Monday, August 26, 2013
I fell off the SparkWagon after being at Maintance for around 3 years.
I had been on BLC teams for many, many rounds before falling off the SparkWagon. So, I signed up and have been on the BLC challenge with the Golden Phoenix's for 12 weeks now. It's over on Wednesday, so here's my 12 week review ...
~ I drink at least 8 waters a day once again
~ I cut my pop to one once again per day
~ I do cardio at least 5 days per week once again
~ I do ST most days once again, changing up Upper, Lower, Core ST.
~ I've been eating freggies once again.
~ Been eating so much better once again.
~ My long struggling PF is doing pretty good now.
~ I tried a new MS drug during this round. It was horrible. Suicidal thoughts, etc. Had to stop. BAD STRESS.
~ Our daughter is getting married in December. They're in med school in St. Louis. All of it is on our shoulders. Especially mine.
~ (This might be TMI for some) I hadn't had a TOM for over 7 months. But still had migraine & sleep problems cycles. Then, BAM, while on vacation, I gained almost 10lbs overnight and got a TOM from Hell. My hormones went out out control. UGH!!!!!
~ I was able to start doing walk/jogging once again (stupid PF), then my stupid back went out like the old times from 2 car old accidents. I'm still at the chiro now. Still hurts pretty darn bad.
~ The last child got engaged last week. More stress. Won't go into it.
~~~~~~ The Review~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I had hoped to lose 10lbs. I was up about 20lbs. Guess what? Not a pound lost, even though I changed so much once again:-/
I'm really upset by this. As I'm sure most of you would be too.
Baby Sis gained a lot of weight. Quit smoking. Gained more. Got her act back together for one week and lost over 7 lbs. I'm so very happy & proud of her, but part of me did have a green eye of jealousy:(
I did go see my OB/GYN. She told me how messed up my hormones must be. I can't take any hormones due to my DVT & PE's. I just have to wait it all out.
But she did say one thing that I'm trying to hold on to... "Can you even imagine how much weight you might have gained if you weren't working out & eating right?"
It's not much, but I guess it's all I have for now.
Monday, August 05, 2013
I joined the SparkPeople Official Stress Busting Challenge.
Part of the challenge is to Blog about it.
Stress is bad for absolutely everyone, but with my MS, I have to be extra careful. When my stress level is bad enough, I start losing my balance and bouncing off walls. If it keeps going, I can trigger an MS relapse.
Sounds easy enough. Keep stress under wraps. Sometimes I do that so well, that I bury it and it comes out as sleep problems or nightmares.
I get so mad at myself. What exactly do I have to be stressed about, really?
I'm married to my BFF of 30 years. We have 3 great older kids. One grandson. All our parents are alive & kicking. Have a great relationship with my Baby Sis.
It sounds so simple on paper.
But I let little things get to me fairly easily. I have to stop that.
Bigger things like planning my daughter's wedding and dealing with the new in-laws will just have to be taken step by step.
(A wealthy relative that I never met dying and leaving me lots of $, would sure help things.)
But for now, My Goals:
~ Keep buying/ paying for things every payday for the wedding to stretch it out. Keep checking things off checklist. It's going to happen, whether I'm ready or not.
~ Just decorate this Christmas. No gifts. People will have to understand with the wedding just 3 days after Christmas.
~ Either figure out how to pay for going to Mississippi for the new in-law's party or figure out how to back out very nicely within the next couple of days.
~ Know that Cliff will eventually lean to fall asleep...
~ Keep working on the clutter in the house. It does help my stress levels.
~ Put the whole Kohl's debacle behind me and decide if I'm going to try for another part time job or not. Weigh the pros & cons.
~ Keep trying to get enough sleep. When I'm fatigued, just about anything stresses me out.
~ Keep in contact with people. Get out of the house.
AND NUMBER ONE, REMEMBER BABY'S SIS'S SAYING...
"Stress = Fat"
AND NUMBER TWO, ALWAYS REPEAT MY PERSONAL MOTTO TO MYSELF...
"Stress is NOT the Situation. It is how one PERCEIVES the situation."
Monday, July 22, 2013
Here we are at the halfway point of the 12 round of BLC. Yes, this is for my 100 points in the challenge, but I really have been reflecting the past few days.
I rejoined BLC this round after regaining about 15 pounds from my maintenance weight that I had been at for around 3 years. UGH.
I had been a leader previously of the CAMO team for a few rounds. I LOVED it! I dropped out on the teams when my life became way too hectic. BAD DECISION in hind site! I can blame Kohl's & their breakroom food for my weight gain, but I do actually know it was just me slipping back into every old bad habit.
So..... The good so far this round......
~ I get on the scale once every morning once again. (I did this for years, but stopped doing it when the weight gain started. BAD CHOICE!)
~ I'm drinking all that water again. Taking a bottle with me every time I get into the car again. Ordering water at restaurants again.
~ I'm rotating Upper, Lower, Core ST most every evening like I used to do for years.
~ CARDIO again!! Walking, Running, Hiking, Biking, DVD's. Even tried Ziplining & Canoeing on vacation this past week!
~ I got more Fitness Minutes on vacation than I do at home normally!
What I still need to really work on....
~ That darn pop. When I kept it to one 12oz can a day, I was fine. Then Kohl's happened. I started sucking down 20oz Mountain Dews for the caffeine like it was going out of style. Empty calories at their best. Even when I left Kohl's, I was still in the old habit of drinking WAY too much pop.
I've gotten back to 12oz a day. Actually survived the whole day without it yesterday. (But I opened the fridge and stared at it about 5 times.)
~ Better calories. Yes, I can stay in my calorie range, but not exactly with the healthiest ones.
~ Baked goods. My kryptonite. My draw to them is strong again. But I really am doing better cutting back. Still have a long way to go.
So........ In conclusion..........
I'm human. Not perfect. But trying hard.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Haven't blogged in ages. Fell off the SparkWagon. Gained at least 15lbs.
But had a few epiphanies today while running in the rain trying to train for the Flying Pig in Cincinnati this weekend after being so sick from a stomach virus....
~ I may feel fat, but I'm not a XL again like a thought at Dick's! (got some body issues again)
~ It's not so bad to run in the pouring down rain!
~ I have an AWESOME running playlist! ( Since no one was around from the rain, I found myself singing out loud)
~ The body is pretty darn amazing. I didn't have to start back from square one to run again. Your body just starts running (or wogging, as the case may be) again. Who ever would have guessed?!
~ Running through puddles can be wicked fun.
~ Bon Jovi & Bruce Springsteen are still gods to me.
~ I'm nervous to run the relay with Renee, Kathie & Julie, but I do think I can do it. But if not, just Walk more! Not one SparkPerson will ever make fun of you!
~ I finally picked it. Cher's "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from the movie Burlesque is my Power Song:D
~My Charity Miles App stopped working after 2 1/2 stopped working. I panicked a little. But then just enjoyed the run! I know I did at least 6 miles. GO ME!!
~ Was just going to stop running when the song, "You Can't Stop the Beat" from the Musical Hairspray came on. Just kept running (and singing out loud!) Just TRY not to run to it!
~ I just can't wait to see old SparkFriends & meet new SparkPeeps!
~ I haven't been wearing my Garmin since I started wogging since I don't feel like a runner any more after not running for 1 1/2 years because of plantar fasclitis issues. But when I walked past the mirror in the bathroom after my run, I thought, "Whoa! I DO look like a runner!"
Guess I can wear my Garmin again.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Even though this is a "forced" blog for points, I really do need to do this.
I've been in Maintenance mode for over 2 years now. In fact, I got down a little too low and people were worried about me. So, I put my ideal weight at about 138-141 lbs. 133 was just too low.
I had no problem until my part time job with Kohl's came along last October. I'm surprised that I'm only at 145.5 lbs, actually. Now I watch my grandson 2-3 days each week for 9 1/2 hours each day. But forget about the scale, my pants know how bad I've got.
Here's still me (and Hubs) on Rt. 66 a few weeks ago..
Yep. Still my Size 8 pants. But here's the real problem again...
(Can't believe I'm posting this)
The dreaded Muffining!!!
Besides that, I just don't feel so great anymore.
So, here's the 12 week goals:
1. DRINK ALL THAT WATER ONCE AGAIN!
Every day. Just like I did for years. NO Excuses!
2. CUT BACK MY PRECIOUS MT DEW
Back to one 12 oz can a day again. NO more 24 oz bottles from the break room at Kohl's!
(This will probably be my biggest challenge of all!)
3. GET THOSE 10,000 STEPS & 10 STAIRS ON MY FITBIT EACH DAY!
NOT as easy as on my old pedometer since I have problems reading my steps when I have my PJs on. But, GET IT DONE!! No more bad 5,000 steps day. Even on a bad fatigue day! (Stupid MS!)
4. BACK TO MY ROTATION OF UPPER BODY, LOWER BODY, CORE FOR AT LEAST 5 DAYS EACH WEEK
Always worked for me when I watch TV at night or do a DVD.
5. GET IN THAT CARDIO CONSISTENTLY ONCE AGAIN!
I NEVER had a problem with this when I didn't work or watch my grandson. Now I'm so tired when I'm home. And I still can't run with my stupid PF foot.
But, NO MORE EXCUSES! SUCK IT UP! At LEAST do 15 minutes on those fatigue days!
6. STOP EATING ALL OF THAT CRAP!
Yes, baked goods and sweets were always problem. I'm still pretty darn good on everything but this and the Mt. Dew. JUST STOP IT! Kohl's break room is no excuse!!! You did it before, now do it again!!
7. KEEP UP WITH THE BLC CHALLENGES.
Just DO them!!!!!!!
My goal is that 12 weeks from now, that my pants will fit better again and the muffining will go down.
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