Friday, January 08, 2010
I'm so dispointed that my Full-Time Fitness idea didn't pan out as I'd hoped! I was doing really well during the first 2 weeks of my unemployment, until I realized that I did have other responsiblities, and I was putting them off - namely packing for vacation and packing for moving. I took a day off of fitness on Christmas, but didn't even really let the holiday slow me down that much. Then we left for a vacation with my husbands mom and sister to Disneyland for 4 nights on December 30. Before we left, my husband and I needed to go through our entire house and pull things we wanted to get rid of before we started packing, so we could donate before the end of the year for the tax credit - that was really time consuming, but I still got in some workouts, although not all-day workouts like I'd wanted. And doing that has REALLY helped lighten the load for packing - I feel like we got rid of so much!
The day we left for Disney, I had a weigh-in and was shocked that I only lost 1 pound that week, even with ALL the fitness I was doing. I did go overboard on Christmas Day, but I also had the highest weekly calorie burn of my entire life that week..... :(
Disneyland was fun, and I felt like I did a TON of walking. The lines weren't that long (except for New Years Eve, where we spent 18 hours in the park and stood in front of the castle for 5 straight hours to claim our midnight fireworks spot!!!!). We stayed across the street from the park, and walked back and forth a lot. This was my first mulit-day Disney trip since 2002, and this was the most fit I'd ever been on Disney trip. Usually I would have shin splints after the first day, and I'd be incredibly sore and tired from all the movement, but not this time. I definitely noticed the difference in my body this time - I was so proud. My sister in law is 19, averaged-sized and in college, and I noticed that there were times that she'd be out of breath from going up a big hill or something and I wouldn't be. I never got shin splints, and never got to the point that my body being tired prohibited me from doing something I wanted to do. Thank you SP for helping me achieve that life-fitness marker!!!! So proud!!! And to top it off, I had a 2 pound loss during that week - YEAH! I looked at the menus of the restaurants in our hotel area before we went, and was able to make some really healthy choices to ofset some of the vacation goodies that I indulged in :)
However, thats where the good news ends. My sister-in-law developed a cold in Disneyland that she passed to husband and I, and we were side-lined for the entire week (this week) after we got back. I was unable to do ANY workouts; I have asthma as it is, and my lung power was shot to hell with the cold. Today is Friday, and yesterday was the first day that I could work on packing for the move without needing to rest after every box. GRRRRR!!!!! I hate setbacks.
My mom flies in from Oregon tomorrow to help us with packing, we pick up the moving truck on Wednesday, and we should head out on Thursday or Friday. I know the chances of working out from now until we arrive in Oregon are slim.....we have so much to accomplish before we go, and I'm definitely not 100% better yet. I admit that I've been making some bad food choices this week, I think because I'm disapointed that I can't make progress right now.
The bottom line is that at 235 pounds, I'm only 7 pounds up from my lowest since starting SP. I still weigh 10 pounds less than I did in 7th grade, and I'm the most fit I've ever been in my life. I just thought I'd be so much further by now......
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I sit here after just completing my first cardio routine of the day, yet I can't seem to feel good about what I'm doing for my health during my "Full Time Fitness".
I only lost 1 pound at my last weigh-in on Thursday, and I was expecting more. I've been working out at least twice a day on most days, and I was really expecting to see that translate on the scale. I burned 3000 calories last week (even with taking Christmas off - by far my highest weekly burn ever), but my inner fat person is telling me that its not good enough, because I did indulge on Christmas day. I feel defeated before I have proof of it!
I keep trying to change my inner dialouge, that burning 400 calories is a good start to the week, but I don't feel like I've done my best unless I burn at least twice that. Maybe its because my "Full Time Fitness" can't be so full-time, now that our move is coming fast, and I have a full to-do list that takes away from my time to exercise.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm irritated by my inner "all or nothing" attitude. When I first started, I couldn't burn 400 calories in one day, and now that I do it regularly, I feel like I must constantly exceed my abilities. I don't know what's up with this negativity, but I want it to end. I need to feel good about what I'm doing for myself, and not focus on where I could have maybe done more.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
In middle school and high school, I was the kid that feigned illness or even skipped school all together on the day my PE class was to run The Mile. I couldn't even run 1 lap around the track without stopping, let alone 4. My time was always so miserable that I saved myself the embarassment by skipping that day all together. Ironically enough, I lettered in Track and Field, but I stuck to the field events. I was too fat to run.
I'm up to Week 5 Day 3 in C25K. This was the day I was scared of - it jumps from doing 8 minute running intervals to a 20-minute non-stop run. I knew I was ready, but I kept making excuses for myself just in case I didn't make it. When I crossed the mile-mark before the 20 minutes were even up, I realized what I had just done. I have never in my life run an entire mile without stopping, but I can't say that anymore! When the 20 minutes were up, and I was virtually pain-free and could have honestly kept going, I threw my fists up in the air (smacking the fan blade, which was on and cut my finger open but I didn't even care!), and could not believe what I had just done. When I started running, I thought 60-second intervals were hard-core, and now look at me. I ended the 20 mins at 1.2 miles. It was a slow mile, but it was a non-stop mile.
I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!! And on Christmas Eve, no less! :)
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tomorrow, my husband and I are heading up to Phoenix for a one-night celebration get-away. We're going to celebrate the ending of one chapter in our lives and the beginning of another. We're staying at our typical hotel, which happens to have a pretty awesome buffet restaurant inside it. We also have a couple "Eat Free" passes that we've saved up, so we're definitely going....so I know I need a plan before I hit the miles of food.
Buffets are just so dangerous, I know I shouldn't go! But I can't pass up a free meal, and I my husband is really looking forward to us going together, since I've had to stay home for work during his last 2 trips up there. We're planning on eating at the buffet before we leave home on Tuesday around lunch time, leaving tomorrow night's dinner open to eating anywhere in town, and I plan to find something to keep me in range. Eating a bigger lunch at the buffet means I'll have a smaller dinner on Tuesday, and I'm OK with eating a little more than normal, as this was planned. Husband wants to eat at the buffet tomorrow AND Tuesday, since its free, but I just don't think I can handle that!
I know if I state my intentions, I'll be more likely to stick to them, so here it is. My plan is to start with salad and fruit. Take one plate and load it up with the salad bar (please, please, please have fat-free Ranch!!!). Then I'll take a second plate around the rest of the buffet. Half of the plate needs to be lean proteins, a quarter of the plate can be a carb or starch (potatos, a roll, etc) and the last quarter can be "wild card" food - something I typically wouldn't eat because it's fried, has a high-calorie sauce, etc. I'll just keep it to a very small portion!
Then comes the dessert. This particular buffet has SO MANY CHOICES! I can have the equivilent of one dessert - this can be two 1/2s or a whole (I'm thinking pie here - but maybe a 1/4 cup ice cream and 1/2 a piece of pie). Just one. In the past, I've definitely eaten more dessert than actual meal, but NO MORE!
Before we leave tomorrow, I plan on getting up a little early to get in my workout. It will be a one-workout day, but thats ok. I'll workout again when we get home on Tuesday night. I've already put in 40 minutes today, and I'm going to run again tonight; hopefully I'll get to 60 or 70 minutes total today.
Friday, December 18, 2009
It has been a very.....interesting first two days of my Full Time Fitness plan! I woke up yesterday (my first day being "temporarially retired") and tackled C25K Week 5 Day 1 - and loved it! I finished strong, and feel like I can finally call myself a runner! Now that's something I've never been :) I really love running, now that I'm better at it and its relatively pain-free.
I ran errands with my husband, and made the mistake of not pre-tracking my calories. I went over where I'd like to be, but it could have been worse! Then I planned on getting back on the treadmill for another 30 minute "fun run", not following a C25K plan, but just listening to music and alternating my running/walking.
Just before that, I had this horrible shooting pain from my butt down to my ankle - my sciadic nerve. I've sat wrong before and felt it, but never like this. It didn't go away; it was constant everytime I sat, bent over, etc. The only time it doesn't hurt is when I'm standing. I thought it was strange, but I wasn't going to let it slow me down, so I got back on the treadmill anyway. The pain wasn't noticible when I was walking, but would shoot down my leg occasionally as I was running. From what I've read, there are several likely causes for this sciatic pain, and it will likely resolve itself within a few days to a few weeks. I read conflicting reports on whether to rest it (one source suggested BED REST - no way - and another suggested keeping active). The sources agreed that icing was a good idea, so I've been doing that...
I don't know if running on it is a good idea or not, but frankly, I'm not too concerned at this point, and I'm really rather frustrated. I've been waiting for yesterday for a very long time - the first day I could dedicate myself to as much working out as I wanted, with zero other responsiblities. And I get this injury, of sorts. WHY?!?! WHY NOW?!?!?!?! How can my body be telling me to slow down, when my life is totally haulted, except for this one goal?
As I sat in the shower this morning, I weighed the benfits of resting (aka not working out) or just keeping on with my plan. From what I read, this sciatic condition can't get much worse. The pain may be irritating, and totally limits the positions in which I can sit, but there doesn't seem to be a huge risk. It may go away without any serious treatment, and hopefully will. However, my risks of other illnesses and such increase with my continued overweight-ness. So do I stop, rest this one injury that I can work around and stop losing weight, or do I push through with my plan to seriously increase my health and take advantage of my lack of job. I decided to push through......not to mention, I will be seriously bored if I have NOTHING to do during the day because I can't exercise.
I will say, the pain in already a bit better than it was yesterday. Maybe thats because I did 60 minute on the treadmill yesterday, and another 30 this morning :) Spark is already warning me that I've far exceeded my calories burned for the week, and I still have tonight and all day tomorrow!! I really want to make it back to my lowest weight by the time we move - thats 10 pounds in about a month........if I really push it, I can do it, even with Christmas and our Disney vacation!
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