Thursday, March 14, 2013
Strength training 2x this week: Check
Lower back spasm: Check.
Sigh. The back thing...ugh. I knew the week we went to tacoma I was in mild pain. The week before I'd sat on my keister beading, beading and beading. Then we had a 6 hour car trip, followed by two days of sitting and judging categories, followed by the 6 hour car trip home - back to my job where I... sit. What's the worst thing for a chronic back injury? Sitting. So Monday I was really feeling it and by Tuesday? Spasm. Typically, this would have ended with me being flat on my back with muscle relaxants for a week.
I can't afford the time off. So, instead:
Ice. Ibuprofen. Rolling the affected area on the floor with a tennis ball and a knotted rope dog toy, LOL - works surprising well! Walking. Getting up out of my chair every 30 min for a lap or two around our floor at work. Repeat.
Is it all better? no, but it is improving and with no lost time from work or muscle relaxants. Let's cross our fingers it continues to go the right direction here - I have a LOT of stuff coming to a deadline, and being injured is putting it on hold in a big way.
But, I'm working it. I'm working on strength, on walking, zumba etc. One day at a time.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Yesterday was my 49th birthday. I woke up with a fire in my heart that in a year, when I turn 50....I want to have changed my body.
I'm still stuck at 244.
I had weeks I was well on track. 244.
I had weeks I was so tired and stressed I ate what I wanted. 244
I skipped weighing all together for two weeks and after that? 244.
I look a little different - some measurements have shifted. But I'm still definitely morbidly obese and still physically miserable at this weight.
So, what to do differently? In no specific order, my thoughts on the subject:
1. Consistency. In what I eat, in what I do.
2. Track my food.
3. Replace other beverages with water. (I have reduced my diet coke consumption by about 50%...now working on that last half)
4. Body weight exercises
5. Keep dogging that 10K steps a day - get to it, and stay there or increase it!
6. Work on stress levels
That's it for today. My last goal? To spark daily. Being on site keeps me motivated and focused.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
This is my dance partner and I performing this weekend at a bellydance competition in the troupe/duet category:
This is me on the far right with a big smile, because we WON! 1st place out of five groups!
This competition has been my major focus for three months, and the last three weeks I have done nothing but work and bead that costume. The last week, I did no zumba or other exercise, I beaded, LOL.
Whew. Glad to have a good result for all that time!
The other amazing thing? I was the largest woman in that category. Some of them were tiny barbie dolls, a couple were more curvy, but I was the largest. And yet, we won.
That is a success for every fat chick, in my book.
Now...back to zumba. Back to walking. Back to eating clean. I remain, believe it or not, at 244. Despite having eaten whatever I really wanted the last two weeks due to intense stress (lot more than the competition going on, sadly, in that regard).
Today when I stepped on the scale, I thought really?? 244, still? I'm beginning to think it's broken, LOL. I was asked more than once this weekend tho, how much weight I've lost. That means those measurements don't lie. I HAVE lost some inches.
Back to regular posting and the pursuit of health, as of today. :)
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I've been MIA....beading, beading and more beading. Costume is finally done, aside of a bit of finishing work. I'll try to post pics of the complete costume soon, but below are some in progress pics from last week. I spent literally 18 hours last weekend, and up to 3 hours a day on weekdays the last two weeks.
Cardio, steps, exercise, all have suffered. I tell people - you can do everything you want, just not at the same time. In this case, the exercise had to take a back seat to finishing this costume on time.
Every bead and every sequin....hand sewn. I think, no kidding, I passed the 120 hours mark sometime mid week - I lost count. At LEAST 120 hours. Possibly closer to 150 hours.
Competition is this weekend in Tacoma, Washington. Finally feel ready to go and have some FUN. I'd like to place in the competition, but more than anything I'm looking forward to having some fun and seeing old friends. Back to the business of steps, cardio and health on Monday.
I signed up for a 10K on Labor Day. I haven't done more than a 5K in many years, so it's a good "next step". :)
Monday, February 18, 2013
This weekend was devoted mainly to one thing - beading the costume I'm wearing at a dance competition the first weekend in March.
Yes, in two weeks. It's not done. Every bead and sequin is sewn on by hand and it's a huge task and one I'm behind in. My goal was to have it complete by 14 days out from the event.
No go. I did get a long way on it this weekend, but that meant several hours of sitting on my butt to do it, so my fitbit stats are very, very sad.
I'm reminding myself I can do everything I want....but perhaps not at the same time. Aiming for 25 miles distance in a week is great if you have time to do it realistically. The next two weeks? It's not going to be realistic. The costume MUST be finished, and that's more sitting outside of work than I usually do. But there is an end in sight to it, it's only until the competition weekend.
Sigh. Working on health and wellness is a lot of work. A lot of time. Planning, executing, focusing on. With a full time job, a part time job of dance, and a family, I'm seeing so clearly how it was easy to push trying to be healthy aside because of all of the other demands of life.
But I won't BE there for that life if I don't deal with my health. This weekend, my stress and anxiety were probably the highest I've had in years. My risk factors are high for some kind of cardiac event and the last couple of days as I felt soooooo stressed, that was all I could think about. So, goals for this week - I need them. And, I need for them to be REASONABLE.
1. 5,000 steps a day. This is half of my usual daily goal, but about 1500 steps more than a day when I'm not trying to move. It's a reasonable goal.
2. CPAP. I've gotten to the point of avoidance here, again.
3. Medication compliance. Take yer freaking medicine!
4. Actively working on stress reduction.
5. Drink some water.
6. Eat 5 freggies a day.
That's it. Those are the only goals I'm working for this week. It's all I can handle. Once again, something is better than nothing. How about YOU? How do you handle really stressful weeks? Do you try to keep your full schedule up and running, or do you sometimes modify to attain goals at all?
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