Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm about to embark on a several day vacation involving 12 hours or so car travel each way! So I'm already getting nervous about keeping up a routine...especially as I've already allowed my recent medical hurdle take the wind out of my workout sail! (see my last blog for more info)
So strength-building has been determined to be off-limits and cardio has to be way scaled back. Sat./Sun. I did NOT get on the treadmill, however, I DID get out and work via mowing lawn, trimming hedges, pruning back trees, hauling the stuff away, etc. So even tho I did SOMETHING, I found myself too quickly settling into a "no-treadmill" routine...wrapping myself up in guilty feelings for not having used it, justifying myself...going back and forth.
Today I just got ON the darn thing! :-) Cut my speed a tad (from 4.2 down to 3.6 mph) but kept the same incline and put in 40 mins. Tomorrow I'm going to do the same thing.
Then? We depart early Weds. a.m. and will be returning either Sun/Mon 6/29-6/30. We are foregoing our laptop (withdrawal time...ugh! lol) so that we have a smidgen more packing space as my son will be returning home for a few months. (Give it away, I keep telling him...PLEASE! :-) )
So...I'm going to be running on lower energy, but with expectations that I'm going to STILL workout in a scaled back way.
My drill sergeant comes out when I find myself slouching on workouts...I scare myself by saying things like:
--- next thing you know you're going to see that scale going in the wrong direction and before you know it
--- your CLOTHES won't FIT again!
--- You'll be SQUEEZING back into restaurant booths
--- and theater seats
--- Your cheeks will start filling out and looking chubby again
--- Your fingers will begin to take on that sausage-like quality
--- You'll be sleeping all the time because you'll have no energy
--- Folks will be kind enough not to say anything, but there will be that *LOOK* that says EVERYTHING!
I can go on and on but usually before long, I'm back on the treadmill listening to my upbeat music, feeling like my old (NEW!) self again.
Along with myself, it seems many of my favorite Sparkies have for one reason or another been struggling to keep the momentum going toward ever improving health and wellness. Remember during the tough times how valuable it is to take a STAND on the GIBRALTAR of our HEALTH and WELLNESS!
It is the BEST anchor I know when the maelstrom of life begins swirling about us!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I'm going through a minor nuisance lately in that I've been diagnosed with MONO of all things! At the ripe age of 51, no less! The bloodwork I completed for my doc last week initially came back perfectly normal, everything within normal limits. However the test for mono takes a little longer and the results didn't come in until late yesterday.
While it is frustrating and disappointing news, at least it explains my recent trough and flagging of energy! My treadmill routine just hasn't picked me up at ALL over the past few weeks! I've had to really work at it, just maintaining the same pace and time that I have had in the past and even cutting back on my weekend times.
Another down side: this means I'll have to give up most strength training for the next several weeks as mono enlarges the liver and spleen and I have to avoid placing any undue stress on them or risk blowing out my spleen. I'm thinking, however that perhaps there are some strength-training exercises with dumb bells, resistance bands or exercises which wouldn't place a strain on the abs...? But you know, I can't think of any right off...open to suggestions if anyone has them!
Not a pleasant thought...!
Frustrating but manageable...it will pass, and then back to having more energy to move forward! I certainly don't plan to give up my treadmill routine, as difficult as it has been for me, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at LEAST do that!
Another thought I had: considering I'm working 60+ hours a week and doing all that I do around the house...it's really been amazing that mono hasn't clipped my wings more than it has! I chalk this up to the benefits of being in such good shape from having lost weight and worked out as well as I have over the past year and a half!
I know this means I'll have to get more sleep than usual...which will be the biggest challenge of all! Especially as we will be setting sail for a 12+ hour road trip to Grand Rapids next week for my son's residency completion ceremony!
I'll be hanging in there...
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Hopefully I'm back on the upswing...I've been guarding my sleep jealously! Still not packing in a whopping amount of sleep, but a steady 8 hours / night and I think it's making a difference.
This morning Santana's "Oye Co Voma" got me back into the groove a bit, could feel a smidgen of my old self kicking in.
Backed on my strength-training...still DID it, but only 2 sets of reps instead of 3.
Still doing my daily 'mill work...holding @ 4.2 mph for 35-40 mins. Holding off on the jogging...or, rather I just don't have it IN me to jog @ 5 mph yet...!
One of my clients has been up for "walk 'n talk" sessions over the past few days, which has been helpful having another 30-40 mins. of walking each day.
All in all, I think I've passed my nadir...onward and DOWNWARD!
Despite all my sweating it out with the new incline, my plateau continues this week as well, but I've just started a change that I think will help me start dropping again.
And it's NOT counting calories or MEASURING my portions! Not YET, at least...I realize I may have to do this at some point, but I think I've come up with a solution that my forestall those strategies yet a bit longer...lol, I just BALK so over doing those kind of things!
New Strategy: My old habits have been to always keep a jar of unsalted peanuts and raw sunflower seeds handy in the car to snack on. It's been my breakfast and after work snack. But I think if I look at my car the same way as I look at my house and remove this tempting snack (healthy as it may be, calories are calories!) in the car I'm hoping I will begin to see a difference on the scale.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Well, I've got my new treadmill (Sole F63, half-price at Dick's Sporting Goods!). It's all assembled, up and running without a problem...must be time to celebrate and do the happy-happy, right?
So why have I been plagued by lethargy and apathy these days? Still getting on the 'mill everyday, but it has been a real challenge. I feel so WEAK when grabbing the dumb bells these days and I HAVE blown off my strength-building over the past few days, which bugs me to no end! Last Thursday I went to bed at 7 pm and slept right through to the next morning! But I didn't really feel re-charged as I hoped I would. I haven't put in a night of sleep like that in DECADES!
I found out that the supposed 5% incline which I thought I had been using over the past couple years has in reality only been about 3%...and now that I AM using 5% I find it so GRUELING! My new treadmill gives a digital readout of my workout summary and that's how I found out that when one sets the incline for "5" on the treadmill, it doesn't mean that you are using a 5% incline...go FIGURE! How counter-intuitive is THAT?!?! So by trial and error I found out that incline setting of "8" results in a 5% incline reading on my workout summary. So I've been using the "8" setting...KILLING ME, but haven't backed off from it yet...hoping my body will acclimate soon enough...! Sweating like CRAZY these days during my 'millwork! Still listening to my mp3 player and while the tunes help, they haven't gotten me pumped and revved as they have in the past.
Some old friends had wanted to get together later this week and I haven't yet gotten back to them about where, when, how...I feel too EXHAUSTED! I will call and see what I can set up...as I know I don't get out often enough with folks.
Been trying to get to sleep a little earlier...10-10:30...but am stirring awake in bed already by 5-5:30...force myself to sleep till 6-6:15...it's so darned LIGHT out at 5!
I have a routine check up with my doc on Fri., so will run this by him, probably get bloodwork done, see if there are any answers there...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My 'mill has been breaking down!
Not mechanically, but the electronic gremlins had taken over.
It was really strange...I can hop on, turn it on, ramp up my settings, however...after less than a minute everything electronically freezes at whatever setting I've selected and the timer and mileage thingy stop as well, not tracking time or distance, but the belt keeps turning at the same pace!
I cannot turn it off either, no buttons work. I have to unplug it, which I'm sure is not a healthy thing to do to a treadmill that is in full operation.
Although I considered replacing it with an elliptical instead of a treadmill a technician who seemed to know what he was doing advised against it, as the elliptical has more moving parts, hence a greater chance of repair.
Over the weekend while out of town I had "conveniently" forgotten my treadmill sneakers and my wife and I went out shopping for a new pair. So off we go to Dick's Sporting Goods and what do I find...? They have a TREADMILL SALE! Woo Hoo!
I found a Sole F63 on sale for 50% for $1000. Much less than I feared I would have to spend, but the unit appears to be as sturdy and well-reviewed as a $2000 model I had considered...so the cheapskate in me did the happy-happy dance...lol.
It even has a fan, allows my mp3 player to be plugged in and has a built in heart rate monitor on the handgrips...woo hoo! My old 'mill (a Keys Pro 2000, RIP) didn't have any of THOSE features...but she was a wonderful boon to my recovery over the past couple of years!
The cheapskate in me duked it out with the all-thumbs part of me last night and after a few glitch's and choice words...lol...I finally finished putting the darn thing together at midnight! I figured I'd save $100 delivery / assembly fee and put it toward the 4 years extended warranty and be only set back $100 instead of $200...lol!
Don't know if Dick's sale is still on or not:
So: This morning I gave it a good walk / jog, tested everything out (I was surprised, the speakers can kick out the jams!)...it was wonderful to be back in the GROOVE once again!
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