Monday, October 25, 2010
I was kind of slow to exercise last week, but I was going to be fine getting all my minutes and calories burned... but then came Thursday morning... I was with a co-worker out to do a flu shot clinic and I went to lift the cooler with the vaccine out of my trunk and twisted just a little wrong and felt a pulling sensation in my lower back/hip area. S. had to get the cooler out and we managed to get the clinic done but I was miserable for the remainder of the day... I went home as early as I could, some 5 1/2 hours later, during which my back had gotten worse. I rested up and went to a Workmen's Comp doc on Friday, already feeling somewhat better, but got a diagnosis of a pulled piriformis and (possibly) gluteus minimus. I also got some exercises in how to stretch those muscles. I also have some flexeril for night time. I ended up spending a lot of time in bed on Friday and Saturday, just taking it easy and listening to my body.
As if that wasn't enough, I woke up at about 2 am on Sunday with a dull stabbing pain in my left side. I just had a bad feeling about it and went to see a doc @ the walk-in clinic... he thought it might be a kidney infection, as I did... but the UA came back clean... but he told me to call if I started having the infamous "flu-like" symptoms. Sure enough, a few hours later, the pain hadn't subsided and I started running a low grade temp, in the upper 99's that was slowly climbing. I also felt on the edge of "ick"... so I called the doc and he called in antibiotics for me. Less than 2 hours after my first dose of Cipro, the pain in my side began to ease off.
Needless to say, I have barely exercised for several days and I also let my eating fall to heck... I just wanted comfort food. I didn't track anything. Today I tried to track but miscounted and ended up way over calories. So tomorrow will mean back to strict tracking of EVERYTHING. Sigh.
I love how my body decided to fall apart right before I have to go to OBLC next week. MEH!
The good news is that I'm feeling great again and I hope to be running tomorrow or the next day again!
I think what amazes me is how much those 2 little muscles in my right hip affected my whole body's balance. I was in pain simply trying to lift my LEFT leg and extend it at the knee! They must be some of those stabilizing muscles that you always hear about!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Archon is the science fiction/fantasy/gaming convention that my darling Mark and I met at 24 years ago. We try to go every year. It is wonderful to hang out with fellow geeky/silly people... it's where people like us tend to congregate, as my dear friend M. says, "I feel normal here." It's true.
But the last two conventions I have attended have left me feeling sad and frustrated in a way... most of the folk in Fandom, as we call it, are overweight or obese or worse. I think my friend J. put it really well when she noted another person we know as being totally wrapped up in her head. Many Fan-folk, have been so long wrapped up in their heads that they have neglected their bodies, which has led to many health problems like diabetes, inability to walk, etc.
This year Archon was at a new location that wasn't as handicapped-accessible as in previous years... so (I'm going to be blunt) many of the fat people in their wheelchairs were unable to get around. But why are they like that? There are legitimate medical conditions, but how many of these conditions were created by the choices that they have made.
I am wanting to do a "Fitness & Fandom" panel at an upcoming con. I really don't want to be judgemental. But I want to give folks concrete things they can do, ideas they can absorb, make their own, baby steps, if you will.
Thoughts, comments, ideas are welcome... I know I can't change everyone and my answer isn't everyone's answer necessarily, but I want to show them that they CAN change and make better choices. I want to empower, not dictate.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I hit the big 45 on Monday. I feel maybe 25... really. Getting fit and healthy has been the best thing I have ever done for me, and secondarily for my family. So being 45 now isn't a downer...
The first weekend in October was spent at Archon 34, the convention that Mark and I met at... 24 years ago. It was a great weekend, but again, I came away troubled. So many folk at the cons are overweight... as one friend of mine describes it, "Wrapped up in their own heads..." So much so that they forget/deny/hate their bodies. I am even more determined to do a fitness and fandom panel. I want to bring concepts of fitness and small changes to this generally very smart group of people. I want to emphasize health... I will keep you all posted on the progress and structure of this.
After we got back from Archon, we got the news that a friend from the Convention circuit died. He was only 55, but he had been overweight and diabetic for many years. His health, I have no doubt, had a lot to do with his weight and the choices he made... which galvanizes me to start talking to Fandom about fitness... and to keep up my own running. It was a sad passing but I can use it as a catalyst for helping others and remembering why I have done what I have for my own health and why I continue to maintain it.
As to the new adventures... well I leave for Officer Basic in just over 3 weeks. I am scared silly but also excited about the challenge. I will be gone for the entire month of November and it will be the first Thanksgiving that Mark and I will have been apart since we met in 1986.
The dark stains of 2009 are mostly faded, some will never be gone completely, but they are moving well to the background as a contented sort of happiness settles over my personal landscape.
In the meantime I keep running, walking, and doing whatever else it takes to keep the weight off.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
While on my run today, I saw a young man, certainly much younger than I, very obese standing on his front step, smoking. This combined with one SP article I read this past week about how people estimate their weight one classification (ie. obese, overweight) below where they are... and a new SP health article today about Americans not being particularly concerned with fitness... and a conversation with our dietitian while carpooling... about how fatness has become the new norm in this country.
It seems like most people just don't want to put the work into being healthy, they want a magic bullet, a pill, etc. to just "make it happen". I wish I could count the number of times that I have been asked how I managed to lose the weight... and I tell my story and have heard, "I could never do that"...
I know I can only change me and it's up to everyone else to change themselves...
I've had an amazing productive day... slept in, cleaned the kitchen, then went and picked up our farmshare fruits and veggies, then I did 2 1/2 hours of yardwork, then ran/walked 3.35 miles in 46 minutes, then went to the grocery store and bought a closet rod for my daughter. My calorie burn was rather large today... made my week's numbers huge.
I have also found that I am wired funny... some people have sweaty palms, for me, the backs of my hands sweat.
Tonight though, I did manage to lengthen my running intervals. I have 2 miles of my route staked out in 1/4 mile segments. I figured that out today and it was really helpful in building up my running.
In my recent upswing of exercise and good eating, I have gained so much more energy. I wish I could share the magic that energy begets energy... the more active you are the more active you want to be. I have had people marvel at my energy levels too and I try to share the concept with them, but they remain convinced that they could never have similar energy levels. It's so sad to see people selling themselves so short.
I know this has been a ramble... welcome to my brain!
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