Saturday, September 21, 2013
When I started back "on the wagon" a few weeks ago, I committed to exercising at least10 minutes a day. When I first joined SP a few years ago, that was one of the major reasons that I became successful. I mean, even I can exercise 10 minutes a day, right? Even if I have to do it a few minutes at a time to build up my endurance. I find that 10 minute commitment very inspirational and it helps me to get started on an exercise plan every day.
So, the last 3-4 weeks or so, I have been weighing in with my Wii Fit Plus and then doing 12 minutes of yoga every day. I can definitely feel a difference with a little toning and improved balance and posture, but I am starting to realize that it may not count. According to the Wii, my 12 minutes of yoga burns only 36 calories. Doing the math, that means I am burning only 252 calories a week, and that doesn't go very far for weight loss. Most days I am adding in some other activity, like walking in place while watching TV or doing dishes, folding laundry, etc., but the last few days has been only the yoga. And guess what? Yep, you guessed it, my weight loss has totally stalled.
So, I am starting to realize that I may need to commit to at least 10 minutes of CARDIO exercise every day. Cardio burns off calories faster, releases endorphins and improves circulation and breathing, which are all important for weight loss success.
As a matter of fact, I bet that some cardio would help to boost me out of the "blahs" that I have been feeling the last few days. Okay, so what am I doing sitting on the couch? Well, my back hurts and I am tired and I just don't feel like it right now. But what if getting moving would help all that? (sigh) Once I get started, I'll be fine. So, why am I still sitting here and typing this all out? I could be giving myself a pep talk and working through my feelings in a healthy way, but more likely, I am just stalling.
Okay, I know. I know. Lace up the sneakers and just do it. I'll thank me later.
Monday, September 02, 2013
I've been feeling "blah" about exercising these last few days. I am really having to force myself to get in the 10 minutes a day that I committed to. Today, I *really* didn't want to exercise, but my girlfriend is in her fifth day of sober and I wanted to honor that progress, so I laced up my Nikes and did it anyway. After my 10 minute minimum, a friend called on the phone, and while I was talking to her, I did some strength training on my legs/hips that I should be doing (for physical therapy) every day, but have forgotten about most days. After I hung up with her, I decided to walk in place while sorting laundry in front of the TV, and that added up to another 25 minutes! I felt so much better after all that activity, I couldn't believe it. My mood this afternoon was far better than this morning, and I am having a nice healthy dinner to round out the day. So, even just a little bit gave me the momentum to make it a great day, even if I was crabby and tired when I woke up. It really is true that every little bit helps!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I've been away for awhile. Again. In the last year, I have undone all the good work I did two years ago. I got lazy and started to eat anything I wanted, and lately have even been bingeing on sugar and carbs and I am feeling like I am getting way out of control like I used to be several years ago.
In the last year, I have been in a new relationship with a partner who has moved in with me, and being so in love has made us a little careless. My partner loves me just how I am, so I got lazy about my food. It has been hard to say no, because she likes to do things that make me happy, so quite often, there is ice cream in the freezer (my greatest weakness). My partner is trans-gendered, male to female and has been dealing with separation and divorce, and although we are very happy together, she has been drinking alcohol every day for a few years now to try to deal with the depression. Since I am divorced, I understand the emotional process, so I haven't been critical of the drinking, although I have been honest about how I feel about it. (not real happy)
About two months ago, I had an appointment with a new Primary Care Physician where we talked about me getting back into control with my eating and exercise. I felt pretty inspired, but I guess I just didn't get back to work. My two-month follow-up with labs was Monday, Considering that I had gained about 15 pounds, I wasn't exactly looking forward to facing the music. Most of my bloodwork came out okay, but my triglycerides jumped from 91 to 353! That is what happens when you choose to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's pretty much every night for months. (sigh)
Okay, so no more B&J for awhile.
It has been a real adjustment the last year for us, learning how to live with each other and all, and we both have our faults, but we have decided to tackle our major health issues together. So, I have been getting back into exercising for a few days, and today I started tracking my food again. As we speak, she is detoxing with medical supervision and hoping to be off the alcohol entirely in a few days.
So far, so good. I am so proud of her for dealing with the alcoholism, and I feel good treating myself better too. Together, we are making an investment in our future and supporting each other through it. Last time I did it by myself and was pretty successful, but I think this time will be even better.
Friday, February 24, 2012
I have been doing great this week, getting my food back under control, and even losing a few pounds!
Today though, I woke up kind of nauseous, so I had a big glass of water and put off drinking my coffee for awhile. I tried to catch a few minutes of a nap, even though I promised my Dad I would go out Geocaching with him today. When he called me about 8:30, I had been dozing for awhile, and said I would get up and get ready. Well, I got up and wound up in the bathroom for the next half-hour or so. I wasn't in pain and didn't have a fever, but every time I stood up, I realized I had to go again, so I just stayed in there for awhile. I took some acidophilus capsules and had some of my homemade probiotic sauerkraut, and that seemed to help, so after an hour or so, we set out.
I was okay for most of the day, but had some mild cramping in the top of my stomach on and off, and got nauseous again once or twice while we were walking around. By lunch, I wanted to eat, so I had a grilled chicken salad at BK when we stopped for lunch, but I have to admit, it was hard to get it down. By 3pm, I realized that I had this dull ache in the center of my chest, and that was lingering for quite a long time. I hate to be a hypochondriac, but I have been seeing these news stories all week about how women's heart attack symptoms are different, so I was trying not to freak myself out. I talked to a friend about 3:30 and she suggested that it might be gas, so took some antacid with anti-gas included, and again, that seemed to help a little.
I sat right down about 4pm and fell asleep again by 5pm, and woke up about 8:30! Since I have a sleep disorder, I do usually nap during the day, but this is a lot, even for me. I just had a nice big plate of chopped veggies for dinner with some turkey breast, but I am below my calories for the day, and I just can't bring myself to eat anything else. So, I'm just going to take a mulligan on those calories for today and hope I feel better in the morning.
I have been extra tired today, which is saying a lot for someone with excessive sleep problems like me, and I can only figure that my body is fighting something off. I had been eating the same thing for the last 3 days, so I didn't try to eat any of that today.
I was supposed to be in a class at 9am tomorrow, which luckily got canceled, so I plan to sleep as much as I need to--turn off all the alarms and leave the phone off too. I know my body does a lot of healing while I sleep, so I think it'll be better in the morning.
I feel like I have had a pretty good week, despite not feeling well right now. I feel good that I am being careful with my food and still trying to get some activity in, and not just giving up and using this as an excuse to curl up with some unhealthy fattening comfort food. It may be a small beginning, but that's okay. Every journey starts with a single step, right? At least I have begun again.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Oh boy, I have gotten sooooo far off track.
Since July, when I reached my short-term goal of 189 pounds, I have gotten distracted by new activities (which include hiking, ironically enough) and a short-lived job as a house painter that caused me all kinds of tendon damage and chronic pain (in addition to my usual level of fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions). I have gained back up to 217 pounds, and I feel like CRAP! I was doing so well, and little by little, I stopped tracking and stopped exercising and started eating whatever I wanted. (Can you say carb-a-thon?)
So, long story short, here I am again. I know for a fact that SparkPeople helped me to stay focused and on track and that participating here is a large part of my former success. I saw a new doctor yesterday and began the T.R.I.M. program again. (See my cookbook for some great recipes!)
Today has been a good day. I added a recipe for my homemade Cajun Turkey Soup, and I was pleased to find out exactly how healthy it is, thanks to the recipe calculator! I have eaten enough to be satisfied and still met all my goals and had a good day. I was able to do some heavy house cleaning for about half an hour, so that is a great start at getting back to regular exercise, not to mention a nice start at my spring cleaning, lol.
I have to remember that it took me a few months to really get humming, and the first few weeks were really hard before, so they won't be easy this time either. I have a lot of pain, but I know from last year that if I can be persistent and work through it a bit each day, it does get better. I have been feeling so painful, sleepy, cranky and generally crappy lately, that it is actually a relief to be back on SP, setting and tracking goals that I know I can reach.
One of my favorite inspiring phrases is "Choosing, not Excusing," which I heard on a Dr. Wayne Dyer TV show. All along, I have made a conscious choice to skip exercising or overeat, (or make other less than healthy choices) and have not made any excuses. I have consciously accepted the consequenses of declining health and mood, and honestly, I just can't stand it any more. So, finally sick enough of my poor choices, I have decided to make better choices so I can improve my health and mood. I have done it before, and I know I can do it again.
I don't see this "relapse" as a complete failure, but instead, I choose to take it as a hard lesson learned. It really DOES make a difference when I eat well and exercise, and I miss the person that I had become last summer. Still, with a little discipline and some persistence she'll be back soon.
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