Sunday, August 05, 2012
It's called good old-fashioned German stubbornness. Don't have a walking partner? Fine. I'll walk by myself. Nobody to go to the gym to motivate me? Hubby tired and sitting in front of the TV? Kids all too good to spend time with me? Fine. I'll work out by myself. Nobody wants to go to Tae Kwon Do with me anymore? Fine. I'll go by myself, get my black belt and continue going by myself because I like it. So there.
Today I had a 16 mile walk on my MS Challenge Walk training schedule. My sister didn't want to go. She doesn't walk at all anymore with me. Fine. I went by myself. Got up at 7, got dressed, brushed my teeth and hair, ate breakfast and then was off. Just me and my iPod. And it was nice! Walked where I wanted to with my NIke Running app telling me how far I had gone. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that app! Good think my iPod lasted the entire time!
Did about a 5.3 mile loop and ended up back at home to refill my water bottle. Ken wasn't ready to go yet (he said he'd walk part of it with me) so I was off again. Went down the hill and around the river 3 times (1.7 miles each loop). Came up the hill toward home and was at about 11.6 miles at that point right around 12:00.
Fueled up with another Herbalife smoothie, filled up with water again, and then Ken was ready to go with me. My youngest, Paul, wanted to go too. We put both dogs on the leashes (they REALLY wanted me to take them both times I left before that!) and we were off.
By that time, my average time per mile was about 17 minutes 20 seconds. I guess I rested a bit too long because those last few miles were a KILLER! My hips hurt, my legs hurt, my feet hurt and I was tired. MAN was I tired! But I kept plodding along. During the last mile I decided I was going to just get home and started walking faster. I was REALLY glad when we got home and it was almost exactly 16 miles. (16.09 to be exact).
Drank a protein drink and took a shower and it felt awesome to be clean! :) I rested for a couple of hours and then was getting pretty stiff so I made my hubby take me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner since I was craving a steak.
Got there and had ONE roll with NO butter and a few peanuts before we ordered. Said no to more bread and had a garden salad (no croutons or egg) with the dressing on the side. I ordered the 6 oz. sirloin and Ken ordered the BBQ Chicken breast and we split each of our meat entrees in half and shared them. I had a side of broccoli instead of potato. So proud of myself! :) Then we went to Target for a few things and swung by McDonald's for a 49 cent vanilla cone.
Now home and doing laundry. I still have off tomorrow since it's my 4-day weekend so Ken took off and we're going to State Fair. Hope everyone had a great weekend and now I'm giving my stubborn German butt a rest on the couch for the evening.
Monday, July 23, 2012
This walking journey has been a hard and fun one so far. I still have a few weeks to go but the walking just goes higher from here so it will definitely be a challenge. Thus, the name - MS Challenge Walk! Hee hee!
Yesterday my sister couldn't go with me so I found a friend who has a park pass to a state park nearby that has a TON of hills! Many of the trails are very hilly and hard to navigate but we had no problem getting around and that felt awesome! I actually had LESS muscle soreness as soon and I really think the changing terrain, though difficult to navigate, helped with that since you have to use different muscles to go uphill, downhill and on a flat surface.
We started out going down the stairs from the observation tower (about 200 stairs I think) and went on some really difficult trails at first. Then we went on the Ice Age trail to get something flatter but it really wasn't flatter - it was full of stones and got pretty thin when we decided to turn back. Got back to the tower and went up the stairs again. We went down another trail that was pretty short (only .5 miles) so we turned back and went on the Ice Age Trail the other way. That was more flat even though it still had some hills but a lot less rocky than it was the other way. Eventually we turned back again and got back to the tower but we were only at about 10 miles.
We decided to go down the .5 mile trail and then went down a dead end street for about a mile and then came back but it was REALLY uphill the entire way back! By that time we were around 12 miles and really starting to feel sore. We walked around the parking lot since everywhere we went it would be downhill and we'd have to end it uphill again and we needed a flat surface to go on for a while!
Eventually we went down another trail for a bit but it was really hard on my knee to walk down the hill. On the way back uphill though, it was MUCH better on my muscles and joints so that felt good. Eventually we went back down that 0.5 mile trail for a bit and ended up at the parking lot and walked around a bit again to get to the 14 miles. MAN that last 2 miles were a killer! I only hope this training really helps me since I'm sore today and when we get to the walk it's 50 miles over 3 days so I'm sure I'll be sore for a week afterward!
Anyway, this is just an update but I really think that was my favorite walk yet! I will definitely go back there for longer walks and my friend is up to going along again with my sister when she feels better.
I've been thinking about doing some sort of workout today, too, since I have off work, but I'm really sore so I think this will have to be my rest day this week. Starting next week (I think) there are various 5 mile walks during the week (previously 4 was the longest) so it will only get harder from here. But I"m up for the challenge! Everyone have a great week!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I did SO great this week for four days and was really looking forward to a good weigh in. I was at 154.8 on Friday morning and did GREAT on the eating front. Then at 10:36 p.m., just as I was getting ready to walk upstairs and get ready for bed, my sister called asking me to go to Denny's with her, my BIL, my mom and two of her daughters. I SHOULD have said no, but my mom never gets to go out (she has MS and is homebound unless a bus is running or we have a lift van. My sister got the van so my mom could go to the County Fair and watch my niece sing with Foreigner - yes, the real band, Foreigner!) so I said I would go. Got coffee and water and was all set. We don't have much money this week so I could resist any cravings until my mom offered to buy me nachos (which I said I wanted). So I said yes, as long as someone would share them with me. But my niece only had a couple of chips and I ended up eating the whole half order. Ugh! So dumb! Okay - up to 157.8 yesterday. Grrrr........
So I was determined to eat better yesterday. Had a smoothie for breakfast and then went to the farmer's market. Got a tiny cupcake since it was espresso and I wanted to try it. No big deal. Got some kettle corn and did NOT open the bag. It's still full and sitting on the counter. Got some AWESOME tomatoes and some spicy lettuce mix and I'm looking forward to having that for salads this week. Yummy!
Then we went to the fair. I brought along my own snacks (2 fiber one 90 calories pretzel bar, some almonds and 1 fiber one brownie), some Special K protein water packets, and my own lunch. Herbalife smoothie powder and a shaker cup. That totally satisfied me at 3:30 when we finally had lunch. I was fine. Had a couple of tiny bites of Paul's funnel cake and 1/4 of a cream puff just to have a couple of tasty treats but not overdo it. Also had a banana from one of the booths. Not bad.
Came home with 2 extra kids (the boys had two friends they wanted to sleep over) and had to find something to feed them for dinner. Took out the 4 frozen pizzas and made them but I thought I was being smart by having a huge salad for dinner since I needed more veggies for the day. Did just fine until the third pizza came out and it had been about 45 minutes since my salad. The smell kept calling to me and my stomach was still a little hungry. I tried to resist so badly but I just couldn't resist that stupid pizza! I thought the kids would eat it all and I would be fine but they didn't and I had several pieces. Grrrrr!!!!!
Now this morning, 159.1. So mad at myself! Now it will take me two weeks to get back to 154.8! Mad, but this has been my life for the past year so I am sort of feeling like I'll never meet my goal. Who knows. We'll see what the day holds.
14 mile hike on the agenda later in the day and laundry and lunch with my mom. (I'm having a chicken salad!). Hope everyone's weekend is going great!
Friday, July 20, 2012
So I've been having some tingling in my neck that goes down the center of my neck, across my shoulders and down the sides of my back periodically. It started once when I woke up with it at night and it really hurts but subsides after a bit. I finally got it checked out today along with my knee, which has been feeling like something is moving around in the outside back part of my knee. It hurt for a while but since I got better shoes and have kept up with my walking it has gotten better.
The verdict: my goal weight of 145 sounds good to my doctor, so now I need to get a bit more serious since I've been at 155-166 since last July. This morning I was at 154.8, so that's AWESOME and I hope to keep up with that trend so wish me luck! My walking program leaves me a lot less hungry than when I was doing more intense videos such as P90X so that has really helped me eat less.
My neck has a Cervical Paraspinal Muscle Spasm and she suggested physical therapy where they can do some ultrasound and massage to help it out. She thinks it's a muscle spasm pressing on a nerve so I'm hopeful this helps. I do agree, since the right side of my neck is ALWAYS sore and tight (probably from being on the phone for 13 years for work) and a muscle relaxer helped once before so she refilled that and I'll get that later today.
For my knee, she thinks she feels a Baker's cyst in there and it may be in the way of some of the tendons and such in there, which is why I feel like something is moving around in there and the pain has really subsided now that I've been making sure to use my really good running shoes for walking. And there isn't a problem with me continuing my walking program. YAY!
Anyway, I'm glad that there isn't anything seriously wrong and I'm looking forward to starting physical therapy to see if that helps. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)
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