Saturday, June 29, 2013
I did a 5k this morning called "Run or Dye." Pretty much the same thing as The Color Run and several other races. It was a lot of fun! I walked it with my friend Emily and met up with some other friends along the way. It's not a timed race, but of course I kept rough track of it anyway (mainly so that I could put it in my fitness tracker). It took us about an hour and 5 minutes (give or take a minute or two). All things considered, I was really happy with that! Only about 10 minutes slower than the 5k I did in May. I was still favoring my hip since it still hurts a bit, wasn't trying to beat a time, we were walking on rocky/uneven ground (which always slows me down), looking out for other friends and co-workers, and we were trying not to trip over the other approx 10,000 people that were there! I wasn't even really breathing hard. Add that with water stops, etc. Even with all of that, we came in just over the time it took me to do my first 5k (1 hour and 4 minutes). And that one, I was completely exhausted after and had put my all into it! So happy with my progess! Here are a couple more pictures:
Thursday, June 20, 2013
It has been a pretty great week so far! After weeks of nursing my strained hip, it's finally healed enough for me to do some regular workouts! I was able to go to Zumba on Monday AND Tuesday! Had to ice my hip after and stretch well, but I was able to do it at about 90-95% of my normal intensity :D Last night I finally tried playing softball again. However, did discover that running to base after a hit did NOT feel good. Luckily, I'm not good enough to hit the ball very often, haha. I just play for fun! Plus I had to go to work after the game...and I happen to work in a place with easy access to a lot of ice packs, haha. I was the catcher so did burn some calories running after the ball when it would manage to zoom past me and hit the cage and throwing the back to the pitcher....plus all the squatting. Probably got a harder workout than I normally do playing right field! And, the icing on the cake, I am starting back up with my trainer today. Finally! I've missed her so much. It's been very strange not seeing her twice a week like normal. She's going to start me off slow with going on a walk or doing some agility ladder training or something like that. It feels SO good to be active again though. I definitely realized that being active makes me feel better. When I was laid up with my hip, I felt so lazy and sluggish and missed my workouts. Especially after having a couple of months in a row where I hit over 1,000 fitness minutes. Never EVER thought I would say that! How did I used to be okay with just sitting around watching TV during the majority of my free time? No wonder I always felt tired and gross. Very excited for my hip to continue to heal so that I can continue to amp up my workouts back to the level I was at before I hurt it. Only 3 more weeks until my mom and I leave for Argentina and I'm only a few pounds away from being at the same weight I was when I lived there! I think I can achieve it. So exited!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Well in the 2 weeks since I found out I had a sprained/strained hip muscle, I have taken a break from working out. And it's KILLING me! I was told I could try doing a slow walk to stay active, but it was too painful. Even by the end of my 8 hour work shifts I was hobbling...and that was with occasionally getting to sit and ice it! However, it is starting to feel much better. I even went to zumba on Monday to give it a try. I only did it at about 75% of my normal intensity and some moves I just had to stay away from, but I made it through the whole 1 hour class! Hip was a bit sore on Tuesday so I'm taking another break for a few days, but it was worth it. It felt so good to get moving again! I'm obviously not ready to go back to working out every day like I was before this happened, but maybe a couple of light workouts this week and ease my way into it.
Since I haven't really been moving much these past couple of weeks, and there have been a few days where the eating hasn't been super fabulous with graduations parties, etc., I was a little nervous what the scale would say. But I had to know what I was working with so I hopped on the scale tonight at work and braced myself. And then I had to weigh myself 3 times to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I actually went DOWN 2 pounds in the last week! I don't know if it's just from losing muscle tone without my workouts, but it put me under 300 lbs for the first time in 8 years so it was exciting all the same! Maybe it will be enough motivation to keep me eating well so that the progress continues this last month before my trip to Argentina!!!!! I think I'm only about 3 pounds away from being down 50, and 5 pounds away from being the same weight I was when I left there after my exchange year, so that should be totaly doable in the next month! Woo hoo!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I've been doing so good lately! The scale has plateaued, but I am noticing changes in my shape and how my clothes fit which is always motivating to me. And my dad is now down 40 lbs! Almost as much as me! (At least some of the latest 8 lbs has been due to being sick with some kind of virus, but still). I am sooo proud of him!
I however have encounter a slight hurdle. I've been rocking the fitness this month. Over 1,100 minutes so far! But I had noticed over the last week and a half or so that the "normal" pain in my left hip from sciatica has been worse than usual. And at my regular chiropractor appointment, I found out why. Apparently, somehow, at some point, I managed to sprain a muscle in my left hip. How the heck does a person manage to do that?! So, I've had to tone back the workouts and was going to sit out on my softball games tonight (which ended up getting rained out anyway). And I feel...well...lazy. Not something that had ever bothered me before, but this 6 week streak of at least 10 minutes of fitness every day apparently has helped make fitness an important and desirable part of my life! I guess that in itself is an accomplishment and a wonderful progression in my weight-loss journey. So yay for that and thank you SparkCoach! Still makes it very frustrating to not be able to do my normal, harder workouts. Back to the chiropractor again today, so we'll see what she says/recommends!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I always knew I had some pretty great friends and family, but the last few weeks have made me realize that I am surrounded by some pretty great people in general! Since the middle of December, I have been tracking my food pretty much religiously and the last couple of months I have gone to zumba on a much more regular and frequent basis. The scale has dropped some, the measurements a little (but of course not as much as I would like). So I look at that and say to myself "well that's good, but not great...should be better." Do I know that this is not fair to myself and my hard work? Of course I do. It's still just so hard to push those thoughts away and celebrate the success I have had. Well, I think God is trying to tell me something. In the last 3 weeks or so, I have had probably at least a half dozen people that I only see on occasion (someone in my apartment building, another hospital employee, and 4 ladies from zumba) tell me that they have noticed that I've lost weight and that I look great. I'm trying to sincerely take those compliment to heart, even though my head wants me to say things like "well, yeah, but my hips still aren't getting any smaller" or "oh but I still have so far to go." And when one of my zumba instructors wrote on my Facebook wall and said "You're inspiring us all!" well, my head didn't want to believe that either.
But then I get a phone call from my dad. He tells me about his most recent appointment with his diabetes educator (he always wants to make sure his nurse daughter is in the loop). They did some med changes and had him start carb counting about a month ago. At the end of his update, he says "by the way, I weighed myself while I was there, and I am down 23 pounds from last time." While some of it is probably related to his meds and some of it was obviously water weight (I noticed at Easter that his ankles and feet were a lot less swollen), I was floored and SO PROUD! I don't know if I helped inspire him at all or not, but either way it put things into perspective for me. Yes, I still have a long way to go. Yes, I wish it was going faster. But, these are NOT reasons to beat myself up. Could I make some more changes, especially tweaking what I eat? Of course. And believe I will be trying. But no matter what, just the fact that I am working toward a better and healthier lifestyle is something to celebrate. And I need to enjoy and take to heart all of these compliments. Let them motivate me to keep going, instead of letting my head twist them into something bad. Here's to continued progress!
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