Saturday, July 02, 2011
So, I called my doctor's office yesterday afternoon to find out what my latest blood test results were. The nurse told me that my cholesterol had dropped significantly. On May 31st my total level was at 294, and on June 21st it had dropped all the way down to 132! That's 162 points difference! Spectacular! So I celebrated by going out and walking 5k. Wore myself out doing it (it was hot in the afternoon), but it felt good to know I could do it. It took me a while, but I finished gosh darn it. I had to pause and catch my breath on this one hill (it is MUCH longer when walking than when I drive up it), so next month when I try it again I am going to try and go up without stopping. Hopefully I will be in better shape by then, making it possible. My cousin is in town for the weekend, so my aunt won't be walking with me for the next few days, but I have the motivation and momentum to do this on my own for now. It amazes me that a month ago 4 blocks felt like a lot, and would make my hip tighten up, and my shins hurt, and now I can manage 5k. Talk about making strides! So, I am giving myself a pat on the back today... I think I deserve it!
Friday, July 01, 2011
In my blog yesterday I whined about not going fast enough when I walk. I got a couple comments on it telling me to worry about how far I am going, rather than how fast I am going. So last night I went almost twice as far as I have been. It was partially my aunt's fault. She walks with me a few times a week, and yesterday she wanted to go up this hill, and around a longer block than we usually tackle. We also stopped by my sister in law's house for a quick second to drop something off, so part of it we were retracing our steps. I like walking with my aunt. Most of the time. She is still ragging on my mom. Sisters! What can you do? I guess they will always have something to say about each other. I just wish I wasn't in the middle. Oh well. Anyway... Most of the time we have interesting conversations while we walk (when we aren't huffing and puffing). We talk about health issues (both hers and mine), and politics (local and national), and family (her kids, my siblings and of course...my mother). We see eye to eye on most everything. We disagree just enough for our discussions to be interesting. She is much more knowledgeable about local politics than I am which means I can catch up on what is happening around town. Anyway... my point was that we went our same slow speed when walking together but went quite a ways farther, and when I was walking to and from her house I went my usually slightly faster speed, but I didn't try to exhaust myself by speeding way up. I just cruised along at a brisk, yet comfortable pace (about a 24 min/mile). I can feel a difference in my clothes already and it has only a little over 30 days.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I still can't seem to get my feet to move faster than a 20 minute mile. I may speed up when I am walking, but I can't sustain the faster pace, and usually end up going slower than ever after a burst of speed. I find that I walk faster when I am walking with someone else. I also walk faster if I have music with a fairly fast, consistent beat on my headphones if I am walking alone. I want to speed up. I once did a 15 minute mile. I was wiped afterwards, but I know it is possible. I just can't seem to get there again. So, I wonder what I am doing that is limiting me? Or maybe I am just not ready yet? I can't seem to get a feel for which option is really at work here. I try and listen to my body, but right now I am not getting the message, whatever it might be!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
So, yesterday was weigh day for me. I lost .5 of a pound. I was expecting that though, so no big surprise there. I had hoped for a whole pound, just so I could say I had reached a 20 pound milestone. But I will take any number really. My reaction? I went out and walked for an hour, instead of a half hour yesterday evening. I have found another exercise buddy for walking. It was a surprise to me, but my aunt is walking with me whenever she is available. She makes me walk farther and longer, because I walk to her house and back, as well as the ground we cover together. Last night we walked together for half an hour, and the walk to and from is about another half hour. My legs were tired by the time I got home. I also spent a lot of time on my feet doing errands with my mother. I had to renew my Driver's LIcense, so I spent time standing in line at the DMV, and she waited in the car while I ran in to 3 separate stores, as well as two we both went in to shop in together. I now owe her a ton of money on Friday, because she fronted me the cash to pay for my license renewal, and for groceries, and the medication I picked up at the pharmacy.
This is sort of unrelated, but I was wondering if anyone has advice on how to stay uninvolved when my aunt and my mother start being rude about each other to me--behind each others backs? I don't like being in that position. It makes me wonder what they say about me, behind my back? Makes me very uncomfortable. I have trouble redirecting the conversation to something less inflammatory, and more productive. Maybe I am just not stern enough with the two of them? Oh well...
Anyway, weigh day was as expected, and shopping with mom was less trying on my patience than I expected. So, it was a good day yesterday. Today I have strength training and cardio, so I should start the ST soon, or I will have procrastinated the day away. Delaying too long would jeopardize today's potential to be a good day as well! I plan on making today be the best it can be, but that is almost always my goal.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Yes, I am going to the store with my mother. It is always an adventure, and a test of patience. I love her, but she is a social butterfly, and I am just... not. We have several errands to run. The grocery stores, the dollar store, the pharmacy, and a couple of other stops. Everywhere she goes she runs into someone she knows who wants to talk--at length--to her. I just don't get it. There are phones, and computers, and social events for that kind of socializing (hour long conversations), not standing in the middle of the grocery store. Oh well. I do love her, and she is being very accommodating today, so I shouldn't complain. Today is also weigh day. I go to the clinic to weigh myself. They are very nice, and let me slip in just to use the scale, and slip right back out again. The receptionists are as excited as me to see what kind of number shows up on the scale. So I have a little cheering squad whenever I weigh myself! So, here goes nothing!
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