Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Today is my 7 year anniversary with SparkPeople. When I first met and exceeded my goal weight in 2007, I thought I was set for life...then life happened.
We decided to try to have a baby and the stress of trying to get pregnant after years of fertility issues threw me far from the wagon. I gained 15 pounds during that process but I was still at a healthy weight.
During my pregnancy, I far exceeded my highest weight ever but I was so excited to be able to move again after I had her in 2010, that I couldn't wait to start exercising again. While I was nursing, the weight just fell off and I was again 9 pounds within my goal weight. During that time I ate better, but didn't fully track my meals.
Then about a year later I took a new job (at the same company I'd been with for over a decade) and with it came new stresses that I hadn't had before. During this same time frame I was dealing with major financial issues and trying to get through school and the pounds just kept packing on.
So now I sit at my highest non-pregnancy weight ever. And it sucks. I keep trying and I keep failing. There are different social aspects to this job that make it hard to say no. I will try to go exercise but there are many days where I feel like I'm the keeper of everyone and have to sit at my desk while everyone else goes out to eat or exercise. So it keeps me unmotivated.
My sleep schedule is not a schedule at all. My husband is a stay-at-home dad right now and they sleep late which means everyone stays up late. Which means I'm always tired. I keep wanting to get on a schedule but when 10:00 rolls around, I think, "ah just a few more minutes", then next thing I know, it's 11:30. I think if I can get my night times more on a schedule then I'll feel better and will be able to get things on the right track again. I just need to sit down and give it some serious thought.
But it's not all bad. I just finished my degree (yay!) and the financial stuff is starting to ease up a bit. I took care of my mind, now I need to work on my body.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I participated in the Suntree Turkey Trot 5K this morning.
I haven't really run in some time, unless you count the bits and spurts at last weekend's Run for Your Life event last weekend.
Considering I haven't trained and haven't really run in some time, I was quite proud of myself when I:
1) Jogged for 2 miles straight without stopping. I only stopped to walk at that point for water.
2) Finished in 38:51. That's quite a bit better from my very first 5K and actually came close to the last 5K I participated in when I was actually training.
I've also signed up for a Candy Cane 5K on the 15th. Hopefully my shins will be mostly healed by then so it won't hurt to run so much. They weren't excruciating today but definitely uncomfortable.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
So a former fellow Sparker turned me on to Mud Runs. He had posted pictures of his mud run and it made me want to do one so badly. Lo and behold, a month or so later I got a Groupon certificate, half off the Survivor Mud Run. And it was less than 2 hours away! I scooped it up real quick. I was planning to train hard for it but stress waylaid my plans. Yes, I know, exercise is supposed to help stress but that combined with little sleep makes for a tired girl with little to no motivation.
But I vowed to do this mud run, no matter what. That's almost how it turned out too. My training has been less than 100%. I have done some strength training but very little running. My husband was supposed to join me, but due to last minute issues, couldn't go.
My oldest daughter (19-years-old) ended up going with me, but I had to promise to not leave her behind. We had an absolute blast.
We had stopped at WalMart before the run because my daughter is not an avid runner...so she needed supplies. Not to mention I couldn't get to my old shoes that I had planned to run in. So we both needed cheap shoes, and she needed a shirt and shorts.
We still ended up arriving well over an hour before our start time so we had plenty of time to check the area out, and my nerves to build. By the time our start came, I had huge butterflies in my stomach and was a bundle of nerves. They both subsided very quickly after we took off.
She lost her shoes very early on. We had already run through water, and mud, and our shoes were saturated. She bought some too-small socks before the race and her shoes quickly ate them. When she tried to get into her shoe to pull her sock up, her shoe slipped off. We both knew it wasnít going to be easy to get it back on so she said to just ditch them. I carried them for a little while and she insisted she was fine so I hung them from a spike in the ground. It was funny when a runner from a following wave asked if those were her shoes.
So, needless to say, her being shoeless, and not an avid runner, slowed us way down. But we laughed so hard and had so much fun. Especially when we got to a very slippery area and she just couldnít seem to stay on her feet. We both nearly peed from laughter.
Luckily she did not injure her feet at all. Her tailbone, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Several of the mud slides had large bumps in them and she landed pretty hard on one since she didnít have a lot of traction. But she managed to finish without any further issues.
Our final time? One hour and 45 minutes (found out 10/15/12 that the official time was 1 hour, 35 minutes). But it was worth every minute. Sheís a tough little trooper and Iím so proud of her.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Well, it's been a rough week but now that I'm at the tail-end of it I'm beginning to feel much better.
I think a majority of the stress earlier in the week was because of PMS. My husband can stress me out (who's doesn't?) but not usually to the extent of this week.
TOM started last night and all of a sudden a weight was lifted and I'm back to feeling somewhat normal again (no, I wasn't worried about being pregnant - my hubby was snipped earlier this year - it was definitely hormonal). I'm going to call my doc and see about going back on the pill to regulate my hormones. Since having the baby, my new "normal" seems to be harder than before. So we'll see what the doc says.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!! My goals:
Exercise at lunch today
Eat better tonight than last night
Finish up laundry (man there was a lot)
Homework (one midterm)
Write out a chores list and assign out
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