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The cold is receding!!! YAYYYY!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I feel so, so much better today compared to yesterday and the two before it. Probably has to do with the bajillion hours I slept yesterday and last night, but I woke up feeling pretty fantastic. Still pretty stuffy, and my nose just won't stop running, but the chest cold is gone, the headache is gone, and the cough is gone. Woo freaking hoo!! Back to normalcy!

Which means....... WORKOUT! YESSS! I got 30 minutes in on the elliptical today, and it felt great to be able to get moving again. I'm planning on some strength training later tonight and my done girl dance, assuming I'm not pooped. But I got my 30 minutes in, and I find that completely thrilling.

Not much else to say today. Just glad to be doing a little better. And thanks to everyone who left wonderful comments on my blog yesterday. There's nothing better than kind words to help ease illness.

  
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PWINCESSEMILY 3/6/2011 4:18AM

    Yey! This is such good news. I'm so pleased you're feeling better and can get back to doing the thing you need to do. Just remember not to push too hard for a few days - your body will still be recovering and your immune system re-grouping even though you feel better.

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TBID227 3/5/2011 7:02PM

    Wooohooo! So glad you are feeling better, you will be back to 110% in no time!

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TREP13 3/5/2011 6:54PM

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If I had a million dollars...

Friday, March 04, 2011

I'd give half to the first person to cure my cold.

I feel awful. I went into work today, and within an hour I was miserable. All clogged up again and coughing like crazy, then the dizzy spells started up again. And let me tell you, I had a mood to match. I was snapping at patients and coworkers left and right all morning. We were so short staffed though that I wasn't able to go home until a replacement came. I did finally get to leave at noon, so I saved myself three hours of the torture that was work today, but eight hours saved would have been infinitely better. Wish I would have called in. Coulda shoulda woulda, I guess.

In other news, my roommate was in a pretty bad car accident yesterday. She broke her pelvic bone and her tailbone, and she's not feeling too pretty. They discharged her from the hospital today and she's home, but I don't know how long she'll be able to manage it. Her mom wants to take her back home with her while she recovers, but she's being pretty stubborn about going. I hope between her mom and her boyfriend they manage to convince her, because she could barely walk from the front door to the couch today. I have no idea how's she's planning on managing the 15 *steep* steps and a hallway to her room. I feel for her though, she's in a lot of pain. Plus at 20 (AND her 21st is Monday - what an awful way to have a birthday), I can understand her not wanting to go back home to live with mom. She'll be four hours away from her boyfriend too, which is doable, but certainly not desirable. I just hope they work something out and that her stubbornness doesn't get in the way of a healthy recovery.

In diet news, today I was a munchy little hippo. I just wanted to eat. And eat. And eat. Since starting the diet, today is really the day I've most wanted to just chow down, even when I knew I was no longer hungry. It's a huge combination of the stress, the illness, and the period starting, I know, but I found it very hard to resist. But guess what? I DID! For the most part anyway - I did splurge on a weight watchers ice cream sandwich I didn't need, and that did end up putting me over my calories by about 50 and carbs by 12, but seeing as I stopped there and didn't devour half the fridge, I think it's still a victory.

Anyway, I'm a moody little crabby patty today, and I've got a terrible headache to top it all off. So before my negativity really, really starts to come through, I'm reading my book and heading to bed. Here's hoping that I'll feel better tomorrow and actually get a (low key) workout in. Oh, and on that note, for being sick, I don't think I've done too terribly at the steps. I haven't met 10,000 for the last three days, but I've increased each day, and today I'm almost at 8,000. That should help me out when it comes time to start making it all up.

  
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GOOFIERNU 3/5/2011 11:46AM

    I hope you and your room mate both feel better soon.
Good for you for not devouring the fridge! emoticon

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TBID227 3/5/2011 11:36AM

    Sorry to hear about your roomie. I too hope she thinks about her recovery. Poor thing.

Glad you are starting to feel better! Yay you for getting in all those steps! And really, 50 calories over, pfft. You are doing great! And you did not consume the entire fridge. Woooooo hooooooo!!!! I know how hard that is when the munchy mood hits.

Your blog was too cute today! Keep up the awesome work and the great steps! Feel better!

PS: When I have a cold (I had not heard of the vodka idea) I make hot toddys. I boil honey, fresh ginger, cloves, and lemon in water. Then I strain that mixture into a mug add a shot of whiskey/bourbon/brandy (depending on what's on hand) and sip on it. It seems to work well.

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ROSERT 3/5/2011 6:54AM

    PS Your title made me HAVE to listen to the YouTube "Billionaire" song. Although you didn't intentionally put it out there, it is making a great start to my day, so emoticon

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ROSERT 3/5/2011 6:53AM

    Sorry to hear about your roommate and your cold. I can totally understand the "hungry hippo" eating thing. When I get stressed out, things can get ugly!! Congratulations to you, though on still getting 8,000 steps and eating right. 50 cals over isn't bad at all -- I know I have done much worse!

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PWINCESSEMILY 3/5/2011 3:02AM

    You've done so good today! You're feeling so crappy and you still managed all those steps and if that's your version of a bad eating day you're doing brilliantly!

Thank you for the comment on my blog. I actually giggled at facial strength training. You're a positive force for other people too - that's an achievement.

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KAURAKITTEN 3/4/2011 10:27PM

    This may sound horrible but---- pour a cup of vodca into a container with Echinacea. Place it in a warm spot and let it sit for about 2 hours (24 hours in a lukewarm place, 2 days in a cold). Press the Echinacea out of the liquid and drink a shot of it. Before swallowing, hold it in your cheek for about 5 seconds since it's the fastest way to your blood stream. The alchohol will pull the good stuff from the Echinacea into your blood stream and fight the cold off faster. Save the rest of the container of liquid and Echinacea so you can do this 2-3 times a day.
We used to do this in college when a cold was hitting us. It worked for me.
You can also take Echinacea pills but it takes a while for it to hit your system.

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EMMANYC 3/4/2011 10:14PM

    So sorry to hear about your cold. There are two things I need to hear when I'm sick:

1) Dear little soul. (My grandma used to say this to me.)
2) You look sick, but for a sick person you look great. (I hate it when people tell me I look awful when I have a cold, but I also don't like the fall "oh you look good" either, when I know I look like cr*p.)

So here's to you:

1) Dear little soul - give that one to your roommate, too.
2) You look sick, but for a sick person you look great.

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ITSALWAYSABTME 3/4/2011 10:04PM

    WOW sorry to hear about your room mate. hope you are feeling better soon!

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TECAVINESS 3/4/2011 9:50PM

    Hope your roommate recovers soon. Hope you get to feeling better soon too. Must br something in the air. Have felt yucky the last few days. Stress does strange things to us. Don't give up. You can do it.

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Your bed is less comfy once you spend too much time in it.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I ended up calling into work today. I spent pretty much another day in bed, feeling bored and lazy. I almost wish I was exaggerating this desire that I have to get up and get moving, since I can't actually do it, but no it's legit. I'm still motivated to get my exercise in and meet my 10,000 steps. And I'm friggen stuck in bed. At least it seems to be paying off somewhat. I feel much better compared to yesterday, and the cough is finally starting to subside a bit as the day winds down. So hopefully tomorrow I'll be up for a bit more, assuming I still have the motivation.

I was able to do a little more than yesterday, so today was spent doing laundry and some mild cleaning when I wasn't in bed either sleeping, reading, or spending time on SP. My room has really been a disaster for awhile now, and since I've been sick I've had even less desire to fix it up. I got bored enough to work on it a little today though. It still needs some more though, lol.

Not much else to say, I guess. I weighed in today at 196, so I'm pretty much back to my comfy high school weight. This 195-ish weight is where I fluctuated at for years and years, so I'm expecting a plateau to finally creep up on me. I'm proud of my weight lost so far, but I don't think it will really seem like something special until I hit the 180's. I mean, I know that being where I am is remarkable, since I started this year out 20 pounds heavier. But seeing as I was at this weight for years and wanted to lose weight then, it feels like I'm kind of in my rightful starting place. If that makes sense. It's also a quarter of the way through my weight loss to my ultimate goal of 135, for healthy BMI. So I guess in a way it is another starting place, the start of phase two. I've had the idea from the beginning of breaking things up anyway, so they aren't so daunting. Instead of losing 80 something pounds, I'm losing 20 pounds and repeating. I'll get there.

Anyway, hoping tonight's the last night of really feeling icky. Planning on returning to work tomorrow (though I wish I didn't feel obliged - if I called in tomorrow it'd be a five-day weekend. not bad, even if I was sick for half of it). With any luck, I'll be back to some semblance of a routine by the start of next week. I have a lot of steps to make up!

  
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TBID227 3/4/2011 11:34AM

    Keep feeling better! And don't worry about the plateau that has not happened yet! You have more tools and knowledge now. So if you hit it, you know where to come for advice! Keep up the awesome work!

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COOP9002 3/4/2011 9:58AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

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ELLEYKAT 3/4/2011 9:56AM

    I've still got another 10 lbs to go before I hit that spot where you are - what I used to weigh for the longest time and kept telling myself I needed to lose weight. It wasn't until about 30-40 lbs later that I finally went "HOLY COW, what am I doing to myself?" and got that kick in the pants I needed to get serious. But I was in that 180-190 range for the longest time - I'm at 206 now and I'll be glad when I get back down to 180-190, but it's still such a long way to 127 (my BMI of 22).

Even if you DO hit a plateau here, you WILL break through it. The power of positive thinking will take you very far!! So don't you dare give up, and don't go into it saying, "Here I will hit a plateau." Go into it saying, "Nope, I'm not getting off at this station. I'm takin' this train all the way home, baby!"

YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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GIRLUNDEFEATED 3/3/2011 10:43PM

    Hope you keep feeling better!! Congrats on the weight loss, you are doing awesome!! Just keep taking it one step (or phase) at a time and keep working hard, you can do it!

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KAZINMICH 3/3/2011 8:50PM

    I hope you feel better soon! Listen to your body and your doctor!

I know what you mean by starting over start weight. I always get stuck in the 250s so this month when i was at 249, then 245, I was so happy. I haven't been this weight in 4 years. My next stop is 225 then 200. I haven't seen below 200 in at least 10 years! Even in high school I bounced from a size 9/10 at 165 lbs to a size 20/22 at 190.

Just don't discount that first loss to this weight, it's still work, progress and the right direction!

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This little piggy cried "Waah, waah, wahhhh" all the way home.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The common cold is a saboteur of dreams. Day two into our 10,000 step contest at work, and I'm practically bed-ridden. I doubt I've even got 2000 steps in today, and that's just from showering and going up and down the stairs to grab meals and let the dog out. Which is a huge bummer, because I really wanted to start out strong. On the bright side, I did at least meet my steps yesterday, coming in at 10,885.

It's been hard to make myself rest today, because I'm mentally fired up for this competition. My body is just not having it though... the cold started as just a sore throat and a headache, but since last night it's mutated into a cough and this deep chest thing. The kind where whenever you take a really deep breath, it makes you cough. So any real exercise is pretty much out. I initially planned to still try to reach the step goal by just moving around the house and maybe cleaning or something, but I'm really too under the weather for even that. Just taking a shower made me extremely light-headed and dizzy. So needless to say, I've been in bed almost all day. But begrudgingly, for once.

I don't want to have to call in tomorrow, but if the dizzy spells keep up I might have to. I can't see being able to make it through a whole day at work if I get lightheaded every time I stand for more than a few minutes. But I'm really on an ambitious drive now, and I've been trying to get some extra hours in. I don't want this to set me back and I don't want to have to use up my sick time. Besides, I'm just tired of being sick. I've gotten a lot of colds or respiratory illnesses in the last year, and I don't know what gives with this sudden increase, but I'm not usually this sickly of a person.

Anyhow, I'm hoping that all the rest today and some good hours of sleep tonight will help nip this thing (I slept horribly last night). Otherwise, it's looking like I might be needing a trip to the pharmacy for something more than the cough drops and sinus relief medication I have at home. Bummer.

  
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COOP9002 3/3/2011 11:30AM

    Hope you got some rest and are doing better today.

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ELLEYKAT 3/3/2011 8:15AM

    I had a cold that started in the same way about 2 weeks ago. The day before it really hit I felt a little tickle in my throat and was a little sneezey. Day 2 had me flat on my back for the entire day, and I think I slept through maybe 20 hours of the day. Day 3 was less bad and I was at least able to get up and go to work. By Day 4 I was back to doing some VERY light exercise (the free step on the Wii Fit and some walking indoors). It hung on for about 10 days, but I was able to move around and stuff after that first day I was flat on my ass.

I hope your cold goes the same (or better!) and you feel better soon!!

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PWINCESSEMILY 3/3/2011 8:12AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Make sure you take of yourseld properly!

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MIRACLELOVE77 3/2/2011 11:29PM

    don't push yourself! Better that you stay home for a couple days and get better quick than feel miserable for weeks! emoticon

that's awesome how motivated you are though!

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TBID227 3/2/2011 6:51PM

    OH no! Well, you need your rest, so no beating yourself up! I don't know what to tell you about the constant sickness, I used to get that way when I was in school and then at the other work environment I was in (one of the old boss men smoked in his office...). Now we lysol if anyone sniffles and have our own space, so it is great. Well, get your rest, feel better, have some soup, get your rest, don't feel bad about the steps (you can challenge yourself to make them up when you are back to 100%!!) And most importantly, feel better! emoticon

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Marching into March

Monday, February 28, 2011

LITERALLY! I spent almost and hour marching around at work today, to the neverending amusement of the patients and coworkers. But I just had to let everyone know that I'm taking our Step to Healthy Living contest quite seriously. I plan to win.

Tomorrow marks the official start of the contest. For anyone reading who doesn't know, I'm in a challenge with my coworkers to meet the daily recommended 10,000 step quota, and there's money on the line. If we don't meet goals, we pay in more. Whoever takes the most steps at the end of the contest wins all that MONEY! And I could use it.

Anyway, I used today as my practice day. We usually have about an hour of our shift before any of the kids really wake up, and that time is usually spent catching up on emails, chit chatting, or messing around on our phones. Not today! Today it was spent PACING. I had 3,000+ steps down before the first kid even began to stir. Then it was on. I was all pumped and couldn't stop, so I started marching everywhere. My job involves a lot of standing still sometimes. We have to stand at the door while the kids are in the bathroom and listen to make sure they're not trying to hurt themselves, and this involves holding the door open for about a half hour period. So I did that today. And I MARCHED and RAN IN PLACE while doing it. By the time the second to last kid went in to brush his teeth, I was at 7,800 steps! All by 9:00AM! The kids all think I'm crazy, and my coworkers do too, and to a small extent, so do I, but you know what? It was fun! That's exactly the goofy kind of thing I get a huge kick out of, and it's an added bonus that I got exercise out of it (I was literally starting to sweat after 45 minutes straight of marching!) Plus, it's just really exciting to find a new way to think of fitness as fun, since I've spent so many years of my life absolutely DREADING anything having to do with "exercise."

So here goes. Wish me luck marching on into March!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
(I am SO excited to finally be able to use the St. Patty's day emoticons!)

  
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NEWSGIRL2177 3/1/2011 1:37PM

    You're gonna rock this challenge!
Woohoo!

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COOP9002 3/1/2011 10:32AM

    That is awesome!

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TBID227 3/1/2011 9:58AM

    Good luck! And it is not silly, sometimes when we are super busy up here on the weekends, we race down the halls in the office building to get in some extra activity! Whatever works and keeps you getting those 10000 steps a day!

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TIFFANYB23 3/1/2011 1:40AM

    That's fantastic! Good luck!!!

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MIRACLELOVE77 3/1/2011 1:07AM

    haha that's awesome! Just imagine the mileage you're getting out of 10,000 steps a day! keep it up!

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LESSOFME113 3/1/2011 12:03AM

    Good Luck & march your little tushy off! Best of luck to you!

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