Friday, November 21, 2014
I'm just stopping in for a minute to check in. I've been having some knee issues and then I had a pulled muscle in my groin, but I am still running. Doctor wanted me to cut back drastically on the running for a while and I kind of bargained with him and agreed to run only two days a week instead of four. Knee seems to be better, groin is getting better too, it is just slow. I've been running just three miles once a week and about five or six the other time - I usually start to feel the pulled muscle at about the three mile mark. When I saw the doctor on Monday he said he wanted me to keep the running to just two days a week for at least two more weeks. I ran three miles on Monday and three miles on Thursday and I have a 10K scheduled for tomorrow. Oops, I am going over. Speaking of 10Ks, last weekend I did my first one ever. I am not going to lie, it was rough. I have not had very good runs lately because of the groin so I had not run that distance before without stopping. I was okay until about 4.5 to 5.0 miles in. My doctor has me running with a metronome to make sure my cadence is at 180 because he noticed that my stride is longer on one leg than the other if I am not at 180. So my phone died, with my metronome and my music. This was at about 3.5 miles and I was doing fine but then about one mile later I felt like things were just falling apart. I didn't give up, and I didn't quit and I did finish! The pace of my last mile was terrible but I FINISHED. I ended up at about just under one hour and nine minutes....slow slow slow but given my situation with the training and the injuries, I was SOOOO happy. And when I saw the official race pic, I was thrilled because I actually look HAPPY! Some of the other people that I ran with, when I saw their pics, I thought they looked like they were in misery, LOL! Oh, on race day the windchill was only about 19 degrees. It is hard for me to know how to dress for this cold weather but I think that I have been doing okay. So, I decided to do another 10K tomorrow morning with one of my running friends. I am a little nervous about it, probably more so than last weekend, when I wasn't nervous at all! But this time I want to do better and I am afraid that I won't! However, I am trying to keep this one thing forefront in my mind. I am doing this for fun. I am not doing it to win races. I am never going to be a fast runner. I have some structural issues that make exercise harder for me, and that is not going to change. I am going to do my best, and just try to finish and if I am not fast, so what. I am going to RUN HAPPY!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Hello hello hello! Miss everyone here very much! I have not been checking in nearly as much, trying to just keep in with life. I miss it for sure but still I am having some issues with balance so I am still not back the way that I want to be. But I did want to do a quick check in and say hello, give an update and see how everyone else has been doing.
Me, I've still been excessively busy and tired, still not getting enough sleep. It is better some days than others. This past week was not one of the better ones - home late several nights and that means too little sleep. This morning I went on my group run and after I got home, I showered and ate, and then I pretty much crashed. I am hoping that the extra bit of rest that I got today will help me feel better.
I've been having issues with my good knee for just over a month now and I am seeing a chiropractor for that. As a result my running has not been as good as I wish it was. I was going to do a 5K tomorrow but opted out of that just to err on the side of caution. I've been doing shorter runs and some of them are really good and some are really bad. Some are fast (for me, I am not a fast runner) and some are terrible - today was a five miler and my pace was ridiculous. The chiropractor has a partner and the other chiropractor saw me the other day. I think that we are going to change our course of action. I have "anteverted hips" and that seems to make things a bit more difficult for me. But they checked my form on their treadmill and said that it is not too bad, and my cadence, though not at 180 where I would like it, was a 168, which they said was very good for a person who has just been running a bit over a year. The other thing is that one of the running coaches from the 10K training has said he will work with me even after the 10K is done...he knows things have been rough and has been so encouraging and helpful. Now I am having some upper thigh issues. I can work through the knee stuff but this thigh pain - not so much. I've been thinking about what I want to do after the 10K is over - want to stay motivated and on track with the running. Have some ideas in mind. There is a running group in my community and some others not far away - I might join them for some group runs, and there is a running team at my work that I belong to and I can do some races with them too. I have a couple of races in mind for November and December. Depending on the progress with my knee will determine if I do half marathon training in January. If I can't do that I might just stick with another round with the 5K/10K group that I am with now - I just don't know yet. If I do the half, I might back down to intervals just to help with the knee issues, although I am better at straight running than I am with running/walking - stopping and starting seems more difficult to me!
Anyway, work continues to be very busy and I am still trying to keep up with a lot of things...wish that I had three weeks to just get things very organized at home - that would help a lot! I am still getting my exercise in most days (sometimes a day gets by here or there) and my eating is still okay - not perfect by any means but okay. I still struggle with thoughts of wanting to eat constantly even when I know that I am not hungry and I need to figure out the cause of that (I think it is boredom) and do something about it. But in general, I am happy, healthy and still working on fitness!
Hope that everyone is doing well, I will continue to check in periodically to catch up! Love and hugs to all!
Friday, September 19, 2014
I haven't been here on SparkPeople much this past week.....mainly just logging my food and checking in with one team. I didn't reply to the wonderful and encouraging comments on my last two blogs...haven't read any articles, just spinning wheels and doing whatever I can do in about five or ten minutes per day. And I feel so bad because I love my friends here and I miss them. But I am struggling. I've been struggling for a long time. Back early in 2013 I realized that I had a problem. I was not getting enough sleep. Every night I was getting about 5 hours, sometimes less. And I am a person who needs around 7.5 hours. This was taking a huge toll on me. So back at that time I did the better sleep challenge. I identified some issues that I was having and made some goals and promises to get to bed earlier. I don't think that I can resolve the issues of frequent waking, but I can at least do my best to get to bed earlier, right? Well, no. After all of this time I am still having a rough time of it. I am too busy, too overextended, trying to do too much, etc. I am STILL getting only about 4 or 5 hours of sleep - 5.5 if I am lucky. I am so tired all of the time that I cannot focus at work and my work is suffering. I am one of those people who are always trying to do too much and I need to streamline. I need to get organized. I need to sleep because my body needs it to recover from exercise - I am not building strength and endurance as fast I ought to be and I wonder if it is because I am not sleeping enough for my body to repair itself. I get so much encouragement from the blogs here, from my Spark Friends, from my teams. So I am not leaving. But I might be here a little less. I don't know yet. I am just trying to find some balance. I want to be able to continue with my running and walking, I want to do yoga, strength training, maybe got to a Zumba or barre class every now and then. I want to do my paper crafts (cardmaking and scrapbooking), I want to read, I want to do my needlework (counted cross stitch). I want to spend time with my husband, my family, my friends. I don't have too many responsibilities at home - I have some help with that, but I need to keep up with the clutter, the laundry and the bills. I have some social media outlets that I like to keep up with. I have some organizing things that I want to do in my home. It all takes so much time. Cooking and food preparation takes time. Grocery shopping! I work and have a longish commute and it seems like by the time I get home and we have dinner and I get ready for the next work day, it is time for bed! No time for any of the fun things that I like to do, let alone for the things that I MUST do. So I don't know, I am just trying to work this out. In the meantime, if you don't see me here, please do not think that I am gone or that I do not care. I DO care. I care so very much. I am just trying to get things under control, find some balance, get some sleep! And with that, I must say good night - I want to try to get at least eight hours in before my group run tomorrow morning! Oh, and I am running in a 5K tomorrow night - if I am able, I will post about that on another blog. Love and hugs to you all!
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Yesterday I was happily surprised when I received some SparkGoodies and some messages congratulating me on my one year maintenance anniversary. I had so much excitement going on that I had completely forgotten that it had been a year! Although this is a huge milestone for me, I am still very much at risk of regain. So I am still working hard on myself, trying to make improvements, eat better, exercise harder.
The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%.
When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%.
When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%!
So for me being just a year into it, I know that I still have a lot of work to do in order to keep it off. In fact, I am a prime example of that having lost/gained many times in my life!
This time I am trying to figure out why I gained after losing. Most of my losses were with Weight Watchers. I would follow the plan to a t - never veering off the course. But I think that I felt deprived. And I would get bored with it. Life would happen and I would just quit doing it. I know that quitting will result in big weight gains, but I would just give in and start eating the junkiest food ever and slowly, the pounds would come on. Last time I gained about 70 pounds. How sad. Now I have lost 90 and kept it off for a year. But I have years to go. How am I going to keep this going? This time I am continuing to look for ways to challenge and motivate myself, especially with fitness. On most of my previous losses, I mostly walked or did no exercise. Sometimes I would do a little strength training, but when I think back on it, I don't think that I was that serious. And eventually I quit. Last time I was doing the treadmill at the Y and I quit going because there was a couple of annoying people there...what a dumb excuse. And at the same time, my eating habits had gotten out of control. This time, I don't want to get bored. I started with walking. When I felt comfortable I started doing some strength training videos here on SP. Then I did 30 Day Shred. I started going to a strength training class. I decided to try running. Eventually I found a running group and that has been very nice. They keep me going! I have to SEEK ways to keep myself motivated. Motivation doesn't just come. Most of us lose that motivation very soon because weight management is HARD! And time consuming! And sometimes boring! It takes time to plan meals, grocery shop, cook and TRACK! Yes, I still track every day. When I tell people that, they seem to believe that I am still trying to lose weight - they seem to have this idea that since I am done losing, I should never have to track again. Oh no, I always explain to them. Now it is even more critical because I am guilty of BIG portions, eating calorie dense foods, and eating lots of junk! Maybe one day I will get to a point where this comes naturally to me, but I am not there yet! But I have to say, one of the most important things that I have right now is my DETERMINATION. I might lose the motivation, but I am going to work very hard to keep the DETERMINATION. It is determination that got me on track to lose the weight, to start running when I had never run a day in my life (even as a child). Determination is having resolve, having willpower, having intent and being purposeful. I find that sometimes things are difficult for me, but even so, I work very hard to make it happen - and that is determination! If we set our minds to it, we can do it! As each of you go through your own weight management journeys, I hope that you each can find your own motivation and determination. And while we are here, let's cheer each other on and give each other encouragement! Let's find inspiration in other's successes! WE CAN DO THIS!
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