Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So, the kidlets and I went to the doc today, and he confirmed my suspicions for me for sure, and I wasn't far off on the kids either. The oldest has a double whammy of two ear infections, the youngest has bronchitis, and he is very worried about the pain in my chest because it indicates early stage pneumonia. So, the kids both have yucky tasting liquid meds, and I have 5 different meds myself. Mine are for everything from the infection that has led to my early pneumonia to the symptoms such as ear pressure, sinus pressure and breathlessness. I HATE BEING ILL! It totally sucks. I told him that exercise has become a huge part of my life now, and he banned me from it for at least a week(I knew that was coming, just didn't expect it to be for so long). With the infection being in my lungs, I am pushing my luck already, and exercising is just going to make it way worse to catch my breath. GRRRRR............... When I told my running buddy, she told me about something she heard from someone or somewhere. One of the signs of overtraining (which her and I have both been guilty of, me especially lately) is that you get sick because your are overtaxing your body and suppressing your immune system. So, I totally did this to myself! For anyone out there that is an intense person when it comes to exercise, LISTEN to your BODY! Watch for signals of overtraining like extreme fatigue, check it out here at Sparkpeople, I know there is an article somewhere on here about it. I will take a look, and add it to my articles favourites. So, my current goal is to get lots of rest (ha ha, so funny when the kids are home), I guess that means I need to get to bed at a decent time every single night. Also, I am still going to focus on my calorie range, and make sure that every calorie I consume is healthy food that will contribute to my recovery instead of binging on ice cream treats. Hopefully, I will at least maintain my weight while I battle this infection. I do not want to let this be an excuse to neglect my diet and gain weight, I don't want my weight loss plans to get totally derailed at this point! Also, I need to be extra patient with the kids, and make sure they get plenty of fluids and rest too. Gotta take care of us!
So I did a Sparkpeople search, and you can see the two articles I found in my favourites.
Also I did a google search and found this list on the website "Time-to-Run" time-to-tun.com. It speaks specifically about runners, but I would think that it applies to any kind of cardio activity where you are working in an intense zone.
Listed below are the warning signs of overtraining:
In the Muscles
Persistent soreness and stiffness in the muscles, joints and tendons.
Heavy - leggedness.
Loss of interest in training.
Nervousness - a heightened state
Depression - humour is lacking
A "I don't care" attitude.
Inability to relax - linked to nervousness
A drop in academic or work performance - inability to focus
Body Warning Signs - body does not feel the same
Headaches - an increase in headaches
Loss of appetite - food aint fun
Unexplained drop in athletic performance - no go zone
Fatigue and sluggishness - it aint easy anymore
Drop in body weight - mass associated to overtraining
Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, groin, and armpit.
Constipation or diarrhea - body functioning impaired
Absence of menstruation - weight plays a factor
Overtraining is not reserved for the experienced and long-term trainer, the newbie can also fall into the 'overtraining zone'. These symptoms however are often shown via injuries and sickness and is not considered chronic whereas the more over zealous experienced runner who will tend to ignore the signs and fall flat bang in the middle of this 'zone'. It is not a pretty picture to deal with an athlete who has overtrained.
So, I feel a little ridiculous right now, because I have been experiencing some of these signs for about 6 weeks now, and I didn't listen to my body. If anything, I just pushed myself harder, and ignored the idea that I should be having 1 rest day a week minimum, and that I should take a week off every 2 to 3 months like a good friend of mine told me months and months and months ago. The universe has been talking to me, and I have been covering my ears and yelling LA LA LA LA LA LA LA at the top of my lungs to shut it out, because, I thought I knew better, and that I could take it! I think this is a sign that I have been sliding back into my old unhealthy ways I had back in high school when I suffered from bulimia and anorexia. I have been so carefully trying to avoid those old eating habits, that I forgot all about my extreme exercising during that time. I really need to get away from my obsession with exercise. So, when I have fully recovered from this nasty infection, I will start back very slowly. I think, 30 minutes of cardio, 3 days a week is a good plan. I am not sure when would be a good time to get back to it, maybe two weeks or even 3 from today, just to be really sure I am not pushing myself too hard. This has been a super long blog entry, thanks to everyone who got through the whole thing.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Okay, so, I have a ton of stress around me right now with extended family issues. I usually don't let this stuff get to me, but I am quite under the weather right now. I have a suspicion that I have pneumonia, and both my kids are sick too, so we go to see the doc tomorrow and get looked at. I get so frustrated with people who have to worry about stuff that isn't their business and go around acting like little kids. Family drama is totally not my thing, it really just gets in the way of day to day life so I try to stay out of it. Usually in my attempts to stay out of it, I swallow my stress, literally. I eat constantly, being an emotional eater. With the way I am feeling these days though, I am having to force myself to eat a lot of the time, because I don't even feel hungry and don't realize I haven't eaten until I am shaky from not eating. So, I am trying to avoid extremes right now, to make sure I am getting enough good healthy food, and not diving into the convenient foods of ice cream and ice cream sandwiches left in my freezer when I finally do eat. August has to be a successful month for me, I just don't want it to go any other way! If I reach my goal of 155 by the time school starts up, I will be satisfied. I am going to try and reach it with more focus on eating right than worrying about my exercise. Then, when school starts, I will have the eating thing going well, and adding in consistent exercise will hopefully shed the last 20 pounds in no time.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I can't believe it has been a week since I last blogged! It went by so fast, summer seems to be doing that to me this year. Speaking of summer, I went for a walk with my running buddy last night. We had to cut our 1 hour walk short because it started to pour rain! We were willing to walk in the sprinkle, but not the absolute down pour we found ourselves in. Smart people that we are though, we stayed close to my home, so we didn't have far to go to get out of the storm. We were talking a lot during our walk about how when we aren't finding/making/getting the time to exercise the way we want to, it wreaks havoc on our mental game and we struggle with eating right. When I am putting in an hour of cardio every day, I feel like an athlete, and I remember to fuel my body with what it needs to perform at that level. With my kidlets out of school, I am the constant caregiver. Before I go on with my point, let me say something here. I am a Stay At Home Mom. I LOVE being a SAHM, and am grateful to my hubby every day that he works so hard at his job to provide the kind of life we have and enable me to be here every day to raise our children. My kids are my whole world, even more so during the summer because we are together 24/7. Even when they went to baseball day camp, I stayed at the camp and watched while I walked laps, or took a group picture or helped hand out certificates. I try my best to be very involved with every aspect of their lives from coaching sports teams, to volunteering in the classroom, on parent council at school, attending every class trip and being there for them no matter what. Some might say that I am over involved and that they need some space to define themselves and capture their individuality. To this I say, that there will be plenty of time for that as they get older, when they are young, and as they grow, staying involved keeps me in touch with them and their lives, which is very important to my hubby and I. Having said this, I really enjoyed my 5 or 6 hours, 3 to 5 days a week to myself while they both attended full time school for 10 months of the year. Now that they are home all day, every day, I am challenged to make the time for myself to get in my exercise that I really do need. I took them to the beach last week with a bunch of friends and got in some swimming in the numbingly cold lake with them. We went on a two hour hike through the wilderness with some of the same group of friends we spent the day at the beach with last week. We had plans to play some tennis together and with friends yesterday, but now we are all sick. I think we are worn out, running ragged with an overscheduled life. I have forgotten that kids under 10 need down time more than I do in the sense that they need to rest! Also, while I am getting in exercise with them around, it still isn't my own "down time" that I have grown accustomed to. My good friend pointed out during our walk last night that it is just over a month until they go back to school! ALREADY! The summer is going by so fast!!!!!!
Okay, so, to summarize my babbling. My kids are home for the summer, I am struggling to get in my exercise that I am accustomed to, and my determination is slipping. When I am not working out, I really let my eating slide. So, I need to take a mental moment to refocus and get back to eating healthy again for the goodness of my body. I need good fuel for my every day life just as much as I do for exercise! Thanks for reading if you made it this far!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Okay, so, I thought I had overcome my desire to hide behind food and weight. Yet, on the weekend, when my Mom commented in front of a few new friends that I am looking fabulous and my hard work is really paying off, I felt UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't get it. When I first started on my weight loss journey, I actually had to think long and hard about whether I would really want to lose weight. I knew that when it started to show, people would notice and comment and ask me how I did it and so on. I don't want all that attention! I am a private person, so being the "center of attention" so to speak, leaves me feeling very awkward and exposed. I don't know, maybe this is just a bunch of babbling, but I was talking about it quite a bit with my best friend and my other very good friend yesterday, and it's got me thinking about it again. I need to remember that this journey is for me, only me, and that if other people notice and say nice things to me, I should just say thank you and leave it at that. So, the last few days, I have been gorging myself again on junk, trying to hide again! I am trying to keep in mind something that my best friend said to me many months ago. "People notice you, they will notice you at any size, whether you feel like you are hiding behind the weight or not, they still notice you. So, let them notice your in a healthy lifestyle taking care of your body instead of neglecting it." It really makes sense in my head, but for some reason my heart doesn't feel it. It will though, I just have to keep believing!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Okay, so my kids are home from school for the summer now, for a couple of weeks. Last week they spent their days at a sports camp with a local team, and they had a blast. As a SAHM, and the wife of a man who can be extremely overprotective, I dedicate my days to caring for my children, and they don't stay in the care of others very often. So, I went along to camp with them. I didn't participate in the camp, just hung around. Being there all day, I made sure to walk laps around the perimeter so I could watch them in action, and still get in my cardio. I did 1 hour 2 days, and 2 hours the other three. It felt good to get in so much cardio, and I also made sure to pack a healthy lunch and snacks to take along with. I managed to lose 4 pounds in the last week, and it really got me feeling dedicated again. Last night I went for a 1 hour run, and it was a real struggle to finish it out! My legs were hurting right from the beginning of my run. I listened to my music, and really pushed through it. I also added some sprints to my workout. At the 29 minute point and 59 minute point, I did a full minute at my top speed, giving my all. It was fun, and it felt really good, but it definitely pushed my limits! Then, I came home and got back to my strength training. I did an upper body workout, and was able to still do 8 pushups for my first set. The second set, I had to do two sets of 4, but I got them done.
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