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Exercise is feeling good again!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

With my stupid iron levels so low, I was finding it very hard to drag myself to exercise, which had previously made me feel fantastic. It was just so HARD to exercise... it was very taxing. Now I know why.

Tonight I whipped up on JM's 30 Day Shred Level One with ease. It had gotten to be very difficult before my malady was diagnosed. It felt amazing to just step through it as though it was nothing...

My overall energy levels are up and I just feel so much better...

And now I'm getting myself in the holiday spirit. Tomorrow is my Unit Christmas Party and then my Arm Candy (aka Mark) and I will be going shopping for a new printer, groceries and whatever.

I managed to get in some level of exercise nearly everyday this week... but I need to bring my eating back under control. I got used to eating pretty much what I wanted since I was burning so many calories at basic... and it's time to get myself back in hand since I'm back to my more sedentary life.

Overall, life is fantastic.

I am feeling so grateful to have such good friends all over the world and a wonderful family. I am grateful to have a nice home, plenty of good food to eat and two steady jobs.

  
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UUCEEJAY 12/12/2010 11:43PM

    Congratulations on making it through you training! Glad you are getting your strength back!

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COOP9002 12/12/2010 3:05PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better.

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KAYOTIC 12/12/2010 11:39AM

    I had that low iron problem this past year too, does feel so much better once it's corrected! Glad you found the problem and fixed it, and are feeling great! Keep up the good work (and play!)

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EACHDAYAGIFT 12/12/2010 10:55AM

    So glad your problem was so simple to address , once diagnosed, and you are back to your old self! Glad to hear, too that you are feeling so good, mood wise, as well!
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RITAROSE 12/12/2010 7:18AM

  Feeling grateful is a great place to be! Congrats on your exercise regimine! I am in the same place you are, good exercise but poor eating. Well, not totally poor, not back to where I was before I began this journey, but still not where I should be! I found that not tracking the food I eat is a real problem. It leads to making poor choices because I have no accountability! I have a plan-----31 days of exercise in December even with lots of company and extra activities. January 2, I"m back on a strict food plan to lose the rest of my weight.

Glad you are feeling better too!! Have a great December! emoticon

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RITAROSE 12/12/2010 7:18AM

  Feeling grateful is a great place to be! Congrats on your exercise regimine! I am in the same place you are, good exercise but poor eating. Well, not totally poor, not back to where I was before I began this journey, but still not where I should be! I found that not tracking the food I eat is a real problem. It leads to making poor choices because I have no accountability! I have a plan-----31 days of exercise in December even with lots of company and extra activities. January 2, I"m back on a strict food plan to lose the rest of my weight.

Glad you are feeling better too!! Have a great December! emoticon

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RITAROSE 12/12/2010 7:18AM

  Feeling grateful is a great place to be! Congrats on your exercise regimine! I am in the same place you are, good exercise but poor eating. Well, not totally poor, not back to where I was before I began this journey, but still not where I should be! I found that not tracking the food I eat is a real problem. It leads to making poor choices because I have no accountability! I have a plan-----31 days of exercise in December even with lots of company and extra activities. January 2, I"m back on a strict food plan to lose the rest of my weight.

Glad you are feeling better too!! Have a great December! emoticon

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Just a quick entry...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I just passed my Army Physical fitness test! I'm so excited!

I go home in just 2 days after having been at Army Officer Basic for the last month. It's been a month of challenges and accomplishments of varying intensities.

The first night we were out on field training, I collapsed in the chow line due to, as it turns out, severe anemia. For you med folk out there, my Hematocrit was 22 and my Hemoglobin was 7.2... my ferritin was 9. (Normals for these are like: 30/11/20). But I got on iron supplements and am now doing great.

I started out able to run a max of 1 minute sustained and this morning I ran 1 7/8 miles straight. It felt totally fantastic.

I am also now trying to get paperwork together for promotion to Captain....

Anxious to get back to regular work and routine... but this break has been amazing!

  
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EACHDAYAGIFT 12/1/2010 10:42AM

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Glad you discovered the anemia and nipped it in the bud!

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Felt so good tonight to run.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm kind of slowed up after the hip injury and kidney infection, but I'm getting back to it. I ran/walked 3.35 miles in 47 minutes, not top form, but well tolerated by my hip.

I also really paid attention to how I was running and ended up more on the balls of my feet, it was easier and I didn't feel like I was "plodding along'.

I fly to San Antonio, TX next Thursday... EEP.

  
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OAKBORN 10/28/2010 1:15PM

    COOP, It certainly does... especially after being grounded for a while!

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COOP9002 10/28/2010 12:24PM

    Nice job on the run! It does feel good to get out there and get it done.

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DAISY-HIBANA 10/27/2010 10:46PM

    Great progress in your exercise! Take care of yourself and have a safe flight. emoticon

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Tough tough tough week!

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!!

  
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UUCEEJAY 10/26/2010 6:10PM

    Glad you are feeling better. I hate it when illness messes up my exercise and eating. I know what you mean about the comfort food. When I feel ill or injured, that is all I want.
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COOP9002 10/26/2010 7:48AM

    Be sure to take care of yourself and listen to your body.

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DAISY-HIBANA 10/25/2010 10:44PM

    I know, we all seem to get those weird little injury/sickness spells. Just when you need to be focusing on your healthy habits...BAM...you get broadsided. Take time to heal, it won't keep you down long. Take care of yourself!
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Gathering Ideas... PLEASE READ!!

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.

  
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COOP9002 10/14/2010 11:59AM

    That is awesome! You are such an encourager. I am sure that whatever you share with your peers will be received.

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55WALKER 10/14/2010 5:56AM

    Good for you. While being empathetic, we need to step out of the comfort zone of not making waves !!!

I wonder if maybe you could bring into it the general appearance of fitness of the people/characters that the attendees are interested in. My son has gone to Dragoncon for years and, when I look at information and pics from there, the authors, actors, and characters draw me because of their vitality.
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UUCEEJAY 10/13/2010 4:48PM

    I think Fitness and Fandom sounds like a great topic. I say give it a go and see if there are any takers.

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KBLUND 10/13/2010 12:44PM

    That would be great, just like on Biggest Loser it is a pay it forward. I think what we are learning here on Sparkpeople would be a great pay if forward. I would give out a pamplet to all that want one and they can take it from there. At least you can leave knowing you gave your part.

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