Monday, October 20, 2014
I've been sparking for about 6 years now. One of the things that I've been proud of is losing 50 lbs in one year. However, the scale has started to creep upward, and I've gained back almost 20 lbs of that 50 back. I'm stuck in a rut and I don't know how to get out of it.
Sure, fitness has fallen by the wayside as a myriad of issues had crept up: cancer, endometrial ablation, and other stuff...like today's knee injury. But it doesn't answer the rest of the days I've been healthy. I live in walking distance of the gym. I don't know why I don't just get my butt over there on a regular basis like I used to. Or get out the XBox Zumba game again. I need to regroup and get myself back on track.
And today...I'm taking the pledge...a 28 day one...to get myself back on target.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Saturday morning, I met my coworkers for what was supposed to be a 3 1/2 hour 7 mile hike through the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. What we didn't expect was what our fitbits claimed to be 106 floors climbed in one day. Today, 3 days later, my calves are still screaming at me.
But that wasn't just it. I felt fine as I met my coworkers. I wasn't even 1/2 way up the first hill and I started suffering what I thought was an asthma attack. I didn't even have my inhaler. In honesty...I don't even have asthma, so that kind of freaked me out a bit (I have an inhaler for when I get chest colds/bronchitis). I had shortness of breath, constriction of the chest and got really dizzy. When we reached the summit and began to walk along the ridge, I felt better, but still was wheezing and coughing.
When I returned home after what turned into a long afternoon of more climbing and hiking, I took a steamy bath and used my inhaler. I was frustrated the next morning when I still was coughing and having a hard time breathing. In fact, I started losing my voice.
To top it off, I went to the Colts game on Sunday afternoon, where the roof was open on a 50 degree day. It was cold in there! They finally closed the roof at half time. Something they've never done before. But it was too late. The coughing became worse, as did the chest pain.
When it didn't seem to subside by Monday morning, I went to the doctor. What I had thought had been a prolonged asthma attack turned out to be a full-blown bout of bronchitis. The only way I felt bad before the hike was a nasty headache on Friday afternoon, but nothing else. I'm still skeptical.
But another inhaler later, some mucinex, and antibiotics, I'm still at home trying to recuperate. My legs still hurt, but not as bad, and my chest is starting to not feel like a 100 lb weight is on it. Hopefully this chicken noodle soup my mom dropped by will help out...as well as the hot tea with honey.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Gaining weight that is.
I started out the year at 191. Now I'm at 210. This is not the direction I wanted to go. This is definitely not what I wanted. But it is my fault. I've not been as diligent. But maybe not so much my fault. My doctor did change my medication. But I'm still floored that I'm this far above 200 again.
What can I do? Change my habits? I already eat healthy. Change my workout? Maybe. I had been slacking a little. So, why did this happen. I have no idea...but I'm ready to reverse the pattern.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Day 1, week 1. The challenge begins. So, what will become of this all important challenge? Will I lose 10 of the 15 I gained this summer? Will I finally win the battle? Will the 5% be my true goal? We shall see. But I'm already starting off on the right foot. I got in a good workout today, ate a healthy breakfast and dinner (lunch not so much...went over for the day). But tomorrow is also a new day with a new purpose.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
With the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge looming in just a little over a week, I'm finding that I have a renewed spirit in regards to getting healthy once again. In the Summer of 2013, I reached ONEderland, but since then, I've gained back nearly 18 lbs. Yuck!
So, with this new challenge in my sites, I need to renew my commitment to a healthier me. Which means I need to answer a few questions:
What do I want to change?
I want to change how I feel. What does that mean? It means I don't want to feel out of breath anymore. No more racing heart beat after 1 flight of stairs, or just a mile walk (if that). I don't want that bunching feeling when my skirts or pants want to slip below my belly. (No one wants to see that) I no longer want to feel my flabby arms chaffe against my sides.
How do I want to look?
I'm not asking for super model status here. Not even a Hollywood look. No, I just want to look and feel healthy. You know those plus sized models that look healthier and more fit than the super models...yeah, that's what I want to look like. Healthy, fit, and a size 10 or 12.
How do I want to feel?
I just want to feel "healthy". My emotions are tied to my overall wellbeing. I want to break the cycle of anxiety and depression that is spurred on by my being uncomfortable in my own skin, per se.
What things will I be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
Walk a 5K without feeling winded. Walk 5 flights of stairs with barely having to catch my breath. Play with my nephews without having to stop every few minutes to catch my breath. Wear smaller clothes. To look "Hot"! To embrace the curves God gave me!
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