Saturday, January 04, 2014
What started out as allergies has blown into a really bad head cold/maybe flu! I thought the acupuncturist had cleared it all out, but it came back with a vengeance! The fact that my husband was and still is really sick didn't help either. He wouldn't stay home from work - hung in my office - ugh.
Yesterday morning I was going to hop on my treadmill but he was sleeping. My husband complains that it is too loud. He is 51 but acts like a grumpy, old man sometimes!
So I decided to wait until after work. Problem was I felt worse and worse as the day went on. Needless to say, I felt wiped out and didn't get my daily HM training in.
So, today, after 11 hours of straight sleep, I took a cold/flu medication cocktail, drank 2 big mugs of coffee and headed for, what I called it today,
I figured I would sweat the illness out, while getting my next iFit HM workout in.
As I ran, I realized that my sweatmill wouldn't let me down. It didn't take into consideration that I was sick, my lungs were hurting (I can't breath through my nose!) -- it just kept on changing my running speed up and inclines up and down. There was no mercy. It brought me back to a personal trainer that I had for 3 years. He was brutal - there were no excuses. And, here I am again.
I can see the Elk River as I run on my treadmill. We are home to quite a few Canadian Geese in the winter on the river. As I ran, I saw a huge flock of geese paddling away in the river so it won't freeze over.
The geese honk at one another all day and all night. I believe they are encouraging one another to keep paddling so they will be able to get food from the river to survive. It doesn't matter if the water is freezing or they are tired. They have to keep paddling like I have to keep training - no excuses!
We, through SparkPeople, are like the group of geese. Each of us has a plan to get healthy, and we encourage one another to keep going.
So, keep moving, my SparkFriends and remember: No Excuses!!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I made today a great start to the New Year!
I got my iFit HM training in and followed it with the one hour SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD. I then went on line at Runner's World and found some motivational quotes. I stayed in my calorie range and drank lots of water.
Tomorrow I have my yearly physical. It consists of 2 visits. The first consists of blood work, memory testing, circulation testing, weight, etc.
The second one next week is where I meet with the Doctor to go over the results. My family has cholesterol issues, I have been taking Cholestoff (herbal) for years - hoping it is still working.
I hope you reach all your goals and have a fantastic 2014!
Monday, December 23, 2013
As many of you know, my 25 year old son has been battling anorexia for 11 months. It has been total hell; an ever-ending roller coaster ride.
Three weeks ago, my son was in the hospital fighting for his life. His numbers - blood count wise, were everywhere, and he checked himself out of the hospital against his Doctor's orders. Basically, I was told he wasn't going to make it. Per my suggestion, he signed a contract with the Psychiatrist on duty, stating that he would do certain things - 1. take medication 2. follow up with his Doctor 3. see a psychiatrist 4. live at my house. If he didn't improve within 2 weeks, he would consider entering an eating disorder treatment center.
Six days after leaving the hospital, he paid for his own airline ticket and accompanied me to my Goddaughter's graduation in San Antonio. My husband was supposed to go, but, due to the flood at our school, he had to cancel. I was apprehensive about my son going because of his medical condition. I decided to just "let go" and see what would happen - was this part of God's plan?
Let's just say that I watched a miracle evolve. We shared a hotel room. He never threw up his food. He ate a lot of mexican food, everywhere we went.
His humorous personality came back and he was so social! He thought about other people's feelings, He talked while he ate, and didn't pick at his food. He ate his food, and didn't stop at half! I think my friends in San Antonio thought I had made the whole illness up - telling me how great he looked!
He went to our family Doctor last Friday - my son gained 30 pounds! 20 was water weight - but, still...he was back up to 140! The Doctor was stunned! He said he actually looked at my son's ankles expecting to find ankle weights! He also made sure his pockets were emptied! What a shock!
I was blown away - in fact, I still am! I was scared to write anything about it! I didn't want to jinx it! Another week has gone by and he is still eating! He has no issues at all with food! All of the anger is gone! He now talks about his feelings and now is thinking about joining a gym to start lifting and running.
He is now doing it the right way like the rest of us.
What changed? He started eating in the hospital, before he started on medication. When I told him the Doctors were alarmed because he didn't get emotional when they told him he was going to die, he said
"I started eating, didn't I?"
I walked the dogs down to the end of the road yesterday and looked out over the river. I thought about how different the river and sky looked now that the fog has lifted over my head. When people ask me how I am I now say "great!" not just "ok".
I still can't believe how quick this all turned around. Eleven months of hell and it is gone in a blink of an eye. I still am watching him like a hawk, but everything is so normal now.
It is a miracle.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers. I truly believe prayers are what saved him.
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