Sunday, November 22, 2009
I think I have the OMIGOSH winter is coming blues. I hate exercising indoors, always have. The only way I have been able to stay on track was walking everyday...either through the neighborhood or at the park.
Once my Dr. said I could exercise again, it had been so long since I had done anything that I have to start over again. For example, I could run up and down the stairs, could do a certain trail at the park in 40 minutes.. now I cannot run up the stairs and it takes me a lot longer to finish the trail.
The heart seems fine during exercise (as long as I remember to ease into it), but I just can't get past the whole starting over thing. And then there's this winter mindset. Winter is "cold, wear flannel jammies, snuggle under blankets by the fire, sipping hot cocoa, soups, stews chili Thanksgiving feasts, Holiday cookies, etc.."
Don't get me wrong. When I was on track, I had it all planned how I was going to walk even in winter time. I was only kidding myself. It's too freaking cold.snowy/icy here in winter.
So...I bought a walk at home video that was recomended by sparkpeople bloggers (Leslie Sansone). I will try that. Oh, by the way, did I mention that I have a gym membership and have for over a year? I think I was there maybe 3 times. It's a little drive away and again.. I hate exercising in the gym. It seems so monotonous to get on the treadmill. 10 minutes seems like an hour to me. BORiNG! They have classes there in the evening that I could join, but I don't.
See the problem? I cannot think about just today or this week or this month. I look at it in the long run...Having to start all over, hating exercise, dreading winter.. BLAH!
So now I am trying to maintain my weight loss, trying to NOT get the blues, trying to think positive, trying to find a way to make exercising more interesting and to get through this winter without gaining all my weight back.
Winter is depressing for a lot of people and I am trying to turn the winter blues into something positive. Wish me luck.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Okay, to put it all into a condensed form, I have coronary artery disease. Two years ago, I had a stent put in. When I was walking about a month ago, I started getting chest pains.. nothing so bad that I felt the need to go to the ER, but I would slow down and if it didn't stop, would just go back. When I went in to see my cardiologist, he ordered a cath to be done and for me to stop the cardio until after.. just in case.
On Wednesday October 7th, I went in as an outpatient for my cath and ended up with 2 more stents in and staying overnight. Needless to say, it has been awhile since I have done any form of exercise and I have not been eating right. There were days during that week that I ate hardly anything (you have to fast before the surgery) and then after we went out to eat a few times and I ate things that I normally wouldn't because it was easier than cooking. I have discovered that it is all too easy to just say, "I'll get back on track tomorrow."
I decided that today would be my "start back up day", so weighed myself this morning and am ready to get back on track. Apparently, the non-eating days balanced the eating ones out a bit because I have not gained any weight. I am actually down 1/2 a pound. YIPPEEE!
It's cold out this morning! However, I hope to get a walk in sometime today, and am going to put the pedometer on so that I can make sure I at least get 10,000 steps in today.
Wish me luck!
Good luck to those reading this too! I hope it will be a good week for us all.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Yesterday I started off right, eating a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and banana. The whole cardio catherization issue coming up on Wednesday has kept me from doing any cardio (Dr.'s orders), and I was bored. I did a little shopping, buying a halloween costume and some things for the school I work at. When I got home, DH suggested we go see a movie. We shared a bag of popcorn, and that's when I decided to let it be an off day. I have not taken a day off in ages. We went to Elephant Bar for a late lunch later and I order fried food (gasp!), and a shot of Bailey's to go with my coffee and even though no way could I eat all of it, I ate a lot of what I shouldn't have.
Do I feel guilty?? NOPE! I have stuck to the program all this time and I think we all should take a day off now and then. What do you think???
My weigh-in this morning put me at down 1/2 a pound, but I know that what I ate yesterday would impact next week's weigh-in, not this one.
The cath is Wednesday...hopefully all will go well and life will get back to normal. And hey.. I have to fast for the test and usually you can't eat until much later in the day, so I am telling my brain that yesterday's calories can go toward Wednesday! LOLOL
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Yesterday I had the upper ensocopy done. Dr. says everything looks great. This means I am officially cancer-free for 9 years now! WOOHOO!
Next week is the cardiac catherization. Hopefully that will go well also and I can get back to normal.
These are my goals for October:
1)What do you want to accomplish in October for YOU?
I would like to lose 5 pounds.
2)What challenges do you foresee that you will have to overcome in order to achieve these goals?
Health concerns. Cardiac cath is next Wed. so will have to see what happens. I need the Dr. to say it's ok to exercise again.
Also, managing my time i.e. Being busy, so less time to exercise, cook, plan meals, etc.
3)What will you do to make success in these goals easier?
Continue to use the tracker and once I get permission, establish an exercise routine and set aside time for walking every day.
I will be 50 on the 23rd! I have chosen to celebrate that I am a half a century old rather than dread it!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Two years ago, I had a cardiac stent put in. I quit smoking, gained about 30 pounds and then 9 weeks ago, I started on my journey to get healthy. I have lost 8.5 pounds. I HATED exercise, but discovered that I love to walk.. outdoors, especially at the park in the woods. As each day went by, I could walk longer and faster and started to actually look forward to it. In the past couple weeks.. a few times I have had chest pains and pain in my left arm, so I would slow down. Sometimes it goes away, sometimes it didn't. If it didn't go away, I simply went back to my car and home. If it did, I kept going.
Well, when I told my cardiologist yesterday, he immediately set up a catherization for October 21 (2 days before my 50th birthday) and said no walking/take it easy until after. I am upset because I finally started losing, I was into a routine and seeing results. I don't want to stop walking. I am so frustrated! My brain is saying, "Go ahead.. it only happens now & then. If you feel pain, just stop." Or maybe I could just do the weight training and that won't hurt anything.
:::sigh::: I am calling the Dr. on Monday I guess. Sooooo frustrated!
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