Monday, November 14, 2011
Well, I've been having some odd symptoms lately. I'm dealing with some anxiety and adrenaline processing issues. I've been experiencing muscle twitching. Purple bags under my eyes for about 4 months now, even when I am getting good sleep. It was recommended to me that I am probably low on magnesium. Possibly potassium as well. I've had reason to believe that I am also low on iron, as I've been borderline anemic all my life, occasionally dropping low enough for it to matter. And last year my doctor was concerned about my electrolytes being low (sodium and potassium at the very least). She encouraged me to drink a Gatorade any day that I worked out. I haven't been doing that lately as I've only been strength training. Found out that probably justifies a need for magnesium/electrolytes as much as cardio does. Gatorade doesn't have magnesium tho.
SO. I was home today, feeling ill (I suspect I'm fighting the flu as I've had body aches and a mild fever and sniffles), and with nothing to do as I wasn't up to doing chores. So I decided one productive thing I could do would be to start tracking my food again and to include Magnesium, potassium, iron and sodium while I'm at it. Going to switch from Gatorade to PowerAde as well, since PowerAde DOES include the magnesium that I need, and try to drink it any day that I work out. (In case anyone is concerned, I also don't get anywhere near my sodium limit in a day so there will be no issues there with the sports drinks!)
Hopefully I can keep it up until I'm eating a better diet. We'll see what I manage. I hate tracking my food. It takes forever until I get into a steady eating routine (at which point there is no point in tracking anymore anyway). But I'm not doing it to lose weight this time. This time I'm doing it in hopes of curing other ills that are actually affecting my life (cuz I'm not heavy enough for weight to really matter). I hope that this means I will be able to stick with it this time around and see some positive results. It would certainly be nice to see weight loss come along with it tho, since I'm tracking my food anyway! (I wonder if this lack of electrolytes has anything to do with weight loss being so hard for me??)
Oh... and just for the record, I've found when using the cardio machines at the gym, that I'm almost always well above my recommended heart rate even tho I don't feel like I"m working excessively. Working hard yes, but that's the point! Thoughts?
Friday, October 14, 2011
Well, I'm still here, plugging away. Unfortunately, I'm not really making any progress in the weight department. But over the course of the summer I have been true to my strength training and at least I have built muscle and strength. That is pleasing.
I'm over the cough that I had for a good 3 months. I've since moved on to having issues with my heart and chest pain again (tho supposedly they are unrelated). Now the pain is bundled with near constant nausea and body shakes. I have an appointment on Tuesday.
In any case, I'm pleased to be back in school to work toward my dreams, which is very exciting to say the least! And I'm also pleased to say that I have done a fairly decent job of fitting regular workouts in around my school and the kids' school schedules. I make it to the gym for strength training twice most weeks, but always at least once. My knee is still giving me problems as well, even tho I haven't attempted running since it began back in July. So, instead, I have been playing tennis with a friend usually twice a week at the gym. :) (We're both basically beginners so it's not too intense for my knee.) Before that I was biking and I will probably still do that to fill in when we can't do tennis. it's wonderful to be outside.
Anyway, I'm continuing to work and trying to be good about spacing my meals properly, which is probably my biggest obstacle in the food dept since I tend to eat the proper amount of calories a day anyway.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
So far things have not been going very smoothly. After 3 jogs with my friend, I managed to hurt my knee. I went twice more before finally realizing that I needed to *stop* until it was completely better (for more than 1 day at a time). Doc told me to stay off it for 2-3 weeks. That means I can start again Monday or the week after.
I *have* been to the gym twice. Once each of the last two Tuesdays. I didn't make it today, but I'm hoping to either tomorrow or Thursday. I can always go on the weekend if it works out that way.
My weight and measurements have been extremely disheartening tho. :( I started out this month up 2 lbs. I wasn't terribly surprised. I haven't been bothering with it at all, and I was *very* stressed during May, trying to make decisions about going back to school and what schools I might attend. I did make my decision, so that has taken off a lot of the stress. Those 2 lbs are part of what got me back to the grind. But since restarting my weight-loss efforts at the beginning of June, I managed to GAIN another 6.6 lbs. So I was up a total of 8.4 lbs this last weigh in on Sat. I was gaining it gradually, at 2 lbs/week, and I'm certainly not eating 7000+ extra calories a week, which had me concerned that it was something like hypothyroidism or something. I stepped on the scale today and was glad to see that 3 had come back off *finally*, so it would appear that at least *some* of it was water weight... Here's hoping I can continue the trend back down now and hopefully down into the 120's! If it starts getting weird again, I will talk to the doctor about it.
I have not been healthy now for about 2 months anyway. I'm fighting a cough that just won't go and I'm on my second sinus infection during it. My body is tired and my muscles are sore and awkward. Dunno what's up but I hope we figure it out soon. (Granted the strength training is probably contributing to the latter.) Ah well. I will continue in my efforts. I'm too stubborn not to. I WILL make it back down to around 125 or so, even if it takes me another 2 years... to lose these last 10 (make that 15) lbs. I would *like to make it closer to 120, but my body has changed drastically in the 12 years since I was last that weight, (I've had 2 babies, for one thing!) so I don't expect everything to be the same. We'll see how it goes. :)
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Well folks, I'm back. After a few months off, I'm ready to tackle weight loss again. So I am walking/jogging with a friend 3 times a week. Longer routes this time, starting at 6 miles! Yikes! haha And I will start back at the gym next week twice a week for weight training. :)
As far as eating goes, I'm going to listen to my body, eat more fruits and vegetables, as that has been slipping, and avoid over doing sweets. That really seems to work way better for me than counting calories or any other method I've tried yet. :)
My first goal now is 125 lbs. Once I reach that, it'll just be about my fat to muscle ratio. I'm looking forward to being strong again. :)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Hey all! Well I've been in Italy for 1.5 weeks now. (11 days) I haven't run once. So I'm not sticking to my plan at all yet. But it has proven not to be an issue. The first 4 days we spent walking all over Rome on tours. Then there was a day of travel to the little town of Petritoli, where we are staying in a castle on the top of a very large hill. It's a small town, and there are 19 of us, so we're having to go shopping every day. Which means up and down many floors within the castle and then going down into town and then climbing back up the hill with groceries in tow. Not to mention kids. LOL So there hasn't been much of an issue. I'm not weighing myself here. I haven't even looked for a scale, as I doubt there is one. But I can already tell that I've lost weight. Despite eating like a horse, every day since arrival (seriously... I've been eating a LOT) my belt now goes 1.5 notches tighter without my even trying. And my son nearly pulled my pants off twice the other day while we were walking. Part of that may be slight dehydration. It's hard to find fresh water in Europe. It's not that we can't drink the tap water, but I don't like to bring the glasses in our room (don't want the kids to break them) and we don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I just haven't been as good about filling my cup. Plus, there's been an illness going around. But even so, I'm sure I've lost a few pounds of fat. It will be interesting to see when we get back.
I am going to run tomorrow morning tho, with one of my husband's coworkers. We'll see how it goes. I've thrown out my hopes of running the entirety of Bloomsday, but I'm still going to continue my training and see how far I can get. Right now, I need to map out a run for us in the morning and get my butt to bed. G'night! (It's 9:40pm here. heehee)
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