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The world is no longer spinning! Just.. tilting a little.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So today's the first time in a week I've felt something resembling normal. I woke up feeling great, and experienced no vertigo at all until the last 15 minutes of my workout! I got through an hour of boot camp, and 15 minutes of abs... the only reason I experienced any was we did this crazy crunch that's where we bend BACK over a ball, and crunch up high... going back was a bad idea... it put my head below my heart, and when all that blood rushed to my head, it started to spin!

There's still a distinct tilt to the world, but I've adjusted to that, more or less, and I was able to run! I'm still not up to capacity, and I can tell I haven't worked out intensely in a week.

Tomorrow's a new step class; a new instructor took over two weeks ago, and she's supposed to be really good and intense, but between not knowing she'd started and the vertigo thing, I haven't been able to try. After that's my favorite body blast class; I haven't been to that one in three weeks because of the vertigo and the instructor being out of town.

I feel better now that I'm moving again, and I'm really, really wanting to get out and work out tonight, too; I'm thinking of walking down to the gym by my street, where the gym I am a member of bought the old crappy gym, so I got access without any extra monthly fees, and trying out the treadmills there. I'm still not quite comfortable walking on the streets alone at night yet as wobbly as I am.

I'll think of something more inspiring tomorrow. ;)

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TORIAMAE 4/12/2012 9:38PM

    Yay! So glad to year you are back in action!

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OBIESMOM2 4/12/2012 8:07PM

    emoticon YOU'RE BACK! emoticon

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Feeling better, got some exercise

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Feeling a good bit better today. It's a good thing, too; I've only got one of my meclizine (the dizziness med) left. Still have some antibiotics to finish. I did oversleep, so I missed 30 minutes of the 45 minute heart pumpin' class. I went for the last 15 minutes, then spent 30 minutes talking to a friend in the locker room.

Not my most productive gym visits.

Yesterday I did pretty well, though. I did the 1 hour boot camp, and actually got some real running in... including one 30 second sprint race against a friend. We were keeping pace, then I started sprinting as fast as I could and said "Can't catch me!" She kept up. ;) This is especially amusing because she insists she's not a runner, and hates doing so... but yay for peer pressure, since we got her doing boot camp anyway.

I did 30 mins of yoga, but had to stop because the butt-in-air poses made my vertigo go crazy. They moved Yoga to Tuesdays.

I do plan on getting up and walking tonight, and see if I can finish another Zombies, Run! mission.

So far, I'm doing REALLY well on my calories for the day; I'm not quite at my minimum yet, and I've already had dinner. I made eggplant mini pizzas for supper. They were REALLY fantastic, and so good for me!

I also appear to be addicted to New York Style brand ranch pita chips. Oh WOW, they're good!

I'm planning a big salad later to fill in the gaps on my calorie range. I've done well with veggie intake, too.

So, this is hardly an exciting entry, and far from my usual inspirational amazingness, but there you go.

And I just realized I forgot to blog yesterday! Bad Heather!

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RABBLERRABBIT 4/12/2012 7:55AM

    I'm so glad you're feeling a little better - I was at the gym yesterday feeling tired and cranky and then I thought about you and how you'd love to be working out (it helped, and although I was still cranky, at least I didn't take it out on anyone else AND managed to finish instead of bail). Hope you're 100% soon!

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JUNIAATROME 4/12/2012 2:41AM

    Good for you! HOpe today turns out just as good.

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TORIAMAE 4/11/2012 9:13PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling some better! Welcome back!

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Now I'm starting to get MAD

Monday, April 09, 2012

So I'm on day FIVE of not being able to go to the gym.

This vertigo thing sucks. I've gotten used to eating at a certain level, and while I've adjusted my sparkpeople goals to reflect my current temporary activity level, I'm having a hard time staying in those ranges. If I don't get back in the gym soon, I'm going to start gaining weight!

Plus I just feel restless and icky. I LIKE exercising. I love the way it makes me feel, the pain of DOMS, the whole nine yards. Tonight I'm going to go for a walk no matter what... if I end up falling over into the ditch, so be it. I may also do some yoga, maybe it'll relax me.

Tonight is the night that a new local Mexican place opens up. In our tradition, we're going on the first day like we always do. We like being able to say that we've been "eating here since day 1."

So I have to stop eating now if I want to have ANY calories left for that. Sigh.

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-CHERYL 4/9/2012 5:56PM

    It really sucks to want to work out but you physically can't, its supper frustrating.

I was reading one of your pat blogs about your husband and the snacking. Mine is HORRIBLE!
Its OK for him because he can eat 2300 calories a day, he has a physically demanding job and is moving all day. He eats from the moment he walks in the door until he goes to bed at night. I've had to train myself not to eat when he does or I would be huge!
And on one hand he's helping me eat right, goes walking with me, reminds me to recheck my portion when I overdo it, on the other he's ordering me double cheeseburgers at the drive through when I ask for a single, bringing me a slice of pizza when we stop at the Hess station (even though I tell him "don't get me a pizza", he's like passive aggressive on me losing weight! Its frustrating!

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PEPPYPATTI 4/9/2012 5:18PM

    I suffered from that as well. It is not fun! Just do be careful. Enjoy your dinner!
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DRAGONCHILDE 4/9/2012 3:46PM

    ARchimedes... that's easier said than done. ;) Part of the reason I like to exercise isthat if gives me a better ange of calories to eat in... and so far, I've managed to stay in my reduced range ONCE. LOL. Today's doing pretty well thought.

The big thing right now is just getting through until I'm done. I will get some exercise in, because I feel miserable being so inactive.

How did I live like this for so many years?

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KISHYMARIE 4/9/2012 3:30PM

    I've been there before, ugghghhh... so sorry you feel so yucky!

And I love the idea of eating at a restaurant since Day 1. How fun of an idea!

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/9/2012 3:08PM

    Don't worry ! As long as you do your best to eat healthfully and watch your portions, you will not gain any weight because you can't hit the gym. When it comes to weight loss or weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. Remember, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If anything now is when you will find out if your portions are reasonable and if you have been eating well.

Don't worry about not being able to exercise, let's get you recovered from that vertigo. Taking a couple of weeks off from the gym will not hinder your efforts at good health or weight loss in any way.

And well, eating healthful foods will help your body to heal itself. Get well soon !


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PENDRAGON_NY 4/9/2012 3:07PM

  Sorry to hear you're still not feeling well. The last time I had really bad vertigo, I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. I can sympathize with the horrible feeling and really hope you get over it sooner than later!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/9/2012 3:06PM

    It's nothing serious (I hope) - my doctor says it's allergies or an inner ear infection. I'm in constant state of dizziness. I was planning on going to the gym this morning, but opted not to because I'm scared I'll fall over or hurt myself. I think I'll go tomorrow anyway, and just avoid any exercises that may trigger it.

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JUNIAATROME 4/9/2012 2:56PM

    Sorry you are not doing well. Anything serious or are you just overworked? I am determined to go running tomorrow morning. I also feel that I NEED IT!

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TORIAMAE 4/9/2012 2:53PM

    I'm so sorry to hear you are still having a hard time with this! Here's hoping it clears up quickly.

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Oh yes...

Sunday, April 08, 2012

And would someone PLEASE tell me how to deal with my neighbor's psychotic, NEVER-stopping dog? That doesn't involve a hotdog and a tylenol PM?

Seriously, this thing's only about a foot tall, and maybe 20 lbs, but it has a HUGE bark, and it NEVER shuts up... ever. It's always going, all the time. God forbid you walk by the house.

The people who live there don't seem to care. Once in a while, if they hear someone screaming at it to shut up as they walk by, they'll half-heartedly come to the door and tell it to be quiet. These people have a history of ignoring barking dogs.


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OBIESMOM2 4/9/2012 4:58PM

    we have a few neighbors like that. We can't have our windows open in the spring and fall because their stupid dogs never shut up. Actually, it's not the dogs. It's the idiot owners who give the dog no attention. I'll never understand why people get a pet and spend zero time with it.

if our boys are barking it up after 10:00, I call them in and lock the dog door. They give me the "awwww, come on MOM!" look, but that's just the way it is.

we also had a neighbor with a vicious dog that constantly got out of the fence. It trapped me and my husband in our garage more than once. I was worried that our pups (at the time we had a Boston and a cocker spaniel) would get attacked. I left a note in the neighbor's mail box: "If you want to keep your dog, you'd better find a way to control it. If that dog growls at us once more, animal control will be at your door." Never saw the dog again. I guess they found it another home. Not the best idea to have a growling dog around your young kids anyway.

I know how we stopped Obie from barking. He went thru this stage when he was not quite a year old. He'd sit next to the sofa, look at you and just decide to bark. We'd tell him to hush...he'd bark again. I saw something on Animal Planet that recommended putting a few handfuls of coins in a metal coffee can. When he'd bark, we'd rattle the can of change. He didn't like being startled like that and he gave up the barking for no reason habit pretty quick.

maybe an air horn would work for the neighbor's dog emoticon

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PAPAMIKIE 4/9/2012 10:16AM

    Now when you talk to the neighbour your get into a chicken and egg thing. If they do nothing and you go to by-law enforcement, even though your are anonymous there is some likely hood they will associate you with the complaint. If you do not go to the neighbour they did not get the benefit of the doubt that they would do something about it.

It does not sound very likely they will do something and frankly it is not uncommon that by-law enformcement will do very little to help in such situtaitons.

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EBONYSOL 4/8/2012 5:29AM

    I have seen a device in our local pet shop that emits a sound when an animal barks. The sound hurts the dog's ears and it stops barking. Humans cannot hear anything. You might want to check it out. Good luck.

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DRAGONFIRE27 4/8/2012 1:04AM

    Depending on the time you could call the police. Where I live there are noise ordenances like no loud noises after 10pm. You can try talking to the neighbor first and if that doesn't help things then to the police. You can ask them to keep it anonymous.

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I declare today a cheat day

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I don't really do cheat days. I eat healthy all the time, I don't diet, I don't binge (or at least, I try.)

Today though, I'm just plain tired of tracking, and still hungry... so I'm going to just declare it a cheat day, and start over tomorrow. ;)

I'm done eating for now (and I have been since 9) but I figure I'm sitting right at 2,000 calories. A little over my usual 1900 max, but I can deal with that.

I drank a lot more of my calories than I usually did, and had a couple of sodas I shouldn't have. Tomorrow, ALL water. Period. That's my rule. I will drink NO calories at all. All of my calories will come from things that must be chewed.

I'll be getting a lot of boiled eggs tomorrow, anyway, as it's my husband's family reunion at the family farm, and there's always a metric crapton of boiled eggs for the hunt (seriously, I've never seen so many real eggs. They haven't gone all plastic like most folks.) NOt that I"m complaining; I love eggs.

I'm also not worried about sabotaging myself tomorrow food wise, as the reunion always has a potluck-style buffet line with tons of finger foods, and I usually eat pretty lightly. Too busy feeding kids and talking to family. :)

Either way, I'm not fretting. One weekend won't undo my efforts, although I just might gain back that lb I lost last week.

In other news: It's apparently "let's starve myself with under 1200 calorie diets" night in the Diet and Nutrition forum. I think I should just go to bed.

Also: Head still spinning. Unhappy about this.

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HONBAD 4/12/2012 8:27PM

    "In other news: It's apparently "let's starve myself with under 1200 calorie diets" night in the Diet and Nutrition forum. I think I should just go to bed."

I just laughed out loud! Glad there are other sensible eating warriors trying to fight the good fight with me :) We can't save them all, but we can try!

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