Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Just weighed in for week 8 and I gotta say I was a little disappointed. I had been really trying to walk/run 3 days a week burning about 280 calories at a pop only to find that I lost a whopping extra .4 pounds. Not to mention I was out with Habitat for Humanity sweating my ever loving a$$ off on Saturday. I was really hoping to break into the 240's this week.
Our scale is a piece of crap! I can weigh myself 10 times in a matter of 2 minutes and get 7 different readings. I could understand the range of the weights was maybe a half a pound either way, but in some cases there's as much as 2-3 pounds difference between the weights. I'd like to get a new one that's better, but to get a decent scale, you gotta pony up some big bucks. I guess we'll just have to suck it up and deal with it!
I went yesterday morning before work and got my blood work done as well as a urine test. Not sure why the Doc wanted a urine test, I'm not pregnant!!
The Doc gave me some samples of Avapro last week for my bp and I think it's helping. Also found out that if I get a full prescription for it that my insurance company won't pay for it until I try a different medicine first. If that doesn't help my bp, then they'll pay for the Avapro but I'll have to pay a higher copay. Hopefully there's a generic available and I won't get hosed by paying a bundle for my prescription.
I'm refraining from doing Wk2D3 of the C25K today as my knees are really taking a beating doing this running. I also can't do much walking because the fat on my thighs rubs which makes for some very painful walking the day after. I'm gonna have to resort to Walk Away the Pounds for a while. Odd how the walking in place doesn't affect the thigh rubbing but I don't feel as though I get a good enough workout doing them. But on the other hand, anything is better than nothing I guess!
Well, gonna go eat a bowl of cereal and a banana to kick the day off right! Take care guys!!
(I needed to add an edit here.... I said that I lost an extra .4 pounds. I lost 2.4 this week, just thought that with all the extra exercise and stuff that I would have lost MORE than .4 pounds over my goal of 2. That's where the extra came from. I was hoping to hit the 240's)
Monday, June 07, 2010
Hey guys! Just a quick note that I started 2 teams. Don't know if anyone is interested in them, but they are:
White Coat Syndrome - I thought it would be a good place for those of us that are affected by this issue to get together and discuss our experiences as well as ways to help cope with it.
Twi-Hard spouses - I'm sure there are a zillion of us out there somewhere that have spouses that are ADDICTED do Twilight and everything Edward Cullen or Jacob Black. If you are a spouse or know someone that's a spouse of a Twi-Hard, please suggest the team.
I've had the teams up for a few weeks and so far the only member is ME!!
Thanks for spreading the word!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I spent part of my day yesterday with 3 fellow co-workers working for Habitat for Humanity here in New Castle County. We were working on a group of townhomes in Middletown, DE.
I went into this thinking I was going to get to use some power tools and learn a few things about doing home improvement projects around the house.
Unfortunately it turned out that that's not what was on the agenda. We ended up emptying an entire trailer of every ladder, hammer, nut and bolt so that it could be moved early this week. It was sinking in the wet ground and they needed to move it. It was already about 80 outside and you can imagine how hot it was inside this trailer. It didn't really matter to me what we did though. I looked forward to sweating a little and doing good for others that were less fortunate. We worked really hard getting that trailer emptied and then we had to move a bunch of insulation form one house to another. Right before lunch we started painting some of the doors upstairs in house 2 and around 1:15 the site leader said that we'd probably be getting outta there around 230. We finished up the doors and were out around 2. I gotta tell you, I was REALLY sweating up a storm. My shirt was soaked and I was dripping sweat all over the floor. It felt good though to work hard. It gave me an idea on just how hard those construction guys work.
I also decided to do this project on a weekend and what I found out is that doing things for the community on the weekend really separates those who truly want to help someone and those that just want the day off of work. I had a group of 5 or 6 people that signed up pretty quickly and then when they found out it was on a Saturday backed out. I understand some may have had events planned but I still feel that others were just going to volunteer just to get out of the office. Honestly, if that's your reason for wanting to volunteer, I don't really want you there to begin with. I want people to volunteer with me that are there to help, not to get a day off. Ok.. I'm stepping down off my soap box now.
On another note, I have my sleep apnea testing scheduled for the evening of the 15th. I get to spend the night in a hospital all hooked up to various gizmos and doo dads to see if I stop breathing when I sleep. I hope that I don't have it, but if I do, I'll get the CPAP machine and feel like Darth Vader when I sleep. Hopefully I won't need it very long cuz I'm planning on getting rid of this weight and I hope that when I do, it's enough to not need the machine.
I also am feeling pretty good about this week, I'm really hoping that I made up for the flat week last week and that I can get into the 240's. We'll see how it goes. I skipped my C25K today b/c I was still pretty sore and tore up from yesterday so I just walked the 2 miles this morning.
That's enough rambling outta me for today, take care guys!
Friday, June 04, 2010
I made it through my Dr. appointment yesterday and somehow I'm still alive! I'm VERY happy with my new doctor so far. Thanks to the mother-in-law for the referral. I was the youngest person in the office. The older people were kinda looking at me like what's this younger guy doing here? Must be waiting for someone. Nope, I was there to see the doc and to get some help getting my health back in order.
Of course b/c of the whitecoat syndrome my blood pressure was 180 over ??? (never did tell me the bottom number) so needless to say, I was put on blood pressure meds right away. I printed out a graph showing my weight loss since I started SparkPeople and I also provided a list of things that I was concerned about and wanted to check. He asked me why I was there, and I told him about the screening at work and that I wanted to get myself healthy because if I didn't do something now, I wasn't going to be around to see my daughter and with that I started to cry. Don't know where it came from, didn't feel it creeping up on me, just started to cry.
He asked me some questions about some of my items and I got referrals for blood work, an asthma test, and sleep apnea to start with. The good news was that he said that my concerns were fixable so with a little work and some time I should be able to get them all under control.
By the time I was ready to leave the office I could feel that the white coat syndrome had backed down a few pegs and I wasn't as anxious as when I walked in.
I go back in another 3 weeks to see how the blood pressure is and if the meds are working he'll write me a prescription for them.
He also mentioned that he had heard of SparkPeople and he was in agreement that it was a good program so that made me feel good! He also said that there's no reason at all for me to not continue on the C25K program and to keep exercising! Woo hoo!!!
On to the C25K... I started week 2 day 1 today. It was a bit more challenging today as it started with a 5 minute warm up walking, then 90 second jog, 2 minute walk, and back and forth for what seemed like an eternity!!! But I DID make it! I gotta say that it doesn't feel too good immediately after I finish the program, but within a few hours I start feeling much better and I'm proud of myself for sticking with it.
I'm at the point right now that I don't give a rat's a$$ about my moobs jumping all over the place. If you wanna look out your window, watch a fat man run and then laugh about it go right ahead!! Keep laughing cuz' in a few months you'll look out the same window while you're eating a box of doughnuts and watching the news and be like 'hey, that looks like that fat guy that we saw a few months ago... nah, that can't be him, he's not fat and he's really running fast!!' I'll just smile and wave, and all you'll see then is elbows and a$$holes.
You guys can't give up on your goals! Stick with them no matter what... if you have a bad week, a bad month, whatever... you just got to keep moving. YOU WILL GET THERE!!! WE CAN ALL DO THIS! I've recently adopted a new way of thinking based on a line from the immortal Yoda (yes Yoda)...'There is no try, only do' If we all follow that and work that into our lives we will get to where we want to be.
You guys take care, have a wonderful weekend, and keep on moving!!!!
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