Saturday, January 22, 2011
I'm glad to say the snow has started falling. I think one of my least favorite times is waiting for the forecast storm(s) to arrive... not knowing if they really will. You see, since I shovel by hand, I try to adapt my formal exercise to allow energy for that particular form of activity... and it's hard to tell ahead of time just how much I'll need. It's a relief when it starts falling, because then I know that part of my exercise is all planned for me!
Friday, January 21, 2011
My pre-training for the half marathon called for 3 miles last Saturday and 5 miles last Sunday. Since I wasn't in a position to measure, I simply adapted to where I was and what was available. I certainly got enough steps in to add up to those miles, but it wasn't in a consciously continuous session. On Sunday I cross-trained with half an hour in that heated swimming pool, doing laps. Loved every minute.
Tuesday got back up on the treadmill for the scheduled 3 miles, still trying to exercise off the stress of the trip. Monday was supposed to be an "off" day, but had been an over 20,000 step day even without formal exercise (airport pacing... up and down the concourses while your flight is delayed may not be "formal" but it does add up). Aside: Did you know NOBODY in the Orlando in the gate area sells chewing gum? Lots of mints, candy, etc., but try to find a pack of Trident and you are out of luck!
Knowing there was snow on the way I declared Wednesday a rest day. I shoveled that off before work Thursday, and then last night did the scheduled 4 miles on the treadmill. Now I'm ready to get back into the rotation, keeping in mind to allow for the snow shoveling cross training sessions.
In short... I'm back and readjusting. Here's to adaptive cross-training!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Remember how excited I was to get my new techno-tool, the BodyMedia Activewear Fit arm band? Well, folks, I am allergic to base metals. Costume jewelry doesn't have to have much in it to make me break out. Turns out the sensors on this little gadget, while fairly high grade, still caused my arm to break out by Friday. I started wearing it Wednesday, wore it for the bulk of the day. I took it off for the travel, as it says NOT to wear it on airplanes where it behaves like one of your "electronic devices" that they want you to turn off, just by being on your arm.
Halfway through leg one, I became conscious of my arm itching. When I undressed later, I saw the beginnings of a rash. I have not put the gadget back on. I'm dosing my rash with cortisone cream, and it is clearing, bit by bit. But for those of you considering this, the instruction book DOES say if you have known metal allergies to consult with your doctor. Too bad I bought it before I read the instruction book. Sigh.
Anyway, I'll probably be looking to sell it used. I'm sure there is SOMEBODY in the world who does not break out, or they wouldn't have a market! In any case, I've been doing fine with my little pedometer and Spark, and I'm sure that's enough... just the geek in me is a little bummed out.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The military uses this term to describe the time period when a deployed service member returns and takes up life "at home".
Extending WalkingAnnie's concept of "home weight", is not the transition to maintenance, once we've figured out what our "home" weight is, a little like bit like this? Some readjustments are easier than others. A shorter trip might require only modest adjustments. A year-long deployment? Maybe more.
How long did it take you to get to "home weight?" Was it over a year? Several months? How different was your life before you started this change to a healthier lifestyle? It is a matter of learning what works in the changed world "at home". The journey has changed you. It has also changed those around you. It may have changed your home environment, too.
Some self-checking may be in order: Have I become hyper vigilant around food? Do I surround myself with the dietary/exercise equivalent of loaded weapons? Do I get really stressed out away from a scale? Have I tipped over into the OTHER side of unhealthy, under eating, over exercising and fear of food?
As with the skills of a person who was deployed, the skills of a "dieter" may have been extreme, but they also may have saved his/her life, allowing him/her to drop the excess pounds and maybe some disease symptoms in the process. "At home", finding a comfortable balance and level of vigilance is what our own version of "reintegration" is all about.
Here's to balance and re-integration, here at "home"!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I trekked out of here after a week of fretting over the reservations and "travel orders" not showing up 'til the last minute. In fact, they arrived in my son's e-mail about 13 hours before takeoff. Talk about cutting it close. I stressed over that more than I'd like to admit.
I have updated my background photo.. this is a shot of the pool from the 10th floor of the hotel. I swam in this gorgeous heated body of water on Sunday afternoon and loved every minute of it.
As has happened with trips to Florida in the past, I froze a good portion of the time. I have a philosophical thought about that: Floridians are so used to cooling themselves, their whole architecture and landscaping, and all that goes with it is built to cool, not to heat. So when it DOES dip to the 50's overnight, it just "feels" colder. The landscape of palm trees and flowers says "heat", but the ambient air doesn't feel like 80, so the brain tells the body "I'm cold".
Despite this, the afternoons in the 70's with a heated pool? Very swim-able for those of us from the frigid plains. That was the best thing we did!
The rest of the trip: emotionally draining, long days in meetings, but saw some great people that I may have seen for the last time in... years, if ever again. And some others whose paths will surely cross mine again.
Oh, you want to know how the food & exercise plans went? Ah, yes, this IS Sparkpeople! Food... buffet style. The plan was to watch portion sizes and do my best with the selections. I wrote it down on paper, but obviously didn't weigh and measure. The plate size... yep, the normal almost-platter size of restaurants/hotels. So I filled most of them up with fresh salad ingredients.
Friday dinner was with a Lt. General, so they seemed to pull out the buffet stops and I treated it like a special occasion and even had half a slice of chocolate cherry cake (which was excellent), but then I pulled in my horns after that, and didn't do the desserts that they served every lunch and dinner!
I took my own morning snacks, as I knew there would be pastries served with the coffee... so that was a plus. I free lanced at the hotel deli or at Walgreen's to get what I really wanted for "normal" meals, and chose carefully for the times I did eat at the buffet and for special meals.
Sunday afternoon I took my son and his wife out for Caribbean dinner: blackened Mahi-Mahi on jasmine coconut rice with seasoned broccoli, a little Johnny Bread with guava butter. Excellent.
Exercise: Well, let us say that the pre-training for the half marathon took a side trip. Since there was no measured treadmill distance, I'm not sure if I walked the requisite 3 miles on Saturday and five on Sunday, but Monday... I had over 20,000 steps just with travel crud. By the way, we did NOT get home as scheduled... stuck at Chicago O'Hare overnight. I booked us two rooms at the air travel assistance discount rate because there was NO WAY my daughter in law would have survived a night in the airport after our flight was canceled. Our checked bags? Well, you can't get 'em when you're stranded. My son's wife learned this lesson the hard way: don't put your prescription meds in the checked bag: carry it on!
Let me say this: I have traveled a lot. In my younger days the hotel amenities of pool, TV, fancy fitness centers, etc. were what impressed me. Last night? Shower and bed. Very comfy bed. That's what a body really craves. I slept well. And even putting the same clothes back on in the morning feels so much better after a shower!
We got home late this morning. I collected the dog. And now I'm catching up here. It's good to be home (even if the high is below freezing). Tomorrow, back to work.
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