Thursday, February 13, 2014
Okay, so it's been a while.
What has been going on? Well, I'm still working with my Coach and I've only maybe missed a handful of workouts since July. I am getting stronger. Right now I am working my way toward a real pull up. I started with a small, medium and large resistance band for assisted pull ups and I have worked my way from the large to the medium band. Sadly the cold has resulted in me staying indoors most of the time. I've been trying to get out and walk more. I miss hiking.
I gained 2-3 pounds over Christmas, which made me decide not to eat junk food for an entire year. I put together a pretty extensive list of foods that count as junk food. I focused on stuff that is a real problem for me to resist, like pizza and ice cream and things with added sugar. I'm paying myself (from our savings) $1 for every day I succeed, but only until I break the chain. So far I have gone 1 month and 13 days without junk food and I'm doing fine. Some days are harder than others but it's a lot easier than debating all the time whether I should or should not allow myself to eat something.
I weigh 170 pounds which is still 22 pounds less than I weighed In December 2012, but not really where I'd like to be. My remaining fat is kind of holding me back right now, impeding my flexibility and increasing my risk of injury when I exercise. Even though I haven't been eating junk food, I've still got a lot of bad eating habits and tend not to eat the most nutritionally balanced meals. Too much dairy, not enough vegetables, etc.
As far as the rest of life goes, I have an amazing job with a large community development corporation, I've been there about 3 months now and it has been a huge boost to my career. I am writing grants for large quantities of money. leading projects, and generally handling a lot more responsibility than I ever have. I love my coworkers and everything is good, though it is a very high-stress, high-pressure job most of the time. I am getting used to it. The commute is horrible. All of the snow we've been getting lately has made it worse. We got 11 inches today but at least my office closed.
Next Friday (1 week, 1 day) Dom is going to find out whether or not he is getting an internship for his clinical psychology Ph.D. You may recall we've already been through this twice and he did not match two years in a row. Here's hoping 3rd time's the charm! Yeah it's stressful because we don't know what's going to happen. If he does get an internship there's no telling what state it will be in, so I may have to leave my job. If he doesn't get an internship things are going to be incredibly difficult for both of us, so we are trying to remain optimistic. Thinking negatively just doesn't seem to be helpful right now.
Overall though we have been happy. We'll be celebrating 8 years of marriage in June. He's my beloved Squish Potato Pie.
I love my cat too, though I think he is starting to show his age now that he is around 10 years old. He's still pretty active but just a tiny bit less than he used to be. He's still a giant baby who doesn't want to do anything but snuggle.
Yeah, update. In a nutshell.
(Help! I'm in a nutshell!)
People who read this should update me on how they are doing. I've missed you guys.
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.
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