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Stress, illness, and unemployment

Friday, April 06, 2012

Today was my husband's last day of work. We learned a month ago that his department was being eliminated and he was being laid off, but today was his last actual day. There is no other job waiting in the wings. We have some ideas and plans about possible self-employment, but nothing concrete. For now, I am the sole earner for our family.

I am feeling better, and the sinus infection seems mostly gone. The cold still lingers, but it's not severe. I was able to get in a good workout today at the gym. I hit my usual distance on the elliptical, followed by a good 30 minutes of ST.

My eating has been good. I've been tempted to stress eat, but I haven't given in to temptation.... much. When I have given in at all, I've chosen healthier, lower calorie options. Last night I was DIEING for a bowl of ice cream while watching "grey's anatomy". Instead, I cut up a bunch of fresh strawberries and drizzled a bit of sugar-free chocolate syrup on it, and topped with a bit of fat-free redi-whip. Seemed decadent, but only had about 75 calories.

Over all I'm doing alright, sticking to my goals. I'm just stressed and overwhelmed. I know that is horrible for weight loss, but I don't really know how to change it right now.

  
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STACIA_ANGEL 4/7/2012 2:50PM

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CCASKEY37 4/7/2012 6:47AM

    It stinks that this is happening so often. Just keep your head up and try not to let it get you into any bad habits.

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/7/2012 1:35AM

    I am sorry to hear your news of Hubby losing his position. Best wishes on him finding employment very soon.
I know being the bread winner in the family is stressful and being in that role myself in the past it is very hard to get through.
I know as time passes things will improve and things will be good again.
Have faith and try and keep your chin up and keep making time for yourself and keep making those healthy choices.
Life sometimes really does put pressure on us but I know the Lord would never put more on your plate than you can handle.
Have faith and I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. Sandy
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DABLUECAT 4/6/2012 9:48PM

    Hope your husband's plans work out.

That treat you made sounds divine! emoticon

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Back to the gym I go!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Today my fever was gone, and I was able to get back to the gym! After being out nearly a week with a terrible sinus infection and fever, I was going stir crazy! Not to mention the lower back aches from just sitting or laying. I'm still not feeling 100%, but the doctor said it was ok as long as my temp was normal.

I hit the elliptical today, but didn't go for a high resistance and kept my speed low but steady. I usually do about 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. Today I did 2.3. But I feel good about it. My heart rate was in range, and I worked up a good sweat. I also got in a good 20 minutes of ST. I feel good with my first day back.

This illness taught me a lesson. This journey to a healthy life is a marathon. Not a sprint. There will be times I need to take time off from the gym. Illness is going to happen. Life happens. My head was full of doubts.... "I'm sure I SHOULD work out regardless of how I feel".... "I'm sure other people work out when they are sick", etc., etc., etc.

BUT! Those people are not me. I know my body. I also know that I have clients, elderly parents, and a small chile relying on me. That means when I get ill, I have to do everything I can to get better ASAP. It also means that if getting healthy is a priority to me, then getting back to the gym and being consistent is important. I must find the balance. I feel like I did this time.

  
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 4/5/2012 8:02AM

    I think it is great that you were keeping your healthy goals in your head, but even more great that you gave yourself the break that you probably needed to get better. I know I have worked out when I was sick, but a couple of weeks ago when I had broncitus, I KNEW deep down I couldn't do it and if I did, I could make things worse. You are right, this is not a sprint, this is something we will have to learn to balance into our lives for the rest of our lives. Way to go and great first day back!

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CCASKEY37 4/5/2012 6:43AM

    It says good things about you that you wanted so badly to keep up with your fitness even though you were sick. It's even better that you thought of those who need you so you could speed your recovery. I'm sure your workouts will be more productive sooner because you waited until you were capable.

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Under the weather

Friday, March 30, 2012

Just a little check in. I have come down with a terrible cold. The kind that is all in your sinuses... when I sneeze, I feel like my eyes will pop out and pain is shattering my nose. Yep... super fun. Add the aching ears, sore throat, and lovely cough and you have one very unattractive me.

Calories have been a bit low all week. I was coming down with this and didn't have a huge appetite. But what I ate was nutritious and packed with protein. I'm good with it.

I did about 4 hours of heavy yard work on Sunday, worked out Monday, then had to skip Tuesday due to a terrible headache. Worked out again Wednesday and Thursday. Taking today off just to rest. I'll play tomorrow by ear.

Anyway... still on track, just sick. Hope to kick it soon!

  
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 4/4/2012 9:54AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon, there isn't much worse than a sinus infection! I used to get them yearly and now it doesn't seem so since the last two years nothing...but this year I did get broncitus and that was not fun either! Those sicknesses are ones that don't really supress your appetite but make it difficult to work out! Take care!

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CCASKEY37 3/31/2012 6:41AM

    Hope you get better soon.

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/30/2012 9:11PM

    Hope you feel better soon, I woke u yesterday with the same symtoms so needless to say I know how you feel.
Keep fluids going through and eat light, so you can get well. Sandy emoticon

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SENZ2001 3/30/2012 6:49PM

    take care of yourself so you can get back. rest.

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Crazy busy weekend

Sunday, March 25, 2012

So much for my idea about having a relaxing, restful weekend. I haven't been feeling great due to my period (headaches, back ache, and cramps always hit hard) so was thinking it might be a 'curl up in bed with a book and heating pad' kind of weekend. HA!

Yesterday we hit the gym early, then headed out shopping. Bought a bunch of plants and stuff for a trellis project in the yard. Came home, built the trellis and spent a couple hours removing more sod. With a shovel and rake. Back-breaking work!

Today I woke up to the delightful surprise that my daughter, in her apparent eagerness to see outside, broke the blinds on her window. Back to the store this morning. Bought new blinds, installed them, then back outside. Planted all the plants purchased, got seeds started, and FINALLY finished removing all the sod!

I'm excited to make this yard "ours", since we moved late in the summer last year. The garden will be much bigger than we've had before, so we're also pretty excited about that. But I think I'm ready for some "regular" gardening, rather than the shoveling, lifting, removing, etc., of the sod.

My back aches. Time for that book and heating pad.


Cleared and waiting for a tree and lots of pretty plants! The veggie garden is the top plot.

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GAS_SAG 3/26/2012 6:39AM

    The yard looks lovely and I hear you on a busy weekend, by 3pm today I will have put in 40 hour in 3 days basically. I started at noon on Friday and had 8 hours Friday 12 Saturday, 12 Sunday, and 8 today. On top of that my allergies have been crazy the last few days I and I have had a headache and numb leg so I hear you on a crazy weekend. but i do have to say your would have been more manual labor. hope you at least got to relax a little bit in there.

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CCASKEY37 3/26/2012 6:38AM

    I can't wait to see summer pics with all the flowers and plants in bloom.

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/26/2012 2:41AM

    You've;e done a lot of work in your yard,, it is going to be a great place to grow your plants. I see a little pink bucket and a scooter must belong to your little helper.
Get your rest you really have been doing well this week. Happy planting. Sandy

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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 3/26/2012 12:12AM

    Wow - that was a busy weekend! But your yard looks great.

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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 3/25/2012 11:52PM

    lol... my hubby worked with me on it the last several days. :)

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RINA2002 3/25/2012 11:37PM

  OMG, you did all that while having a bad period?! I'm not worthy emoticon

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Trying to not be dissapointed in my monthly measurements

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today was the day for my monthly measurements. And in all honesty.... I'm disappointed. My shoulder and chest measurements actually INCREASED a small amount. All other measurements went down a modest amount.

My trainer was pleased with my results. She tried explaining the effect of fitness on weight loss, and on my body's frame. She explained about my increasing muscle definition, and improved posture. And I think I understand it intellectually.

Emotionally I feel let down. By my own body. Not my choices, and sure has heck not the work I have done. But I feel like the results aren't accurately reflecting how hard I'm working.

I can't think of a single food choice that I regret this past month. I haven't gone over my calories a single time. I am working out hard and consistently. My choices have been good ones.

I'm missing those huge numbers I had in January. I've never had a fitness plan before. This is completely new to me... and my mindset is still in that groove of "smaller is always better". It seems backward to me that a measurement is SUPPOSED to increase a small amount.

Anyway.... having a pity party for myself this afternoon. I'm sure I'll be able to pull myself out of it soon.

On the positive side.... I stopped at a couple thrift stores today and bought a few clothes that were badly needed! I bought a "goal" shirt that I thought was adorable. Very summery and light..... and a XL! I'm saying goodby to my 3x shirts, and buying 2x's. But we'll see if I can get into that XL this summer. I also ordered a couple new bras... I completely skipped a size and went down 4 inches. The proof of my hard work is there... just wanted better measurements today.

  
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2BFREE2LIVE 3/25/2012 5:44PM

    Hey give your body a chance to catch up to what your doing. It will and you will see a big drop all of a sudden.
It takes time and your putting in the work to make the changes so just keep on plugging away your doing a great job. Sandy

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OBIESMOM2 3/23/2012 1:37PM

    got a letter in the mail just now from a vendor that made me think of your blog because it included this John Wooden quote:

"When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don't look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That's the only way it happens-and when it happens, it lasts."

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OBIESMOM2 3/23/2012 10:38AM

    don't forget that those muscles keep on burning calories, so they help fire up your metabolism

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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 3/23/2012 10:26AM

    Yes CCASKEY!!! I've up'd my distance, endurance, and stamina on the elliptical. And I'm strength training about 4 days a week rather than 2. I also just feel more muscle on my body. My core especially just feels harder and firm (under a lovely layer of fat). My arms are gaining definition of muscles. Those are HUGE victories that I savor. I guess I was just unprepared.

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PRAYING4THIN 3/23/2012 8:38AM

    You are gaining muscle, You will lose the inches, just hang in there! Congrats on the new clothes and bra's. See there are results you just have to let go of the feelings of disappointment because girl you are doing this!!!!

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CCASKEY37 3/23/2012 7:35AM

    I am in the same boat. Working my butt off eating right and not seeing much numerical results. Have you noticed that you can do more physically? That's all I have to point to for myself. Anyway, hang in there and continue with your new habits. Eventually they will stick.

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STACIA_ANGEL 3/22/2012 10:31PM

    I lost 10 pounds in the first 6 weeks & only 4 the second 6 weeks so it's normal. You're doing awesome!

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OBIESMOM2 3/22/2012 9:39PM

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did you gain those inches overnight? Of course you didn't. Just like the lbs gained, it took time. It'll take time to make them go away too! And like Punkin pointed out, if you lose weight/inches too quick you'll have TONS of sagging skin to deal with.

do you use a heart rate monitor? That's another great tool to measure your progress. Watching your resting heart rate get lower and lower as you get stronger and your heart doesn't have to work as hard (which means it will last much longer).

I asked one of the guys in Boot Camp how many lbs he's dropped since class started at the first of the year. He said it was only about 5 lbs. But I can see a difference in how he looks. I can also see a big difference in how much he can do before he needs to take a breather.

are you taking pictures? It's tough to see the changes when you see your body everyday. Yesterday I saw several people I'd not seen since last fall. I got lots of, "wow! You look great!" Take pictures and I bet you'll see your progress.

hang in there! You are doing great.

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MSPUNKIN1 3/22/2012 8:20PM

    Please dont get discouraged. My brother who is in the army warned me of this. He said I would lose weight rapidly at first and then I would hit a wall because my body would gain muscle. He said this is a good thing and also reduces the risks of having excess skin. Keep up the good work and wish me luck as well.

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