Thursday, November 14, 2013
Yay, I'm so happy today. We had wellness screenings at work last week and I just got my results back today. All my numbers were excellent. Good for glucose, HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. As well as weight, BMI, % Body Fat, and blood pressure. I have been blessed that I've always been healthy for glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. A few years ago was my wake-up call when my weight and BMI were at the top of the range for being overweight and I was afraid that my overall health would go downhill and that's when I started working on getting healthier. With that being said, I'm glad to have my weight and body fat back into the healthy range and that I'm maintaining my overall health as I get older. I may not have the major victory for those who've been in the danger zones and through hard work, dedication, exercise and healthy eating have transitioned to a normal zone, but I'm happy that I understand the dangers of being unhealthy and did something before it became a problem. And a lot of it is thanks to all those out there that truly amaze me with their major transformations, whether they've succeeded in reaching their goals or still working to get there. I am blessed with my own health and I'm happy to continue rooting for those working on their own goals. Thank you SparkPeople and to all my sparkie friends! You guys are the best!
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I have to say, there is nothing quite like exercising with a 2 and 5 year old in the room. I was doing a 10-minute Core workout last night and my 2 year old thought it was fun to come over and pat my stomach while I was doing it. Then while I was attempting to hold myself in the plank position, he thought it was fun to do a flying leap on my back. Can I just tell you that it's such a delight to have that happen. So when I told him he couldn't be on my back, he yelled out "Momma bridge!" and had fun crawling around under me. Yep, nothing quite like a workout with little kids around.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Ow, ow, ow! So I didn't think my muscles were too sore from yesterday's workout until I started today's workout. I couldn't even use the weights for the work-out as most of the weight exercises were arm extensions, which was too hard to do holding weights. So I did it w/o weights, which was still hard. But I sure felt good when I was all done!
So, yesterday morning I came to work in a good mood, probably still on my adrenaline rush from my workout. But that quickly changed. Shortly after arriving at work yesterday, I found out that an old friend of mine from college, her husband passed away unexpectedly on Sunday. He's only a few years older than I am. I'm not sure what happened, the obituary did not say. I'm friends with my college friend on FB, but don't feel I'm a close enough connection to ask her what happened and she's a private person and hasn't said on FB what exactly did happen. I just feel horrible for her. Not only for losing her husband and best friend, but also for the difficult road ahead of her. His passing not only left her as a widow, she is now a single mom to a 6-month old baby boy who was born with a muscular disability. From what I've read about his very rare disability, the first 3 years of his life he will need 24-hour care and will have to be hooked up to breathing machines and watched to make sure he doesn't stop breathing. He was also have to be fed through a port as he cannot swallow on his own. She and her husband have been battling this for the past 6 months, as well as battling with the in-home nursing service that doesn't always provide them with the nursing care they need for their son. Also, the survival rate of an infant born with this disability is very, very low. My heart breaks for her knowing she lost her support system, the father of her only child, and there is a strong possibility of her losing her son in the near future too. God creates miracles, so I just pray that her son survives and provides her with some happiness as she moves on with her life. This is such a sad story and has been something I've had weighing on my mind since I read the news yesterday.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
So after a crazy, busy summer where exercise was not my top priority, I've decided to get back into a regular workout routine. I gained a few pounds over the summer, which I don't mind. I continue to *try* eating healthy as often as I can, which I think kept me from a large weight gain. I've been really concentrating a lot on my posture and things like that and have noticed that I have very week abs. 10 years of desk job I believe has affected my ab muscles and now when I stand for long periods of time, if I do my best to stand with good posture and I find my lower back and abs are having a hard time holding my body at the correct position. I now understand why so many people slouch, when your abs and lower back are weak, it's so much easier to slouch. Anyway, between wanting to improve my posture and to hopefully finally reach my goal weight, I decided to get back into my exercise routine. I was considering a few different ways to go about it. Joining a gym or taking an exercise class just doesn't work for me. I recently started a new job that is a minimum of a 50 minute drive and my hours are a little later than my previous job means I'm getting home later than I used to. I want my evenings free to spend with my kids and my husband if he's not working. On nights he does work, I need to be home in time for him to leave for his job. In the past, I tried doing a workout after the kids went to bed, but that often ended up being difficult and took away from hanging out with my husband before I headed up to bed. I thought about maybe joining the Planet Fitness by my house as it's only $10 a month and I could go first thing in the morning before leaving for work. And I have 2 friends who are going there in the mornings too. But then I found out there's a 1 time $30 joining fee and then the $10/month fee. I didn't want to pay that plus I would only be able to go at the most 3 days a week as 2 or the mornings my husband doesn't get home until the time I normally leave for work, so I wouldn't be able to go to the gym. Anyway, I finally decided to pull out the BurstFit training video I got last year and get myself up early in the morning and do the workouts from the video. I really like the workouts (see old entries from when I got these videos almost a year ago) and I like that they take about 23 minutes to do and you get a great workout. Today way Day 1 and it went really well. I struggled, but was able to make it through the whole video (okay, I did give up early on some of the exercises, but I wanted to stop all together and I didn't ). I did a weigh-in this morning and I'm actually up a few pounds from the end of my 5% Summer Challenge. My weight this morning was 154.5. Hopefully following this exercise routine and keeping up with my healthy eating, I will start seeing the results I've been hoping for.
Monday, July 15, 2013
I'm looking forward to getting involved in this challenge. I missed the Spring Challenge completely and fizzled out about halfway through the Winter Challenge. Mostly due to lots of life changes going on through this year. I've gained back about 7 pounds from my lowest weight this past winter, but I'm not upset about that. When I finally reach my goal weight (or when I'm most satisfied with my body & health, whatever that "size" might be), I want to be flexible by about 5 to 10 pounds instead of focusing on a # all the time. Which is where I was at when I stepped back from focusing on weight loss this past winter. I didn't obsess over the scale or whether I got exercise or not as I knew I needed to put my focus elsewhere. I just tried my best to be healthy and as active as possible. That way, I wasn't stressing on being a certain size/weight. Anyway, while I'm still busy and have some life changes probably coming up soon, things are starting to slow down and I want to get back to working on getting closer to my goal weight again.
Recent changes in my life: New job is the biggest one. With the new job, it also includes a further and longer commute (although easier as I'm traveling away from the city instead of towards it). My hours are a little later than my previous job too, so that means I'm getting home later in the evening. But there are many plusses with my new job, so it does make it worth it. My other ongoing change is that we're getting ready to put our house on the market. This Thursday to be exact and then Friday morning we leave for vacation for 10 days (woo-hoo). It's been crazy-busy getting the house ready as we've done lots of painting, replaced some floors, updated appliances, cleaning, decluttering, packing and on and on and on. We still have tons to do plus pack for vacation this week, but as my husband pointed out, all the big stuff is FINALLY done and while we seem to have a mile long list of stuff left to do, we could give ourselves another month and be just as busy as we continue to find stuff to do. We just need to get done what we can right now and not worry about every single tiny little detail. I agree as I can think of a ton of little things, but what's important is that the house at least give a good first impression. People probably won't notice that the baseboards in the corner aren't completely dust free or every single window in the house is spot free. Or that spot in the bottom corner of the wall behind the couch needs touched-up. Anyway, not only are we hoping the house sells soon (an offer or 2 while we're on vacation would be AWESOME), but we also have the joy of finding a new home....closer to the new job! We're praying that all this moves forward quickly.
A big positive with my new job is that they're very, very focused on healthy living. All employees have the opportunity to earn reduced health insurance costs by participating in their wellness program. We earn points by being healthy and have a certain # of points to earn per quarter. If we meet those requirements, our insurance costs are much, much lower. As part of that, every quarter they do a challenge that can earn you a few points for that quarter. This quarter is the 1st quarter that I was able to sign up for the challenge and it's pretty cool. We have a list of 25 Healthy things to do during the quarter, including things like drinking 8 glasses of water for a day, eating 15 different freggies (not in one day), walking 10,000 steps a day for a week, etc. It starts today and I'm really excited about doing this. We also have a program in which they bring in a personal nutrition coach into work and we meet up with that person and work towards goals, whether weight loss, weight maintenance, breaking bad habits, etc. For this one, if you lose weight and it moves you from one category to the next (obese to overweight or overweight to healthy) then you gaine extra points Since I'm already in the healthy BMI range, I can't qualify for the extra points, but I do earn a few points each quarter if I continue to maintain that range. Something I believe I should be able to do.
Commitment. How much and how often will you exercise? What diet will you follow? How will you support your team?
1) How much and how often? 3-5 times a week, a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
2) Diet? Gluten Free (I'm gluten intolerant) and whole foods. I don't follow a specific diet, I just try to stick to natural, unaltered whole foods and listen to my body. I eat when hungry and stop when I'm satisfied. I've lost more weight and done it more easily and more quickly this way than following a calorie range/tracking diet.
3) I'll support my team by checking in often, commenting, encouraging and following my team members.
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