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.
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.
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!
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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