Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ok, this was my third try at week one for the couch to 5k program. Thankfully the huge storms that came through yesterday cooled it off quite a bit and made the air breathable again. I didn't even have to use my inhaler once!
The jogging portion is now going AMAZING! I am now pretty confident in being able to run 60 seconds at a time....actually my first and third jogs were 1:03, the second jog, I had a bit of trouble with when my knee started to twinge up a bit and I think it made me tense up and run funny.
Since I don't jog on Sunday or Mondays, I am going to work on yoga and give my knees some special attention instead of messing about with the X-box Kinect this weekend.
I also came up with an idea of going to watch one of the upcoming 5k runs, I won't be ready to participate for awhile yet, but I am very curious and think I might be able to learn something.
I am pretty sure I went over my calories this weekend but its dinner date weekend with my beau and I really really really did not want a salad for dinner again. I don't think I went over by much but have no idea how to log what I ate.
I had crawfish stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer, other than the crawfish and the mushrooms, I have no idea what else was in them. I also has grilled fish tacos, and the waitress talked the chef into substituting mahi mahi for the (yucky) tilapia. They were actually quite light, they were topped with a jicama slaw and dressed with lime juice.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Its been a LONG week!
Had a doc appointment Thursday.... it went reasonably well I think.
Got a bunch of blood drawn to recheck my cholesterol...I hope that changing my diet helped it, I get the results in 2 weeks at my followup appointment.
He knew I had changed my diet and was pleased that I printed out everything I was eating on my previous visit. On this visit I told him that I started the couch to 5k program and had been jogging 3 times a week and starting resistance exercises on the no joggy days.
I also gave him my desired goal times of doing a 5k by this fall/winter, a 10k by the end of next spring, and a HM by fall 2013.
We talked about my knee and hip pain, and he checked over a varicose vein in my leg and deemed it ok. I also brought up the fact that my hips seem quite uneven and my right hip is usually more painful than the left and that the outer edge of my hip is either constantly swollen or shaped very different from the left side. He will be ordering me some xrays to start, just in case, but he thinks it is either arthritis or coming from my lower back....I have bulging discs on L4-L5 and L5-S1, he said that the L5-S1 could potentially cause hip pain.
I also asked for (and received) a steroid injection in my hip....that will teach me to think about what I ask for! I finally made it in to work at about 11:00 am and lasted until 11:55 am...started feeling sick and my energy bottomed out, I told them I was going home after stopping by my beau's work to let him know, I came home and crashed for 4 hours! I woke up and felt like I was on fire from the inside out! I hate steroids but take a little comfort that they DO help my back and hip!
I know I am asking a LOT from my lower joints and just keep telling them that if they carry me through to losing weight, that with every pound it will be a little easier. Maybe I have been jogging/walking a bit off center because of my hip or something, but my left knee is kinda puffy today. I didn't even do any of my off-day exercises or walking...although with the storms we have coming through and the amount of wind and lightning, the walk would have been put off anyways, lol.
We did take a trip to the pet store, the sporting goods store, and the drug store to pick me up a knee brace. It feels so much better between the pressure on it from the brace and the pain pill I took, lol!
On an up note, my beau fixed one of my ongoing frustrations on Thursday. I had been complaining for awhile now (since we got another room mate), about being pushed out of the refrigerator. Yes, there is a lot of salad fixings in there, but the door is jammed full of fattening condiments and the shelves are full of milk, sugary kool-aid and other assorted junk.
Since I try to prepack breakfast, lunch, and snacks for both myself and my beau for the following day, I need room in there for usually 6 sandwich sized tupperware containers. On Wednesday evening, there was not room in there for even one.
So my beau went out and bought me a mini fridge! Its so pretty and all our healthy stuff fits in there just perfect! It even has a separate freezer for my little weight watchers ice cream bars and filtered water ice cubes.
Oh and speaking of filtered water, we also upgraded our Pur water pitcher to the Zero Water....which is a big difference in the water quality. The drawback was that if I added unfiltered water ice, I could taste the difference and even with our awesome little blue reusable ice cubes, I can actually taste the plastic! I like it though and I usually drink room temp water anyways and each filter will last for 22+ gallons which a big upgrade from what I was getting with the Pur.
I am trying not to feel bad about not exercising today other than limping around a few stores. We went out to McAlister's deli for supper and I think I did a pretty decent job picking something reasonably healthy 400 calories for half of a Savannah salad and a cup of vegetarian chili, a bit high on the carbs but almost half of my calories and more than half the carbs came from the chili. I restrained myself from ordering the sweet tea...its the only place that I have found that I could drink that stuff by the gallon, anywhere else I always order unsweetened. The unsweetened wasn't bad, I had two big slices of lemon squeezed in it and a bit of no cal sweetener.
Tomorrow is my next joggy day, I hope that I am able to do it, but if nothing else, my beau and I can at least go for a walk. I noticed that my knee hurts more just sitting here. If I can't go out walking tomorrow, resistance exercising is most definitely in order! I refuse to fall back into that habit of 'I can exercise later....' and putting myself into that miserable, unmoving, ball-of-pain state!
One day I will be what I believe.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I was FINALLY able to run 60 sec/60 sec/60 sec on my jog tonight! With a pace of 19'59"/mile. I wasn't sure if I could actually make the whole 60 on my third jog, but I was determined to do it, this being my third week on week one of c25k! After hitting my inhaler, which I have been suckin on all day with the humidity and poor air quality we had today, I looked at my beau and just said "I did it!"
I had me a short little cry during my cooldown walk and gave thanks that I was finally able to complete this week's goal.
So far, my lungs are doing reasonably well at keeping up, its the lower half of my body that is having the trouble but I know that will get better as I get a little muscle built up!
Oh, I also double checked my mileage on the maps here because Nike+ app got last nights mileage wrong...I think the problem was that I kept turning around checking to see if our fat cat was still following us last night, it wasn't off by much but it irritated me enough that I drove the route today that we walked last night, lol!
If I ask my feet right now whether they want a walking day tomorrow or an off day, it would definitely be an off day, but we will see how I feel after sleep and work tomorrow. If they are still this sore, I will have a rest day but still plan to start on some resistance training.
I'm still feeling high on myself but can tell its slowly waning away, plus its past my normal bedtime, haha, so I will bid you Good Night!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
This weekend went better...
I was not happy about it but I did not try to jog on Saturday. I did go out for a walk though. My right hip was still a bit sore and almost as soon as we got to the end of the block and the whole muscle on my inner left thigh from groin to knee kinked up. I ended up limping around the block back to the house.
In my post on the Couch to 5k group, stretching was mentioned and being that I do stretch out before and after and was still in pain, I went to see if there were any others that I should try....well, it turns out that only one of the stretches that I was doing was one of the recommended ones.
So now I have 11 more stretches to add to the one correct one!
I spent a good deal of the weekend looking for my knee braces, with no luck. I also was looking for a wrist-pouch that my inhaler would fit into. I checked out the belts/fanny packs but I am still too big in the waist to use one of those. They had one type of wrist wallet available at Walmart but the pouch wasn't big enough for my inhaler...which really isn't that big, lol.
To get two birds with one stone we went to Academy Sports (I am REALLY starting to love that place!) I got 2 knee braces and found a wrist pouch that fits my inhaler nicely (yay, oxygen!)
We will also be going back next weekend to shop for...uh...my second base girls!
I knocked the dust off the X-box Kinect this morning. I tried the skiing twice..it was way harder than I thought! And then I tried Sonic the hedgehog. I didn't make it out of the tutorial on this one, I got to the jumping part and my knee said 'NOPE!' Which was ok, because by this time, my beau was awake and my son came over and they were wandering around in the kitchen...maybe wondering why I wasn't in it, lol!
I figured that this would be a good stopping point and I went to feed the hungry.
The new exercise schedule will now be x-box on Sundays,
M,W,F will be a walk in the evening...NO jogging allowed!
T,Th,Sa will be c25k
All interspersed with the occasional shopper-dodging!
Oh and on Monday mornings I will get my measurements in the mornings...also taking the time to make sure I measure correctly!
My scale hasn't really moved at all, but I know that I usually show a difference in inches a lot sooner than weight.
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