Thursday, May 06, 2010
So, I've been a bad little girl and weighing myself every day. I know not to do this because my weight likes to fluctuate a LOT, but every day so far it's been down a little bit, down a little bit more. Today...not so great. It said I was up 2 pounds. I even weighed myself twice. I'm trying to not let it stress me out, though I was upset that I wasn't able to do my regular walk yesterday because I spent the night walking around WalMart looking for something for class today. Still, it was walking, and walking I don't normally do...so it counts.
Today is my last day of school, which has been a little emotional. I still have 3 finals to take next week, but that's a completely different class time than the regular classes I have right now. It's a little sad to realize I won't be seeing these people twice a week or more...but we've arranged to get together at least once a month so that we don't lose touch. (I just hope these are the kind of people that do what they say and don't "get busy" later and it all falls apart. I've had that happen before, but these friends are a little different, a little more anal retentive like me, so I think we should be good.)
Still not much time to Spark, which is driving me completely batty! I feel like I'm missing out on all of my Spark Friends' journeys - the ups and downs I should be there to congratulate or sympathize with, but it simply can't be helped right now. So for all of you I've missed this week - Sorry! I'll be back soon, I promise! (And I am one of those people who does what she says she's going to do.)
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Well, it seems the panic attacks have passed as I've gotten a lot of this work done.
Literary Criticism paper (turned out to be 2 1/2 pages on bell hook's theory of postmodern criticism as a useful tool for defining black experience) is done and turned in.
My Capstone project is nearly complete, and certainly complete enough for me to present it in class tomorrow morning.
I still haven't gotten to the Healthy Living stuff or Race & Gender stuff, but that's not nearly as important.
I have a meeting today on The Awakening, so I need to finish a reread of it (because it's been about a year since I last read it. I have about 4 hours to read about 120 pages.) before then.
Also have a meeting tonight about my presentation for Race & Gender...we'll see if our 3rd group member even shows up...I seriously doubt it. *rolls eyes*
On the upside - I have stayed on track with my food and with my exercise. Completed day 12 (I think it was) yesterday by doing my inStride cycle while reading the beginning pages of The Awakening. (Multi-tasking...gotta love it!) I was forced to think on my feet last night when I realized hubby had frozen the ground turkey I was to use for tacos. I grabbed all the veggies I had in the fridge and pantry and tossed it all in a pot with some vegetable stock to make a wonderfully healthy and amazing tasting Vegetable Soup! YUM!
I keep telling myself that all I have to do is get through this week and the next and I'm golden - and this week is nearly over! Have a really long day tomorrow (work, school, work, school, work, second job at the paper) so it should be fun trying to keep myself awake through that! (Especially considering I have TWO presentations tomorrow! EEK!) Took off work today because...well, because I got very little sleep last night and I really needed to focus on school. Thank God this is almost over or my boss would be getting really anxious about me taking off days here and there. (As of now she is 100% understanding about all of it!)
That's all I've got today for you, SparkFriends! Need to get back to work...
Monday, May 03, 2010
Whoever said exercise will reduce your cramps...I want to kill them. I am firm believer of not carrying a gun (I have my reasons), but if that person was standing on my lawn today I would need a good chunk of bail money because dude would be D-E-A-D, dead!
I have been cursed all my life with serious cramps. They usually fall on the 2nd day of my period and then the rest of the time its manageable, but that 2nd day is absolute hell. I feel sick to my stomach. I can't sleep. I scream out for help. Today is that day. And while I thought all this working out and eating healthy might work in my favor today, it simply did not. I woke up a few times last night in agony. At 5am I was in so much pain I could only sleep for about 5 minutes at a time, waking up now and again to cry out. Hubby brought me ibuprofen and hot tea (my usual cures), and still 2 hours later I was playing that same game of sleep-scream-sleep. I called off work.
About an hour or so later, I was back to semi-normal...at least to manageable discomfort. I'm exhausted. I'm sore. I want to sleep but need to study for school. I still have classes tonight. I have a 30 minute walk and some strength training ahead of me. (Nope, not skipping it...I might be slow tonight but I will not ruin my streak when I'm already 10% done!)
I should be thankful because I realized with the lifestyle change happening mid-April, I missed a month for my period. Finally my body is getting back on track with itself. This should make me happy, but instead I feel like I'm being punished for having one blissful month without this pain.
If anyone has any home remedies, please shout 'em out. As for what I plan to do now? I'm calling the doctor this week to get an appointment so that I can discuss BC methods which seriously reduce or even end this one-day-a-month hell I find myself in again and again. I've got the rest of my life (somewhat) under control...I'm not about to let this take me down!
(On a positive note, I broke out the blender today and hubby and I had a yummy strawberry-banana smoothie! It was heaven and I feel much better now! *lol*)
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Alright, that's it. Say goodbye to fair April and hello to a wonderful May!
Weight last month: 416.2
Weight goal for beginning of this month: 412.2
Actual Weight beginning of this month: 403.0
Actual Weight lost in April: 13.2 pounds!
(only counting the last two weeks of April, when I started this journey and started SP on April 18th)
Today was weigh-in day. Down another 3.6 pounds and feeling better every day. Still exhausted much of the time, but that's to be expected for the next two weeks. A lot of things to do before I'm donezo! Graduation will be a blessed day!
So, for the start of May, I want to set some goals for myself.
Weight Loss Goal
Be down to 395. That's 8 pounds for the month and completely doable. Plus, I'll end up hitting my alternate goal of seeing the 300s again. If goal is reached I will be down 20 pounds total!
Work out every day for at least 15 minutes. At the end of the month it would be 39 days out of the 100 goal I set...that's 39% done. It will be over 500 fitness minutes for the month...this doesn't include the days I'll work out 30+ minutes and do Strength Training (3 times a week).
I want to learn to cook healthy all the time. I hope to get 4-5 servings of fresh fruits and veggies every day. (I picked the pineapple because I had some fresh pineapple this morning for breakfast.) I also want to try new foods and find healthy foods I can incorporate every week that my family enjoys. I'd like to eventually have a dish from each country...we really like cooking by geography. Already have Italy, China, America, and France. I'd like to learn to make Sushi at home if I can find the right ingredients somewhere around here.
Of course, this is the month to end my smoking addiction. I have only until graduation, and then it's over...no excuses!
I want to see some changes in my appearance. I usually see these before others do because I tend to investigate the areas where my body changes first when I'm losing weight. I'm trying to stop this focus on appearance, but I really do want to see the results. (Perhaps my goal should be to STOP studying myself in the mirror...another issue for another month.)
Finally, and most exciting for me, I will head this month to the lake/park and get back into hiking, rowing, swimming...all those outdoor activites that I absolutely LOVE and that make "working out" feel like a fun and exciting experience! I just cannot wait for this!
May - the month I graduate from college! This month is looking to be an awesome, amazing, wonderful, unforgettable month!!!!
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