Friday, December 21, 2012
Hi everyone! I've missed you.
I've read emails, and tracked workouts on my app, but that's all the sparking I've done. I am looking forward to touching base with you all again.
Hawaii was wonderful again. My son and DIL are doing a fabulous job with my 20 month old granddaughter and while we were there Steph had an ultrasound and found out they are having a boy! We can't wait! Next time we go see them they will be a family of 4! They are coming here in Feb or Mar, and the baby is due in June. We will go back in August if we can stand to wait that long!
For exercise, we walked to my son's from the hotel all but the last day when he had to pick up us and our luggage. He was 1/2 hour walk away, but we also did lots of walking during the day.
One day we hiked up a steep climb to see a waterfall. It was a muddy path, part of the way (my first mud-run!) Great workout. Beautiful scenery.
Another day for exercise I took a swim in the ocean. There was a pool at our hotel, but I never used it (what a shame!) because we left the hotel every morning before it opened and came back after dark every night.
And one day I did a great 15 minutes of continuous ST. That was at the very beginning of the trip, when I had great dreams of being steadfast with my workouts. The best thing I did was walk, and that was usually with my husband who walks so fast I am always pushing hard to keep up. Makes for a great workout!
Eating was interesting. I enjoyed my food so much more this trip because I'd decided not to track (too hard anyway with all the eating out we did...between 1/2 to 2/3 of the time we ate out) My son likes to introduce us to new cuisine. So often my husband and I would order something to share and my son would order something else he'd like us to try and we'd have a bite of that too. You'd be amazed at all the Asian foods you can find there. Not so amazing when you consider the cultural heritage of Hawaii. I think my favorite new experience in food was eating Korean bbq. The bad part that was oh so yummy was how my son planned a new sweet treat for each day. A Taiwanese dessert was particularly yummy. It was Snow Ice, which is almost like shaved ice milk/cream. They had all kinds of fruit flavors, and chocolate, but my choice was the gingerbread flavor. They have a beautiful presentation. Mine came piled high with a candy cane leaning against it, and a butter icing drizzled on it. I comes with pretty little bits of gelled fruit. almost too pretty to eat. I did take a picture, but I'm terrible at posting pictures on here. If I can figure it out I'll post a pic later.
So I've told you about exercise and about my eating exercise, now what I'm not going to tell you is how much weight I lost or gained. I know it will be in the gain category, that's definite because I feel it in how my clothes fit...at least they still fit! I will not weigh myself for about a week, so I can lost the flying bloat, and the sodium bloat, and get on with eating normal and exercising a bit more for the next week. (at least as normal as the holiday will allow.) Within the next week I'll also have to allow for a holiday, but that can't be as hard as my last 10 days was on my efforts. I hope I'm not going to eat my words on that!
Well, it's good to be back, and I'm looking forward to being back on SP!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I have to keep my life kinda low-key to help prevent the mood-swings that come with my bipolar disorder. Keeping stress away is challenging, but I've become quite good at it. I have to consider the stress factor whenever I start anything new in my schedule.
I've been contemplating what I should do differently with my time, since I'm feeling some periods of boredom. I feel like so much time and energy is focused on food and exercise. I work 9 hours a week and spend one morning a week with my daughter and her kids. I go to church on Sunday mornings and I spend an hour journaling every day. Maybe a half hour Sparking each day, too. 5-7 hours of exercise a week as well. I read for 3 hours a day on average. I love to read.
I'd been considering signing up for a clay studio class. I used to throw on the wheel, and would like to do that again. My only problem is I end up with lots of pots, cups, and plates with few people to give them to. Where do you store such things?
OR I love learning and my husband often encourages me to take classes at the local U. I've done classes recently and discovered that 2 classes at a time works for me. When I did 3 classes plus a lab, I was overtaxed. Problem is, I don't have any goal to shoot for in taking classes. (no ideas on a degree or second career...I'm a career Mom...what should I do NOW?)
I also have the beginnings of a book about my struggles with bipolar and BPD (borderline personality disorder). Bipolar tends to run in families and I want to have an account available for future family members who may need some encouragement and insight into the disorder. I want to give them hope.
Life is too short to be spending so much of my mental energy on food and my body. I will always have weight as a concern, I'm finding out that maintaining takes as much striving as weight loss does. But I don't just want to finish my life with the legacy of a healthy body. Isn't life more than the body?
I kinda am leaning toward the option of writing for a while. Now I just need to figure out how much time I want to devote to writing each day. I believe this will give me focus and keep my interest a while each day...enough to help with my boredom.
Thank you for listening to me while I sort this all out. Writing helps me think. And in writing this down I can see that writing about my bipolar experiences might be an important thing for me to do.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thirteen days later and I still can't take walks. What a nuisance this sprain has become.
I am eating mid-range, which isn't causing any problems with the scale...yet. I could be doing some strength workouts and even chair cardio, which I did one day. I just am rediscovering my lazy bone. If I could get out and take a walk, I'd be more motivated to do ST. That's what usually helps. I need to get crackin' and get out the weights.
It's just that I'm feeling so relaxed since I don't have my workout schedule screaming at me. Maybe I should make a new, "easy does it workout schedule" that will get me some structure while I wait for full mobility?
EDIT: I just talked myself into a 30 minute intervals ST workout...I got sick of hearing my complaining about not being able to do my regular workouts! The workout felt great and now I'm going to write out a little schedule for myself...
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I'm sitting around this week, nursing that silly sprained ankle. But I want it to heal up nicely so I don't easily re-injure it when I get back to taking walks. The swelling is going down now. I'm trying to keep my mind active so I don't think about food. Yesterday was good in that regard. I stayed under the calories I need for getting no exercise.
I've been seeing the scale creep up after the binges I've had. Yesterday, and already today I've kept in mind the thought,"I don't really get comfort from food. Overeating only brings me DIScomfort. My feelings about myself are positive when I am successful at keeping my calories in check. That's when I go to bed happy with what I've accomplished that day."
Here's to another day of true Comfort.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Ok. Not such a smart move!
My daughter's family has 4 kids' bikes and a razor scooter. The two kids, my daughter's BF and my hubby and I were fooling around on them. I'm thinking I'd try to burn off a few birthday cake calories. I ended up with the 8 year old's bike ( she's the size of a kindergartener) going down hill was fine, but coming back up I couldn't get the pedals to move, picture me trying to ride with my butt up in the air... and I lost control. Pitched off the bike, heard popping in my ankle, and flew through and landed on the bottom barbed wire of a fence. Not rusty at least. I heard my granddaughter yell from the other end of the road , "Are you OK gramma!" She told me later that she was shaking when she saw me fall, poor kid!
Well, trying to be tough for my audience, I hopped up and walked ever so gingerly back to the group. I didn't tell anyone about my ankle but they had to see me limping. They were mostly concerned about what the barbed wire did to me. We hung around outside for a while. When we finally went in (I couldn't wait to get off my foot) I had my daughter clean up my back. Then I sat down. After a little I asked for ibuprofen and told her I sprained my ankle. (I repeatedly sprain this ankle! Darn!)
We're on our way home, a 2 1/2 hr drive. Fortunately I have 3 ice packs in a cooler so I'm icing the softball size lump that has formed. I know; RICE. I'm working on that.
So Be careful when you want to get exercise...be adventuresome, but be smart!
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