Saturday, February 11, 2012
I have had probably one of the worst food weeks, at least in the few years, this week. Ironically, it's due to the way I handled my dad having major heart surgery this week. I have not been this stressed in a while. I have successfully stopped the only form of exercise I currently do, roller skating, because I am either at the hospital or in class (my mom still makes me go even though I am 30). I have also completely ignored any of the healthier menu options at the hospital cafeteria and grabbed fried chicken fingers and pudding instead. I have even smoked a little bit.
I make no excuses for this, but I did need to air out my dirty laundry for a moment. Now that I've publicly declared my bad behavior, perhaps I will feel more obligated to cease it over the next few days until Dad's out of the hospital.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Since SP started its SparkAmerica campaign, I haven't adjusted my goal of 9000 yearly minutes (nor have I completed that goal. . .). I was just thinking about adjusting it, mainly based on how much I think I would earn with just derby practice. If I did the math correctly, that would put me near 15000 minutes for the year. Holy derby socks!!! Still, I am scared to set a goal that high. So, I'm thinking maybe I should either leave it alone, or set it for maybe 10000. Any thoughts or suggestions from the SparkLanders?
Saturday, November 12, 2011
That was April 19, three days after my last post, and 2 days after my first roller derby bout. The injury didn't happen during the bout, but at practice. Talk about a good excuse not to exercise for six months. For a while the broken ankle diet was great; I didn't have much of an appetite for at least the first week I was home, but that didn't last. Surprisingly, there wasn't much weight gain. The wheeling and walker-ing must have helped burn lots of calories.
But now I'm back. I've been skating three times a week for about a month, despite my parents' disapproval. Some of it is coming back quickly, like the technique, but my speed and endurance suck more now that it did before (and it really sucked before).
I've never experienced the physical inability to exercise before, and now I'm learning to deal with a part of my body that will never be the same again. It's tough, but it's doable. I am able to continue roller skating and training to play derby again, even though now I have to ice my ankle after every practice, or sometimes wear one of those unattractive compression stockings.
One thing about me that I may never be able to change is that I am lazy. I stop dieting or exercising because of it frequently. But, with derby, which I love dearly, not only is exercise necessary to be competitive, it is a requirement. Perhaps, even after the injury, the best possible thing is to return to it, because I love it, and through derby, I may finally get over the hump.
***Note: I'm kind of tired right now, so I may have rambled a bit. Sorry... ***
Saturday, April 16, 2011
What a couple of months this has been. I have been absent from SP for a while, but that doesn't mean I've been slacking. At least, not when it comes to exercise.
I attended my first roller derby practice on March 1, and it is one of the hardest things I've done as an adult. Most of my exercise is coming from being on skates, either derby practice or just plain ole skating time.
I've also been battling the sickness for a few weeks. The doctor said it is because it takes your body a few months to adjust once you've quit smoking--wait, I haven't mentioned that, have I? My husband and I made a resolution this year to quit, and it stuck. He was a smoker of ~20 years, and I was on-again-off-again for about 10. Neither of us has touched one since January 1. That is a remarkable thing alone, and I'm very proud of both of us for sticking to it. Anyway, I digress...
We've both been battling strep and colds and generally sickiness for a few weeks, and we're just now making our way back to feeling 100%.
Truth be told, I haven't seen a ton of weight progress, but I'm working on it. Now that I don't smoke and I exercise, the next thing to tackle is the eating. And that's the toughest part for me.
To my SparkTeams, I am sorry for my absenses, which are nearly continual, but if I can dedicate two hours a day to reruns I've seen a dozen times, I can sit at the computer and hash out my dietary day.
Love and Bruises,
Heather AKA Maestro CRASHcendo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
So, February was a little rough Spark-wise. I don't know if it's doldrums that I've heard about, or that I'm burned out at work, but it was not the most healthy month I've had. I did get 400+ fitness minutes in, but I didn't track my food very well. I know I overate, because I was hungry all of the time.
But it was still a big, important month. First of all, I celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary on 2/11, and then got a snow day the next day, which led to a four day weekend! That was nice.
I think I've finally decided what I want to do with my life, at least for now. After reading the chapter in The Spark about goals, I really got to thinking about what I ultimately want to do. I knew I didn't want to be a career teacher, but I couldn't nail down what else to do. But I think, after looking at it the way Chris did, I figured some things out.
I decided that I want to work with elderly people, and with Hospice patients. Maybe do grief or trauma counseling with these patients and families. And I've really been chewing it over in my head. I finally landed on Licensed Mental Health Counselor. So, I am planning to go back and get my MA in Psychology so I can achieve that goal. I have to take a few undergrad classes to meet the requirements to apply, and I plan to start that over the summer. I'm really excited about this prospect, and plan to do some more Hospice volunteering to 1) bulk up my resume, and 2) make doubly sure that it is what I want.
Also, I have really started thinking about and wanting to start our family. I know it's not time yet, because DH won't be done with his degree until December, but I really think I'm finally ready. But, and here's the biggest and most important goal, I have made a deal with him that we won't even start trying until I'm down to 185. I chose this weight because, at my height, that would be a shift from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI chart. I have done a little reading, and see the risks associated with obesity and pregnancy. I have to fix me first. Priority One.
So, I hope this deal with motivate me to get off my butt and lose the weight. I've got to do some research to create my timeline!
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