Thursday, July 08, 2010
Last year, when I tried "running" for the first time in ten years, I was probably just shy of 280 pounds, 15 pounds from where I started, but a far cry from being able to call myself a runner. I managed 4 sixty second segments of what could loosely be called jogging during the course of an hour long walk. I didn't even have the shoes to do it. I had thin soled walking shoes with worn out tread, but the hubby insisted I make it a "habit" before buying proper shoes. Yes, I was going to start running-he'd heard that before.
After a while I worked up to two minute segments and got new shoes. I told the hubby I wanted to be able to run "to the cow and back" one day. For those of you not the know, "the cow" referred to a miniature cow at a farm a mile down the road from our house, where now resides a miniature pony (that terrifies Cricket, my running buddy) instead. It seemed a pipe dream. Yes, I know people run MUCH longer distances but to the cow and back seemed so FAR to me.
Well, that summer, I eventually worked my way up to 4-5 four minute segments during my hour long walk and that's where I stopped. Winter came and I took up other sports. I continued to loose weight and told myself I would get back to running "someday." I would occasionally lace up my shoes when I read a particularly inspirational blog from one of my Sparkfriends -TEAM_SARAH or PINKCOCONUT-but then when SPUNKYDUCKY ran her first 5K, I read her blog (I think it was titled "I did it! And you can too!) and thought "Maybe I need a race to get motivated to do this regularly!"
Now, if I was going to be motivated I also needed a unique race with a cause I could believe in. Unique- I could run it with Cricket, our springer spaniel. Cause-Carolina canines of course!
I started out pretty close to where I left off last year in terms of endurance-three or four minute segments, working up to 10:1 run/walk in the last couple of weeks. I got new shoes again to correct over-pronation, went through four sets of headphones to find a pair that would stay on my ears during the run, and three camel backs to find one that didn't leak or chafe. Last week I even found a visor to keep the sun and the sweat out of my eyes.
And today I made it to the cow and back. OK, pony and back. Two miles without stopping in under 25 minutes. Today I became a runner!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Well, got the blood test results back and I am the picture of health. Even the few results that were questionable when I had my last workup done three years ago were spot on now. I would be ecstatic if not for the fact that I still have an unexplained food or drug allergy lurking about (none of the foods I eliminated from my diet caused a reaction when I added them back) not to mention the mysterious bout of dizziness and nausea last week and general tiredness lately.
The doctor suspects last week was due to a combination of dehydration and heat. Only trouble is I generally drink about 8 ounces of water every 2 hours. so I find it hard to believe I was dehydrated...and lately I have been RUNNING outside in 90 degree heat so I can't see how the heat in an air conditioned exercise studio would get to me. We weren't even 20 minutes into the routine!
And there is still the perplexing fact that my blood pressure was low on the day I went to see the doc - 90/60. Ah well. much like the unexplained allergy, this too will likely remain a mystery until symptoms develop again. Maybe it's all an allergic reaction and I need to explore testing to determine if I have any food allergies or intolerances.
The hubby thinks last week was due to a bad reaction to a "wrap" I tried at a party one of the neighbors had on Monday. They are getting into this home based business where you sell body wraps that claim to "melt inches" in minutes and detox your body.
I was a skeptic but since the claims are the product is all natural I thought I would go an support them. Upon the hubby's insistence that the wrap was the problem, I pulled a complete ingredient list and, while there are natural herbs and ingredients in the product, there are also scarier questionable ingredients like Ceteareth 12, Urea, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate and all kinds of parabens. Lots of skin care products have some of these in them (though I try to avoid) but most you don't leave on for an hour while you wrap yourself in saran wrap so your skin can't breath. So maybe the hubby is right...
Oh well, at least I am feeling better this week. My foot is a little tender after my run-in yesterday with the earring, so I may have to skip HipHop today in favor of swimming again (will be extra careful where I step), but I am on track with sticking to the lower calorie range I set for myself this week and exercising daily.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Well, if you've been following my blogs lately, you may have noticed a dramatic change in recent weeks from my usual upbeat "can do anything" attitude. I've been in a funk, to put it simply. I have been feeling poorly, overworked and overstressed, frustrated with snail's pace weight loss results and suffering from a general lack of motivation. Let me see, yeah, that about covers it.
I've been to the doctor and am waiting on final blood test results tomorrow, but am feeling much better after the long weekend. I am somewhat de-stressed and better rested and, regardless what the tests say, ready to start kicking some butt again. Que the 80s inspirational music montage...it's action time!
1) First, clean up the diet. I wouldn't say I have been eating badly these past few weeks or even overeating, but there is a reason there are a few days missing from my tracker each week. Snacky days when I mentally tallied my intake and found I had at least hit the high end of my ranges (which I suspect is a little high for me anyway). Days when the hubby and I went out to dinner and estimating my intake was just too big of a pain. I have been eating like I am in maintenance mode and, with 50+ pounds still to go, it's time to demand more of myself than that. So this week I will:
Track every day
Aim for 1200-1500 calories per day (yes, less that SP recommends but one week won't hurt after living at the high end of my ranges for the last two)
2) Exercise every day this week. I haven't felt up to doing much the past couple of weeks. Sometimes the heat was to blame. Sometimes a busy schedule. And of course there was the exhaustion and the dizzy, fainty spell I blogged about last time! But I didn't say I had to run every day this week or make it to the Y every day this week, just exercise. I can take it easy and do some yoga or use the stability ball on days I don't feel like doing much at all, but I will meet (or exceed) my calorie burn!
3) Strength train. I have actually been much better about this lately. Even the last two weeks I managed to fit in a couple of ST sessions and am definitely starting to see results. But the hubby and I have decided to take a canopy tour on our cruise this December, so I am going need a whole lot more upper body strength that I have right now before we sail!
4) Stop psyching myself out! When the hubby and I were discussing the canopy tour, he mentioned that he needed to lose 30 pounds to meet the weight restrictions. I did a quick calculation in my head and told him he still had five months to do it. He laughed and said "You think I MIGHT be able to lose 30 pounds in HALF a year? Yeah I think I'll be OK" And he will be, no fear at all of failing. But me? Even breaking into the two teens was anticlimactic since my normal 3 pound weight fluctuation took me right back up to the 220s (barely) just days after my hard won victory. But its OK, before long I will be down again and the high end of my weight fluctuation will be 219 vs. 221 and then I'll do down again. Onderland 20 pounds away, people!
I got this
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I really thought I had just been lazy for the past 10 days. I chalked my constant fatigue up to stress. I even blogged yesterday about how bad I felt for slacking lately (at least in the exercise department).
But folks, tired doesn't begin to cut describe what I have been feeling, especially this week. I got eight hours of sleep last night (except for waking up once so thirsty I downed eight ounces of water and a cup of watermelon mindlessly before going back to bed) and still felt like like I was operating at about 40% in the energy department all day. I am eating right, sleeping decent, hydrating adequately. The only negative factor I can pinpoint has been anxiety and mental work overload.
So I told myself I would stick to the plan today despite my fatigue and go to HipHop. I did NOT feel like going, but I felt like I NEEDED to go. My Sparkbuddies would be holding me accountable and, after all, I don't want to back slide. So I was tired; that's just my mind rebelling against doing something my body doesn't want to do. That's just me being lazy (or trying to anyway).
So I went. Twenty minutes in, I felt a hard wave of nausea. I suspected I had just overheated a bit, so got some water and took it down a notch. Thirty minutes in and the nausea had not subsided. Side to side motion made me feel like losing my water, so I took it down three or four notches, enough to avoid movement that would make me hurl but not so far that my heart rate would come down too fast. Thirty five minutes in, I felt like I was in serious danger of passing out. Luckily the instructor wanted to get out early, so started the cool down and stretch. Things at least got no worse until the last minute or so of stretching when I got stomach cramps so bad I had to stop. As soon as class was over, I put my water bottle back in my locker and went into the lobby to sit down until I felt okay to drive. A friend in class took one look at me and said my color was so bad, my lips had turned white.
To put it in perspective, tonight I did what would usually have been a WEAK workout (250-350 burned max) and burned 530 calories because my heart rate was so high. Not good. So apparently this fatigue thing is not just stress and I am not so lazy after all. Going to the doctor in the morning to get my new ailment sorted out. First, the hypersensitivity vasculitis (rash/undiagnosed food or drug allergy), now this! What is going on with me????
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I can't believe it has been 10 days since my last blog! I have barely glanced at my friend feed at all in the past week. I have comments I need to reply to and kudos to dole out and I just can't bring myself to get around to it.
The workload since my coworker left has been unimaginable and, since we won't hire a replacement until September, there is bound to be little relief for several months yet. In the end, it will be good change, but right now I feel totally overwhelmed.
On top of it, I feel guilty that I have been totally slacking on my workouts for the last week! I worked out ONCE last week-Zumba and Strength Training on Monday- and only managed a 2 mile hike on Sunday because it was so HOT. I had a party to go to yesterday (not an eating or drinking party so at least I didn't overindulge), so nothing this Monday either. And today I am just tired and, to be perfectly honest, all I want to do is curl up with a good book and chill.
As much as "I'll start tomorrow" was a mantra of the old me, I think I AM just going to wait and get back in the swing of things tomorrow with a fresh perspective. HipHop is tomorrow. and I am REALLY looking forward to it (instructor was out last week, so no class). So here's the plan: Wed-HipHop and ST, Thurs-5K training, Fri-Zumba and ST, Fri-5k Training. That ought to meet my calorie burned goal for the week and I can just relax and go to bed early tonight.
On a good note, I hit the two-teens on Saturday!!! The 220s have been the toughest plateau I have reached yet on this journey, so I really want to gain some momentum now that they are behind me. I am 17 pounds away from being out of the "obese" category. So here's to hitting it hard tomorrow...and procrastinating a little longer tonight. Keep me accountable folks!
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