Wednesday, January 01, 2014
So the new year has dawned, and while I've come a long way, I'm not 100% satisfied with where I am now. There is definitely room for improvement. Not that I'm beating myself up over it. Quite the opposite. I see my own shortcomings and can recognize where there is room for improvement. The obstacles that prevented me from reaching those goals last year aren't completely out of my view, but I know how to tackle them now. And I'm ready to do it.
I'm starting the new year out with a brand spanking new gym membership. And I've already used it once (WOOHOO!) That will definitely give me a leg up training for my 5k, and surprisingly enough, it's easier to get to the gym than it is to walk out the door and run through the neighborhood (I can't be the only person not wanting to run outside in below freezing weather, or just barely above when it's pouring rain, or that lives in a city that has beaten it's record number of homicides this year).
I know where things are going with my back, so that's a plus (Though I do need to call a chiropracter)
I have an appointment with a surgeon this month for a consultation about my gallbladder, though the doctor thinks that the stones should resolve themselves on their own and not require surgery.
I'm not pregnant anymore, so that's not limiting me.
All in all, I think it's going to be a good year to reach my goals.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Here I am, 12:30am, and what am I doing? Eating a bowl of bananas and peanut butter and simply listening to my kids breathe. I wish that I were sleeping like they are. So why aren't I? Well, because my toddler keeps trying to kill my newborn. I was getting the 3 of us ready for bed when I had to run in the bathroom to put on deodorant. Generally, I keep it in my nightstand, but I ran out, so I had to steal some of the hubby's. When I left the room, Xena was laying under the blanket with her head on the pillow. Isis was laying at the foot of the bed in the opposite side. She was crying. I left the door open and just ran down the hall, the 10 feet to the bathroom. Only a couple of seconds. But by the time I got back, Xena was in the middle of the bed with Isis in a choke hold on top of her. So that leaves me here now, laying awake, listening to both of them breathe but mainly paying attention to Isis hoping she hasn't been injured and paranoid that she's going to stop breathing (really not helping that I have a friend who list her daughter to SIDS this morning and she was just 10 days younger than Isis), and eating because that's what nervous mothers paranoid that their kids are going to die do. However, I'm going to look at the bright side of things. Of all the things in the kitchen and pantry, I went for the peanut butter and bananas. There's a gallon sized Ziploc of Halloween candy and 3 cans of Pringles in the pantry with the peanut butter. Just a few feet away from the fruit bowl is the freezer with 3 cartons of ice cream, all sorts of sundae toppings in the fridge, and ice cream cones. That's pretty darn good of me, don't ya think? I mean, yes, I am emotional eating, but I chose something healthful. And besides which, I was feeling hungry anyway. If I had actually been intending on still being awake, I was actually leaving more towards a sandwich, but I'm not really starting awake... even though I am. A technicality, ya know. Technically awake, but not accomplishing anything. On a brighter note, I can read some emails and charge my Fitbit without missing a step. Ugh. So tired though. I wish these kids could just get along (or more so, that Xena would behave and not try to hurt her sister who is to young to protect herself).
Anyone with tips on quelling sibling rivalry?
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Today is the last day of the fall challenge, and I feel like it has been successful for me, at least for the purposes I joined it. I didn't expect to "do well" or to lose a lot of weight. I just wanted some motivation to keep me off my butt through the last weeks of pregnancy and postpartum. It's been successful at that., What's more, I'll credit it for making my labor and delivery so easy and my recovery so quick. (20 minutes later I was jumping out of bed to use the bathroom. Totally flabbergasted the nurses.) I've come to learn that I'm capable of a lot more than I thought I was. I even signed up now for Run or Dye in April. (I'll admit that I'm a little nervous about that because I am definitely NOT a runner... YET, and it's going to be darn cold out when I should be training for it and it's not going to be easy for me to drag myself outside to run.)
So here's the questionnaire we were asked to complete as part of the final challenge.
1) What was your start weight? 234.5
2) What was your end weight? 206.6
3) Did you reach your ending challenge weight?
4) Did you reach your goals? Well, yes. And no.
5) If so, which ones did you meet? My main purpose for joining was to keep myself active and off my butt during the final weeks of pregnancy and postpartum, which has been successful. I kept moving in some way shape or form the last 2 weeks of the pregnancy, and even postpartum, have beaten some of my previous fitness bests. (Hello finally reaching a 10,000 step day!)
6) If not, which ones did you not meet? I haven't been meeting the challenge goals, which is disappointing, but it's definitely not easy with both a toddler and newborn. The fact that I don't feel like a complete failure for missing what I did, to me at least feels like I really did give it my best.
7) What did you struggle with? Time. Energy during week 2. But most definitely time… I need there to be more than 24 hours in a day.
8) What did you do well on? Honestly, I feel like I didn't do particularly well on anything but Week 1 cardio, Week 1 & 2 ST, and Week 1 of Get Extreme
9) What challenge did you like best? I actually think the Get Extreme. Even though I only completed the first week, doing it really made me feel good.
10) Which challenge did you hate? I think the challenge of the 10's. That was the week that I had the baby, so I really had NO TIME whatsoever. The doctors/nurses sure wouldn't let me exercise in the hospital the way I would have liked to. I was a "disease control risk" so I couldn't leave my room to walk the halls. And when I got home, I was on my own with 2 kids and no real help.
11) How was your nutrition during this challenge? Eh, it could have been better. I kinda used the whole I'm pregnant/breastfeeding as an excuse to pig out
12) What suggestions do you have on future challenges? Honestly, I don't know...
13) Are there topics/threads that you wish were included and weren’t? Not really.
14) Did you have fun? Yes
15) What did you learn about you? That I can do anything I put my mind to
Monday, September 30, 2013
Well, I joined this challenge to spark myself back into shape. Maybe a little crazy, considering my current condition, but something that I definitely need. Throughout my pregnancy I had gotten quite a bit lazy. Between the early morning sickness which lasted into the second trimester, and then the summer heat, and now in the third trimester, lots of discomfort from the sheer size of this baby. 3 weeks ago she was estimated at 6 pounds and 14 ounces. With the average weight gain being half a pound a week, that puts her at over 8 pounds right now. A very scary thought for me as I remember postpartum recovery all too well with my first daughter and she was only 7 pounds 11 ounces. Anyway, throughout the pregnancy so far I've gained 37 pounds, which for someone in a healthy weight range is perfect, but for myself being obese is a little excessive in my own eyes. The OB's aren't concerned, they think it's perfect, but it still makes me uncomfortable. Hence the challenge. This first week has been fantastic, with my lowest weight gain for a week in the past 6 months. Less than half a pound. Woohoo! So I already feel like I'm making progress to at least keep my weight in check right now.
Within the next 2 weeks, I'll have another little girl, and I'm going to need some sort of push to get me off the couch again. At least slowly. And so comes in the challenge again. I intend to really pace myself postpartum as I did too much too quickly after I had Xena, injured myself a bit and then was too scared to start moving again for way too long. This challenge will keep me motivated to keep moving.
Postpartum through the end of the challenge and beyond, I would really like to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight by New Year's. I don't think that's too out of the box. I'll have an immediate loss of at the very least a nearly 9 pound baby, plus all those other goodies that come and go along with her. But I also don't want to lose the momentum or back pedal. In the fitness department, the current goal is to just keep moving. I guess the biggest goal for me right now is just to be able to keep up with 2 kids. My toddler is a handful the way it is, and it's not going to be easy to be home with the both of them while my husband is at work for long hours (he generally works about 12 hour shifts).
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