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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Goodness Glaciers!

Turns out monday was day 53 instead of 52. My days have been off in general, as I keep thinking it's a different day than it actually was. I thought yesterday was wednesday at one point.

So, I'm still waiting. Think I'll make it to 64 days? That would be two average cycles. Just might happen.

*twiddles thumbs*



No 1800 kcal/day for me

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I was making comments on twitter and ended up debating with a friend and even had a stranger comment about the discussion over how many calories to go for per day. So, here's my thoughts.

The set up. Wii Biggest Loser game has the short work outs 3 times a week but the nutrition side of the challenge says to lose 4 lbs in 4 weeks, I should eat 1800 per day. I couldn't change the goal to make it any different for lbs lost or change the food recommendations. But if using the system, I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't get enough exercise to lose weight with that amount of calories. The body work out is the longest, 23-24 minutes and burns only around 50 calories (according to the game). Doesn't seem like the right number to me.

Why I don't go for 1800 calories a day, every day? For 2 main reasons.

1. the exercise required to burn enough calories to lose weight
I don't think I will be able to maintain that amount of exercise this early on. Maybe once I'm set in the pattern of exercising on a regular basis. But to start big can lead to struggles with keeping up and not giving up. I don't know that I could keep going with that type of goal.

2. eating healthy foods, I can't get that high per day
I know myself. I've done this for years, and struggled the whole time. When I am eating healthy all day long and not any junk, I have a hard time getting enough calories. There are days where I struggle to get 1200 and don't feel like eating anymore. So, I have to struggle to get the balance figured out.

So, I don't want to eat 1800 kcal per day. And I think that's the right decision for me.
Course this could change in the future, but we'll wait and see.


Still waiting

Monday, May 17, 2010

I wasn't going to do another femme issue topic so soon but oh well. Yes, this is about female stuff.

Still waiting... it's day 52 of a 32 day cycle.

I think April was just a skip. I don't have them very often, less than one a year but they do sometimes occur. When I was 19/20 I had one month skip and the other month it was a whole hour long. So that is the most extreme the miss has been. I hadn't skipped in at least a year, that my memory can recall. I should have it, and even a little early for May. We'll wait and see.

Just to be clear. I had my period, and on time, in March. Haven't seen BF since end of February, at the end of the AF. 2 tests done with days in between have come back negative. So, just a skip.

However, I am still going to be a little cautious just in case. Because if I look back there are things that might indicate otherwise, though some are common for me.

1. back pain (have arthritis in my back, and drove 7 hours on two different days)
2. moodiness, looking back there was a week in particular that I was not very nice and snapped much easier than normal, and then a week of crying easy (though not taking antidepressants anymore so sometimes that happens anyways).
3. the last 2-2.5 months I have gained 10 lbs, despite adding exercise. And it's definitely in my stomach. Pants don't fit very well anymore, even an occasional size 20.
4. some nausea but that happens on a regular basis as there might be some other problem but I have no health insurance right now
5. related to 4. I have gotten sick, (throwing up) twice. Once each month, which is a little weird. But both were in the middle of the night type and the second was from leftovers (maybe) but really not sure why I got sick either night.
6. tired, well.. insomnia meds not working too well and such. I am often tired. Nothing new there.

That's about it. Now to just sit back and wait for May's AF to show up. I have 2 tests left, different kinds, so I might test if it doesn't come in the next 5 days or so. But for now, I wait.

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AGAWRITER 5/17/2010 7:25AM

    Nothing more frustrating sometimes than hormones. I hope things turn out the way you want.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

My last class for this associates degree was a struggle. I could have to do it again if I didn't manage to keep the grade to a C cause it was very close all the way to the end. Lab has a better chance than the class. I just got tired and with all the other stuff going on I struggled to get stuff in on time and to comment on other people's postings. I hope I don't have to take it again.

Now, I have 2 different classes. Pathphysiology, which is going to be hard but also very interesting. The first week studies like 10 different diseases and body sections so it's that intense. Have a number of assignments. And I'm taking.... Nutrition!. I have to keep track of my own nutrition this week and then make nutrition goals. Sounds familiar, lol. Maybe this will help me rangle in the food side since I'm exercising but not losing weight.

Both the new classes require also using a place called "turnitin.com" where it checks to see if any of the work is copied. The papers, classes, all require a 15% or lower. I can see why this is needed, because online classes it is easier to get away with it (or it would seem). Checking material without a site like that is a major pain. I've had to do it for a newspaper to make sure one reporter wasn't using someone else's material.

Well, I better get going. Have to keep track of what I eat and do two other assignments today.

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AGAWRITER 5/14/2010 7:57PM

    Good luck with the new classes. I have to do a couple this summer, but fortunately, mine don't involve homework.
And good luck with turnitin. I've used it as a teacher. It can be really good (I caught children recycling previous year's papers), but the version I had flagged things even if they were appropriately cited. Used to drive me crazy.

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Female Topic

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Okay, I just feel I need to rant about something, and maybe by doing this my body will start acting normal again (Yeah, I'm hoping talking about it will make a change happen).

Warning: This is a post that is not only very personal, but all about female reproductive biology. If you don't want to know about that then don't read it. That simple. lol

When it comes to my menstrual cycle, I haven't been very regular. There were times a few years ago I'd even skip a month. One month back when I was 20 I skipped and then the following month I had it for one hour. Yep, an hour. Course, I never minded this because, well, it's nice to not have a period for at least a month. Good little break and not being sexually active meant there was no question as to why it might be late/skipped.

As I get older, I get closer to being ready to start a family. I started keeping track of my period because it will come in handy later, and on the occasion I have to go to the gynecologist it is nice to know when exactly my last period was. It's also nice to have a time frame as to when it might start, less chance of being caught off guard (which was never a good thing). So, I used MyMonthlyCycles.com and have been for awhile now.

Sometimes, my cycle will be regular now. I can go for months and have it be close to on time within like a 5 day radius of the estimated date. The site says the average for my cycle length is about 32 days, which is longer than some. Above 40 is considered a bit questionable and might be signs of problems.

This year, however, not so regular. Janurary I was a little early. That's fine, nothing wrong there. February, I was about 2 weeks late. Made it inconvenient for my trip but got over it. March was pretty much on time, maybe even a day early. April....

I haven't had my period yet. Was scheduled for April 27th, day 33 of my cycle. It's now May 12 and it hasn't started yet. And I don't know what to think. I keep thinking it might start any minute and yet nothing (this has gone on for over a week). I haven't seen my bf since the end of february. I'm just unsure at this point. How long do I wait till I consider it a skipped month?

That is my rambling. Okay. Next blogpost will not be so personal, maybe.

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ELFMAGE7 5/12/2010 6:41PM

    Thanks for the comments. I do have to point out I did have a period in March. It was on time even. I took a pregnancy test on sunday and it was negative. But I've also watched the tv show "I didn't know I was pregnant" so it's on the back of my mind for sure. That and my mom's first testing when she had me was negative. But I got too involved in that idea last time and it was for nothing, but then I kept having my period. For now, I just have to wait and see.

I'm glad your son turned out healthy. It can be scary since sometimes we don't know until so many weeks in and during that time, if not actively trying we do things because we don't think it will have an affect like that.

Thanks again.

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GONZAMEG 5/12/2010 3:51PM

  Since Februaury was the last time you were sexually active and you have not had a period since then I would absolutely suggest a pregnancy test. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Good Luck with everything!

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CECSAV 5/12/2010 3:38PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I would go ahead and take a test if there is a chance you could be pregnant. My cycles are very irregular and unpredictable; in the winter of 2001, I hadn't had a period in 2 years. The next March, I found out I was 4 months pregnant with my son. Unfortunately, I had lived those 4 months without even considering pregnancy. I smoked, I drank, I stayed out all night, and didn't eat right. Luckily, my son is healthy, but if he wasn't, I'd feel immensely guilty.

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