Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Dude, my feet have been swollen for days! To the point that I can't even put on my flip flops...no shoes at all. I iced my socks, put my feet in cold water, sit with them propped up for an hour at a time (sometimes 2) and the swelling is only easing up some. I wake up and they are still swollen after being up all night. They itch and burn due to the size. It's making my days crazy.
I slightly worry due to the possible loss of water (due to my house reaching mid 80's to the 90's) and the high sodium(4 out of past 7 days) but also because at my last appointment my blood pressure was a bit on the high side. I noticed my fingers are swelling too.
These are all signs of Pregnancy Induced Hypertention also known as Preeclampsia or Toxemia.
I won't know for sure for a while (doctors on the 10th). My hospital doesn't do urine test at every visit to check for protein to detect it and they won't do testing until my blood pressure is high for 5 visits in a row. Lovely huh...
With a mild case I'll be resting tons, will have to consume less salt and increase my water.
No, in no way does this mean, "No more Rocky Challenge for Kat." and if you thought it meant, "No more kicking your Butt" then you are more delusional than I could ever be.
HEY, MY NAME IS ROCKY BALBOA!
Monday, June 01, 2009
First off, I have to say that my Red team rocks! They are not only completely supportive of their team mates but they also are supportive of the blue team. Everywhere I turn there's Red or a Rocky quote and it's just completely motivating.
Blue team also has their stuff together. They are stepping up to the plate, tracking their workouts and they get it done and they get it done fast. I was totally blown away to see how many of them already had their challenges in. Shell has been busy contacting members individually on their sparks pages, keeping the blue team in the know.
As for me, I'm totally excited. I freaked when I couldn't get my computer up and running this morning-no way was I going to miss day 1 of the Rocky Challenge! I got my strength training in right away, did it to my Rocky play list and found that it was easy for me and at times I was doing more than what was asked on the terms of reps. This of course concerned me. "Is it too easy?" I have to say maybe yes at the start and for those more advanced but don't fret, by week 4 those 12 crunches in set one become 50...YIKES!
As for my cardio, I did one mile of walking. I attempted the intervals because I love them. The cardio on the challenge is done the same way I did it back in the days. But, now that I'm pregnant and walking instead of doing the machines, I'm finding that it's hurting me around the belly and the up the hills and slopes of my neighborhood are making me strain more than I would like. About 5 mins into the interval training, I was holding belly and in pain. I slowed down my walking and the pain eased up. I think I'm gonna have to take it easy up hill and then up the walking on the flat surface and then take it easy down hill too.
In all, I got one mile of walking in 22:34.75 I'm happy and not too happy since I was down to about 15 mins a mile (before preg) but I have to figure in that it was on flat surface and I wasn't preg and had been working at it. Tomorrow I'm gonna set a goal for the week.
RED TEAM ROCKS!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Rocky Balboa-An American Icon
Last year on sparks I challenged 30 members to take the Rocky Challenge. I knew back then how much the challenge meant to me but I never knew that it would be the turning point for so many. Iíve brought back the challenge at the request of many of those same members who have stated that this was the challenge that got them working towards their weight loss goals. Do I believe them, yes. Rocky just screams "American Icon" and there is something about the character and the story itself that continues to move me and many others.
The story is inspirational, motivational, which is why 30 years after the original you can still find people from around the world who still don't realize that yes, Rocky is nothing but a hero drawn out of the mind of Sylvester Stallone. But not all is fictional.
Rocky is based off of the 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. While everyone knows Ali as one of the greatest boxers of all time, many do not know the story of Chuck Wepner, the man who went the distance with one of the greatest boxers of all time. Wepner, also known as the Bayonne Bleeder due to the constant facial stitches and injuries he incurred during his bouts, would be the underdog who would fight Ali for the heavy weight title, going 15 rounds with two bloody eyes and a broken nose, knocking Ali to the ground in the 9th round and making a huge point come back before losing by TKO to Ali. It was a fight that no one expected-the Bayonne Bleeder goes the distance with the Champion.
This was the true life inspiration for young Stallone. He would later write Rocky, a movie that would continue to inspire millions across the world. Everyone in their own way is the underdog looking to go the distance which is why the story of the young Rocky Balboa from Philly, who had nothing to start with and therefore nothing to lose, continues to bring thousands to the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and to the Rocky statue that sits in the yard.
Without a trainer for most of his training, without equipment and with nothing but his own determination, Rocky Balboa climbed, step by step, to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art leaving many of his fans in tears as they cheered him on.
It wasn't the fight, the battle for the title but his own personal battle, the one he had been fighting for that made our hearts race because, as he stood there at the top, arms in the air, we all knew that this battle won would lead to the final win at the end.
We all knew that Rocky would continue to train, would continue to fall and would continue to get back up. We knew that he knew that he was just another kid from Philly with faults of his own and for the many who watched his struggles, it was this knowledge that inspired and motivated us. It is Rocky's ability to admit to his faults and keep pushing through, to never give up and to go the distance that has made him a hero. 30 years later the story is still inspirational and motivating, and the character Rocky Balboa is still a fixture in American history- A true American Icon.
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