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Doctor's visit

Monday, May 16, 2011

It went okay.. he put me back on the lipitor, which kinda bums me out. My LDL (bad cholesterol) was borderline ... normal is less than130 and mine was 128. And the HDL (good cholesterol) was low. I guess he figures the lipitor might help lower the bad stuff and with the exercise up the good stuff.

And basically I'm still on the blood pressure meds... instead of 1/2 a 10mg pill every other day (which works out to 2.5 mg /day)..he is putting me on 1/2 pill of a 5mg pill everyday (still works out to the same dosage, but taking it every day he figures I'll have less instances of forgetting it.) And if my blood pressures start getting below the teens (like 119, 113, etc/60's into more the 10whatevers he will consider taking me off of it.)

So while I didn't get the news I was hoping for regarding the medications he DID say I'm doing a good job and he seemed pleased for me having done the 5K.

So I ask myself.. why am I bummed? I just did a 5K yesterday! I'm close to having lost 50 lbs (a peek at my home scale showed I was UP , which doesn't make sense to me...so that might not have helped.) And even if I don't hit 50 lbs this week... well I'm not giving up.

I am going to keep working on the diet and exercise because I DO want off all of the medications, and even if I have to be on them.. well the exercise can only help!

As for the race let-down.. maybe its time to look forward to my next 5K on 6/12 (this was the one I was supposed to do in Feb that got moved to June.. lol)

  
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CHELLEJOBEAN 5/22/2011 9:14AM

    Frustrating, I know. To have to take meds when you are trying to work to get your health under your control. I believe if you just keep working on it, you will get there. Sometimes our body is resistant to change, you know. It will get the message eventually. Keep going!

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WILDRICE99 5/19/2011 5:30PM

    Just remember that after working your muscles harder than usual, you sometimes will retain water. Don't let the scale or the doctor get you down. You have worked very hard and are making a difference in your life and your family's life as well.

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Semper Fred 5K

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This was so cool..and much bigger than I imagined it would be. Maybe it shouldn't have surprised me... it is hosted by the Marines..and the historic half marathon was run at the same time. (And, lets face it, the historic half being a bigger race...and with Drew Carey making his 1/2 marathon debut there.. well, it was a bigger deal and more pictures,etc etc were devoted to it.)

But to me, the 5K was a big deal. :)



Just a random shot of the crowd my husband took. We were lucky to find each other before the race.. he had dropped me off and I had walked with a bunch of people to the start area. There were a lot of people.. at least 7000 and that has to be an underestimation. The half claimed most of that crowd but the announcer informed us that this was the first year the Semper Fred had sold out. Cool!

Anyway, we did find each other and my husband took a picture of me before the start of the 5K.


I was feeling pretty good...even considering the fact that my son woke me up at 2:18 am! (He was so excited about being in a hotel room I guess he just couldn't sleep.) I did doze on and off a bit after that and he had other things to occupy him so I wasn't a total zombie by the 7:15am start time.

I really wish I could do one of those awesome race reports like I read here on Sparkpeople. I did manage to run almost the entire first mile, but did take several walk breaks. (Probably because I started off too fast given the excitment and energy of the crowd.) There was one bit I REALLY wish I could have gotten a picture of -- two large firetrucks with their ladders fully extended to form an arch and hanging between them a *huge* American flag. We got to run beneath that ... totally breathtaking.

I just ran when I could, walked when I had to..and tried to do more running than walking. Prior to doing the strider's 5K (on Mother's day) .. my goals intially were: to finish, to finish in under an hour..and if possible to NOT be dead last. Thanks to that previous 5K.. my goals were to finish and to meet or beat my first 5K time which was 38:35.

I am proud to say I met both of those goals. I finished, with a chip time of 35:48. Woot!

Here I am with the two biggest reasons I decided to get healthy... and my finisher's bling.. which I fully intend to show off as much as possible this week -- starting with my follow up at my primary care physician's office tomorrow morning. :D

  
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WILDRICE99 5/19/2011 5:26PM

    That's a great time!!! Keep up the good work!
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TAMARA7567 5/15/2011 11:55PM

    Wow! What an experience! I have goosebumps just reading about it. I hope to be able to do something similar some day. Thanks for the inspiration, and congratulations!!!

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THINAGIN2 5/15/2011 9:21PM

    Congratulations on a good run! You make me excited just reading your blog! Keep on keeping on!

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SPWHITESTONE 5/15/2011 8:49PM

    Congratulations! How fantastic that you exceeded your goals!

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5K tomorrow

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I can't honestly say its my first since the very first one I did was with the Howard County Striders... they had a 1 mile and a 5K option on Mother's Day.

But this is my first "big" race.... in that I had a bib# to pick up, etc.

We elected to stay in a hotel room, even though our house is about an hour's drive from the race. Well, initially the plan was for all four of us to stay at the hotel (husband, myself, Thomas and Georgia) but my husband elected to drive back to the house to make sure our foster parrot Mojo is okay. He gets up SUPER early without an alarm clock, and he plans on driving back to pick me up in time to get me where I need to go for the race.

Mostly I suppose the hotel is a convenience for me and an indulgence to my son who is totally fascinated by hotel rooms. (Our daughter elected to go home with my husband.... she much prefers her own bed now. lol)

So Thomas is practically vibrating with the excitment of being in a hotel room... being able to have a bath here (why this is more special than home baths I don't understand)...and playing with the air conditioner, etc. I'm not sure when he'll fall asleep.

As for me, I'm excited too, but not eaten up with nerves like I thought I'd be. Maybe that will change tommorrow morning, but for right now I'm good. I grin like a fool when I look at my bib# and my shirt. (I'll have to take a picture of me in my shirt at some point for my spark buddies, but tomorrow I'll be running in my OAR singlet.)

If anyone wants to make any last minute donations to my cause OAR (Organization for Autism research) it can be done www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/tracy
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It;s nonprofit so your contributions are tax deductible...and 84 cents of every dollar raised goes towards research that helps individuals (like my son) and their families deal with the challenges of autism.

  
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ZUMBAMAMA3 5/14/2011 7:58PM

    I WISH YOU THE BEST,GOD SPEED. emoticon

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No freaking way - redux

Friday, May 13, 2011

Last night my FIT group planned a retrial of our timed 1 mile. The goal, of course, was to do it faster than we had the first week. (Which was 6 or 7 weeks ago, I think.. more than 5 at any rate. lol)

We had planned to do it on the track like we had the first week. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) the high school where we workout/practice had an excellent lacrosse season this year and had made it to the playoffs... so there was a playoff game which meant we couldn't use the track.

So the coaches found a "relatively" flat section of road.. measured out .5 mile and told us we would do the trial there. Believe me, that didn't feel "relatively" flat! lol I did end up walking parts of it so I wouldn't hork up a lung..but I think I walked less than I did the first time.

My first week my time (which STILL seems fast to me) was 12 min 45 sec.

Last night? 10 minutes and something (I didn't catch the exact seconds, but there was another lady with 10:30 who said I was a bit ahead of her.)

o.O

They (the FIT coaches) said if we did our "homework" and worked hard we would get faster, whether we wanted to or not.

I have to say I didn't believe them. I wanted to, but thought that somehow that wouldn't be true for me.

Sometimes its nice to be wrong. :D

  
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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/13/2011 11:25AM

    Great job! You're downright speedy now!

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CRYSBROWN1 5/13/2011 11:21AM

    Good job! If you stick with you will get faster!

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WADHA1973 5/13/2011 11:08AM

  exactly

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So, so close!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I lost 1.2 lbs this week. Which put me at 49.4 lbs down from my heaviest.

This is a good thing. And I am celebrating, believe me! I had hoped to hit 50 lbs down, if only because I wanted to make a little sign on my back (for the Semper Fred 5K I'm doing on May 15) that said "I've lost 50 lbs with Weight Watchers and regular exercise. This is my first 5K."

Except....
Now its NOT my first 5K since I did a 5K on Mother's day.

So instead if I do the sign it will say "I've lost 49.4 lbs with Weight Watchers and regular exercise"
and I don't know if if will say anything else.. hehe


I'm feeling really good, really positive. I mean I am sure I can hit -50 next week... I'll have done another 5K (and gotten a finishers medal from this one!) AND earned the 5K charm that weight watchers is giving for walking or running a 5K. So lots of nonfood rewards to celebrate.

AND... I'll be that much closer to Onederland. I really, really, REALLY want to hit 199 or less by 6/15 which is the date I joined Weight watchers last year.

  
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BOOKWERME 5/11/2011 5:11PM

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RUTHANNE100 5/10/2011 5:59PM

    You absolutely will hit the 50-pound mark soon. Way to go!!!

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FITFORMYKIDS 5/10/2011 2:53PM

    You are awesome! 49.4 IS the new 50!!! Have a great week.
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