Thursday, April 29, 2010
I made sure I grabbed my pedometer on my way out the door today. Three short walks and lots of walking around at work and I made it to 11,090. Sixty minutes of moderate walking for 3.6 miles.
I'm still having trouble keeping the energy up. After I eat, I fight to keep my eyes open.
I'm bordering on overload between work, SP, family concerns, school and money........
Sleep well, everyone!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I was driving to work when I realized I had forgotten to pick up my pedometer for the day - first day I've done that since I got it. I almost turned around but decided to accept the challenge and see what I could do solo.
I can only guess at steps, walking and distance. I looked at what I did last Tuesday and copied that. ARGH!
I had the best strength training day so far! (but I may have overdone it - the back of my left thigh is killing me!)
But I KNOW I need to do so much more! I need to do more cardio, I need to strength train more, but.........I am still fighting the old "exercise is a four letter word that got stretched" attitude. I don't really know what I'm doing and that is, much as I hate to admit it, an excuse. There is a lot of information available to me and I am still dabbling at it.
The double-edged sword of available overtime is about to end, I sense. Nothing has been said, but I just have a feeling. I will miss the money -I'm setting it aside for my mediation certification (about $800). I won't get that all from the OT, but it will cover some of it. But, once the OT ends, I can hit the little gym at work without creating major schedule upheavals. They have a stair stepper and I've never gone on that. I've been on the treadmill once.
I went back to my Kashi cereal this morning, but half a serving. I added a hard boiled egg. Much less sleepy at work! Lunch was with a friend at Costco - the chicken caesar salad. When we scheduled it, she wanted to come back to work to eat, so I did not bring my salad spritzer. When we got there, she wanted to eat there. I ate half of the dressing served and part of the cheese. Turns out ok for my fat for the day. Whew! I took a sublingual B12 and think that may have helped.
By the end of the day, all I had room for was a lot of veggies and some carbs.
Not the best day, not the worst. I did not let lack of my pedometer be the excuse to do nothing. THAT is a change! I did my strength training while dinner cooked. THAT was a first! I am so glad I thought of it!
I cannot take full credit for this change in thought and desire. Of course, it's the influence of my Spark family!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Obviously, 10K steps every day is too much for me. Scaling back. I will aim for 7K and be happy with 5K on my less active days. I expect there will be several days a week when I hit 10K or come very close. But I will work towards 10K a day. I am very sore, but less so than I expected.
I ended the day within range nutritionally speaking except for low calcium and, not within range, but at the top of the calorie mark to the very calorie! I have not done that before!
I had decided yesterday that I was going to do things differently so that I could get the scale to move down. I ate a Kashi bar for breakfast. I like them, but a meal they do not make. I got hungry earlier than I wanted and, following that, was the crushing fatigue. It was not a great day at work from that standpoint.
Does this mean I have to choose between losing tonnage and having enough energy to function? No, it means I need to make some adjustments. Among other things, this is an educational journey.
I was relieved and horrified at the same time to see that several of my sparkfriends shared my exposure to a pseudosparkfriend's spam. I was spammed on Saturday and, today, the comment is gone. I was not going to mention this so as not to give credence to this person, but, the tone of the messages was so different, so upsetting that I felt the need to comment in case any other SparkFriend has been as hurt as I was and thinks it was their fault.
I could not find the offending page, so I put a message on the site help message board.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thanks to all who commented on yesterday's blog!
I am not sure if I lost even an ounce or stayed the same as last week. Either way, the fact that I did not gain is a real win!
Today was a much different day! This morning, I saw a blog from Anne1123 who said she was going to work on getting 10K steps this week. I commented that I would join her in the challenge because I needed something to get me going again.
I took a walk today. Instead of turning right and walking to the small shopping center, I turned left out of the park and walked to the post office. 1373 steps. Sip of water. Inventory: nope, no pain, no fatigue. I can go on. Up to the main street that provides access to the freeway. Getting warm. The breeze and the occasional shade is very appreciated. Something over 3700 steps. I have not gone halfway yet. I planned to cross and keep going in the same direction, but there is not much shade. Turning right would have me walk over the freeway and into another city. I turned left, heading in a direction I have seldom driven and never walked.
I had thought about taking a nature trail, but I was alone and I know that nature trail is not well used. I stuck to the sidewalk next to a heavily traveled road. Cellphone, ID, water bottle and pedometer - I was prepared.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a path for most of the distance. When it gave out, I had walked past the driving range and was near the small planes airport. There was no way to safely cross the busy street. About 4300 steps, not halfway.
I made a loop out of the airport parking lot and headed back the way I'd come. The path was made uneven because of tree roots - lots of opportunities to fall. I did stumble a few times, but no fall. Yay! Getting stronger!
Shortly after I was headed back, I heard a lot of sirens and soon saw two fire engines turning down the street off of which I live. I called BF and there was no answer. Yes, I was concerned, but there was nothing I could do until I got there. I live in a mobile home park with a lot of senior citizens, so the emergency crews often come.
As I turned the corner, I saw that the freeway and my street were both very backed up. "God be with the rescuers." I thought. Obviously a car accident, but I could not tell if it was on the freeway, on the access ramp or on my street.
I walked through some more corporate parking lots to add some steps. Two firms have water fountains and shaded walkways, nice oases for their employees. It would be wonderful to work within walking distance of home (and make more money!).
Closer to home, I could see that the accident had occurred just as the access ramp met the freeway. My street was blocked by emergency vehicles so they could cut through the fence to get to the victims. It was weird walking faster than the cars on the street! I saw some victims on the sidewalk ahead. They looked fine, if shaken up. One was talking with someone on the cellphone telling them she was waiting for a tow truck for her car. So glad they were ok!
I was drenched in sweat by the time I got home.
My wonderful pedometer said I logged 10,516! This does not include steps around the house...!
Even with SPF 70 sunscreen, my face was pretty pink! I took a cooling shower and ate some carbs and protein. My feet are a bit sore. I don't know if I'll be able to do 10K tomorrow, but I sure feel great today! It felt really good to break from the slug mode I've been in for a few days!
Thanks, Anne1123 for sharing your challenge! I got off the dime! See, Sparkfriends, good or bad, what you share can help someone else! Woo Hoo!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Absolutely no energy today despite intentions and lovely weather. Mr. Scale is not likely to be charitable tomorrow morning and neither will his partner, Ms. Tape-Measure. Just her name alone gives her airs beyond her station.
Whatever they say will not deter me. This is just an interlude and it will end soon.
The best thing is I am not using this day as an excuse not to stick with the water and food and logging.
I am grateful for SparkPeople, SP Friends and the fact that one day does not determine the verdict on my journey.
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