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Day on Auto Pilot

Monday, March 22, 2010

I didn't want to get up this morning, which, in my new SP life is new. I went to work and quickly realized that I was tired. I had already had coffee, I had already started water and had breakfast and still could not get the brain in gear. I grew more and more tired, more and more foggy until I took a break by taking a short snooze in my car. When that did not work, I took the rest of the day off as sick time and came home. I slept for over an hour, maybe 2.

Then it was off to school to turn in my final exam and extra credit essays. Between work and school, I got in over 9,3xx steps and covered 3 miles. I've decided I might be having a reaction to the Acyclovir. Every time I take one, my stomach starts to feel terrible and I'm supposed to take 5 a day! Forget that!

I had a great dinner and ended the day within range in most areas (low in calcium and fat). I did some upper body free weight work. I know I need to do more...

Stress can trigger shingles and my having taken more time off as sick time is going to add to that stress. But I was not earning my pay and felt it dishonest to sit there...

Off to bed with the hopes that tomorrow is much better. (Be quiet, brain! The grades won't be posted until next week...)

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MEGANC1988 3/24/2010 2:27PM

    I know the feeling, sometimes we just have days where we drag. Sounds like your day was okay though, and don't let taking leave stress you out, if you had the leave to take then you should be fine!

Are you eating something each time you take your medicine? It may help with the nausea to have a little something with it each time you eat (it may even be a good way to organize your eating schedule).

Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

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KEENTINA 3/23/2010 5:42PM


Sounds like you are "burning the candle at both ends" and needed that rest. Hope it helped! And, tomorrow IS another day! Keep on going!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 3/23/2010 12:04AM

    Feel better soon! Hang in there.

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Running - Day One

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This morning started with a cup of Peruvian coffee, a nice light roast. Not one you'd drink when you need a coffee jolt, but great for a Sunday morning. Then I put on my new shorts, new socks, new running shoes and my new sports bra (shirt was not new) and went for a run/walk on the baylands trail.

I envisioned doing the entire path. Before I left the house, I had been on SP and put down a positive affirmation about visualizing a successful run and that I would like it.

Well...I ran/walked for .4 miles. After the first couple of steps, I forgot about the fact that I was wearing shorts (that lady's legs are showing) and I didn't think at all about how I looked except for a fleeting thought as some bicyclists zipped by. I ran/walked long enough that my legs started to burn and I tasted blood in my mouth. (I forgot that when I exercise enough, I bleed. I suspect that has to do with my junior year of college when I had bronchitis for the entire school year - this is not an exaggeration!). Ended with some stretching and all I feel this evening is a slight tightness in the back of my left thigh.

The distance was disappointing, but I felt great! My heart rate stayed up for a while afterwards. I was amazed to realize how much more calm I was and how I felt better able to deal with life's little irritations.

We took a walk on part of the San Francisquito Creek Trail. I wanted to do the entire thing without even knowing how long it is, but turned back when my lower back started to complain. Turns out that we walked 1.2 miles roundtrip
in roughly 40 minutes. Did I say I'm a turtle?

I still have to do some upper body strength training, drink some water and have dinner.

The writer's block did not really go away, but I did finish the two papers I need to turn in for my final exam tomorrow night.

My tracker says I have to burn about 200 more calories today - I guess it reset after I changed my nutritional goals for my 10% experiment, though the reset did not happen that same day. I noticed the tracker does not include the 69 calories I burned on that .4 walk/run. I am completely mystified and a bit discouraged. For me, I have done a lot of exercise today and don't have evidence of it via the exercise tracker.

Lastly, when we were at Costco, I picked up a jar of Maranatha almond butter. I read somewhere on SP this week that almond butter is better for you than peanut butter. I love peanut butter but don't allow it very often. I'm not that wild about almonds, but for health's sake, I thought I would try it.

My snack was a smashed banana and two T of the almond butter. I could not believe how great it tasted! That led me to think anew about how much better food tastes since I launched this journey! It's amazing! The calorie-adding sauces and the cheese, oh, the cheese, bury the taste of the underlying food. I appreciate the subtle flavors more than before. Some of that may be because I know that what I am eating is good for me...

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NANNER2121 3/22/2010 12:28AM

    You'll find as you go along that everything just comes easier:
the running, the fresh taste of food without all the add-ons, your energy levels and the satisfaction of accomplishment. Wonderful blog on a terrific day. Way to go!

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IXCHEL23 3/21/2010 10:52PM

    Congrats on your first run, you did great! Oh, and banana with nut butters I believe is the perfect combo and great after a workout!! I never tried almond butter let me know how you like it, I LOVE PB.

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COTTRELL11 3/21/2010 10:19PM

    Congratulations on your first run! I hope someday to be writing the same thing, albeit not anytime soon. So thanks for the great inspiration.
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VICD25 3/21/2010 10:08PM

    what a great and healthy day!

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An Odd Day

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thank you, SparkFriends, for your birthday wishes! Most of my family has been silent today.

I had a list of things to do today and did not complete all of them. What I did do was go to SportsAuthority to see about the running shoe sale. I have very short, very wide feet. That severely limits my shoe choices and, as was the case today, means the shoes I can wear are not on sale. But I found a pair of running shoes and, as I was testing them, was reminded that I dare not move without a sports bra! I found one in my size, no small feat (does that count as double entendre?!) and a pair of shorts. I am NOT happy about the shorts, but they were on sale and fit. The shorts are not what I'm unhappy about, it's seeing my legs! Don't think pants of any type will work. I am far too short and I am not about to hem something so I can run in it...As I looked at myself in the fitting room mirror, I had to remind myself that, when I see runners, fit or not so fit, I think "You go, girl!". I'm not saying anyone will say that as this turtle gets moving, but it does remind me that people are more concerned about their own lives than how I look as I continue my journey towards health and being physically fit. At the last minute, my boyfriend decided to get a pair of running shoes so we could run together! I was surprised. He'd said his knees were too bad, but then added, "You won't be running for a while. It will be more like walking fast." Hmmm.

I'm still not in balance with food, but that will change tomorrow. I don't expect the weigh in tomorrow to be wonderful. With my being below in food for 3 consecutive days, not getting my exercise in and today's surprise appearance of TOM, I don't know what to expect...

No matter what, I am not going to beat myself up about it. I'll just start a new week and I will probably do it breaking in my running gear!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/23/2010 11:18PM

    Enjoy being out there in you're new gear! you go girl! emoticon

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CARRAND 3/21/2010 7:54PM

    Congratulations on the new workout clothes. You I found after losing almost 40 pounds that my feet are not wide any more. I'm having to get new shoes because some of my old ones are too lose. I don't mind. I love shoe shopping. Good luck with the running. How nice that your boyfriend will go with you.

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LADYIRISH317 3/21/2010 12:22PM

    Sounds like you have a treasure of a boyfriend! Enjoy the new workout clothes.

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KEENTINA 3/21/2010 4:16AM

    GREAT attitude! What I've found with exercise is people are not concerned that you are larger and think that you are trying and making the effort and cheer you for it. The skinny ones are looked at and people think "No wonder she's skinny. She does that all the time." It's kind of a cutdown where recognizing the effort of a larger person is a compliment.

I also know what you mean about pants. I was telling Kat that it was one of the weird things about losing weight - my pants get longer. It becomes an issue of hemming them or buying new ones that actually fit.

Good luck with your running program!

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IXCHEL23 3/20/2010 11:15PM

    That's great you are all geared up to be ready to run! That's nice that your boyfriend said he'll join you. Yes, no matter what happens on your weigh-in there's always a new day and new week!


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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/20/2010 11:08PM

    I can't wait to hear about your running experiences! I'm sure the shorts look fine on you and I can totally relate to short, wide feet and shoe buying difficulties!
I hope you enjoyed your birthday, even with your family's silence. I can relate to that too - my sister-in-law called and apologized for forgetting my birthday earlier this month. It was hard to graciously accept her apology since her birthday is the same day, we've been family for 22 years, and I sent her a card.
Oh, well - family can be challenging!

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BABSRA302 3/20/2010 10:45PM

    Hang in there! If you don't think your weigh in will be good tomorrow then do it the next day and focus on drinking more water, exercise or getting your foods in, then weigh in the next day. I know the scale is important to give us a gage but for me it can also set me in a mood and sometimes it is better for me to put it off for a day. You know your self better than anyone so do what will bring you the most motivation. You are on the right track or you would be here!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/20/2010 10:38PM

    I can't miss your birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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My New Year's Eve

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Today was an excellent day! I am not 100% yet, but that does not matter. I didn't have a dedicated walk, but I did a lot of walking throughout the day and used the stairs at every opportunity. The fact that I got winded a little and my legs started to burn did not surprise me, but neither was I deterred.

The day is ending with me being within range for all nutrition except calcium. I have a hard time getting enough because the dairy fat scares me! I have dairy in my cereal and in my coffee, but not often elsewhere. Still striving for balance in nutrition. I was amazed how an apple threw me into "within range" when I was below before I added it to my tracker. Learning...

The medicine for shingles has to be a wonder drug, akin to sulfa drugs and the polio vaccine! I know I will be 100% on Monday.

I had lunch with a friend at KFC. She had a meal that she loves and, while it smelled good, my eyes looked at it and, internally, I was screaming "bad carbs! fat!" I had the grilled chicken caesar salad, skipped the croutons and had about half of the salad dressing packet. And a biscuit. It really sucked up a huge chunk of my nutritional allotment for the day! I think it was a good choice given where we were. Can you believe they don't have mustard? I asked about a grilled chicken sandwich, but it comes with mayo. Even in my unwise eating days, I did not like mayo!

I did a little with my free weights and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I could do 25 reps! I started with 10 and had gone to 15 before I got sick. I wasn't sure how this would go tonight and thought I would just try and see. Nice. Baby steps. I read about SparkFriends doing a LOT more than I am and I am envious, impressed and discouraged all at the same time.

I know there is a mental block in addition to the physical limitations for my exercise and I just need to find the key to break down that block! I heard a commercial yesterday from SportsAuthority saying all of their running shoes are on sale. There is one near my house. I am going to walk there (notice I didn't say "go there" which would imply driving) and see if they have something for short wide feet! I am not happy with the little bit that I've lost and I know I need to get more active. I hope my knees can handle running and I won't know until I try. My boyfriend doesn't think I can do it. He wrecked his knees through heavy weight lifting (why do guys think they must look as if their shirts will rip if they flex a muscle?) and running.

I made the mistake when I was a teen of allowing someone else's opinion influence my career decision and I have always wondered "what if?" I cannot allow his opinion to govern my fitness - my life is at stake. If I don't lose this tonnage, I face an unhealthy, unhappy and short future.

Trainer James has been booted off the SP site for violating the SP policies about offsite communications in a competitive manner. I did not fullly understand the email, but I am disappointed. I suspect there is more to the story. He has responded with a continued endorsement of SP. I am saddened because I sensed that he might be able to help me break down the mental barrier I have about exercise.

I have to write two papers this weekend but I also want to read The Spark. I set it aside and need to get back into it. It's right next to my computer, so I am reminded all the time! I want to start the 28 day thing and I would love to start that tomorrow.

Why tomorrow? Why the odd title for this blog? My personal new year starts tomorrow. Hard to believe!

I would be remiss if I didn't thank my SparkFriends for their compassion this week while I've been sick and unable to stay on plan in any way. I feel certain that my SP family's contact kept me from sliding into a journey-ending depression. I love you all and if we ever get to meet in person - hugs all around!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 3/21/2010 12:23AM

    I hope you get better really soon! I am sorry you haven't been well. Good for you for not letting someone else's opinion govern you! You never know what you can do until you try..just take small steps so as not to over do and hurt yourself. I think with your attitude you can achieve any goal you set for yourself...just remember they take time!
You will figure out what is behind your exercise "block" and you will move past it because you are determined!
Good luck on those papers and Happy New Year!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/20/2010 8:11PM

    You are such a fighter. Proud of ya ;) Cheers.


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CARRAND 3/20/2010 5:13PM

    Good for you for resisting temptation at KFC. And for not saying anything out loud to your friend! She'll come around when she's ready. I'm glad you're feeling better.


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MEGANC1988 3/20/2010 12:27PM

    Glad you're starting to feel better!

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VICD25 3/20/2010 11:23AM

    Happy New Year's!

If you want to run, you can run. I say take it one step at a time, though. I've heard a lot about the couch to 5K program. Maybe that's a place to get a start toward your goal.

Good luck to you, enjoy those new shoes!

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MUSIC66 3/20/2010 12:30AM

    hope you get better from shingles soon.

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Another Day on Hold

Thursday, March 18, 2010

As I was stepping out of the shower this morning, I remembered I sit on the same floor, only a few cubes away, from a young woman expecting twins. I called my boss in our Knoxville office and asked what he thought I should do. I don't have the shingle blisters, but I have the nerve pain and the sickness, and I am on the antiviral. Two doctors and a nurse in phone consults yesterday said I am not contagious, but my boss and I were not comfortable with risking Kelly and her babies' health. So I stayed home. I watched the two movies for school and slept a lot. I still have to write the two papers.

I'm chafing because I am afraid that I'll lose my tenuous hold on the exercise habit. I am once again way below in the nutrition, but I am feeling better. Tomorrow should be better.

Thank you, Spark Friends, for your well wishes and kind comments!

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MEGANC1988 3/19/2010 2:10PM

    Aw feel better soon! One thing that may help to keep your exercise routine up while you're feeling so sick if you're worried about it is just moving slightly. If you're completely stuck to the couch/bed - try just doing some slow hammercurls with no weight. If you can, try and go for a short (and slow) 10 minute walk, just to keep yourself moving slightly.

Feel better!

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JANLEEW 3/19/2010 12:51PM

    Staying home is a good thing! A day or two is a good time to do some simple strength exercises at home. The woman with twins may end up on bed rest for longer than a few days! Take care hope all is well soon.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 3/19/2010 12:14AM

    My mom had shingles and it was quite an ordeal. Her doctor told her to avoid all contact with the elderly and children as long as she had the blisters.
Did you get medication?

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/18/2010 11:36PM

    Is it too late to get the shingles vaccination? Is it worth it to discuss the possibility with your doctors? Just wondering. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you must go through. I have had severe back pain different times in my life where I was unable to move around at all without being racked with pain in my back.
Good that your boss encouraged you do remain at home and you made good use of your extra free time doing school work and all that.
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2BHEALTHY46 3/18/2010 10:01PM

    Oh, I feel for you!
I stayed home for a week when the docs thought I had shingles.
It was really hives, but I was covered.
Hope you will feel better very quickly.

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