Thursday, November 20, 2008
I am so excited!! In the midst of trying to lose weight and have fun, all the while our budgets are tightening, hunny and I figured out a way that I could get the Nintendo Wii system and the WiiFit. Basically it came down to the Wii and WiiFit will be my Christmas and birthday and Valentine's gift all rolled into one! Then after we bought it, I had to convince hunny that Santa would really be OK if I was to test the Wii and WiiFit. After that, I had to convince hunny that Santa would also be OK if I just kept on using the Wii and WiiFit. That was a tougher sell but totally worth it!!
I have had the game system for about 2 weeks now and have not looked back!! Already, I have logged over 10 hours on the WiiFit and noticed slight improvements in my figure!! I have also had a blast learning to play WiiSports Tennis on the left side since I just got out of physical therapy for my right shoulder! All in all, I honestly believe the money spent on the WiiFit system was worth every penny. Mind you, the WiiFit and WiiSports do not burn calories as intensely as my elliptical. I know this sad little fact by wearing my heart rate monitor while WiiFitting and WiiSporting, but it sure is a lot more fun and it makes a spectacular addition to cross training!!
Even better, the rest of the family has also been having a blast playing the WiiSports! They are still in front of the TV but they are not couch potatoes by any long shot!! So it looks like my early Christmas/Birthday/Valentine's gift was not just a present for myself but one that the entire family will benefit from!! Does it get any better?!?!?! (And yes, I have already dropped several hints that since everyone is enjoying my present so much, perhaps we could ease up on how many gifts my Wii system encompasses!!)
Anyways, gotta go!! It's time to take my Mii jogging!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
It seems like just yesterday I was changing diapers and staying up all night with my colicky baby. And now, we plan to go drinking *** legally *** this weekend! Mind you, I am still boggled as to how I became old enough to have a 21 year old child!!
Anyways, I know I must have heard it a thousand times when she was little -- that babies grow up way too fast. Well, all I can say is I tried my best to savor every moment. And thankfully, I made quite the nuisance of myself with the camera!!
21 years ago I remember when I was home on maternity leave. I called my boss about a week before I was supposed to come back to work full-time. With tears in my eyes, I told him that working full-time would make me completely unhappy. Thankfully, my boss agreed to let me work part-time!! And I never looked back for the next 14 years while we played together, went on all day bike rides, celebrated mother-daughter days, popped popcorn and watched TV together, and had some of the best times. But then once my baby reached high school, we all knew the part-time ride was over as college was now looming in the not too distant future!!!
So here's to you, my darling sweetheart!! Have a great 21st birthday! Your happy smile still melts me!! Know that as time flew by at mach speed, I relished most every minute!! (Except, of course, the ones that involved diapers and vomit! Those I am still trying to forget!!)
Happy Birthday, sweetie!!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
We have all suffered (or will suffer) from the anxiety of working out regularly while eating close to our range and getting sleep but then at the end of the week, the results are lukewarm, if not downright discouraging!! What gives???
I do not know the answer but I do know that while my weight has not moved at the Ferrari speed I would have liked, I have seen some improvements. First, my cholesterol has gone from 261 to 218 while my triglycerides are now just 9 points away from normal. Those numbers are still too high and I know I cannot rest! But this result has come from not taking any cholesterol medication; just eating right and working out! Another numerical way to see that things are improving comes from my latest bone density scan. As a result of the radiation for the cancer and the thyroid levels I have been kept at to keep the cancer at bay, my bones became a wreck early. But my latest bone density scan shows significant improvement, especially for a woman on the verge of 50. Granted, I have been on Fosamax for the past 2 years but I have also added a Bowflex and an elliptical to my basement, increased how much yogurt I eat, and I have added calcium supplements to my meals.
So all in all while the outside results have not been overwhelming, there have been significant improvements on the inside!! So in the meantime, PATIENCE is the buzzword!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday afternoon I had one of those "AHAAAA" moments. There I was chugging away on the elliptical, trying to enjoy the music on my iPod while whiny me was dealing with burning quads, aching feet, tired back, ….. Nothing that any trainer would likely have told me to stop and take a break, just my mind exaggerating anything it could think of magnifying to encourage me to stop my workout! Basically, it was one of those days when every molecule of my body just wanted to repel the elliptical!
But my mind was able to maintain a full 30 minutes and still give it all I could muster. At the end of the run, my double checked, properly set Polar heart rate monitor said I had burned about 200 calories. All that tortuous agony, suffering, miserable torment had burned off a whopping 200 calories!
It was in those miserable moments while recording the breathtaking results of my elliptical workout that it hit me like a ton of bricks. Every time I indulge in empty calories (and they usually cost me about 200 or more refined sugar calories) transforms into yet one or more miserable run on the elliptical before I can get to goal.
So this excruciating enlightenment begs just one question: the next time I am about to indulge in yummy, but useless calories (especially if they take me over my daily calorie limit), will that extra 30 minutes or more to burn this off REALLY be worth what you are about to put in your mouth??
Well, in the case of my son's 18th birthday cake last night, the answer was a resounding "yes" to the Cookies 'N Cream Cold Stone cake!! And yes, he absolutely loved the cake!! And the train does indeed go around the track! How cute!! --- But just so you know I have learned from my pain, no seconds on the cake for me today, tomorrow, or the next day!!
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