Thursday, October 28, 2010
This blog may (may? It's me, of course it DOES) contain TMI. Consider this your final warning.
So Monday evening, when I updated my status with " C25K W3D1 - Fail. Will have to nail it on Wednesday. Grrrr." I was pretty discouraged, and y'all came through for me with such encouragement and truths, and I really Really appreciate it!
Part of the problem started on Sunday. My backfield ~ahem.. a.k.a. booty..~ stopped being productive on Sunday evening. Just stopped. Food going in, nothing coming out. I was an uncomfy camper, but figured it would pass - literally and figuratively!
With no sign of relief on Monday, and an aching right shoulder, I went ahead and tried to do an easy 20 min. of yoga before trying W3D1. I should have listened to my body during the yoga. It didn't go well. My shoulder prevented me from doing the simplest things like downward facing dog or even a catback. It was just not good. I stubbornly kept going though, and climbed on the treadmill, mostly miserable, and tried to run.
It was a disaster. My shoulder hurt even more, and my back starting seizing up. It hurt, but I kept trying to power through it, until I simply couldn't anymore. I was gasping for air, my feet were dragging, it all was just bad. I opted to abort my mission before I caught a foot on the tread and Really hurt myself.
I was dejected, posted my status update, and tried to stretch and unwind the rest of the evening. When I went to bed Monday night, I favored my right side. I usually sleep on my right side, half on my tummy, my right leg straight out and my left leg hitched up. Instead, I ended up staying completely on my side, and staying in one place. I could hardly sleep though, because my back was getting worse, and so was my shoulder.
At one point, I got up to take some pain reliever to see if that would help. Well, I managed to roll myself out of bed, and nearly let out a shriek of pain. I couldn't stand up, I could sit back down on the bed, I was hunched over and miserable. I hobbled my way to the kitchen and back, pain reliever gulped down. I tried to potty on the way, and found myself nearly toppling over from the pain of trying to take a seat on the potty. Good grief.
I crawled back into bed, and tried to find a comfortable position, but it was too late. My back was too jacked up and every move brought a whimper, squeak or squeal of pain. Eventually I dozed off, but by the time the alarm went off, I was no better off. I actually called off (emailed off? Thank goodness for Crackberries) which I rarely do.
I spent at least an hour on the floor, stretched out, trying everything I could think of to ease my pain. Slowly, surely, the pain subsided, and I felt like I could move with relative ease again. I took it easy though, the rest of the day, until I opted for a nap in the afternoon, to make up for a bad night's sleep.
I slept the same way, on my right side, without really moving. When I woke, I was stricken with the same back pain. Is it the bed? What the heck? So more stretching and slow movements until I'm loosened up enough to be able to move about without looking like the Wicked Witch in the Snow White cartoon!
Through all this, my backfield has been silent. Not one movement, shall we say. Nada. Since Sunday. Yea, that added to the misery, to be sure.
By Tuesday night, I was able to get into bed and find a comfortable position, not quite exactly the way I'm used to sleeping, but my back and shoulder had stopped hurting, so I slept relatively well. I went back to work on Wednesday and made it through the day alright. No pain, a little stiffness, but generally ok.
I opted to sit Wednesday evening's fitness activities out. I should have tried W3D1 again, but didn't want to risk that being the impetus for my pain and going through all that again. Again, I slept well, better at least, but still nothing from the backfield.
This is just nuts!
Let me say here, we've had a great nutrition week. Spark People recipes each evening, all very tasty and healthy. Nothing that would stop the normal functioning of the backfield. It was all just too odd.
This morning. Ah Thursday, and relief! I won't get graphic, but suffice to say, my backfield was in motion again, and all was right with my world. The last vestiges of back pain was Gone! No achy shoulder, no twinges of "don't move that way", no stiffness, nothing. I felt so good, I came home this evening, and promptly ran W2D3. Yea, it's a step back, but I knew I needed a success under my belt before tackling what had defeated me already this week. I'll get it done, W3D1, just a little later than I originally thought.
So.. if you've made it through this far LOL I have a few questions to pose.
Has anyone else noticed back pain increasing rather than decreasing as you've lost weight?
Has anyone ever experienced such back pain possibly related to your own backfield refusing to move?
What in the world about running could cause my shoulders to ache? My left shoulder this evening was achy after my run, and I'm just baffled as to what I'm doing that might cause it. Any ideas or suggestions?
Finally, my thanks, again, to AnneSylvia, CookWithMe65, and NuttySnoopyFan!
You ladies came through with comments and advice today when I got skittish about having so much chocolate, easily accessible, at work. I truly appreciate it!
That's it for me tonight kids. That's more than enough I'd think LOL We're looking at a busy weekend, but I'm hoping I'll be able to report back about our yummy SP recipes from the week at some point. Check out my shared nutrition tracker if you're curious. There wasn't one bad dish in the bunch.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It's important to be adaptable, right? YES!
We found out yesterday that the Holiday Half/5K walk/run is full. We piddle-farted around too long and missed the opportunity to sign up.
We won't be detered though. No-sirree-bob! Step-daughter the Oldest reminded me of the Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 5. They have an online registration, so I've just signed up to run the 5K.
Here's my page:
Yay me! Don't think I wasn't giddy when I clicked the option I will RUN the 5K. Yes I will. Or the majority of it.
See, I'll be in week 8 of C25K, so not quite finished with the program. I figure it's alright, though. I'll run what I can, walk what I can't, and still feel great at the end. And, Bill and Courtney (Step-daughter the Oldest) will be with me, so it'll be a great time regardless.
***edited to add***
Here's the sign-up link for the Portland Jinge Bell Run.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
That's right Fat, I'm talking to YOU. This crazy big-lil RAWWRing Zen Duck is coming for you, and you're outta here!
I've broken into the 230s. It may only be 238.8 right now, but it's going to get better - and lower! I'm not recording it officially until my weigh-in day (Sunday) because who knows what can happen between now and then, but still..
Ahem. Now that that's out of my system (as if!)
We went shopping this weekend, and I was thrilled to try on and fit a pair of size 18 jeans. Unless of course they've done the useless making of the sizes bigger thing (Avenue does that and it drives me nuts - an 18 is an industry standard 20, but we made the number smaller so you'll feel better about buying them. Whatever). They're inexpensive jeans from a big-box store, and they'll do me just fine while I need them. It's pretty cool to have shrunk out of the majority of the pants in my closet. I'm still working with a couple of pair that doesn't look too sloppy or require two hands to hold them up while I'm walking. Heh.
I also invested in some new shoes for work. Yes, my feet have also shrunk. Not a huge amount, but my old shoes were fading fast, wobbly and worn out. My new ones are comfy and neat, so I'm quite happy with that.
Then there's the toboggan! It has little poms on the top, with the ear flaps on the side - pure silly whimsy for me. We had planned on hitting our walking trail early Sunday morning for a C25K session. We walked early Saturday morning and gads it was cold! The toboggan seemed like the right thing to fend off the cold, but alas, we bailed on the plan and went grocery shopping instead. I'm sure it'll get used soon though, just hide'n'watch.
So far this week, we've made
Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup
Carrot, Parsnip and Leek Soup
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
and Apple Crisp
They've all been Really good! I'm always happy when we add new recipes to the mix. I keep saying 'we'. To be honest, DH Bill has taken up the mantle of cooking healthy delish dinners and snacks, and is doing a great job at it. Sometimes I have to remind him that while yes, adding potatos to the soup would have been good, it's extra carbs and calories that I don't need, and honestly the soup is Wonderful without it!
Next week I'm looking forward to trying the Slow Cooker Chicken and Hominy dish. We have more pumpkin snacks on tap for the weekend, too. Stocked up on canned pumpkin, but I'm tempted to hit the pumpkin patch and see if we can get a few mid-sized ones that we can process and really cook from scratch.
C25K is going well. I'm in Week 2 now, completing Day 1 last night. Toward the end if felt like my legs were going to fall off, from the knees down. I mentioned this on my C25K Week 2 message board post, and someone responded that they've had that happen when they've done lower body strength training as well. I've been slacking on my strength training (I know, bad me) and thought maybe I needed to kick it up notch... or 12.
Anyone who has done, or is doing, C25K, and reading this - what has your experience been with strength training and your running? What's benefitial? What didn't work? Is it just a matter of learning to run and working your legs and allowing them to build up naturally each session?
Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!
I've found that even with Podrunner Intervals playing, I can't quiet my mind and simply 'be' while doing the session. My mind darts around here and there, to this and that, eventually ending with "what the h*ll were you thinking??" and "keep going, you're almost done" and "thank goodness this is a treadmill and I can't just stop" LOL
I can't explain the how or the why, I just know that I really REALLY want to do this. I don't care about speed - much. I'm slow - heh, which reminds me. I bought, at the Portland Marathon Expo, a long-sleeve white tech shirt, with a penguin on the front. It says "I know. I'm slow. Get over it." It screamed ME! Anyway, slow and steady, right? That's worked for me so far, although I'm envious of Ms. SpeedDemon herself, Hippie44 and her smokin' walking shoes! Woman is rockin' those 3 miles in 51 mins. or less now. WooHoo!
I'm signed up for (or will be soon, MUST make it by the store) the Holiday Half on Dec. 12. It's a half marathon, with a 5K walk and 5K run. We're going for the 5K run. Step-daughter The Oldest said she'd run it with us, walk it, whatever, so I'm way excited about that! I'm hoping to be able to run the whole thing - I know I can walk it in approx. 54 mins, so anything less than that would be great.
It's mid-week, and tonight I'm walking with KBearsMama. Yay! It's getting darker sooner, and even with 'falling back' with Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 17, I'm thinking our outtings at the golf course will be coming to an end soon. We'll see how it goes.
Spark On, my crazy Spark family!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
As you may have seen from various blog entries from folks here in the PNW, the Portland Marathon was yesterday, 10/10/10. There were many events yesterday, 10/10/10 being rather auspicious, but the Portland Marathon was right in my back yard (not literally of course, we don't have THAT much room!) how could I not participate?
Well, I didn't know about the 10K noncompetitive Mayor's Walk until my friend Molly (4My2Kidz) told me about it. She was the one who introduced me to Spark People back in May, and this would be the first time we could do something together, fitness-wise!
I think I registered for the walk the very day Molly told me about it, I was that excited. I mean I was pumped. Hood to Coast was coming up at that time, and I'd just learned that there was a SparkPeople team participating in it - go Sparkin' Hood to Coast!
I picked up my packet on Friday, and it consisted of a 10K Family Fun Walk (really? Fun? Had they seen the forecast for Sunday??) tshirt, a Portland Marathon magnet, and a handy-dandy lil bag. Oh, and my number. I was number 44.
Yea, I ordered a tshirt, daily calendar for 2011, and a keychain recently from SP. I HAD to have the shirt for the 10K walk, and rounded out my order with the other things.
I was up before the alarm, set for 5:30, went off. I knew what I needed to pull together (note to self - pull together the Night Before, not the morning of) and how long it would take. I also knew that I needed to try and eat -something- even though I figured my nerves and/or natural inclination to wait to eat breakfast would make it difficult. I start every day with 2 cups of water, right off the bat. I had that, tried to drink my coffee, and tried to eat my cream'o'wheat wtih banana and peanut butter - my favorite breakfast. I may have taken two or three bites, but couldn't stand still long enough to eat even half LOL
I got myself dressed by some miracle, and was ready to go!
Well, almost ready. I had to take my pants off to pin on my number - duh! That's when I took out of my pocket the one thing I wanted to be sure I had - lip balm! I managed to remember everything else, though, so that's not too bad.
Bill went through the same questions again - are you sure you don't want to wear a rain suit?
Are you sure you don't want to carry a golf umbrella?
The only thing he didn't ask was whether or not I was sure I wanted to do this crazy thing in the rain. As he put it, I paid for it, by god I'm walking in it, rain or no! LOL
Off we went, heading down town by 6:50. I was to meet Molly by 7:30 at the shuttle bus pickup area, so I didn't want to be late. MinaMuro was also walking the 10K, so I was anxious to finally meet her in person. GayeMC was going to be seeing KEakman off for her marathon run (way to go Kate!) and would walk up to the shuttle bus area to see us off, if there was time.
There was time LOL Poor Molly did a little pre-gaming the night before, for the walk, and ran a bit late that morning. I rounded the corner to the shuttle bus area, and right there - really, Right There! - was Mina. Yay! It's always so good to put a real face and great smile, to a name and words on a screen.
Mina and I huddled by the building, waiting for Molly, and watching people arrive, board the bus, then take off for their walk. Gaye arrived not long after, and it was great to see her again! I asked one of the volunteers to snap a picture of us while we waited. Hoo-ah!
Gaye was smart, and dry, under her umbrella. We were mostly protected under tree branches and the side of the building, but still managed to get a bit wet. Little did we know... LOL
Molly arrived, introductions were made, and on the bus we went. I had to admit at one point, I had no idea where we were, but figured the drive knew where they were going and I could attempt to sit back and enjoy the ride. I don't think I did, though.
We reached the starting point for the walk, and filtered off the bus. All the nerves and energy and anticipation built up to that point, and then we were finally off! The rain, for the most part, didn't seem that bad. I can say for Molly or Mina, but I didn't really seem to feel the cold, or the wet, until the last mile, mile and a half or so. The view from the bluff was hazy and gray, but still'n'all, it was great. The air was cool but not cold, everything seemed to be muted - until we came upon various musical entertainment along the route.
No, I'll never think of "Eye of the Tiger" the same again LOL
The first person from the Marathon proper to pass us came along within our first half hour of walking. It was a man who went flying by in a racing wheelchair. It rocked me back on my heels a bit, having never seen a wheelchair racer in person. He really was, simply, flying. It dawned on me if he could do that, train and work and fly the way he was, in a Marathon no less, I had no room for talking myself out of walking one evening because I'm tired. Geez-o-pete!
I have a tendency to get lost when I'm walking. Not literally, I don't wander off the beaten path, but I'm looking at everything, taking it all in, and just moving. I'd realize that I had walked off from Mina and Molly by a few feet and fall back in with them, although the closer to town we got, the more narrow the way became. I always figure my hips are too big and broad, and I should be out of the way for people to pass most of the time LOL so I tried to stick tight to the right side.
Runners flew by us as well. First, one young man, by himself, then another quite some time later, then the slow trickle became more of a flow, became more of a rush by the time we hit the Broadway bridge.
We'd mostly been on our own, not really in with a crowd or a pack, until we came off the Broadway bridge and joined marathoners and half-marathoners on Front/Nato. Then, the rush became a crush and it was incredible to see all the people running and walking. Ladies older than ourselves cruised by us, doing a speed walk, some struggling, some sailing. I watched one young man limp along, falter, and stop to rub out a cramp. He kept on going though, and I lost him in the crowd far ahead of us. There were people with their heads up, their eyes fixed, and their bodies moving by rote. They were running, and they were going to finish, no matter what. There were other runners who made it look effortless as they passed us and others by.
All in all, it was amazing to be in that crowd. And yes, I still tried to hug the right side of the road to stay out of the way. There were people there, on that right side - fans, supporters, etc. On the left side, too. And they were cheering the runners on. And us, too. I was chagrined, as if I needed to protest "Yes, thanks very much for cheering, but all I'm doing is walking, and not that far really. Ignore me here, save the cheers for the runners, they are Amazing!" but I did appreciate the hoots and hollars and cheers.
Finally, we rounded the bend for the finish, and I just had this grin on my face. So many sights, and sounds, such an experience, and it was all about to be over, and we could be dry again. Yes, it rained every step of the way - sometime a nice soft rain, other times quite a hard pour. Didn't matter though. We'd walked 6.2 miles together. I'd introduced my good Spark friend Mina to my good life friend Molly. I'd gotten to see Gaye again, although I missed Kate taking off and finishing. I'd walked in an event bigger than anything I'd ever done before. I had a great time, it was fun, it really was FUN, and I'll do it all again next chance I get.
The only regret? That Bill didn't do it with me/us. He's been there all along with me, from the start of my Spark adventure, and it was odd not to have him there. It was also kind of.. neat. It was for me, and for my friends, and we'd finished our walk in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Not bad, considering each of us was slogging along an extra 5-10 lbs in water weight? LOL
That's the end of my 10K walking adventure, but it's just the start of my Next adventure. I joined the C25K team this evening, and did W1D1 tonight. I've had this quiet little voice inside me since going to Exchange 13 for Hood to Coast, saying "Stop saying you're not a runner. You want to do it. You -can- do it. So do it!"
I'm going to have to figure out how to balance things again. I don't want to give up walking with KBearsMama on Monday and Wed/Thurs evenings. I do want to stick with C25K on Mon/Wed/Fri or Tues/Thur/Sat. We'll see. I'll figure it out. I have to. I'm doing this.
I'm. Doing. This!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
.. about me!
Sometimes, it's not easy to come up with positive things to say about ourselves. At least, it's not always easy for me. So I cringed as I typed that title up there, but what the heck. I -do- like things, so why not put them out there?
~ my workout clothes and sports bras. Is that nuts? I know 99 out of 100 times, if I'm dressed for the part, I'll be acting out the part - walking, strength training, swiss ball, yoga, whatever.
~ that I 'sneak in' a few minutes of exercising. During my breaks at work, I'll do calf raises or hip flexors, or I'll knock out a set of squats while my lunch heats in the microwave. I just make sure no one else walks in during that time LOL I'll play with the hand weights I have sitting on the coffee table while we're watching tv.
~ that my actual physical appearance is starting to match my mental image of myself. I've got a long way to go, but I can see the progress now, and I'm not as stunned when I look at a picture of myself. Like this one:
That's me, taken today, at work, in the restroom (I also like that I finally figured out how to turn the flash off on my Crackberry LOL) Based on this picture, I like..
~ that I'm wearing new jeans I paid $1.33 for! Heh. I got them from the consignment shop I took so many clothes to. KrisAnn has sold many of my things and with the in-store credit, I purchased these jeans, a blouse (not pictures) and a denin shirt for $4.00!!
~ my auburn haircolor. Molly (4My2Kidz) colored it for me about 4 weeks ago, and I need another dose (trying to avoid a heinous skunkline LOL) but I think it suits me and I'll keep it. I even received a compliment from a coworker on my floor. He said he liked the color, it made me look younger. Dude! Thank you!
~ that I'm wearing a blouse I bought years ago that never really fit.. until now. I think it's one of the cutest I've ever had, and I feel snazzy and sassy in it.
~ that every day, I see this in my bathroom mirror:
Yea, so I look like a dork peeking out around it LOL but that little sign reminds me that I am fierce and a warrior and I am NOT even close to being done with this journey I'm on. I'll keep fighting the good fight against fat and I will WIN!
~ that I'm .2 lbs away from being able to say I've lost 40 lbs. I've been frittering about between 245 and 247 the last couple of weeks. I'm doing it this week. I'm getting rid of that last little bit, and I'm charging ahead to being able to say I've lost 50!
~ that 3 of my 6 pairs of jeans now can be taken off without unbuttoning or unzipping them LOL It's become habit now to just slide those puppies down when needed (is that TMI? LOL) Soon, soon.. I'll be wiggling my way into 18s, then wiggling out of them!
~ that my arms and chest are feeling a little achy, in a good way, from the new strength training I started last night. Your standard upper body, push ups, one armed side push ups, planks, etc. It's new to me, and I grunted my way through it, grumbling the whole time about lack of upper body strength. Bill pipes up with "well isn't that why you're doing this?" all logical and stuff! That Man! He's right, it IS why I'm doing it. It feels good!
How about, though.. what I like about YOU?!
You guys (gals, guys, dudes, dudettes) are an amazing support system. I've never been this fortunate to have so many people rootin' for me. Seriously. I've always heard that you get what you give. Sometimes that's true, sometimes not. When it's not, it can make a body a bit gunshy, extending themselves for someone, only to get nothing, or negative, in return. That is NOT the case here. I cannot express how much I appreciate all of you. You read me, you laugh with me, you make me blush and smile and appreciate my dorky sense of humor.
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