Friday, August 17, 2012
So I'm headed out the door to the Rheumatologist... on one hand, excited to go and maybe figure out what's behind the flare ups of exhaustion, joint pain and swelling and fever. On the other, worried it's just going to end up being another case of, "you're fat and it's in your head." (Implying either depression or malingering.) And on the 3rd hand, worried that it might actually be something and that it might be A Very Bad Thing.
No more time to fret through, have to get going if I'm going to make it to Henrietta in time.
Friday, March 09, 2012
The one thing that forces me to acknowledge just how fat I've let myself get is shaving my legs. Every lump and bump, every bit I can't reach without major contortions or see reminds me that once upon a time, I did this 4-5x/week and it was a 15 minute ritual. The logical part of my brain tells me that I should use this as motivation, but at the moment I'm stuck on the disgusted part.
Gym, tomorrow. Right then.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
So, I made it to the gym, sort of as planned. It was an awkward day, I couldn't go before work because I had an early visit scheduled. I couldn't go right after work because the day ran long and I needed to do some grocery shopping before I went home and made dinner. So I ended up going after dinner. 53 minutes of cardio on a "just had dinner" belly sucked. I took it easy on myself, didn't really push the intensity, focusing more on the "just do it" part of the day since it wasn't an ideal time to be exercising. Part two of the ick is that I'll likely be up until midnight after that much activity.
Well, just means I have to budget time to do the gym work in the mornings, before the day runs away from me. Since I just did cardio tonight, I'm going to aim to go tomorrow so that I can put in some strengthening time.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Ok... so I kind of fell apart around Thanksgiving, and since then, have had pockets of good eating and drinking habits, and no freaking exercise at all. I've gained 4 pounds back (likely some of which is water weight from excess sodium). So tomorrow, (not today because it's 9pm), I get back in gear. Time to start logging my food, exercising, drinking water and giving up the diet coke habit. (I drink too much, and it increases the likelihood that I eat something unhealthy... notably, it also seems to raise my blood pressure.)
On the plus side, I did see my physician in December, and had a physical, and my weight was down 5lbs from my first visit. My cholesterol levels were "excellent", my thyroid is "normal" (I keep telling them that, every new doc checks it anyway), and my fasting blood glucose was low (just below normal). So, aside from the weight, everything is working as it should be. The low BG was probably due to the prolonged fasting, nearly 12 hours, typically speaking we use up our readily obtainable stored glucose between 8 and 10 hours. However, it does also explain the mornings that I wake up very thick headed, cranky and kinda dumb, ok, more than kinda. Putting off breakfast or skipping all together is highly not recommended for me. I did get the go ahead for the "trying to get pregnant" experiment planned for 2012, with the admonition to make sure I break out the vitamins before we begin pretending to be bunnies. I also got lots of encouragement for the healthy eating habits and exercise.
Ok, so on to the plans... I happened to get linked to a page about the 2012 Unity Health System Rochester Flower City Challenge, specifically the Wegmans Family 5K on April 29th. Now, I don't run, haven't run since high school. When I'm regular at the gym, I do use the elliptical and the treadmill, up to a fast walk. There is a Training Program starting in February, and it's essentially described as a "learn to run" program. There are 4 full months between now and the 5K, the training session starts the week of February 6th, which gives me about 5 weeks to "pre-train" myself back into regular exercise. It's only 3.1 miles. Worse case scenario, I walk it at a 19:30 pace, and finish in an hour. I think I can do this. I think having a deadline, and an commitment to something will be motivating. I'm terrified I'll fall flat on my face.
But then... sitting here on my butt doing nothing for myself is pretty much passively falling on my face, so what is there to lose?
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Granola is the redheaded step child of the dieting world... calorie dense, a little heavy on the "fats" side of the equation, you'll hear a lot that it's not really health food. All that being said... I got more breakfast satisfaction out of my half cup of granola with raisins and half cup of 1% milk this morning than I do on days that I have a bigger breakfast. So what it had a total of 9 grams of fat, it also had 39 carbs and 8 protein, and contributed toward my iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamin and zinc for the day. It was a good start to the day.
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