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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Since I reduced my credit hour load this semester due to the health issues early on, I have lost my health insurance temporarily (until January). This is potentially troublesome, but I was able to get a refill on my current prescriptions which should cover me until the end of December... I just hope I don't have any major illnesses or accidents until then. Also, it seems that I am not going to be able to attend that group therapy afterall (at least until January). Darn. I guess there are always self-help books.

So yeah, this sort of sucks. But, there is a bright side: my health is good right now, and I have MUCH more free time from now until the holidays. I will be much less stressed, have fewer time constraints, and I will be able to get back to a more intense workout schedule (woohoo!). I plan to create a significant dent on my first longterm goal weight of 299 -- I would like to lose about 20 lb by the end of the year, but I won't hold myself to any specific numbers as long as I am losing something each month, becoming healthier, creating good habits, and enjoying myself.

Schedule for October-November

Workouts: Walk 4-5 times per week for 30-45 min. Strength Training 2-3 times per week. Bike/Swim/Yoga/Videos whenever I feel like it (at least once a week). Stretch after every workout.

All Week: Sleep well and long. Focus on mindful eating and tracking/measuring accurately. Eat every 2-3 hours and drink lots of water. Cook the vast majority of my meals at home. I plan to eat roughly 20-35% protein, healthy fats, veggies, and complex carbs as much as possible (but I won't stress about the macronutrient breakdown, as long as I am within my calorie range). No foods are off-limits as long as I balance it out (except, of course, gluten).

Finally, I am NOT going to overtrain (I tend to be really gung-ho when it comes to working out, so this is a big issue for me). I will begin easy, with shorter workouts, and I will listen to what my body is telling me. Instead of "No Pain, No Gain," my motto shall be "No Fun, No Run." I love and respect my body too much to hurt it again, and I want to make running progress~ I intend to work up to 3 runs per week by the end of the year, but I know that I can only handle 2 presently.

I'm starting right now!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    How about other gym cardio other than running: something that would be less stress on the joints: rowing crossed my mind. Swimming more too. Work on your endurance there.
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  • KIPPER15
    Insurance problems stink. You have a great attitude. Your goals are fantastic.
    2088 days ago
    No fun no it. You are amazing at plotting out and planning a solid goal. You rock my dear!!!
    2089 days ago
    "No Fun, No Run." I love this. I am thinking about exercise totally differently these days too- Life is not meant to be a list of tasks to complete - why am I viewing exercise as another To Do. Let's have FUN instead!
    2089 days ago
    This is a solid plan. I strength train like a body builder. Which I used to be into . You have to give the body rest to strengthen or gain muscle. Like I need to tell you that,Duh!
    It's unfortunate about your insurance,but be positive and focus on other things. I agree with the other comments,your attitude is infectious. I always feel positive after I read your blogs. Best of luck to you.
    2089 days ago
    Sorry about your insurance sometimes life sucks. You have a great attitude and that will keep you going. Stay healthy and keep moving and feeding that great body nutritious foods as much as is possible. emoticon emoticon get your emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2089 days ago
  • 2PB4JSNM
    Valkyria. So sorry for your troubles. If you have an emergent situation you should be able to retro activate Cobra I believe. Small consolation. But it may help you avoid expensive premiums unless you have a expensive Heath crisis. Good luck and God Bless.
    2089 days ago
  • JOYANN84
    Sorry about your insurance!! Having a positive outlook is one of the best ways to deal with problems. Good luck!
    2089 days ago
    What a great attitude to have when adversity strikes. I have not had insurance in 4 years and it really blows. I have to take less helpful, cheaper drugs than I need for my conditions, but hopefully I will be approved this December and can get some help.

    Here's the keeping all your parts working properly and no unexpeted anything! Is that general enough to cover it all? I think so.

    But what a nice way to start out the day by reading a positive blog. :) Thanks!
    2089 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your insurance problem. That has happened to us, and it is a nightmare!

    Hopefully you can return to the group in the New Year. Something to look forward to in 2013.
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  • _KATHY
    Very positive blog. emoticon
    2089 days ago
    Here's hoping to expected health for the rest of the year. And beyond. Just because you have insurance you still don't want illness.
    2090 days ago
    I'm sorry about the insurance and other issues, but you most definitely have an outstanding attitude towards it! Might as well use it to your favor. Right!

    Based on your afternoon workouts, you should join the Multisport team - we range from newbies to ironman athletes, but we are all somewhere in the spectrum of running, biking and swimming. Come on over - you can find the team link on my page.

    Hang in there kid! You will be fine. Stick to plan and keep us posted.
    2090 days ago
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