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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Yesterday, I had a rough workout at the gym but I chalked it up to it being early in the morning [9am, and I've said previously that I am NOT a morning workout person] and doing tae bo for the first time in a month and a half the previous night. My legs were TIRED. But I finished week 1 of 5K Your Way [and even ran an extra minute because I could], although I struggled through just 18 minutes on the elliptical [I was on resistance level 10 for the first time, and it is LOADS tougher than level 9!]. But that's okay. Rough days happen.

I had to rush home and get ready for the day, so I didn't have time to ice my knee and ankle like I usually do. I haven't really mentioned it, but I have a condition called Osgood-Schlatter's Disease [ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood%E2%80%9
]. It's something I've had since I was eight years old [and caused me to spend almost a year bedridden, which started my weight gain]. For most people who develop this condition, it's a minor inconvenience for a while and then it goes away. 90% of cases last for less than two years. Of course, I'm that small percentage that has it as a lifelong, potentially debilitating condition. It's made things difficult over the years. I loved playing sports as a kid but eventually had to give them up, one by one, because of my knees. It's why I was told that I would NEVER be a runner. It's why some days, walking around is difficult. For the most part, it doesn't bother me anymore but when it does, well, it's not fun. Laying in bed and letting it *rest* is even painful.

But instead of resting my knee after the gym like I usually do, I had an active day of walking around for hours yesterday. We went to a hot air balloon festival, and I didn't get home until really late. I had a bad night's sleep, mostly due to my knee bothering me. It kept me up for hours on end and I finally got a decent sleep at 6am... to have my alarm go off at 7:30. And then 8. And then 8:30 before I finally woke up for real. I had a bike ride to go to this morning at 10, and I didn't want to miss it. So I finally convinced myself to start getting ready at... oh, 9:15. Yeah, running just a little late! And, of course, sleeping in meant that I didn't get to ice my knee beforehand. Whoops!

The bike ride was hard. Although it was the same ride as last week, and the same meetup group, this was a smaller group of intense cyclists as opposed to last week's leisure group. Part of it was because of my knee, but I couldn't keep up with them! There was one person who stayed behind me the whole ride but other than her, I was the slowest. And I averaged a speed of 13.5mph, which is faster than I normally go! So, yeah, even though I should've been taking it easy on my knee [I think the ride would've been fine on it at a leisurely pace], I pushed myself and really felt it. By the time I got home, I could barely walk on it and spent a loooong time icing it. After resting it all day, it's FINALLY feeling better, but I am definitely taking tomorrow off as a rest day! [I'll probably do some yoga, but that's it.]

The good news is that my ankle feels fine... but if it's not one thing, it's another with my body!

As for the scale... well, no loss this week. I'm frustrated, because I definitely worked my ass off, but I'm not surprised. It's been my pattern to lose big one week and then stay the same the next. I'm going to try to stay above 1500 for calories this week [last week, I averaged about 1300/day which is not enough for the calories I burn working out] and hope for improvements. Since today was my "cheat" day [I don't really consider it cheating, it's part of my plan!], I indulged in quite a few oatmeal cookies. Maybe those calories will jumpstart the scale for the week!

Oh, one more thing to note... I'm wearing a 36C bra! I can't fit into all of my bras of this size, but it's my "regular" size [even when I was at goal] and it's great to fit into some of them, at least. Especially since I only had a couple 38C bras [what I was fitting into previously] and they were getting worn out. So, hey, the scale may not be moving but my measurements sure are! I will gladly accept that!

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BILL60 7/23/2012 9:05AM

    Well done!! Way to fight through the pain. You're gonna make it, hang tough.

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Home gym!

Friday, July 20, 2012

I finally set up my exercise room in my house!

It was long and exhausting and I didn't get to the gym because of it [although I'm going to do some tae bo after I finish this... I swear!] but I'm very excited for it. It's not a *complete* home gym, but I'll be getting a TreadClimber [treadmill/stairclimber combo, has anyone ever tried one of these?] and some other things soon. I wish I still had the elliptical machine I had in Chicago, then I'd be able to cancel my gym membership entirely but oh well, what can you do...

Anyway, you can read my full blog post about the room [and a question about decorations!] here: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2012/07/
Sorry to not post it all up here but it has a lot of images and sparkpeople gives me trouble with uploading photos most of the time, I have no idea why...

I'm going to be gone all day tomorrow. I have to wake up super early to go to the gym [since I didn't go today] and then I'm going to my mom's for a bit, and then we're going to a hot air balloon festival for the afternoon/evening. I probably won't get home until around midnight... and then I have to wake up really early the next morning for a bike ride! So yeah, I won't be around much at all this weekend but don't worry, I haven't fallen off the wagon! [For the record, my mom is a WW lifetime member and employee so she WILL keep me on track!]

Also, weigh in is on Sunday and so far, the scale hasn't budged. I know, however, that this is because I haven't eaten ENOUGH this week. I just haven't had the budget for it! I've got $26 in food stamps to last me until the end of the month, so... yeah, I've been conserving my food [and calories, by default]. This isn't normal [that's what I get for attempting to buy organic vegetables!] but it's what I have to work with for the next ten days.

Okay, time to go kick some ass in my new exercise room!

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APRILLOKI 7/21/2012 9:08AM

    I cannot wait until I have the extra space to do something like this!

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EATVEGAN 7/20/2012 10:41PM

    Congrats on your exercise room. I think I see a vision poster on the wall. Good for you!

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MINIME119 7/20/2012 8:37PM

    fantastic :D every little piece of the puzzle matters! and make sure you eat lol!!! don't know where you live but trader joes has some great deals on clean food and they own aldis so the quality of their food is great for the price.


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I'm running!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Okay, I said that I wouldn't start doing official 5k training until August because I'm working on adding minutes slowly to make sure my ankle handles it. But it turns out that sparkpeople's "5K Your Way" training actually starts out with four minutes, which I did the other day and know that I can handle. And actually, the first day of training is *exactly* what I did the other day, one minute running alternated with four minutes walking, so hey, day one done! I did day two today and it went well also. Actually, it felt even better than day one. The other day, my asthma caught up with me before each minute was up and it was a struggle to finish because of that. [I can do 30 minutes at 7mph on the elliptical with no problem, but running is another matter for my asthma! I wonder why.] Today, I had NO problems with my breathing and I actually felt like I could've kept running after the one minute intervals [but not for long, haha].

So I did 30 minutes on the treadmill today [5k training plus 10 minutes cool down], and 35 on the elliptical [5k in 26:03! New record!]. When I was in the locker room getting ready to leave [already showered and everything], a huge storm came through and the gym lost power. I'm glad I was done with my workout! Ten minutes later when I left, the power still hadn't come on and everyone was just milling around in the dark [the locker rooms had back-up power, but I guess nobody knew that?], waiting to finish their workouts. And then, it was hailing and the streets were flooded, so I walked the 2.5 miles home instead of biking. It took longer, and I was drenched by the time I got home [makes me wonder why I showered and dried my hair, haha], but it was a nice walk. I love the rain. And the lightning was intense and fun to look at [although scarily close!]. Plus, now the heat and humidity has gone down a TON, which is much more pleasant [it was 93 when I was at the gym, and now it's 74].

Now it's 7pm and I still have a ton of calories to eat [I burned 1250 calories at the gym today, even more than my usual 1000 or so] so I'm going to make some [still healthier than normal] brownies and indulge in a few!

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BILL60 7/19/2012 8:43AM

    Well done!!

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CINERICIA 7/19/2012 7:30AM

    I love that feeling of doing more than you thought you could. Congrats on the beginning of training. I guarantee it will be a fulfilling journey, and you'll be a 5k runner before you know it.

As for the asthma...I've found my endurance, and thereby my breathing, differs for each thing I do. Your body gets used to whatever you're doing and becomes more efficient in that realm. I can run a good distance/good speed before I'm winded, but cycling comes much harder.

Luck and best wishes.

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KELLY122581 7/19/2012 7:21AM

    Congrats on starting to train for a 5K! I started a 5K training program 8 weeks ago, and I am astonished - ASTONISHED - at how far I have come. So stick with it, and you will be impressed with yourself too :-) My partner has asthma, and she also had problems in the first couple weeks with her breathing, but she started using her inhaler before running and has found that her lungs have gotten much better as the weeks went on. But be careful if you are running in allergy season if pollen affects your asthma!

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RIGHTEOUSBABE29 7/18/2012 7:51PM

    Good job! I love the rain too. Its so cleansing.

I have to say, when I first saw the title of this blog post, "I'm running!", it made me think of the Bill Murray/Richard Dryfus movie "What About Bob?". There's a hysterical scene when Bill Murray's character is strapped onto a sailboat and he's shouting across a lake, "I'm SAILING! I'm SAAAAAILIIIIING!!!" emoticon

On another note, what are some ways you too can indulge in your creative/more whimsical side?

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HEATHERFREE 7/18/2012 7:11PM

    Nice! I love the rain too, I'd actually rather walking or ride in the rain than in the humid heat. Sounds like you had a great work out!

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the good and the bad of the day

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Well, I had to go to the bike shop today. I'd known for a while that my rear wheel was messed up, but it was manageable. But on Sunday's bike ride, two spokes broke and it got incredibly mis-aligned and was out of true. I had to ride the last half with a *very* wobbly wheel [it was so wobbly that I could FEEL it while riding!]. I adjusted it as much as I could for the rest of the ride [meaning that I tried to get it to stop rubbing up against the frame as much as possible] but I knew it wouldn't hold that much longer. I needed a new wheel, badly.

So I went down to the bike shop and got a whole new wheel. The good news is, everything on my bike is back in working order and it no longer feels like I'm fighting not only my extra weight and gravity, but also my bike while riding. It once again feels like I'm flying on my bike, which I always love. And this means that I no longer have to put extra pressure on my legs [specifically my right knee and ankle, which have been hurting since Sunday's ride!].

The bad news: a new wheel, labor, etc. cost a lot of money. $72, to be specific. Which is essentially all the money I had in my bank account to last me the rest of summer. I have *maybe* $20 left, which is enough to pay my gym membership for the next two months. But I have no jobs coming in until September so funds are going to be REALLY tight until then, and let's hope nothing else goes wrong with my bike for the rest of the summer!

The okay news: I didn't get to the gym today, since the bike shop was super busy [and only the owner was working] so everything took about two hours. Also, my ankle was still bothering me a bit. But once everything was fixed, I went and took my new wheel [and my front one too!] for a spin on the bike path. Despite the 95 degree heat, I rode 14 miles [funny how I now see that as a quick, easy ride, even in this heat!] and the bike felt GREAT!

Completely unrelated: I've been doing a lot of mental work on myself and taking stock. This is something I like to stop and do every couple of years, at least, especially following a period of deep depression. Part of being healthy, to me, means getting my mental health in order as well. That being said, I've started a 21 day meditation challenge [ www.chopracentermeditation.co
] and am excited for the doors this will open. I haven't done meditation seriously in at least 7 years so it's definitely time to get back to it.

Gym tomorrow, I promise.

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CINERICIA 7/19/2012 7:38AM

    21 days to change or build a habit. Good for you. I'd like to know how it turns out for you. I'm an on and off meditator myself; I know it benefits me when I actually do it, but somehow the habit always slips or takes a backseat to other concerns. Anywho, I wish you well with that and with all.

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BILL60 7/18/2012 7:33AM

    Way to go!! Consider yourself lucky that the wheel cost only $72. Hang tough!!

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FLAMENM 7/17/2012 10:47PM

    Great job on making the 14 miles!

Bike repairs, like car reapirs, always seem to suck teh bank account dry...

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I just want to swim!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Today's bike ride was SO MUCH FUN! Well, aside from the part where a bee flew into my eye and stung me. Yeah, that wasn't really fun [although I found it extremely funny and couldn't stop laughing]. But everything else was. I'm so glad I went, and did not let my social anxiety dictate the events of the day. I blogged about it here: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2012/07/

I got to add another star to my bracelet today, which is always great. 30 pounds lost. That's wonderful. I'm so proud of what I've accomplished so far. Let's start working on the next 5 pounds!

I *just* remembered, at 6:30, to wash my gym clothes so I don't know if they'll be dry by tomorrow afternoon... it's too late to hang them outside, so I have to stick with the drying rack. We'll see. If they're not dry, I'll just go to the gym Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday again and do yoga tomorrow.

I thought I found a free pool I can swim at for the rest of the summer... but then I did some more digging around and found that it might be open to Providence residents only. It doesn't say that in the swimming pool rules, just that you have to present an ID and pass a swimming test, but the actual community center's rules say you have to be a resident to use the center. So that sucks, if that's the case, because I live just outside the city. Anyway, I tried on one of my bathing suits and it actually doesn't look bad! Okay, it's a black suit and is "slimming" anyway but I don't care about my belly, I'm waaaay more self-conscious about my thunder thighs. But I guess all this biking and elliptical work is paying off because even though my thighs are still big, they're not super jiggly at ALL. I can deal with having big thighs, I just don't like them jiggling all over the place while I walk [and for everyone to see!]. They're kind of firm and muscular, and I will take that!

I also realized that shirts I was excited about fitting into just a few weeks ago are now getting ridiculously baggy. So of course, I went digging through my "doesn't fit yet" pile[s] of clothes and tried on a bunch of shirts. I was surprised to find that some shirts I thought were WAY too small actually fit! So now I have more clothes to add to my wardrobe, yay!

I'm starting to get my body back and I LOVE it!

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BILL60 7/16/2012 8:13AM

    You are doing just Super. Hang in there and keep on doing it.

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SKAHONEY4U 7/15/2012 11:40PM

    You should still try going to the pool. Sometimes they will let it slide if you are fairly close to being in the area. Or, they will just charge you a slightly higher fee. My pool never checked if I lived in county.

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