Thursday, August 11, 2011
I am up 1 lbs. this morning from last week. I don't think I actually have gained any weight though. I think it's just because of my period starting up. I can tell my fingers are retaining fluid. So I am not worried about it and will continue doing what I've been doing. I should see the scale go down in a few days as my body settles back down. I know my weight runs high at this time of the month typically.
My back is doing better. It's not 100%, but it is not hindering my daily activity at all. I can tolerate quite a bit of pain thanks to the years of pain I went through with my knee and being a Grade A, All American, Super Klutz =)
Today, after going for my allergy shot, I headed over to the mall to get my new shoes. I decided to go to Foot Locker and take the advice of the sales people. I got myself some Asics GT 2160's. They are cute and the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They were a little bit more money than I had wanted to spend, but they are still less expensive than joining a gym and will hopefully help keep my feet, ankles, knees and back safer while I walk and work out. I'm sure I will walk more too if my feet remain comfortable.
I've been keeping up with my fitness minutes and everything pretty good this week. I have stayed within my calories range, drank my water, done my cardio and even throwing in modified push ups and crunches to help core out a little more. I'd like to start doing my Stability Ball work out twice a week either this week or next, depending on how my back is feeling.
Temptation to over indulge will be high this week. My son is going up to visit my brothers and spend a week with them to celebrate his birthday, he turns 16 this month. With him gone my husband likes to go out to dinner more and stuff. So it will be a challenge to stay within my calories ranges, but I know if I plan it right, I can do it and not gain weight.
Thanks for reading. Have a terrific weekend.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Since I am an emotional eater and I know it I figure I better do something else before I hunt down every last scrap of bad food left in my house and scarf it down.
My sciatica started acting up yesterday on me. I did a walk around my neighborhood and then just did a 1 mile Leslie walk without any boosters to stay moving, but not cause further pain or injury to my back. I also took Ibuprofen before going to bed to help relax everything.
I woke up, after a very rough night of sleeping, in even more pain. It's from my lower back down to the heel of my left foot and is especially bad along my lower thigh, knee and upper calf areas. Even hurts to touch. Feels like it's on fire. I know it's my sciatica because I've been through this before.
Not to mention my period is starting and it's being a difficult one with lots of cramps and between that and my back, well I am not in a good mood.
So I decided to suck it up. I've certainly survived worse than this and come out stronger because of it. So I went out with my dog this morning. She was annoying as could be. It's garbage day and she decided to be scared of every damn garbage can along the way and refused to go anywhere near them. Not a pleasant experience. But we survived.
I came home, ate breakfast and read my book for a bit, but not too long because even laying down is very painful so I can't just stay in one spot long.
So I decided to take a shower and get dressed. I figured I'd better go to the store and get some food so my son and I could eat lunch. Yeah, well then comes the lightning, thunder and rain. Really?!!
We really need some food in order to eat. But I guess it's going to have to be a can of soup for us. I was really looking forward to a deli sandwich too. I planned for it! It's my special treat.
Well I get all ready to leave. Tell my son to look after the dogs, especially the little one because he's scared of storms. I grab my purse, put my shoes on, get my list and coupons in my purse and go to grab my keys....
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ... yes that loud boom was me losing the last thread of my patience, not the thunder booming overhead.
My husband took the car yesterday to go to the dentist. He apparently took my car key as well because sometimes his alarm thingy doesn't work so he took mine to be safe. Well he did NOT RETURN MY KEY.
So now I cannot go shopping until after he gets home. I HATE GOING SHOPPING IN THE LATE AFTERNOON! The stores are more crowded, the sale meat is gone and I really hate having to cook dinner right after I just spent over an hour on my feet shopping. Plus it's hotter =(
I am trying to be patient, but it's just not in me right now. I am trying not to get too upset. I know within me somewhere, that God is in control and things like this happen for a reason. But I am also hormonal and just plain frustrated.
And now I've given myself a headache. UGH.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
I did it and I am proud! I did not take a nap no matter how tempted I was. I took Sara for our morning walk and I liked it. I stayed awake until lunch time and beyond. I did my after lunch aerobics for 31 minutes and now I felt totally accomplished. I am right about 8,500 steps for the day. Oh yea, I even did some push ups (girly style of course lol) and some crunches. Adding them to my daily goals. I scrubbed toilets, read my Bible, listened to some uplifting music while dancing around the house cleaning stuff up. I have stayed within my calorie range and am at 12 glasses of water.
So yea, take THAT temptation!
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Today is my official 2 week anniversary with SparkPeople! Since joining I have lost 5 lbs. Woohoo! That puts me at a total loss since my journey began on June 1, 2011 to 10 lbs!
I am finding that tracking my food every day and my exercise is really helping me to keep my focus and to make healthier choices throughout the day. I made my food log public to help keep me accountable. It makes me think about "Do I really want people to see I ate a candy bar?" and no, I don't. I'd rather people see I ate a banana =)
I am definitely noticing results. My work outs are not killing me any more. They actually feel good and surprise, surprise, I am having fun!
I have been doing pretty good on my calorie consumption too. My goal range is 1490-1840. I have only gone over that twice during the last 2 weeks where I got around 2000-2100, which really isn't that bad and is probably about what I'd need to maintain weight.
I have managed to walk my doggy every single day. If for some reason I don't make it out in the morning, like if it is raining, then I've made it up after dinner. That has the added bonus of my husband joining me =) He's not up to going every day, but once or twice a week is quite a bonus and I'll take it! He needs to get in shape as well. Actually one of my unwritten goals IS to inspire him,
Speaking of inspiration.. I've been posting my fitness and success and everything on Facebook just to give me an added boost of accountability and motivation. Well this morning I had posted this status...
"So tired. I did not sleep well. Too many interruptions. Going to require much will power to get my butt moving today and do my walking and aerobics =( Think I'll bribe myself with a nap if I meet my goals"
To which a friend of mine promptly replied...
"You can do it! Just so you know, you have inspired me to make exercise a regular thing again. So far this week I'm 3 for 4, in that I've walked in the mornings and evenings 3 days and now 4 mornings...it sucks in the a.m., but I sleep much better and through the night if I do. :) I too am looking forward to seeing the scale go in the right direction again!"
WOW! I was so touched I cried. I told her she totally made my day =) And then I got my shoes on and my MP3 player and sunglasses, leashed my dog and went for our walk.
Last thing I want to put down into this Blog entry is that I am due for a reward. I need some good walking shoes. I know that my sandals are not going to cut it and will not help keep my knee from too much impact. So whenever the tax free weekend hits I will brave the mall *shouldn't be too bad now that I am not afraid of walking a little more!* and go buy myself a good pair of walking shoes =)
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