Monday, April 21, 2014
I am so happy to be able to go to my jazzercise class 5 x's/wk again. I'm not even doing it on purpose. It just sort of works out that way. I love my jazzercise! I am very passionate about it and have made it a priority in my life for almost 10 years now. Also, I have gone for a few gentle run/walks the past 2 weeks and am not having any problems at all with my leg (problem I mentioned in previous posts). So I am ready to step it up and plan to run/walk Wednesday & Friday mornings before work (5 am wake up call EEK!) & Sunday mornings as well as continue my low impact jazzercise Mon-Thurs & Sat.
I am a work in progress in regards to my diet. See, I think adding exercise into a daily routine is easy (at least it is for me, it has become habit). I struggle with the FOOD. I didn't do as poorly over this Easter weekend as I expected. As a matter of fact, I lost 0.3 lbs from last Monday. Unfortunately, after "binging" I find it hard to gain control back over my eating habits. I realize I should have been more responsible over the weekend, and therefore, would not be in this predicament. I am not going to beat myself up. No way! I am just going to get back to it. Track it, count it, burn it off.
I promise myself that I won't over train so that my posterior tibial tendon gets angry with me again. So far so good.
I was watching My 600 Pound Life last night and I can't help but think the following:
Disclaimer: rambling ahead!
I think it's funny how when a craving hits me it's not for broccoli, carrots, zucchini (well you get the picture). No, it's for chocolate, potato chips, pastries, etc. Makes me think all of those chemicals that are added into our boxed foods (or processed foods) are the culprits behind our food addictions. All of those added sugars and processed grains and all of those un-natural ingredients...... So we binge on them and then feel like absolute crap. And I'm not just talking about the guilt we feel for failing ourselves. I'm talking about the "hangover" we feel from the lack of nutrition we get from these horrible foods. So why do we keep eating them? We know they aren't good for us and provide a short-lived "high". I wish these foods weren't so available 24/7. But then again, I don't have to buy them and consume them. I can't blame the store or the manufacturers. I can only blame myself. It's up to us, the consumer, to change what is put on the shelves in our stores. We have to FORCE them to create products that WE want.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1.) Well I am still struggling with the same 5 lbs I keep losing & gaining back. I have no one to blame but myself. I know what I'm doing right when the scale moves down, and I know what I'm doing wrong when it moves up. I think as soon as I see 145 I slack off and start to make more unhealthy choices.
2.) I have begun a very gentle training regime to nurse myself back to running. I have a 5k scheduled for May 10, 2014 that I am training for right now. My first "run" was Sunday and consisted of a 10 second run to a 50 second walk. It went very well & I experience absolutely no discomfort at all in the posterior tibial tendon region. I do, however, have some tenderness when I press firmly on affected area. But it is NOTHING like it was. I am still doing low impact Jazzercise & taking anti-inflammatory, but have decreased dosage considerably. Also, it is my plan to be able to run for 2 minutes & walk for 1 minute for future races.
3.) Speaking of future races..... My cousin & I are in talks about reliving our Disney Princess Half Marathon experience next year and participating in the Tinkerbell Half at Disneyland to get our Coast to Coast medals. It isn't final yet, but we are discussing the option. It's still really early, but we have to decide by July in order to register. We also have to aim for a better time on a 10k or greater race so we can move up in the corrals to have a bigger cushion on the pace requirement so we can stop & take pictures with the characters along the way. I ran a 10k last month and my time was 1:18, which is almost a 13 minute mile. Not bad, but I'd like to be faster, at least for shorter races like 5k's.
4.) I was able to register for the correct class for Fall semester (I had to drop the one this semester due to a bunch of bull). I am now a semester behind from my planned graduation but I am almost there.
5.) On the home front, my brother & his family are still living with us. They plan to move out as soon as the job opportunity for my brother is available (Octoberish). I sure do hope so because I don't know how much longer I can stand this situation. It is really affecting my ability to lose weight consistently and my mental health. I'd like to be able to get into my kitchen without other people having to be in there as well. Also, due to the weird layout of our old (1930's) house, which has been added on to without the inclusion of hallways, you have to enter one room to get into another. For example, my bathroom is connected to the laundry room. So when someone needs to do laundry, they have to go through my bathroom. And said person does laundry all week long. I have to announce when I need the washer/dryer so I can "reserve" the darn thing. Not to mention the excessive lack of privacy. Ugh!!!!
Time to focus on what I have to look forward to:
a.) My next 5k in May
b.) Enjoying my Fall class
c.) Planning next year's 1/2 Marathons
d.) Losing this stubborn 5 pounds and losing even more
Happy Hump Day!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I ended up cancelling my Dr's appointment. I have been taking ibuprofen/acetaminophen, not running at all, and only doing low impact Jazzercise for almost 3 weeks now. I am happy to report that the discomfort I was feeling in my posterior tibial tendon region is non-existent at this point. I never had any limping or pain when I walked or did low impact jazzercise. Basically, only when I pushed on a very specific area on my inner calf/tibia area. I feel NO discomfort at all now; like normal again.
So, I signed up for a local 5k in May and will resume training this week . I promised myself to not push myself too far too fast as I do not want this to reoccur. I plan to run/walk only 1 mile this week (friday, saturday & sunday). Next week will be 2, so on and so forth. I am excited and very happy!!!!!
In addition, I am back on track with my tracking & healthy eating lifestyle. I went on a mini-vacay to Orlando this past weekend (Wed - Sun) and ate everything and anything I wanted. I knew when I stepped on the scale Monday what it would say. But, after being back to my Healthy Habits I have dropped the weight I gained and am on the road to weight loss once again. I am sleeping great this week and have some fun things planned for the weekend.
Have a Sparktaculous day everyone!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
When I hopped on the scale this morning I was surprised to see that the number hadn't changed at all from yesterday morning. This is the first time I haven't seen it fluctuate all year.
I weigh myself at the same time every morning with nothing on but my glasses (so I can read the darn thing). I do this to take note of the changes in my body, to assess what I ate the day before, and how much sodium, etc. Plus, if the number creeps up consistently or a large amount in a short period of time I take note, reel things in & get myself put back on track once again.
I must admit that I really love how SparkPeople breaks down the nutrition tracker into the different aspects that make up our food (carbs, fats, protein) and how it allows us to add nutrients that we want to keep track of (like sodium, calcium, etc). I never really paid attention to how much sodium I take in until I started using my tracker consistently. And Friday evening after I went out to dinner I had consumed more than 6,000 mg of sodium. That's 3 x's the recommended. Ouch!
Anyway, I just wanted to share that I didn't have a fluctuation this morning. And to me that's a victory.
Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone.
Monday, March 31, 2014
I am going to Orlando this weekend for a mini-vacay with my cousin and I need a new bathing suit so we can hang by the pool, sip fun drinks & swim (to burn off those fun drinks). So, I went bathing suit shopping this weekend. If there's one thing I hate in this world, it's shopping for a bathing suit. We are all so critical of ourselves, especially if we don't look like that Victoria's Secret model in the dressing room mirror. At least that's how I feel. My first stop was at kohls because they carry this body enhancing line. I tried on two and cried out in horror. If it fit great in one place, it didn't fit in others. Meaning the cleavage I wanted wasn't in the front but in the back. LOL! So I stomped out of the store in defeat. Told myself "forget it, you're just not going to swim this weekend." After having a talk with my cousin I was informed that Sears carries the Landsend brand and she swears by those. So yesterday I decided to brave a store once again. Well, I have to say, it was a much more pleasant experience. After trying on 2 styles suits I found one I liked. Then I picked out that style in several colors. After sending pics to said cousin of those on me, we picked one out. And I LOVE it! It gives me the support & camouflage I need to feel comfortable. And I must admit it looks nice. It was fun having my cousin with me, even though it was by virtual means.
The pattern & style selected: (http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-b
In other news, I have an appointment with a Doctor on April 8th about my possible tendonitis. I have been treating myself with ibuprofen twice per day, only doing low impact jazzercise (in which I am actually burning more calories than high), and am not running at all. And you know what? It feels better already. But I am keeping the appointment anyway and am going to continue this regime for at least 6 wks or whatever the Doc says.
Keep the Spark alive everyone!
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