Sunday, November 02, 2014
October has been very busy. I realized I haven't posted a blog since the end of September! Can't believe it is November already!
At the beginning of September, my 14yo dd was injured at soccer practice and has a concussion. She is still out of school on homebound, doing OT and PT. She is frustrated with missing most of the first half of her freshman year of high school! My father-in-law had surgery last week to replace his pacemaker an defibrillator. He came through the surgery ok, but the pacemaker isn't working properly. Lots of new students moving in, finding out students who moved in at the start of the year should have been in EC, and trying to fix messes left by others.
I still don't know what I have done to my heel, but it is so unbearable at times that I can barely walk. Steps are way down from the last few months due to pain and changes in the weather.
October break down:
Total steps: 417,251 steps
Daily Average: 13,460
Highest day- 10/3 21,028 (barely higher than Sept average!)
Lowest day- 10/12 7,848
-- Reached at least 15,000 steps 12 days in October!! Only had 3 days under 10,000.
-- I had only 1 day in October that was 20k steps or higher (14 in Aug, 17 in Sept)
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Dr visit after 3 months mostly allergen-free went well. She added some meds that I didn't want to take. Tried the niacin once, but experienced extreme flushing so I didn't take it again! School has been extremely stressful, but I am trying to get into a routine.
Another 5 pounds or so down. Frustrating because I am between the sizes of clothes that I own and don't want to have to buy a lot!
I finished my 100 day step challenge, and hit 2,000,000 steps on day 99. During the challenge, I've increased my best day from 26,000 to over 40,000 in one day!!
Here is how September breaks down:
Total steps: 603,566 steps (about 1,000 less than August)
Daily Average: 20,119 (more consistent than August, which was 19,000)
Highest day- 9/9 30,478
Lowest day- 9/30 15,447
-- Reached at least 15,000 steps every day in September!! Only had 4 days under 16,000!!
-- I had 17 days in September that were 20k steps or higher (14 in Aug)
Monday, September 22, 2014
In June, I signed up for an online 1,000,000 step challenge. It was simple: walk 10,000 steps a day for 100 days to reach 1,000,000 steps. I started off fine, 12,000 to low teens daily. Then I decided to see where I could go. My high for one day was around 26,000 at that time. I weighed 161lbs.
Over the course of the challenge, I increased my daily average steps and increased my personal best several times, with my highest of 40,578 in one day on July 31 while on vacation with my husband!
Today was day 100. Yesterday, I reached 2 million steps in 99 days! My final numbers:
total steps: 2,030,578
Best steps: 40,578
Daily average steps: 20,306
total floors: 3,769
best floors: 126
weight loss: 20.3lbs
Monday, September 01, 2014
Just realized I haven't posted a blog entry in a while! Lots of travelling over the summer, then back to school last week (as a teacher, I've been back about 3 weeks, but last week was students' first week back)
Eating has been pretty good this month. Not sure I posted it, but I had allergy testing in June. Already had gone wheat, peanut and egg free and mostly dairy free. In addition, no oats, cashews, no walnuts, no corn and lots of other strange things (honeydew?! Asparagus?!). Generally, it was either things I hate and never eat (Cayenne pepper- never have liked spicy food) or things I ate daily (oatmeal for breakfast). I also had my cortisol levels checked and began treating low adrenal function.
I have lost some weight over the summer. I'm down about 10 pounds, which I attribute to getting the cortisol levels in check and removing allergens. Less due to actual weight loss and more reducing inflammation, I think.
I've been doing a step challenge, and should hit 2,000,000 steps in the 100 day challenge that ends on September 21. During the challenge, I've increased my best day from 26,000 to over 40,000 in one day!!
Here is how August breaks down:
Total steps: 604,056 steps
Daily Average: 19,486
Highest day- 8/1 30,738
Lowest day- 8/31 13,558
-- yesterday was the ONLY day in August that I didn't get at least 15,000 steps!! I was disappointed, but we spent most of the day driving.
-- I had 14 days in August that were 20k steps or higher
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Daily question in the 5% challenge today was to tell your weight story. Thought I'd also blog it. This is just the basic weight gain, nothing detailing the outlying factors such as stress, depression, and relationships that may have encouraged weight gain and dissatisfaction.
As a child I was always small to average. In high school, though I thought I was fat, I realize now that I wasn't and was just influenced by the media and societies expectations of "thin". I've always had large thighs and a big butt, so I equated that to being fat.
After I had my first child, I had trouble losing weight until I went to work in a factory. With my second, I lost most of it. After my 3rd (a c-section) and 4th, I didn't try until the youngest was a year old to lose anything.
I spent years working out and eating "healthy" with no results. In 2009, I joined SPARK but took a few months to get started with it. From August to December, I lost 30 lbs and another 10 over the next couple of years and maintained that for a while.
In December 2012, suddenly I started gaining weight. Fast. In about 2-3 weeks, I gained 16 pounds. Lost a little at the beginning of January, then gained even more for a total of 30lbs gained over 8 weeks! After battles with different doctors, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism) and continue to work to regain my health.
I am working to ignore conventional diet advice. I feel like that is what kept me from losing the weight when my youngest was little and what caused my body to revolt against all I was doing (specifically, severely limiting salt in my diet, thus also limiting iodine).
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