Thursday, November 01, 2012
November already!? Oh my! I definitely missed out on the last few days of October. We have to change the clocks this weekend!
Here is another quick update. Thank you for the support from my last few blogs. I really need it - especially since I am feeling so yucky. I will try to catch up with all of you soon!
I went to the hand Dr last Friday to get the results of my thumb tests. The Dr didn't see any tears or reasons as to why my thumb is giving me problems. She said I could keep wearing the brace, or I could get a bone fusion done. They would tie the two bones of the joint together, and they would eventually fuse together. It would take a month of recovery, and I wouldn't be able to use that joint anymore. It may not even fix the problem! So I don't know where to go from here. Sigh!
I woke up this morning feeling even worse. It is so hard to talk, and my head still hurts so much. I finally went to the Dr because I know I wasn't going to get any better on my own & got lots of meds. You know it isn't good when the Dr looks in my nasal passages and says "WOW" and then feels my neck glands and says "oh my gosh!" I have a sinus infection, throat infection & fever. The Dr said the bad headache is the sinus buildup. Yuck. At least my Drs office always gives me compliments every time I go. They say I am the happiest sick patient they get. I am friendly & still laugh even though I am in pain. They can tell I am hurting just from looking inside.
Even though I missed work Mon & Tues due to no power at work from Hurricane Sandy, I am out again tomorrow. Boo. I do need to rest and get better though. My work understands, so that is a plus.
I slept most of the afternoon, but I still woke up with another fever. I am eating some yogurt & a banana now and I will head back to bed soon! I am also trying to have a lot of liquids, even though my throat doesn't like the feeling. Oh well - I definitely need to stay hydrated!
To my teams: Even though I haven't been exercising much, I am still tracking my food. I will update my weight for the Firecrackers tomorrow. I am down another pound - go team! Sorry I haven't had a ton of time to post on the forums. Hopefully I have some more time tomorrow since I will be home all day. Mostly resting, but my back will start hurting if I am laying in bed ALL day! It will be fun re-starting my 5K training once I am better. I didn't sign up for a turkey trot yet because of everything going on. I don't know if I will now. I still have the one 5K on 12/8. I will see how long it takes for me to get better!
Have a wonderful weekend & keep Sparking!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Some of my Co-workers know I run 5Ks. They ask about it semi-frequently & asked if I train with a group. I just run by myself. They keep asking if I joined a running group yet. My Mom also has suggested I find a group of people to run with....Does this exist?
I will do some research, but I am curious about this now. Does anyone happen to know if there are groups like this? How do they work? How can I find one?
Well, I don't really know if I want to join a new group. When I do exercise, I try to stick to my plan... but I wouldn't want to disappoint a group if I couldn't make it one day. I guess I will look into it & see if I find anything. I have one person I train with sometimes, but he doesn't do the 5K runs or anything like that. Plus, he only goes sometimes when I ask. He doesn't ever suggest it, so I don't get the extra push to train harder/more often.
Speaking of groups and getting to know people... I always had a tough time keeping friends. Who knows why. I think that is part of why I don't really want to look for a GROUP. I am a great listener, and I try to be a good friend. I am silly at times, but maybe that puts people off? Who knows? Oh well - it doesn't really matter. I am trying to embrace how I am instead of complaining and trying to change things I am not too worried about. Over the years I gained and lost many friends. I still have a select few people who are really awesome. Even if we don't get to talk all the time, I know they are there for me! I am not really looking for new friends. I don't go to bars.. I am 27 and single. I like board games, movies, music, and cute things haha. It isn't like I have a ton to talk about with married people who have children! If someone asked what the hi-light of my night was last night.. it would have been spending 30 minutes in a pet store looking at all of the cats, dogs, mousies, ferrets, and bunnies! =)
Oh well - I am definitely off topic with all of that jazz! On another note, hopefully I decide soon which 5K to do! Eep! Zumba tomorrow night! Woohoo!
Have a wonderful rest of the week! My weekend is coming & will be here so soon! My cousin is getting married on Saturday. I still have funky feelings about weddings (because I was supposed to get married on the 13th and I didn't). BUT I won't let that stop me from having a nice time. Hard situations happen all the time - how I act and react is the most important part. Life will always have crazy times!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I never thought I would be troubled on which 5K to do! I decided I want to do one around Thanksgiving - either the Sat before, on turkey day, or the Saturday after. I have been throwing around the Turkey Trot in my head for months now. I finally decided today - I WILL BE DOING ONE! WOOHOO! =)
There are three races 20 minutes from me which are actually on Thanksgiving. One is at a YMCA closer to Philadelphia. Their website has a lot of information, and it seems like it will be a pretty big race. It goes through a neighborhood which may be a bit city like and it ends on a track. The other two seem smaller. There isn't a lot of information about those two. They both don't have a separate website dedicated to the cause. I wanted to read up more about what the money will be going towards. One is for a local sports team. The other doesn't really say, so I emailed the coordinator to get a better idea about what the cause is. Hopefully I get a response so I can decide soon!
I think would rather run in a park, but I don't know! All I know is I want to decide soon! I think I am a little scared to do the HUGE race - I feel like I would be lost in the crowd. If I start wearing headphones, I don't think the other people would bother me as much.. I will decide soon. I asked my Mom, and she said I should pick the closest one haha.
I didn't do Zumba last night & didn't feel like jogging either because of my ears & throat still being sore. I almost didn't work out at all - but then I changed my mind and wanted to get in 60 minutes. I spent the hour watching & doing different Spark workout videos. I got some ab work, legs, butt, hips & thigh work in. It felt good to do that before bed.
This is a long week for me at work. I am working through lunches Mon-Thurs this week because I have to leave early on Friday for my hand specialist appt. I get the result of the 3 tests Friday afternoon. Hopefully the specialist figures out what is wrong with my thumb! Work is slow this week, so working through lunch makes it even slllllllower. I am not complaining though, because I know it will pick up again in a few months! I am using my spare time to look up 5K races & other research!
Hopefully everyone has a good rest of the day! Keep Sparking!!!!!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a Spark-tacular weekend! I finally found a mesasuring tape & measured my body!
Unfortunately the Zumba Shoes I bought are a size too big. My feet kept sliding around in them. So I need to mail them back. I didn't decide yet if I want the same pair in a size smaller, or if I want to keep looking. So for now, I have to use my walking shoes again for classes! I am also still debating if I want to do Zumba twice a week or not. All of the classes are drop-in at the place I go to, so if I can't make it I won't lose any money. I could just find a video to do at home, but I haven't found one yet. I don't have a TV in the area I hang out in most of the time, so I would have to watch it on my computer screen or go upstairs to the living room with my parents. I need to stop putting off this decision so I can workout more!
I could do Zumba and/or Yoga at the Y if I join. I have to pay for a year program Membership. Then I would have to pay for each 8 week class. If I can't make it to the classes, too bad! I missed out. I wouldn't sign up until tax season anyway so.. I have some time to figure that part out.
I did a lot of walking this weekend. I went to a hayride last night & walked around Walmart a lot before that. I went to the Renn Faire, and I walked a lot! I saw a few shoes, but it was nice to walk around the whole faire without feeling rushed. Yesterday, I went to a local art fair. It was really refreshing to be outside for that as well. Seeing all of the amazing art made me want to draw and take photos again. So I busted out my old drawing bag & my camera. I went to Walmart last night to get the CR2 batteries for the 35mm camera. They were expensive! but hey - everything is expensive now so.. oh well.
So I lost 2 lbs so far in this fall challenge. I don't know how well I will do for the final weigh-in. I do want to do the best I can - but if I don't make it I know I won't be disappointed in myself. I have so much going on OUTSIDE of my healthy journey. There are so many changes I am making in my life outside of Spark. It is definitely tough, but I am doing the best I can right now. It is difficult for me to be single even though I feel it is the best for me right now. I have my family and a few friends supporting me, but it is still tough doing certain things on my own.
I did slack off a bit over the weekend with my calories - I went over 200 calories on Sat & Sun. But I am not upset. I still made some healthy choices. Unfortunately, I ate a bit too much one day and the other day I had hot apple cider. It was definitely worth it & hopefully I will still be the same weight or a bit less for the weigh-in this week. If I gained, then I know why! I am hoping I can keep pushing my exercise a bit harder this week. I feel a little bit sick - my ears and throat have been hurting me since Friday night. They don't feel any worse or better. I keep drinking a lot of water and tea. I hope to flush this out before it gets me really sick. I can still smell and breathe normally - so I am trying to enjoy that while I can! My cousin's wedding is this weekend, and I don't want to be blowing my nose because of a sinus infection!
I am starting to see myself differently yet again. When I make healthy choices in my diet, I feel better about myself instead of feeling stressed. If I don't feel like I ate enough in a meal - I analyze what about it could make me still hungry. Did I have enough veggies? Did I not eat enough earlier in the day? I try not to be upset & discouraged when I go to a restaurant that doesn't have a lot of healthy choices. The other day I went to a tavern famous for their roast beef. Obviously it wasn't my choice, but I didn't want to mope about it and make a big scene. I just joked around saying I would eat three roast beef sandwiches, two orders of fries, and six beers. There was nothing on the menu "I could have" except for the house salad. Instead of pouting, I just told myself I would eat something else when I got home. That is what I did!
Sometimes I wish I didn't have the gall-bladder-gone issues. I wish I could just go over calories sometimes. I wish I could have bacon, soup, red meat, fried foods, etc without it causing problems with my stomach. I see other people say "I ate a doughnut, and I am ok with it." I wish I could do that. If I ate a doughnut I would not be ok with it! Not because of the fat/calories... but because my stomach would hate me for eating that. I am still trying to be OK with my diet restrictions. For all I know, I will have to restrict my diet forever. Instead of being super upset about it, I am trying to embrace it. Many people in my real life don't understand why I say NO to cake and egg salad and pancakes. I don't say No because eating too much of that could make me fat. I say no because the rest of the day will cause me actual stomach pain!
I am still learning ME. Hopefully one day I will be more comfortable with all of my body quirks. Everyone has them - it has been a little under a year since I had my gall bladder out. Although I am still not 100% ok with my diet restrictions, in time it will get better for me. As long as I don't let it bother me, I will feel better about it!
Instead of looking at the negative aspects all of the time, I try to remind myself of the things I have accomplished so far.
-I am learning more about myself everyday
-I am a stronger person mentally & emotionally
-I am becoming a more Fit person
-I am dedicated to my weight loss journey
-I have lost 81 lbs so far and I will lose more
-I have support in many ways
-I am a happy, healthier 27 year old
-I will be at a healthy weight sooner than I know it
-I ran two 5K so far
-I am a generous, caring person
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Let me know if you need any help or support. Hopefully I can give you some!
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