Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Don't you hate it when you have the motivation just oozing out of yourself, but keep getting sidetracked by life ciircumstances?
Three weeks ago, I had a somewhat-terrible upper respiratory infection. I say "somewhat terrible" because I've suffered through worse, but nonetheless, it's hard to do cardio, when your head feels like it may implode, and you cough so hard, you may bring up a lung.
As soon as that ended, and I was almost fully recovered, I was hit with a toothache. I chipped a tooth about a half a year ago on an atomic fireball and hasn't bothered me until last week. And if you've ever had a toothache from a top tooth, you may know that it's not just that tooth that aches, but literally, your entire face, and the pain kinda drifts up to the top of your skull. Not nice. Once I recovered from that nightmare I got....
whatever the heck decided to sting me on my ankle. I was getting into my van on Sunday wearing sandals. I felt a bite from a very small black bug (I don't even know what it was but I'm guessing some kind of spider). That night my foot was swollen, but not too bad. In the morning I awoke to a foot doubled in size, hot , and itchy. And the redness...it looked like I was wearing a red sock pulled up a third of the way up my leg. I took a variety of measures, but by the evening it felt like it had its own heartbeat, so I decided to go to urgent care. They gave me a shot of steroids and antibiotics and some benedryl and sent me home with presciptions for more of the same. Oh and direct orders to stay off my feet until it's completely better. Worst news for a runner. I missed crossfit yeasterday and most likely will miss run club tomorrow.
I am trying to decrease my calories a bit seeing I'm not burning any. The sooner this boot heals, the better.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I am setting a goal for myself to lose at least 5 pounds this month. I am still carrying around the 15 pounds I've gained, and I want it gone. My day has been crazy busy. So far today I've:
1. Got my 3 girls off to school
2. Ran 2 miles
3. Showered and went to Petco for puppy food. When we got her 2.5 weeks ago, she weighed 2 lbs., 11 oz. Today she weighs 7. She's eating me out of house and home.
4. Went to the Vitamin Shoppe and over paid for protein bars. But it was kinda worth it because they had awesome flavors I've never seen before.
4. Went to Walmart. Had to get the usual household supplies, and then I went nuts buying my girls Easter candy. May God keep me away from the robin's eggs...please.
5. Went to get an estimate on putting an a/c compressor on my 1996 van. So the mechanic tells me he can put in a rebuilt one, plus a new blower motor for $370. But he can't guarantee it. He said it's like "putting on a new outfit, crapping in it, and then changing your clothes without showering". What does that mean???
6. Then went to Costco, Apparently, the last time I was there, a Costco employee voided my membership card because it's my hubby's card, and he wasn't with me, so I would have to get someone to help me validate my membership the next time I came....which was today.
7. Put away a ton of groceries, and now I have to cook dinner, and help my little one with her homework.
I didn't even get to eat my lunch until 3:30. If I could stay this busy every day, I could easily reach my goal.
Friday, March 28, 2014
I've had tons of reasons for not working out. If I could get paid for creating excuses, I'd be a wealthy woman right now. My motivation has a tendency to come and go, and lately, it has been way gone. But for 2 weeks now I have used this creature as my main excuse:
At 4 weeks old, we took her in, and she became public enemy no.1. Yeah, yeah, she's cute..adorable even, but don't let that fat tummy and yummy face fool you. She is a poop machine. And she could not be left alone. If I caged her to go workout, she would bark, and whine, and wake the others still sleeping. So it makes sense that I would have to skip my exercise sessions to babysit. I mean, what I could I do?
I know. You don't have to tell me how pathetic it is to blame the cutest puppy in the world for not getting my lazy rear end off the couch. She's close to being housebroken, so once she eats and poops, I wll be headed out for a Saturday run, and blame the baby no longer.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I came to the reality the other day that I have been on Spark for almost 4 years. What a journey! I have come a long way but I've always given myself some grief that I never reached my goal weight. I was so close...just 5 pounds away. Imagine running a marathon, and you can see the finish line right there. You're so focused on the prize right in front and then BAM, you stumble over your own feet and break your leg. That's sorta what it feels like to me.
Not only did I not make the finish line, but I started gaining weight back. Stress was a huge factor. And then my thyroid. You would think it was underactive, since I gained 14 pounds. But I went to the doc and it turns out it was overactive. Probably why I had a ravenous appetite all the time. I was constantly eating because I was really hungry. Then the dreaded holidays. I made 12 different varieties of Christmas cookies. Need I say more?
I was desperate to get back on track. Desperate times call for desperate measures. A couple of months ago I heard about the Fast Diet on Good Morning America. It intrigued me. Also known as "intermittent fasting", you cut your calories down to 1/4th of the recommended intake, which is 500 calories for women, 600 for men. You do this twice a week (not consecutive days) and the other 5 days you eat what you want. This works best for people who eat reasonably on their non-fast days.
Critics have said that one may develop an unhealthy relationship with food. I've had 4 years to work on my relationship. Some may say you may fall into "starvation mode". It doesn't happen since you only do it for a day, and then eat normally the following day.
I really like it because I never feel deprived. You know you only have to get through one day, and you can enjoy whatever you're craving the next day. It's very flexible. Going out to dinner with friends? Simply move your fast day over a day. The diet is genius. Studies are showing that the diet may also lower your blood pressure, your blood sugar levels, your triglycerides, your LDL, your risk of certain cancers, and dementia.
I don't think this diet is right for everyone, but for now it seems like it's right for me. I'll keep you all posted on my progress.
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