Friday, July 19, 2013
I got a new FitBit Zip pedometer, and it's loads of fun. It tracks steps, distance, and estimated calories burned. I love that it estimates my basal metabolic rate, so I get a reasonably accurate picture of exactly how much of a calorie deficit I have at the end of the day. The best part is the software it comes with - their online system gives you so much detailed information, like what parts of your day were the most active down to 15-minute increments! Lots of colorful charts and graphs, and even a food tracker.
This is only my 2nd full day with the pedometer so I am starting with little goals. I've been rather discouraged about a plateau over the last couple of weeks. This week has been tough because I've had to commute 3 hours a day for 5 days in a row, and the heat is killer with no air conditioning at work. The sitting and driving, and then more sitting, and then more driving is killing my back. But this morning I woke up and had lost 1 pound since yesterday! I wonder if the pedometer had anything to do with it? I definitely was more active than usual. I'm trying to deal with this heat by only going for short walks more frequently throughout the day. So like 15 minutes at a time. That way I don't get sick.
I've started to regularly make a recipe from SparkRecipes, Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes. I try to make breakfast my biggest meal of the day, and this pancake has a whopping 31.6 grams of protein! With a glass of milk it keeps me full for the entire six hours between breakfast and lunch.
I continue to look for work. I got some resumes out this week for some potentially fun jobs. I love working here, but I can't wait to end this miserable commute. Even NJ Transit into NYC would be better than this.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I love hiking. I really, really, really love it. I finally got out on the trail today. It was supposed to rain, but it only ever sprinkled. Everything was nice and wet and vibrant, but not too much mud. It was humid though. I was expecting only a few hills but it turned out to be pretty much constant hills, so I got a better workout than expected. And we were out there a good 2.5 hours, which is the longest hike, time-wise, for us so far.
It's like I could feel myself healing psychologically. All this crap I've been dealing with lately, none of it mattered. It was just an immediate experience of the wonderful wild beyond. Then of course I got home and realized I burned a gajillion calories. THIS is why I love the new nutrition tracker at SP - because after I put my hike into my fitness tracker, I knew just how many calories I had left today. (And it's some ridiculous number like 1,500.) It looks like I am ending today with a 1,000 calorie deficit.
That hike took a lot out of me, so I've been recuperating with Diablo 3 and some juice made with my new Nutri-bullet. My assigned workout today is actually pretty intense - 50 4-count flutter kicks, 50 chest-to-deck push-ups, 50 4-count overhead claps. I think I'm good and strong for it, though, even after all that hiking.
I was down another half pound this morning and that was before the hike, so I'm pretty happy with the way things have been going lately. I'm still feeling a vegetable deficit though - going to start working on that this week.
This week is going to be crazy, folks. My boss is out of town so I'll be holding down the fort by myself, and he asked that I come into the office all five days to be on call for my coworker who is running the kids' summer camp. Being in the office all five days means about 3.5 to 4 hours of driving every day for 5 days in a row. My back is going to be killing me from all that driving, I'm sure. Monday night I have to go get my knees X-rayed.
And Tuesday will be close to a double-shift, because I'm chaperoning the children to World Team Tennis in Villanova and won't be home until like 9pm. Mostly I'm there to express gratitude to our donor who is making the World Team Tennis thing possible for these kids. It's really neat what they are doing for them - giving them free tennis rackets and a free tennis lesson and then letting one of the kids make the first serve at the game. It's going to be an exhausting day, but also probably quite fun to see the children have such a unique experience.
My Coach has come around a bit, though I ended up not taking Aleve anyway (didn't feel I needed it) so the point was moot. He says training around knee injuries is relatively easy. He really wants me to see a physical therapist, so I'm hoping my doctor will give me a scrip for that after he looks at my X-rays. My Coach also asked me to get some ankle weights, so there went some more of my fitness budget! He had an interesting suggestion today about the knee pain - wondered if it had to do with my recent vacation and eating all that sugar. He says there's a close relationship between insulin sensitivity and joint pain. Food for thought.
And that's literally all she wrote!
Friday, July 12, 2013
I went to the doctor today about my knees, and apparently I have arthritis. He said it's common about 10-15 years after a knee surgery to develop this. He also sort of implied that it was really more delaying the inevitable and 10 years down the road it could be a lot worse. I told him I've been really active over the last 7 months, and he said all the high-impact activity was probably accelerating the process. So, for now I'm not allowed to do high impact stuff, like jumping/plyometrics, burpees, etc. I'm getting X-rayed on Monday.
I got into an argument with my fitness coach because he didn't like me taking pain meds as the doctor prescribed for the inflammation. He says it's dangerous to work out on pain meds because you don't notice you're really hurting yourself until it's too late. The doctor also told me to use a wrap, and my coach doesn't want me using a wrap either, for the same reason. I know he means well but I was pretty annoyed - he is the one who said, ''I am not qualified to handle this, you need to see a doc.'' And suddenly he's telling me to ignore the doctor's advice? Ultimately my Coach agreed to me taking the meds as long as there is a 12 hour period between taking them and working out. That sounds ridiculous but it will actually work with my schedule. I'm undecided on the wrap.
Anyways, apparently you can be 30 and have arthritis. Who knew?
I've been eating in my calorie range since I started tracking again over the last four days, though I haven't been eating enough vegetables. So far I appear to be maintaining my weight, and that's a good thing. The weight loss will come with time and I'm fine with going slow.
Tomorrow morning I'm FINALLY going to be able to go for a hike! I am so excited. It starts at 9:30am and we're going to be travelling along a river. Just 3-4 miles and nothing to put undue strain on my knee.
This is the story so far.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Just came back from my vacation home, which was a mixed bag in the health department. I managed to maintain my weight, but nutritionally I bombed. Physically, however, I was on fire. I had great daily workouts and two really good hikes. The most recent one, with Dom's Dad and MIL, was a BMX trail with very steep slopes and, at one point, 187 steps! That was Friday and I'm still feeling it.
I still get frustrated with my fat from time to time, but man, I just don't care about weight as much as I used to. The thrill of it for me is not the weight loss, but the accomplishment. I did 84 Ground Release Push-Ups the other day... in December, I could only do 13. I've learned that I am stronger than I figured, and can tolerate a lot more of the good pain than I figured. This progress hasn't really been about weight loss at all. I am way more interested in my next fitness venture, pushing that extra mile on a hike or whatever. There is no feeling in the world like it. And of course I love to see my muscles take shape.
So today is the first day officially back from vacation, and back to 100% clean eating. The clean eating hasn't been so hard, but I have been really hungry and calorie intake has been a real struggle. I came home from work today and just inhaled a bunch of stuff without thinking. I know it will take a while to adjust again. I think I have to banish granola from my house. It appears to be a trigger food.
Tonight I'm doing 50 assisted pull-ups and 50 hammers. On Sunday I'm planning a 5-6 mile hike with my Meetup Group to learn about edible plants. That should be interesting. It will also be the first time I walk that distance deliberately & not just because I'm lost! Keeping up with the rest of the group will also be a challenge.
My personal life is rather stressful right now. I'm looking for a new job since my organization has to eliminate my position in September. I already was offered a very good job but I couldn't take it because I could not commit to two years due to my husband's grad school situation... we'll (hopefully, dear god please) be moving next Summer for his internship.
I hope you are doing well and taking care of yourselves! I'd love to hear about your progress.
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