. Light walking sounds about right.

I'm not going to burst your bubble at all. I have to say though that reading your blog today reminded me of the Seinfeld "Bubble Boy" episode. LOL!! It was a classic!
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SFGRUNNER 8/24/2010 11:34AM

    First, WAY TO GO on the workout!! You're the experienced athlete now! GO GO GO!!

Second, try some Advil or Aleve in case it is a strain and you've got some inflammation, but I honestly think it was exertion. You weren't properly fueled and were having a low energy day to begin with, and you probably just over did it. Let us know how you're feeling later!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/24/2010 11:31AM

    Awesome to get the feedback from the trainer like that, lets you know that you really are doing it right. I have gotten exertion headaches before and that could very well be what it was--they can come out of nowhere when you don't think you're working all that hard. In any case, sure hope you can make it through the day and get some rest and relief. Like Yoovie said, the gain is most likely water from ST and will go away (with some extra), but it's still frustrating to see that on the scale. You are doing amazing; hang in there and know that you are on the right track!

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DLEE27 8/24/2010 11:26AM

    Wow that must have felt so great to have the trainer compliment you like that!
I'm sorry about the headache though. That really does blow. I hope you can find some relief soon! It looks like you have lots of friends here willing to help blow that balloon back up! emoticon

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YOOVIE 8/24/2010 11:12AM

    I would do a hot bath instead of a hot shower, or if you cant do a bath- then a very very long warm shower and sleeping without a pillow tonight.

the gain is probably just swelling from your ST workout- it goes away and takes extra with it, I promise.

DO NOT let those good feelings disappear just because you have learned how to listen to your body.

Your body has been with you for decades, and you are finally learning how to listen to it. Now you will know in the future, when you start feeling cold and uncomfortable, STOP. It does NOT mean you are weak- it just means that you were not meant to do that much on that muscle group that day.

Don't be afraid to stop early if your body is telling you to. Starting is wayyyy harder than stopping.

Good job going in there and don't let the pain erase the compliments or PRIDE!!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/24/2010 11:06AM

    Aww, way to spread the spark! That must've helped with that deflated feeling just a little bit, huh? I hope your pain improves soon!

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SUGIRL06 8/24/2010 10:48AM

    What an awesome experience!!! I would have "woohoo'd" you too at the gym! Haha. Always great to be the "positive example" too! Sorry to hear about the headache :( I hope you figure out what it was. Don't give up on planks just yet. But maybe reserve them for "later".
~Ang

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SASXONTHEMOVE 8/24/2010 10:39AM

    OMG!! LOVE that the trainer used you as an example! goes to show that she not only noticed you, but was happy showing you off (even if you've never met before), it means good things when your free training sessions come up (*fingers crossed*).

Secondly, your headache could totally be exertion, but remember, you also said that you didn't have carbs at your lunch, so it could be a combination of the two. You were already feeling lethargic and pushed through, so that may be part of it, too!



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MAGPIE17 8/24/2010 10:39AM

    First off, way to go on being an exemplar used by the trainer!! You're doing amazingly!

In terms of the headache, I have an idea which may or may not be accurate. I used to get really bad headaches until I went to the chiropractor on a regular basis (bear with me, this isn't quite the point yet). I was only getting headaches when air pressure and weather was really bad, but for the last month, I started getting really bad headaches mixed with a *tiny* bit of nausea by the end of the day on Mondays. It wasn't til last week that I realized I was over-hydrating on Mondays, almost like I was overcompensating for the weekend (even though I hydrate fine on the weekends!). I'd drink about 16 glasses by 5 p.m., and around 4:30 I'd have a huge headache. I started paying more attention to how much water I was drinking. I was told by a friend that if I'm drinking that much water, I need to have more sodium. Maybe yesterday was a low sodium/high water day?

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CHICAT63 8/24/2010 10:22AM

    emoticon compliments on working out/training emoticon you go Sista ! Great feeling isn't. Sorry to hear about your headache I get thoses too, some go away and some are persistent. Drink plenty of water and pop an Advil, Motrin or Aleve it might help your neck/shoulder.

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LOOKY-LOU 8/24/2010 10:20AM

    Feel better soon emoticon

And congrats on having a hubby who would wake up at 3:00 and massage your neck!!!

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STRONGFOCUS 8/24/2010 10:04AM

    emoticon on being a good example!

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HEATHERALENE 8/24/2010 9:48AM

    Way to go on being the 'good example'! I know that had to make you feel GREAT!!! I'm sorry to hear about all the pain and crankiness...but don't let it keep you down! Hope you feel better and get some much needed rest soon!

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LIVE2SAVELIVES 8/24/2010 9:34AM

    what an awesome story! I bet that "new girl" will look for you every time she is in there! I'm sure it won't be long until you will have her sparking too! LOL

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NACHOSMAMA 8/24/2010 9:26AM

    Sorry about the headache. Let your body and mind rest for a bit. Congrats on being an example to others!
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RAVENSONG37 8/24/2010 9:15AM

    Aw...that headache sucks. But the rest...that is incredible! I'm so proud of you for being a great example to me and to totaly strangers!! FEEL BETTER SOON!

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