Monday, November 08, 2010
Wow, what a weekend! Mr and I picked up a rental car on Saturday morning so we could head out of town ... destination, Reno, Nevada. Originally we were to drive a Kia Senata but ended up with a Dodge Journey. I am soooo happy we ended up with the Dodge. I'd rent that vehicle again!
The drive to Reno takes just under 4-hours by freeway. It was a beautiful fall day. We packed snacks, drinks and music for the trip - all the comforts of home. At 9:30 a.m. we hit the road and never looked back. It was an easy drive and Mr took us all the way there.
Mr was excited to go - his first trip to Reno, his first trip to Nevada, we were meeting up with cousins he adored AND Reno is a casino town. We booked our hotel room in advance, staying at Circus Circus. My first choice was the Peppermill, a bit classier at the same price but it was already sold out. Circus Circus ended up working out just fine - clean rooms, multiple restaurants and two floors of Casino/Midway fun.
It felt so good to get out of the car and walk around after that long drive! Mr loves to explore so off we went for hours of walking and talking. The weather continued to be beautiful in Reno.
Cousins arrived late afternoon and we all got settled in our rooms and then took off for food and gambling. We had a great time catching up on all the latest and I asked lots of questions about their 2-week road trip that they just started. They live in Seattle so we don't get to see each other as much, in fact it's about once a year that we get together.
The food was good, not super great. I did my best to keep the portions in control and even found a sugar free dessert that was really good.
I'm usually the odd man out when it comes to gambling. It usually produces more anxiety than fun for me so I end up walking around watching the people. The slot machines didn't seem to be paying out very well for anyone, including the Mr. He had loads of fun anyway and always plays responsibly. By the nights end I played roulette and came out ahead. When the anxiety got caught in my throat I stopped. LOL!
The next morning we got up to a gray, raining, windy day. We ate a great breakfast, again I did my best to order reasonably. Oddly enough the cousins wanted to hit the road early so we said our good-byes. Seemed like a short visit for such a long way for both of us but they were on an adventure so I understood.
Check-out time wasn't until noon so Mr and I went exploring again. He ended up on a slot machine and I at a roulette table. He gave his donation to the casino and I walked away a winner again.
The casino's are still a smoking environment so my lungs and sinus were unhappy. Living a smoke free lifestyle in California makes it hard to enter places that allow it. I was happy for the fresh air when we walked to the truck.
We were about a mile outside Reno when we noticed that the road signs were saying that chains were required on Donner Pass. CRAP! So the snow had fallen on the pass over night! There was no place to rent chains so we had to stop and buy a pair - for the rental, which was not a 4x4. Chains are expensive and even more so when the station has you by the shorties. I checked the gas gauge, we had half a tank of gas - plenty to make it back home but not if we got stuck on The Pass. Growing up in rural Iowa we never let the gas tank fall below half on winter days - it was a recipe for disaster if we got stranded.
It was slow going over the pass, lots of bumper to bumper traffic and some drivers just going way too fast. I did great not to eat the snacks in the car due to my "hidden" anxiety! Mr was driving - his first real experience driving in rain, sleet and snow. He did Fantastic!!!!
After shelling out the expense for the chains we never had to use them. We both got a little cranky about it but in the end decided it was better to have them and not need them. I'll try to sell them on Craigslist soon or keep them if we think we might go to snow later in the ski season. We didn't need that extra bit of gas either - but again, better safe than sorry when dealing with the elements.
It was great to get back home. It's always hard for me to leave Sara, the 16-year old cat and it proved even harder to leave her and Roadrunner, the 9-week old kitty. Plus, Roadrunner is still in bedroom jail until his shots and Sara gives her approval. Sara gave us the cold shoulder when we got home but warmed up later. Roadrunner was over the top excited. He played and played and played. His excitement carried on for three hours!
I get caught up in the rat race, work issues, food issues, running issues, workout issues, all kinds of issues. Yeah, I wasn't perfect with my food intake this weekend and I drank some soda - life won't end and my healthy lifestyle and weight loss didn't stop because of it. Learning to balance it all is important. I've come along way in my journey and I know that keeping perspective and the ability to not judge myself so harshly are key components in this thing called life and wellness journey.
I don't regret a choice I made this weekend and I know I'll work hard this week to balance it out. Sunday is race day for me so I'm focused on what's in front of me, not behind me.
Friday, November 05, 2010
It's been a long week here at the office. Any potential problem became a problem and tensions ran high. We all survived - no one cried or yelled so we all won - and everything worked itself out. It's Friday and I'm watching the clock today ... I'm heading out of town tomorrow morning with the Mr, we are very excited. I've already preplanned my snacks and drinks for the road trip which takes some pressure off. Eating out shouldn't be problem either. I'll keep it lite and simple.
Last night instead of the gym I went for a walk on the beach again - it was a beautiful night and the Mr was able to join me. The sunset was amazing!! We walked at his pace (very, very fast) for 50 minutes in the wet sand. During the walk we kept trying to come up with my new workout schedule since Doc recommends a maximum of 12 hours of working out a week and a minimum of 10 hours. Best I could think of was an hour before I go to work and an hour after work, six days a week. I can't imagine spending 2 hours at the gym after a workday, that just seems like a recipe for burnout. By Monday morning I'll know what I will want to try.
My TOM is here and I've not enjoyed the mood swings (Cranky!) this week. I'll freely admit no one else around me has enjoyed them either. The physical symptoms are all but gone and I figure that's due to avoiding gluten, eggs, soy, dairy, sugar and soda. I'm not a 100% clean but darn close. I have even managed to workout everyday, I usually skip during this time but have had enough energy to go. I have also managed to stay within my calorie range every day as well. All good!
With it being Friday, I weighed in when I got up. Before I got the weigh-in I had a pep talk with myself about the likelihood of a gain this week. I can feel that my hands are puffy which means I'm holding water. As suspected, I did gain - 2.5 pounds.
In the past I'd get all moody, dark and bitter about it but not now, not today. Today I have perspective on the situation. Next week it will be different. My goals haven't changed nor has my outlook. I'll continue my journey of wellness and fret not over a 2.5 lbs gain I can't control. Next week it will be different - TOM will be gone.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
The results of my latest Adrenal test came back so I met with Doc. The truly good news is that I'm 80% better!
I've come back from Stage 3 Adrenal failure to an amazing Stage 1.
My cortisol levels are much better although still high in the mornings which raises a few questions and concerns.
My DHEA levels are still a little low but on the upward swing.
Continue on the program Iím on, with a few tweaks to the supplement intake.
He is adding another supplement which is to help burn the fat.
In February 2011 Doc wants me to retake the ďspecialĒ test (my phrase, not his) due to the morning cortisol level being high. Itís really a test that analyzes my poo (yuck). The Mr is never thrilled when I bring that little box home to collect samples over few days. Truthfully, it doesnít excite me either. Doc wants to see if I have yet another, or rather, an undiscovered Parasite in my gut which is causing the cortisol levels to rise in the morning and slow down my weight loss. The joy! He is giving me till February due to the cost to run the labs. Iím just hoping I donít have a parasite. The cost of the antibiotics to kill it is painfully high.
He also made a note in my file that I should increase my exercise - up to 12 hours a week (720 minutes) . I'm not sure what that type of workout schedule looks like but I'll figure it out. I currently average 1,500 minutes a month. Note from Doc, if I had tried that before (working out long and hard) I would have further damaged my metabolism and continued to gain weight. A bit mind blowing really! Now my system is just thriving on it.
He believes my nutrition is spot on and that eating within 1,500 to 1,700 calories a day is perfect. He loves that Iím continuing to not eat gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, soda, and sugar. My body loves it too!
Doc further believes that my weight loss will increase by two to four pounds a month. I liked the sound of that!
The dark side of me was secretly hoping I would be done and itís having a hard time with that remaining 20% business. This process is a long and an expensive one. Doc has been practicing for 17-years so understands some of us hit a point of ďI need to be doneĒ and asked if I needed a break from it all. If my answer was yes, it is possible to take a few months off without any damage. Yeah, I need a break but letís keep going was my initial thought. I told him I'd let him know in February when the new test results come back if I need time away from it all. He thought that sounded like a great idea.
I continue to be concerned about the cost, yet I canít afford not to move forward.
After 7-months, Iím thrilled with the 80%!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I love reading SP blogs and I subscribe to A LOT of them! I grab a cup of tea and settle in for a good read, chuckle, cry and light bulb moments. They are your stories, our stories, our truths, our lives that a lot of us keep separate from our Facebook friends, co-workers, family and friends alike. Some blogs cut deep into my soul and I relive them until they settle in and take hold.
SERGEANTMAJOR doesn't blog very often but when he does he just slaps it on the table and leaves it there for the world to see. Today part of his blog said this, "Exercise should not become some form of OCD but rather something as integrated into our lives as eating, sleeping, showering and brushing our teeth. Perhaps this is the unconventional wisdom we need to internalize."
I actually smiled and sat back in my chair when I read that. It's thought provoking and even more so today as I have dreams of skipping the gym to go play with my new little kitty, Roadrunner, at home. I won't of course, I have a date with the elliptical and treadmill after work.
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