Tuesday, June 21, 2011
...Or so it seems. I happily finished my 28 Day Bootcamp and wanted to keep up the momentum before, during, and after my cruise.
The week between finishing and my cruise I totally lazed it up. I didn't exercise, but kept active. After all, I was preparing for a week at sea... On the cruise itself I did manage to hit the ship's gym 3 of the 4 days we were at sea. And on land, I walked for hours on end or soaked in the ocean. Once again, kept active and mostly kept up my momentum. When I got back, I found myself "landsick" for several days- I was super dizzy and off-balance. I didn't workout at all because I was afraid I'd hurt myself on the treadmill or twist my ankle walking up a hill (my 'hood is very hilly). I LOVE to travel, but am not a very good traveler in regards to jetlag, seasickness, landsickness, etc. I also had an unusual work schedule starting immediately after I got back that I was trying to adjust to.
I was ready to get back into it once my head cleared from the fog and my schedule was solidified in my brain. Unfortunately, I have a problem and its certainly decided to worsen at this time. I need my gallbladder removed. It is full of stones. Completely full. And I, like millions of Americans, do not have health insurance. So, at the moment I'm stuck. I've been suffering from moderate to slightly-more-than-moderate pain. One night it was pretty severe. So, I haven't been eating much lately. I've definitely not eaten enough to fuel a workout, I'm barely eating enough to fuel my regular activity, but I'm terrified to eat. Anything and everything causes pain of some sort. Who wants to go hit the treadmill when your stomach has a persistent dull pain?
So, I'm stalled. I'm stalled in my fitness and I'm stalled in the next stages of my life that I'd love to be taking already! I want to go to culinary school here in San Diego, but I can't start something when I'll have to take time out, have a surgery, recover, then go back to finish. It just doesn't make sense... especially because the program I'm looking into is only about 9 months long. Then, I'd love to be looking for and starting a Master's program in Nutrition so I can be a Registered Dietitian. I feel like I need to get this stupid diseased organ out first, then I can start on the next part.
I've applied for a public insurance-type program for people with pre-existing conditions. I hope I get it. I don't want to have to foot the bill for a surgery. I'd rather do a laparoscopic surgery than a regular one, so there's more mula right there. I'm crossing my fingers and praying that this situation gets resolved satisfactorily and soon.
I leave you with my towel dog that the wonderful staff on the Carnival Splendor taught us how to do.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Quite a journey it has been to finish. And I can't say I was always 100% successful, but I stuck it out knowing I did the absolute best I could! I've learned a few things along the way that I didn't know I could do...
I doubled up ALL the toning videos every day this final week. I made myself do them all twice because I knew for myself it was time to step it up. Doing them twice made me feel incredible and to me showed improvement from the very first week- that I had gained so much that I needed to increase the intensity and make it more challenging.
I also discovered I was willing to make sacrifices of petty things to make sure I got my workout in for the day. If I was invited to lunch, I would ask to meet a half hour later just to make sure I got in either cardio, toning, or both before heading out. I also discovered I actually could make myself do my workout no matter what time of day it was. I believed prior to this challenge that I could talk myself out of a workout if I waited too late in the day to do it. But here it is, 8pm, and I'm finishing up my 40 minutes of cardio and two toning videos. Booyah! I also noticed I'm more conscious of what I'm eating. Whether its a day I'm tracking, a day I'm tracking my fruits/vegetable servings only, or not tracking at all, I'm more aware of what I'm ingesting. I can't say that I'm ready to be tracking my meals regularly, but I think a deeper awareness is a good step in the right direction. I'm more than happy with that.
Tomorrow is the day I will weigh and measure to see my progress. For my future fitness goals, I'm going to do at least 3 days of cardio, 40 minutes (and increasing as I build stamina) and at least 2 days of strength training, on alternating days. If I can fit in more, then by all means I will. At a minimum, though, those are my goals. And of course I will increase the exercise as I build my endurance. My roommate says I should challenge myself to double the 28 days and make my own bootcamp for 56 days. I may consider doing that as well. I also am going to continue to expand my nutrition awareness and what sort of foods I'm eating. I'm going to take it to the next level and go to culinary school AND look into a Registered Dietitian program through the American Dietetics Association. I've been inspired by this program and encouraged for the last year by several close people in my life.
So, I'll edit this on Monday with my measurements to see how I progressed. I'm hoping to see some results. *Crosses fingers!*
Weight: 192.5 (up 1lb from last week! WHY?!?!)
Waist: 45.5" (down from 46")
Hips: 36" (down from 36.75")
Right Thigh: 14.25" (down from 14.25")
Left Arm: 28.25" (down from 28.5")
Monday, May 16, 2011
I finished!!! Hooray for me!!! I'm so glad to have gotten through the 28 days of bootcamp! Here's my recap:
Day 22, Monday- I caught up on the exercises I needed to catch up on in order to still be doing well in the bootcamp. I did my day 6 & 7 workouts (upper body and core), plus the day 1 video, which is the 10 minute cardio, and then 30 minutes on the treadmill. That got me completely caught up. It also helped out with the stress of my granny being in the hospital, my uncle being a mega jerkface (that's the nicest thing I can call him), and impending tests I had for the week. I tracked 5 veggie/fruit servings!
Day 23, Tuesday- I did 40 minutes of cardio- 30 on the treadmill and 10 on the elliptical. Woo! I also doubled up my toning videos for the day. And I didn't track my meals that day, although I don't think I scheduled myself to. I only got in 4 servings of fruit/veg, but I probably ate more than that in actuality.
Day 24, Wednesday- My short workout day thanks to work. It was quite a challenge this day, too. My schedule was switched, so I worked in the morning instead of the afternoon. And then I had a national exam for ServSafe certification in the afternoon, so I didn't get to work out until much, much later in the day. But, I did my 10 minute cardio kickboxing and my doubled up toning videos. It helped relieve the stress of the test because I left it feeling less-than-confident. I also didn't eat terrifically healthy. Thanks to lunch, that my boss bought me, I went over my calories and whatnot. But, I did track all day! I only got 4 servings of fruit/veg in, though. Bummer.
Day 25, Thursday- Doubled up my toning videos, 10 minute elliptical and 30 minute treadmill workout. All week I was switching up what I did first- toning or cardio. Just to keep my body guessing. I had lunch leftovers for a meal this day, but modified it so it was less awful nutrient-wise. I didn't track every meal, but had a decent idea what I ate anyway. I went to dinner with a long-lost friend of mine from back in the day that I randomly ran into at Mission Bay. I had a great time and a super great burger- no mayo- and a Julian's Hard Cider to wash it down. It was a fun time catching up and enjoying a really amazing burger. Perfect day!
Day 26, Friday- I got screwed by that burger. It was delicious and I didn't get food poisoning or anything like that. But, thanks to medical issues, the beef hit my system pretty hard and all the next day I was in physical pain. I had a feeling I would be, but I was unable to do much of anything, so I didn't get to work out. I vowed to make it up to myself. And I only tracked 1 veg/fruit serving and no food. The food issue was no surprise, I was in too much pain to eat a whole lot.
Day 27, Saturday- I fulfilled most of my vow. I didn't get to my cardio, but I did both days of my doubled-up toning videos. I tried to track my food, but I couldn't locate nutrition info for what I ate, so I didn't get to track. And lunch was so filling, it was basically all I ate. I had a few marshmallows, 1 smore... and I think some fruit and toast, aside from lunch. Yup.
Day 28, Sunday- I was so excited today was the last day! I did my toning doubled up after my cardio workout, which was, of course, 10 minutes of elliptical and 30 minutes of treadmill. I had 3 fruit/veg servings today. And boy, oh boy, am I super full! I didn't even snack much between meals. Geez! Like I said, I need a juicer! I wish I had money so I could have rewarded myself with one at the end of this challenge. :-(
I'm ready for the next phase of fitness and health.
Monday, May 09, 2011
I'm in the final stretch!!! Week 4 of the bootcamp!!! I'm so excited to be so close to this goal!
There are a few goals for the week to meet. The first one is to double up the daily toning videos at least 3 times this week. So, do it twice instead of once. I think I'm going to double them up everyday, though. I started feeling at the end of week 2 that I could use a little more challenge with the toning videos, but I waited to see what the bootcamp challenges would hold in the later weeks. So, I think I'm ready for the extra toning. I'm planning on doubling them up all 6 days.
Then, we are to stick with our favorite bonus challenge: either add a different video for variety, track your meals at least 3 times out of the week, or make sure to get 5 servings of fruit/vegetables a day. I'm actually planning on doing a variation of all three. I'm keeping my bonus video for Wednesday since I have work and I need a shorter workout. I'm going to track my meals on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. I'm going to get 5 fruits/veggies in Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (at the very least). This may involve me sitting down and writing out a meal plan for the week. Which is just fine.
I'm also going to stick with the cardio cross-training for this week. For five days this week (not counting cardio kickboxing day) I will do 30 minutes of one cardio exercise (most likely treadmill) and 10 minutes of another (most likely elliptical). I'm giving me a cardio rest day on Saturday.
The final (real) goal is to set a long-term fitness goal. I'll have to think about this one. I may decide to just continue with doing another bootcamp, or I may stick with 5/6 days of cardio and add in weight training. I want to keep up the momentum I've gained. I know this goal should be personal, but does anyone have any suggestions? What are your own long-term fitness goals?
I also did my daily weigh-in and measurments, so I know where I'm starting the week:
Weight: 191.5 (gained .5lbs)
Waist: 36.75" (gained .5")
Hips: 46" (gained .5")
Right Thigh: 28.5" (no change)
Left Arm: 14.75" (gained .75", but to be honest, I don't know how accurate my original measurement was)
Now I'm going to eat some lunch, digest it for a bit, and get on the treadmill!
Monday, May 09, 2011
This week was definitely a struggle. Not to find motivation necessarily, but to find the time to squeeze in all my exercise and get in 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. And I will confess here and now. I was not always successful. Recap:
The goals for the week were: 1) add 10 minutes to cardio for 5 days or increase intensity. Since I workout at a high intensity to begin with, I opted to add 10 minutes to cardio. 2) Make sure to get 5 servings of fruit & veggies every day. Yikes! 3) Continue doing 1 toning video daily, as per the bootcamp.
Day 15, Monday- This was probably the only day I got in all 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. Its not that I don't like eating them, but honestly, that's a lot for me to eat! I need to find ways to get in those servings that won't feel like I've eaten a mountain of food. I wish I had a juicer. I could just drink half my servings! Someday... Anyway, I did 40 minutes of exercise. The Day 1 video for the bootcamp is cardio, and I also did the treadmill. No problems there, except that I was still tweaking the treadmill programs to find the one that closely resembled the interval training of the old one.
Day 16, Tuesday- I got 4 servings of fruit & veggies in today. Just one short, but I couldn't fit it into my tummy! I tried. I did my Day 2 video with no problems, which was a lower body workout. :-D I like working out my lower body since I'm disproportionately bigger on bottom than on top. It was almost too easy by this point, though. I also did 40 minutes of cardio- 30 minutes on the treadmill and 10 on the elliptical. I'm excited for the cross-training aspect of it. I want to do a 5k (probably walking) in November, so cross-training cardio is perfect to gear up for it.
Day 17, Wednesday- Is my work day, so I only opted for the 10 Minute Cardio Kickboxing workout instead of the treadmill/elliptical combo. Got that done along with my toning video for the upper body. I hope to finally see that "second wave" under my buff biceps go away soon. No woman likes that and for some reason immature jerkface boys always like to flick that fat. Few survived the knuckles to their face when doing it to me... I digress. I also got in only 4 servings of fruits and vegetables this day. I came so close! But, man, trying to get more food in me like that is not gonna happen. Even a simple orange is too much. But, at least I got close.
Day 18, Thursday- I did the worst of all as far as fruits and veggies go. I got in 1 serving. Yeah, just one. I don't even recall what I ate that day (I didn't track my food that day). Pathetic. But, exercise for the day was fun. I went for a walk at Mission Bay. They have markers on the ground measuring the distance for you. I did 2.5 miles walking a 20-minute mile. I'm prone to shin splints, so I didn't push myself too terribly hard. I also had the pleasure of running into a friend of mine whom I've known since the 6th grade. The funny part is, neither one of us are from San Diego. It was just the most outrageous random occurance! We were excited, exchanged phone numbers, and we're having dinner to catch up on Thursday. I came home and did my toning video- core day!
Day 19, Friday- I was having a miserable day. My granny was in the hospital and my mom was flippin' out. I was dealing with my family emergency all day. I managed to get in my toning video for the day, but I didn't get any cardio in. And I only got in 2 servings of fruit & veggies. To be honest, I didn't eat very much all day.
Day 20, Saturday- took a mental health day. See my other blog to learn ALL about it. I didn't exercise at all. Hell, I didn't even get out of bed. I did somehow manage to get in 3 servings of fruit/veg, but that was it. It was a struggle to even do that, as I had literally NO appetite at all. I was so stressed out. I made a resolution to catch up and start fresh on Sunday.
Day 21, Sunday- Well... I did get to do my 40 minutes of cardio. I got my 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill, now that I've figured out the closest program. And I did 10 minutes on the elliptical. I increased the resistance on the elliptical for a little kick. There was a dude in the gym, and I've seen him there before, who likes to bang the weights at the end of his set on the weight machines. There are signs ALL OVER THE GYM saying not to do it. There were 4 other ladies in the gym, besides me and this dude, on the treadmills and other elliptical. Every time he'd bang the weights, all of us would jump. It would scare the heck outta us each time. And it was starting to be REALLY irritating. So, I had to tell the guy to knock it off. I don't like being "that guy", but I had enough... and I could tell the rest of us did, too. I only got 1 serving in of fruit and vegetables yesterday, which is a little odd. I was still not very hungry, but my friend and I went to a restaurant in North Park for some pozole. I ate about half my pozole, which I loaded up with cilantro, avocado, cabbage, and radishes. And that was all I ate. That half of the soup filled me up the entire day! I'm amazed. And sorta disappointed. And because I was out studying and running errands and going to church, I missed out on catching up on my toning videos. I didn't make it home until almost midnight. I figured that was probably not a good time to do some workouts. So, I'll do those two videos on Monday, which starts week 4.
This is a difficult week to assess success-wise. I mean, I didn't start "screwing up" until the end of the week. I was more successful with exercise than with the fruit/veggie goal. I'm going to call it complete (as soon as I finish the videos) and mostly a success. I don't feel like I need to go back and repeat it to improve it. My circumstances changed at the end of the week and I couldn't adjust. It happens. I can say that I will improve for next week, the final week of the challenge and call it a day.
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