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!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Heading northbound this weekend beginning tomorrow morning...up Syracuse way. Going to be working setting up a paper craft store within a crafting expo at the Oncenter. I earn credit hefting those heavy boxes of paper around and my wife gets the pleasure of SPENDING my credit on her craft supplies.
A win-win set up: I get my cardio and strength workout and she gets her supplies!
Plus we'll be staying at the Courtyard where I'm sure there is a pool and workout equipment to take advantage of...woo hoo! :-)
Looking forward to getting away for the weekend.
And...BEST OF ALL:
We found out today that our son passed his Physician Assistant certification exam!!! He's a full-fledged, official Surgical PA...!
We are very, VERY proud parents!! And we have MUCH to be thankful for and to celebrate!
Everyone have a STUPENDOUS Memorial Day Weekend!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I am a weight loss surgery failure, er, no, success...?
Here's the thing: I had a gastroplasty in the early 1990's and lost boatloads of weight dropping to the upper 200's...down from my all-time high of 450.
But I blew it. I wasn't ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary to REALLY lose the weight and MAINTAIN the loss.
I began sabotaging myself right up to the mid-300's.
In 2006, around my 50th birthday, the planets began to align in such a way...good psychotherapy, being sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I began to lose weight the old-fashioned way: watching my input (what I ate), and revving up my output (exercising on the treadmill 7 days a week with few breaks).
In the past year and a half I've approached almost 100 pounds weight loss.
This is fairly common with weight loss surgery.
The big difference is that I now know with every fiber of my being what I need to do to hold onto my new lifestyle. I sincerely doubt another weight loss surgery would have had anywhere NEAR the same impact on me as the step-by-step experience of the past 18 months.
There's no KNIFE, no ANESTHESIA, no RISK! Just good, clean, healthy living!
After weight loss surgery one has about 18 months to build the same type of lifestyle, or risk falling back into old habits as the changes imposed by the surgery are often NOT permanent, lasting changes. Sabotaging weight loss surgery happens...and I fear it happens much more than most people are aware.
Yes, there are unquestionable weight loss surgery successes...some members of this Team come to mind! And I am SO pleased for them that surgery proved to be worthwhile!
But for someone considering weight loss surgery, if there is any way you can consider it, I would HIGHLY suggest you give everything you've got to try the old-fashioned way: healthy eating and exercise...of course along with all the knowledge, wisdom and support that SparkPeople has to offer!
If, despite your best effort, you don't get results, then explore, investigate, research, be very, very careful before you take the plunge! I've heard of far too many tragedies resulting from weight loss surgery! We all want you to be safe, above all else!
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