Friday, July 25, 2014
Over-peopled as I was, I decided to take a half day vacation yesterday. I delegated an afternoon meeting to a team member who is more suited for the topic of the meeting anyway... and came home to do a couple of loads of laundry and chill.
The second guessing of training has truly been going on all week, as I have NOT been working out, other that walking and massaging the calf that had cramped on me last Saturday in the Open Water Swim. Got the pre-race e-mail about next Sunday's event later in the day... and of course, the second guessing came full to the front.
voice complains about what I eat, how I train, whether I should be tapering this much, etc. I'm kind of used to it by now. I have come to accept that the second guessing is ALSO a part of the process. The nerves are a part of the process. And it will all become worth it when I cross the finish line. If I didn't like it, why would I do this to myself?
I also ended up succumbing to overeating last night... over 3000 calories on the day. This also seems to be part of my process. And as long as I pull in my horns and don't let it get away from me today or tomorrow, this should be OK, too. Carb loading? Maybe? Sleep aid? Maybe. Dunno, but definitely a reaction to the over-peopling and pre-race anxiety.
Funny thing, I have heard the NOW (never overweight) people talk about their days of eating extra... seems the POW (previously overweight) like me are not the only ones who eat in response to stress / anxiety. Is the difference just in how we react AFTER the fact? Perhaps.
Anyway, the scale reflects that extra eating this morning, and I'm OK with that. Still under the goal weight. Mentally strong for today and tomorrow, then coiled spring on Sunday, right? Of course right, Yenta!
LIFE is good. It's better when I am fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits have journeys that touch along the way. Creatively, consciously, and consistently (remember, not perfectly) making choices to support the goals, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I probably blogged about it when I got the Withings Healthmate scale back last September, I think it was, when my old less fancy scale finally gave up the ghost.
This one interacts with web sites, synchs with Sparkpeople.com automatically, etc. You can set up profiles for family members, height, gender, activity levels, etc., and it uses this to calculate body fat percentages using the electrical resistance method. My old scale did similar things, but it didn't upload to a website or blue-tooth to a tablet or phone to do settings.
One of the "features" of this scale (and I'm sure there are others out there that do similar things) is that when you step on it, and it finds your weight, it decides who you are among the profiles you have set up. So SPINNINGJW, who has a profile on my set up, and myself, are automatically detected as being us, and our statistics credited to us on the website.
Y'all heard in earlier blogs that Jen was visiting different days this week, due to family stuff going on. This time, which is different, she had her young adult daughter with her.
This morning when I went in to do my once daily weigh-in, I noticed the scale was in a slightly different position than usual. This would be expected if for example, someone unfamiliar with the layout of that bathroom stubbed their toe on it, or shuffled it around for easier access to shower or cupboards or whatever. No problem, I just start adjusting it back... step on. Not sure I like what it says... adjust the position of the scale a bit, weigh again... whoa, that's different by over a pound... not sure I like WHERE it is sitting on the floor patter, adjust it again, weigh again. I figure I can delete the extra entries on the website (another feature), and keep the one I like (i.e. I think is most likely accurate/consistent given position of scale matching where it usually is).
Cool beans, I see the number I'm going to pick, and go to the smart phone app to delete the spurious entries... and...
I find this anomaly: an entry about ten pounds off, attributed to me. At a time I did not weigh in. I scratched my head a bit, deleted it, along with the other two I wasn't going to keep... then in a few minutes (call it fuzzy morning brain)... I realized what it was! My niece must have used the scale... and it decided she was close enough to my numbers to attribute it to ME. Being untrained for the scale itself, she didn't know to tell it that it picked the wrong profile, or even to hang around long enough to get her body fat measurement (wonder what it would have done with THAT, given it thought she was me?)
Doesn't take a lot to amuse me. The number? It was ten pounds LESS than I had weighed in at that day... she's just a slip of a gal, very small boned. I would have been gravely concerned if I really weighed that... I was already trying to gain a couple back. Fortunately for me, today, it looks like I'm moving in the right direction.
LIFE is good. It's so much better when I'm fit. It is at its best when shared with kindred spirits as our paths in life touch. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices to support the long-term aims of a healthy lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Normally the week of the Cornhusker State Games is a quiet one for me. The heat, the work schedule, form a backdrop as I do one weekend's event (Open Water Swim) then taper a bit and do the triathlon the next weekend. Sometimes I have been known to take the day after the tri off work as vacation.
This week has been plastered with lots of family stuff... between the one sister's hospital side-trip (by the way, for those of you who expressed something about 3 times every year, it hasn't been EVERY year, just the past year)... and family visitors at a different time than the usual pattern due to their own "death in the family" obligations... and of course work would be in a meeting heavy phase... so that this introvert ends up on the "over-peopled" side.
Fortunately, my family knows this of me, and is respectful and understanding when I retire to my own room before they are ready to call it a night. Doesn't stop me from feeling a pinch guilty for not being a better hostess (mom's voice still echoes in my head)... but as SPINNINGJW firmly reminded me, "You are not a hostess, you are FAMILY!" Thank goodness for folks who accept you for who you are.
And last night, my son was particularly chatty via instant message, letting me know something that he might have been holding back earlier... that his wife went in for some medical stuff this week, too! Yikes. Never rains, people, but it pours. And... he wants me to come over next weekend (probably Saturday) to help him put a basketball hoop together for his backyard. That should give HIM a play outlet, right there where his dog can hang out with him.
In the midst of all this, I haven't had a whole lot of "soak" time to start second guessing my training. It is what it is. If I don't get a single workout in this week, we shall have the coiled spring thing going next Sunday. And if I do get a couple of light workouts in (taper)... it will relieve some of the other pressures in life.
LIFE is still good (even when it is stressful). It is better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits have paths that touch from time to time. Creatively, consistently and consciously making choices to support a healthy and active lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Having a great evening with three computers at the dining room table. SPINNINGJW and her daughter are here... we're looking things up online and discussing, kind of like grandma and grandpa used to do with reading the newspaper. Modern tools for a modern family, but still the intellectual comparison and conversation.
What are we looking up, you might ask? Well, our sister just went home from the hospital, having had a "gut" issue that landed her there. She asked her doctors whether there was anything she could do to prevent / avoid this happening, i.e. reduce the risk.
Her doctors told her no, not really. Due to surgery that she had over 30 years ago, on occasion the scar tissue around where the sutures were gets inflamed, and she will have a partial blockage... which, as mentioned, can land her in hospital.
She passed the doctors' opinion (i.e. nothing you can do, you were just unlucky) along to the rest of the family, and of course, multiple opinions arise. I thought of KALIGIRL's research into anti-inflammatory eating that she blogged about last year. One of sis's daughters is a big fan of paleo eating, and is sending a book on THAT. We're all thinking.
Is it not at least worth asking the doctors "will it hurt anything if I try this?" about any option she decides she might want to try. I anticipate there will be more "experiment of one" work in the family future. Because landing in a hospital three times in a year at random times? Not what we would call optimal. This sister doesn't Spark, but she's always taken pretty good care of herself... so it will be interesting to see what if any changes she decides to try.
LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when kindred spirits have touch points on our individual journeys. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that support a healthy lifestyle... I am solidly GRATEFUL for each, and every day! Namaste.
Monday, July 21, 2014
They tell folks when they go to meet with medical people to take someone along. This is so wise and important, and SOME of us are so stubborn as to think we can go it alone (cough... me... cough).
Watching my sister's teacher friend and how organized she is in being those "extra ears" has taught me much. I serve this way as a back-up, but gee, some people just have a knack, you know what I mean?
Every doctor seen, name written down. Every drug dose, time administered, recorded. Every bathroom visit, walk down the hall, meal or even drink of water, etc. Why? Because in a medical setting, any/all of these could be important. Yes, the hospital records most of this, but they might not be in the room for some things.
For example: questions the patient has mentioned wanting to ask can be written down and gone over with the staff later. Why? Because of drugs and distractions that might cause the questions to be missing from the mind when the medical folks show up in the room.
Later, at home, when the questions arise, there is a record. In case you need to follow up with a phone call, you have the names as recorded by yourself. Many people easily accept this need when it comes to medical matters.
Many of us here on Spark also accept our own need to track nutrition and exercise carefully to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight range. Good record keeping, and touching base with others who have been listening can truly help us stay on track in self-care, whether it is healthy lifestyle of "normal" or in the more challenging setting of dealing with illness/injury.
To those who model good habits, THANK YOU ALL!
LIFE is good! It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits who have paths with touching points encourage one another along the way. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support ongoing health, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!
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