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Yoga is AWESOME!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Today definitely turned out to be a better way than it's start indicated. I had my alarm set for 11 this morning to get up and get ready to go meet The Buddy at the park. Around 10:30 I woke up on my own... with a pounding headache. I got up and sat for a few minutes, and basically found like my head was going to explode right off my neck. So I sadly texted The Buddy and told her I wasn't going to be able to meet her, took a big dose of Advil, and went back to bed.

I slept for a couple more hours and when I woke up the second time, the headache was mostly gone. I made some breakfast and ate, and then decided I wanted to go out for a walk. I didn't want to miss cardio altogether today. So I headed outside and got in 23 minutes of walking, in absolutely perfect walking weather.

After that I came back upstairs and took a shower, then caught up on some Spark tasks. I made some lunch for us, homemade black bean soup and a big salad. It was delicious. Then we had a couple errands to run, so we did that.

Next I headed to yoga. As usual, I was ridiculously early getting there. But I made good use of the time. Instead of sitting in the car waiting, I got out and got in another 10 minutes of walking time. The yoga studio is in a quiet neighborhood area and I felt safe to set off on my own, so I spent the time burning a few more calories. When I got back to the car again it was time to head inside for class. Made sure I got there nice and early to get my spot on the back wall again.

Then class started, and class was awesome. I pushed myself as hard as I could manage and I know I got in a great workout. I had about a 3 minute break in the middle though. I started feeling kinda weak and shaky, and really hot, and I wasn't sure if it was just from the exertion of the class or if my blood sugar was getting low. Because I am a smart cookie, I had my meter with me, so I went and tested. It was below 100, but not below 70, so I considered it a little low, but not enough to need to treat. I got back into it and finished the class. We did a new pose {Bridge, if anyone is curious} that I was surprisingly good at, and that made me super happy. All in all, it was a really great class. I only have one class left in the 4 week beginners series, but the same series starts again on Nov 3rd and I"m going to repeat it at least one more time. I don't feel ready to move into a more difficult class yet. I'll get there, but slowly.

For the past 3 days I've been trying a vegetarian diet, as sort of an experiment, because of a book I read. I was curious what would happen to my blood sugar and appetite and so forth. I wanted to finish out today without having any meat, so I decided to grab a veggie sub on the way home for dinner. My blood sugar numbers have been better than I would have expected on a vegetarian diet, but I think I'm back to my meat eating ways tomorrow. It was an interesting experiment, though. After I ate dinner I called my grandmother and talked to her, and that's about it.

Tomorrow is kind of up in the air at the moment. I'm meeting my cousin and her husband, and her best friend and her husband, for breakfast at IHOP tomorrow. They're in town because they went to a concert tonight and they wanted to see me tomorrow before they head back north to their homes. I'm going to pick something relatively healthy off the menu, but I'm not sure what yet. And for exercise, it will depend on the weather. If the rain holds off long enough, dh and I are gonna go to a park and get in some exercise. If it does rain, then I will take tomorrow as my rest day instead of Tuesday. Nothing else much planned.

For the rest of the night, I'm gonna curl up with a book and just relax. I always feel so peaceful after yoga, and I just want to enjoy it. Have some soothing music playing and am just content as can be right now.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/19/2014 10:48PM

    Fantastic! You really are striving and doing good things!
I have been pondering yoga lately...partly as, due to my limitations, I heard of chair yoga and I am reading an inspirational book that involves yoga! You might want to ck out the book called Waking: a memior of trama and transcendence...so inspirational!
A vegetarian diet will improve blood sugars but it is an adjustment! I have one or two days a week vegetarian...today was one of them. I like meat substitutes like tofu, and lots of meat replacements like veggie burgers, etc. What recipe did you use for black bean soup? I love soups!
Have a great week!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/19/2014 10:32PM

    An amazing active Sunday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOEINC 10/19/2014 10:00PM

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I am so glad that you are really enjoying yoga classes!!!!! I did the same thing at the dentist's office on Friday. I had two appointments, one for cleaning at 9:30 and the second one at 11 for discussion on what to do about a bridge. While I waited about 10 minutes I told the receptionist I was going out for a walk. I walked 45 minutes and when I came back I saw my new grandnephew for the first time (did I say that my dentist is my brother in law?) Anyway his daughter just had her second child 8 weeks ago. What a cutie he is. He has lots of dark hair and his older sister who is 21 months is so blond, like my niece.

Today I went to the gym with younger daughter and swam..well tried to swim still can't get my arms overhead to do any sort of real swimming so I had to do butterfly strokes to get anywhere. emoticon Then we both walked the track quite a few times and I did recumbent bike while she did elliptical. We were there 3 hours. Really great workout. I think all the old guys were so surprised to see such a young'un at the gym. Everyone is my age (or older) which I like and didn't bother younger daughter!!! When we came back she went off to meet a high school friend for coffee before heading back to NJ. Now I am trying to get motivated to at least start some work. I got loaded up with quite a pile and I reminded them I am going away in 10 days and got no response to that. Not my problem but what gets done, gets done and I am sure it whatever I leave will be waiting for me when I get back.

I finally got my car back from younger daughter at least for a while. It has to be inspected and it had a recall so that is getting done on Tuesday. And then a week later we are leaving for Chicago for a few days. Turnpikes all the way out. PA to Ohio to Indiana and then up to Illinois. We will probably stop in South Bend like we did last year overnight and then head up early to Chicago on Thursday morning!!! So looking forward to being off!!!!

Did I say how very very proud I am of you???? You are doing fantastic!!!!
Keep up the great job!!!

have a peaceful night's emoticon I am heading there early myself since I plan to get up very early and get to work!!!

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CHRISTINEBWD 10/19/2014 9:53PM

    Hi! Sounds like your day ended up good. Isn't soup good this time of year! :)

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ITSMATT 10/19/2014 9:49PM

    Glad you're feeling better!
And glad you're liking yoga!

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ALICEART2010 10/19/2014 9:46PM

    Have a great night! & a great breakfast tomorrow at IHOP!

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 10/19/2014 9:36PM

    Glad you're feeling better. If you aren't used to being at a lower BS, sometimes the lower #'s FEEL low. I used to have chronically low sugar, but as my numbers started creeping up to "normal" range, I FEEL low at about 80. *pats your back* Smart girl, having your meter with you!

So awesome that you're enjoying yoga class. It's nice to have an exercise to look forward to, and with class being on Sunday, it starts the week off on a high note!

I tend to eat "flexitarian". I try to focus mainly on plant foods, with meat being an accent as opposed to the highlight. Maybe you'll find this works for you as well.

Hope you have an awesome day tomorrow!

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STEVEN2GO2 10/19/2014 9:29PM

    emoticon Sure glad the Advil worked, though emoticon you missed your

emoticon with your Buddy!

emoticon of getting over 30 minutes of walking in today, I LOVE how you are able to change your plans when you need too!

I am happy you LOVED your emoticon class. It is an excellent idea to continue classes at your level you are at! Since you checked your blood sugar, I wonder if TOM was the reason for how you felt?

Enjoy your family Monday, best wishes the weather allows you to explore park #11(?)!

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HDHAWK 10/19/2014 9:22PM

    I enjoyed yoga years ago. I need to start doing it again because I'm way less flexible than I used to be. Way to go on the walking!

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MSHEL7 10/19/2014 9:20PM

    I'm glad you are enjoying yoga so much. It's great to have something that you like.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2014 9:20PM

    Great on the yoga!

On the vegetarianism . . . maybe you can just incorporate more veggies into the diet. It really does help me w/my blood sugar too.

Glad you had a good day.



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Mother nature was kind...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Once again, today started out really lazy. I don't know what my deal has been, unless it's because of TOM, but 11:30 is the earliest I seem to be getting up. I was getting up around 9 for a while, but not this week! Anyway, I did finally drag myself out of bed, made some breakfast, and caught up on Spark tasks.

Then I woke dh and we headed to today's park. It was a long drive down there, but it wasn't so bad. A lot of it was through parts of town we had never been in before, so it was an interesting drive. We finally got there and got out and got going. Only took a few pics, the park wasn't very exciting. The first one is of a tile mural they had there. It was done by kindergartners and pretty darn neat...



The next photo was of the pond by where we parked...



And the last photo was a covered bridge with a lookout point on it, but the lookout wasn't very exciting. The bridge was pretty though.



After I took those few photos, we headed out on the trail. The trail was kind of false advertising because it said it went by a stream... well, there was a stream somewhere on the other side of the woods far enough from the trail that you could faintly hear it, but not see it. Hmph. But it was quiet on the trail, and there was some plant that was rampant through the whole trail that smelled wonderful. It was very earthy, woodsy, and just smelled delightful. I have no idea what it was, but it was the best part of the trail. When we finished with that trail, we drove to a different part of the park to look at another pond. When we got on that trail we realized we couldn't get anywhere near the pond. So, that park wasn't so spectacular. But the important part is that I got in my exercise, and it was nice to be out in nature, even if it was kind of boring nature.

When we finished at the park, we went to eat. I stayed on plan with my eating, despite REALLY wanting one of dh's potato skins. Instead I had one bite of one, and stopped. I'm proud of myself for not giving in. Especially since I was still hungry when I finished my food. But after sitting there for a few minutes, the food settled and I was okay.

After we ate we started towards home, but got distracted by a couple of thrift stores along the way. Didn't find all that much, but I love me a good thrift store! We made one more stop at a place that usually has cheap water tumblers because I broke mine. Found a cute Halloween one and got it. Then it was finally time to come home. We were out much longer than we usually are and both of us were ready to come home and relax.

Since then I haven't done much. I had some dinner a little while ago, and talked to my mom and grandmother. That's pretty much it. Have some football on, but I'm not paying much attention to it.

Tomorrow, I am first hoping to find some energy when I wake up! I'm meeting The Buddy at the park to walk, and even though we're not meeting til noon, I'm probably still going to be sad about waking up in time to get there. TOM is making me a total slug. Then after that I'll come home and take a shower and get ready for yoga, make some food, run to the store to pick up a lancing device, and then it will be time to go to yoga. Even though yoga really kicks my butt, I'm totally excited for it again. After that I'll probably be dead exhausted, but in a good way.

For the rest of the night, just taking it easy and catering to my TOM weary body.

Hope everyone had a great Saturday!

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HOLLYM48 10/19/2014 5:37PM

    Sounds like a great day! I love that mural, really very good for 5 yr olds! I'm sorry the park wasn't as nice as you would have liked but good for you for getting in all that walking. I love bridges so I really liked the covered bridge pic!
I hope today is going great and that yoga is another great time for you. I hope the weather was great for you and the buddy on your walk this afternoon too!
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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 10/19/2014 1:19PM

    Glad y'all had a good (if boring) time at the park. Yay you, for having a bite of what you wanted and making a healthy choice! Hope you and your walking buddy have a good time today. Try eating a spinach salad for lunch or dinner - the iron really puts TOM in check emoticon
Hope you have an amazing Sunday!

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MADAMES 10/19/2014 11:49AM

    Keep on exploring those parks! emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 10/19/2014 10:12AM

    The mural is a wonder! The views, delightful!

I hope TOM leaves you in peace soon.

Have a peaceful restful Sunday!

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PICKIE98 10/19/2014 8:29AM

    We have some kind of honeysuckle tree near our fence, smells great, along with the blackberry and raspberry garden. I killed most of the weeds with vinegar,,it works great!

glad you got out and enjoyed the park.

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MSHEL7 10/18/2014 10:50PM

    Wish I knew what the ground cover was that smelled so good at that park, we could use something like that here. Pretty soon we are going to spray our weeds with vinegar-we heard it will kill them. Hope it works, but I'm afraid it will stink. haha. Have a wonderful day tomorrow, enjoy your yoga!

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STEVEN2GO2 10/18/2014 10:05PM

    emoticon TOM is being such a pain again. I hope TOm decides to leave you soon!

I am a slug in the morning too. It was cold here today and I just wanted to snuggle under the comfy clean blankets emoticon ! Then I decided it was time to get movin'! I did accomplish a lot today though!

After Sparking tonight I hope to catch the end of the Fighting Irish & Florida emoticon game! Go IRISH, since I am mostly Irish!

How many more parks are left on your goal of 16 parks?

emoticon on your nutrition today. They say that it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it is satisfied. I guess you experienced that feeling today!

Enjoy your emoticon with your Buddy, I hope the weather cooperates!

Have another wonderful time at your emoticon class, I hope TOM does not spoil your fun!

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Have a Super SONday!


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ALICEART2010 10/18/2014 9:48PM

    I love thrift stores! Have a GREAT night!

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CHRISTINEBWD 10/18/2014 9:34PM

    Cat, I loved the mural too! Looks really cute. Too bad the park wasn't everything you thought it might be. At least the trail smelled good!

Sorry you have been so tired! Hopefully tomorrow will be better and you will get up at 9:00 and get ready to walk with your buddy! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2014 9:13PM

    That tile picture is awesome. Beautiful!!!

HUGS and hope your Sunday is a good day for you.

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My head likes to keep me guessing...

Friday, October 17, 2014

So later last night, I started getting anxious. I'm not sure what triggered it or why, but I started feeling crappy. It was getting near to time for dh to go to work, and that was making me more upset. I knew if I was still wide awake and anxious when he left, it would only get worse after he was gone, and it would be a hellaciously long night. My first thought was "Eat something. It will make you feel better." Then my brain tried to argue back and say no. I ignored that half, the sensible half, and went and ate. And what happened? I suddenly felt 10 times worse! NOW I was anxious, and I knew why -- I was afraid I was going to backslide into my old habits and be none the better for all the hard work I've done the past couple months. I didn't exercise yesterday, and then I ate. I didn't eat a ton and it wasn't wildly unhealthy, it was the principle of the matter. I was seriously freaking out that I was just throwing all the work away. So, yeah... I guess that wasn't a good idea! I then did what I should have done to begin with, and took a sedative. While I waited for it to kick in, I chatted with myself, telling myself how I would workout today and eat right and it was all going to be okay. Basically coddling myself like a tantruming toddler. Eventually the sedative did kick in and I felt better, and went to sleep.

So yeah, that was new and different. Apparently instead of using food as a crutch to soothe me when I'm upset, it has now become a crutch that hits me over the head and makes me MORE upset. I think this is a good thing, although it sure didn't feel like it last night!

Moving on to today... woke up this morning and was still as tired as if I hadn't slept at all. I really didn't want to get out of bed, but I finally did get up. I ate a healthy breakfast, and then just sat for a while. I was spending the sitting time arguing with myself about going to the gym, when the perfect compromise hit me -- It was the actual act of going to the gym I didn't want to do, not the working out. So I did a Coach Nicole arms video to meet the requirements for my upper body challenge. That was part one of working out.

After that I relaxed with a book for a while, then made some healthy food for dh and I. We ate, and then headed out for part 2 of exercise... the park. We went to the park and walked, and I ended up getting in 41 minutes of walking. So I got in nearly as much exercise as if I had gone to the gym without forcing myself to go to the gym. Most of the time I don't mind the gym, but sometimes I just REALLY don't want to go. I was happy I compromised with myself and still got in some exercise, but didn't do something I was despising every second of. So... win!

When we finished at the park we went to the library. After the library I treated myself to an unsweetened iced tea with Splenda, which totally hit the spot for the sweet tea craving I was having. Then we came home and I just sat around for a while. I was really quite tired, I guess TOM is really kicking me in the pants.

Eventually I made some dinner and ate, and then talked to my mom and grandmother.

Tomorrow is gonna be a day at the park. There's only a 30% chance of rain, so hopefully that 30% won't open up the heavens on us. We're going to one more on the list of 16, and after we hit it, we will have gone to 10 of them. I don't think we'll hit all 16, but I wanna get as close as we can. We've never been to this park so I don't know what it will be like, but the trail we're taking is 1.1 miles, so I'll get in a decent workout. Then we're having lunch out, but I've already planned what I"m eating to keep it healthy. After that it will just be back home to watch some football and relax.

For the rest of tonight, just relaxing with my book and taking it easy. And then hopefully a peaceful night's sleep. I sure am tired right now, hopefully I still will be in a couple hours.

Hope everyone had a great Friday!

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JO88BAKO 10/18/2014 9:01PM

    You are making progress, awesome! Glad you are going to a park tomorrow. Have a really fun time!!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/18/2014 7:30PM

    Yeap, that's progress, that's a non-scale-victory moment you had there.

I love those delightful fully sweet treats without all the sugar! Yum! They do work for my sweet tooth too.

I hope you had a good night sleep. The ones that you wake up feeling like brand new.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2014 4:20PM

    Well, you made it thru, you compromised, you did well!

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ALICEART2010 10/18/2014 10:53AM

    Hope you had a peaceful nights sleep & fun at the park today!

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SUPERKARA36 10/18/2014 8:27AM

    You are doing great. Mistakes happen and you have to let go of perfection. All you can do is move forward and learn from the action which sounds like you did so you are on the right track! You are being very mindful and that is so good! You've got this sweetie, remember, it a journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/18/2014 6:05AM

    You continue to keep checking yourself:That is growth.

The great thing about blogs is yo can go back and read, see how far you have come, or if you backslide, it is the butt-kicker some of us need to change.

We had pizza last night and I went overboard. Today I feel like salad all day. Lots of water..

Enjoy the park!!

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MSHEL7 10/18/2014 12:52AM

    Keep working toward your goals, it will all work out in the end.

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 10/17/2014 10:45PM

    emoticon You're finding your happy medium! Good job! Planning what to eat out is SO empowering somehow. Hope you have a great hike tomorrow :) Who knows, maybe y'all will get all 16 in after all!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/17/2014 10:22PM

    So, you always have options...the gym is nice, if you feel like going out but you can stay home and do a tape...there are many on Spark, YouTube or to rent or buy (have you tried Leslie Samsone Walk Away the Pounds, etc). Have you ever just played music you love to dance to and go for it 30 minutes...it is fun and goes fast! You know you can do your walking and it all adds up! Do what works for you on any given day! We all can fall into the eating for comfort routine...and your turning to tea, etc is great! It never feels better to eat! I ate too much for dinner, not for the day, but for dinner...and it feels awful...that is what I will note in my food journal and remember tomorrow!
Sounds like you are getting better insight...go with it!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Mary

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STEVEN2GO2 10/17/2014 10:21PM

    emoticon emoticon you were felling crappy and anxious the other night. In a way I am glad you did eat and found out that now eating does not calm you down, instead increase your anxiety. It was great that when you decided to try the sedative it helped! Great job getting in your upper strength workout video and enjoyed your41 minutes walk in the park with your DH! I do understand not wanting to go to the gym, even I sometimes feel the same way. Today I made it there, but I really had to push myself to go!

I hope weather allowed you to go to park #10 on your list!

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ADARKARA 10/17/2014 10:11PM

    I think you definitely made the most of it today! Sometimes we just don't feel like doing something specific... but you made a great choice in working out anyway, despite not going to the gym. (I get it, I hate the gym!! It's why I work out in my living room!)

Way to go as usual, Cat!

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CHRISTINEBWD 10/17/2014 9:55PM

    My day was much better than yesterday. Yesterday I felt punk all day :(

Well you handled yourself well today! And I hope the new park is fun! emoticon

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Getting better at this "moderation" thing...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today hasn't been a stellar day. I had to wake up several times last night to deal with TOM, and was tired and didn't feel great when I got up for the day. I decided to give myself a one day reprieve from working out, since I felt crappy and TOM was kicking my butt.

I didn't even feel like making a real breakfast, I just nuked a veggie burger and ate it. After that I just sat around and played online and did pretty much nothing until it was time to wake dh and head out.

We ran a couple errands, then I exercised that moderation thing I was talking about. Nothing sounded good except Mexican, so I decided that's what we were going to eat. {In dh's defense, he tried to talk me out of it, but I was pretty hell-bent.} I actually did pretty well, though. I had chicken salad in a taco shell bowl. I ate less than half the shell, and only had a little bit of sour cream. Both those are things I would NEVER have done in the past. I would have eaten the whole shell and asked for a big pile of extra sour cream. My worst crime was that I put down quite a few tortilla chips with salsa before the food came, but even that wasn't terrible. Dh was pretty impressed I showed such restraint at a Mexican place, and I was pretty proud too.

After that we went grocery shopping. Not much exciting, except that I bought several new kinds of tea. I've discovered that a cup of hot tea will take the edge off my appetite for a little while, so it's my new best friend. I tried the Vanilla Caramel Black Tea after we got home and it was yummy. I have 2 or 3 other kinds, all green teas, left to try. I'll get into a couple of those tomorrow probably.

Continuing with my moderation theme, I decided to face what I had eaten by logging it honestly. So I did. The calorie count wasn't pretty {and I overestimated, I logged the whole bowl and probably also more chips than I actually ate}, but I faced the music. I then calculated to see what I had left for the rest of the day and the answer was... not much. Fortunately I wasn't very hungry at dinner time and just had another veggie burger. I"ll have a small snack later, and in the end I will stay within my calorie range for the day.

Tomorrow is back to the gym. I let myself take it easy today, especially knowing I had to go grocery shopping this evening, but it was a one day pass. Not gonna let myself use TOM as an excuse to skip a week. I'll be doing cardio and my second strength workout of the week. It has been suggested that what happened to me yesterday might have been low blood pressure, and that seems probably accurate. So tomorrow I will be much more careful about bending over and standing up, and hopefully it won't happen again. I'll have a snack with me too, just in case. Other than that, not much planned tomorrow. Dh and I might go to a park tomorrow evening, depending on how much TOM is kicking my butt. I might take a pass on doing anything other than curling up and resting, but I will get in a good workout at the gym in the morning.

For the rest of tonight, I'm watching a football game and about to do some reading as well. Hopefully get a decent night's sleep tonight, in spite of having to wake up a lot to deal with TOM.

Hope everyone had a spiffy Thursday!

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PICKIE98 10/17/2014 5:41PM

    A nice warm bath just before beddy-bye time will help relax you. NOT HOT!! That can send your BP spiraling... that is whey hot tubs and saunas have warning labels!! Nice warm Epsom salts bath..ahhhhhhhhhhhh.. Kroger makes lavendar scent...

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BEACHCALSIX 10/17/2014 5:19PM

    I have had several times during tom where I become very weak and shaky, you lose a lot of energy during tom too which can be related too. I went to mission burrrito a few weeks back. It was soooo hard not to eat more chips and salsa. It was nonstop chips. My kids and hubby were stuffing themselves and I had to really restrain myself to keep it down. I still ate too many but I didn't stuff my face like I usually do!! It's ok to have those days where you eat like this
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Hope tom is easing up soon, have a great friday! tgif!

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ALICEART2010 10/17/2014 11:00AM

    Hot tea is wonderful & so relaxing!

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/17/2014 9:08AM

    Hey, if you're going to have a big meal, better that it's earlier in the day when you've still got time to move around. Just remember, you can visit but you can't live there. emoticon Hope you're feeling better today! Happy Friday!

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DOROTHYBERO 10/17/2014 7:22AM

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PATRICIA-CR 10/17/2014 6:58AM

    Cat, so much to learn about ourselves and how our bodies react to all the new introductions in this health journey. We never stop learning! emoticon

Moderation is the key to our well being, keep it up! Enjoy today's exercise.

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CHRISTINEBWD 10/16/2014 11:06PM

    emoticon All in all I have to say I think you did just fine. Good idea on the tea too! You cannot believe how many kinds/boxes of tea I have. I really like herb tea in the evenings because green tea does have caffeine and it will keep me up. :) Sorry you had to miss you workout but I missed mine today too... I just didn't feel well from getting a flu shot yesterday and my arm hurt too!

Enjoy your evening!
~C

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TRAVELGO 10/16/2014 10:15PM

  Just keep logging and YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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STEVEN2GO2 10/16/2014 10:04PM

    emoticon TOM struck his ugly head, though you did the wise thing and rested!

Hey that is good that you found tea helps diminish your appetite! I hope you enjoy your exploration of different types. Green tea does have many health benefits too!

Great job on moderation & self control going with Mexican food! emoticon !

I hope you enjoyed the emoticon game!

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JO88BAKO 10/16/2014 9:51PM

    This sounds like a day you won the battle. Great job! Perfect, no one or nothing is. Did your best, I say yes along with your dh. Have fun at the gym tomorrow!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/16/2014 9:48PM

    P.S. Oh, try a cup of broth based soup instead of chips to start...will keep you busy and cut your hunger! And remember you will get your chips with the salad!
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/16/2014 9:43PM

    Moderation and making small changes that become habits are where it's at and will result in permanent lifestyle changes and weight loss!
Next time you might only eat a 1/4 of the shell! Guess what I do...no shell! Because i ask for the salad in a bowl (extra lettuce) and ask for chips on the side! I count the chips...and when I reach a certain number (10-15) I stop...or measure them out on a plate next to your salad! This works for me! And have salsa!
You can do this!
Hugs,
Mary

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 10/16/2014 9:30PM

    Way to go! I'm a HUGE fan of all food Mexican myself, so I can relate. Especially with the chips and salsa! I've found that taking an alotted number of chips and putting them on my plate works pretty well (I shove the basket onto another table LOL). My sister's fave trick with taco salad is to ask for double lettuce. Sour cream on the side might work too (dip like you would with dressing) or just ask for a side of house salsa emoticon

Did you count all that walking you did in the grocery store? If you're like me, you walked over a mile just trying to find everything that was on your list (I walk so much because I would forget my head if it weren't attached and can't remember to grab bananas AND apples at the same time - I have to make it clear to the other side of the store before I remember "Oh yeah! I wanted apples too!").

Hope you have an awesome day tomorrow 'cause it's FRIDAY! emoticon

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MSHEL7 10/16/2014 9:21PM

    What is it with TOM and Mexican food anyway? I always have to have Mexican food when TOM is here. Make tomorrow great, show TOM who is boss!! Oh, and I have a blood volume problem, that may be what caused your problem at the gym too, be sure to stay hydrated-hydrated does not mean just water either, you have to have electrolytes to be hydrated, I had to learn the hard way.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2014 9:14PM

    Sorry your poor but is being whopped! But you did well.

Hope tomorrow is a better day for you.

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GEORGE815 10/16/2014 9:04PM

    Mix some variety of diet with your moderation. Moderation is a good thing, but you can still eat a variety of foods. Just not a lot of anyone.

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Ready for bed!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was a task and a half to drag myself out of bed this morning. I didn't get up until almost 11, and even then I would have rather rolled over and gone back to sleep. Alas, I had promised a friend we would start our virtual challenge to do 2 upper body strength routines every week, and today was the first workout. So, I got up.

I wasn't ready to be awake and alive yet, so I sat for a while before doing anything else. Eventually I drug myself into the kitchen and made some breakfast and ate. Then I did a little more sitting before finally getting up the gumption to go to the gym.

First up was the cardio, which was walking and recumbent bike. Nothing exciting about it. The gym was PACKED when I first got there. A whole hoard of young guys had taken over the entire weights area, both free weights and machines. That was odd, and I was a little concerned I wouldn't be able to do my strength training without waiting for an hour between machines. Fortunately by the time I finished my cardio they had cleared out and there were only the normal couple of people on the machines. I headed over and started my workout. This time I wrote down each machine and weight, reps and sets so that I can track for progress.

Unfortunately when I was finishing with the last chest machine and about to move to the back and 2 ab machines, which were the last ones I was planning to do, I suddenly felt very sick. Came out of no where and slapped me hard. I felt both nauseous and like I was going to faint. I was halfway through a set, so I pushed out the last few reps of the set, and then I bailed and headed out of there. I didn't fancy barfing on the gym floor. By the time I got to the car I felt like death, so I just sat there with some cold air blowing on my face and slowly sipped some water. I felt well enough to make the short drive home, then came upstairs and just immediately flopped down on the futon. After a few minutes I felt a little better, but I felt really weak and hungry. So I got my after strength training snack of a cup of yogurt and ate that, and it helped. Slowly I got my strength back and within an hour I felt like nothing had ever happened. I'm not sure what did happen. I had eaten a normal breakfast before I went. My blood sugar was fine both before and after my workout. I was working slightly harder than normal, but not at the kind of intensity to make me sick. So I'm really not sure. I'm thinking maybe it has something to do with TOM. In any case, I hope it was a one time incident!

So anyway, after that I did my Spark tasks and played online a little. Then it was time to cook some lunch, which I did. It was relatively healthy, or at least calorie controlled, and had lots of veggies. So it was mostly a win. After that I made the menu and grocery list for next week, and then read for a while. Then I decided I wanted a hot shower, so I did that and then made some tea and drank it.

Eventually it was dinner time, and I decided to have a vegan dinner today. I made a big salad with Italian salad blend, baby spinach, cauliflower, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumbers and black beans. It was sooooooo good, black beans on salad might be my new favorite thing. I just had some light toast with it. All in all a very healthy dinner, and tasty to boot.

Since then I haven't done much of anything. Talked to my mom and my grandmother, chatted with a friend, and watched the end of Godzilla {the original} with dh. Been a really quiet evening.

Tomorrow is another gym day. It's just cardio, so I'm gonna walk, and I'm gonna try out the Nu Step machine. A friend here on SP has one and uses hers all the time, and I've seen it at the gym and thought I should try it, so I'm gonna. I'm thinking it will be a better workout than the recumbent bike, or at least different. And oddly I"m rather excited about trying it. Whoda thunk! Then tomorrow afternoon we'll be going out for food and then going grocery shopping. Gonna get something healthy at the restaurant. I'm NOT going to let TOM and it's evil cravings convince me to eat something I will regret eating. Mind over TOM, I say!

Tonight I'm just going to curl up with my book again and relax until bedtime. I'm tired and could probably go to sleep right now, but then I"d wake up too early tomorrow and that wouldn't be good. So I'll hang on for a few more hours, then hopefully sleep through the night.

Hope everyone had a Happy Hump Day!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/16/2014 8:29PM

    Oops, sorry about feeling so sick. Not good at all. I hope this doesn't repeat. Are you keeping like a journal to tell your endocrinologist? I hope so.

Wishing you the best for tomorrow (today).

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PICKIE98 10/16/2014 7:46PM

    You need to take some protein to the gym with you..Stick a cheese stick in your gym bag or set it on your towel at your feet. That, with some water, should keep you until you can get home

I can tell you though, that if you feel nauseated after working out, you could be dehydrated too. That is one of the symptoms of dehydration. Remember, if you feel thirty, you may be already dehydrated too. .

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BEACHCALSIX 10/16/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon sounds like you got a great workout in, even though you got sick emoticon
Maybe it was low blood pressure? Happens to me when I work out too hard and don't eat enough.
Anyways, have a great rest of the week!

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CINDYLOU4782 10/16/2014 10:31AM

    The first time this happened it scared me! I'm pre diabetic and I've had a similar episode happen twice when working out. I just had to stop and take a break. I checked my BS during the episode it was actually in the 60s' had a rest break, some string cheese and crackers, and my BS was back in normal range within minutes and I was able to continue my workout in a slower pace. Glad you are feeling better and I wish you the best of luck on your weight loss challenge!

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DOROTHYBERO 10/16/2014 10:21AM

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/16/2014 9:06AM

    Glad you had a mostly successful work out! I'm glad you're feeling better now, though! Can't wait to hear about the new machine. I googled it and we have something similar at my gym. I hope you enjoyed your evening and your book!

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ADARKARA 10/16/2014 5:38AM

    Yay for strength training!

To me, it sounds like you may have had a temporary drop in blood pressure. Did you change positions from lying down to standing up suddenly? Or were you bending over a lot? This is why I had to quit doing the 30 Day Shred. I would be lying on the floor doing an work and then have to stand to do jumping jacks. Without fail I would get tunnel vision, feel nauseous and feel like I was going to pass out. My BP was like 86 over 59 or something right after. It goes away but I have to be careful of my movements now.

I am so proud of you for this! You're doing so great, Cat!


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MSHEL7 10/15/2014 10:38PM

    Sorry your workout was cut short. I have had some issues like that, not sure what causes them. I hope you feel much better tomorrow. Get a good sleep.

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CHRISTINEBWD 10/15/2014 10:34PM

    Wow so sorry you got so sick. I would talk to your doctor about it for sure. emoticon

I like beans in my salad too! Delish!

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 10/15/2014 10:00PM

    emoticon Dinner sounds delicious - I'll have to put some beans on my next salad! Do you have blood pressure probs too, or just sugar? I know it seems weird to ask, but my BP gets a lil high if I do too much too fast. Enjoy your hot cuppa and your book! I forget about getting books from the library. I can only read a book once LOL Then I ruin the plot line. The only ones I really like to read over and over are books that are kinda silly and out there: The hitchhiker's guide to the universe series, The same place but different (I know, it's a young adult book, but I LOVE it!), The Harry Potter series, that kinda stuff. Hope you enjoy the Nu Step tomorrow!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/15/2014 9:49PM

    Good for you on your work out!
Hope tomorrow is a great day! You can do it!
What are you reading? What kind of books do you like?
I am reading Waking: a memoir of tragedy and transcendence! Very good.
I like all kinds of books, mystery, sci Fi, crime, women's lit and biographies!
Love authors Elizabeth Burg and Lisa Scottoline!
Hugs,
Mary

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JO88BAKO 10/15/2014 9:26PM

    Wow, you worked through a lot today, good for you! I'm surprised your blood sugars weren't low when you felt so sick at the gym, Glad it did go away. Hope you get a good nights sleep. Enjoy your workout tomorrow. You are doing a super job. You will need some smaller clothes one of these days.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/15/2014 9:14PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Glad you're feeling better but better get to the bottom of this! Sheesh!

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