Friday, September 23, 2011
This week I'm bored with working out. I love getting outside, but was tired of the same routine. I couldn't even motivate myself to just walk/jog after walking the kids to school. So first I did a weight lifting workout. Ok, that worked, I was motivated to get moving. What to do...
How about a challenging walk. The small Iowa town I live in is located on a hill. My house is near the top. This Middle School is near the bottom. Between the Middle School and Elementary School is a staircase with 9 flights of 10 stairs and one flight of eight. I mapped out the route (using SparkPeople) from my house to the middle school and back. The distance is 0.6 miles, downhill one way, up hill the other. I walked this route 5 times today and threw in an extra flight of 10 stairs.
I walked up 500 stairs today!!! I am so glad that this route is not uphill, both ways. I definitely needed the downhill walks to catch my breath. What a workout!!! I don't think walking has ever gotten my heart rate up like today. My three miles took me 69 minutes. I forgot to clock the difference between downhill and uphill time. I'll try to remember that next time.
I'm still a little in shock that I accomplished this today. Does that mean I could climb the First National Bank tower in Omaha? I know they have a race every year. At least I would have a place to train for something like that.
I definitely feel my quads . I'll have to keep moving to get the lactic acid out. Later today, I'll have to walk down the hill to the elementary school to pick up the kids. No stairs, but round trip it's the same distance as the middle school. To get home we have to hike 0.3 miles uphill.
Have a great weekend everyone!!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I ended last week with two great workouts. Wednesday, I walked/jogged for 3.75 miles. Thursday, I did a kick/swim workout in our Endless pool. Both workouts were for 60 minutes. I ate great all week and didn't cheat at all. I had to work Friday through Saturday, ten hour shifts with a commute of one hour each way due to roads detroyed by floods. That makes it nearly impossible to get a workout in before work. I continued to eat well all weekend. I made my meals up ahead of time, snacks included. I need a larger lunch box to haul it all in. I avoided all the treats on the counter too. We have a pharmacist visiting from Saudi Arabia, and he made some baked goods to share. I kept reminding myself that sugar = migraine, and it worked. I didn't have a single baked good.
I had a great workout yesterday, but may have over heated a bit. While getting gas on the way the doctor's office for the twins, I noticed an aura. Yep, another migraine was impending. I caught it in time and got my pain killers inside me. I was still pretty functional through the evening, not totally laid up like last Sunday. I'm taking it easy today. The twins are home with me too. They both have walking pneumonia. Their coughing spells are horrible in the morning, but they feel better as the day moves on. I can't believe how much school these two have missed. Oh well, it's only kindergarten. We can do ABC's at home. With antibiotics and nebulizer treatments, we hope to be able to send them tomorrow.
Last week I had the second highest points on the 12 weeks to fabulous challenge. If I can start working out more, I should be able to take the lead. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Started off the 12 weeks to fabulous challenge great! Then, my chest got all congested. I was laid up by the end of the week and had no will power to eat well. We had a good Saturday visit with friends we don't see too often. But again, ate poorly at the get-together. Huskers won, though, despite the first half. Sunday was even worse, a full blown migraine hit, nothing but pain and nausea all day. Brian was great and took care of the family and me. Monday was a recovery day. Tuesday was an errand day in Council Bluffs.
I've had added stress in my work life too. My new job, the one I fought hard to get and invested over $1000 to transfer my pharmacist license, has a terrible new policy. The company is mandating employees get the flu vaccine. If you claim exemption, you have to wear a mask at work from Dec 1 through April 1. When did it become acceptable for Big Business to make MY healthcare decisions for me!?! I won't go into the details of my beliefs on vaccines. It's enough to say I have a son injured by vaccines. He will have to live the rest of his life with asthma. We're lucky, though. He doesn't have autism, paralysis, nor did he die from vaccines. I feel so sorry for all the parents suffering with those crosses. So I've been busy online looking for help to fight this punitive policy. It's been stressful, to say the least.
Good news: I feel good today. The migraine has left and inspired me to eat better. I think they come on with high carb intake and even alcohol may be a factor. I only had one beer at the party, but I do think there's a connection. My body may not metabolize alcohol so well. Other good news: there may another opportunity for a casual position here in my small town. Pamida needs a fill-in pharmacist. I haven't worked retail in a long time and only have three months experience with retail, but I'll give it a try. Who knows, maybe I'll like it better than hospital and Pamida seems like a good company to work for. All I can do is try.
Have a great week everyone!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I really need this. A good friend of mine has started a healthy living challenge and I'm in on it. Each participant pays $10 to go to the prize fund. There's a point system for healthy habits: cardio, strenght training, sleep, different healthy eating goals. I'm hoping this challenge will light a fire in me again. I've been making too many excuses to eat poorly or skip workouts.
Yesterday was a great day! I had twelve bananas that were over ripe and felt like I had to bake with them. I ended up with 24 muffins and 3 loaves of bread. So far, I haven't had any. I tell myself, it's for the kids. I also baked rolls, and didn't have any. I'm hoping I can keep this attitude up. I love to bake, but shouldn't eat everything I make.
I also started jogging again yesterday. I saw the doctor (podiatrist) about my heel, and we're working on getting rid of the pain. At no point did he say I should stop jogging, and yes, we talked about the jogging. So yesteday I jogged a total of three miles and walked a total of one mile (walk 1/4, jog 1 intervals ending with a walk 1/4). Odd thing is, my heel feels great today. My quads, however, are aching, so I decided to swim today.
Have a great week everyone!!
Monday, August 29, 2011
It's been hard staying motivated these last couple of weeks. I'm eating okay, with some deviation from my plan on occasion. I have to start being a positive influence on Hubby, and not let him be a bad influence on me. I think I'll enlist the kids to help. They are wonderful food police and love to remind me to stay on my diet.
Working out has been hit and miss. TOM hits pretty hard every month, and I don't like to swim then. I have had trouble even walking for exercise since I hurt my heel in August. I've stopped wearing my generic Shapeup shoes which are the ones that help my heels the most. I have fallen a couple of times in them and I'm convinced they're dangerous. Heel spur pain is better than a broken hip or something like that. Hubby moved my elliptical upstairs now, so I'm hoping that seeing it all the time will get me on it more. I love being outside, however, and really miss my walks and my jogs. I just have to suck it up and do what I can, even if it's not my first choice for exercise. I am seeing the doctor on Thursday, so we'll see what he recommends.
I'm making some progress on the house already, and hubby was wonderful this weekend. He had the kids move ALL the toys downstairs to the rec room, and moved my elliptical upstairs where the toys were. My living room isn't such an embarrassment any more!! I feel like I can invite friends over for coffee, well after a quick scan of the bathrooms. Kids are so messy, and why don't they flush!?!
September should be good for exercising. My new job doesn't have any hours for me, so I'll be exercising and working on the house. Keeping positive and enjoying the "me time."
Keep sparking everyone!!!
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