Friday, November 26, 2010
I did the Turkey Trot yesterday and had soooo much fun! I was a little nervous because I've only done that distance on my treadmill. It's easy to keep an even speed when you don't have a choice :) I also heard that there was going to be around 3,000 people. I'm not big on crowds, so I was really starting to second guess whether or not I was going to be OK with this. Oh, and to top it off, it was 38 degrees and raining. YIKES! I was with 2 of my very good friends, one of which is also Sparkie (WCTLFAN). There were so many people, but as the walk started, it all thinned out and I was a lot more comfortable. We kept a really good pace and we were at the turn around before we knew it. I think it helped that we talked non-stop! As we got closer to the end, we noticed that we were just about the last few people. I had no intentions of finishing first, but I really didn't want to be last. So we picked it up a bit and then we saw it... the finish line. We did a "time check" because my goal was to do it in an hour. We were about out of time, so we actually ran the rest of the way. I was so excited to cross that line. Time check - 61 minutes, ugh, so close. But I finished and we had a great time and we're definitely doing it again next year. I checked the results today on the race and my official time was 1:00:33 so I guess I did the race in an hour after all! I already have my eye on a few 5K's I plan on doing next year. I love this new life of mine!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I had a doctor's appointment Friday morning at 8am, it was a check up for my asthma. I go about every 6 months to make sure I'm maintaining with the med routine. So, I was there May 19 and saw the physicians assistant, who I love! She's very personable and just really puts you at ease. I don't know about anyone else, but I hate going to the doc simply because I have to step on that dreaded scale. Well, not so much anymore... So of course, the first thing they do it put you on the scale, and I was actually excited, can you believe that? I couldn't wait to find out what my weight was the last time (6months ago) I was there. So I go in to see the PA and we discuss all my meds and she's commenting on how my blood pressure is VERY good (it's always just been "ok"), my resting heart rate is really good, and then I asked her to look up my weight from my last visit. According to their scales, I've lost 60 lbs in the last 6 months! I actually started to cry... I don't know if it was because of the loss, or because she was so genuinely happy for me. She was so happy that she went to find my doctor to tell him. They were both in the room with me saying how wonderful it was and asking me how I did it. Of course all the credit went to SP and I couldn't tell them enough about it! I told them about the Turkey Trot I'm doing Thursday and my Doc is a big bicyclist who does races and puts together fundraisers all over the county for "Livestrong." He was really psyched about me doing the "trot." You know, you think you're doing all the right things, but then to have it validated by 2 health professionals, really makes you feel great! Except for the fact that now, I have to have a bunch of bloodwork done to see how my body's doing internally. You know, cholesterol, electrolytes, all of my "levels" and such. I never "consulted a heath care professional" before I started my jouney, so now they just want to get everything checked out. I'm sad that I can't put 60 lbs lost on my spark page, but you know what, I'm super close and I've worked hard to lose the weight I have with spark people and I'm really proud of myself. I never thought I'd make it this far! It really was a great way to start the day!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
With all the commotion that's been going on around me, between my brother's wedding, the kids getting adjusted to school and a slight bit of chaos at work, MY life feels like it's been put on hold. Nothing has made me happier then to be a part of my brother's wedding... nothing is more satisfying than to see my kids growing up and starting their education...and the chaos at work... I can totally do without. Unfortunately, the combination of all of this has left me a bit drained emotionally and in my case, as some of you may know, it has manifested itself as the plague. When you have big events like this, you seem to be in a constant state of motion. I've been "running" since last week and I guess my body's like "OK, we've had enough, STOP!" When I didn't listen it took over and shut it down for me.
I haven't worked out since LAST Thursday (10 days ago) which is making the C25K sooo much easier to accomplish. I'm so stuffed up and congested, I can't taste my food, which has actually made cottage cheese much more appealing, but overall has made it difficult to want anything at all. If I've wanted anything to eat, I've been craving McD's french fries which is totally NOT cool! I had it all set in my mind to get back on the treadmill today and really make this weekend count, didn't happen. The plague has been downgraded, but now I'm coughing up chunks of lung... fabulous... which just made me go back to bed. Spending 3 hrs in the sunshine at the kids soccer games sounded like a great idea. I didn't account for the wind chill factor and, despite the fact that I had a sweater on, was turned into a popsicle. I 'm sure that was a good move for my asthma! Well, the kids won their last games, everyone went home with trophies and mama got her McD's french fries (don't judge they were the tastiest damn things I've eaten all week)!!!
I really haven't "fallen off the wagon" , but I haven't exactly been the driver either. It's bumming my out that I haven't worked out and my food hasn't been stellar (although I have stayed in range). I have an excellent dinner planned tonight and my food for tomorrow is all ready to go. I really need to get back on that treadmill and make a go of it, even for 30 minutes. I know a lot of my sparkfriends haven't been feeling well either, and I hope you are all on the mend as well. WCTLFAN, I apologize in advance for Monday night! I hate being sick!
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