Thursday, February 03, 2011
So, I have no idea what I weigh today, but that's ok. After this morning, that's more than ok. I ran - the WHOLE time - a 5K today on the treadmill in 38:24.
It's more than ok, because I RAN over 38 minutes. It's more than ok because I RAN 3.11 miles. So for today, I don't care what I weigh. That may change when this high fades, but for today, it's all ok.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
First, the results before the ranting:
Weight 1/17/11: 176lbs (+.2lbs from my PERIOD weight and +3 lbs since Friday!)
Waist: 34.25 in / 33.5 in / +0.75 in
Chest: 33.5 in / 34.25 in / -0.75 in
Hips: 43.25 in / 43 in / +0.25 in
Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5 in / 0 in
Forearm: 9.75 in / 10 in / -0.25 in
Thigh: 24.75 in / 25 in / -0.25 in
Calf: 16.5 in / 16.5 in / 0 in
Body Fat Percentage: 40.9% / 41.4% / -0.5% change via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale
Ok, so obviously by my title, I'm frustrated. BEYOND frustrated. First of all, in terms of what I've done, this has been an AMAZING month. I have eaten in my calorie range all but a few days ALL month. I have exercised more than I have in the last several months put together. I ran/walked a 5K yesterday in 41 minutes for crying out loud! And in that 5K I only walked 3 minutes total. So, achievement-wise, it's been an amazing month. So, why don't my weight and measurements reflect that? Why am I still within one pound of my weight from the 1st?
Literally three days ago I was 173.4 lbs. Based on that, I would have been tempted to say I had too much sodium or some such nonsense. But the measurements don't lie. I have to believe that my current weight is "accurate." There has been very little change in my measurements since I started this year. What is wrong???? And how do I fix it?
I'm trying to stay positive. After all, I have done so much. I'm just frustrated. And I have an appointment with my gynecologist in 3 weeks. An appointment to discuss options. It's been one year since we started trying to make a baby. And my ability to run is not going to impress my physician if my weight is still this high. I am really at a loss.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
One of the challenges this week in one of my teams is to write a blog with helpful hints for sleeping well. Oh, how that hits home for me! I have struggled with insomnia most of my life. I've had horrific nightmares that wake me up and keep me up at night. I've had trouble shutting my brain off and therefore had issues falling asleep. I've had restless sleep. You name it; I've struggled with it. Not sleeping is HORRIBLE. Then you take the fact that the less sleep I get, the less controlled (HUGE understatement there!) my depression is. Oh, and there's this thing with hospital nursing called night-turn.....don't even get me started there.
After all that negativity, let me just say that I think I am - and have been for about ~1 year - winning the battle against my insomnia. Here's what's working for me now:
1) Exercise, exercise, exercise! The more energy my body expends during the day, the less it has to expend at night. At least, that's my theory. The one caveat with exercise though? I cannot do anything that would qualify as a workout within 2-3 hours of bedtime. It has the opposite effect then. Prior to that, though, anything goes. This tip is the most important one I can recommend.
2) A Do-Not-Disturb feature on your phone. Growing up, I couldn't find an alarm clock that I couldn't sleep through (once I finally got to sleep). However, there has never been a phone that I COULD sleep through. This fact led to two things: a. my alarm is my cell phone and b. the DND feature on both my cell and my home phone that is a MUST in my bedroom. I think that's pretty self-explanatory.
3) When all else fails, I reach for some valerian root. I had tried melatonin and benadryl, but both left me groggy and foggy the next day. Also, while the benadryl would help me sleep, the melatonin wasn't even effective for me. That's not to say that everyone would have the same experience (melatonin works wonders for my hubby), but for me, it just doesn't work. Soooo, my doctor recommended I try valerian root. If you like tea and/or the ritual of steeping/drinking a cup helps, it is available as a tea. Also, it's available orally in pill form. I tried it, and it works perfectly for me - with no "hangover" the next day. Remember, especially on this point, this herb works FOR ME. I'm NOT suggesting that everyone go out and buy it. I am only saying that - if you can't find anything else that does work - you may want to give it a try.
So that's it. Those are my tips. They are the weapons in my arsenal to keep my insomnia at bay.
Oh, and I just realized that I didn't post my weight and measurements for last week. I will make sure to post this week's on Monday! And then, this week becomes a challenge.......(more on that later)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
So, I didn't go back and finish that particular run from Monday. And I took Tues-Thurs off, too. UGH. BUT, I got back on the horse, so to speak on Friday. And boy did I ever! Went to the Y on Friday with my grandma (more on that in a bit) where I ran for 30 minutes (9 running/1 walking x3) and did ~30 minutes of strength training. Parts of me are still a bit sore today. At least it's a "nice" sore!
Anyways, back to the Y. And back to the fact that my grandmother is my new gym partner. That still seems foreign to me..... Anyways, my grandmother is legally blind (can't drive, etc) and walks with a walker. However, she's still a spunky ol' gal that wants to be as active as she can be. Here we are at Christmas:
Well, she qualifies for a couple of things. 1) she qualifies for a free membership to the Y via the Silver Sneakers program and 2) BECAUSE she can't drive or walk without assistance, she qualifies for a "companion" who comes with her to the Y - again, without charge. We just discovered that on Friday. Gram chose two ladies (my mother and me) to put on her account. Which means if I take her, I get in free. If my mom takes her, SHE gets in free. All that to say.....if Gram wants to go to the Y, who am I to say no if I'm free? And if I'm taking her anyways, why not really make the time count? It's a win-win for both of us.
The crazy part of it all, though? It's possible (if things work out well with Gram and such) that I could actually take part in my "workout dream"! What's a workout dream, you ask? It's that one thing that you would absolutely love to achieve that for some reason or another seems just out of reach. For example, it could be a marathon. Or a competition. Or, in my case, a triathlon. Why does that seem out of reach to me? Because I have - strike that - HAD no place to train for the swimming portion. I am not committing to anything yet, but once this 5k is over and IF this YMCA thing sticks with Gram (she has a habit of letting things slide after a bit.....hmmm, must run in the family ), I may start to consider it.
So, what's your workout dream?
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