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I don't want to stop sampling life!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I learned many years ago that self care is an important part of life and finding happiness. After allowing myself to put myself first I bought into that way of thinking. Then I lost sight of it after I got married. It's taken me about a year to figure out that self care IS still important.

My self care doesn't have a dollar amount attached to it and I often enjoy the little things in life over something grand. That being said, I also enjoy a good massage. I finally figured out how I can afford a monthly 60 minute massage and on occasion a 90 minute one. At first I felt guilty for taking the time and then for using that money - I'm over that guilt. LOL!

Sunday I received a 90 minute massage and then had a peaceful lunch wherein I ate my favorite salad. The massage was wonderful. My massage therapist knows her stuff and always finds those problem spots. My biggest problem area, at the moment, is my left thigh and then right behind it is the right one. I need to get those stretched out better.

Self care has allowed me to discover myself and open the dark rooms inside my brain. I'm a better person and wife when I allow for that me time. On Wednesday, I'm taking some additional "me" time. My batteries are low again and I need to reconnect with myself.

Sometimes on this journey to wellness I forget or shun living life. I get so set in my ways that I get in my own way. I don't want to stop exploring life, food, adventure and limits.

With Mr. being Jamaican I am exploring authentic Jamaican foods - the "country" food of Jamaica. It's not your typical "jerk" food. I often talk to his Auntie in Jamaica about different dishes and we trade recipes - sometimes with the help of Mr. (I still learning Patwa). I love to sample it and I love to cook it (not just Jamaican but any cuisine). I finally got Mr. to a small Jamaican place not far from home on Sunday. He was excited, over the top excited. I sampled it all ... it was fabulous, they got it right.

I don't want to stop sampling life!
I want to live life and explore it all.
My journey to wellness means exploring the physical and mental.

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KITHKINCAID 8/24/2010 12:48AM

    Mmmm, massages and ethnic food - sounds perfect to me!

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BBGYRL4 8/23/2010 6:22PM

    I really liked this blog a lot! I love the fact that you want to sample life, especially since that's how life should be. You definitely need some you time where you can unwind and get your thoughts together so that you can be better and stronger in all other areas of your life. I'm totally jealous that you've found a way to work in a 60 massage once a month, I would LOVE to do that too! I hope that you enjoy yourself on Wednesday recharging your batteries.

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I got mad

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Well it was confirmed today, A.M. workouts just don't work for me but that's not really why I got mad.

After sleeping for 9 hours, a blessing, I had a glass of water, washed the sleep out of my eyes, ate a banana and walked to the gym. (It was foggy and cold) I wanted to get a good workout in before heading off to my Saturday job. It's rare that I workout on Saturday if I have to work but I was determined.

I decided to give my W8D1 of C25K a try ... TOUGH! That added three minutes might as well been three hours. I accomplished a 15 minute mile! That made me happy. I got mad due to watching the clock and feeling like time was standing still. Plus, I just want it to be easier. A lot of nasty/dirty words went through my mind today and I finally had to tell myself to shut up! Shut up and do it. I had to remind myself over and over why I was really doing this. Finally at the 5 minute mark my mind went blank. I jogged and at 3 minutes I finally increased the speed. I keep hoping conditioning will ease my discomfort and make things easier!

I can report that my breathing is easier while I run and today my outer upper thigh muscle was not screaming during or after the jog. An improvement!

So, I started off this blog saying that A.M. workouts just don't work for me. It's true! I generally workout in the afternoon or early evening and I feel great during and after. When I workout in the mornings I am left feeling fatigued and drained of all energy. Even my boss noticed the change in my energy. He confessed that he can't workout in the A.M. either. I found it interesting and will continue to listen to my body ...

I ended up taking a nap after work, which I loved. I ate within my calorie range too. A successful Saturday!


Here's what I learned

Friday, August 20, 2010

I managed to make it to the gym yesterday, it was difficult because it was so nice out that I had the urge to walk away the early evening hours outside.

The workout was fabulous ... walking, elliptical, step class, upper body ST and Ab work - plus, I stretched. Very nice!

Here's what I learned:
** I need to come up with an upper body ST plan. My upper body muscles are weak, I don't like that feeling. So, I'm working on a short program to start with.
** Stretching feels good! I asked my step instructor about a good stretch for my upper/outer thigh/hip muscles. She demonstrated a great one!
** I disclosed to her that I most often experience muscle fatigue and throbbing in my upper/outer thigh/hip muscles while I'm jogging. She was concerned. We did a Q&A session and she gave me some pointers on proper jogging form but in the end we thought it best I go to my Chiropractor to get checked. Apparently what I am experiencing is "odd."

Onto weight loss:
NEWS FLASH: I lost a pound & an inch on my stomach.
The mid-week peek was not real after all. When I did a review of my nutrition tracker I note that I took in 52 grams of fiber in one day and did not match that with enough water/liquid. The pipes were clogged. I'm heavy on fiber anyway but that was just too much for the body to process immediately - causing what appeared to be a 5 lb weight gain. My body has adjusted and I increased my water intake to almost double.

The weekend is coming upon me fast.
I want to be more active.
I want to play in the sun and laugh!

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MANLEYSANDY 8/23/2010 6:59PM

    Congrats on the pound! Keep it up!

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BBGYRL4 8/20/2010 11:45PM

    Good for you that you made it to the gym! I know that the most difficult part is getting yourself there, the rest can be somewhat easier.
I think that it's good that you were able to speak to Step instructor about a few things, it's always great to have someone to go to. Are there any personal trainers in your gym that you might be able to speak to about devoloping an upper body ST program for you?
Congratulations on losing weight and inches, that's awesome!! Good for you that you were able to figure out what was going on with the fiber. You're doing a great job keep up the good work!!

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The Rub, The Burn, The Goal

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I didn't make it to the gym last night but all was not lost, I hiked around town. I sat at my desk all day yesterday dreaming of the sun's warmth on my shoulders and a cool breeze blowing my hair. When I left the office to walk to the gym I just kept walking. It was beautiful out and I didn't want to be in a stuffy old gym running on the wheel aka treadmill/elliptical. When I finally reached home I mapped it out with the help of SP and found I had walked 3 miles. I wasn't sweaty like when I leave the gym but I felt refreshed and like I had a good workout nonetheless.

Today, step class calls my name.

The Rub:
Ahem, I'm tired of my thighs rubbing together whilst I walk, jog, etc. I'm over it. It needs to change and it will.

The Burn:
Ummmm, I'm tired of buying pretty high heel shoes that expire after a few hours due to the ball of my foot feeling like it's on Fire.

My latest find, the second cutest so far this season can only be worn outside the office for short walks.

I went to The City and walked in them for 3 hours one day and was nearly crippled when we got home. The Mr. was not happy, I was just in foot pain.

I asked my shoe guy (yeah, I have a shoe guy) what the problem is and he confirmed that it's due to my weight and the heel height. Hmmph! I don't want to be restricted to flats or low heels because of my weight. I want to continue to wear my sexy heels and not have them expire and my feet catch on fire!

The Goal:
Have toned, thick thighs that show my muscles when I walk/jog.
Enjoy high heels without the balls of my feet being on fire and being bruised from all the weight baring down on them.

I will continue to workout religiously, stay accountable with my calories and follow Doc's plan. With that combination I will make it happen. When, is the question!

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KITHKINCAID 8/19/2010 11:27PM

    Oh you and me sister - I LONG for cute shoes that I can actually wear all day.

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This week's mid-week peek was a little startling

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This week's mid-week peek was a little startling.

My hands and feet tell me that I am retaining water so I knew I'd have a higher number @ the time of the peek. What I wasn't expecting was being 5 lbs up from my lowest number. WHAT?! I stepped off the scale and told myself the number isn't real. I mean it's real because that's what the scale says but gheesh! I know in my heart, mind and SP calorie tracker that I have not eaten enough food to gain 5 lbs in less than a week. Nope, can't be real - not even close.

My jog yesterday went well. Very well. I manged to complete C25K, W7D3 - which means I jogged 25 minutes without a walking break. (It helped that a "runner" was on the treadmill next to me ... I like their energy!) I've workout and/or been active 16 days so far this month, I've logged 944 fitness minutes thus far.

In other news: The Mr. wanted to buy more chips for the house over the weekend. (sigh) I asked if we could skip them for a few weeks (I was the one consuming the chips, not him), he shrugged and said sure. I mentally did a happy dance and bought more banana's instead!

So, I reject the reality of a 5 lbs gain in less than a week. My body will adjust its self and all will be right with the world. For now, I continue down my healthy path.

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FICTIONRUNNER 8/19/2010 1:38PM

    Yes, water retention can make a huge a difference - especially from eating too much sodium, like those salty chips. I've seen three pounds after margaritas and chips, and I'm on the small side.

Congrats on the running! I love that energy at the gym too.

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KITHKINCAID 8/18/2010 6:10PM

    Hehehe - bananas - emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Way to go on getting the chips out of the house. You'll lose the water weight - I'm sure of it!

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