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Turquoise BL Challenge Week #2

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Things went pretty well this week I think. I don't know if I've lost any weight or not, having not yet weighed in, but for most of the week I've felt pretty good physically. I've already blogged about this weekend, cooking good food, getting good cardio in while engaging with family and friends, ST issues.

Even if nothing shows on the scale, I'm moving in the right direction. My skin's clearing up from all the fruits and veggies I've been eating, as well as the water I'm drinking. Most days (today excluded due to a second night with little sleep) I'm enegetic. So I feel good.

If I don't exercise tonight and stick to my meal plan, (though obviously I hope to burn more cals with exercise tonight), then Sparkpeople calculates that I have accumulated a total deficit of 4284 Cal this week, or a little bit over a pound, based on calorie intake, exercise, and my BMR. Now, any woman who's been trying to lose weight knows that the mantra"burn more calories than you eat to lose weight" doesn't always work out. Hormonal changes in our bodies wreak havoc on weight loss. Not getting enough water does too. Or getting too much water. Whatever, it's hard to judge what's going to happen. So, if I don't lose, I'll curse the weight loss demons, and try again next week.

I'm a bit disappointed in myself that I did not do cardio yesterday or the day before. Yesterday I had too much on my plate and too little sleep the night before. But the night before, I could've done it, but I spent too much time doing things that I could've put off. I managed my time poorly. I'm not sure if I'm going to pull it off tonight or not. My dad is coming over to fix my old computer, or try to anyway. We're going to have dinner, then he'll work, and I have no idea how long he'll be at it. I don't foresee me exercising with him in the room.

I'm also not sure about the ST that the BL challenge proposes. I know from the last time I did it that it causes me some serious lower body soreness. Which is good I think. But, I have roller derby tomorrow, the first time in almost two months, and that's a very leg intensive activity. I'm already going to be slow from lack of practice, and 90 minutes of skating on sore legs...I just don't know if I'm up to it. Lol, and I'd rather slack off tonight, in the privacy of my home, then look like a slacker tomorrow in front of all these tough girls. Plus, I'm tired. I'm feeling pretty unmotivated, I have to admit. It seems more likely to me that I'll just go to bed early tonight and try to catch up on some sleep. We'll see though. Maybe if I catch a brief nap it'll energize me enough to do something.

P.S. Ended up exercising. 22 minutes circuit training, 30 mins kickboxing, and the full suggested BL ST challenge for the day. Roller derby is going to kick my butt tomorrow, lol.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/8/2010 9:43PM

    You are doing great, wish I could skate like that!!!! I used to do that!! Keep up the good work, you can do this!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 9/8/2010 9:36PM

    We have no skates on the Fitness Emoticons so I will just mention how many cardio minutes you will get tomorrow! emoticon I am working new hours tomorrow and hope that I won't be too sore when I go to be able to sit. You are doing great. I know it is a different team but Sending ((((Skinny Vibes)))) It is working for me!

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GRANNYS5 9/8/2010 7:55PM

    Don't over do it diva, just do what you feel you can handle emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I Refuse to be Bored

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Lol, my cousin Travis, when I was younger and would complain about being bored, would sometimes teasingly say "Only boring people get bored." He was joking, and I would laugh him off, but even then I recognized that what he had to say was at least partially true. There have definitely been times in my life when I've sat on the couch, literally doing nothing, because I felt I had no inspiration. In other words, I was boring and so I was bored.

But at the same time, it's not REALLY that I didn't have inspiration. There were tons of things I could've done, and that I even thought of doing at the time. I could've exercised, cleaned house, studied the Yurok language, or stastics, played with my cats or dog, worked on my yard. All things that I SHOULD do, but because it felt like an obligation at that time, I refused to do. I knew that if I just got up and did something, my body would be occupied, my brain would be engaged, and I'd be a lot happier about myself and the situation, instead of letting myself get dragged down into the doldrums or eating for entertainment because I was bored. I missed out on opportunities that would've satisfied me, and improved my life, because I saw them in a negative light.

It's kind of the same thing with this fitness journey, which to me is more than a health issue, but touches on every aspect of my life. I've definitely at times, in fact most times, considered dieting and exercising to be boring, unpleasant, obligations. Things that I knew I had to do, but really didn't want to. But that's totally the wrong attitude to have about them. This last weekend has been good for me. I tried one or two new recipes every single day. I got out of the house, into the sun, and played softball, engaging with my family and friends. I got up, cleaned house and made my life less cluttered and brighter. I've come to the realization that, for myself, I'm bored because I choose to be bored, making me a boring person.

So, that's going to change. Being bored, uninterested, or unmotivated is totally a matter of mental attitude for me. I'm not going to let a negative attitude drag me down; instead I will brighten my attitude, look for new opportunities, think about how much improved my life will be if I do this really satisfying thing, whatever that is. My Sparkpeople motivational quote is going to be, said with a laugh at myself, "Only boring people get bored."

Lol, maybe not the sort of thing Sparkpeople had in mind when they suggested finding a motivational quote, but flavored with a bit of a chuckle like it is in my head, it fits me perfectly.

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BLEIGH711 9/8/2010 12:11PM

    Oh I agree!!!! I am trying to accept a similar mantra into my everyday life. Mine is "just do it". I've found that in addition to generally feeling better, when I'm doing something, I actually have more time to relax in the end. No more time wasted on the "I oughhta's". Have a great week!

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AML05030 9/7/2010 10:30PM

    YOU ARE RIGHTTTT! I can't stand holding still and not doing anything. Instead of being restless and sitting--like i was ALL THE TIME-- i need to move and wiggle. Obligations like dishes and laundry and no longer obligations; they are just life, and if i don't waste time procrastinating or complaining about them and just DO them i will be sooo much happier!

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TRAVEIIER 9/7/2010 8:49PM

  As an avowed hater of the "I oughta's" I wish you all the luck in the world. Personally, I'm trying to accept oughta's one at a time. I'm starting with "I oughta ..." make someone else do it. But, I have a license for that at the moment.


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Caring for self is satisfying

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

This weekend was good. I took Friday too, in the hopes that I could get some fish, but that didn't end up happening so I just had time off. Despite the fact that I didn't actually sleep much last night, I feel pretty mentally rested today, after four days off. Friday and Monday both were given to house cleaning and yardwork, and I got stuff done that's been bothering me for ages. Very satisfying and stress reducing.

But mostly, I just had time to take care of myself. I'm not a cook in any sense, but I took the time and I cooked just about every meal for myself this weekend, which is out of the norm. Everything was fresh, and tasty, and nutritious, and provided leftovers for the next day, which was nice. I'm starting to love Sparkrecipes, especialy since I realized you can make those "cookbooks" and save the particularly good recipes. This whole cooking thing is not as hard as I thought it was, so long as you pay attention, though I'm sure there are exceptions to that statement. I've been a bit under call the last couple of days, at just over 1000 on Sunday, and then just over 1350 yesterday. I'm not terribly hungry, but I think tomorrow I'll try for a heavier calorie day to shake things up a bit.

And I've managed to get some good exercise every day. Last night I only managed to do ST, no cardio, but I think that's the first time I've missed cardio since this BL week started last Thursday. I'm going to count it as my rest day. The trouble is then, I have to find time to do cardio sometime today, since I'm supposed to be doing it 6 days a week. I have Yurok language class at 6 today, which means I have to head straight home from work, get food for my grams, rush to class, then not be done 'til 8. No time for my own dinner in between. So I have to find time to eat AFTER class, then digest, then workout, since I always cramp if I don't digest first. Which means probably not being done with cardio until 10:30, and not being in bed until 11:30. With no time to give to my animals. If I'd gone to bed earlier I might've woken up at 5 to do it this morning, but sleep is pretty important to me, and I don't function at all well without it. That would've given me less than 5 hours, and that wouldn't have been enough.

But, the point is, I'm doing the right thing and it feels good. I don't know if I've lost weight or not, I don't have a scale so just pop in to my local clinic once a week, but I feel good. I'll find some way to do cardio tonight because I want to keep this going. For now though, I think I'm going to try and finish my 30 min lunch break with a 10 minute nap to keep me physically energized after little sleep.


Puppy update

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Thanks to everybody who commented on my last blog about my puppy. I did get him to the emergency vet, and she thinks he has Kennel Cough, which I guess is highly contagious and a dog can get from pretty much anywhere. It's really common where dogs gather, like kennels, the pound, vets offices and the like, but my neighbor, who has experience with it, says that even if a human steps in the coughing discharge sick dogs give up, and then track it to the ground where their dog is, their dog gets it. Very contagious.

But, his symptoms aren't as severe as my neighbor's experience with Kennel Cough says they should be. His dogs who have had it have coughed non-stop, whereas Kodi is coughing bad in the mornings, but apparently clearning up to a certain degree in the afternoon. He still has fits, but not constantly. And he doesn't have that spitting sort of discharge that I mentioned above.

So, I don't know if the vet is right or not. Kodi is still lively and playful, another thing that goes against my neighbor's experience, but palpitating his stomach and throat doesn't seem to hurt him, so it doesn't seem like he's got something lodged in there. Still not entirely certain what's going on. If he's still coughing on Tuesday I'm going to take him to my own vet and see what they have to say.

In the meantime, thanks for your concern.

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NEWLIGHT60 9/6/2010 12:26AM

    Hope your pup gets better soon. I think it is a good idea if he is not better by Tuesday you need to take him back to the vet.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/5/2010 11:44PM

    Sure hope he gets better soon but I agree, it he isn't better by Tuesday, do take him to your vet for further diagnosis.


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CANDOIT54 9/5/2010 1:46PM

    Good luck with puppy and I hope he feels better.



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MICKI2010 9/5/2010 7:22AM

    It sounds like you have a good plan. I agree w/ Cookie, if they felt something were lodged, I am sure they would have gotten an x-ray or scoped him. I hope he gets better soon. Do they give him anything for Kennel cough?

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0309COOKIE 9/5/2010 3:45AM

    I think your approach is a good one. I would check with the regular vet on Tuesday if he's still having a problem by then. I would have thought if they thought something was stuck they would have done an X-ray or used a laryngoscope to check things out. So maybe there are degrees of Kennel Cough and you caught it in the early stages. I don't have any experience with that illness.

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Puppy's sick

Saturday, September 04, 2010

There's something wrong with my dog. He started hacking a little bit, like he was trying to get something up yesterday. I'd found a little bit of aluminum foil next to him the day before, after a brief coughing fit, so I thought maybe he'd gotten into some. I haven't been in this house long, and twice now I've found trash strewn around the 1.2 acre yard from where Kodi found it left by the previous owner. I'm still not sure where he's finding these bags of trash on the property. Anyway I called the vet on Friday, described the situation, and, (given the fact that it was apparently aluminum foil and he was otherwise happy and healthy, jumping around, being silly, eating well,) they said, don't worry about it, he'll pass it.

Later that day, after the clinic closed, I went into the kennel he stays in at my grandma's house, (he goes there to be babysitted by her retired neighbor when I have to go out), and I found some twisted bits of wire, with some hard plastic on one end that looked like it had been dog chewed. There's nothing in that dog kennel other than his bowl and dog house, so I'm afraid that he actually hacked that stuff, that he brought it in inside his stomach.

Now I'm worried that he has hard bits of wire stuck in his stomach or throat. Around 5 am this morning he got up and had a horrible hacking fit. Nothing came up at all. I'm not seeing blood or anything around his mouth, so he doesn't look cut inside, but I'm worried. Now every time he gets up he goes into a small hacking fit. He's breathing fine generally, and sleeping quietly right now so I don't want to call the emergency vet, but I'm going to take him up to the vet in the neighboring town ASAP. They open at 8, so I'm going to start driving up around 7:45 and hopefully catch them first thing. I wish somebody local was open on Saturday.

To top it off, when I head him hacking this morning, I jumped up in a panic and kicked my little cat. Now she's sneaking around like I beat her regularly and she's avoiding me. I did manage to catch her briefly, and she doesn't seem to be actually injured in any way.

The fun thing is, I'm exhausted. I totally pigged out on corn chips last night. I was dehyradted all day, couldn't seem to rehydrate, so it's possible I was low on electrolytes. Ate some chips (not to try and fix it with salt; just cuz I wanted them), and then couldn't stop eating them. I'm not the sort who usually HAS to eat something once they start, but it was like a compulsion. I'm thinking maybe I needed the salt pretty bad. Combination of that, plus 14 glasses of water and hydrating drinks, and I seem to be somewhat more hydrated this morning, though I still feel thirsty.

Anyway, because I ate over 1000 Cal in chips, taking me to 2546 Cal according to Spark, I got up and did 1.5 hours of kickboxing late in the evening. By the time I finished it was almost 2 a.m. cuz of course I didn't even start binge eating 'til after 10, and I had to wait for it to digest a bit before I exercised so I didn't cramp. Then, waking up at 5 to this....if I end up playing softball today (assuming Kodiak is okay) I'm not going to be worth a whole heck of a lot.

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0309COOKIE 9/4/2010 9:46PM

    Finding the twisted wire is scary. Good luck at the vet's. I hope everything works out okay.

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GRANNYS5 9/4/2010 9:30PM

    Sorry to hear about your puppy, my sister had a dog that would eat ANYTHING it could pick up! It ate a few leather belts, shoes. beer bottles!!!! I hope he is ok, I would get hinm to a vet ASAP Good luck


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    Hope your puppy is okay. That sounds scary. My cat eats weird things and I know what you are going through because once he coughed up a rubber band and I didn't want to think of what that could have happened. Do keep us posted on your puppy. And I would follow him to see where he is getting these things on your property so you can get rid of it.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/4/2010 7:36PM

    So sorry these last two days have been so rough on you. Sure hope you can get your pup to the vet and checkout just what he may have eaten. I would be worried too about him hacking when he gets up. It sounds like something might be caught in his throat or stomach. Poor kitty, she probably thinks you did that on purpose!!!!!

Keep us posted about Kodi's condition. Sounds like your worked off your binge so I wouldn't worry about it!

Hope your weekend will get better!

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VAMANOS 9/4/2010 1:44PM

    Wow, you've had a rough couple of days!

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TWINTS 9/4/2010 10:07AM

    So sorry for you and your dog! Hope the vet finds out what's going on. For softball, just play left outfield. Nobody ever hits a ball out there. You can lay in the grass and fall asleep like Lucy does.

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