Monday, October 01, 2012
I haven't blogged for a while because I've been busy, suffering with some health issues and evaluating my fitness program and how I'm doing. After a long appointment with my doctor, I decided to stop tracking my food for a while and to work out a bit less and a bit differently. I won't go into detail but my joints are highly stressed and I've become too obsessed with exercise and weight loss which puts me in danger for an Anorexia relapse. So with the advice of my doc, backed up by my husband, I'm going to stop tracking my food and I'm not going to stress about getting 60 minutes of exercise each day. 30-45 minutes will be enough and won't be so hard on my joints.
I won't be completely gone from SP but I will be spending much less time here. I will still make being fit and healthy a priority but it can't be the number one thing in my life. I have a house and husband to care for, my animals and of course my job and other hobbies. I can't spend every waking minute on SP or worrying about my food, my weight, the number on the scale. Lately I've been obsessing and that has brought me very close to a relapse, something I can't afford to happen. Not only would my physical and medical health suffer, but also my marriage because my husband won't be so patient and understanding a second time around. So I've got to gain some perspective on this and I feel this is what is best for me at this time.
I will still be exercising but won't be blogging a whole lot, maybe once every week or two. I will still be following a few blogs but I will be behind so please don't think I'm ignoring you, my few special friends and you know who you are!
Good luck to you all and know that my thoughts are with you and you have my full support! I'll be seeing you, just not as often! Wish me well and take care of yourselves! I love my sparkfriends and that will NEVER change!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Today I did the Tabata Inferno, alone. I hate doing this one alone, I like having someone to share the misery with. I hate the first circuit! Its a hard way to start a tough workout, at least for me. I got through it, though I did struggle through the first circuit. After that I got into it and found myself doing 7-8 pushups today, an improvement but I still have a long way to go. I have found that having some high energy music in the background really helps me. The workouts seem to go faster when the music is on. I am going to do a 10 minute ABS workout during MNF tonight. Just a mixture of the tough S90 ABS moves as well as a couple of ABS moves done in Callanetics. I decided to train my ABS on cardio days and rest days.
In other news...went to my first horse races yesterday, the closing day of the season at Emerald Downs. It was fun. We bet $5 bets on 5 races and won one race; it was very exciting! I met a gentleman who had a daughter who is a jockey and was racing in most of the races. I learned a bit about horse racing from him and found him to be charming. We ate some garlic fries that tasted okay but I was sick last night and again this morning. Once a year I try eating deep fried food and once again learn why I don't eat that garbage! We did a lot of walking though; we parked about 1.5 miles from the entrance and turned the walk into a workout and then we walked a lot inside and took the stairs up to the upper floors several times, finding it much easier to take care of racing business as well as personal business (restrooms) and being in a much smaller crowd. The higher you go, we found, the less people. That was another part of the fun, just people watching! Some were really intensely into the betting, some were into the food and beer, some were into the horses and some didn't seem to into it at all. There were people celebrating, cursing, crying (tears of sorrow and joy) and much jumping up and down and screaming! Ice cream cones were floating about everywhere and I wanted one very badly but restrained. Had I seen them first I would have had a small one instead of garlic fries and would have been much happier all around. All in all it was a fun day at the races. We left after the 5th race to beat the crowd and took the walk at a brisk pace the 1.5 miles back to the car, again making it a workout.
Have a great week and don't give up on your goals, whatever they are!!!
Day 18 down, 78 to go!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Today was day 14 of S90 and LEGS. I got up and did the workout prior to breakfast and found that I struggled a bit with a noted lack of energy. LEGS continues to be a challenge for me. I do see my legs getting more defined and toned but I am not noticing a huge increase in strength. I still have a hard time doing lunges with the 6 lb weights, which is frustrating considering the 12 lb weights feel too light for sumo squats and dead lifts. Those darn lunges get me every time. However I WILL conquer them someday. I just don't know when, LOL! After I had some breakfast and some quality kindle time I woke up Gunn and we went to a small lake in our area, one we didn't even know about until yesterday, and spent over an hour hiking the hilly trails along and around the lake. Our dog had a blast and wanted so badly to chase the ducks! We saw a beautiful crane that took wing just as we came within 10 feet of him and he was so graceful. It was very peaceful and we only encountered one other person our whole time there. We stopped at a picnic bench by the boat launch and had some fruit and string cheese. The dog splashed around in the water some more and then we headed back home, happy to have found a new place to play and hike and give our dog a fun outing and a good workout. Boy do my legs feel it! Today was definitely all about working those legs.
All in all it has been a pleasant day. We are having an awesome indian summer here in Seattle and Gunn wore shorts today. That is unprecedented, wearing shorts in the 3rd week of September! I was in jeans but only needed a t-shirt, my fleece jacket eventually wrapped around my waist. Now to heat up some good leftover peachy pork chops and make a salad and we will plant our butts down for the evening. I hope my sparkfriends had a good day also and that you enjoy your evening wherever you are and whatever the weather!
Day 14 down, 86 to go!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Today is day 13 of my 90 day challenge and the workout of the day was Cardio Challenge, and yes it was due to our indian summer and a very hot afternoon. I closed the curtains but it was too late. Oh well, extra sweat never killed anyone! I managed 7 full form push-ups today, an improvement over the 5 I could do just a few days ago. A small victory but a victory nonetheless!
I have to confess my sins. I, who always say it is unwise and dangerous to weigh in too often, have been obsessively weighing in 3 days per week at the clinic where I work. I'd probably be weighing in every day if I worked every day. Thank God for my part time schedule! My weight has been a real issue this summer and has been creeping up, despite my 1200-1400 calorie per day diet, my 350+ fitness minutes each week, and at this point I have gained about 8 lbs, just since the beginning of June. I have tried a few things to shock my body...ate more calories and gained weight...ate less calories and gained weight. Reduced exercise, increased exercise, tried different exercise. Nothing has changed the fact that I am gaining a couple of pounds a month. Its scary to me, having an obese background and not wanting to go back, and my new ND says it is likely menopause. I am perimenopausal at this point, with irregular periods and occasional hot flashes, well not anymore with the help of herbs, but I never would have thought I'd be battling this weight gain with all my good habits and healthy eating. It all goes to the middle and that just SUCKS!
I actually started to consider going on the HCG diet, highly recommended in the naturopathic office where I provide lab service. They have patients dropping weight like crazy and even the menopausal women are losing stubborn weight they've been trying to lose for years. I even went so far as to discuss it with my husband to see if he would okay the expensive diet. He was against it but said he would support me if that was my decision. But the more I think about it the more I think that while HCG might be a great option for some, its just too drastic for me. I'm just going to stop worrying about the number. I'm going to stay off the scale until October 1st. I'm committing to my sparkfriends right now that I will not be weighing in except for once a month from now on. Maybe if I can stop stressing about it I won't feel so frustrated all the time. In the meantime, I'm wondering if my body might be getting too used to Supreme 90 Day...what do my S90 friends say to that? I'd love to get your thoughts. I'm on my 3rd round in just over a year. Do you think I should stop S90 for now and move on to something else? I'd rather spend money on a fitness routine than HCG. At this point anyway. I hope I can get this under control so I don't have to end up injecting HCG in my a$$!
There is nothing much new going on with my life. I am enjoying my new job and just wish I could work more hours. I am always happy when some per diem work comes along on my days off. Gunn is busy as always in his lab and going through major changes at work, mostly for the good. A lot of stress lately but in the long run he'll have much less stress so I keep encouraging him to see the bright side and he's doing really well with it. My husband is one of those people who has a very hard time with change. This upheaval at work has been rough but it has made him realize that nothing stays the same. He's growing as a person before my eyes, in a good way. A good lesson for me too, to realize that we all have to adapt to what life throws at us, whether its fair or right or not.
I hope you are all having a fabulous week. I'm crossing my fingers that I bought the winning Mega Million or Hit-5 tickets tonight!
Day 13 down, 87 to go!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
A. Are you at all artistic? Not in the true sense of the word, though I like to write and can sing beautifully.
B. What are your favorite burger toppings? dijon mustard, onions, lettuce, avocado.
C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? green
D. Diamond or pearls? Niether...I like colored gemstones!
E. What exotic pet would you like to have? I don't know if it counts as exotic but I would love to have a large tropical bird, that is if I didn't have 2 cats and a dog!
F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Snow White and the Hunstman.
G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? A set of canisters from the 60's...an ugly, beat up set that must have come from a dumpster! It was a white elephant gift.
H. What habit would you like to be able to break? Wasting time.
I. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do? "Haunt" a couple of people from my past who might deserve a shake-up!
J. What do you like about your job? The interaction I have with patients.
K. Did you ever learn to knit? No.
L. Would your friends describe you as 'ladylike'? Probably not.
M. What is your middle name? Ann, named from my mother (Annette), my maternal grandmother (Anthonette) and my paternal grandmother (Annie).
N. Are you a night owl or an early bird? Somewhere in between!
O. Do you like okra? Never tried it and probably never will.
P. When was the last time you cleaned out your purse? Yesterday!
Q. What is one of your favorite quotes? "Its not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got" by Sheryl Crow in her song "Soak up the Sun." It just speaks to me.
R. What do you have on the outside of your refrigerator? Family pictures and a few reminders.
S. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To fly.
T. Do you prefer a truck or car? To drive, a car. To be a passenger, a truck or SUV.
U. What is under your bed? Dust bunnies!
V. Did you wear a veil when you got married? No.
W. Can you whistle? Not very well.
X. Do you know what a Xenopus is? No, and I can't find it in the dictionary.
Y. Do you eat yogurt? Yes, the Tillamook light yogurt made with Stevia. It is awesome!
Z. Do you enjoy zombie movies? Sometimes but not exclusively.
You are invited to copy and paste this and insert your own answers. And have a great day!
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