SADDKATT's SparkPeople Blog SADDKATT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy 4th! Still struggling The school year ended, and so did the sessions with the trainer. I did okay for a while doing workouts on my own, but kind of fell off. This morning I got up and did 30 minutes of circuits in my back yard. My goal is to get at least 50 minutes of exercise a day, but I don't know if that's too lofty of a goal right now. I'm teaching summer school on a skeleton crew, and by the time I get home, I'm starving and exhausted. So I've been eating lunch (sometimes healthy) and then crashing into... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:52:22 EST The continuing insomnia battle When I joined SP, I was about 25 pounds overweight. I was newly diagnosed with hypothyroid, had horrible digestive problems and crippling insomnia. My doctor put me on Synthroid for the thyroid issue, Remeron for the insomnia, and told me to take fiber supplements for the other problem. The Synthroid didn't speed up my metabolism any. It made the digestive issues worse. The Remeron made me put on an additional 20 pounds, and the fiber supplements ground everything to a painful, screechin... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:12:54 EST Ouch So I've been doing the after-school personal trainer for a month now. She is a Crossfit junkie, and the workouts are sort of crossfit-light. They are only half an hour, but they are brutal. Burpees, push-ups, running, horrible things with kettlebells and planks. I can barely drive home after these workouts. <BR> <BR> The Dude has been steadily recovering from the heart surgery. He's gone back to work. We've been eating healthy, for the most part. I've been trying to be mindful of the ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:19:57 EST Everything is new Everything in my life has changed. On January 29, the Dude had a heart attack in the shower getting ready for work. Four days later, he had a triple bypass. It was rather frightening. He came through it like a champ, and was back home a week later after ten days in the hospital. After a week recovering at home, he started complaining of stomach pain. I took his temperature, and he had a low-grade fever, Fearing an infection, I took him in to the ER. It wasn't an infection. It was appe... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:38:10 EST grr... 161.8 <BR> <BR> Up more than half a pound since yesterday. Didn't do the Shred today (sore!!!) but I stayed after school and did two miles worth of Leslie. Lot of stress at work today. First semester is ending. The start of second semester brings that long, dark corridor where it's cold and dark outside, holidays are over, and everyone is tired and on edge. Incidents start to happen. Had a few very stressful moments during the course of the day. On top of everything else, one of my st... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:36:15 EST Day 10 30 Day Shred Level 2 Day 2 <BR> Weight: 161.2 (wish I hadn't looked) <BR> Sleep: 5 Hours 34 minutes (restless 17 times for 34 minutes) <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercised, ate right, gained two and a half pounds. There are a few things going on here. <BR> <BR> *It was the weekend, so of course I had lunch in front of the tv and there were Cheese-Its involved. <BR> <BR> *My hot flashes have stopped again. This has happened twice before. It means that it's time for my little friend to come and vis... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:20:38 EST Day 9 30 Day Shred Level 2 Day 1 <BR> Weight: haven't weighed myself since Friday morning <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 51 minutes (restless 16 times/31 minutes) <BR> <BR> I thought I would skip to level 2 a couple of days early. It hurt. I couldn't do all the reps with the 8 lb weight, couldn't do the burpees or plank jacks at all, but I got through it. I was kind of getting tired of level one and wanted to work some new muscles. I really need to pick up a new set of 5-lb weights for home because ther... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:35:36 EST Day 8 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 8 <BR> Weight: didn't weigh myself this morning <BR> Sleep: 7 hours 13 minutes (restless 19 times/54 minutes) <BR> <BR> I got up early and exercised. I did the Shred and then 1 mile of Leslie Sansone afterwards. Last night the Dude brought home chinese food from the little place down the street from us. I had an eggroll, twocrab rangoons, a teriyaki beef stick and some fried rice. When I logged it in, it was well over 1000 calories. Boo. And it wasn't even th... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:44:07 EST Day 7 30 Day Shred level 1 Day 7 <BR> Weight: 159.8 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 58 minutes (restless 15 times/35 minutes) <BR> <BR> I have exercised after school every day this week. The older ladies didn't stop by today, so we threw in the Shred. I grabbed some 8-lb weights from our recreation area. Kinda hurt. Haven't done it since Monday, and my muscles are letting me know. <BR> <BR> I haven't had any snacks at all this week. I've been trying to drink tons of water (made it to at least 60 oz e... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:24:55 EST nope My coworkers wimped out on me. We did a 1-mile Leslie Sansone video instead of the Shred, with 10 minutes of weights at the end. <BR> <BR> Weight: 160.2 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 45 minutes (restless 20 times for 46 minutes) Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:39:34 EST Day 6 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 6 <BR> Weight: 159.6 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 22 minutes (18 x restless for a total of 41 minutes) <BR> <BR> I took yesterday off; less of a rest day and more of a "holy crap I need to finish my lesson plans" sort of day. Because of the nature of what I teach, it takes me between five and ten hours to plan all those activities for the week. <BR> <BR> Did the Shred at work today for our exercise club. There were only 3 of us today, and we all got through it. Afterwar... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:36:44 EST Day 5 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 5 <BR> Weight: 160.4 (up .2lbs) <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 40 minutes (up and restless 19 times/60 minutes) <BR> <BR> Ow. Why was today so much harder than yesterday? Didn't get through all the reps of the strength exercises. I know I'm pushing it using 8 lb weights, but I should be building up some endurance. I am feeling a little off today, though...lousy night of sleep. The fitbit says that I got more than six hours, but I think for some of that I was just lying sti... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:07:14 EST Day 4 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 4 <BR> Weight: 160.2 (down one from yesterday!) <BR> Sleep: 5 hours 7 minutes (woke up 14 times) <BR> <BR> I'm worried about how to keep going with the Shred after I start back to work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm up insanely early every morning, but I'm not alert enough to exercise until I've been up for about an hour and a half and have finished by 6 oz cup of coffee. So it's kind of not practical to try that intense of a workout before my workday. I'm just not ge... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:39:28 EST Day 3 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 3 <BR> <BR> I skipped yesterday, basically because I couldn't get any alone time with the computer in my workout area. The dude had gotten up early. I know it's a lame excuse, but I have a really hard time being okay with him seeing me exercise. I have a feeling that it's not a pretty sight. I'm horribly self-conscious about it. He's not in shape either, not by a long shot, but still. My muscles needed a rest day anyway; Jillian's workouts really are hard on the... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:13:06 EST Day 2 I have survived the first week of the holidays with so much unhealthy food that I've been afraid to look at the scale. But I'm getting back on track this week. Bought myself a new yoga mat and started the 30 Day Shred (again). I'm very sore right now since the only weights in the house are 8's. But I made it through the first two days. Still can't do a proper push-up to save my life. <BR> <BR> I've been using the Nutribullet for a month now. I'm digging the effect it's having on my d... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:33:42 EST Vacation! I'm on a much-needed two week break from school. I did bring home a whole bunch of homework that needs to be done...IEP's, unit plans, lesson plans, activities...there are not a lot of reasonably priced (or available) resources for planning lessons for the diverse needs of my students. It takes me between five and ten hours to plan a week of lessons for my kiddos, with me sitting in front of my computer every weekend combing the internet for materials, pictures, etc. An activity that takes... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:38:46 EST And here we go again... Seems like every December I get sick of my life and jump back on the health and fitness bandwagon. I struggle mightily to maintain my weight. Last July, I went up to Wisconsin to visit my parents for a week. They live in Door County, which is a tourist destination filled with nature and restaurants. Lots of restaurants. And stores that sell mass quantities of artisanal cheese. I gained six pounds that week, and since then, the weight has been going up and up, and so have the digestive s... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:51:26 EST One Ten days of exercise, lost one pound. Just one. And it might not even be that much; I fluctuate a bit, especially during the more hormone-driven parts of the month. My muscles aren't aching any more, so I switched from 5-lb weights to 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if gluten-free isn't enough and I should maybe try being entirely grain-free in my dietary choices. Or maybe I should go back to the doctor and demand more thorough testing on my various thyroid levels. I personally thin... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:16:05 EST Back again...and again and again I've been MIA on SP since the end of July. I keep giving up. It's a bad pattern I keep falling into. I get discouraged really easily, and, due to the hypothyroid thing, I also get fatigued really easily. I go through phases where I'm so tired all the time, it's all I can do to just function and make it through the day. There's been no energy left to use for exercise. I get tired, I get depressed, I get digestive distress...and I give up. <BR> <BR> I read a lot of literature on hypothyr... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:35:57 EST ugh Still alternating days of strength and cardio, 50 minute sessions each. Tracking everything, trying to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Lost a couple of pounds the first week, gained it right back. <BR> <BR> Discouraged, depressed, and tired. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:27:08 EST Thrown off by Mother Nature So I had jumped back in to the fitness thing with both feet. I was doing well, counting calories, drinking water, staying consistent. Then Monday happened. <BR> <BR> The Dude was outside barbecuing turkey brats, and we were getting ready to sit down to a nice dinner. a really strong storm blew in and knocked the power out. The storm only lasted for a few minutes. The Dude finished barbecuing, and we ate dinner in the dark. The power didn't come back on, so I set my phone's alarm to get... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:27:01 EST Day 5 I have exercised every day so far this week, alternating weights and cardio. The scale says I lost two pounds, but I'm suspecting that it might just be water...I'm trying to remember my 8 glasses a day, and my kidneys seem to be in overdrive. For the first couple of days, my muscles were screaming in pain, but that's slowly fading. I feel like I'm actually having a harder time with the cardio days, even though I'm exercising for less time than the weight days. I can't wait until my endura... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:38:36 EST Back in the saddle I fell off the healthy lifestyle wagon last October. I haven't exercised, tracked my nutrition, or stepped on a scale in almost a year. Why? Medication issues, job stress, and laziness. I've been overloaded and depressed, and the scale wasn't moving at all, so I kind of lost heart. Slowly, the chips and pizza and bread started creeping back into my diet...and the scale has been creeping back up as well. <BR> <BR> School's out for the summer, after a long year and a particularly harsh wi... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:16:58 EST bits of progress I kind of dropped off the SP radar for a bit. Work was getting hectic, and my fatigue level has gone a little crazy. I have been taking half the trazodone every night, and it seems to be working so far. I'm still having trouble sleeping, but that has more to do with the significant other than with medication/insomnia issues. <BR> <BR> This morning I got on the scale and noticed that I had (finally) lost my sixth pound. Now I'm back in the 140's (barely, but I'm there). I like progress. ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:58:01 EST still adjusting Still on the fence about my situation lately. I was feeling really unwell Friday and Saturday: queasy, faint, lethargic. Saturday night I decided to do half a pill instead of a whole one. Now I'm less nauseated and tired, but either way, it's still iffy whether I sleep or not. I didn't exercise all weekend, due to feeling so punky. I did mile today, and a wee bit of cardio and weights. I'm not going to push it too much. I'm still not eating enough to make the minimum quota of calories... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:07:40 EST improvements Okay, the sleep situation is improving. Not awesome, but last night was alright. Very groggy in the mornings. Headachy. Also not digging the fact that the traz makes my nose swell shut when it kicks in. That's improving a bit, too, but I am very sniffly all day. <BR> <BR> Here's the part that I don't mind: I've already lost three pounds. Some of that has to do with the fact that my appetite is quite lessened; I'm just not that hungry. I have been below my low calorie range for the la... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:55:22 EST as I feared--the return of insomnia Day three of the traz. What a disaster. I was in an unpleasant fatigue-y fog all day. Overwhelmingly tired...until the moment I went to bed. Then I was wide awake, brain racing, getting panicky about not being able to sleep. I've been so used to the Remeron kicking in, and sleeping restfully for the whole night. The traz either wore off, or didn't work, or something. It was just like old times. After staring at the ceiling for a couple of hours, I got up and broke a Xanax in half, the... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:49:41 EST Day two I'm dragging. I think I had about five or six hours of sleep, although it didn't really feel restful. Woke up okay, but I am really really tired and unmotivated today. Foggy. I'm also having low blood sugar shakes, which hasn't happened since I started taking the Remeron. I did about 25 minutes of low impact cardio, which is about half of my usual workout. I just don't have it in me today. I still need to run errands and get my act together for work tomorrow. I feel like I could just ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:58:14 EST first day Okay...first day without the Remeron. I took my first dose of trazodone last night. Slept kind of fitfully, but I did sleep. Side effects: slight headache after I took it, and when I went to bed, my nasal passages swelled shut. Un pleasant. Eventually it subsided a bit, and I got some rest. Woke up about three times (once to let the dog out), but I wasn't groggy this morning. That's encouraging. <BR> <BR> Did a mile this morning, plus 10 minutes of low-impact cardio, and 30DS level 2... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:07:58 EST steps I bought a pedometer. I have been coming home from work very tired, with sore feet. I was suspecting that working in a large warehouse involved more walking than a usual up-and-down-the -aisles in a classroom. So, this morning, I put on the pedometer first thing. Did a mile before work, and checked the pedometer when I left the school. Lo and behold...two and a half miles worth of steps. More than five thousand steps, just at work. No wonder I'm sore. <BR> <BR> Then I did another few ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:10:59 EST at the doc So I drove out and saw my doctor on Monday. He has given me a two-month trial prescription of trazodone (50mg), and also a referral to a psychiatrist that specializes in sleep disorders. I haven't picked up the referral yet; the office called me at 7 pm last night, and there was no way I'd make it all the way back out there to get it before they closed. Back and forth to my doctor is an hour on I-80. No way I was doing that twice in one day! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to make the switch unt... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:35:57 EST throwing in the towel I am officially giving up. <BR> <BR> Since I was a kid, I have struggled with insomnia. It would take me a couple of hours just to fall asleep. And once I finally did, I would wake up pretty much every hour on the hour. This has been going on for maybe 25 years. I have taken every over-the-counter thing that's out there. I have taken benzodiazepines. I have taken Ambien and Lunesta. All those things would knock me out...and I would wake up the second they wore off, right at the 4-hour ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:08:19 EST settling into my new routine Second week of school is almost done. I'm trying to keep my exercise routine consistent: <BR> <BR> Getting up at 5:30 instead of 6 and doing a mile before work, and <BR> <BR> 30DS when I get home in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> That gives me 45 minutes a day of exercise...not quite as much as I would like, but man, am I tired. I warned the staff that my social-emotional students might have a bit of a time adjusting to classes in a big open warehouse. I don't think they really believed me. ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 20:40:08 EST back in the saddle...sort of Almost through the first week back at school. It's only Thursday and I'm already exhausted. In the big, open spaces that we are in, there's no sitting, no stopping. I'm running non-stop for six hours. My feet are killing me. This has to burn more calories than working in a classroom setting. <BR> <BR> My back finally loosened up this week. On Tuesday I got up early and walked for 15 minutes. Yesterday, the Dude was out for the evening, and I managed 40 minutes of cardio/strength. T... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:02:23 EST injury...back to square one Friday morning, the last day of classroom setup, went well until about 30 seconds into the work day. After exercising all summer without incident, I threw my back out...reaching for a book. That was it. Reached out to grab the first book out of the first box to put in my cabinet, and the sciatic nerve said "HELLOO!!!" My legs almost went out from under me. I've been in agony since. I'm not unfamiliar with this. It's happened to me periodically since I was 16. Out of the blue, back goe... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:07:32 EST trying to stay positive Meetings, meetings and more meetings. School is almost underway. I don't think most people have any idea of how much goofiness teachers have to sit through at the beginning of each year before we even see a student. Seriously, I think sometimes they have meetings just to have a meeting. Mission statements, vision statements, assessment's all a bunch of blah, blah, blah, when what we really want to do is start setting up and working with out teams. <BR> <BR> It's going to ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:32:46 EST medication weight gain--trying an experiement. I take medication that makes me gain weight. This stuff has basically cured my insomnia. I've slept better in the past year since I've started taking the Remeron than I have in 20 years. The insomnia was crippling. I went from getting maybe four hours of sleep a night to eight. The way it used to be, bedtime was a huge source of stress. I would like awake for an hour or two before I would drift off. I've taken every sort of sleep drug that's available: Sominex, Nyquil, Lunesta, Xanax,... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:41:46 EST adjusting for August I'm changing it up again. I've been exercising 60 minutes a day, alternating cardio and strength days. Last week I gained three pounds. Gained. Exercising, watching the food...and I gained. So I thought maybe I wasn't working out harder enough. I hung out on Youtube for a bit, looking around, and I found this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PL6J4v3p7nxJUy81iU4seyLemcfm9z9NBr </link> <BR> <BR> Fitnessblender's 1000 calorie, 90 minute HIIT/strength/abs ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:51:00 EST Depressed Things have me down lately. I feel like the last two months have been spent ceaselessly exercising and counting calories. I haven't done much else. Then bad things happen, like the Dude comes home with Domino's...and I'm starving and I love pizza. I had four pieces of pizza last night, and when I woke up, I had gained two pounds. Two!! I know I ingested about 1200 calories with the pizza, but two pounds? I'm assuming it must be water retention from the high sodium, but it's still dishe... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:27:35 EST Things I haven't posted anything in a while, but I have been doing 60 minute workouts alternating days between Leslie and Jillian. So far, I'm still not skinny (or even skinnier). But I have noticed that it's become tricky to shave my legs in the shower because when I put my foot up on the back of the tub, my calf muscle flexes...and there's muscle there where there wasn't before. I can see calf muscles! Also a bit of shoulder muscle. Unfortunately, the waistline measurement is still the same. ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:57:18 EST adjusting again Another exercise routine adjustment. I found a five-mile Leslie video. I'm alternating days between the five mile walk and Jillian's NMTZ. The scale actually said one pound lighter yesterday. Maybe this combination will do the trick, at least for a while. <BR> <BR> My 4th of July was rather relaxing. The Dude barbecued some shish kabob, and I whipped up some salad. We walked out to the end of the subdivision to see the fireworks. The dog survived, although she was convinced that the w... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:14:49 EST clueless So far this summer, I've managed to gain four pounds. It's very discouraging. I went to the doctor yesterday, explained my diet and exercise regimen, and he seemed to be confused as to why I was still gaining weight. He wanted to cut down the remeron (I said NO). Then he recommended that i try gluten-free. My diet doesn't have much gluten in it anyway. There are next to no wheat products even in the house. Then he drew some blood to re-test my thyroid. I'm expecting the thyroid tests ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:10:16 EST chronic insomnia Oh, today is a challenge. I did not get a good sleep last night, and today it seems like everything is getting on my nerves. When two educators are on break at the same time, there is a little too much togetherness, I think. Especially when both of us struggle with anxiety, depression and insomnia. Even the time with Jillian did not tame my urge to put my fist through something. I'm overtired, grouchy and spacy. <BR> <BR> But I did some exercise today, and will try to do some more lat... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:19:32 EST trying to keep positive thinking I struggle with depression. So does my significant other, but I don't think even he knows how severe mine is. I take an antidepressant, which keeps me at a functioning level, but it's still a struggle sometimes. Things get bad around PMS time, and also during times of stress. And it's been stressful for months now. I'm having a heck of a time trying to stay positive. <BR> <BR> Last night's healthy barbecue dinner was sidelined by a huge storm that rolled through the Chicago area, knocki... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:06:28 EST oh, jillian Last week I ordered a couple of Jillian dvd's off Amazon (used=cheap). One of them was 6 Week Six Pack, since Workout 1 was on youtube, but Workout 2 wasn't. I was curious. Workout 1 barely has me even breaking a sweat, so I kind of wanted more of a challenge. <BR> <BR> I got what I asked for. <BR> <BR> This was a pretty darned brutal exercise routine. By the time I got to the cooldown, I was basically just crawling around on the floor gasping for breath. It got my heart rate past 165... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:20:16 EST two days in a row!! I did my hour of No More Trouble Zones. I feel better when I can get a decent amount of exercise in. I don't think I will have time to walk a lot of stuff to do before tonight: clean out my car, pack for the evening, clean the living room, kitchen and bathroom. This will be my first time going out in a long, long time. Maybe six months or more. <BR> <BR> I've gotten a bit anti-social and withdrawn. I don't have a problem with that. I don't like crowds, loud noises jangle my... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:48:16 EST back on track...kind of Day-long curriculum meetings. Just the four of us, locked in a room for six hours, planning scope and sequence for lessons for the fall. It's about as exciting as it sounds. But it was a productive day. anything that will make lesson planning a little easier this coming fall...I'm all for it. However, it was still six hours of not moving at all. Plus a hot dog and fries at lunch time. <BR> <BR> But I stuck to my guns; I did my hour of strength training when I got home. Ouch. Still ho... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:13:02 EST and then... I have an exercise-related injury. Ouch. I think it was the sumo squats that did it...I was trying to push myself and I do believe I pushed a bit too hard. I pulled something in the hip area. By dinnertime yesterday all I could do was lurch about like a zombie. It's better today, but I think I am making today my day off from exercise. <BR> <BR> The off day was supposed to be tomorrow: I have curriculum meetings all day. It will be eight hours of mind-numbing boredom, and I have doubts ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:19:09 EST NMTZ Did the hour-long workout three days in a row. Yesterday I did NMTZ, ten minutes of yoga, and mowed the lawn. Then I went out and inhaled a huge amount of spaghetti arrabiata with my mom and dad. Not the best choice, I know. I only ate half of it, and there was still a lot left over, but pasta is bad on many levels. And right now I'm thinking about the leftovers that are in my fridge. <BR> <BR> The thing is that I slacked off so much for the last few weeks and gained three pounds. So f... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:49:16 EST Father's Day It's Father's Day, and I'm going to spend the evening with my folks. I'm glad. The Dude just lost his stepdad, and he's not close with his natural father. I am grateful that I have a dad in my life, and grateful that I can still celebrate father's day with him. <BR> <BR> He had a heart transplant in 2009. It's miraculous. He had his first heart attack when I was 12. He was 34. He was a heavy smoker back then, and worked at a high-stress job. Heart disease runs in the family. Since 1... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:34:32 EST