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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
(I am SO excited to finally be able to use the St. Patty's day emoticons!)
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