Wednesday, May 23, 2012
My daughter and i were watching the first episodes of The Biggest Loser. The very first one and we were giggling over the different changes that occurred over the seasons. We had only just begun watching the Biggest Loser a few seasons ago so these are all new to us. We wondered if Bob and Jillian knew how "big" (no pun intended) they were about to become. We giggled at the mattresses in the contestants rooms and marveled how they now have temperpedics. Then we held our sides as we laughed that product placement was in fact, still there from the get go and gawked as Allie was in fact Caroline. If this is all Greek to you,that's okay, it was to us too. They were all such subtle, yet noticeable changes.
"it's time to cut the fat" Caroline Rhea Biggest Loser Season 1
The point is, as the days start to blur together we tend to forget why we started or even where we came from. Time is so irrelevant to what we are doing and yet we are constantly using it against ourselves. How many times do we say "ugh, I didn't lose any weight this week"? We tend to forget that our bodies have adapted to what WE created for it and therefore we need to give it time to adapt to our new lifestyles. Along the way, we can look back and laugh at the small changes that created such a great journey.
Changes such as: Remember that clothing mishap last week? My hubby went out and bought me new shorts. Yeay right? After watching the Biggest Loser my daughter and I feel inspired to work out. Let's go do this "again" we say! (and again is good as long as you keep doing again, right? right.) I pull my hair up into a ponytail and out the door we go.
I begin walking and get no more than halfway up the block when I ask her: "silly question, but are my shorts riding up my Yahoo?" to which she replied
"I'm not looking at your Yahoo"
So, I look and sure enough there are my brand new shorts every time I walk a few feet riding up in between my legs. Really? Really?
I then begin the process of horseback walking. You know the one, where you walk with your legs way out and your thighs don't mush together like you just finished horseback riding for several hours. (or in my case, the spin cycle at the gym)
I think I'm going to have to invest in some bike shorts though or something. My clothes just don't want to cooperate with me. It's no wonder I never want to leave my sweats and tee shirts. They may sag and look terribly tacky, but at least I know they're gonna stay put!!
Tell THAT to "What not to Wear".
OH.....gosh I got waaaaay off track today. All I wanted to say was I finished Week 2 of C25 finally. Really, that was the whole purpose of this blog, to get on here and hold myself accountable for finishing that doohickey and moving on to week 3 and something about cookies or...
I have been feeling mucho better. All my blood work came back and says since I've lost 20 pounds my blood sugar dropped. woo hoo!! So, just gotta watch the HB pressure. Which I have been, I think doing really well on watching what I eat. and LOTS of water.
and a cup of coffee a day.
I'm weak, sue me. (don't......really..... I have no money)
Did I mention I finished Week 2 of C25?
I'm going to go finish up my daily duties now and plan for our weekend camping trip at the ocean. I'm so excited! Hubby even promised me he would take me to see the "Murder She Wrote" house. Squeeeeeeeeeee!!
So, for anyone who happens to be peeking at my page. Remember, take it easy on yourself mentally during this phase. Changes occur over time and our brain doesn't want to recognize that until the time has passed. Make it fun. Make it something you want to do the rest of your life. Make it yours and have a great weekend.
Monday, May 21, 2012
That's the verdict thus far and can it cause pain? uh yep, depends on how high the blood pressure gets so as my Dr put it "for you to being feeling well at 142/96 (which is high) you must have been very high to be sick"
We are going to be doing a lab workup in the morning to measure my cholesterol, blood sugar (poss diabetes) and thyroid.
I asked her as I 've been reading a lot about nutrition and watching Food, Inc and Forks over Knives what her thoughts were on using plant based diet as a treatment.
She said I was young enough and still relatively healthy to use this as an option. For now. However, she also recommends incorporating the Dash Diet into it as it is meant for lowering blood pressure. She asked me to buy a cuff and come in several times during the next two weeks so we can measure it. I don't know if two weeks will be enough time to notice a difference, but we will see. It's nice she wants to keep me monitored anyhow and is willing to try this rather than just putting me on meds. She actually sounded happy I was willing to do this over asking for meds.
She also wanted me to drink one 4oz glass of red wine a week. For women it is supposed to greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks/strokes. I told her I didn't think I could do this as I didn't want any alcohol in the house with a recovering alcoholic. She said "you are a good wife" LOL However, I can still drink my coffee in moderation, so that makes me happy. Yes, I know that means two cups, and NOT two pots. Got it. I think, however, with how I had been feeling and wanting to go all or nothing that green tea and water will be my friend. Yup, I said it.....out loud. Did you ever think you'd see the day? I know I sure freaking didn't.
Hubby goes in today for a catscan on his kidneys. They've discovered some cyst on them. I'm pretty sure it'll be okay, but I am a little worried.
So, driving home today I was processing all this information in my head and have come to two conclusions.
One, if this isn't motivation to get into a healthy lifestyle, and fast, I don't know what is!
Two, being over forty sucks.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I have not been feeling well.
At first I thought I had slept on my neck wrong. Woke up and my neck and head ached to the point of nausea. So, I stayed down.
Four days went by, 2400 mg of Ibuprofin a day and it wasn't getting any better. Hubby suggest I try Claritin. His thought that they were allergies clogging my sinuses so desperate, I try it.
Began to feel better. Yeah! Even went to the gym so youngest could swim.
Yesterday I wsa feeling pretty good and began making plans for this week. I'm making a Word Calendar of Workouts that I want to accomplish this month. I've gained back up to 180 and this does not please me.
Actually, this is a major "booooo"
I went to my daughter's AA graduation yesterday. Took her to dinner. I'm so proud of her. It's not a big deal to a lot of people, but I know the hours she put into this. I know she hasn't had a summer off yet in over 2 years. I know she took course overloads TO finish in two years and she did it with honors. This, after having such a rough time from 13-18....I just cannot express how proud of her I am to do such a 180.
**with honor tassel**
Came home after dinner and went to bed.
Woke up dizzy, in pain....in sooooooo much pain. I came out and hubby tried making me coffee but I was so nauseated I went back to bed.
Took a Claritin and two Excedrin
It was 2:30 before I was able to face the day.
Man I am SO SORRY!! So sorry for ever having doubted anyone who said sinus pains or allergies were painful. Im normally one to kind of "scoff" at pain. Get over it and move on type of gal, but Holy Smokes!! Trust me, this chick has been through open heart surgery, kidney surgeries, and more. I know what pain is. THIS though. OMan!!
I guess I will go collect stock in Claritin or something. Maybe start taking it before bedtime. Maybe that will help.
But that's what's happening. That's what is going on. Give me a couple of more days and I will be back to body in progress :o)
Now, where's my "morning" coffee?
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I am one of those people who are GREEEEAT starting out of the gate. It doesn't matter what the project is I'm on it.....for a bit.
Then excuses win and I peter out.
It started to happen this year and that's why I put up the dress. School's just about over and this summer will be mine.
This morning I had weighed myself and was at the peak of 179, yet again. My own fault ... I even LOOK at taking days off and snacking and this is what I get. When I put on my workout clothes and looked in the mirror I almost cried. My belly stuck out like I was 7 months pregnant and far exceeded my breast area. I had to take action .... FAST!
I walked to the gym with the youngest so she could go swimming. I looked over at the dumbbell section and told myself I would get there, but had to work on cardio today. So I did. I did my W2D2 of C25 and decided not to push it to an hour (pretty warm in there) and then decided to try a new machine. I did this Arc thingie that looks like a gazelle lunge? At least that's the best way I can describe it. I worked on that for about 10 minutes when the youngest came up and said she was ready to go.
When I came home from the gym today I glanced through my photos and noticed that they were from March of 2010. I asked my girls to take a picture of me now and see if there was a notable difference with a little over 15 pounds gone. Well, the hair for sure is different....the rest is for you to see :o)
not too bad. Starting to get a little waist there :o)
My swollen tummy went down (I'm not sucking it in, promise) so that made me feel better. Maybe it just wanted a good run.
okay, so I still need to work on squats.
But, it was a good start to motivation. If I can notice the slight 15 pounds I can surely notice it when I get down to 169 (again!!)...then, 159, then start looking like I want to good...then really FEEL good....yadda yadda..
OMGoodness Golly! I was rocking out to my 80s music yesterday when I told my oldest..."okay, I have to go and before I do I shall play my all time favorite video"
I did and I cried...what the heck is WRONG with me?! LOL I was so happy jumping up and down, singing and pointing to the screen "aren't they BEAUTIFUL??" ...sighs Duran Duran are to me what the Beatles were back in the 60s. My daughter, being the sweetheart she is, cropped the photo and put it as my desktop. I squealed like a little kid and said "screw it, that tattoo is going on my leg"
**Duran Duran/New Moon on Monday**
I love being a dork. It's clearly my thang.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Some days I tell ya...
so I had given away my coffee pot. It wasn't a very good coffee pot but it made 8 cups of coffee. We wanted to cut back on the caffeine intake so I moved my hubby's Keurig in as it makes one cup at a time. Great incentive right?
Yup....one small, tiny, insee, weenie, cup at a time.
and let me tell you, those little plastic doohickey things that you put in there are EXPENSIVE!!
So, I'm pouting as I've already gone to Starbucks a couple of times this week and ordered "just a large venti or two of regular coffee" to take home and I thought "I wonder if I can reuse these bad boys" I add the water to the top and re-close the gadget for coffee.
did you know that if you don't close it all the way, the pressure builds up and it makes this loud BLAM!!! noise and coffee explodes EVERYWHERE?!
I'm talking the walls, the ceiling, the floor, the other side of the kitchen...we're still spooning out grounds...
I went to the gym to do the treadmill so I want to catch up on my C25. My youngest loves to swim so it's nice to go there and get what I need done. I get done with the treadmill and go downstairs to attempt some ST. I look at the rows of dumbbells and head towards them when I stop cold in my tracks.
Depending on which kid you were in high school will determine your relation to this story: I was the nerdy one, the beat up one, the geek, the wallflower, the totally "uncool" one.
So, I'm looking at the benches and dumbbells and all these well, frankly they were all beautiful people. Muscles flexing, scanty clothing gripping, clearly liking what they see in the mirror. I slowly back away as if I had come across a rattler in my path...fear gripping at my very soul and I know I must have had the look on my face to prove it.
How is this possible? I'm freaking **cough cough** years old!! I'm not in high school anymore....why did I just assume these people would even care if I was there?
I'm pretty sure my mutant ninja fat cells played a hand in this conspiracy!!
Tried to do my Hip Hop Abs this morning.
I really really really tried. There needs to be a 1-800-WTH-HELP line. I mean, do I just dance? Do I grunt tuck and tilt? It's frustrating to do a DVD and have it say "check your form" How? Where? With Who? With What? The Mirror with all the cool people next to the dumbbells???
I'm glad Limelight had that inspiring video of Arthur, the man who couldn't......otherwise I would feel defeated. Freaking inspiring people irk me today.
Life should be unlimited peanut butter and celery with no a$$ consequences.
and maybe carbs.
Thanks....I needed that.
I'm going to go pick up the girls now. Take the dogs out for a walk. Work on Shape it Up today and really really really work out this frustrated fear of whatever. And I'm gonna see me....in this dress......with those shoes.....it can happen..right? Even at my age?? with resistant mutant ninja fat cells?
Sure, it can happen. totally.
Draw your celery swords!! Abandon peanut butter!!!
(leave the chocolate frosting though............just in case)
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